Some players in the Brazilian league may be relieved that the game is being played behind closed doors at the moment, as it limits the opportunity for angry fans to protest.
Even so, angry supporters can still gather at the airport and training ground, and it’s not just the team at the wrong end of the table who can feel the power of anger. Sao Paulo and Flamengo is a prime candidate to win the league table but, in recent months, even players from these clubs have been harassed or seen derogatory slogans plastered on the walls of their training ground.
Some of these are manifestations of an angry society. The old tourist myth of Brazil as a land of the lucky and the fortunate of the satisfied has crumbled in the light of recent political events.
But there’s also something else, an intrinsic factor in Brazilian football, but something that should serve as a stern warning to those in charge of European club play.
Brazil is a country the size of a continent, a geographic fact with significant implications for the development of the game. For decades the transport infrastructure was insufficient for a true national championship. Brazilian football then developed as a regional phenomenon. The focus is on local. There are prototypes, but the national league was only formed in 1971. Until about 25 years ago, state championships were still very important, one for each of the 27 states that make up this giant nation.
It is under this approach that so many clubs have amassed titles and prestige to be considered giants. The heart of the southeast and south – Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre – contains 12 recognized giants, a number that does not even include clubs from the far north with mass support.
The last few decades have seen important changes. Brazilian club football has moved from a regional to national approach. The state championships are still around, but they have lost their light. Their time had been reduced, and even so, they were seen as the current tournament as little better than unnecessary chaos.
This creates a problem. The club now aims to win the national league or domestic cup, or the continental Copa Libertadores. In a sporting culture obsessed with winning now that state championships are an afterthought, there are not enough titles left for all the so-called giants to maintain their status of giants.
In a league of 12 giant clubs, one is destined to finish no more than 12. And a club that can consistently only crave mediocrity in mid-table can hardly be called a giant.
Imagine an example Botafogo. They supplied a number of great players to Brazil’s 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup winning teams, but they are now facing relegation for the third time in this century. This is no big surprise. Their support base is relatively small compared to their Rio neighbors, Flamengo or even Vasco da Gama. In a national environment, when a large gap opens up in the number of paid teams in TV rights, it is difficult for Botafogo to be competitive. It has been some time since they entered the league season with realistic hopes of winning the title – and that is a difficult reality for those who draw on the stories of Garrincha, Didi, Nilton Santos, Zagallo, Amarildo and Jairzinho.
The transition from regional to national is guaranteed to create dissatisfaction from supporters.
Now let’s apply this to the hopes of some of the great European clubs of setting up a continental super league.
The parallels are clear – it’s just a case of imagining Europe as one country and seeing a national league similar to the Brazilian state championships. And indeed, some European leagues have become like state championships: Losing prestige due to loss of competitiveness, becomes more predictable when financial gaps open. The whole continent’s super league would start with, say, 20 clubs, all of which would enter the competition with giant status, based on the fact that they won most of their matches.
But in a 20 team league, one has to finish 20th, and 19th, and so on. And a club that loses a large part of its game will soon be doomed to lose its giant status, and become a major disappointment to a generation of fans who have grown up with titles and glory.
The European Super League, then, seems destined to please some of the people at the top, and prove a major source of discontent for everyone.
As a result, football fans and scouts from all over the world are watching Brasileirao to see some of today’s stars of the day, as well as some of the most exciting and entertaining matches on television, filled with extraordinary technical skills and plenty of goals.
The 2020 Serie A season will start on May 3 and end in December but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament calendar has been suspended before finally starting in August. Now it will continue until February 24, 2021, unless there is a further delay.
How to watch Vasco vs Santos on US TV
Fresh from qualifying for the Copa Libertadores semifinals, Santos visits Vasco on Saturday.
Peixe secured their last fourth place since 2011 in style, beating Gremio 4-1 at the Vila Belmiro to secure a 5-2 aggregate win.
That Copa deployment has an impact on Santos’ domestic prospects, with Cuca’s men currently down in eighth place at Brasileirao.
