The Super Cup is tricolor! – 02/04/2024 – Juca Kfouri

The Super Cup is tricolor!  – 02/04/2024 – Juca Kfouri

At Mineirão to see the Super Cup final, who will Brazilian national team coach Dorival Júnior be rooting for?

For Palmeiras, where he played and acted as coach, or for São Paulo, where he almost became immortal, which only didn’t happen because they exchanged him for the CBF, in a bad exchange?

“For Ferroviária”, he will say, the club that revealed him in the city of Araraquara, where he was born.

And who will have been missed more: Endrick or Lucas Moura? The idol Dudu or the decoy James Rodríguez?

Despite being superior in the first half, with three chances to score against one, Palmeiras, stronger, ended 0-0 with São Paulo.

In the second, at a slow pace and under almost general exhaustion, Palmeiras continued more sharply, but the opportunities were even rarer, a great one created by Mayke and another by Weverton, who himself corrected Calleri’s shot.

The draw avoided heavy clouds for both champions.

Dorival Júnior must have seen that both Mayke and Marcos Rocha are better than the current CBF right-backs.

Seventh penalty shootout between the two. It was 5-1 for São Paulo. Now it’s 6-1.

Rafael shone when he picked up two penalties.


Corinthians Sunday morning left Fiel in righteous despair.

Taking the risk of relegation at Paulistinha was all that was missing in the horrible start to the season after the nightmare at the end of the last one.

The management defeated by the protest vote left a legacy as cursed as it was criminal when it hired Mano Menezes, when the lights went out, and established a guarantee of a fine of R$20 million in a contract until December 2025.

Regardless of any judgment regarding the coach, the act itself reveals the character of whoever committed it.

Expelling Duilio Monteiro Alves from the club is the least that can be done.

The worst thing is that nothing about Augusto Melo allows us to believe that he likes Corinthians more than his own belly button.

He is such a megalomaniac that he may believe he has “two double eyes”.


For those who suffered with Itaquera at the end of the morning and beginning of the afternoon, the continuation of Sunday served as a refreshment with the English classic between Arsenal and Liverpool.

First class football without concessions to the antics so common on Brazilian pitches, although, before any misunderstanding, Novorizontino had nothing to do with it, with impeccable behavior in the 3-1 in Itaquera.

Liverpool defended its leadership in the English Championship, and Arsenal, at home, were fighting to stay in the top three, both worried about Manchester City, which is superior to them.

Arsenal were superior, they took the lead, but, in the 45th minute, Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhães scored, with his hand, the own goal to make it 1-1.

Then, the less attentive fan asked: “If a goal for an attacker with his hand doesn’t count, why does a goal against a defender count?” Well, because football is not basketball.

But, the Premier League is the NBA of football, that is.

And it won’t be a surprise if, soon, the NBA is called the Premier League of basketball.

As a mess is paid for with a mess, at 66, the Dutchman Van Dijk and the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson clashed heads, and the no less Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli put Arsenal back in front. In the end, Belgian Leandro Trossard made it 3-1, the final score.

Arsenal are two points behind Liverpool, and City, with two games in hand, will be top if they beat them.

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