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Brazilians are crazy. They absolutely love their football, and this is borne out by the league that they run. The top division has 24 sides, and that means a minimum of 46 leagues for each club. Add to that the playoff games and regional divisions, as well as possible continental competitions, and you could be looking at 70-80 games in a season. The second division is a bit different, but it’s still at least 23 league games for each side, and the top eight have to go through two further groups to win promotion. Fantastic. icon_biggrin.gif

The third division is a little different. There are only 128 sides in the league, but only 2 will be promoted in any one season. That makes it 16 times more likely that a side will be relegated – 32 face the drop. So, how does it work? The 128 sides are split into 16 groups of 8 sides each, and after 14 games, the standings are calculated. The bottom two sides in each group are relegated, and the top two sides move into the second round. It’s then essentially a knockout until the final four when a group stage decides which two teams will move up. Got it? Good.

I found myself in charge of one of the third division clubs. Goiânia are based in the town of Goiânia and take part in the Goiás State Championship during the early months of the season. The stadium is known as Olímpico for some reason, and has a capacity of 10000. Not that I expect it to be full or anything. The State Championship is played from mid-January until March or April and has an interesting form. 12 sides play each other once, and at the end, three sides are relegated, and eight playoff for the Championship.

The squad looks quite decent for this level, but it is small and needs strengthening.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Flávio Mendes GK Júnior GK

Bira D R Edgar D L

Marcelo Borges D/M LC César Lira D C

Fred D C Marcos Roberto D C

Peta D C Clóvis DM C

Eduardo Silva DM C Wender DM C

Danilo M RC Mayke M RLC

Roger M LC Eliseu M C

Carlos Henrique F RL Carlos Magno F LC

Cristiano F LC Cley S C

Luís Fernando S C

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There was a little bit of money in the bank for transfers, and I managed to make five signings before the start of the season. Carlos Alexandre, a right back, was signed for £30,000 from Ponte Preta, and young striker Michel came in on a free transfer from Malutrom. The other three signings were in midfield. Attacking midfielder Liminha cost £40,000 from Joinville and wingers Chicão and Leandro Diniz came in for free from América (MG) and for £100,000 from Atlético Mineiro respectively.

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Brazilians are crazy. They absolutely love their football, and this is borne out by the league that they run. The top division has 24 sides, and that means a minimum of 46 leagues for each club. Add to that the playoff games and regional divisions, as well as possible continental competitions, and you could be looking at 70-80 games in a season. The second division is a bit different, but it’s still at least 23 league games for each side, and the top eight have to go through two further groups to win promotion. Fantastic. icon_biggrin.gif

The third division is a little different. There are only 128 sides in the league, but only 2 will be promoted in any one season. That makes it 16 times more likely that a side will be relegated – 32 face the drop. So, how does it work? The 128 sides are split into 16 groups of 8 sides each, and after 14 games, the standings are calculated. The bottom two sides in each group are relegated, and the top two sides move into the second round. It’s then essentially a knockout until the final four when a group stage decides which two teams will move up. Got it? Good.

I found myself in charge of one of the third division clubs. Goiânia are based in the town of Goiânia and take part in the Goiás State Championship during the early months of the season. The stadium is known as Olímpico for some reason, and has a capacity of 10000. Not that I expect it to be full or anything. The State Championship is played from mid-January until March or April and has an interesting form. 12 sides play each other once, and at the end, three sides are relegated, and eight playoff for the Championship.

The squad looks quite decent for this level, but it is small and needs strengthening.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Flávio Mendes GK Júnior GK

Bira D R Edgar D L

Marcelo Borges D/M LC César Lira D C

Fred D C Marcos Roberto D C

Peta D C Clóvis DM C

Eduardo Silva DM C Wender DM C

Danilo M RC Mayke M RLC

Roger M LC Eliseu M C

Carlos Henrique F RL Carlos Magno F LC

Cristiano F LC Cley S C

Luís Fernando S C

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There was a little bit of money in the bank for transfers, and I managed to make five signings before the start of the season. Carlos Alexandre, a right back, was signed for £30,000 from Ponte Preta, and young striker Michel came in on a free transfer from Malutrom. The other three signings were in midfield. Attacking midfielder Liminha cost £40,000 from Joinville and wingers Chicão and Leandro Diniz came in for free from América (MG) and for £100,000 from Atlético Mineiro respectively.

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Brazilians are crazy. They absolutely love their football, and this is borne out by the league that they run. The top division has 24 sides, and that means a minimum of 46 leagues for each club. Add to that the playoff games and regional divisions, as well as possible continental competitions, and you could be looking at 70-80 games in a season. The second division is a bit different, but it’s still at least 23 league games for each side, and the top eight have to go through two further groups to win promotion. Fantastic. icon_biggrin.gif

The third division is a little different. There are only 128 sides in the league, but only 2 will be promoted in any one season. That makes it 16 times more likely that a side will be relegated – 32 face the drop. So, how does it work? The 128 sides are split into 16 groups of 8 sides each, and after 14 games, the standings are calculated. The bottom two sides in each group are relegated, and the top two sides move into the second round. It’s then essentially a knockout until the final four when a group stage decides which two teams will move up. Got it? Good.

