Sambafoot Sunday: Palmeiras Promoted with Chapecoense in Tow

A look at Brazil's second division with one round of games to go.

Sambafoot Sunday by James Nalton. The beat goes on...

São Paulo side Palmeiras confirmed their promotion from Série B towards the end of October, meeting the minimum expectations of their considerable fan-base in the process.  But the real surprise in Serie B this season has been the performance of Santa Catarina based club, Chapecoense, who will also be spending 2014 in Série A.

Well Done Chaps!

The club from Chapecó were down in the depths of Série D as recently as 2009, and were only promoted to the Brazilian second division for the 2013 season, making this year’s triumph their second promotion in a row.

Their success this season has been thanks in part to the prolific goal-scoring of striker Bruno Rangel, who is out on his own at the top of the Série B goal charts with 30 goals this season – 8 goals ahead of his nearest rival.

This will be the first time they have appeared in the Brazilian top flight since 1979 when the set up of the tournament was markedly different. A total of 94 teams competed in the division in that year, with Chapecoense finishing a lowly 93rd! They will be hoping to avoid a similar experience next year, and will no doubt take heart from the excellent performances of the newly promoted sides in this season’s Série A.

Palmeiras’ Predicament

Whatever Palmeiras did this season, it was never likely to be enough. One of the most successful teams in Brazilian league history slumped to relegation in 2012, in a repeat of their miserable 2002 season when they were also relegated. As they did in 2003, this season has seen them bounce straight back up to the top division, but this was the minimum expectation.

Plenty of media outlets reported on Palmeiras for the first time this season, as their fans booed their 0-0 draw with São Caetano which secured the team’s return to Série A. All this makes for a more viral news piece than your average Série B story, but there have been some bright sparks for Palmeiras on the pitch during this intermission season.

Grêmio loanee Leandro shone as expected. Palmeiras will hope to keep hold of the 20-year-old forward who also made his debut for Brazil this season, scoring a goal against Bolivia in what was his first, and so far only, senior international appearance.

Their top scorer, Alan Kardec, is also on loan at the club and has notched up 14 goals so far. The 24-year-old is on the books at Portuguese club Benfica, but could remain at Palmeiras if the Brazilian club agree to send full-back Luís Felipe the other way as part of the deal. Kardec’s spirit could be vital for them next season in Série A, where they will be expected to do a lot more than simply remain in the division.

Série B Finale

Elsewhere in Série B, there is still plenty to play for with just one round of fixtures remaining. There are a few teams still in with a chance of claiming the last promotion place, with Figueriense currently hanging on to 4th spot.

Below them another team who spent 2012 in Série C, Ceará based club Icasa, will be hoping to follow the lead of Chapecoense and achieve back-to-back promotions. And speaking of Ceará, the club of that name based in Forteleza could also clinch a promotion spot if results go their way. Sport Recife are alread promoted having secured a third place finish.

Down at the bottom Guaratinguetá, Atlético Goianiense, and Paysandu will all be hoping to secure the results they need to avoid relegation. This situation is made all the more intriguing by the fact that Guaratinguetá and Atlético Goianiense play each other, with a draw likely to see both teams remain in the division...

 



