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Our supporters have been using the pig since 1986, convinced that Palmeiras’ then director of marketing João Roberto Gobatto had indeed come up with a solution to neutralize frequent smears from rival supporters (read full story here).

The hatcher of the plan has finally received his recognition: before last Sunday’s game against Internacional, Palmeiras officially presented The Pig as the club’s second mascot, baptising it “Gobatto”. Success is a given.
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Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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Today, FIFA on social media paid homage to the first intercontinental world club champions, Palmeiras. The announcement, featured on the federation’s Instagram, reads:
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Green is the colour of envy. ‘The Big Green’ were the envy of the wide world #OnThisDay 65 years ago. A Liminha-inspired @sepalmeiras edged a @juventus team including Giampiero Boniperti & a dazzling Danish triumvirate to become the sport’s first intercontinental world club champions. 100,000 watched that at the Maracanã. One million flooded the streets of São Paulo to welcome their heroes home.

Less informed rival supporters and some malicious journalists have continuously claimed Palmeiras have no world title. Guess this shuts them up for good.

On Sunday, against Atlético Mineiro, the Palmeiras squad will wear a jersey featuring the Brazilian flag hovering above the crest, just like in 1951.  

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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Exactly on this day, 100 years ago, Palmeiras played their first official match. Who could imagine that the little club, created less than two years earlier, would one day become Brazil’s biggest holder of national championship titles?

The Palestra Italia, as the club was known back then, was born on 26 August 1914 by Italian immigrants in São Paulo. In order to attract interest and players, the club went about advertising in the local Fanfulla newspaper, while arranging small, internal tournaments to select the best players. Training sessions followed, then a series of friendlies.

In 1916, the club Scottish Wanderers were kicked out of the “Paulista Association of Athletic Sports” for having divided the income of their matches between players – something forbidden in amateur leagues of the time. Palestra Italia seized the opportunity, grabbing the vacant spot in the championship after having committed to contribute financially to the renovation of a stadium where games were to be played. In addition to the Palestra, the league consisted of São Paulo, Santos, São Bento Athletic Association of Palmeiras, Ypiranga and Mackenzie.

On 13 May 1916, Fabbrini, Grimaldi, Bianco, Ricco, Fabbi II, De Biasi, Gobato, Valle II, Vescovini, Bernardini and Severino drew 1-1 with Mackenzie, Gobato scoring Palestra Italia’s first official goal. Ricco was the captain and Giuseppe Roberti, the coach. The draw against Mackenzie, last year’s runner-up, was considered a good result, Palestra having only a couple of known players in their young squad.
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Palestra Italia – the first flash

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Palestra Italia ended the 1916 edition of the São Paulo championship in 6th place, the highlight of the campaign being a 4-2 victory over Santos.

Since that day a century ago, Palmeiras have played another 4.401 official games, according to the always excellent Instituto Palestrino de Estatística blog. Out of these, 2.305 victories and 1.087 draws, corresponding to 61% of points won (if adopting the current standards across the board, where a victory is rewarded three points).

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra! 

 

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We all know what Johan Cruyff has meant for modern football and I am not going to ”rain on what’s wet”, as one would say in Brazil. Instead, I will pay homage to one of the very greatest by detailing his one and only encounter with Palmeiras.

ramon_de_carranzaWe are in the city of Cadiz, 1974. As usual, four teams have been invited to play for the prestigious Ramón de Carranza trophy, famous for standing more than 170 cm tall. This year, Barcelona, Espanyol, Santos and Palmeiras are the invited and, as evident from the tournament poster to the right, a clash of titans is expected in the final: Cruyff’s Barcelona against Pelé’s Santos. Recently, the Dutch had magnetized the world with his skill and vision of play in the World Cup, where the Netherland finished runner-up to Germany. No one expects Palmeiras to repeat the feat of 1969, when the Verdão emerged victorious in the Ramón de Carranza´s 15th edition against stiff competition from Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Estudiantes from Argentina.

Cruyff´s Barcelona did eventually play Santos, but only for third place: in the first round, Palmeiras eliminated Barcelona 2-0, and Espanyol beat Santos by the same score. The Palmeiras squad, successfully taking out Cruyff, Neeskens and the others, was coached by Osvaldo Brandão and consisted of Leão; Eurico, Luís Pereira, Alfredo and Zeca; Dudu (Edson) and Ademir da Guia; Ronaldo, Leivinha, César and Toninho Vanusa (Edu). No less than six of the Palmeiras players had played in the World Cup that year (Leão, Luís Pereira, Alfredo, Ademir da Guia, Leivinha e César) and they all put on a splendid performance.

Third place ended up with Barcelona, who overtook Santos 4-1 with two goals by Neeskens. Palmeiras went on winning the whole thing, beating Espanyol 2-1 in the final (enjoy these game highlights).

Johan Cruyff, a legend – as player and coach. Rest in peace.
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001_pigcollection_logoGermanic immigrants first arrived in Brazil starting at the beginning of the 1800’s. From 1824 to 1969, a modest estimation is that some 250.000 Germans arrived in Brazil – the fourth largest immigrant community to settle in the country, after the Portuguese, Italians and Spaniards. A majority of them arrived between the I and the II World War.

Early German immigrants settled mostly in rural areas of Brazil, making their living as farmers. Those arriving in the 20th century mostly settled in big towns, being middle-class labourers from urban areas of Germany. During the 1920s and 1930s, Brazil also attracted a significant number of German Jews, who settled mostly in São Paulo.

Many aspects of Brazil’s culture has been influenced by Germans, especially so in the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul: the Brazilian Oktoberfest in Blumenau is second only to Munich in size. Roughly 5-10 million Brazilians are believed to have German ancestry and the Germanic influence in Brazil is undeniable, as two of Brazil’s most famous personalities can attest to: architect Oscar Niemeyer and über-model Gisele Bündchen.

With all this “germanification” going on in Brazil for centuries, how come Palmeiras have never played in Germany? Good question! The Verdão have played German teams 8 times (4 victories, 3 draws and 1 defeat) and the list includes heavy-hitters like Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund. However, not one clash has taken place on German soil.

Regardless, to all our German readers, near and far: danke schön!
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001_pigcollection_logoLet’s leave the old continent for a moment, returning to the Americas. More precisely, to Mexico – coincidentally, the last country Palmeiras played abroad, in 2013, before the recent mini-tournament in Uruguay.

Palmeiras are a frequent visitor to Mexico: on average, a game every four years. The first out of the 24 took place in 1952, against Necaxa, a 3-1 victory for the Verdão. In total, there have been 15 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats on Mexican soil.

Against Mexican teams, Palmeiras have done rather well historically: out of 28 games home and abroad, Palmeiras have come out victorious 16 times, drawn 5 times and lost 7 times.

This year’s edition of the Libertadores Cup includes Mexican teams Universidad Nacional (commonly referred to as “Pumas de la UNAM” or just “Pumas”) from Mexico City, and Deportivo Toluca, from the city of Toluca.

Too all our Mexican readers out there: continue bringing the spice! Abraços!
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artwork by Custódio Rosa
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Voulez-vous jouer contre nous ce soir?

001_pigcollection_logoIt’s unlikely anyone knows how many times Palmeiras have heard the question. However, we do know it has been responded positively only once: in 1963, Palmeiras beating Bordeaux 4-1, in Bordeaux, after three goals by striker Servílio (289 games for Palmeiras, 10 caps for Brazil). Surprisingly enough, that is the one time Palmeiras have played on French soil.

Not that it matters much: we do get a fair share of readers from France. And to all of you, our heartfelt merci beaucoup!
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artwork by Custódio Rosa
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