I found myself in charge of one of the third division clubs. Goiânia are based in the town of Goiânia and take part in the Goiás State Championship during the early months of the season. The stadium is known as Olímpico for some reason, and has a capacity of 10000. Not that I expect it to be full or anything. The State Championship is played from mid-January until March or April and has an interesting form. 12 sides play each other once, and at the end, three sides are relegated, and eight playoff for the Championship.

The squad looks quite decent for this level, but it is small and needs strengthening.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Flávio Mendes GK Júnior GK

Bira D R Edgar D L

Marcelo Borges D/M LC César Lira D C

Fred D C Marcos Roberto D C

Peta D C Clóvis DM C

Eduardo Silva DM C Wender DM C

Danilo M RC Mayke M RLC

Roger M LC Eliseu M C

Carlos Henrique F RL Carlos Magno F LC

Cristiano F LC Cley S C

Luís Fernando S C

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There was a little bit of money in the bank for transfers, and I managed to make five signings before the start of the season. Carlos Alexandre, a right back, was signed for £30,000 from Ponte Preta, and young striker Michel came in on a free transfer from Malutrom. The other three signings were in midfield. Attacking midfielder Liminha cost £40,000 from Joinville and wingers Chicão and Leandro Diniz came in for free from América (MG) and for £100,000 from Atlético Mineiro respectively.

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Brazilians are crazy. They absolutely love their football, and this is borne out by the league that they run. The top division has 24 sides, and that means a minimum of 46 leagues for each club. Add to that the playoff games and regional divisions, as well as possible continental competitions, and you could be looking at 70-80 games in a season. The second division is a bit different, but it’s still at least 23 league games for each side, and the top eight have to go through two further groups to win promotion. Fantastic. icon_biggrin.gif

The third division is a little different. There are only 128 sides in the league, but only 2 will be promoted in any one season. That makes it 16 times more likely that a side will be relegated – 32 face the drop. So, how does it work? The 128 sides are split into 16 groups of 8 sides each, and after 14 games, the standings are calculated. The bottom two sides in each group are relegated, and the top two sides move into the second round. It’s then essentially a knockout until the final four when a group stage decides which two teams will move up. Got it? Good.

I found myself in charge of one of the third division clubs. Goiânia are based in the town of Goiânia and take part in the Goiás State Championship during the early months of the season. The stadium is known as Olímpico for some reason, and has a capacity of 10000. Not that I expect it to be full or anything. The State Championship is played from mid-January until March or April and has an interesting form. 12 sides play each other once, and at the end, three sides are relegated, and eight playoff for the Championship.

The squad looks quite decent for this level, but it is small and needs strengthening.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Flávio Mendes GK Júnior GK

Bira D R Edgar D L

Marcelo Borges D/M LC César Lira D C

Fred D C Marcos Roberto D C

Peta D C Clóvis DM C

Eduardo Silva DM C Wender DM C

Danilo M RC Mayke M RLC

Roger M LC Eliseu M C

Carlos Henrique F RL Carlos Magno F LC

Cristiano F LC Cley S C

Luís Fernando S C

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There was a little bit of money in the bank for transfers, and I managed to make five signings before the start of the season. Carlos Alexandre, a right back, was signed for £30,000 from Ponte Preta, and young striker Michel came in on a free transfer from Malutrom. The other three signings were in midfield. Attacking midfielder Liminha cost £40,000 from Joinville and wingers Chicão and Leandro Diniz came in for free from América (MG) and for £100,000 from Atlético Mineiro respectively.

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Thanks guys. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoy playing the game!

January 2004

It was quite a nice start for us as we faced three non-league sides as we opened our State Championship campaign. All five new signings started as we travelled to Rioverdense, but it was Cristiano who provided the vital touches, scoring twice in a six-minute spell around the half hour as we won 2-0.

Cristiano was again on target as we stuttered to a 1-0 victory at home to Jataiense to leave us with maximum points.

Leandro Diniz skied an early penalty at Grêmio Inhumense as we struggled to find our feet. But just after the restart Michel scored his first goal for the club, and five minutes later Cristiano added a second. That was the rest of the scoring as we ended the month on a high.

It was an excellent month, and I couldn’t have hoped for much more. 3 wins out of 3 and three clean sheets to boot, things are about to get a lot harder as we face some of the league sides in February.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Vila Nova (GO) 4 4 0 0 16 0 +16 12

2nd Goiânia 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9

3rd Atlético Goianiense 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7

4th Anápolis 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7

5th Real (GO) 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6

6th Goiás 3 1 1 1 8 3 +5 4

7th Anapolina 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4

8th Goiatuba 3 1 0 2 4 6 -2 3

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9th Grêmio Inhumense 4 1 0 3 2 14 -12 3

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10th Novo Horizonte 3 0 0 3 0 5 -5 0

11th Rioverdense 3 0 0 3 1 9 -8 0

12th Jataiense 3 0 0 3 0 8 -8 0

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Interesting story.

