Atlético Mineiro and Flamengo compete for the position of best team in the country – 18/09/2021 – Juca Kfouri

On many occasions the best team in the country was the Brazilian team. Even without winning the World Cup, like in 1982. Today it isn’t.

As with the Spaniards in 2010 and with the Germans in 2014, despite their teams having been world champions, both Barcelona and Bayern Munich were superior because their foreigners made the difference.

Today the same thing happens here with Galo and Mengo.

The presence of South American players, some who could even be in Europe, such as De Arrascaeta, Nacho Fernández and Matías Zaracho, and veterans, such as Hulk and Diego Costa, unbalances the national panorama.

The team from Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro delight much more than the national team and create incomparably higher expectations before their games, whatever the tournament — and it’s no coincidence that the two are in the semifinals of the Brazil and Libertadores cups, as well as fighting for the top of the Brazilian Championship.

Fortaleza also deserves mention, if not for their foreigners on the field, but for Juan Vojvoda on the bench.

The team from Ceará is not superior to the Brazilian team, although it also attracts more attention than the yellow team.

The way he ran over São Paulo surpasses the limits of the São Paulo champion and reveals those of the millionaire Palmeiras, beaten in the final of the state championship and eliminated from the Copa do Brasil.

Next Tuesday (21) is Palmeiras’ D-day this season. At least it will have to stay alive in the continental tournament by hosting Atlético Mineiro, in the new confrontation between Abel Ferreira and Cuca and two similar management models, despite Minas Gerais’ patronage being more open than alviverde.

All this to register, with joy, that the Brazilian football lover has pleasant options to be satisfied here, without necessarily having to resort to the best European teams.

Time is over

Marco Polo Del Nero does not travel outside Brazil because Interpol catches. He can go to Brasília, although he has not gone, despite being summoned, as Senator Randolfe Rodrigues, vice president of the CPI at Covid, would like, for lack of time to hear him. The former CBF top hat, banned from football, has close relations with the owner of Need, the company that almost sold the Covaxin vaccine to the Ministry of Health, and would be interrogated, but got rid of the humiliation.

Zizinho, 100

Filmmaker Luiz Carlos Barreto, 93, who was a great friend of Zizinho, reiterates that Mestre Ziza was never undisciplined.

And he details the reason why the CBD did not call him to the 1954 World Cup, in Switzerland: “In fact, Zizinho was accused of being a communist, because, along with Nilton Santos and Danilo, he rebelled when he found out that the team command, during the 1953 South American Championship, in Peru, wanted to change Aymoré Moreira for Flávio Costa”.

According to Barreto, writer José Lins do Rego, head of the Brazilian delegation in Lima, “a revolutionary in the work and politically reactionary”, wrote a devastating report against Zizinho, who called him Vaca de Presépio, after seeing him sleep in the comfortable armchairs of the hotel lobby.

“The three of them led the movement and did not allow Flávio to enter the concentration. The other 19 players joined, and Flávio had to go back to the airport and fly back to Rio. I was there and I was a witness”, says Barreto.

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