Flamengo Rolls On, As Sao Paulo and Corinthians SlipBy: Junior | August 6th, 2011
Sorry for not posting anything on round 13, but I was busy Monday and Tuesday and decided to combine the post for round 13 and 14. Check out the standings.
What Went Down
-Flamengo is now the team to beat. Although they are still 1 point behind leaders Corinthians, they beat Cruzeiro 1 x 0 Wednesday night and have stolen all the momentum from Corinthians. Not the best of performances from Flamengo, but they got their three points. Basically Flamengo is kicking ass right now.
-Cruzeiro, as you read above, were beaten by Flamengo. Cruzeiro is the disappointment of the campeonato. They were playing beautifully and winning beautifully in the beginning of the year, but are now mediocre. Although easily one of the most talented teams, their lack of depth and Joel Santana’s tactics are costing them.
-Speaking of depth, Corinthians has got plenty of it, but after losing to Cruzeiro a few rounds ago, the team hasn’t been great. After the Cruzeiro loss, they dropped three points away to Avai during the weekend and barely beat last place America-MG at home Wednesday night. Flamengo has stolen a lot of thunder from Corinthians.
-Sao Paulo rebounded from their loss by beating Bahia 3 x 0. However they lose their 2nd place spot to Flamengo. Sao Paulo is a serious contender for the title.
-Santos has fallen from grace after the Copa Lib. Neymar and Co. have gotten their asses kicked by Atletico-PR (!) and Vasco in the last two rounds. Don’t see them as a contender for the title this year… Might not be long before people start calling for Muricy’s head. Just saying.
-Shout-out to Vasco for beating Sao Paulo and Santos in the last two rounds. Are the Copa do Brasil champs contenders for the national championship? They are only 4 back of Corinthians and sit pretty in third. But I don’t know if they can keep it up, man. Diego Souza is great… but the guys kind…sorta…really inconsistent.
-Gremio fired their coach… I don’t remember his name. The guy only lasted like a month. Celso Roth is in (again). The other Gaucho team, Inter, aren’t doing great either, they lost again and might be looking at middle-table mediocrity this season.
-Champs Fluminense beat Inter, but seem to be going through some turbulence. Fred (former Lyon striker, penalty-misser extraordinaire), the club’s best player, wants out. However the club’s only letting him go for 15 million euros. Corinthians, Cruzeiro and Palmeiras seem to want the guy, but I doubt anyone can pay the price tag.
-Atletico-MG tied Gremio and is basically in the same boat as Gremio. Pretty shitty tournament. Dorival might go soon…
-Atletico-PR and Avai seem to be coming back to life with some clutch wins.
-Bahia is clear of the drop for now. Let’s see how long it stays that way…
Flamengo 2 x 0 Grêmio
Cruzeiro 0 x 1 Botafogo
Palmeiras 3 x 2 Atlético-MG
São Paulo 0 x 2 Vasco
Fluminense 4 x 0 Ceará
Internacional 0 x 0 Atlético-GO
Avaí 3 x 2 Corinthians
América-MG 1 x 3 Coritiba
Atlético-PR 3 x 2 Santos
Bahia 3 x 1 Figueirense
Corinthians 2 x 1 América-MG
Grêmio 2 x 2 Atlético-MG
Figueirense 2 x 0 Botafogo
Ceará 0 x 3 Avaí
Vasco 2 x 0 Santos
Cruzeiro 0 x 1 Flamengo
Coritiba 1 x 1 Palmeiras
São Paulo 3 x 0 Bahia
Fluminense 2 x 0 Internacional
Atlético-GO 0 x 3 Atlético-PR