Good to know a foreigner is playing our league. icon14.gif

If you are curious to know, the teams considered big in the State of Goiás are Goiás, Vila Nova, Atlético Goianiense and Goiânia.

In Brazil all States have their own FAs and their own league structures (In real life the State of Goiás have at least 2 division while the State of São Paulo have 6 divisions).

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Thanks for the info PMLF icon_biggrin.gif

February 2004

Two goals in as many minutes midway through the first half from Cristiano gave us a good start to the month at home to Anapolina, who are above us in the league structure. The visitors pulled a goal back midway through the first half through Leonardo Goiano but eleven minutes later Cley struck his first goal to give us a 3-1 victory.

Our next match was away at reigning champions Goiás, but we took a 7th minute lead through Peta when the defender headed in a corner. We rode our luck for much of the game, and twenty minutes from time Cley struck twice to give us an unassailable lead. Cley completed his hatrick in injury time as we incredibly won 4-0, and moved to the top of the table. icon_eek.gif

Things were made difficult for us when Carlos Alexandre was sent off on 22 against non-league Goiatuba, but four minutes later César Lira headed us into the lead. But with the one-man advantage Goiatuba hit back, and Barros equalised immediately after half time. We huffed and puffed our way through to the end of the game, and four minutes from time restored our lead when Carlos Henrique scored from the penalty spot. Luís Fernando added a third in the final minute as we kept up our winning streak.

Vila Nova had slipped after a good start, and after a terrible first half, Cley put us in front ten minutes into the second half. Chicão and Michel added goals in the last seven minutes as our amazing run continued.

Anápolis had quietly moved into second spot in the division and they proved difficult to break down at Olímpico. But eleven minutes from time Cley put us ahead, and in the final minute Michel added a second.

Our winning streak finally came to an end in our last game of the month at home to Real as the visitors sat back and defended deep for 90 minutes. 0-0 it finished, and no one could really complain.

We’ve qualified for the quarterfinal and kept up an unbeaten run. Confidence is sky-high, and the only challenge now will be keeping onto our top players. The cup begins early next month, and we’re hoping to take our league form into the competition.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Q Goiânia 9 8 1 0 20 2 +18 25

2nd Q Atlético Goianiense 9 6 2 1 15 5 +10 20

3rd Q Goiás 9 6 1 2 22 10 +12 19

4th Q Vila Nova (GO) 9 6 0 3 21 7 +14 18

5th Q Anápolis 9 5 2 2 16 5 +11 17

6th Q Real (GO) 9 4 3 2 8 4 +4 15

7th Q Anapolina 9 4 2 3 17 10 +7 14

8th Grêmio Inhumense 9 3 1 5 9 20 -11 10

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9th Jataiense 9 1 2 6 3 17 -14 5

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10th Goiatuba 9 1 1 7 5 22 -17 4

11th Novo Horizonte 9 0 3 6 3 20 -17 3

12th Rioverdense 9 0 2 7 2 19 -17 2

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Our next match was away at reigning champions Goiás, but we took a 7th minute lead through Peta when the defender headed in a corner. We rode our luck for much of the game, and twenty minutes from time Cley struck twice to give us an unassailable lead. Cley completed his hatrick in injury time as we incredibly won 4-0, and moved to the top of the tabl <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Great victory. As you probably noticed Goiás is the only team in State of Goiás that is playing in the Brazilian National First Division (Vila Nova is in the National Second Division). icon14.gif

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March 2004

The month began with a trip to Santo Ângleo in the first round of the Cup. The home side defended deep and played for penalties, and we played straight into their hands, rarely threatening throughout the 90 minutes. Even the sending off of Laênio midway through the second half failed to give us the initiative. The shootout was woeful, with only three kicks finding the net. Unfortunately for us we could only get one and we crashed out of the competition at the first hurdle.

Back in league action we were at Atlético Goianiense and the deadlock was broken with a superb strike from Chicão just before half time. The home side had Rodrigo Aires sent off midway through the second half, and Cley wrapped up victory twelve minutes from time.

During the week we said goodbye to Danilo, who completed a £16,000 move to Botafogo (PB). The last game of the league campaign was at home to struggling Novo Norizonte, and we duly heaped more pressure onto them. Cley got the ball rolling midway through the first half, and Leandro Diniz added a second from the penalty spot just three minutes into the second half. Novo Horizonte were dreadful, and in the final minute had dos Santos Pereira sent off.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Q Goiânia 11 10 1 0 24 2 +22 31

2nd Q Goiás 11 8 1 2 32 10 +22 25

3rd Q Vila Nova (GO) 11 7 1 3 23 8 +15 22

4th Q Atlético Goianiense 11 6 3 2 15 7 +8 21

5th Q Anapolina 11 6 2 3 23 10 +13 20

6th Q Real (GO) 11 5 4 2 12 5 +7 19

7th Q Anápolis 11 5 2 4 18 11 +7 17

8th Q Grêmio Inhumense 11 3 2 6 9 23 -14 11

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9th Goiatuba 11 2 2 7 8 24 -16 8

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10th R Jataiense 11 1 2 8 3 25 -22 5

11th R Novo Horizonte 11 0 4 7 4 23 -19 4

12th R Rioverdense 11 0 2 9 3 26 -23 2

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The quarterfinal draw gave us a home tie against Grêmio Inhumense, and after missing a few early opportunities, Cley put us ahead just before the half hour. Liminha fired in his first goal for the club just before half time and Leandro Diniz added a third on the hour. Rangel was sent off for the visitors soon afterwards, and Cley took advantage, scoring a fourth sixteen minutes from time. Even the sending off of Wender seven minutes from time couldn’t prevent us progressing through to a semi-final tie against Anápolis.

