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In an effort to “protect” key pieces of the 2016 champion squad, Palmeiras have extended the contracts of midfielders Moisés, Tchê Tchê and Thiago Santos. The extensions are paired with increased salaries and rescission fines.

The biggest change relates to Moisés, on a contract only until the end of this year and now tied until the end of 2020. Thiago Santos’ contract was extended by one year, from end of 2018 to end of 2019. Tchê Tchê was already on a long commitment, until May 2019, and can now see the whole of 2019 out.

Earlier, Palmeiras extended Jailson’s until the end of 2018, and Alecsandro and Zé Roberto’s until the end of 2017. Palmeiras also acquired 40% of the economic rights of right-back Fabiano from Cruzeiro (now on a five-year contract), and remaining 50% of the economic rights of Dudu, the forward now belonging 100% to the Palestra.

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Dudu and Vítor Hugo were called up to the Brazil squad taking on Colombia tomorrow in a friendly game, in Rio de Janeiro, in benefit of the families of players and staff victims in the Chapecoense plane crash. As this is not a FIFA date, only players active in Brazil and Colombia will take part.

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mendietaOn a side note, William Mendieta has been sold to Olímpia, from Asunción. The midfielder arrived at Palmeiras in 2013, played 38 games and scored eight goals before moving on a loan deal to the Paraguayan side in February 2015. Pleasing the directors at his new club, the transfer has now been made permanent.

moucheAlso Pablo Mouche will be playing for Olímpia in 2017, the Argentine striker on a loan deal until the end of the year, with an option to buy. He arrived at Palmeiras in 2014, but has spent considerable time at other clubs, most recently at Red Star Belgrade.

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After a goalless draw against Nacional in the Antel Cup final, a penalty shootout left the Uruguayan side with the trophy. The Palmeiras squad return home in a positive spirit: no conceded goal in three games and newly arrived players showing quality, especially Edu Dracena, Erik, Moisés and Régis.

Preparations for the 2016 São Paulo Cup are at full speed. As in the previous edition of the competition, 20 teams from the state participate, equally divided into four groups, A-D. Palmeiras are to be found in group B, together with Ituano, Novorizontino, Ponte Preta and São Bernardo. The freakish regulation also remains, with teams playing 15 rounds only against teams NOT in their group, with the top two from each group advancing to the quarterfinals. Palmeiras debut is on Sunday, away, against Botafogo/SP.

Centre-back Edu Dracena, a given in Sunday’s starting eleven alongside Vítor Hugo, will not make the cut: he suffered a muscle injury to one of his calves last week with an expected three weeks to recover (hopefully, in time for the Libertadores Cup debut). Cleiton Xavier is another, also suffering from a problem in one of his calves, but his injury is more serious, with at least 6 weeks to recover. In addition, we have defensive midfielder Rodrigo with a badly twisted ankle, expected back in roughly three weeks’ time but he has recovered quickly and is training well.

A few players have left or are on the verge of leaving. Pablo Mouche has signed a six-months contract with Argentine club Lanús, although he makes no secret of his inner wish: a return to Boca Juniors. I personally doubt Mouche will be returning to Palmeiras, which is fine. Then, there is Jonathan Cristaldo, apparently on his way to Russian club Rubin Kazan. The offer seems generous enough, although that does not matter much from a Palmeiras viewpoint: it is club president Nobre holding part of the economic rights to the player, not the club. In any case, it is a bit of a shame seeing Cristaldo go: he is very charismatic and has bonded tightly with Palmeiras and the supporters. However, selling him makes perfect sense from a technical/tactical point of view, so that’s that. Last and least, right-back Weldinho will play for second-division Brasil de Pelotas this season. As his contract with Palmeiras expires at the end of the year, this is another player gone for good.

Today 28 January, the international transfer window opened, remaining so until 20 April. Although little has been commented backstage, much less officially, one can safely assume Alexandre Mattos has scanned the market for options in at least two positions: a centre-forward/striker (think immediate substitute for Lucas Barrios) and a centre-back ready to give Dracena/Hugo a fight for their spots. With a weakened local currency, Mattos must be both creative and convincing to reel in what he needs from the international market. Time will tell.

