Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pre-Match Report: Santos x Flamengo


On Sunday July 26, 2009, Santos will face Flamengo at the Estádio Urbano Caldeira (Vila Belmiro) in the 14th round of the Brasileirão. After scrappy win a against Atlético Paranaense, Vanderlei Luxemburgo will be looking to notch his second win in as many games.

The referee for the game will be Heber Roberto Lopes with Ivan Carlos Bohn and Altemir Hausmann as his assistants.

History and Form

On the surface avoiding a loss seems to be a given, as Flamengo have not won at the Vila Belmiro in the Campeonato Brasileiro in 33 years. Ironically in the last win for Flamengo, current Santos coach Luxemburgo played and scored for them in their 2x1 win. Santos’ record against Flamengo stands at 102 games played with 41 victories, 25 ties, and 36 loses. In their last matches Flamengo drew 1x1 with Grêmio Barueri, while a piece of magic from Neymar gave Santos a 1x0 over Atlético Paranaense.

Team News

As was the case in the last match, Fabio Costa, Adailton, Kléber Pereira, Triguinho and Maikon Leite are unavailable as they are still recovering from injuries.

According to the official Santos website the 24 man squad for the match is as follows:

Goleiros: Douglas, Felipe, Rafael

Zagueiros: André Astorga, Domingos, Eli Sabiá, Fabão,

Laterais: Léo, Luizinho, Pará, Wagner Diniz

Volantes: Germano, Paulo Henrique Rodrigues, Roberto Brum, Rodrigo Mancha, Rodrigo Souto

Meias: Alan Patrick , Madson, Paulo Henrique Lima, Robson

Atacantes: Felipe Azevedo, Neymar, Roni, Tiago Luís

Santos are currently in 9th place in the table on 17 points. Flamengo are also on 17 points but are in 11th place based on goal difference.


  1. I remember many moons ago, 35 years or so, maybe more, we played Fla at Maracanã and won 2 to 1. As I was watching the video tape at TV Record a huge jet plane without passengers fell one kilometer from where I was at, in the neighbourhoud of Butantã....

  2. Marcos, what a crazy story! Sure glad the plane was empty...and that WE WON the game!

    About the game, we can take this one. The game is at the Vila and our team is starting to show more attitude in the field. Flamengo is still numb from the lost of their coach past thursday. We will beat them with a 3X1 score.