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Stage is set for battle royal
Tonight's game between Palmeiras and Corinthians for a place in the final of the Copa Libertadores looks set to be the highlight of the year so far. Corinthians won the first round by 4 x 3, meaning they only need a draw to win. But should Palmeiras win, their away goals will give them an aggregate advantage. Palmeiras are twice Libertadores champions, whereas Corinthians have never made it this far in the competition before. But Corinthians have been eliminated from two championships already in the last seven days and will be desperate to not lose this one. They will need to keep their tempers and not have a repeat of Sunday's (04/06/00) game against São Paulo in the Paulista Championship, where they had two players sent off and lost the game. Add to this the fact that Palmeiras coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been caught telling his players to be as violent as possible to the Corinthians players, and it's evident that there's an entertaining game to come.

TEAMS (not confirmed):
PALMEIRAS: Marcos; Neném, Argel, Roque Júnior, Júnior; Galeano, César Sampaio, Alex, Pena; Euller, Marcelo Ramos.
CORINTHIANS: Dida; Daniel, Fábio Luciano, Adílson, Kléber; Vampeta, Edu, Ricardinho, Marcelinho; Edílson, Luizão.


No Brazilian championship this year
The Clube dos 13, the football body organised by the most powerful clubs in Brazil, have announced that there is not enough time this year to set up the new Liga Nacional - and so there is to be no Brazilian Championship this year. There will instead be a special tournament to commemorate 13 years of the Clube dos 13, which could involve teams from outside of Brazil - but will still not involve Gama, as all of the members of the Clube dos 13, with the exception of Palmeiras, have signed a declaration stating they will not play in any tournament involving the team from Brasília, which went to common justice in it's fight against relegation and is thus being snubbed by others.

The CBF have cautiously approved this tournament but still have a few points to clear up, such as how clubs will be selected for the Copa Libertadores. It is believed that the S&ecauterie B will be seen as a legal alternative to the new league, and clubs will also be selected from there for the Libertadores. Gama, however, will still not be involved - their legal win gives them only the right to play in the Série A, which no longer exists.


Portuguesa to sell star players
Elimination from the Paulista Championship and the Copa do Brasil have led directors at Portuguesa to believe the club needs to be shaken up, and some players are to leave. Defender Emerson and striker Leandro could be the first to leave, as French club Paris St Germain have shown an interest in both. PSG already have Brazilians in the squad, and would like Emerson to team up with his former partner César, with whom he played so well in the 1996 Brazilian Championship. And Leandro, Portuguesa's highest scorer in the Paulista Championship this year, could form an attacking partnership with Christian.


Transfer rumours
La Coruña, of Spain, could be ready to offer up to US$7 plus Brazilian midfielder Djalminha in order to tempt Alex away from Palmeiras, and Inter Milan, of Italy, are apparently interested in buying Roque Junior from the club. It seems as if Palmeiras will not hold on to Faustino Asprilla either, as the Colombian player is keen for a move away and has received several offers from English clubs, including his old team Newcastle.

Current top scorer in the Bahia Championship, Uéslei, is being courted by Spanish club Atlético Madrid, who want the player to fill the vacancy left by Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, recently sold to English team Chelsea. Atlético were relegated from the premier league this season and are anxious to recruit some firepower to get them back in the top flight as soon as possible.


Santos make comeback to take final place in Paulista
After losing by 0 x 2 until 24 minutes of the second half, Santos turned the game against Palmeiras and guaranteed classification for the final of the Paulista Championship, where they will confront São Paulo. Despite playing for a draw, it was Palmeiras that went ahead first: Argel (an ex-Santos player) marked the first goal with his head. Santos seemed lost on the pitch, and in the 7th minute of the second half Palmeiras got their second, Euller taking advantage of a defensive lapse by Santos. But Santos would not give up, Eduardo Marques discounting with a great goal in the 24th minute. Eight minutes later Anderson Luís got the equaliser. Classification came in the last minute of the game: Dodõ picked up a ball being disputed by defender Claudiomiro and goalkeeper Marcos and flicked it into the back of the net for a historic win.

In the Carioca Championship, Vasco kept alive their slim hopes of winning this round with a narrow 1 x 0 win against Friburguense. Without Edmundo and Romário the team seemed a little lost, but a first half goal from Juninho was enough to keep them at the top end of the table - although three points behind leaders Flamengo with only one game left to play. Botafogo beat Fluminense by 3 x 1, moving up into joint second place with Vasco and Flu. If Flamengo lose their final game, the Championship could go to either one of these teams.

See the RESULTS for tables and more details.


São Paulo in finals of Paulista
São Paulo booked themselves a place in the finals of the Paulista Championship today (03/06/00) with a 0 x 2 away win over Corinthians. Both goals came from Edu. This is the second exit from a competition this week for Corinthians, who played with only nine men after Marcelinho and Fábio Luciano were both sent off, as on Thursday (01/06/00) they were eliminated from the Copa do Brasil, leaving just the Copa Libertadores to concentrate on.