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October 31, 2014
13:42Liverpool have the squad to cope - Lucas Leiva
13:30'Amazing' Dunga has started well - Parreira
12:20Neymar laughs off new girlfriend reports
11:58Pato not ready to be considered for Sao Paulo - Doctor
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23:22Dodo puts in strong display as Internazionale win
22:50Liverpool's Coutinho shares romantic moment
18:22Atlético de Madrid defender Diego Godín disappointed Miranda, Filipe Luís and Diego Costa were overlooked at LFP awards
17:34Forward Óscar Muñoz unhappy with defender Marcelo's celebration after scoring in Real Madrid's 4-1 Copa del Rey victory over Cornellà
17:10Milan defender Alex accepts Cagliari draw and looks ahead to Sunday's tie against Palermo
17:01Milan defender Alex confident of top three challenge
12:22Fernandinho has night to forget as Manchester City are dumped out of League Cup
12:11Marcelo on scoresheet as Real Madrid cruise past Cornella
11:54We won't play to defend first-leg lead vows Luxemburgo
11:14Chicao warns Flamengo against complacency after first-leg semi-final win
10:38Report: Arsenal line up January move for Romulo
October 29, 2014
23:15Brazilian Cup Preview: Cruzeiro face Santos
22:52Bolívar stresses importance of coach Mancini to Botafogo
21:17Portuguesa relegated after another defeat
20:24Costa and Ramires set to return for Chelsea
18:58Internazionale midfielder Hernanes wary of Sampdoria threat and refuses to be compared to Siniša Mihajlović
18:49Elano praises Chennaiyin FC fans and hails teams togetherness
18:43Elano pleased to assist team-mates Jeje Lalpekhlua and Stiven Mendoza in Chennaiyin FC's 5-1 win over Mumbai City FC.
16:57FIFA President Sepp Blatter claims Russia's 2018 World Cup preparations are "considerably ahead of schedule" compared to Brazil
14:52Neymar and Messi set to miss game Espanyol
13:18"We don't talk about the 7-1 anymore in the dressing room"
12:52Santos sign deal with Huawei from China
12:24Neymar gains 5lbs of muscle to help him succeed at Barcelona
11:51Assist King Michel Bastos just happy to contribute to Sao Paulo
11:15Lyon legend Juninho backs Doria for Marseille success
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10:07Chelsea reportedly line up move for Cruzeiro's Lucas Silva
00:05Bielsa explains Doria absence
October 28, 2014
22:39Le Havre rule out Adriano deal
22:18Sporting eye Grêmio defender Geromel
19:36Cavalieri set to leave Fluminense after contract leak
18:54Assistant Manager Vivek Nagul insists Chennayin FC are not solely reliant on Brazilian midfielder Elano
18:36Milan defender Alex: “PSG wanted to sign a younger player than me"
18:23Defender Alex admits he misses Paris but has no regrets over Milan move
18:15Hernanes confident Internazionale will be develop their own style
18:10Hernanes hails Internazionale owner Erick Thohir and criticises Italian press
14:58Barcelona coach Luis Enrique defends Douglas from critics
14:16Rafinha gets award at FC Barcelona
14:04Harry Redknapp praises Sandro after Aston Villa game
12:01Everton Ribeiro urges focus as Cruzeiro close in on league and cup double
11:30Brasilerao: Sao Paulo close gap on Cruzeiro to five points
11:29Danilo voted best player of the year at FC Porto
11:23Alexandre Gallo emphasizes good relationship with Dunga
10:56Barcelona's Neymar the only Brazil star on 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist
October 29, 2014
16:57FIFA President Sepp Blatter claims Russia's 2018 World Cup preparations are "considerably ahead of schedule" compared to Brazil
October 24, 2014
14:13Kaká confident he can help Brazil over the short-term
October 23, 2014
23:14Head Coach Dunga refuses to confirm whether Neymar or Thiago Silva will captain Brazil
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October 21, 2014
21:161994 World Cup winning Head Coach Carlos Alberto Perreira believes Brazil must regain their identity
October 20, 2014
23:09 José Mourinho praises Dunga despite frustration over lack of communication with international managers
October 18, 2014
21:55Carlos Alberto Parreira: Dunga's "been doing a good job"
October 16, 2014
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October 15, 2014
16:24Santos forward Robinho: Brazil want to "win the World Cup in Russia"
12:26Brazil forward Neymar reveals Head Coach Dunga's advice after 4-0 friendly win over Japan
October 14, 2014
22:43CSKA Moscow defender Mário Fernandes hopes he "pleased Dunga" with Brazil debut
22:38Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson pleased late save against Japan kept clean sheet run intact
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18:09Neymar admits four goal haul against Japan "gives me goosebumps"
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13:59Brazil destroy Japan thanks to a fantastic Neymar
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15:57Internazionale defender Yuto Nagatomo insists Japan must play as a team against Brazil
