July 19, 2014
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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Filed under: Santos Brasileirao football 
June 6, 2014
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, 2014
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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Filed under: Santos Bahia Brasileirao football 
May 28, 2014
Three Game Update

Yet another review package. I’m afraid to say this will become the norm for a long time. Life outside of football (GASP!) is requiring more and more attention, while, to be perfectly honest, Santos (and Brazilian football as a whole) aren’t doing much to make this a true tug-of-war. That’s a discussion for another time, though. Let’s go.

Campeonato Brasileiro Matchday 5: Santos 1x2 Atletico Mineiro

O lei do ex (the law of the ex) is a famous saying in Brazilian football that says that if a former player is playing against you, he’s probably going to score. André demonstrated that most effectively on match-day 5 when his brace condemned Santos to their first defeat of the season, and the club’s first home loss in a long time. Again, it was a case of Santos not playing well, managing to grab the lead, and then playing even worse thereafter. 

Here are the particulars and the highlights.

Point of Note: Nothing really.

Campeonato Brasileiro Matchday 6: Goias 2x2 Santos

This was a game that Santos largely dominated, but a lack of sharpness up front combined with a drop in performance for the second half meant that only a point was gained.

Here are the particulars and the highlights.

Point of Note: Renato made his first appearance in his second stint at Santos as a starter. It didn’t go well for the veteran. He was OK as a creator, but his defensive weakness was laid bare by the home side.

Campeonato Brasileiro Matchday 6: Santos 0x0 Flamengo

An utterly torrid game at the Morumbi featuring a young Santos attack that Flamengo should have won.

Here are the particulars and the highlights.

Points of Note: Cicero asked not play in this game to keep from reaching the 7 game threshold where a transfer to another Brazilian side would be made impossible for the rest of the year. His request was granted. That tells you where that situation currently lies. Who did play after a long time in exile was Victor Andrade. He was eventually booed off the pitch as he was substituted.

Looking Forward

Up next for Santos is Bahia on Thursday. Gabriel and Alan Santos will be back from injury to reinforce the squad.

Other News

I) Thiago Ribeiro was injured in the game against Atlético Mineiro. He’ll be out for two months.

II) Santos’ World Cup induced holiday was run from June 2 to June 15.

III) Pato Rodriguez will be returning to the club soon as his loan to Lanus will expire. 

IV) Julio Baptista has been offered to Santos and OdO is very interesting. Negotiations may start soon.

V) Joel Camargo, former Santos centerback and World Cup winner in 1970, has died at the age of 67.

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May 16, 2014
Winning Without Convincing

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Gabriel celebrates his goal against Figueirense

That was the general theme in the past three games. Yes, three. I was extremely busy for the past week, so this, the first three game recap, is the result. Let’s go.

Copa do Brasil 2nd Round: Princesa do Solimões 1x2 Santos (1st leg)

When Santos raced into a two goal lead with ten minutes on the clock, one could have been forgiven for expecting the need for a second leg to be lost in the deluge of goals that would follow. Predictably, however, Santos took their foot off the gas, and the home side grabbed a goal to push back the tie’s conclusion by a week.

Here are the highlights.

Point of Note: The game marked the first full game for Lucas Lima. He did pretty well. 

Campeonato Brasiliero Matchday 4: Figueirense 0x2 Santos 

For this Santos side, it would be madness to boldly predict a result, even in an away game against the league’s worst team. However, the encounter did progress in reality as it would have on paper. Santos won quite comfortable without playing particularly well, and thus picked up the club’s first win of the new season.

Here are the particulars and the highlights.

Point of Note: Zé Carlos came on for the injured Emerson at the half to make what I think was his first team debut. He did pretty well.

Copa do Brasil 2nd Round: Santos 4x2 Princesa do Solimões (2nd leg)

The first half was the first leg compressed in half. Again Santos raced out into a two goal led before easing up and giving their opponents from Amazonia some breathing space which they converted into a goal. 

The second period wasn’t much different, but Santos came through with another two goals against Princesa do Solimões’ one. 4x2 was how the game ended, and Santos advanced 6x2 on aggregate to setup a meeting with Londrina in the next round.

Here are the highlights.

Point of Note: Gabriel was the standout player of the game.

Looking Forward

Santos’ next game is at the Vila Belmiro against reigning Copa Libertadores champions Atlético Mineiro. However, O Galo are far off the form that saw them claim that trophy. They currently lie two points below Santos in the table with a single notch in the victory column. 

There are a host of missing faces from the squad available to Oswaldo de Oliveira. Alison, Paulo Ricardo, and Jubal are on international duty with the Brazilian U20 team , Cicinho is suspended, and the rest are injured. On the other hand, Cicero, David Braz, and Alan Santos are back from knocks while new signing Renato (more on this later) will be available for selection. 

This is a very winnable game. Which Santos will show up though?

Other News

(I) The biggest news was the rumor that Atlético Madrid wanted to buy Leandro Damião for 13 million Euros. The joyous cries fo Santos fans were silenced when he promptly picked up an injury expected to keep him out for two months. Bastard.

(II) Bruno Peres is on his way to Torino for R$6 million, R$4.7 million of which will go to Santos. He will not be missed.

(III) Renato is back at Santos after his move from Botafogo came through. The Santos legend will use the no.35 shirt.

(IV) Lance! reported that Santos are interested in selling Eugenio Mena after the World Cup.

(V) One time bright jewel Victor Andrade has been demoted to the U20 team from the professional squad. 

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