Campeonato Brasileiro 2010 June to July transfer round up
With the World Cup out of the way, the Campeonato Brasileiro is set to restart this Wednesday evening.
Many clubs took the opportunity to rejig their personnel. Only seven rounds were played before the break, but eight teams (Atlético Paranaense, Atlético Goianiense, Avaí, Ceará, Cruzeiro, Internacional, Palmeiras and Vasco) have already swapped coach.
On the playing front, star players such as Adriano and Vágner Love have gone. But a lot of talent has returned to Brazil and here’s a run-down of the big moves.
Corinthians lead the pack on 17 points and are unbeaten with five wins and two draws. The Musketeers are one of the few teams that avoided wholesale changes. But one major difference will be the absence of influential keeper, Felipe, who is trying to negotiate his way out of the club. The shot-stopper was linked with a move to Italy’s Genoa but this fell through and now the player is awaiting new offers from abroad. With Felipe out of the picture, Corinthians have signed Aldo Bobadilla from Medellin’s Independiente. Just one player has gone. Leftback Escudero has joined Argentino Juniors.
Ceará are in second. The team from the northeast of Brazil started the campaign as relegation favourites but currently trail Corinthians on goal difference. After 16 years away from Série A, Ceará secured their place back with the elite thanks largely to the work of PC Gusmão. But Ceará’s great form at the start of the Brasileiro, earned the coach a move to giants Vasco. Now, Estevam Soares is the man charged with keeping the club in the top flight. Minor signings Erivélton, Camilo and Dionantan have come in.
In third place are Fluminense. After a slow start, Muricy Ramalho is whipping the tricolor from Rio de Janeiro in to shape. Up front, Flu have the makings of a powerful strike force. Fred will be partnered by Emerson who was brought in from the UAE’s Al Ain. Last season, the forward played 26 games for Flamengo and scored eleven goals. Valencia from Atlético Paranaense has been picked up. On Tuesday, Flu announced the signing of 34-year-old rightback Belletti. The former Brazil man has signed a two-year deal after leaving Chelsea. Deco continues to wait in the wings.
Also in the top four are Santos. Talented young striker André Ribeiro has been sold to Dynamo Kiev for around €8 million but will stay with the coastal club until the Copa do Brasil final on August 4th. Veteran forward Giovanni has retired and Santos are likely to lose Robinho after the Copa do Brasil. On the plus side, Keirrison should be joining the boys from the Vila. The striker was prolific at Coritiba and Palmeiras. After being signed by Barcelona he failed miserably on loan spells at Benfica and Fiorentina. But if the 21-year-old can rediscover his confidence, Santos will have made an excellent signing.
Newly promoted Guarani are fourth. Their good start had much to do with forward Roger Rodrigues da Silva who scored six in six matches. But the Campinas side’s chances of staying in the first division have been greatly reduced after the league’s top scorer was sold off to Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol.
Right behind Guarani are São Paulo. The Morumbi outfit have brought in 24-year-old centreback, Samuel, from Joinville. Rightback Cicinho had an unsuccessful loan spell and has returned to Roma. São Paulo could also lose the likes of Hernanes, Dagoberto and Miranda.
Current champions Flamengo are in ninth. Fla legend Zico is now in charge of the department of football. His first move was to bring back old boy Renato Abreu from the UAE’s Al Shabab. The Rubro Negro’s have also picked up midfielder Corrêa from Atlético Mineiro, Val Baiano from Mexico’s Monterrey, midfielder Marquinhos from Palmeiras and centerback Jean from Grêmio. Adriano, though, has left for Roma and Vagner Love is back at CSKA. Former keeper and captain, Bruno Fernandes, is missing for rather more sinister reasons.
Right behind Fla are Palmeiras. In come midfielder Tinga from Ponte Preta, striker Tadeu from Grêmio Prudente and old boy, Kléber Giacomance, has joined from Cruzeiro. But perhaps the most influential signing could be that of coach Luís Felipe Scolari who is returning home after nine years away from Brazilian domestic football. But with Dunga’s spell in charge of Brazil over, Felipão is once again being linked with the job of managing his country and Palmeiras could lose out.
Cruzeiro have replaced Adílson Batista with Cuca. Also gone is Ecuadorian forward Guerrón who has moved to Atlético Paranaense. The Foxes, though, have brought in Everton from Fluminense and midfielder Walter Montillo from Universidad de Chile. But the Argentine won’t be available until his current club end their run in the Libertadores.
Grêmio are in twelfth and have picked up Fluminense striker André Lima as backup to regular front men Jonas and Borges.
Across town archenemies Internacional have their minds on the semi-finals of the Libertadores against São Paulo at the end of July. The Beira-Rio side got off to a rocky start in the league managing just two wins in seven games. But the club has invested for the remainder of the season. Former forward, Rafael Sobis, has arrived from Al-Jazira. Another old boy, Tinga, has returned after five seasons at Borussia Dortmund. The Reds have also acquired former São Paulo ‘starlet’ Oscar. Coachingwise, Celso Roth has taken over from Jorge Fossati.
Surprise strugglers Atlético Mineiro, pulled off a real coup with the signing of Diego Souza. The petulant midfielder scored 38 goals in 141 games for Palmeiras and won the Brasileiro’s best player award in 2009. Also in is keeper Fábio Costa who’s on loan from Santos. Costa has been out injured since June 2009, but will welcome a return to action under his former coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
Last year’s Série B champions, Vasco are already in trouble. Former star, Felipe Jorge Loureiro, has been brought back to try to steady the ship. Up front, forward Éder Luís has signed on loan from Benfica. PC Gusmão has replaced Celso Roth on the bench.
Round 8 of the Campeonato Brasileiro kicks off on Wednesday 14th July. Our coverage of the competition resumes on Saturday 17th with a trip to Bahia for Vitória x São Paulo. On Sunday we’ll have Avaí against Palmeiras.
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