Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 4

May 30, 2008 at 17:40 2 comments

A bald and not so brave Edmundo

On Saturday we take our first look at Vasco de Gama as they come up against Grêmio in the estádio São Januário in Rio de Janeiro.

Vasco’s run in the Copa do Brasil came to an end when they went out in the semis midweek.

Edmundo’s penalty miss cost Vasco a place in the finals. The day after, the veteran shaved his head and announced his retirement; only to be told by club president Eurico Miranda that he was still expected to turn out for Vasco.

However, Edmundo is clearly not keen to face the Vasco fans quite so quickly and an ‘injury’ and will keep him out of the game on Saturday.

Coach Antônio Lopes will also have to do without the suspended Pablo. Madson is set to fill in on the left. Jorge Luiz has a knee problem and may not make the squad. 

Grêmio arrive in Rio unbeaten and yet to concede a goal. Three points will take them to the top of the league at least until Sunday.

However, the Porto Alegre team haven’t beaten Vasco in Rio de Janeiro in the Brasileiro for 14 years.

The São Januário is familiar territory to Celso Roth who was coaching Vasco this time last year.

Grêmio will be without their in-form front-man, Perea. Also missing is leftback, Hélder. Reinaldo and Anderson Pico are expected to come in.

Kick off: Saturday 30th May – 18:20 Brasilia

Ones to watch: Vasco’s frontmen: Leandro Amaral and Alex Teixeira. Grêmio centrebacks: Léo and Pereira


There’s trouble at mill for both Santos and São Paulo as these two rivals clash in the Vila Belmiro on Sunday.

Following Santo’s thumping away at Cruzeiro last weekend, coach Emerson Leão was given the boot.

Santos are trying to lure Paulo Autuori to the Vila but Sunday will see junior team coach, Márcio Fernandes, in charge. Ex São Paulo man Autuori is currently at Qatar’s Al Hayaan but Santos are hopeful of getting him released from his contract.

The caretaker coach has been toying with 4:4:2 and 3:5:2 all week but will only make a final decision before kick off.

Current league champions São Paulo have got off to a dreadful start to the season.

Muricy Ramalho’s team have yet to win and have only managed a paltry two goals. While the club and players have publically backed Ramalho, a change in coach is in the offing especially if São Paulo lose against their near neighbours.

São Paulo started slowly in 2007 before finishing as champions. But they were never anywhere near the bottom four as they are now.

Without Adriano goals will be hard to come by. But if Aloísio is fit, we can expect a stream of high balls into the area for the striker to head on, or more probably collapse in heap trying to get a free kick.

Kick off: Sunday 1st June – 16:00 Brasilia

Ones to watch: both Santos and São Paulo have notoriously fickle fans. Only 5000 showed up for São Paulo’s home game vs. Coritiba last week. And when things aren’t going well, you’ll be able to count the die-hards in the Vila.

On the pitch, look out for Santos’ defensive midfielder, Rodrigo Souto.





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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mr. ben  |  May 31, 2008 at 01:13

    Dear sir,

    I am your great fan and getting interested in your indept preview

    But, Is it possible for you now or in future to write Campeonato Brasileiro Weekend Preview for 20 teams , not just little 4 teams a week only ??

  • 2. frost  |  June 1, 2008 at 12:13

    Have been amazed that several teams in the Copa competition are actually TRYING Hard in league matches — Corinthians, Sport and Vasco, when you’d think that maybe they were going to play like SaoPaulo, no… they were actually playing Well, a pleasant surprise.


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