Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 11

July 11, 2008 at 20:43 2 comments

On Saturday, we take our first look at two clubs with widely contrasting fortunes in the league as we head to Rio’s estádio Maracanã for Fluminense vs Vitória.

Fluminense made it all the way to the finals of the Libertadores only to come away empty-handed against Ecuador’s LDU.

The Brasileiro was secondary while Flu maintained an interest in the South American tournament. But with the squad Flu have, the results should not have been as poor in the league.

The good news is that after ten attempts, Renato Gaucho’s team finally managed a win midweek when they beat Atlético Paranaense 3×0.

But Flu face a monumental challenge if they are to make the top four slots and return to the Libertadores next year.

In stark contrast, new boys, Vitória, are enjoying life on their return to the top flight.

After sliding all the way down to Série C in recent seasons, Vitória grown immensely since losing their opener to Cruzeiro and the Bahia outfit are just 3 points behind leaders Flamengo.

Coach Vágner Mancini has blended together a mishmash of veterans, rejects, and youth products led by the 36 year-old, former Brazil international, Ramon.

Vitória have now won five of their last six and the club feel that a top four finish is a definite possibility.

Renato Gaúcho’s side will be without regular keeper Fernando Henrique who is suspended – Ricardo Berna fills in. Thiago Neves should be back after a muscle strain.  Vágner Mancini has a full squad to choose from. Marco Aurélio and Anderson may start.

Goal average: 2.2

Kick off: 18:20 – 12 July – Brasilia

Ones to watch: Flu’s Thiago Neves is attracting all the European scouts. Ramon has been running the show for Vitória.


On Sunday, we travel to the estádio Morumbi for the clash between archenemies São Paulo and Palmeiras.

São Paulo’s 8 game unbeaten run came to an end midweek when they were somewhat unfortunate to lose away at Náutico.

Unlike 2007, the champions have not been able to convert tight games into wins. 5 draws have cost Muricy Ramalho’s men dearly and they are already 9 adrift of leaders Flamengo.

São Paulo cannot afford to lose more ground and so Sunday’s match with their bitter rivals takes on even more significance.

Palmeiras struggled against a resilient Figueirense on Thursday and had to come from behind to earn a draw at home.

Alex Mineiro was once again the player to rescue his side from defeat.

The Palestra Itália outfit have now drawn their last two outings. This may be the result of the steady whittling down of the squad. Henrique and Diego Cavalieri have already gone. Hertha Berlin are already sniffing round Valdívia and this may cost Palmeiras in the end.

Palmeiras start the day 4 points above their rivals but will leave the Morumbi disappointed if they fail to extend this to 7.

Muricy Ramalho’s team will be missing the injured Miranda but Alex Silva returns from suspension. Vanderlei Luxemburgo can call on Leandro now his contract problems have been sorted out. Gustavo is injured. Pierre and Elder Granja are doubtful. Kleber should come in for Lenny.

Goal average: 2.4

Kick off: 16:00 – 13 July – Brasilia

Ones to watch: São Paulo’s Borges has scored in his last three games. Valdívia and Kléber always seem to do well against São Paulo

Elsewhere, leaders Flamengo face neighbours Vasco in the estádio Maracanã on Sunday. Fla are favourites to take the points but Vasco may be finding some form after walloping Sport 4-0 on Thursday.

The other big derby match is at the estádio Mineirão where Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro go head to head. Atlético are the draw-kings of the Brasileiro with 6 to their name already this season. But Cruzeiro are going through a patchy period and Atlético are in with a shout on Sunday.

New Botafogo coach Ney Franco will get to see his boys in action against Santos in the Vila Belmiro. Franco has been ‘between jobs’ since he was ousted from Atlético Paranaense in May.
















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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frost  |  July 12, 2008 at 21:25

    Excellent analysis, but, how much importance do you feel these lineup and personnel changes will have in the long term? Are not the new, upcoming stars likely to properly replace those “big names” (with inflated egos?) who may not be as terrific as they thought?
    I have no confidence in the Ney Franco types who just shuffle around from one job to the next, and the next — but there are a few coaches like Luxemburgo who inspire their teams to play “better than they really are.”
    Would love to see a Power Rating of “A” and its coaches, and, someday when you have time, what teams do you think might advance from Serie “B” to “A”?
    I really appreciate your columns; I’ve learned quite a bit, and it gets more and more interesting — obrigado!

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  July 12, 2008 at 23:26

    thanks for the comment Frost.

    to be fair to Ney Franco, he’s only managed Ipatinga, Flamengo and APR and he stuck around for a while at each club. he’s not like Alexandre Gallo for example who dumps the smaller teams for the big boys at the drop of a hat.
    i’d like to write a little on Série B, but it’s a question of time i suppose (and the fact that this site is something i do in my spare time !)
    but thanks for your continued support and i’m glad you like (most of) the things you’re reading


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