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Saturday we got a first glimpse of Palmeiras anno 2015. Although a few pieces were missing on the pitch – most notably Valdivia, Dudu, Kelvin, Robinho and Arouca – what we saw is more than enough to fuel aspirations. With less than two weeks of training, the starting eleven was an interesting combination of youth and routine, players aggressive and on their toes, most of them seemingly at ease and confident. Newcomers Zé Roberto, Amaral, Gabriel, Lucas, Leandro Pereira… They all elevated the quality, individually and collectively. The usual sighs, at least from my part, were directed toward Mendieta and Maikon Leite – two players that have little place in this reformulated squad, if you ask me. Oswaldo de Oliveira’s job to either shut me up or prove me right by giving their transfers the green light.

The game was entertaining and bore little resemblance to a traditional friendly: Palmeiras were pepped, wanting their first victory at the Allianz Parque.  And there it was 3-1, after goals from Leandro Pereira, Lucas and Cristaldo. Highlights below.

In the second half, Oswaldo made eleven substitutions. Well, actually 12: Mouche was injured and carried off after only a few minutes on the pitch. Unfortunately, he tore a ligament in his right knee and will need surgery: he’s only expected back in six month’s time. You will remember Leandro had foot surgery last week. The need for a numerous squad is obvious. Anything Palmeiras wishes Mouche, who already has been receiving a lot of support via social media, a speedy recovery.

Coming Saturday Palmeiras are expected to play one last friendly before the Paulistão kicks off. Opponent to be confirmed.

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Mattos isn’t done. Palmeiras have confirmed the signing of 24-year-old centre-back Jackson. He comes as a one-year loan from Internacional of Porto Alegre. From the stands, the defender watched the friendly against Shandong, radiating excitement with the year to come.  

Ryder+Matos+ACF+Fiorentina+v+FC+Dnipro+Dnipropetrovsk+75Gk1zG8gRQlA 16th signing may be announced soon: 21-year-old offensive midfielder/winger Ryder Matos. Originating from Vitória’s youth academy, Matos was picked up by Italian club Fiorentina already at the age of 14 and was envisioned a tremendous career, a “Brazilian Messi” of sorts. Initially corresponding to expectations, years went by and things didn’t quite work out as planned. In 2012-2013, Fiorentina placed Matos at Bahia, where he played in the junior leagues. In 2014 he was back in Europe, this time on loan to Córdoba of Spain. He hardly entered the pitch.  A new one-year loan, now at Palmeiras, seems to be his destiny. The Verdão‘s director of football seems to believe the kid still has a future: the draft contract stipulates the price in case Palmeiras wish to purchase Matos by the end of the year.

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Although the words “Master Sponsor” make me nauseous, a deal is apparently close, either with an electronics manufacturer or a national financial institution. “Announcement before the end of the month”, they say. Have we heard that before… Reportedly, the deal corresponds to some 10% of Palmeiras’ total expected revenues in 2015: a rather low percentage due to a) Paulo Nobre having finally understood that in this day and age, few are ready to pump US$ 10 million into a Brazilian football club, and b) the overall increase in expected revenues for Palmeiras this year, mainly boosted by the growth of the Avanti supporter membership programme (more on this later) and increased ticket revenues, making the master sponsor deal comparatively less important.

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Ricardo Gareca is training the squad in Atibaia, interior of São Paulo. Defensive midfielder Marcelo Oliveira describes him as a hands-on and hard-working coach, who speaks a lot to the players and pays a lot of attention to the defence. “He wants the defensive line aggressive and compact”, Marcelo says. “When putting pressure on an attacking opponent, he want us all going as one, and in proximity, with no more than five meters between centre backs”, he concludes.

