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Campeonato Paulista 2012 – Week 5

February 12nd, 2012


Round five of the Campeonato Paulista was completed this weekend, with a couple of all Série A bouts to enjoy as the action hots up.

The only of the Série A sides in action on Saturday were Portuguesa, who took on Juninho Paulista’s Ituano side. A 1-1 draw was all the Lusa could manage as the much-hyped top-flight newboys continued their early season struggles. Chapinha opened the scoring midway through the second-half in Canindé to give the visitors the lead, but Portuguesa hit back immediately through Rai to claim a point in an eminently winnable encounter.


Santos took on Palmeiras in the game of the round and found themselves 1-0 up early in the second-half as Neymar scored his 100th professional goal with a header from a free-kick after some shambolic marking in the Verdão defence. Until the final minutes it looked like it would be enough, but that was before two late goals turned the game on its head. Fernandão headed home a Marcos Assunção corner to level the scores, before in injury-time Juninho’s side-footed cross from the left was deflected home by a panicking Maranhão. Calamitous stuff to give Palmeiras the win.


Later, São Paulo eased to a 3-1 victory away at fellow Série A side Ponte Preta. Guilherme had equalised Willian José’s opener early in the second-half, but that was just the cue for São Paulo to turn up the heat and show their quality, as Lucas Moura notched his 3rd goal in five games for 2012, before assisting Willian José for his second of the game and 3rd in two appearances. The game also marked the debut of seleção star Jadson in a São Paulo shirt.


At the same time, reigning Brasileirão champions Corinthians took on Bragantino. The Série B side took an early lead through Serginho, before in the second-half Timão finally produced an equaliser through Peruvian attacking-midfielder Luis Ramírez.


Campeonato Paulista


Mirassol 3×0 Botafogo-SP

Comercial-SP 1×3 Mogi Mirim

Portuguesa 1×1 Ituano

Paulista 3×1 Catanduvense

Santos 1×2 Palmeiras

Corinthians 1×1 Bragantino

Ponte Preta 1×3 São Paulo

São Caetano 0x1 Guarani-SP

XV de Piracicaba 2×1 Oeste

Linense 4×2 Guarantinguetá





Campeonato Gaucho 2012 – Week 6

February 12nd, 2012


The Campeonato Gaúcho progressed in to round six this week and it was the game between Ypiranga Erechim and Grêmio that had taken centre stage at the Calosso da Lagoa.

Caio Junior’s men went in to the game as overwhelming favourites against Ypiranga on Wednesday night, and were fortunate to run out 2-1 victors against their lowly opponents.


The home side took the lead mid-way through the first half, but Marcelo Moreno managed to get Grêmio back on level terms in the 57th minute.


The game looked as if it would see both sides sharing the points, but much to the delight of the Tricolor fans, Douglas Grolli headed home the winner seconds before the final whistle.


Campeonato Gaúcho


São José 0-0 Caxias


Santa Cruz-RS 2-1 Pelotas


Canoas 1-2 Novo Hamburgo


São Luiz 2-1 Cerâmica


Ypiranga Erechim 1-2 Grêmio


Lajeadense 0-0 Veranópolis


Juventude 1-0 Avenida




Campeonato Carioca 2012 – Week 5

February 12nd, 2012


The Campeonato Carioca progressed into round 5 this week with Joel Santana managing to get off to a winning start with Flamengo in his fifth spell in charge.

First up on Wednesday was Botafogo. After three straight draws, the Alvinegro managed to get back to winning ways – thrashing Olaria 5-0 at the Engenhão. Loco Abreu and Elkeson both bagged a brace each, before Maicosuel scored the fifth two minutes from time.


On Thursday, Flamengo managed to scrape a 1-0 win against Madureira at the Engenhão. Thiago Medeiros’ 52nd minute own goal gave the Rubro Negro the three points, but Joel Santana would have been disappointed with his teams stagnated performance.


Campeonato Carioca


Bonsucesso 2-2 Macaé


Nova Iguaçu 1-3 Resende


Botafogo 5-0 Olaria


Flamengo 1-0 Madureira


Bangu 1-2 Duque de Caxias


Friburguense 5-2 Boavista



Copa Libertadores 2012 – Round 1



Watch all the highlights from the first round of Copa Lobertadores 2012!

No major upsets were found in this pre-qualification round to the Copa Libertadores group stages. Peñarol, Flamengo, Internacional and other favorite teams went through without ever being tested to their limits.

It remains to be seen, though, if Flamengo´s weak aerial defensive game will continue and cost the Rio club further problems, and if the Mexican teams will finally have their breakthrough in this, the most important tournament of them all.
Judging by Tigres match up with Chilean Unión Española it doesn´t seem to be the case this year either.


Arsenal – Sport Huancayo 3-0

1 – 0
E. Zelaya 36′
2 – 0
C. Mosca 88′
3 – 0


Sport Huancayo – Arsenal 1-1

S. Ibarra 45′
1 – 0
1 – 1


Agg. result: Arsenal win 4-1


El Nacional – Libertad 1-0

1 – 0


Libertad – El Nacional 4-1

1 – 0
1 – 1
13′ P. Minda
J. Núñez 30′
2 – 1
R. Gamarra 35′
3 – 1
L. Civelli 90′
4 – 1
88′ J. Madrid


