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“I think it’s amazing, but we want it to become historic,” Gabriel Menino told FIFA.com, just before the Copa Libertadores final, about the 2020 season of Palmeiras. “I want to be part of the history of this institution. Every time I am at the club’s headquarters, I look at the photos of the legends who have written its history, and I tell myself that I would like to be there too. “

The Summer is about to enter the FIFA Club World Cup ™. The time is therefore right to take an interest in five legendary formations whose photos adorn the walls of the great Paulista club.


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World glory for the “Green Giant”

Year: 1951

Super hero : Liminha

Heroes: Fabio Crippa, Waldemar Fiume, Canhotinho, Jair Rosa Pinto, Rodrigues

Coach: Ventura Cambon

Some of the greatest figures in world football – notably Jules Rimet, Ottorino Barassi and Stanley Rous – had discussed and dreamed of a world club championship. The initiative materialized in 1951 in Brazil, which had recently hosted the FIFA World Cup ™. The competition brings together eight teams, including some of the biggest in Europe, as well as the Uruguayan giant Nacional and the Brazilian clubs Vasco da Gama and Palmeiras, winners respectively of the Rio and São Paulo tournaments.

The favorites on the starting line are undoubtedly Juventus, with their formidable attack made up of Karl Aage Hansen, Karl Aage Praest, John Hansen and Giampiero Boniperti, and Vasco, which has in its ranks eight players who participated with Brazil in the World Cup of the previous year. In the group stage, the two clubs confirm their reputation, the colossus From Rio crushing Sporting Lisbon and Austria Vienna (5-1), the Turinese on their side making short work of Palmeiras (4-0).

Yet handicapped by injuries, Palmeiras will raise his head in a masterly way. In the semifinals, the Paulistes dismissed Vasco in two sets (2-1 in aggregate score), before surprising the Juve 1-0 in the first leg. For the return match, tens of thousands of Italians booked a hotel room in Rio de Janeiro, certain that the title could not escape their proteges. Wrongly. Liminha, a young 21-year-old player who started the tournament on the bench, is decisive on the first Brazilian equalizer, before taking charge himself to restore the tie in the score (2-2), in front of more than 100,000 spectators at the Maracana, thus offering the title to Palmeiras.

L’Football Academy

Years: 1960-73

Super hero : Ademir da Guia

Heroes: Julinho, Djalma Santos, Djalma Dias, Dudu, Cesar Maluco, Luis Pereira, Emerson Leao, Leivinha

Main coaches: Filpo Nunez, Aymore Moreira, Mario Travaglini, Osvaldo Brandao

Despite Pelé’s presence at Santos and other impressive formations in Brazilian football, Palmeiras won no less than six national championships during this auspicious period, and reached the Libertadores final twice. Quite extraordinarily, the entire workforce palmeirense as well as the coach, technical support, physiotherapists and masseurs of the club, will represent Brazil in a 3-0 victory over Uruguay in 1965.

Nicknamed Divine, Ademir da Guia is undoubtedly the greatest player in the history of Green and one of the best Brazilian footballers of all time. As for theFootball Academy, it is still considered one of the most beautiful teams that South American football can boast of.

“People have been doing a lot about Guardiola’s Barcelona. We did the exact same thing, but decades earlier. The opponent didn’t touch the ball for four or five minutes straight. Every control was flawless. , every pass was perfect. Our supporters were amazed. Those of our opponent too “- Dudu, Brazilian midfielder

Back to the top

Years: 1993-94

Super hero : Edmundo, Rivaldo

Heroes: Cleber, Roberto Carlos, Cesar Sampaio, Flavio Conceicao, Mazinho, Zinho, Edilson, Evair

Coach: Vanderlei Luxemburgo

At the beginning of 1993, Palmeiras had not won the Paulista championship for 17 years and that of Brazil for 20 years. This crossing of the desert ended in the form of a 4-0 success in the final of the Paulistão, thanks in part to a Zinho at the top of his art, against the great rival Corinthians and in front of 105,000 spectators at Morumbi. Then, assists from Roberto Carlos and a stunning Edmundo allow the Green by remporter le Brasileirão.