The last game of the month was the first leg of the semi-final, played away from home. We had a fantastic chance to take the lead in just the ninth minute, but Leandro Diniz sent his penalty straight at the goalkeeper. The home side were causing us problems, but just before the half hour mark we broke forward and Cristiano found the goal again. It was not an easy match for us, but we had Michel to thank for giving us the advantage with a second goal in the final minute. Interestingly enough, this was the first game that we’ve been involved in this month that hasn’t seen a sending off!

So, another good match, and the clean sheet run has now extended to an amazing eight matches. In fact, in 14 games this season, we’ve conceded just two goals, and that has to be promising for the major part of the season.

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April 2004

The second leg of the semi-final got off to a fantastic start as first Leandro Diniz scored from the penalty spot, and then Peta doubled the lead. We were just having fun now, and Cley added a third on 26. Two goals in as many minutes from Cristiano and then Cley just after the hour mark gave us a fantastic 7-0 aggregate win icon_biggrin.gif and a tie against Vila Nova in the final.

The first leg was at their place, and we starting fantastically well with Cristiano scoring twice within the first fifteen minutes. Vila Nova had Wando sent off shortly after for a second booking, but it took us until just before half time to score a third; Cley getting it. Cley added a fourth five minutes into the second half, and Cristiano completed his hatrick on 56, but the home side had the final say, pulling a goal back fourteen minutes from time through Paulo Rafael.

The second leg was a bit of a formality, and the first half had the feel of a training session. Things got easier when Fábio Bahia was sent off on 58 minutes, and twelve minutes later Michel scored the only goal of the game. The 6-1 aggregate victory brought the state championship back to Goiânia for the first time since 1974, icon_biggrin.gif and needless to say, the fans were pretty jubilant.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">State Winner State Winner

Acre Rio Branco (AC) Alagoas CSA

Amapá Santos (AP) Amazonas Rio Negro (AM)

Bahia Vitória Ceará Fortaleza

Brasiliense CFZ (DF) Espírito Santo Desportiva

Gaúcho Internacional Maranhão Caxiense

Mato Grosso Juventude (MT) MG do Sul Comercial (MS)

Minas Cruzeiro Pará Paysandu

Paraíba Botafogo (PB) Paraná Coritiba

Pernambuco Sport Recife Piauí Flamengo (PI)

Potiguar América (RN) Rio Flamengo

Rondônia CFA Roraima Rio Negro (RR)

Santa Catarina Figueirense São Paulo Marília

Sergipe Sergipe Tocantins Tocantinópolis

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May – June 2004

The Third Division doesn’t start until very late June, so we had about two months to prepare the squad for the trials and tribulations ahead. I made a few signings to strengthen the squad, and got rid of some of the squad members. Full back Stefano came in for £24,000 from Serra, and Sérgio, a goalkeeper, was signed from Palmerias for £30,000. Attacking midfielder William was signed for £8,000 from Friburguense and Daniel Rossi, a defender come midfielder came in for £50,000 from São Paulo. Eduardo Silva joined Palmas on a free transfer, Mayke went to Camaçari for £12,000, and Wender was sold to América (AM) for £10,000. And so, we commenced our plans to get out of this division – preferably upwards. icon_biggrin.gif

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by binny:

March 2004

The month began with a trip to Santo Ângelo in the first round of the Cup. The home side defended deep and played for penalties, and we played straight into their hands, rarely threatening throughout the 90 minutes. Even the sending off of Laênio midway through the second half failed to give us the initiative. The shootout was woeful, with only three kicks finding the net. Unfortunately for us we could only get one and we crashed out of the competition at the first hurdle.

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June – July 2004

Group 16 kicked off with a home tie against Bandeirante. Leandro Diniz gave us a fantastic start, scoring after just three minutes, and after a short lull in play Cristiano added a second. A third came from the boot of Cristiano five minutes before half time, and that was that.

We travelled to near neighbours Atlético Goinaniense and found the going tough. But we defended well, and in a six-minute spell around the half hour mark hit the home side on the break and scored through Cristiano and Cley. We added a third just before half time through Liminha, and not even a Leonadro strike late on could dent our charge.

Brazlândia are in our group this season, but I didn’t have a problem in selling Eliseu to them for a fee of £8,000. Juventude came to town for our next game, and provided us stiff opposition as we struggled to break them down. We kept up the pressure though, and twenty minutes from time won the game through Cristiano.

