I’ll be honest, my interest in Brazilian football has been seriously waning in recent months what with the Olympics, the Euros and now the start of a new season in England. It probably also hasn’t helped that my apathy for the Brasileiro has often seemed to have been shared by a significant proportion of Brazilians as well. As a result, apart from catching games at Juventus I hadn’t been to watch one of São Paulo’s bigger teams since the end of March.
Until last Saturday that is, when I broke my Brasileiro abstinence by paying a visit to the Pacaembu to watch Palmeiras and Santos.
Well, part of the appeal was the fact that it was a São Paulo ‘classico’. Additionally, my wife is genuinely a hardcore Palmeiras fan (unlike me) and we hadn’t been for a while so it felt like the perfect opportunity to watch her torture herself. But, for me personally, it was an opportunity to watch Neymar play. Continue Reading