Agg. result: Libertad win 4-2


Unión Español – Tigres UANL 1-0

G. Barriga 58′
1 – 0


Tigres UANL –  Unión Español 2-2

A. Pulido 15′
1 – 0
A. Pulido 22′
2 – 0
2 – 1
38′ E. Herrera (PG)
2 – 2
J. Rivas 37′
63′ M. Diaz

Agg. result : Unión Español win 3-2


Real Potosí – Flamengo 2-1

0 – 1
1 – 1
E. Brittes 58′
2 – 1

Flamengo – Real Potosí 2-0

Leo Moura 40′
1 – 0
Ronaldinho 90′
2 – 0

Agg. result: Flamengo win 3-2


Internacional – Once Caldas 1-0

1 – 0

Once Caldas – Internacional 2-2

J. Núñez (PG) 3′
1 – 0
1 – 1
12′ A. D’Alessandro (PG)
1 – 2
22′ Tinga
2 – 2

Agg. result: Internacional win 3-2


Peñarol – Caracas 4-0

N. Freitas 36′
1 – 0
2 – 0
3 – 0
4 – 0
82′ F. Pérez

Caracas – Peñarol 1-1

0 – 1
E. Peraza 78′
1 – 1

Agg. result: Peñarol win 5-1


Arsenal 4 – 1 Sport Huancayo
Wed 25/01/12 Arsenal 3 – 0 Sport Huancayo
Wed 01/02/12 Sport Huancayo 1 – 1 Arsenal
Aggr. El Nacional 2 – 4 Libertad
Wed 25/01/12 El Nacional 1 – 0 Libertad
Wed 01/02/12 Libertad 4 – 1 El Nacional
Aggr. Unión Española 3 – 2 Tigres UANL
Wed 25/01/12 Unión Española 1 – 0 Tigres UANL
Fri 03/02/12 Tigres UANL 2 – 2 Unión Española
Aggr. Real Potosí 2 – 3 Flamengo
Thu 26/01/12 Real Potosí 2 – 1 Flamengo
Thu 02/02/12 Flamengo 2 – 0 Real Potosí
Aggr. Once Caldas 2 – 3 Internacional
Thu 26/01/12 Internacional 1 – 0 Once Caldas
Thu 02/02/12 Once Caldas 2 – 2 Internacional
Aggr. Peñarol 5 – 1 Caracas
Thu 26/01/12 Peñarol 4 – 0 Caracas
Fri 03/02/12 Caracas 1 – 1 Peñarol

El Cuervo are chasing Benfica´s Enzo Perez

February 4th, 2012


Reports from Argentina suggest that San Lorenzo have redoubled their efforts to sign Benfica’s Enzo Perez after the midfielder was declared surplus to requirements in the team’s upcoming Champions League bid.


The former Estudiantes man refused to turn up for training over the holiday period, as he chased a move back to San Lore following a disappointing start to his Benfica career. The move failed to materialise and Enzo returned to Portugal, but he was left out of the list of players registered to compete in the knock-out phase of the continental competition.


Ole subsequently reports that San Lorenzo president Carlos Abdo has personally taken charge of negotiations to bring Perez to Bajo Flores, most likely on a loan deal. Neither the player nor Benfica have commented on the rumours.


According to the newspaper, the Cuervo’s efforts will be boosted by support from local television personality and San Lorenzo fanatic Marcelo Tinelli. The multi-millionaire is a confirmed admirer of Perez and could be prepared to invest part of his personal fortune in order to facilitate a transfer.


The 25-year-old lifted the Copa Libertadores in 2009 and the 2010 Apertura in Estudiantes colours, but has failed to establish himself in the Benfica first team since moving to Portugal in June 2011.



Martin Palermo considers taking up coaching

February 4th, 2012


Former Boca Juniors and Argentina striker Martin Palermo has stated that he is keen to start a coaching career in the game after retiring from playing last year.


The 38-year-old is a legend at La Bombonera and the Buenos Aires club’s top goalscorer of all time; he bid an emotional goodbye last summer after a match against Gimnasia de La Plata in June 2011.


The South American has admitted that he wants to stay in the game and will become a trainer with assistance from two of his former Boca team-mates.


“My idea is to take a little while, the last long vacation to enjoy a little more time with my family. And when I return, I have a view to start coaching,” Palermo told Marca.


“The coaching staff is already selected. My assistant will be Guillermo Barros Schelotto, but I have to wait six months until the retirement of Flaco [Rolando Schiavi] to add him to my work group. From there, I will start coaching.”


Palermo spent three years playing in Spain with Real Betis, Alaves and, most notably, Villarreal, and would not rule out training a side in the European nation.


“Hopefully I did the right things in those three years for one team to have me as a coach and work there. It would be great to work in a league as important as the Spanish,” he continued.


Palermo’s testimonial is due to take place at La Bombonera on Saturday and he has revealed that there will be a number of high-profile players competing.


“Diego Maradona will be there. I asked him to come and he will come to share with me. It generates excitement,” the forward enthused.


“[Carlos] Tevez will be there also. Others who will play are Oscar Cordoba, [Jorge] Bermudez, Chicho Serna, [Rodolfo] Arruabarrena, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and many more.


“I wanted [Zinedine] Zidane, [Luis] Figo, Ronaldo to come … I would invite [Thierry] Henry but he went to Arsenal. But there are about 50 players or more I can ask.


“I called Lionel Messi and I know he would have liked to have played, but he will not be able to come. Rodrigo Palacio, Daniel Diaz, Kun [Aguero]… I would have liked them to come, but it was difficult for them due to their commitments to their clubs.”



São Paulo are still looking for a striker

February 4th, 2012


São Paulo have in the past 24 hours confirmed the lack of progress in negotiations to bring Nilmar to the Morumbi.

The Villarreal striker had been keen on the return to Brazil, with his club willing to sanction the deal, but there has been a collapse in negotiations over third-party financing for the deal.


Speaking to Lancenet!, coach Emerson Leão has confirmed that the club are still actively looking to recruit an additional striker to their squad:


“This is a desire of Sao Paulo. Regardless of what my desires are, this is the club’s plan. I’ve tried others, with no luck, so we’ll wait.”



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