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After the visit “down under”, Bruno Maciel of the Olé Palmeiras website returns to Europe, disembarking in Portugal to tell the story of Palmeiras Lisboa. Founded just over two years ago, this palestrina community is firmly installed in the land of the thick moustaches, currently going through both growth and restructure, entailing among other things a new board of directors, the creation of a new logo and picking a new HQ.

This is the third article in a series, featuring the main Palmeiras supporter groups outside of Brazil. Translation by yours truly.

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Palmeiras LisboaNot long ago, Palmeiras Lisboa was comprised of only 10 members, who took turns gathering in their own houses/flats or any of two restaurants: the “Storik” and the “Chiado Terrasse”. Today, the group is some 60 heads strong and regularly meet at the “Zap Tuga Bar and Restaurant”. The establishment, located at Rua Dr. Antonio José de Almeida 10A, belongs to a family of palmeirenses, who opened their door and arms to the group.

The adoption of a single venue was necessary, mainly, in order to avoid further problems with the police, Palmeiras’ Consul in Lisbon Netto Baptistella explains. “In 2016, ahead of the game that would define the Brazilian Championship, we gathered at the home of one of us to make a barbecue and watch the match against Chapecoense. After the final whistle we started celebrating, which bothered the neighbours. Around 7pm, the police came knocking, but we argued that it wasn’t even 10pm and that we should be allowed to enjoy ourselves. On that occasion the police kind of agreed with us, left, and the party continued”.

Baptistella is one of the founders of the Palmeiras community in the Portuguese capital. In 2015, he created a facebook page with the objective of finding other palmeirenses to socialise with. Quickly, Daniel Queiroz Reis, responsible for a “Palmeirenses in Portugal” page, made contact. The two decided to merge their virtual spaces and gradually, more and more peoples joined in.

The Portuguese palmeirense
The near abortion of the 2016 Championship celebration was not an isolated episode. According to Baptistella, when it comes to football celebrations, the citizens of Lisbon are not particularly forgiving of Brazilian fans. Precisely for this reason, the Palmeiras community chose not to celebrate the title in the Marquês de Pombal Square, main point of celebrations in Lisbon. “The square is a traditional place, but the Portuguese think Brazilians in general drink too much and are too loud. So, in order to enjoy ourselves more, we avoid public places for these celebrations”, the consul adds.
However, not every Portuguese feel the same about celebrating palmeirenses. The gatherings of Palmeiras supporters have turned fanatic 20-year-old Benfica supporter Luis Brito also into a true palmeirense. “He is a friend I made here in Portugal, and during the 2016 campaign, I gave him a Palmeiras jersey. He wore it to the game against Chape and celebrated with us, as happy as anyone can be. Luis is but one example, we have other Portuguese who have become supporters of the club through the influence of Palmeiras Lisboa”, reveals Baptistella.

New ideas aplenty
In order to achieve the desired growth in the Portuguese capital, Palmeiras Lisboa has formed a new board of directors, two of the mebers being Leonardo de Gouveia Ferreto – from January 2015 to September 2017 part of Palmeiras Dublin – and Pedro Oliveira, a member of the organized supporter group TUP Itapira, in the interior of São Paulo. “We brought some fresh ideas when composing the board of Palmeiras Lisboa, such as changing our visual identity. In addition, we have already found a venue to see all games, offering us a structure with 60-inch TV and projectors. Now, we are awaiting Palmeiras’ approval of our new logo in order to revamp our facebook page and attract ever larger numbers of supporters to the Zap Tuga on game days”, says Ferreto. “It is, in my opinion, very important to create strong bonds of friendship through the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras. Palmeiras Dublin has brought me great personal friends like Renato Sales, Patricia Medeiros and Diego Bianchi”, the new board member concludes.

Palmeiras Lisboa is open to all palmeirenses living or visiting Portugal: just pop by the Zap Tuga or contact the directors through the Palmeiras Lisboa facebook page. You will also find additional contact info at the Anythig Palmeiras “abroad” tab.


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palmeirasdublinNo greener country than Ireland, no greener football team than Palmeiras. Fuse the two and great things happen. For the Olé Palmeiras website, Bruno Maciel interviewed the founders of the largest Palmeiras supporter group outside of Brazil, here translated into English by yours truly.

This is the second article in a series, featuring the main Palmeiras supporter groups outside of Brazil.

Curious to know what other Palmeiras supporter groups and Consulates there are out there? Check out our “Abroad” section! You know of any groups outside of Brazil not on the list? Drop us a line on twitter or by email!

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Responsible for founding Palmeiras Dublin, 27-year-old Diego Bianchi and 42-year-old Renato Sales say that on any given game day about 40 palmeirenses come together at the “Buskers on the Ball”, located at 13-17 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Multiply this number by three when “The Verdão” play any of the other major teams in the league.

