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Less than one week and it will start. April 21st is the day.

The formula is the same as last year, a traditional league like the Europeans, where every team plays against the others home and away. The one with the most points in the end will win.

Again, 4 spots for Libertadores Cup that can be 5 if the Copa do Brasil champions are between the top 4. I'm not sure about how many teams qualify for Copa Sul-Americana.

The difference this year will be a tough relegation battle. 4 teams are going to Serie B, only 2 will come from there to Serie A. This is good, since a Championship with 24 clubs is just too much.

The favourites are the same: Cruzeiro and Santos. They still have the best squad. One might argue that Cruzeiro lost Luxemburgo's touch, and Santos can lose some of their players through their campaign. But for now, it would be silly to not appoint these two as the main title contenders.

In this topic, I plan to post everything, with the help of my friends, and I expect to do a complete job this time (which unfotunately I couldn't do in the Paulista thread). I was taking a look at the German forum, in a Bundesliga thread with formations and everything made by Rothose, and plan to do something similar.

Starting from today, I'll post a preview of every team, with their squad, tactics and most important players.
 

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Of course starting with my team, Atlético Mineiro :star: :

Atlético Mineiro was the first Brazilian Champions in 1971. Since then, they were unable to lift the trophy again, but came close for several times. Atlético was 2nd place in 77, 80 and 99 and has the best overall record in the tournament, being the most regular club. Galo, as is is known here, has as some of ex-players legends like Dario, Luisinho, Cerezo, Reinaldo, Eder, Taffarel and recent starts like Mancini, Caçapa, Dedê and Gilberto Silva. Atlético participated in every single edition, they never went to Serie B.

We had a not so good season last year. We were early disqualified in Copa do Brasil and Copa Sul-Americana, and also unable to reach top 5 and qualify for Libertadores Cup. The supporters got very angry because we always battle between the top teams and we invested a lot in some players, most of them European flops like Scheidt, Alex Alves and Fábio Júnior.

Now we didn't invest as much. We hired Paulo Bonamigo, a coach who took Coritiba to Libertadores for the second time in their history, with a not so flashy squad. The team got out of Copa do Brasil early again, for a lower division team in the 3rd consecutive year. In the Minas Gerais State Championship, we are playing the finals against Brazilian Champions' Cruzeiro. Even though we beat them 5-3 in the first stage, now we lost 3-1 in the first leg of the final, and we need to win by a difference of two goals to end our 4 years drought.

Players from lower-profile teams which appeared well in Serie A and B last season were signed and mixed with new talents from our younger teams.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:
Eduardo, Marcelo Bonan, Bruno
Rating: 7

Note: Velloso, our first goalkeeper and one of the most important player, is out until the end of the year with a shoulder injury.

Defenders:
Carlinhos, Alex , Ivonaldo, Adriano, Luiz Alberto, André Luís , Gaúcho, Henrique, Michel, Rubens Cardoso
Rating: 5

Midfielders:
Zé Luiz, Márcio Araújo, Renato, Hélcio, Emerson, Walker, Anderson, Levi, Tucho, Dejair, Juninho, Juninho Cearense, Sandro
Rating: 6

Attackers:
Alex Mineiro, Wágner, Márcio Santos, Nilson Sergipano, Marco Antônio, Quirino, Enrico.
Rating: 7

Coach:
Paulo Bonamigo
Rating: 7

Formation:
Bonamigo is currently using the 4-3-1-2 system.

-----------------------------Eduardo---------------------------------
------------------Adriano-------------Luiz Alberto-----------------
--Carlinhos------------------------------------------------Michel----
---------------------------Zé Luiz--------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------Márcio Araujo-------------
------------Renato-----------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------Tucho----------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------Wágner----------------
--------------------Alex Mineiro----------------------------------------

It's a very offensive system. The two full-backs go forward a lot, especially Michel. Zé Luiz is the only really defensive midfielder. Márcio Araujo and Renato participate on the marking but are there for their offensive skills. Tucho is having one more chance after a poor season. Alex Mineiro and Wágner provide speed upfront and a very dangerous on counters.

Key players:

- Eduardo: He came from Bangu, a Serie C team two years ago, when Atlético lost Velloso due to the same injury that made him out now. He adaped very quickly and became a fan favourite, not only for his good performances but for his passionate behaviour. He scored a goal with his head in the last minute last year, making the supporters go crazy about him. He lost the position when Velloso came back, but now Velloso had the same injury and Eduardo is the starter. He had some bad games when he came back, probably because of lack of match practice but is slowly coming back to his best and can be a key figure in this year's Atlético. Especially with our defense...

- Renato: JCamilo defined well when he said he has a style similar to Vieira. He's only 18 and already one of our most important players. He debuted in last year's Brasileirao and impressed in the first few games. After our pre-season Bonamigo saw his potential and he is a starter since then. Very tough physically and good going forward, Renato is probably Atlético's best player in the Mineiro State Championship and can appear to all the country during Brasileirão.

