Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 8

June 27, 2008 at 17:25 11 comments

Santos brace themselves for Diogo

On Saturday, we head to the estádio Canindé as Portuguesa take on Santos.

This is our first look at Portuguesa and we’ve caught them at a good moment.

After a tough start on their return to the top flight, Vágner Benazzi’s boys appear to be finding their feet and three straight wins have propelled Portuguesa up the table to 8th.

Portuguesa have already beaten Atlético Paranaense and Internacional at home (but who hasn’t?!) and drew with Figueirense and Palmeiras.

While the Canindé outfit are flying high, the same cannot be said of Santos who are currently second from bottom.

After last weekend’s humiliating 4×0 home defeat to Goiás, the pressure is already piling on Santos’ beleaguered coach, Cuca.

The former Botafogo man has lost two of his three games in charge and has appealed for reinforcements. Apodi, Maicon, Robinho (no, not that one!), Michael, Robero Brum and Fabiano Eller have duly arrived but perhaps only Apodi will be available on Saturday.

Santos have already lost away 3 times (Flamengo, Cruzeiro, Vitória) but they did pick up a point in the 1-1 draw with Fluminense.

Portuguesa should be at full strength. Cuca is without Robinho and Adaílton who are injured.  

Kick off: 28th June – 18:20 – Brasilia

Goal average: 2

Ones to watch: Portuguesa’s Diogo has already been linked with most of Europe’s big clubs.


Sunday sees our cameras at the estádio Mineirão for the crunch encounter between title contenders Cruzeiro and São Paulo.

Even at this early stage of the season, both clubs are aware of the importance of this game.

A win for Cruzeiro will see them move seven clear of their rivals and São Paulo cannot allow that to happen.

Cruzeiro have a 100% record at home. Botafogo, Santos, Vasco and Figueirense have all fallen by the wayside and Adílson Batista’s team have yet to concede a goal.

But this record will be put to the test by a São Paulo side that has put together a run of three straight wins and is unbeaten in six.

São Paulo have yet to lose away. After drawing with Santos and Atlético Paranaense, São Paulo’s last road trip saw them leave the Maracanã with all the points after beating Flamengo 4×2. 

Muricy Ramalho’s side thwarted Cruzeiro’s title ambitions in 2007 by doing the double over the Foxes. And, you have to go back to May 2004 for Cruzeiro’s last win against São Paulo. But if the Belo Horizonte outfit are really serious about the title, this is the time to end that run.

Jadílson and Thiago Heleno will be absent from Adílson Batista’s squad. Muricy Ramalho has Hernanes and Alex Silva at his disposal after their return from duty with Brazil’s Olympic squad.

Kick off: 29th June – 16:00 – Brasilia

Goal average = 2.4 – four 0-0s

Ones to watch: Espinosa has been in excellent form for Cruzeiro. Guilherme is having a good season. If he performs well against Miranda, André Dias and Alex Silva, then it might be time to start believing all the hype. 


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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Guillermo  |  June 27, 2008 at 18:58

    Not a single word about the greatest derby in Brazil (GREnal)???

    Is this guy completely dumb or just a jackass???

    GO GRÊMIO!!!

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  June 27, 2008 at 19:06

    Hi Guillermo

    thanks for your witty and insightful comment.

    the preview is just about the games we are going to broadcast.

    we will be doing the Grêmio x Cruzeiro and Grêmio x Palmeiras matches in July. so, i’m sure we’re all looking forward to reading more of your words of wisdom then.

  • 3. frost  |  June 28, 2008 at 11:13

    –(heh-heh-heh)– great come-back, Jon….
    Appreciate your perspectives, even though we occasionally disagree slightly. Keep up the good work! Annnnd, tell ol’ Bill, the best place in all of Brasil is the Urca neighborhood of Rio. I’m hoping to purchase a little apartment there as soon as those Obama/socialists take over here in the US in November……

  • 4. frost  |  June 28, 2008 at 11:18

    Oh — another thing…. would appreciate your observations on Serie “B” if you spend any time analyzing them…..

