Campeonato Paulista: so tight it hurts

March 27, 2008 at 00:20 5 comments

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With just two rounds remaining of the São Paulo state championship, not one semi final place has been secured and no one has been relegated (though Rio Claro are very close).

Only seven points separate the top nine sides – the first four go on to the next stage.

The so-called minnows such as Guaratinguetá, Ponte Preta and Barueri, have made this Paulista a real contest. Mirassol, Noroeste and Bragantino may still have a say in who makes the semis.

On Wednesday, Santos made it six wins in seven after beating archenemies Corinthians in the Vila Belmiro. Former Corinthians centreback, Betão, helped kept his old team at bay until he was sent off late in the match following a tussle with Herreira.

Coach Emerson Leão has a great chance of getting Santos into the playoffs – a remarkable feat considering the team had long since been written off (I even said he’d get the chop).

The result left Corinthians in 4th but they may drop out of the playoff zone if São Paulo win their match vs strugglers Sertãozinho on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Palmeiras left it very, very late against a stubborn Portuguesa. 3 minutes into stoppage time, Jorge Preá pounced on the ball after it came off the bar and Palmeiras went top. This was Preá’s first goal for the club and he milked every second of it in a packed Palestra Itália.

  Team Pts Pd W D L G+ G- GD
1 Palmeiras 34 17 10 4 3 30 15 15
2 Guaratinguetá 31 16 10 1 5 20 12 8
3 Ponte Preta 31 17 9 4 4 31 19 12
4 Corinthians 30 17 8 6 3 19 11 8
5 Barueri 29 17 9 2 6 31 19 12
6 Santos 29 17 9 2 6 25 20 5
7 São Paulo 29 16 8 5 3 23 20 3
8 Mirassol 26 16 8 2 6 24 22 2
9 Noroeste 26 17 7 5 5 24 18 6
10 Bragantino 25 17 7 4 6 25 23 2
11 Portuguesa 25 17 6 7 4 18 14 4
12 Ituano 23 17 7 2 8 20 28 -8
13 São Caetano 20 17 5 5 7 15 25 -10
14 Marília 19 17 6 1 10 17 16 1
15 Paulista 19 17 5 4 8 21 23 -2
16 Juventus 16 17 4 4 9 18 31 -13
17 Rio Preto 15 17 4 3 10 16 25 -9
18 Sertãozinho 15 16 4 3 9 15 24 -9
19 Guarani 15 17 4 3 10 16 29 -13
20 Rio Claro 12 17 3 3 11 14 28 -14
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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John in New Jersey  |  March 27, 2008 at 01:53

    HELLO,,

    I AM A PALMEIRAS FAN ,CAN U TELL ME WHEN THE SEMIS START AND WHAT DATE THE FINAL WILL BE ???
    THINKING ABOUT GOING TO BRAZIL FOR THE GAME.

    JOHN

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  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  March 27, 2008 at 10:26

    Hi John

    assuming your boys get there (i hope they do!) the semis are scheduled to start 13 Apr (round 20) & 20 Apr (round 21). the finals are 27 April (round 22) & $ May (round 23) – i can’t see any reason why these dates should change (in fact, i doubt they can because the Campeonato Brasileiro is just around the corner) but it’s worth reconfirming them once the semi final places have been decided

    before then, Palmeiras have two games – home to São Caetano (sat) & away at Barueri (sun 6th April)

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  • 3. wagner g soares  |  March 28, 2008 at 12:48

    Somos uma escolinha de futebol em Ilhéus Bahia e peço que voce mostre aos seus visitantes o nosso site.
    http://www.escolafutebol.com.br

    Estamos procurando empresários e clubes de futebol profissionais do brasil e exterior
    que possam investir em nossa escolinha. Toda parceria será atraves de contratos registratos em cartório com (x %) por cada atleta. Futuramente sendo federados negociados para qualquer clube do Brasil ou exterior.
    Agora no dia 13 de Março faremos 15 anos de fundação da nossa escolinha.
    Temos hoje mais de 220 alunos, nas categorias de fraldinha até juvenil.

    Reply
  • 4. pitacodogringo  |  March 28, 2008 at 13:25

    a quick translation of wagner’s post:

    we are a football school in Ilhéus, Bahia, and would like you to show our site to your visitors.

    we are looking for business people and clubs in Brazil or abroad to invest in our school. every partnership will be registered to receive (x%) for each player. there is a chance that these players could be sold to Brazilian or foreign clubs. on march 13th we celebrated 15 years of existence. today we have more than 220 students from kids to junior levels

    Reply
  • 5. Flamengo sport club DF  |  January 1, 2015 at 19:08

    Estamos precisando de parceiro em empresários ,agente,e /ou procurador, clubes no Brasil e exterior! Incentivo em investir na base em nossa “Academia de futebol Flamengo-DF.”
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Academia-de-Futebol-Flamengo-DF/743772322383054?ref=hl

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The man who came up with: Messi carrying Argentina. Neymar carrying Brazil. British Airways carrying England. My name is Jon Cotterill. I am an English football commentator for TV Globo in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently we're broadcasting two live Campeonato Brasileiro or Campeonato Paulista games per week plus our magazine show, Footbrazil to 180 countries. + Eu trabalho como narrador na TV Globo em São Paulo, Brasil. Atualmente, nos transmitimos dois jogos ao vivo do Campeonato Brasileiro ou Campeonato Paulista por semana e nosso programa de futebol semanal, Footbrazil.

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