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Supporters of the Sao Paulo outfit Palmeiras will have to come to terms with the fact that their club will be playing Serie B football in 2013 for the second time in their history.
Palmeiras’ relegation was confirmed on 18th November 2012 after a 1-1 away draw to Flamengo in Rio. And to rub salt into the wounds, they lost seven days later to another relegation outfit Atletico Goianiense 1-2 at home, which understandably made the partisan home crowd furious and pretty much summed up Palmeiras’ league season.
Amazingly though, in a …

Palmeiras played against Gremio Barueri last Sunday, and tied 2-2:
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This game brought good and bad news for Palmeiras’ fans.
The good news is that Luxemburgo decided to play with a 4-2-2-2 formation. with Diego Souza and Cleiton Xavier as attacking midfielders and Keirrison and Obina as strikers, letting go the defensive 3-5-2 he was choosing for the team.
Not only that, Palmeiras’ goals was scored by Obina, who didn’t score in the past 6 months wearing Flamengo’s shirt (Obina was …

Palmeiras played terrible last night, and tied with Nacional, from Uruguay:
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Palmeiras’ coach, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, had a terrible night, making awful decisions. The starting line-up was way to defensive to face a team that didn’t want to attack. For that reason, Luxemburgo had to make two changes yet at the first half.
But even after the changes Palmeiras had a hard time creating plays, since the players didn’t run enough to be an option or to open spaces. In the …

Palmeiras and São Paulo tied the first derby of the city in the Campeonato Brasileiro:
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That was surely the game of the goalkeepers: maintaining the hot-streak, Marcos saved Palmeiras several times, not much different from São Paulo goalkeeper Denis, who was doing his first game as a first-eleven player, since Rogério Ceni and Bosco are injured.
Palmeiras made a poor first half, but when Luxemburgo decided to put Lenny, a second striker, Palmeiras played better. I hope this make Luxemburgo start …

Palmeiras failed to achieve victory in the second game of the national competition:
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Internacional is one of the favorites for the title this year, so it was the first duel against a possible enemy in the future of the championship.
Palmeiras did not play well, creating not many opportunities, and not scoring the ones the team had been created. After scoring in the 10th minute, Internacional (which was playing with some reserves) had no much trouble to secure the …

Last night Palmeiras played the second leg off the first round of the Libertadores’ playoffs. Sport wins 1-0 and the game was decided on penalties shoot-out, since Palmeiras had won 1-0 in the first leg. Marcos saved three shoots and Palmeiras is classified to the quarter-finals of Libertadores da America.
First Leg: Palmeiras 1×0 Sport
In the first leg, played a week ago, Palmeiras made a great game, but the post/bar saved Sport from suffering a bigger defeat:
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Luxemburgo started the game …

Palmeiras played the first game of Campeonato Brasileiro yestarday, against Coritiba:
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Thinking about the Libertadores, Palmeiras’ coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo choosed to enter with the reserves and let the first 11’s resting. But after the defeat in the first half with poor creativity, he started the second half with the best three players in the team: Keirrison, Diego Souza and Cleiton Xavier.
Ans they actually made the difference in the game: Cleiton Xavier made a great pass to Jefferson to cross to Wiilians …

Last Wednesday (sorry about the delay) Palmeiras beat Colo-Colo, in Chile, and guaranteed his place in the next round of Libertadores da America:
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Palmeiras started the game with the 3-5-2 formation with two defensive-midfielders: Pierre and the youngster Souza. Luxemburgo said that he thought that Colo-Colo would attack Palmeiras to try to guarantee the victory, which didn’t happen.
In first half Palmeiras played better than Colo-Colo, and Keirrison hit the post two times. But what looked like would be an easy …

Palmeiras beat LDU last night and maintained the chances to go to the playoffs:
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After the elimination in Campeonato Paulista, Luxemburgo decided to return to a formation with three center-defenders, the formation used in Palmeiras’ best games. In last night game it didn’t make a differential, and Palmeiras played bad once more.
Last night Palmeiras had a hard time to create chances because the team didn’t take it time to set up it attacking force in enemy’s field. Instead, the strikers …

Last Saturday Palmeiras got knocked-out of Campeonato Paulista:
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Different from the first leg, Santos played ay better than Palmeiras, and had no problem to guarantee the place in the final. Instead of playing defensively, Santos played as if the team had no advantage and easily beat Palmeiras.
Just like the game against Sport, Palmeiras had problems to build-up plays when Santos defensive line was deep in their defensive field. One of the problems is that the strikers, Keirrison and Ortigoza, can’t …