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On 26 August 1914, while Europe experienced the first month of what history would later denominate World War I, Italian immigrants and descendants of immigrants in São Paulo formed the “Palestra Italia Sports Club”. Little did they know they were giving birth to the most successful Brazilian football club of all times.

Today, as the Palestra Italia/Palmeiras celebrate 103 years of existence, my thoughts go out to all of those who made it possible, in the previous decade and in this one, inside or outside the club’s structure, near or far, wittingly or unwittingly.

It is Palmeiras’ birthday, but I am the one receiving the present. As I do every day, for taking part in this endeavour, for being a member of the family, for modestly contributing and receiving feedback from supporters near and far.

Today and always, AVANTI PALESTRA!


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26 August 1914. Europe catching fire, shockwaves spreading the conflict that will be universally known as World War I. In São Paulo, Italian immigrants and descendants of immigrants put pen to paper, forming a sports club. Little do they know they have given birth to the most successful Brazilian football club of the 20th century, the Palestra Italia.

In January of 1915, Palestra Italia play their first game, walking away with both victory and trophy.

In September of 1942, forced by Brazilian authorities to abandon the name Palestra Italia, the club plays for the first time as Palmeiras, walking away with both victory and the State Championship title.
As the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras today complete the first year of the club’s second century, victories of a different nature are evident: fiscal responsibility and control, investments in infrastructure and technology, investment in human resources. Palmeiras are finally ridding themselves of archaic and flawed practices, showing the way for other Brazilian clubs to follow. On the pitch, results will not come quickly or automatically, but the medium to long-term effects are on the cards: trophies.

Happy anniversary, Palmeiras!  

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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Today, 14 April 2012, Santos Futebol Clube commemorate their 100th anniversary.

There are local rivals, there are local enemies. Then there’s Santos. A rival, but without the loathing. A rival, but respected on and off the pitch.

Congratulations, Santos Futebol Clube!

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