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Sold out, pulsating, but not for long; lions turned into cubs before halftime.

Palmeiras, seven men short, turning in the A game true Cuca 2016 style.

Souza? Zipped up and pocketed by Santos, alpha of the midfield.

21 games undefeated with Jailson; hero of the masses hardly broke sweat beneath the crossbar.


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With 2-1 on the scorecard as the referee blew the final whistle, the kids yesterday sent Velo Clube home from the São Paulo Youth Cup. After goals from Chico and Diego Souza within eight minutes, what should have been a walk in the park actually turned rather tense as Velo Clube found the back of the net early in the second half and Palmeiras defender Luiz Gustavo saw his second yellow for the night. Still, the game was closer to 3-1 than the equalizer and the victory was more than well deserved.


Palmeiras take on Cruzeiro in the quarter-finals, the mineiros having beaten Atibaia 1-0. Unfortunately, the Verdãozinho are not only without Luiz Gustavo but also playmaker Diego Souza, unjustifiably sent off at the very end of the second half.

The clash with Cruzeiro takes place tomorrow Saturday, at 17h local time, at the Barueri stadium. The winner proceeds to the semi-finals where Santos or Audax São Paulo await.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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*This Friday sees the kick-off of a tournament that can rightfully claim to be among the best youth competitions in the world – the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Junior.

Brazil doesn’t have a designated national championship at youth level. There is a CBF-organised Copa do Brasil at Under-20 level, an unofficial Brazilian Under-20 championship organised in Porto Alegre each year and numerous competitions held by different state federations at various age levels. However, in reality, the Copa São Paulo (or Copinha) stands above the rest to act as a de-facto national tournament.

One hundred sides from across Brazil will flock to São Paulo for the event, pitching Brazil’s giant clubs against many smaller sides from the host state, as well as representatives from every corner of the nation. The event offers great exposure for those playing at these smaller clubs, with matches televised across Brazil and scouts in attendance throughout in the hunt for emerging stars. For the next three weeks, youth football will be given widespread coverage in the Brazilian sports media.

The competition has evolved to be a fine proving ground for Brazilian talent. A good showing over the next three weeks and players could easily propel themselves into first-team reckoning.

From last year’s event, Roma defender Marquinhos, Juventus-linked Doria and Flamengo’s Thomas are already impressing at senior level. While, in the past three editions alone, internationals Lucas Moura, Casemiro, Neymar, Danilo and Oscar are all among those who have impressed at the Copinha.

For Palmeiras, the 44th edition of the tournament marks an opportunity to break a long-lasting taboo: among the big São Paulo clubs, Palmeiras are the only one never to have won the tournament. In order to come out on top, eight games must be played in three weeks, where the last five games must be won (the tournament starts with a group phase – 25 groups with four teams in each – then moves into a 32-team knock out phase). The man to lead the way is coach Narciso, recently contracted from current Copinha champions Corinthians. Narciso’s had 20 days to prepare the young squad, which includes five players that already made their debut with Palmeiras’ first team in 2012 and are now sacrificing their holidays to participate in the youth tournament. These are:

Diego Souza: the playmaker (pictured) participates in the Copinha for the third time and is considered one of Palmeiras’ most promising young players.

Bruno Oliveira: the right-back is having his shot at stardom with the arrival of Gilson Kleina.

Luiz Gustavo: versatile, this centre-back can also play in the right-back position.

Bruno Dybal: made a good impression as playmaker in Palmeiras’ last games of the Brazilian Championship 2012, but is thought to primarily act as defensive midfielder in the Copinha.

Vinícius: the striker has had several opportunities in the first team but seems to be struggling a bit. His experience might however become valuable in the São Paulo Youth Cup.

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Palmeiras are in group Q and play their first game tomorrow Saturday against Confiança/SE. Barueri and Sertãozinho complete the group.
*general info on the Copinha shamelessly ripped from Chris Atkins’ piece published on ESPN. You can also follow Chris’ updates on the tournament action on facebook.

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This morning, no less than three Palmeiras players from the youth academy jumped for joy as they found their names on the list of 18 that Ney Franco – coach of Brazil’s National Under-20 Team – called upon to form the squad that will defend the country’s colours in the upcoming Eight Nation tournament taking place in South Africa between 24th May to 3rd June.

Centreback Luiz Gustavo and midfielders Diego Souza and Bruno Dybal can look forward to meeting up with the rest of the squad on the 10 May at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, from where the squad continues to Granja Comary, the training facilities of the Brazilian national team. On the 21th, the U20 Seleção boards the plane heading for Cape Town.

Below, the full list of players:

Goalkeepers: Matheus Caldeira (Corinthians), Igor Rayan (Cruzeiro)
Wingbacks: Fabinho (Fluminense), Romário (Vitória), Henrique Miranda (São Paulo)
Centrebacks: Luiz Gustavo (Palmeiras), Luan (Vasco), Wellington Carvalho (Fluminense)
Midfielders: Gomes (Corinthians), Filipe (Bahia), Misael (Grêmio), Diego Souza (Palmeiras), Bruno Dybal (Palmeiras), Deretti (Figueirense), Thomas Jaguaribe Bedinelli (Flamengo)
Forwards: Victor Andrade (Santos), Bruno Mendes (Guarani), Ademilson (São Paulo)

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Whichever way you look at it, Kleber has had a remarkable drop in productivity ever since the payraise/Flamengo incident. Of course you can argue that so has the whole team, but how do you then explain that Palmeiras have actually performed better without the so-called “Gladiator” on the pitch? Numbers, at least in this case, don’t lie.

Regardless, dirty laundry shouldn’t be washed in public; Kleber’s constant whining is not only getting on everybody’s nerves but also exposes Palmeiras and all the current shortcomings. The squad is not united, there’s clear evidence of disharmony. Seems like our #30 is doing his part to promote his future transfer to god-knows-where – and there goes another skilled player, unable to find and maintain his place at Palmeiras. Of course personality and characters go heavily into the equation, but we shouldn’t enter into denial when contemplating the likes of Vagner Love, Diego Souza and Kleber in addition to coaches like Wanderley Luxemburgo and Muricy Ramalho: they all fall, they all fail at Palmeiras. Coincidence?

Valdivia’s on a thin thread. Scolari? Nobody knows how long he’ll be able to stand his ground if results continue to disappoint. Where does that leave us, where does that leave Palmeiras? Come a point when there’ll be nowhere to run or hide. Come a point when only a profound chock to the system can save us. Either that or the abyss. If we’re not there already, we’re very close; torn apart by political feuds, petty egocentric charlatans and lack of professionalism.

Apparently, a SPFC counsellor once expressed his greatest concern: that the “Italians” would get their act together. If so done, there would be nothing stopping Palmeiras, he feared. We can prove him right, if we all do our part. Fight for democracy and transparency within the club. Become members. Join any of the pro-democratic forces and vote accordingly, changing today’s reality. The dreams of 15 million supporters depend on it.


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