The bandwagon continued to roll as we travelled to União Rondonópolis, and again we came up against a stubborn defence. Michel scored three minutes before the break, and apart from a brief spell right at the end of the game we looked comfortable with the 1-0 lead.

The last game of the month was a home tie with Anápolis whom we had beaten 5-0 earlier in the season. But any thoughts of a repeat were swiftly put on the back burner when Nélson Bertolazzi struck, and although we came close to scoring, we never really deserved to. França added a second ten minutes into the second half, and we slumped to our first defeat of the season. icon_frown.gif

It’s always disappointing to lose, especially when you’ve not lost your first 21 games of the season. Still, Anápolis are a good side, and it’s not such a bad reflection on us. A win next week is the tonic that we require, and training during the week will be focused on achieving that.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Goiânia 5 4 0 1 8 3 +5 12

2nd Atlético Goianiense 5 3 1 1 5 3 +2 10

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3rd Juventude (MT) 5 2 2 1 7 4 +3 8

4th Anápolis 5 2 1 2 11 7 +4 7

5th Real (GO) 5 2 1 2 7 4 +3 7

6th Bandeirante (DF) 5 1 2 2 2 10 -8 5

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7th Brazlândia 5 1 1 3 5 10 -5 4

8th União Rondonópolis 5 0 2 3 0 4 -4 2

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August 2004

We started off poorly at Brazlândia, conceding an early goal to Neto. We did managed to stem the tide after that, and were given a helping hand ten minutes into the second half when Diego was sent off. It took us until six minutes from time to equalise through Cristiano, and Cley gave us the lead on 87. Cristiano added a third in injury time, and we had somehow snatched a victory.

Cristiano gave us an early lead away at Real, and although we never looked like conceding, we had to wait until 72 to wrap up victory when Chicão fired in a free kick.

We had a third consecutive away match, this time at Bandeirante, and Wesley gave the home side the lead early on. Liminha equalised with a scorcher just before half time, and that’s how it ended.

Our only home tie of the month, against Atlético Goianiense, was a bit of a let down. We only started to perform once Cley was sent off during the second half, but we didn’t deserve to win during the drab 0-0.

Leandro Diniz put us ahead at Juventude midway through the first half from the penalty spot, but we failed to take a grip on the match, and Dudu equalised midway through the second period. But we took advantage when the home side had Ramos da Silva sent off and Luís Fernando struck to give us a tight 2-1 victory.

This was probably the hardest month that we’ve faced this year, but we’ve ground out results and are now on the verge of qualifying for the last 32. In fact, a win at home to União Rondonópolis should put us through.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Goiânia 10 7 2 1 16 6 +10 23

2nd Anápolis 10 6 1 3 23 11 +12 19

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3rd Atlético Goianiense 10 4 3 3 8 9 -1 15

4th União Rondonópolis 10 4 2 4 7 7 0 14

5th Bandeirante (DF) 10 3 4 3 7 14 -7 13

6th Juventude (MT) 10 2 5 3 12 12 0 11

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7th Real (GO) 10 2 2 6 8 12 -4 8

8th Brazlândia 10 1 3 6 10 20 -10 6

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September-October 2004

The month got off to a good start at home to União Rondonópolis as Cristiano put us ahead midway through the first half. Things were made easier for us when Gláuber was sent off just before the break, but it took us until eleven minutes from time to score a second, and it came from the unlikely source of Marcos Roberto. The visitors pulled a goal back through Agnaldo four minutes from time, but we held on to win and confirm our passage through to the second round.

The trip to Anápolis was made easier when the home side had Raphael sent off seven minutes before the break, and Cristiano gave us the lead on the stroke of half time. Cristiano struck again on 78 to wrap up a 2-0 victory.

An early Wanderley goal was enough to give Brazlândia a 1-0 victory at our place as they looked to get out of relegation trouble.

For some reason, we had a five week break before our last game, and Cristiano struck early on. There was to be no more scoring as we prepared for the knockout stages with a comfortable win.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Q Goiânia 14 10 2 2 21 8 +13 32

2nd Q Anápolis 14 9 1 4 30 15 +15 28

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3rd Juventude (MT) 14 5 5 4 19 14 +5 20

4th Atlético Goianiense 14 5 4 5 11 12 -1 19

5th Bandeirante (DF) 14 4 5 5 10 20 -10 17

6th União Rondonópolis 14 4 3 7 9 14 -5 15

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7th R Brazlândia 14 3 4 7 12 21 -9 13

8th R Real (GO) 14 3 2 9 13 21 -8 11

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The second round draw gave us a tie against Villa Nova (MG), who finished second in group 13. This is now where the fun and games start, and we have to perform for every single one of our next few games.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Group Qualified Relegated

1 Palmeiras do Nordeste Colo-Colo (BA)

Confiança (SE) Sergipe

2 Marcílio Dias Inter de Limeira

Olaria Bragantino

3 Santa Inês CENE

Passo Fundo Santo Ângelo

4 Vasco (AC) CFA

Gênus Independência

5 Ãguia de Marabá Náutico (RR)

Baré São José (AP)

