Santos FC Musings

Jul 24

A Meek Loss

And just like that, Santos’s three game winning streak was puffed out. In the end it took a good strike from Dario Conca (and some woeful defending, of course) to end Santos’s good run. The equalizer was there was the taking despite Santos’s having to switch from a defensive mindset to having to take the initiative. However, the team’s persistent lack of intelligence in the final third jettisoned any hope of a point.

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Jul 19

Back With A Win

After a month’s break from league play, there surely isn’t a better remedy to warm a team back up like a clássico - at least, that’s what one would think. Instead of a well contested affair between Santos and Palmeiras, we were treated to a game low on quality and scoring chances. The night ended well for Santos fans, though. A pair of first goals for the club - the first from Bruno Uvini and the second from Alison - sealed a 2x0 win. 

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Jul 08

World Cup News Dump #1

Here are the bullet points of the most important news stories surrounding the club since the league went on hiatus for the World Cup.

I) In transfers news Victor Ferraz and Souza have joined the club. The former has a contract until 2015 while the latter is on loan until the end of the year. 18 year old Matheus Indio was close to joining as well, but his current legal dispute with Vasco means that the deal will take some time to go through. In the departure section, Anderson Carvalho rescinded his contract and is on his way to Portuguese football. Victor Andrade may be on his way to the Iberian peninsula as well. Breitner also rescinded his contract with the club and is on his way to Venezuelan football.

II) The club accrued a R$2 million debt during the first third of the year. 

III) Over the past eight months the club has greatly reduced the size of its youth system, cutting over 100 players from all levels in an attempt to save money.

IV) The club has played two practice games ahead of the season’s restart. Both were wins.

V) Santos may play a friendly against Costa Rica some time in the near future. 

 

Jun 06

Entering the Break with a Win

With the World Cup looming in the distance, one of the consistent characteristics of recent league games has been relocated encounters. After playing Bahia at the Joia de Princesa instead of the Arena Fonte Nova, Santos fell victim to the displacement bug, being forced to play Criciuma in São Bernardo instead of the commandeered Vila Belmiro.

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May 31

An Un-Santos-Esque Display

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The Joia de Princesa stadium was the stage for Bahia and Santos’ encounter on Thursday night due to FIFA’s commandeering the Arena Fonte Nova in preparation for the World Cup. The ground proved to be ill-prepared for what was to come. A broken gate gave non-ticket holders the chance to enter for free, which created dangerous overcrowding in certain areas. Cameras split their time between the field and the stands as the police were summoned. Their lens caught women and children being evacuated over a fence in order to escape the crush. Fortunately, the dreaded disaster was averted. Unfortunately, the incident turned out to be the most interesting facet of news from the stadium.

The terrible pitch did little to facilitate good football, but even then the spectacle put on by Santos and Bahia was atrocious. It was a game riddled with errors and devoid of threats on either goal. In the end, it was Santos who emerged as first among equals in mediocrity by reversing their usual game flow. A terrible first half gave way to an improved display after the break which saw Oswaldo de Oliveira’s team score two goals courtesy of Alan Santos and Lucas Lima. For their part, Bahia did the opposite, but failed to capitalize on their first half dominance. Thus it was that Santos notched up a second win of the season, but not before lulling fans into a stupor for the eight time this season. 

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