Same old song in the Brasileiro

May 20, 2008 at 18:09 2 comments

With just two rounds of the Campeonato Brasileiro gone, there’s a familiar tune being banged out around Série A.

Less than two weeks into the season, three of the league’s twenty teams have already swapped their coach.

First to go was Atlético Mineiro’s Geninho who resigned 15th May after his club’s exit to Botafogo in the Copa do Brasil.

On Sunday evening, Alexandre Gallo left Figueirense to take up Geninho’s old post in Belo Horizonte. This is not the first time Gallo has been seduced by one of the big boys. In April last year, the coach was doing exceedingly well with Sport Recife before Internacional stepped in and took him to Porto Alegre. Gallo survived six weeks at the estádio Beira-Rio before being shown the door. In 2005, he had an unsuccessful six month spell with Santos.

Figueirense moved quickly to replace Gallo and have handed an opportunity to Guilherme Macuglia. Macuglia worked wonders earlier this year guiding small fries Guaratinguetá to the semi-finals of the Campeonato Paulista – no mean feat when you consider the league contains São Paulo, Palmeiras, Corinthians and Santos. At 46, this is Macuglia’s first shot at Série A, but the former Figueirense player will feel at home in Santa Catarina.

Monday was Ney Franco’s turn. Franco was always on borrowed time after Atlético Paranaense went out of the Copa do Brasil to minnows Corinthians Alagoas and lost the finals of the Campeonato Paranaense to Coritiba. The last straw was Sunday’s 1×1 home draw with a São Paulo reserve side and Franco was given the boot the day after.

Atlético have appointed Roberto Fernandes (photo) who led Náutico to the top of the Brasileiro this weekend. Like Macuglia, this is a step up for Fernandes. The 37 year old has done his time at the smaller clubs but this will be a real challenge as his new employers have already demanded that Atlético finish in this year’s top four and clinch a place in the Libertadores.

In 2007, only five teams: Cruzeiro, Fluminense, Palmeiras, Santos and São Paulo managed to get through the season with the same coach. Paraná got through five and Juventude four; and not surprisingly, both went down. 



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frost  |  May 21, 2008 at 10:42

    Just curious — do you also follow the “B” bunch? They’re an interesting group to watch – – would appreciate an occasional comment and your analysis.

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  May 22, 2008 at 14:00

    if something really interesting crops up in Série B, i’ll try to cover it. of course, with Corinthians in the second division, there’s bound to be some controversy!


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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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