6 ABC Atlético Cajazeirense

Potiguar Campinense

7 Serra Estrela do Norte

Cachoeiro Rio Branco (ES)

8 Pelotas Brasil de Pelotas

Ulbra 15 de Campo Bom

9 Guarany de Sobral Mixto (MT)

Itabuna Caxiense

10 Rio Negro (AM) Roraima

Nacional (AM) América (AM)

11 Tuna Luso Picos

Flamengo (PI) Tocantinópolis

12 CSA São Gonçalo

Corinthians (AL) Amadense

13 CFZ (RJ) Ituano

Villa Nova (MG) Volta Redonda

14 União Bandeirante Iraty

Portuguesa (RJ) Interporto

15 Ipatinga Tupi

Uberlândia Mamoré

16 Goiânia Brazlândia

Anápolis Real (GO)

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November 2004

The home leg with Villa Nova was a bit of a let down as neither side played particularly well, and the game ended 0-0.

The away leg was a much better spectacle, and we took an early lead through Michel. Incessant pressure finally paid off just before half time when Cristiano added a second, and we closed out the rest of the match. Villa Nova did pull a goal back through Maia seven minutes from time, but we had done enough to get through. The third round draw saw us pitted against Marcílio Dias who had beaten Passo Fundo 2-0 on aggregate.

We had a fantastic first half at Marcílio Dias. Cristiano put us ahead on 21, and a lucky deflection allowed Liminha to double the lead three minutes later. Michel added a third on 33, and before half time it was 4-0 when Cristiano netted. Bruno missed a penalty seven minutes into the second half, but the home side did pull a goal back through Ivan in the final minute.

The second leg, at home, was a quiet affair, but Michel struck five minutes before the break to give us a 1-0 victory. Marcílio Dias had Émerson Gaúcho sent off in the final minutes as we progressed through to the fourth round. We were handed a difficult tie against Pelotas. They dropped only four points in the group stages, and overcame Flamengo (PI) 2-0 on aggregate in the third round.

We had a fantastic opportunity to take the lead at home to Pelotas, but Leandro Diniz sent his penalty straight into the arms of the goalkeeper. We were though handed a boost when Perivaldo was sent off on 22, but Pelotas were defending deep and keeping us at bay. We did eventually get our goal, coming from the unlikely boot of Marcelo Borges, and we had a slender 1-0 lead to take into the second leg.

We played quite well at Pelotas early on in the second half, but a defensive mistake allowed Vantuíres in to score ten minutes before the break. Pelotas would go through to the final if the aggregate scores stayed level, and during the second half we hit the woodwork no fewer than three times. But three minutes into injury time Luís Fernando broke through the Pelotas back line to score and send us through to the final group stage. icon_biggrin.gif

So, we’re down to four teams and six games each. The top two will win promotion, and the excitement is all around the camp. Our last game in November was the first game of the group, at home to Ulbra. Luís Fernando struck on 20 minutes, and we had started the group the way we would have hoped.

Ipatinga and União Bandeirante are the other two sides in the group, and I reckon that we can get results against both of them. They drew their opening match, and so we already have a slight advantage, as promotion gets ever closer.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Goiânia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3

2nd Ipatinga 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1

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3rd União Bandeirante 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1

4th Ulbra 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

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Good story so far.

Just out of curiosity, how have you done in the Brazilian Cup (played in the first half of the year)?

Also, who won Copa Libertadores in your game?

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Went out in first round of the Cup on penalties. In terms of the Libertadores, I think it was Fluminense, but I'll have to check icon_rolleyes.gif

December 2004

We began the month with a trip to Ipatinga, and William scored his first goal for the club on 20 minutes to give us the lead. Ipatinga were not really at the races on the day, but we had to wait until twenty minutes from time for Luís Fernando to score a second and confirm the victory.

We pummelled União Bandeirante at home from the outset, but couldn’t score and got hit on the break just before half time when Cláudio struck. We struggled to get back into the match during the second half, but on 75 Adriano was sent off and Carlos Henrique equalised from the penalty spot. Two minutes from time Cristiano put us ahead, and Leandro Diniz wrapped things up in injury time.

The trip to Ulbra began fantastically well when Cristiano netted in the second minute, but Ulbra were determined not to fall too far behind and looked lively. We held out though, and Leandro Diniz scored on 73 to confirm our promotion.

The party at Olímpico lasted only 5 minutes as Ipatinga came to town. Daniel Rossi was sent off and Léo blasted home the penalty. But within minutes we were level through Chicão, but on 21 Alexandre got in behind our defence to restore the lead for our visitors. Luís Fernando equalised within two minutes and put us 3-2 ahead on the hour mark. But eleven minutes later Goinano equalised for the visitors, and Ditinho struck the winning goal for Ipatinga ten minutes from time.