Palmeiras will comfortably defend his crown in the state of São Paulo, before recruiting Rivaldo in August 1994. He and Edmundo form an infernal duo, which allows the club to finish at the top of the Brazilian championship at the end of the regular season, before beating Corinthians once again, this time in the Brasileirão final.

“Playing against Edmundo was like starting the game 0-1. But when Edmundo and Rivaldo were playing together, you felt sorry for their opponents” – Cleber, defenseur of Palmeiras

When the best is not the enemy of the good

Year: 1996

Super hero : Djalminha, Rivaldo

Heroes: Velloso, Cleber, Cafu, Flavio Conceicao, Muller, Luizao

Coach: Vanderlei Luxemburgo

The stars of the 1993 and 1994 titles are gone, but Luxa returned to the helm of the Paulista ship. He was to form one of the most spellbinding teams in the history of football.

The world will have a first glimpse of it in January 1996. When it comes to Brazil to play the Copa Euro-America, a competition organized jointly by CONMEBOL and UEFA, Borussia Dortmund are defending German champions in the lead. of the Bundesliga, and future European champion. To try to win the trophy, Ottmar Hitzfeld can count on winners of Italy 1990 like Stefan Reuter, Andreas Möller and Karl-Heinz Riedle, as well as on Stéphane Chapuisat and on the Golden Ball that year, Matthias Sammer.

The match will be a demonstration. Video game dribbling, hellish one-two, balls in millimeter depth: Dortmund is in torment. Cafu, who recently wondered at the microphone of FIFA.com where his career would have taken him if he had continued as an attacking midfielder he held then, a treat that day, just like Rivaldo, author of a hat-trick. The bill ? 6-1 for Palmeiras.

With Djalminha, one of the greatest prodigies of Brazilian football, Rivaldo and Muller in fireworks outfits, Palmeiras scored 102 goals in 30 matches, including 27 victories, won the Paulistão, signed 21 successes in a row and reached the final of the Copa do Brasil. In the six months leading up to Rivaldo’s sale to Deportivo La Coruna, Palmeiras is averaging 3.06 goals per game.

“Few teams in the history of football have made their opponents panic like the Palmeiras of that year.” – Cafu, Brazilian defender


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The patience of a saint

Year: 1999

Super hero : Marcos

Heroes: Junior Baiano, Francisco Arce, Cesar Sampaio, Zinho, Alex, Paulo Nunes

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Arrived in Palmeiras in 1992, Marcos bided his time. And waited… and waited again. Everyone advises him to look elsewhere, but he prefers to ensure his role as an understudy for goalkeeper Velloso, a legend at the club.

But in 1999, the legend is hurt. Marcos’ hour has come. In a few months, it becomes Saint Marcos.

In the two rounds of the Libertadores quarter-final against Corinthians, the native of Oriente disgusts his opponents, and puts the icing on the cake by becoming the hero of the series of penalties. In the semifinals, he replayed his recital against a team from River Plate in which Marcelo Gallardo, Javier Saviola and Juan Pablo Angel shone among others. Then, he contributed to the coronation of Palmeiras against Deportivo Cali in the final, showing once again decisive in the series of penalties.

The free kicks and inventiveness of Arce, the goals of Junior Baiano (Palmeiras’ top scorer in the competition that year, with five goals since his post as central defender), and the creativity of Alex (21 at the time) in his role as playmaker, were also essential in the conquest of the continental title by The Summer. But there is no doubt that if there is a superhero among these heroes, it is indeed Marcos.

Felipão and Saint Marcos then found themselves in the selection of Brazil, for another coronation, to Korea / Japan 2002. Marcos will spend a total of almost 20 years at Palmeiras and will not know any other club in his career.

“Make it rain: that’s the only thing Marcos failed to do during this campaign” – Luiz Felipe Scolari, Palmeiras entrée

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