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Last week, Palmeiras defined the future of centre-back Juninho and attacking midfielder Michel Bastos, none of these in coach Machado’s plans for the remainder of the season. Juninho’s destination is Atlético Mineiro (same as recent Palmeiras players Arouca, Erik and Róger Guedes), while Michel Bastos heads to Recife to pull on the Sport jersey. Both players go on loan deals until December. Juninho has a long contract with the Verdão, until April 2022, and might possibly return to the club. We should however not see more of Michel Bastos, as his contract with the Verdão expires by the end of the year.

With the departure of Juninho, Machado’s options for centre lock are Edu Dracena, Antônio Carlos, Luan, Thiago Martins, Pedrão and Emerson Santos. Michel Bastos battled for position against Dudu, Keno, Willian and Artur.

Moisés was in Machado’s starting eleven last Sunday against Atlético Paranaense, but came off already after six minutes, feeling the back of his right thigh. Yesterday, the grade 2 muscle injury was confirmed, leaving the midfielder out of combat for 4-6 weeks. No need to rush things: Moisés will have plenty of time for rehab during the World Cup.

On a more positive note, Guerra is back in full form and available for tomorrow’s Brazil Cup game against América Mineiro. Also Jean should be at Machado’s disposal any day now: the midfielder/right defender had surgery done to his right knee in January and recovery has been rather slow, but training has picked up well in the last few weeks.   

Against Alianza Lima and Atlético Paranaense, attacking midfielder Hyoran showed personality and development, the best indicators that Palmeiras’ patience with the kid should pay off. Some six kilos stronger, Hyoran has started to claim his space in the squad and is expected to become an ever more frequent piece in future starting-elevens.

Gustavo Scarpa‘s situation remains unsolved, all parties awaiting the court ruling regarding the validity of his rupture with Fluminense. Palmeiras president Galiotte has been in touch with the carioca team, expressing his readiness to facilitate things (e.g. compensate Fluminense financially), but so far, the situation seems locked. Curious how the otherwise so efficient Brazilian labour tribunal in this case moves so slowly: it’s been more than two months since Scarpa last set foot at Palmeiras, training on his own in Hortolândia, his home town.

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Late March, Palmeiras unveiled the new home kit for the season. The club’s crest is back, instead of the antique “P”, and a red star has been included as a reference to the World Club Cup title of 1951. The overall design is very clean and to the liking of supporters.
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Yesterday, the new away kit was used for the first time and, according to reactions on social media, also this model was well received. Again, a clean, stylish design. Apparently, Adidas has been saving the best for last.
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In a game not carrying much weight for Palmeiras, the green side fielded an alternative line-up and comfortably beat an Ituano fighting for a place in the quarterfinals (which they ended up losing due to poorer goal balance). The one true incentive for Palmeiras in the game was to maintaining the distance to the chasing teams, thus keeping the advantage of playing the second-leg of upcoming rounds at home.

The players lined-up for Palmeiras were a little bit different, but the attitude was the same as against São Paulo. The team started the match with more ball possession and had their first chance in the 6th minute: Bruno Henrique took a free kick just wide of the Ituano keeper’s left post. Palmeiras had another free kick in the 12th minute, but Scarpa’s shot exploded on Ituano’s wall of players. The deflected shot awarded Palmeiras a corner, but Guerra’s was an easy save for Wagner.

Palmeiras were in control created many opportunities to open the score. Scarpa was Palmeiras’ most dangerous player and fired away many times from outside the box. In the 43th minute, it paid off: Guerra received the ball deep from Tchê Tchê, looked up and passed the ball diagonally to Scarpa, progressing inside the box to place the ball in the keeper’s top right corner, completely out of reach. Palmeiras went into the lockers in the lead.
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The second half was a reproduction of the first one: Palmeiras creating many opportunities and Ituano a semi-chance here and there, all well saved by Weverton. In the 17th minute Palmeiras increased their lead in similar fashion to the first goal: Gustavo Scarpa, left footed shot, in the top right corner, but now from the left side of the box instead of the right.

Even ahead by two goals, Palmeiras did not slow their rhythm, many of the substitutes eager to show they deserved their spot in the starting eleven. The third came when Juninho, positioned as left-defender, found Fernando with a ground cross clear inside the box – the kid had been on for only three minutes – to score his first goal as a professional player for Palmeiras.

The players in green and white were looking for more and almost scored in three other opportunities before the final whistle. The best one was Scarpa’s, a shot from 2 meter’s distance blocked by a defender to deny him the hat-trick.

The tedious first stage of the São Paulo state Championship is over. Palmeiras ended this luxurious pre-season, where players suffer injuries due to the bad state of pitches and coaches are fired because of bad results, as the best team of the tournament: 26 points (first position), best attack (16 goals), best defense (8 goals) and top-scorer (Borja, 6 goals).

Tomorrow Tuesday the 13th, in the morning, the Paulista Football Federation will define day and time of the quarter-finals. Palmeiras will play Novorizontino, the first leg this upcoming Saturday or Sunday, and the decisive leg taking place at the Allianz Parque, probably on Thursday the 22nd. Finally, the Paulistão has begun!

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi

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The early definitions of head coach and priority reinforcement of the squad gave Palmeiras conditions to kick of the year in better shape than in a long time. After four rounds of the São Paulo championship, out of the 16 teams, only Palmeiras have a perfect score, having played Santo André (3-1); Botafogo (0-1); Red Bull Brasil (2-1) and Bragantino (0-2). On Sunday, an opponent of somewhat larger calibre awaits at the Allianz Parque in the shape of our playmaker Lucas Lima’s former club, Santos. Should be a great game to watch, with offensive football in abundance.

A few weeks back, we considered the Palmeiras squad readily assembled, informing that any additional newcomer, like Gustavo Scarpa, would materialize only should a particularly interesting opportunity arise. And so it did. The Brazilian judiciary freed Scarpa from his contract with Fluminense due to the Rio de Janeiro club’s non-fulfilment of contractual obligations and the attacking midfielder’s sudden availability on the market caused a fervour. With offers to pick and choose, Scarpa, like so many other quality players as of recent, opted to embark on the Green wagon, thrilled by the opportunity to play for Brazil’s currently most well-structured and realistically ambitious club. Scarpa signed a five-year contract a couple of weeks ago and should make his debut in our jersey mid-February. Welcome, Gustavo!
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While Palmeiras supporters rejoice with the consistent and meticulous construction of what, at least on paper, looks like a very strong title contender for 2018 and beyond, the Brazilian press seems less impressed. Although not even 14% of the club’s revenues last year originated from FAM/Crefisa, frequently Palmeiras are portrayed as “dependent on the sponsor”, an hostage even. In addition, smear and debauchery are launched on a daily basis against Palmeiras’ financial health, as if the club was miles ahead of everybody else (in fact, Flamengo top the revenues table, Palmeiras being the runners-up, closely followed by another two or three clubs). Palmeiras have a too qualified a squad, Palmeiras provoke unbalance in Brazilian football, Palmeiras lock the transfer market, Palmeiras’ sponsor deals yield too much (never mind Flamengo and Corinthians receive even larger additional amounts due to individually negotiated broadcasting rights), the list of complaints goes on and on.

It’s all bull, and the more of it we hear, the more we can be certain Palmeiras are on the right track. Brazilian press stopped caring about objectivity long ago, and that certainly includes many a sports journalist wearing a team jersey under the dress shirt like second skin. Keep on bashing you lot, we can take it. Expect return, with interest, in the shape of titles and more titles.

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