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Why Yerry Mina is perfect for Barcelona

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Why Yerry Mina is perfect for Barcelona   It was a transfer a long time coming, but Barcelona finally announced the signing of Yerry Mina on Thursday morning, with the centre-back joining from Palmeiras on a five-and-a-half year deal.    The young defender has continuously showcased his potential and for Barcelona to land ...

Season Review: Brasileirao 2016 Round-up

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Season Review: Brasileirao 2016 Round-up   The delayed final round of the Brazilian season was a touching, tearful affair. Up and down the country, tributes were paid to the victims of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of 19 Chapecoense players, plus other club employees and members of the press, in Colombia last month.&n...

Inter in need of a miracle to avoid club-first relegation

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Inter in need of a miracle to avoid club-first relegation    One of the root causes of the problems that weigh on Brazilian football is the fact that so many teams fancy themselves among the elite. While Spain has its big two - sorry, Atleti - England has a rotating cast of four or five heavy hitters and both Germany and France have one dominant force...

Cult hero Camilo taking Botafogo to new heights in Brazil

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Cult hero Camilo taking Botafogo to new heights in Brazil   He doesn't look like a hero. He's short, stumpy, has a scrunched-up face and the kind of haircut that should have been left in the last millennium.     He doesn't sound like a star. He's 30 and has never played for his country. His CV is that of a ten-a-penny Brazilian journeyman, ...

'Ricardiola' conquers hearts & minds as Flamengo sniff title glory

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'Ricardiola' conquers hearts & minds as Flamengo sniff title glory   They arrived in their droves, some from the neighbouring bairros, pleased to have a game on their doorstep, others from further afield. It was 11am on Sunday - no time for football, really - but already the sun was beating down; by the time the game kicked off, a good number of them had aban...

Atletico MG's Magic Square Lifts Galo Towards the Top

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Atletico MG's Magic Square Lifts Galo Towards the Top   Someone in Brazilian football needs to put a call in to De La Soul and break the news: the results are in and - for now at least - four, not three, is very much the magic number.    That's certainly the case for the Brazil men's team at the Olympics. After watching his charges slum...

Your Guide to Brasileirão 2016

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Your Guide to Brasileirão 2016   It seems like only yesterday that we were ushering the 2015 Brasileirão into the sweet hereafter, yet here we are, plunging headlong towards the watering hole once more.     The tears in my eyes? Nothing but condensation. We go again.    Talking logistics  &nb...

Team Focus: Corinthians Enjoy Derby to Remember After Sealing Sixth Title

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Team Focus: Corinthians Enjoy Derby to Remember After Sealing Sixth Title   As victory laps go, this will take some beating - a comprehensive derby win against your most bitter, most ideological rivals.     Two goals in the space of three first-half minutes, then another before the interval. A laughable, playground-kick-about fourth that left opposition de...

Player focus: Three Forwards Striking for Redemption in the Chaos of the Brasileirão

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Player focus: Three Forwards Striking for Redemption in the Chaos of the Brasileirão   As we head into the final quarter of the Brazilian season, a couple of certainties are beginning to emerge from the fog of unpredictability that defines the league.     The first is that Corinthians will win the title. Tite’s troops continue to grind out win after win and hol...

Player Focus: Pato Beginning to Shine for São Paulo After Change of Position

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 Player Focus: Pato Beginning to Shine for São Paulo After Change of Position   Like so many other ill-fated schemes, it began with Silvio Berlusconi.    Alexandre Pato had begun his Milan career in stunning style, scoring 24 Serie A goals in goals in his first two seasons and cementing his reputation as one of the best prospects in the game. World domination ...

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