“We watch every Palmeiras game through international TV channels, and through the internet. On weekends, it’s easy. Now, games on weekdays, depending on the time… When kick-off is past midnight (there’s a 2-4 hour difference to Brazil, depending on the season) we have an agreement with the pub owner, an American, who will open the place exclusively for us, if we bring at least 20 people”, Diego explains.

The Palmeiras Family is such an integrated part of the “Buskers on the Ball”, they even have a space reserved only for them. And there, framed in the wall, you find a Palmeiras jersey from the victorious 2016 Brazilian championship campaign, autographed by the squad.

According to Renato, Palmeiras Dublin originally emerged with the sole aim of celebrating Palmeiras’ centenary, in 2014. At the time, two days before the anniversary, he and Diego posted messages on social networks, calling out to palmeirenses in the city and surrounding areas to meet up at “The Living Room”, a pub located on Cathal Brugha St, Rotunda, Dublin 1, very close the Irish capital’s main tourist point, “the Spire”.

“To our surprise, more than 50 people showed up to celebrate the centenary. The general manager of the pub was blown away by our party and from that day, we meet up to watch every game”, Renato reveals.


First get-together, in 2014, to celebrate Palmeiras’ centenary

The Living Room was Palmieras Dublin’s headquarters for two years. With the linear growth of the group, an invitation materialised from the owners of “Buskers on the Ball”, a bigger and more structured establishment, and Palmeiras Dublin changed its address.”Almost all the staff at “Buskers on the Ball” are Irish, but today they cheer for Palmeiras, take an active interest in the team, wear our shirts and caps”, Renato adds.

“Buskers on the Ball” is a sports bar, primarily attended by locals. And although the Irish are party-goers, they are not accustomed to the Brazilian way of watching games, Diego argues. “We sing songs, our club anthem, we have a blast. I especially remember an episode in 2015, Palmeiras playing Flamengo. We were in large numbers, watching the game, and there was a Flamengo supporter watching the game with us. Palmeiras opened the scorecard but Flamengo turned the game around, making it 2-1. An Irish crowd at the pub began to cheer for Flamengo, as a way to have a bit of fun with us. Then, when Palmeiras turned the game, we all went up to their table; it was sensational observing the faces of shock and amazement of the Irish as we celebrated the goal full tilt”, Diego smiles.

In December of 2015 and 2016, the Spire, Dublin’s main tourist attraction, was overtaken by palmeirenses, celebrating, respectively, the Brazil Cup title and the Brazilian Championship title.

“The Brazil Cup final took place at dawn here and it was the only time that “The Living Room” reached maximum capacity for a single audience: we had more than 300 palmeirenses at the premises. The party lasted until the wee hours of the morning. We even had people from other countries in Europe travelling in order to watch and celebrate with us. Now, for the 2016 championship title, we hosted a party identical to the 2 year anniversary of Palmeiras Dublin in August. We decorated the “Buskers on the Ball” and hired a DJ to lead the celebration, which also ran late into night with the presence of more than 450 palmeirenses“, Renato recalls.
Be it for fun, work or studies: Palmeiras Dublin’s fame has become so evident, some palmeirenses actually chose Ireland and Dublin as their destination partly because of the supporter group. No wonder Palmeiras in 2017 invited Palmeiras Dublin to become a Consulate, a representative of Palmeiras in the country.

“This is all very cool because it is a formal recognition of the work we do here. We are now an extension of Palmeiras in Ireland and in the European Union. We enjoy the same autonomy as before, but we have to report on activities we carry out for Palmeiras. We exchanged ideas with other Consulates and with our Department back in São Paulo, now with a “seal of approval” from the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, the club we love”, Diego explains.

All this popularity led to Ireland’s Consul General in São Paulo, Sharon Lennon, last year record a video message for the members of Palmeiras Dublin. “Our dreams are coming through, little by little. What began three years ago with a simple meeting has turned into a reference for Palmeiras Consulates around the world. This is priceless”, Renato concludes.

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Palmeiras are experiencing an unprecedented growth in organised supporter groups outside of Brazil (at Anything Palmeiras, there is even a page dedicated exclusively to these affiliates and if you have not already, you MUST check it out). The growth has certainly been driven by Palmeiras’ success in recent years, as well as the by the day more accessible information and communication technology. However, credit is also due to Palmeiras’ directors within the “Interior Department”, a mismatching statuary name for the division responsible for handling supporters outside of the city of São Paulo (indeed a rather extensive region to cover).

In today’s post, a translation of an article written by Bruno Maciel and simultaneously posted at Olé Palmeiras, we learn a bit more about one of these new, thriving palmeirense communities: the PIS – Palmeirenses in Sydney. Enjoy!