But a win over Vasco, who is in danger of relegation to Serie B, will step up the visitors as they seek to fight on two fronts in 2020.
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Rio de Janeiro – Former Japan international Keisuke Honda scored his second goal of Brazil’s first division season on Saturday in Botafogo ‘s 2-2 draw with Ceara.
Honda opened the scoring with a penalty in the 16th minute at Botafogo home in Rio de Janeiro before exiting late in the second half.
The 34-year-old, who played in three FIFA World Cups and scored 37 goals in 98 appearances for Japan, joined Botafogo in February following recent spells with Australian club Melbourne Victory and Dutch club Vitesse.
In the Belgian top division, Musashi Suzuki scored the next goal in Beerschot’s 4-2 win over OH Leuven. The Japanese forward hit the target for the second week in a row and recorded his fifth goal of the season.
Ivory Coast forward moves to Rio de Janeiro amid a financial crisis caused by a coronavirus pandemic that has caused players and staff to lose their jobs
The corona virus pandemic – and resulting in financial havoc for global football – may have slowed the number of transfers that attracted attention in the market, but that hasn’t succeeded in stopping everything in South America.
Last year was marked by a series of unusual movements, with famous stars like Daniele De Rossi, Emmanuel Adebayor and Keisuke Honda choosing to cross the Atlantic Ocean to feel the passion of the continent and the atmosphere of the big game, to varying degrees. success.
De Rossi played seven games for Boca Juniors before deciding to retire. Adebayor’s adventure at the Paraguayan club, Olimpia, ended after four matches – and one Copa Libertadores red card memorabilia – when a joint contract recession was announced because of a pandemic.
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However, Honda was still there. His employer Botafogo is now attacking again, bringing his formerChelsea and Hertha Berlin’s favorite, Salomon Kalou, in a move that has made everyone off guard.
Kalou, 34, announced his arrival in Rio de Janeiro last week after six seasons with Hertha, the last of which failed him. Bundesliga the club’s first team plans and is limited to only five league appearances.
After negotiating with the exNigeria International player Jon Obi Mikel in early 2020 and moved mountains to convince Yaya Toure to move – only so that the midfielder would commit to rival Vasco if a certain presidential candidate wins the election – Botafogo finally gets the name of the second tent to sit side by side with Honda on the team. -sheet.
Vice-president Ricardo Rotenberg also announced his intention to pursue Netherlands the legend of Arjen Robben in the middle of the lockdown. That request, not surprisingly, fell on deaf ears with the former The Champions League the winner returns instead to Groningen.
Such an extraordinary transfer is very interesting to say, considering that only two months ago Rio’s party appeared in dire financial trouble. As many as 45 club employees were dismissed to cut costs during the coronavirus pandemic, while players and staff were both left waiting for payroll returns which led to a delay of several months.
The club also did not hesitate to unilaterally revoke the contract of Joel Carli, the 33-year-old Argentine defender who represented them for less than four years and is now pursuing his complaints through the court.
“I want to thank the fans for their unconditional support, teammates and former teammates and all Botafogo staff during this transition period,” Carli explained on Instagram. I have no choice. I tried everything [to stay]”
Sports on Brazil returned in mid-June, was persuaded to return to regular service by hardline president Jair Bolsonaro and under heavy protest from the players themselves.
Just a few days before the scheduled resumption of activities at Keoca State in Carioca, Rio, Botafogo reported 17 cases of coronavirus in their rankings, including five players, and then marked their clash against Fluminense in July with a joint protest; The legend of Honda and Fred’s flu goes along with banners asking the authorities to “respect our history.”
Kalou, then, arrives in Rio amidst the most abnormal atmosphere. People like Honda and Adebayor were loved by thousands of fans after joining their new club; Ivory Coast can expect a quieter welcome.
The city still reports more than 1,000 cases of corona virus and 100 deaths every day, and the return of football enjoys something less than universal agreement. Fantasy football is a possible signing, but the situation in both his new club and the country of adoption is too serious and should be treated as such.