15:52Japan Head Coach Javier Aguirre "relaxed" ahead of Brazil friendly
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October 12, 2014
22:38Neymar unconcerned with physical approach during Brazil's 2-0 win over Argentian
22:34Brazil Head Coach Dunga insists Argentina win "gives huge confidence to the players"
13:14Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson: “I have studied the way Lionel Messi takes penalties"
13:09Atlético Mineiro Diego Tardelli admits its "a unique feeling" to score for Brazil after Argentina brace
11:10Brazil Head Coach Dunga questions appointment of referee Fan Qi for Argentina friendly
October 11, 2014
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16:13Argentina 0-2 Brazil [Superclásico de las Américas, National Stadium]: Diego Tardelli brace earns Seleção prestigious friendly victory
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11:59Brazil Head Coach Dunga concerned about effects of Beijing smog on Superclásico de las Américas against Argentina
October 10, 2014
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October 09, 2014
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22:35Corinthians defender Gil believes Seleção team-mate Neymar is better than Lionel Messi
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October 08, 2014
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October 07, 2014
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22:45Paris Saint-Germain defender Maxwell hints this could be his last season
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September 24, 2014
22:13Brazilian Football Confederation President José Maria Marin wants Germany rematch
June 26, 2014
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June 16, 2014
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June 09, 2014
23:18Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne insists Italy’s poor defending in victory against Fluminense is “not important”
23:12Italy forward Ciro Immobile “excited” with hat-trick against Fluminense
22:56Italy Head Coach Cesare Prandelli pleased with Fluminense victory
22:52Italy Head Coach Cesare Prandelli delighted with Brazilian support
June 07, 2014
23:32Italy line up confirmed for Fluminense friendly
May 19, 2014
22:13Portugal Manager Paulo Bento names his 23-man 2014 FIFA World Cup squad
May 18, 2014
19:09Sambafoot Sunday: Botafogo's Shaky Start to 2014
April 13, 2014
08:34Sambafoot Sunday: Brazilian Clubs' Libertadores Numbers Game
April 06, 2014
09:20Sambafoot Sunday: Atlético Mineiro's Anelka Interest Should be the Norm
February 14, 2014
12:23Shakhtar Donetsk: President decided to support Maicon’s family
February 09, 2014
09:25Sambafoot Sunday: Where’s Wallyson? Botafogo find their new hero post-Seedorf
January 26, 2014
10:09Sambafoot Sunday: Cruciate curse affects Seleção hopes of three midfielders
December 01, 2013
13:36Sambafoot Sunday: Could Éverton Ribeiro Crack Europe?
November 25, 2013
11:39Brasileirão Week 36 round up: Vasco shock champions to stay in contention while defeat leaves Ponte Preta on the brink
November 24, 2013
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November 17, 2013
12:00Palmeiras secure Brasileirão Série B title with 3-0 win against Boa Esporte
November 12, 2013
08:42Relegation threatened Fluminense sack head coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo
November 10, 2013
12:59Sambafoot Sunday: Atlético Paranaense's hurricane season
November 09, 2013
10:05Drummer angers Flamengo fans
November 04, 2013
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November 03, 2013
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October 28, 2013
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October 21, 2013
13:21Olympique Marseille without defender Lucas Mendes for Napoli fixture
12:12Injury rules Bayern Munich defender Dante out of Viktoria Plzeň tie
October 20, 2013
23:50São Paulo president Juvenal Juvêncio admits interest in Lucas Moura loan return
October 18, 2013
11:47Diego Maradona dispute’s Pelé’s FIFA recognition
09:04Del Bosque: Costa approach no insult to current strikers
October 17, 2013
21:43Hard work is paying off insists Bayern Munich defender Rafinha
13:17Rodrigo Lasmar: Ronaldinho on track to be fit for the Club World Cup
October 16, 2013
19:53Report: Tottenham Hotspur set to offer Paulinho extended deal
09:12Report: São Paulo could terminate Lúcio’s contract if injury concerns prevail
October 13, 2013
18:32Brasileirão: Grêmio slip up as Vitoria and Santos grab victories
14:49Vanderlei Luxemburgo: ‘Simulation part of football’
October 09, 2013
20:37Mineiro learn Club World Cup fate
October 06, 2013
22:39Oswaldo de Oliveira in hospital after Botafogo defeat
11:55Sambafoot Sunday: Cruzeiro cruising at the top of the Brasileirão
October 04, 2013
23:52Internacional manager Dunga sacked
September 14, 2013
14:29Guerrero: Corinthians can still be champions
September 11, 2013
20:49Roberto Carlos: Anzhi could collapse
