More interesting news following the end of Mano Menezes’ tenure with the Seleção. The Brazilian media threw a lot of names around, from the now-government consultant in Sports Ministry Felipão to former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, but a surprising statement from the latter would put him ahead of everyone who has been cited by the pundits so far.
Well, that was unexpected. Most of you should be aware of it, but a few hours ago in this sunny Friday afternoon here in Brazil, most specifically in São Paulo’s State Federation of Football, CBF announced that Mano Menezes was fired from his position as Brazil’s national team coach.
Phew. His flight was supposed to be short, but it was longer than we expected. At least, the soap opera has reached its final chapter: Ganso has finally joined São Paulo.
Guys, you don’t know how hard I try not to be what some call a “Debbie Downer” when I speak about the Seleção. Unfortunately, they make my job so hard that I’m obliged to give you a point of view that is far from the pink filter most people involved in the CBF seem to use to see the world and Brazil NT performances.
Back when football was almost entirely an amateur sport, Brazil and Argentina already had an old country rivalry. Political debacles regarding the possession of the territory which is now known as Uruguay was the closest both countries had been to start a true war. There were a few years of both countries “baring” each other until Argentinian president Julio Argentino Roca decided to create a competition which would feature both teams and build more on the mystique of the biggest rivalry in football: the Copa Roca.
Some people who follow the Brazilian Championship closely and don’t live in Brazil might be aware of that. I don’t know (yet) the profile of most readers in this blog, but I’ll assume that you haven’t heard anything about the latest Ganso soap opera.
To put it short, Ganso wants to move on. Problem is, he wants to go to a Brazilian club. Worst of all, his favored club to do such thing is a regional Santos rival: São Paulo.
Homesickness must be one of the most common problems with Brazilian players. Ok, it’s usually overlooked by the wages they earn in the European – and increasingly in Middle East and China as well – market, but it’s fascinating how news come up every now and then about players looking to get back to Brazil for numerous reasons.
The last player who did that is Robinho, who’s been playing for the struggling Italian giant Milan.