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Palmeirenses in Sydney (PIS) was created in early 2016. The Australia-based supporter group has its headquarters at Cheers Bar, located at 561 George Street, where Liverpool and Celtic supporters also meet up. According to Rodrigo Teixeira, one of the nine general managers of PIS, this particularity have given birth to an entertaining rivalry among the fans of the three clubs, in addition to a very nice friendship.

“We have become great friends. At the end of the year, we organized a party in the pub, and they attended. We always joke around with each other, and mainly with the Liverpool fans. We say that if they should once again win the Champions League, and we the Libertadores Cup, we will run them down in the World Cup final, but all in good spirit”, Rodrigo says in the interview.

In fact, the co-existing at Cheers Bar could not be different. The idea of ​​creating a Palmeiras community in Sydney was inspired by the meetings that the English and Scottish promoted at the premises. Cheers Bar employee Will Santana, a Palmeiras supporter, followed these gatherings closely and decided to ask the owner of the Pub if could also get a group of locals together.

“The answer was yes, even after Will making sure that the boss understood this was no normal crowd, but a partying and loud bunch of supporters. A picture – the largest – was pinned to the wall and Cheers Bar was officially PIS’ headquarters”, Rodrigo explains.

Will started spreading the word on social media among Brazilians living in Australia, and soon enough the first five supporters turned up. These suggested setting up a WhatsApp group to facilitate communication. Since then, PIS has not stopped growing: on facebook, the group has about 2.300 followers, and the WhatsApp group has 257 members – supporters who frequent the Cheers Bar on game days – at least on and off.
The PIS members certainly deserve recognition from palmeirenses all over the world for the effort they put in to watch the team’s games. After all, there is a 13-hour time zone difference between Brazil and Australia. That means being at Cheers Bar at 6 am on a Monday morning in order to catch the regular Sunday game.

“On derby days, we have an average 100 people watching. Last year, at every Palmeiras game we had people here – sometimes only five people, sometimes 50 or 100. But always people. Our all-time record attendance was when we beat Chapecoense to bag the 2016 Brazilian Championship title. 200 people came for that game”, says Rodrigo.

That day, naturally, deserves its own page in PIS’ history book. In ecstasy, the 200 Palmeiras supporters left the bar to celebrate the title at one of the best-known places in Australia: the Sydney Opera House.

“We started the championship party there, and then headed for Coogee Beach, where we set up and fully enjoyed a barbecue. It was epic,” recalls the manager.

All the love on display for Palmeiras captivates the Australians. According to Rodrigo, it is very common, on game days, to see locals inside the Pub, following the game and cheering for the Verdão, the Big Green. “They are impressed with our fans and how much we love Palmeiras. Many join us to be part of the vibe we have created”.

As with the Dublin crowd [the topic of an upcoming post], all this dedication has not gone unnoticed by the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras: the club has granted Palmeirenses in Sydney formal recognition as the Palmeiras Consulate of the Oceania.

With only two years of PIS existence, there is but one word to explain such impressive growth: organization. Starting with the 10% discount at Cheers Bar for holders of the PIS membership card, as negotiated by Will with the Bar owner. “A lot of people seek us out toward the end of the night, telling us the card was a great help when the bill needed paying. Steadily, we are increasing the number of members. Last Monday, the day after defeating Santos, we saw five new ones”, Rodrigo says.
PIS events goes beyond Palmeiras. On June 9, 2017, the Brazilian national team played Argentina in a friendly in the city of Melbourne. In an effort to support Gabriel Jesus and the rest of the squad, 60 PIS members bought tickets and went to the neighbouring city to watch the duel, which ended in a 1-0 victory for the Argentines.

“We had an incredible time. There were supporters of rival teams from São Paulo who were very annoyed with our organization and the party we had. Singing Palmeiras songs throughout the game might have played a part in it”, Rodrigo concludes, tongue in cheek.

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A game of two halves, if you ever saw one.

Quarter-finals of the Brazil Cup, and Cruzeiro rolled all over Palmeiras in the first half, Cuca really asking for it. Zé Roberto on the flank is not a viable option anymore. Adding insult to injury, Cuca placed Edu Dracena by his side: excellent positioning, little pace. Thus, an open invitation for Cruzeiro to excel in fast transitions with the ball on the ground. Things did not go much better on the right flank either, where Fabiano had a bad night.

Although Palmeiras did create some chances in the first five minutes, with 30 minutes on the clock Cruzeiro were fully deserving their 3-0 advantage.

Thankfully, our commander drew the right conclusions and made modifications accordingly: after suffering the third goal, he sacked Fabiano, displacing Tchê Tchê to occupy the position. Zé Roberto was consequently displaced to the centre. And Egídio came on to fill Zé’s position on the left flank. Palmeiras improved.