União Bandeirante had won promotion as well and were still in with a chance of claiming the title as they hosted us in the last game of the season. Such was the injury and suspension list though that we could name only six substitutes, two of whom were goalkeepers. icon_eek.gif We had to dig in our heels for much of the game as the home side dominated, but Flávio Mendes ended his season in spectacular form, denying União Bandeirante at every turn. Twelve minutes from time substitute Carlos Magno struck to put us ahead, and four minutes later Márcio was sent off for the home side. They lost interest, and Carlos Magno wrapped up victory with a scrappy goal in the final minute.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st C Goiânia 6 5 0 1 13 5 +8 15

2nd P União Bandeirante 6 3 1 2 16 13 +3 10

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3rd Ipatinga 6 1 2 3 10 19 -9 5

4th Ulbra 6 1 1 4 12 14 -2 4

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Wow, what a season! I didn’t really know what to expect when I first arrived, and I’ve won the State Championship and come ahead of the 127 other sides in our division. Things were nicely rounded off with the award of Manager of the Year for the division, and I am truly honoured. The squad will need strengthen over the next month before we restart our Goiás campaign, but we can afford a few days to celebrate.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Name Apps Cln Conc MoM Av R

Júnior - - - - ----

Flávio Mendes 43 28 19 4 7.44

Sérgio - - - - ----

Name Apps Gls Asts MoM Av R

Bira 2 (1) 0 0 0 6.00

Carlos Alexandre 36 0 7 3 7.39

Carlos Henrique 4 (12) 2 2 0 6.69

Carlos Magno 0 (8) 2 0 0 6.63

Chicão 40 4 13 0 6.95

Cley 19 (6) 16 10 1 6.60

Clóvis 30 0 2 2 7.43

Cristiano 42 27 14 4 7.02

César Lira 3 (16) 1 0 0 6.32

Daniel Rossi 23 0 4 0 6.83

Edgar 1 (9) 0 0 0 6.20

Fred 0 (6) 0 0 0 6.33

Leandro Diniz 41 7 19 7 7.63

Liminha 43 4 2 2 7.56

Luís Fernando 5 (12) 7 0 1 6.76

Marcelo Borges 40 1 1 3 7.10

Marcos Roberto 42 1 0 9 7.86

Michel 17 (12) 9 6 1 6.17

Peta 30 (6) 2 0 1 6.69

Roger - - - - ----

Stefano 8 (9) 0 0 0 6.41

William 3 (8) 1 0 0 6.27

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Danilo - - - - ----

Eduardo Silva - - - - ----

Eliseu 1 (1) 0 0 0 6.50

Mayke 0 (1) 0 0 0 7.00

Wender 0 (6) 0 0 0 6.67

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Cristiano did fantastically well for us this season, carrying the can for us up front throughout the season whilst the other strikers were trying to find their feet. But for injury and suspension during the latter part of the season, he might have better his second spot in the race for Top Goalscorer in the division. But the real story of our season was at the back. Flávio Mendes was fantastic in goal, even keeping out Sérgio, and he was ably helped by club captain Marcos Roberto; a real rock in the heart of the defence. The fans though decided to recognise the efforts of Leandro Diniz throughout his debut season, voting him as their player of the season.

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Preseason 2005

There was quite a bit of transfer activity as we rushed to get our squad together before the Goiás Championship started again. Roger and Sérgio both retired from the sport, and we added a number of other players to the squad. Santos, a goalkeeper, joined on loan from CSA for the season, and young defender Henrique came in on a free transfer from São Paulo. Defensive midfielders Jean and Claudecir both joined on free transfer from Atlético Paranaense and Palmeiras respectively, and Paraná lost their striker Flávio Guilherme, also on a free transfer. The only other signings were those of two wingers to provide cover for Leandro Diniz and Chicão. Alencar, who plays on the left, joins for £40,000 from Anapolina, and Léo, a young right-winger, joins for £28,000 from Sergipe.

We played only one friendly game, and it was against near neighbours Goiás. Leandro Diniz scored directly from a corner and Cristiano added two more before the break. Alencar came off the bench to score a fourth in the second half, before the visitors pulled a goal back as the game degenerated into a substitution-fest.

I’m pretty confident of our chances for the season, although we shall see how things progress over the next few months as we try to retain our State Championship.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Name Position(s) Nat. Age Caps Goals Value

Alencar AM L BRA 30 0 0 £50K

Bira D R BRA 26 0 0 £14K

Carlos Alexandre D R BRA 25 0 0 £60K

Carlos Henrique F RL BRA 27 0 0 £14K

Carlos Magno F LC BRA 30 0 0 £14K

Chicão AM R BRA 31 0 0 £240K

Claudecir DM C BRA 29 0 0 £180K

Cley S C BRA 24 0 0 £14K

Clóvis DM C BRA 26 0 0 £275K

Cristiano F LC BRA 25 0 0 £35K

César Lira D C BRA 28 0 0 £30K

Daniel Rossi D/DM C BRA 24 0 0 £60K

Edgar D L BRA 27 0 0 £40K

Flávio Guilherme S C BRA 24 0 0 £120K

Flávio Mendes GK BRA 27 0 0 £50K

Fred D C BRA 29 0 0 £14K

Henrique D C BRA 22 0 0 £40K

Jean DM C BRA 25 0 0 £90K

Júnior GK BRA 26 0 0 £14K

Leandro Diniz AM L BRA 25 0 0 £110K

Liminha AM C BRA 28 0 0 £100K

Luís Fernando S C BRA 20 0 0 £45K

Léo AM R BRA 21 0 0 £50K

Marcelo Borges D/M LC BRA 32 0 0 £20K

Marcos Roberto D C BRA 31 0 0 £22K

Michel S C BRA 22 0 0 £22K

Peta D C BRA 25 0 0 £140K

Santos GK BRA 23 0 0 £40K

Stefano D RL BRA 26 0 0 £18K

William AM C BRA 24 0 0 £30K

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Thanks PMLF - we'll see how they perform though. As for the Libertadores, River won it in 2004, Flumninese in 2005 (although we haven't quite reached there in the story just yet) icon_eek.gif