Gareca might be concerned with defence, but not only: in a friendly against Barueri earlier this week, Palmeiras won 6-0, with unlikely Felipe Menezes scoring three goals. A good coaches has the ability to bring the best out of players. If this is a first taste of what’s to come, we’re in for a treat.

tobioThursday afternoon Palmeiras announced the first reinforcement post-Gareca: 24-year-old Argentine centre-back Fernando Tobio. Gareca’s protégé at Velez, the 186 cm tall defender has signed a five-year contract and is already in Atibaia with the rest of the squad. “This is a moment for which I’ve been waiting a long time”, a visibly pleased Fernando told journalists.

moucheYet another hermano joined the squad yesterday: 26-year-old striker Pablo Mouche. Palmeiras, with the aid of investors, brought the former Boca Juniors player from Turkish club Kayserispor for US$ 4 million. The player, with experience from Argentina’s U20 and National squad, has also signed a five year contract and becomes Palmeiras sixth foreigner in the squad, joining fellow countryman Tobio, Victorino and Eguren (both from Uruguay) Valdivia (Chile) and Mendieta (Paraguay).

Players leaving can also be good news. Finally, Palmeiras got rid of Luis Felipe, the right-wing defender with good technique but lacking morals. He was sold to a group of investors for US$ 1,3 million, destined to pass him on to Benfica of Portugal.

Solve one problem, just to have another show its ugly head. Defensive midfielder França was supposed to play for Figueirense until the end of the year, but last Wednesday he flipped his car over when returning home from a party. The following day he did some other, non-disclosed but certainly stupid shit, because Figueirense dismissed him without further ado. What Palmeiras will do with him now is anybody’s guess. A first step could perhaps include a detox clinic.

Twelve hours to kickoff. Brazil will stop once again as the national squad face the Chileans (with Valdivia) for the first game of the 2014 World Cup knockout phase. The winner take on either Colombia or Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

So… Avanti Brasil!

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With players back at Palmeiras after two weeks of holidays, Argentine Ricardo Gareca has officially been installed and is now exercising his coaching duties. Things have been going smooth these first couple of days, with a focus on low-intensity muscular training and the carrying out of some physical evaluations. Gareca is addressing all players by their names and the language barrier has apparently not been an issue.
Defensive midfielder Tinga is not in the group commanded by Gareca: on loan at different clubs since 2012 – the last one being Avaí – Palmeiras has negotiated the players’ economic rights with Japanese club Jubilo Iwata, putting an end to Tinga’s four-year spell at Palmeiras.

mateusmullerAttending a request from Gareca, Palmeiras have promoted four players from the youth academy that will train with the first squad: defenders Léo Cunha and Mateus Müller, midfielder Juninho and striker Erik. These are all good names: Müller (pictured on your right) was on the Brazilian under 20 national squad that won the international “Panda” Cup. The group of four will join the rest of the squad this coming Monday, for the training period in the city of Atibaia, interior of the state of São Paulo. Gareca is known for keeping a close eye on the youth academy.

Palmeiras also continue scanning the transfer market for reinforcements. Argentine centre-back Fernando Tobio is said to have reached a verbal agreement with Palmeiras and is expected to sign a five-year contract in July. Forwards are also a priority, with former Boca Juniors striker Pablo Mouche reportedly close to signing. Both these players are on Gareca’s wish list; an invasion of hermanos, it seems.

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The World Cup today features three clashes:

At the moment of writing, David is doing rather well against Goliath, Australia putting pressure on the Dutch and sustaining a 1-1 draw in group B.

At 7pm local time, the last game of the day features Cameroon and Croatia, both teams looking to bounce back from their initial defeat in Group A, where Brazil and Mexico sum four points each after yesterday’s goalless draw.

It’s however the game in the middle, at 4pm, that attracts the most attention: Chile take on current World Champions Spain, the latter desperately needing the three points after having lost in the opening round to van Persie, Robben and Co. At William Hill world cup betting, Chile is the natural underdog at 5 to 1, but if Palmeiras’ playmaker Valdivia finds the space for those precise cut-through passes while counter-attacking, the Spaniards might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

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