At half-time, Cuca swapped Guerra for Borja, the midfielder suffering some physical discomfort. Dudu dropped down, more centralised, while Willian opened wide and left, mirroring Guedes on the other flank. With the Allianz Parque in a feverish state, Palmeiras suddenly meshed and equalised the score within 20 minutes: Dudu twice, then Willian.

Cruzeiro were at the ropes but used all their experience to cool down the game, holding on to the result until the final whistle.

Some final remarks:

Cuca is very stubborn. His initial line-up was insane. However, he reads the game well and acts accordingly. Knowing how to use players in different positions allows for much greater tactical tweaking.

Borja and Willian look good together, they grow, they open up space for each other. Borja yesterday was different, more aggressive, and more participatory. In short: instrumental. And more in line with what Cuca envisions.

Dudu is a true leader, captain, the absolute thermometer of the team.

The crowds at the Allianz Parque yesterday were fantastic. Several I spoke with claim it was magical, that never before have the Allianz Parque pulsated like in those first 20 minutes of the second half.

The comeback was spectacular, but the result in itself was not good: in order to advance, Palmeiras will need a victory in Belo Horizonte (or a draw by more than three goals). The second leg is scheduled for end of July: no way of telling in what shape the two sides will be at that point in time.

Grêmio on Saturday, 11th round in the Brasileirão. The current runner-up and Palmeiras are both likely to rest some players ahead of next week’s commitments in the Libertadores Cup. Let us find out who has the stronger squad.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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How about a 360 degree HD snap view from inside of the Allianz Parque on game day, with teams on the pitch and supporters on the stands? How about being able to zoom in and out? How about being able to identify your own face, or that of your friend, in the crowd, mark the spot, and leave a comment on the notice board? That’s what Palmeiras 360 degrees is all about: making the Família Palmeiras, step by step, a little more familiar.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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Tomorrow Saturday, Palmeiras enter the Allianz Parque with a mission: revert the 3-0 disadvantage against Ponte Preta to proceed to the finals of the São Paulo state championship.

This is the message supporters – earlier today, outside Palmeiras’ training grounds – conveyed to players, coach and country.


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In Brazilian football in general, and at Palmeiras in particular, time is never on your side. Palmeiras maintained all key ingredients of last year’s successful mix, except for one: the coach. Cuca, for personal reasons, has taken a break from football. In mid-December, Eduardo Baptista was announced as his replacement for the 2017 season.

Baptista debuted in the Paulista state championship beating Botafogo/SP 1-0, then lost 1-0 away to Ituano. These results, and the rather poor football presented, was enough to have segments of Palmeiras supporters raise hell on social media and the ultras of Mancha Verde last Thursday, with the scorecard still at 0-0 against São Bernardo, chant “Hey, Eduardo, pay attention, we want championship titles!”, before requesting the return of Cuca. Palmeiras went on to beat São Bernardo 2-0, goals by Dudu and Jean.

The topic of the week has been “pressure”. Even a seasoned player like Michel Bastos says he was taken by surprise by the volume of demands for expressive results and progress this early in the season. Everyone at the club, from directors down to players, all say the same: implementing a new style of play takes time: the squad and Baptista need a few more weeks to make it work. The premature ruckus has of course been picked up by the media, only adding more heat.
Although the São Paulo championship is a traditional tournament and obviously has its merits, one cannot deny that it primarily serves as a laboratory for modelling and tuning the squad ahead of the Brazilian championship, the Brazil Cup and international commitments (this year, in Palmeiras’ case, the Libertadores Cup). Being allowed a certain tranquillity at the beginning of the season, while conducting experiments, is crucial for the development of the team and the overall outcome throughout the year.

For some supporters, this is all bull. They feel performance is driven by pressure, and must surface quickly. More importantly, they stress their right to complain, as supporters, and as ticket holders. The effect of the pressure applied seems secondary to the right of exercising it: a curious standpoint from a segment who normally states “Palmeiras above everything” and “Eternal love”.

Last year, supporters filled the airport to wave off the squad ahead of an important away game. They also gathered outside the training facilities with flags, flares and instruments, players stepping off the bus to thank the crowds. A few weeks back, supporters in large numbers were at the airport a 6am to welcome Miguel Borja. The potential for supporters to influence outcomes, both positively and negatively, is a given.

Luckily, most seem to understand that Baptista and his men indeed need to be given time: while the ultras last Thursday expressed their dissatisfaction, a large majority of “regular” supporters at the Allianz Parque booed them down. 

We are less than two hours from kick-off. The team’s performance against Linense, away, will be the determining factor for any amount of tranquillity Baptista and the squad will enjoy ahead of next week’s derby against Corinthians.

Patience! Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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