Episode: Bira Brasil - Nov 2012


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Bira Brasil - Nov 2012
Anto is joined by TV Globo commentator Bira Brasil late in the evening after national team manager Mano Menezes was sacked by the CBF after nearly two and a half years in charge, fueling speculation that a political struggle within the federation is underway. We also examine the nature of the politics involved, whether Mano was really ever going to survive given that he was never the selection of CBF president Jose Maria Marin, or whether other factors with the Brazilian game such as sponsors, organizers and agents could be at work here in terms of the team roster itself, a team which has begun to show some progress but clearly lacks the kind of form that would even put Brazil as the favorite in South America, never mind the World Cup. Into the breach as candidates to succeed Mano are former national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, Muricy Ramalho of Santos and Tite of Corinthians who are largely considered in the running and one dark horse candidate in Abel Braga who just led Fluminense to another domestic title and appears to also be out of contract like Felipão since he left Palmeiras after leading them to the Copa do Brasil earlier this season before the club was relegated. We evaluate all the major candidates and our dark horse for the odds on successors for all the different considerations, but it is clear that the CBF already has its marching orders and a good indication on who would accept the position. We also examine the upcoming potential for Corinthians at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan and whether the Brazilians can take the title given how Tite has recently brought the team back into clear focus, unbeaten in its last five with a number of rejuvenated players after a planned rest. We also examine the issue of two AC Milan strikers who appear to be destined for moves back to Brazil in the January window - Robinho which may involve a swap for young Santos playmaker Felipe Anderson and a loan move for Pato back to Corinthians so the young talented striker can get himself reset after a prolonged period of injuries that have derailed his progress. We also look at the season for surprise package Atletico Miniero and its two main driving forces, the legend that is Ronaldinho and an emerging star in Bernard.

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