- Alex Mineiro: Signed this year from Atlético Paranaense to be our star upfront. He was considered the best player in Brasileirão 2001 but since then has failed to reach his best level. In Atlético Mineiro he started well, he's our top goalscorer in the season. He has a cold but efficient style, with good technique and finishing. A very calm and decisive player.

Main strenghts and weaknesses of the team:

Strenghts:
- Counter-attack. This is Atlético's main weapon so far and probably will be for the Brasileiro. Alex Mineiro's and Wagner speed upfront, supported by Michel, Renato and Tucho coming from behind should make a good offensive power.

- Free-kicks: Michel and Gaúcho have two of the most powerful shots in the league. Tucho can take corners and cross in freekicks very well too, with good headers in defense, like André Luiz and Luiz Alberto.

Weaknesses:
- Defense: Carlinhos and especially Michel attack a lot. Renato and Marcio Araujo can defend, but are not specialists in this department and are in team for what they can do with the ball on their feet. This leaves only Zé Luiz as a really defensive midfielder, leaving our central defenders very exposed.

- Lack of a powerful centerforward: Alex Mineiro and Wagner are fast, light players. Against tight defenses, we may lack a stronger goal getter upfront. Márcio Santos and Nilson Sergipano are new signings who didn't prove anything so far.

Predictions: 5th-10th spot

Edit: Atlético signed two players:
Alessandro, a right-back, ex-Atlético/PR. He also had some apps for the NT in 2001.
Marquinhos, Palmeiras left-back. He was the starter there but lost the position when Lucio came in and impressed.
Not brilliant, but useful players in positions we really needed reinforcemnts.
Dá-lhe GALO!!
 

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Yeah, and Alex Alves has a serious weight problem. He arrived in Vasco more than 7 kilos overweight, and since then he lost 4 kgs – in TWO MONTHS! :wth: Vasco's physio actually washed his hands of Alves' fitness, saying that no matter what he does during the training, when he returns to the club on the next day he has gained one kilo. :eekani: What a crappy excuse for a "professional", huh? No wonder he was kicked out of his previous club. :stress:

I predict confusions when we mention Alex Alves, however – there's a forward currently playing in Botafogo whose name is ALSO Alex Alves. And no, Bota's Alex Alves doesn't have weight problems. :stuckup: :D
 

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Yeah, and Alex Alves has a serious weight problem. He arrived in Vasco more than 7 kilos overweight, and since then he lost 4 kgs – in TWO MONTHS! :wth: Vasco's physio actually washed his hands of Alves' fitness, saying that no matter what he does during the training, when he returns to the club on the next day he has gained one kilo. :eekani: What a crappy excuse for a "professional", huh? No wonder he was kicked out of his previous club. :stress:

I predict confusions when we mention Alex Alves, however – there's a forward currently playing in Botafogo whose name is ALSO Alex Alves. And no, Bota's Alex Alves doesn't have weight problems. :stuckup: :D
Hehe - they should threaten Alex Alves to send him back to Germany for fitness training - he would lose 5 kilos within a week :D .
 

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Roberto Gallo said:
The favourites are the same: Cruzeiro and Santos. They still have the best squad. One might argue that Cruzeiro lost Luxemburgo's touch, and Santos can lose some of their players through their campaign. But for now, it would be silly to not appoint these two as the main title contenders.
I'd add Sao Paulo and Sao Caetano as title contenders. If Sao Paulo adds a creative midfielder they can really challenge for the top spot, IMHO.
 

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Anyone interested in playing Brasileiro prediction league? I can take care of it, if Ronaldo2001 is short of time (mind that I want to see all of you wearing a Vasco avatar for a month... :D :tongue: ).
 

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Dont you remember, when He won the Prediction league I suggested :cool: that his trophy would be people using the avatar of his team for the first month of the league. (Or even a edmundo avatar watever) . Some short of the star that champions team use (Yeah, Even Supporter of Fla, Flu and Bota!):skull:
 

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And I'm waiting for the in-depth analysis of 2 teams: Fla and O Todo Poderoso...:tongue:

Actually make that 2 analysis of Corinthians, one by Master Ze of course, and another one by a neutral fan...;)

Cheers.;)
 

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Also, can each one of you post as objectively as possible what your respective teams could achieve this season? What would be a successful season given your team's strength and weaknessess and what would be considered a failure.

Cheers.;)
 

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Honestly, I would be happy if Vasco doesn't get relegated this year... :D
 

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Roberto Gallo said:
I wouldn't be that pessimistic, Animal. At least Vasco has a very good coach.
Yes, but last year we had better team and we played like crap...
 

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Brazilian League Preview – Part 1

Well, I'm preparing a Preview for the 2004 Campeonato Brasileiro, in four chapters with six clubs each. Here are the first two parts, in alphabetical order. ;)
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Atletico Mineiro
Atletico’s two main reinforcements for this season came from Parana: coach Paulo Bonamigo, who qualified Coritiba to this year’s Libertadores, and Atlético Paranaense forward Alex Mineiro, who curiously began his career playing for Cruzeiro (Atletico’s great rivals). Other than that, the squad was significantly changed. One big loss was ‘keeper Velloso, one of the squad leaders, injured until the end of the season. Without Velloso, the fans will deposit their hopes on quick central defender Luis Alberto, creative mid Tucho and Alex Mineiro on attack. The youngster to look out for is defensive-mid Renato, very strong and promising.
Goal: Qualifying for a continental competition.
Likely lineup: Eduardo, Carlinhos, Adriano, Luis Alberto and Michel; Ze Luis, Renato, Marcio Araujo and Tucho; Alex Mineiro and Wagner.
Highlights: Luiz Alberto, Renato and Alex Mineiro.

