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Last Saturday, on 28 March, Palmeiras paid homage to one of club’s biggest idols in recent times: Alexsandro de Souza. Alex for short. A game was played at the Allianz Parque between the “Friends of Alex” squad against the “Palmeiras Libertadores 1999” squad. So much history bundled together it makes you breathless.
Alex was instrumental in securing the Brazil Cup and the Mercosur Cup in 1998, and the Libertadores Cup in 1999.

Alex was instrumental in turning this recently arrived Swede into a palmeirense.  

At Palmeiras, Alex played a total of 241 games, scoring 78 times and giving 56 assists.

Certainly other players from the last two decades were as big or bigger playing for Palmeiras, but there is something special with this playmaker, respected on and of the pitch like few others, and very well known also outside of Brazil due to his magnificent years at Turkish Fenerbahçe.  

No wonder there were many Turkish fans present at the Allianz Parque last Saturday. One of Alex’s most feverish followers is Harun Aydogan. Leaving the rest of the space for him and his own words. Enjoy.

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This is Harun Aydogan, from Turkey. I am 22 years old and a university student in my country. I went to Brazil, as you guys know, because of Alex. He was our Captain for eight years. And he was the best ever seen in my country. He has a perfect personality: even after our team Fenerbahçe’s backward president Aziz Yıldırım kick him out of the club, he didn’t say a bad thing. And he never changes, Alex is such a kind person. We love Alex. We love our Captain. He deserves the best. I am so happy because I was able to meet him in Brazil and even, for the first time, see and talk to him, face to face. It made me so excited. I am totally sure that he one day is going to be the coach of Fenerbahçe!

This is me with my captain, my idol, and our future coach Capitão Alex de Souza! Nós te amamos!

This is me with my captain, my idol, and our future coach Capitão Alex de Souza! Nós te amamos!

As for Palmeiras and their fans, thank you so much! Especially the guys from Mancha Verde! They are exactly ultras, who really connect with the team 100% heart. By the way, I would love the watch a game with them and sing a song for Palmeiras and for Alex also! Thank you for everything, Brazilian people: you are so friendly, just like Turkish people! Thank you guys, I felt like home! I hope I can return to Brazil and watch a game at the Allianz Parque!

Obrigadão, Capitão Alex!
Obrigadão, Palmeiras!
Obrigadão, Mancha Verde!

This is me some two years ago, back in Turkey, with my Palmeiras jersey! Look I made a heart for you guys! :))

This is me some two years ago, back in Turkey, with my Palmeiras jersey! Look I made a heart for you guys! :))


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Considering the pessimistic, i.e. realistic outlook for yesterday’s game against Flamengo, the draw was a good result (even though Palmeiras could have returned home with three points, as the carioca goal featured a participating player in the offside position). Even more important: players gave 100 per cent and seemed focused on nothing else but the game. The squad demonstrated unity, indicating that the doomsday predictions were exaggerated and that Scolari is still very much on top of things. Watch the game highlights below.



Kleber drew the shortest straw. After a very heated argument with Scolari the night before yesterday, the “Gladiator” didn’t travel to Rio de Janeiro with the rest of the squad and Scolari categorically and repeatedly confirmed – both before and after the game – that Kleber would not be playing under his command again. Director of football Frizzo echoed the decision this morning on returning to São Paulo, confirming that Kleber will be training separately from the rest of the squad and that he will not wear Palmeiras’ jersey again.

It seems like we’re de facto coming to the end of “Klebergate”; that frustrated attempt of our very own Judas to get a substantial salary raise by threatening a transfer to Flamengo (which included faking injury in order not to reach the seven-games-played transfer limit). There are today many a Palmeiras supporter wondering what to do with that once favourite #30 jersey, not to mention those poor sods who bought a wretched “action figure”. Serves as a lesson to us all: players come and go but Palmeiras is eternal. One needs to choose “idols” carefully; in activity at Palmeiras today, there’s Marcos. No one else. End of story.

The normally well informed Conrado Cacace (no, I’m not getting paid each time I make reference to the Verdazzo chief editor) did a bit of investigating and early came up with additional information on the João Vítor incident. A few things are especially worth noticing:

– This might not have been the first time João Vítor is in trouble with supporters. The police are investigating if Tuesday’s incident is the continuation of previous unresolved business.

– Possibly, there was only one supporter approaching João Vítor and the other two. When things got physical, the other supporters came running.

The above information might explain why the official note by Palmeiras was surprisingly vague and only made reference to the upcoming police investigation. There’s always (at least) two sides to every story. Stay tuned.

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