São Paulo and Palmeiras get off to poor starts

May 12, 2008 at 01:08 3 comments

The 2008 campeonato Brasileiro may have kicked off this weekend but some of the title favourites had their minds on upcoming games in either the Libertadores or the Copa do Brasil and rested key players.

Current champions, São Paulo lost an opener in the estádio Morumbi for the first time in 37 years. Just as they had done almost four decades ago, it was Grêmio that inflicted the defeat. The only goal came when centreback, Pereira, was left unmarked to head home early in the second period.

Less than 8000 turned up to see Muricy Ramalho’s side labour without a single creative player in the first half. Things improved with the introduction of Hernanes and Sérgio Mota but São Paulo were reduced to long-ball tactics to try to pick out centreback Alex Silva who had been thrown forward. Anymore performances like this and São Paulo will be hard-pushed to come anywhere near to retaining their title.

São Paulo’s opponents in the Libertadores, Fluminense, also rested players and could only manage a scoreless draw at Atlético Mineiro.

Santos take on Mexico’s América midweek and they put out a second-string outfit against Flamengo. The result: a 3×1 defeat in the Maracanã.

A weakened Internacional had the Copa do Brasil to think of but they were still too good for Vasco in Porto Alegre.

The surprise of the weekend came in a packed estádio Couto Pereira where newly-promoted Coritiba saw off Palmeiras 2×0. With the score at 0x0, Coritiba’s hopes took a severe knock late on in the first period when young starlet, Keirrison, was replaced following a hamstring injury. Another youth product, Hugo, came on and formed an immediate understanding with debut boy, Michael. The substitution proved to be the turning point and the pair went on to get Coritiba’s goals. Watch the best moments here.

Another new team, Portuguesa, were involved in the highest scoring match of the day. An incredible ten goals went in the estádio Canindé in the game against Figueirense. See them here.

Campeonato Brasileiro round 1 results 




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São Paulo

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jaro1910  |  May 12, 2008 at 17:12

    Respect for Gremio and Coritiba. Michael shows he is good player. Greeting from Poland!:)

  • 2. inferno coral belfast branch  |  May 12, 2008 at 17:27

    Hello again. I thought the opening weekend showed the best and worst of Brazilian football in full effect. The worst – tiny crowds for the Sao Paulo and Botafogo games, shocking referees (Carlinhos Paraiba´s sending off for Coritiba and the Coritiba Palmeiras game in general) and childish paranoid conspiracy theories (Sport´s directors somehow starting from a dodgy offside decision against Botafogo and ending at the conclusion that Inter bought their Mundial in 2007). The best – Coritba, Coritba and Coritba. Michael and Ken were impressive but the star for me was Paraiba (until his sending off). I have to declare a vested interest – he was the sole reason for watching Santa Cruz over the last two years (at least after Marcelo Ramos left), and his trojan efforts to single handedly keep O Mais Querido in the second division last year were heartbreaking when one looked at the idle scoundrels he was unfortunate enough to call teamates (a curse on you, Nildo and Marquinhos, wherever you may be). A prediction – Seleçao and a big European team (with his engine (great football cliche number 345) I can see Germany rather than Italy or Spain) sometime in 2009 if not before. And Carlinhos – please don´t go to Sao Paulo…..cheers

  • 3. Fernando Galvão  |  May 12, 2008 at 20:44

    Where’s Corinthians, John? The best one you just omitted???!!!!


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