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The 2017 season started in Brazil with three competitions: The regionals (Carioca, Mineiro, Paulista, Gaucho, Baiano, Paranense, etc), The Sul-Rio-Minas (A tv Money grab competition that was played for the first time last year) and Libertadores.

São Paulo:

Palmeiras: The Brazilian champion is aiming high and the objective is winning Libertadores. They lost the coach Cuca and are gambling a little with Eduardo Baptista, a coach with good ideas and performance for medium size teams but that never went well with his chances for big teams.

The team spent more than anyone else this window, they signed Felipe Melo back to brazil, Guerra from Atletico Nacional, William from Cruzeiro, Michel Bastos from São Paulo , Raphael Veiga from Cortiba and Hyoran from Chapecoense but the loss of Gabriel Jesus still without back up. Gabriel left to Corinthians too, but this one will be easily replaced.

Santos: not even the Libertadores will make Santos spend a lot of money. Their main bet is the permanence of coach Dorival Junior and many of his veterans, that will once more be mixed with young players. They got Bruno Henrique from Wolfsburg, Thiago Ribeiro returns from Bahia, Leandro Donizette from Atletico Mineiro and Cleber from Hamburgo.

São Paulo: The big news is not big at all. Rogério Ceni will be the coach of the team. So far, they are trying to get cheap deals, but losing many players, even promising youngsters. David Neres was sold to Ajax and Lyanco may be moving to Juventus. They got Wellington Nem back from Ukraine, Cícero is back from fluminense, Sidão and Neílton from Botafogo.

Corinthians: Just like São Paulo, the lack of money is making their ambition be low. They got Jô and Jadson back from China. DM Gabriel from Palmeiras, Felipe Bastos from Arabia, Moisés from Bahia, Kazim from Coritiba and will start the year with a newbie coach.

Minas Gerais:

Atlético Mineiro: Once more in the libertadores, so far the main news is the maitainence of the experient stars such as Lucas Pratto, Fred, Robinho. The team added Elias back from Sporting and Felipe Santana back from Europe and a big trust on Roger Machado work as a coach.

Cruzeiro is trying to improve last year performance. To this, they keep Mano Menezes and signed Caicedo from Del Valle, Hudson from São Paulo, Diogo Barbosa from Botafogo and Thiago Neves returned from Arabia.

Mineiro started last weekend. Both teams started with victories. Wednesday the first derby of the year, for Sul-Rio-Minas.




Internacional will suffer this year playing the second division. D’Alessandro returned to be a reference for this year.
Grêmio is losing more good players than replacing them. Gold medalist Walace was sold to Hamburgo and replaced for veterans Leo Mouro and Cortez.

The Gaucho also started, but Grêmio will play on midweek. Internacional already played.


Rio de Janeiro

Flamengo is the team with the big effort in the market. They lost young and promising full back Jorge to Monaco, but he was replaced with Peruvian Trauco. There is a lot of celebration for Conca, but he is injuried with a question mark still hangs over his head. Romulo returned from Russia and Berrio is coming from Atletico Nacional.

Botafogo didn’t start the year well. Too bad games at the Carioca and all hopes on Motillo, returning from China. Most signings are not big deals like Joel from Santos, Alemão from Internacional, Guilherme from Grêmio, João Paulo from Santa Cruz, Gatito Fernandez from Figuerense, but last year they were a big surprise with a modest team and a lot of hard work.

Vasco is returning from second division and they do not seem to be in condition to fight for big flights, especially considering they were average at second division. Veterans like Wagner and Muriqui are their main new names.

Fluminense starts their year hoping that Abel Braga, coach of their last championship can organize the team without many stars. Orejuela and Sornoza coming from Del Valle are their biggest hope.

Carioca already started too.



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