  • 5. frost  |  June 28, 2008 at 11:41

    Oh, one more thing, Jon — not certain where to get legitimate information often enough… updated stuff. So, has Internacional ever received a NEW head-coach? And, any remarks about the shuffling of coaches elsewhere?

  • 6. Luz  |  June 28, 2008 at 12:05

    Another site and another TV program that ignores the non RJ/SP teams

    You ignore Gre-nal and also atletiva (Derbi of Paeana)

    You , like so many others have forgotten that Brasil is more than RJ/SP

    I recommend to you to read Zero Hora

    (it is, than click esportes

    Why bradcast Santos? thay are very bad lately, Cruzeiro and Gremio, together with Flamengo are the leaders of the Brasileirao.

    150 countries?? where can I see what countries are they and how can somebody see the Brqasileiao on line

  • 7. pitacodogringo  |  June 28, 2008 at 14:11

    Hi Luz
    I take your point that we do tend to broadcast a lot of the teams from São Paulo and Rio and I will send a message to the people who choose these games (it’s not me by the way!) to see if we can get more variety.
    Unfortunately, our choice of matches is somewhat restricted by Globo’s and Sportv’s schedule for their domestic audience in Brazil.
    This weekend for example it would have been ideal if Cruzeiro had played São Paulo on Saturday, and the Grêmio x Internacional game had been at 16:00 and not on pay per view at 18:10 as it is in Brazil.
    Saturday’s games were restricted to Vasco x Ipatinga, Vitória x Goiás, and Portuguesa x Santos. So, which one would you have chosen?
    I don’t know which countries exactly but I’ll get on to the marketing department to find out.
    You can see our schedule of games here:
    There are a number of internet sites where you can see the games and Footbrazil (our weekly magazine show). Go here:
    I will certainly take a look at Zerohora, thanks.

  • 8. pitacodogringo  |  June 28, 2008 at 14:14

    Hi Frost

    you can find everything in English here:,31294,5951,00.html

  • 9. LUZ  |  July 13, 2008 at 04:03

    Did you by any chance saw the game between tenmere and Liverpool? It was the estreia of Diego , the GK of palmeiras, for Liverpool.
    I am writing about this game because I have seen it by a bad stream so I did not see soem lances very clearly

    for example the chance of Lucas from a golden pass of Pcheco was described by the Liverpool official site as: Coyne denies Lucas at his feet after a magnificent flick from Pacheco sends him\ clean through on goal

    Ï do not understand exactly what he means by denied at his feet, i thought it was a foul, but i did not see it very well. Do you have a link to highlights or have you seen it

    BTW, Pacheco prooved again that he is a very good player and I hope to see more of him

    You ccan see the link to the goal of Benayoun in the a/m URl

  • 10. pitacodogringo  |  July 13, 2008 at 10:21

    oi Luz
    I read that Cavaleiri came on in the second-half vs Tranmere, that’s all.
    the phrase means something like: Lucas was about to shoot but the goalkeeper dived towards Lucas’ feet to take the ball away or block the shot. i’ll ask some of my Liverpool contacts if they have a link to the highlights, ok?

  • 11. LUZ  |  July 15, 2008 at 04:31

    Thanks for the link, nevertheless, didn´t you notice that i have a better version of the goal video embedded in the same page you visited_

    the same link (I can not embed in the xtratime) was given in the thread of Lucas Leiva in the xtratime. Golaso of Yossi with non egoinstic pass by Lucas, the mos team player I have seen, always passes if he thinks the other player is better located, in this specific case, he was quite capable of shoot himself from his position, but he saw yossi¨more centered and gave him this “nonchalant¨” pass, and the result was this nice goal, he had arranged some goals to him last season in Liverpool. Just a remark

    Another issue, did you follow the last jornada of the Braileirao? Some classicos were determined in the last minute.. never a dull moment,
    You are invited to visit my blogs anytime (all 4 of them)

    Apart form the mulhergremista amd mulhergremista2 I have also 2 in the flogao , I am afraid a little bit neglected lately

    If tou ignore the kitch and read the texts you may even learn something

    bjs, Luz


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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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