14:57Exeter City play down Brazil fears
September 07, 2013
14:12Atlético Madrid's Filipe Luis: Barca-Madrid dominance an injustice
September 06, 2013
19:04Santos announce tour of South East Asia
18:42São Paulo slump to defeat as Rogerio Ceni misses penalty
September 05, 2013
19:17Cruzeiro go four points clear after defeating Bahia
18:43Romário and Maradona fight against CONMEBOL corruption
September 03, 2013
21:29Marcelo Mattos says Botafogo will overcome difficulties
20:54Réver believes Atlético Mineiro can challenge for Brazilian title
September 02, 2013
23:21São Paulo to honour Brazil legend Leonidas da Silva
October 30, 2014
23:55Brazilian Cup Round-up: Flamengo strike late to seal first leg advantage
23:22Dodo puts in strong display as Internazionale win
22:50Liverpool's Coutinho shares romantic moment
18:22Atlético de Madrid defender Diego Godín disappointed Miranda, Filipe Luís and Diego Costa were overlooked at LFP awards
17:34Forward Óscar Muñoz unhappy with defender Marcelo's celebration after scoring in Real Madrid's 4-1 Copa del Rey victory over Cornellà
17:10Milan defender Alex accepts Cagliari draw and looks ahead to Sunday's tie against Palermo
17:01Milan defender Alex confident of top three challenge
October 29, 2014
23:15Brazilian Cup Preview: Cruzeiro face Santos
22:52Bolívar stresses importance of coach Mancini to Botafogo
21:17Portuguesa relegated after another defeat
20:24Costa and Ramires set to return for Chelsea
18:58Internazionale midfielder Hernanes wary of Sampdoria threat and refuses to be compared to Siniša Mihajlović
18:49Elano praises Chennaiyin FC fans and hails teams togetherness
18:43Elano pleased to assist team-mates Jeje Lalpekhlua and Stiven Mendoza in Chennaiyin FC's 5-1 win over Mumbai City FC.
00:05Bielsa explains Doria absence
October 28, 2014
22:39Le Havre rule out Adriano deal
22:18Sporting eye Grêmio defender Geromel
19:36Cavalieri set to leave Fluminense after contract leak
18:54Assistant Manager Vivek Nagul insists Chennayin FC are not solely reliant on Brazilian midfielder Elano
18:36Milan defender Alex: “PSG wanted to sign a younger player than me"
18:23Defender Alex admits he misses Paris but has no regrets over Milan move
18:15Hernanes confident Internazionale will be develop their own style
18:10Hernanes hails Internazionale owner Erick Thohir and criticises Italian press
October 27, 2014
23:59FC Goa manager Zico refuses to blame defeat on the absence of Pires
23:31Dante voted best defender in Germany for the third time
22:25Bernard shines as Shakhtar cruise through
21:04Fabio Capello: Neymar attitude 'very annoying'
18:40FC Goa manager Zico disappointed with lack of end product following 2-0 defeat to FC Pune City
18:14Report: Genoa ahead of Lazio, Napoli and Sassuolo in race to sign Corinthians defender Gil
15:48Report: Milan set to target Fluminense defender Marlon
15:37Marcelo pleased with his improved fitness and hopes Real Madrid can keep up their good form
15:29Marcelo wants Real Madrid to enjoy El Clásico victory over Barcelona
October 25, 2014
23:01Filipe Luís does not believe his Chelsea team-mates need "special advice" to cope with Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao
22:53Chelsea defender Filipe Luís hails former team-mate Radamel Falcao ahead of Manchester United clash
15:50FC Goa manager Zico claims midfielder Robert Pirès was punched in the face by Atlético de Kolkata Head Coach Antonio López
15:34Mumbai City manager Peter Reid pleased midfielder André Moritz managed 45 minutes in 2-0 defeat to NorthEast United
15:21Lucas Leiva admits he is open to Liverpool exit and confirms there was contact with Napoli over the summer
October 24, 2014
15:17FC Goa manager Zico unhappy with Atlético de Kolkata defeat
13:06Assistant Toni Grande admits "it was a relief" when Diego Costa finally scored for Spain
12:54Report: Juventus set to target Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro in January
October 23, 2014
23:25Report: Milan join race for Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva
17:22Atlético de Madrid defender Guilherme Siqueira hails team-mate Koke after role in Malmö FF victory
15:44Head Coach Dunga names three debutants in Brazil squad to face Turkey and Austria next month
October 22, 2014
22:51Mário Fernandes believes CSKA Moscow's comeback against Manchester City has kept them in the Champions League
17:54David Luiz: “In every game we need to improve"
17:51Lionel Messi: “It is good that Neymar and I are in form together"
11:36Ajax manager Frank de Boer compares Lionel Messi and Neymar to Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale
11:27David Luiz admits Paris Saint-Germain had a "tough match" against APOEL
11:22David Luiz pleased to be back alongside Thiago Silva in Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 over APEOL
10:03Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano: "It was very special for me to score five times"
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