Atletico Paranaense
The 2001 champs currently have an excess of options for their attack. Two spots in the 1st team will be disputed by Washingon (ex-Fenerbahce, now with a brand-new heart), Ilan (who already played for the Seleçao), Dagoberto, Fernandinho (both U-20 World Champions with Brasil) and Rena (revealed by Fortaleza last season). The race for squad positions should be quite fierce, and the tactical system is the 3-5-2 usually employed by coach Mario Sergio. Their quick rightback Alessandro, who already played for the NT, is apparently leaving the club.
Goal: Qualifying for a continental competition.
Likely lineup: Diego, Rogerio Correa, Marinho and Alessandro Lopes; William, Adriano, Alan Bahia, Jadson and Marcao; Dagoberto (Ilan) and Washington.
Highlights: Marinho, Dagoberto (IMO he’s better than the other forwards) and Washington.

Botafogo
The poor campaign in the Rio championship had no effect in the management of Botafogo’s football department: the squad is basically the same, and the coach is still the apparently untouchable Levir Culpi. The backbone that achieved promotion from the Serie B in 2003 was preserved, with fierce central defender Sandro (the best centreback in Rio de Janeiro), solid defensive-mid Tulio and veteran playmaker Valdo. The reinforcements were few and carefully handpicked: centreback João Carlos and striker Luisão, both with National Team experience, and pacey forward Alex Alves. Bota is still looking for a good attacking-mid to complete the squad. The biggest investments this season were on the club’s structure: the Caio Martins stadium now has capacity of 17.000 fans, and the club’s brand-new Training Center was inaugurated last month. :stuckup: :D
Goal: A respectable table position, and if possible qualifying for a continental competition.
Likely lineup: Jefferson, Ruy, Sandro, João Carlos and Jorginho Paulista; Fernando, Tulio, Valdo and Camacho; Alex Alves and Luisão. :star:
Highlights: Sandro, Valdo and Luisão.

Corinthians
This season Corinthians signed a lot of players, and few of them convinced the fans. Manager Oswaldo de Oliveira will have a challenge, and the fans' intense pressure will probably make things even more complicated, as the Fiel demands that better players are signed. But the modest 15th place achieved in the Sao Paulo championship wasn't enough to motivate the management to spend big bucks: the biggest signing since then was energetic midfielder Pia from Ponte Preta. Players like Marcelo Ramos and Rodrigo still have to prove their worth with the Corinthian shirt... but hotheaded goalkeeper Fabio Costa, who arrived at the same time as them, is already respected by the "Fiel". Fabio Costa, together with rightback Rogerio, Colombian veteran Rincon and skillful winger Gil, are the team's backbone.
Goal: Qualifying for a continental competition.
Likely lineup: Fabio Costa, Rogerio, Valdson, Anderson and Vinicius (or Kleber if he returns); Fabricio, Rincon, Pia (Fabinho) and Rodrigo; Gil and Marcelo Ramos.
Highlights: Fabio Costa, Rogerio and Rincon.

Coritiba
Last year Coritiba had an excellent campaign, led by coach Bonamigo and by players Tcheco, Jackson and Marcel. The problem is that none of them are in the club anymore. Their new manager is the underrated Antonio Lopes, and the results he obtained so far inspire optimism to the fans. The attack was reinforced with Colombian international Aristizabal (who won the league with Cruzeiro last year), Luiz Mario (ex-Gremio), Tuta (ex-Flamengo) and Josafa (ex-Fluminense). Pay attention also to their quick leftback, Adriano. The “Coxa” should be a dangerous opponent, particularly in their own stadium.
Goal: Qualifying for a continental competition again.
Likely lineup: Fernando, Jucemar, Miranda, Reginaldo Nascimento and Adriano; Ataliba, Marcio Egidio (Igor), Capixaba and Luiz Mario; Aristizabal and Tuta.
Highlights: Adriano, Luiz Mario and Aristizabal.

Criciuma
“The Tiger”, as Criciuma's fans call their team, has lost some of its tooth. Paulo Baier, the rightback who was their biggest star last season, left for Goias. Several new players were signed, such as centrebacks Ronaldo (ex-Internacional) and Ageu (ex-Parana). Their system is, as it has been for a long time, the 3-5-2 – a tradition in Criciuma.
Goal: To avoid relegation, and if possible to do better than the 14th position obtained last season.
Likely lineup: Fabiano, Luciano, Ronaldo and Ageu; Luiz Paulo, Elder, Geninho, Douglas (Fernandinho) and Luciano Almeida; Marcos Denner and Andre Leonel.
Highlights: Ronaldo, Douglas and Marcos Denner.
 
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