Flamengo moved a step closer to facing Vasco in the final of the Carioca Championship after they defeated Bangu 3 x 0, goals coming from Reinaldo, Tuta and Iranildo. They are three points clear of Fluminense at the top of the table with only one game left to play, although Flu could still take the spot if they win their two remaining games and Flamengo lose.

Also today, Atlético took the advantage in the first leg of the final of the Minas Gerais Championship, defeating Cruzeiro away by 1 x 2. Guilherme and Marques supplied the goals.

See the RESULTS for tables and more details.


Assistant takes over at Vasco, Nelsinho quits Portuguesa
Assistant coach Alcir Portela has once again taken control at Vasco on a temporary basis after the resignation of Abel Braga. This is the sixth time that Portela has been put in charge, but when asked if he was tired of always playing caretaker manager he was emphatic in his denial. "I return to take charge with great pride and I'm ready to make my contribution one more time", he said. Current Palmeiras coach Luís Felipe Scolari will become the new full-time coach when the Copa Libertadores and Paulista Championship are over.

Nelsinho Baptista resigned as coach of Portuguesa this Friday (02/06/00), stating that the managers of the club were unwilling to buy new players. "A team that wants to be champion has to contract players, it's not enough to just hire a coach", said Nelsinho. It is rumoured that he will move to Coritiba, Paraná, although neither the coach or the directors were willing to confirm this.


América (MG) hire young Brazilian star
América, of Minas Gerais, are to take midfielder Carlos Alberto, 20, formerly of Grêmio, on loan for the duration of the Série B of the Brazilian Championship. Alberto is currently playing for Feyenoord, Holland, and is the captain of the Brazilian under-20 squad, but the Dutch team want him to gain more experience and so are willing to lend him to the Brazilan club. The deal also involves an exchange for young strikers Alessandro and Álvaro, the first of whom will play in the junior team at Feyenoord, the second will play in the Swedish Championship for a satellite team of the Dutch club before moving
 

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Look at the crap:

No Brazilian championship this year
The Clube dos 13, the football body organised by the most powerful clubs in Brazil, have
announced that there is not enough time this year to set up the new Liga Nacional - and so
there is to be no Brazilian Championship this year. There will instead be a special
tournament to commemorate 13 years of the Clube dos 13, which could involve teams from
outside of Brazil - but will still not involve Gama, as all of the members of the Clube dos 13,
with the exception of Palmeiras, have signed a declaration stating they will not play in any
tournament involving the team from Brasília, which went to common justice in it's fight
against relegation and is thus being snubbed by others.

The CBF have cautiously approved this tournament but still have a few points to clear up,
such as how clubs will be selected for the Copa Libertadores. It is believed that the
S&ecauterie B will be seen as a legal alternative to the new league, and clubs will also be
selected from there for the Libertadores. Gama, however, will still not be involved - their legal
win gives them only the right to play in the Série A, which no longer exists.


WHAT A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS!


brasilia senator JOse Arruda, wil open an Parlamentary Inquiry to verify the contract of CBF with Nike. That will be brilliant...then we will not have Nike players in our team....or have to play friendlies half way across the world :)
NIKE LEAVE!!
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GAVIOES DA FIEL
Pelo Corinthians, com muito amor ate o fim.
A Corrente Jamais Sera Quebrada!
THE WORLD IS OURS


[This message has been edited by Ze da Fiel (edited 07-06-2000).]
 

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Cruzeiro make changes
Full-back Rodrigo has left Cruzeiro and moved to Sporting Braga, of Portugal, in exchange for striker Deílton. Rodrigo, who has already passed through Vitória, Corinthians and Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), will sign a two-year contract, according to a Portuguese newspaper.


Bebeto leaves Kashima Antlers
Striker Bebeto, one of the members of the Brazil squad that won the World Cup 1994, has left Japanese club Kashima Antlers after a failed three-month period. Bebeto played only eight of the 15 games that Antlers disputed in that time, and scored just one goal. According to a club spokesperson, Bebeto has returned to Brazil to resolve personal problems.

Since leaving Spanish club Deportiva La Coruña in 1996, Bebeto's career has dropped drastically. He was turned down by Flamengo, Vasco and Botafogo before moving to Mexico's Toroz Neza, where he fought with the clubs board before being dropped from the team. His future is undefined.


Atlético Madrid to sign Uéslei, Benfica want Catanha
According to Spanish newspapers today, recently relegated Spanish club Atlético Madrid have virtually completed the signing of Bahia striker (and top-goalscorer in the Bahia Championship) Uéslei for US$3.5 million. The player will remain with his current club until the end of the Bahia Championship this month and will then fly to Spain for a medical exam and to agree personla terms.

Benfica, of Portugal, are interested in buying defender Catanha from Malaga and are willing to pay up to US$11.5 million for his contract. The Spanish club, however, have a sum closer to US$14 million in mind.
 
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