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Hernán Barcos apologises to Palmeiras fans for relegation

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Palmeiras striker Hernán Barcos is currently back in Argentina preparing for Wednesday night's second leg of the Superclasico de las Americas tie against Brazil, but he told reporters that he wanted to apologise to the fans of the São Paulo club for the relegation to Serie B, which was confirmed on Sunday.

Barcos said: "I wanted to apologise for everything that has happened. But Palmeiras, before long, will come back. It was a year where everything happened. Some of the best things in my life and also some of the worst."

2012 will be remembered by Palmeiras fans for a number of reasons. The first half of the year saw the club triumph in the Copa do Brasil, a victory which puts them in the Copa Libertadores for next season. However, after a poor start to the Brasileirão, they sacked head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and, despite a late flurry, could not turn their form around and were eventually relegated.

The striker has had a great season on a personal level, scoring 28 goals in 54 games, and has become an idol with the Palmeiras fans. However, he is yet to decide on his future for next season and, as he links up with the Argentina side, is trying to forget the troubles in Brazil.

"When I come here I have to replace the battery," he added.


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