January 2005

The season started with a trip to Caldas, but things didn’t quite go to plan as Matos put the home side ahead midway through the first half. We huffed and puffed our way through the match, and twelve minutes from time equalised through Cristiano. But it was veteran striker Carlos Magno who finally scored the second, although we did leave it until injury time.

We found ourselves behind again at Anapolina when André Pinto scored, but debutante Flávio Guilherme equalised on 18. Leandro Diniz put us ahead four minutes later, and it was 3-1 on 25 when Cristiano netted. But things got a bit more uncomfortable as André Pinto headed in a second seven minutes before the break, and a horrible goalkeeping error allowed Gaúcho in to equalise before the break. We were helped when André Pinto was sent off just before the hour, and ten minutes later we scored two in three minutes through Cristiano and Leandro Diniz as we scraped through to a 5-3 victory.

Our first home game of the season was against Goiatuba, but we weren’t overly impressive early on. Flávio Guilherme put us ahead midway through the first half, and Cristiano and a William penalty made it 3-0 before the break. Cristiano added another midway through the second half, and within ten minutes both Chicão and Liminha had added their own efforts. Cristiano completed his hatrick in injury time to claim a 7-0 victory.

The last match of the month was a sell-out affair with Atlético Goianiense, and four minutes in Flávio Guilherme had put us ahead. We probably should have scored more, especially as the visitors were reduced to nine men by the end as both Thiago Costa and Rafael were sent off. But 1-0 it was, and we were top of the league.

A somewhat stuttering start has largely gone unnoticed by our results, and it’s good to see Flávio Guilherme and Cristiano combining well up front.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Goiânia 4 4 0 0 15 4 +11 12

2nd Vila Nova (GO) 4 4 0 0 12 2 +10 12

3rd Anápolis 4 3 1 0 13 1 +12 10

4th Goiás 4 3 1 0 12 2 +10 10

5th Real (GO) 4 3 1 0 9 3 +6 10

6th Goianésia 4 1 0 3 5 12 -7 3

7th Grêmio Inhumense 4 1 0 3 3 13 -10 3

8th Goiatuba 4 1 0 3 3 13 -10 3

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9th Inhumas 4 0 2 2 4 8 -4 2

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10th Anapolina 4 0 1 3 9 13 -4 1

11th Caldas 4 0 1 3 3 10 -7 1

12th Atlético Goianiense 4 0 1 3 1 8 -7 1

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February 2005

We lost assistant manager Gílson Villas-Boás to São Matues as their new manager, and the only person I could agree to take his place is a young Nepali, going by the name of Narendra Tisdale.

We took our time to get going away at Grêmio Inhumense, but Cristiano put us ahead eight minutes before half time and Flávio Guilherme added a second before the break. Cristiano scored again six minutes into the second half, and five minutes later Leandro Diniz scored a fourth. We did manage a fifth, four minutes from time, courtesy of Luís Fernando.

Our biggest ever crowd came out to watch our tie with Goiás, and despite dominating much of the first half, we fell behind to an Araújo strike just before the break. We continued to prod during the second half, and a minute from time we were awarded a penalty that William put away.

We had more problems at home to Real, and it took us until the hour to take the lead through Luís Fernando. But we paid for our slackness in front of goal; Hélio Maia equalising two minutes before the break.

We got back on track at home to Goianésia, and Cley marked his return from injury with two goals before half time. The visitors pulled a goal back on the hour through Cardoso, but Cristiano scored a third on 72 as we qualified for the quarterfinals.

Cristiano gave us a fantastic start at Anápolis, scoring within the first 30 seconds. We had to defend quite a bit afterwards, but we survived and Cristiano struck a second on 73. Marcos Roberto added a third ten minutes from time as we got our season back on track.

Things aren’t going quite as well as they did last season, but then that might have been a bit too much to expect. Still, we’ve qualified for the quarterfinal and can now look forward to trying to defend our title.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Q Vila Nova (GO) 9 8 1 0 21 3 +18 25

2nd Q Goiânia 9 7 2 0 28 7 +21 23

3rd Q Goiás 9 6 3 0 24 4 +20 21

4th Q Anápolis 9 6 1 2 22 5 +17 19

5th Q Real (GO) 9 5 2 2 14 8 +6 17

6th Q Atlético Goianiense 9 4 1 4 17 14 +3 13

7th Grêmio Inhumense 9 3 0 6 7 25 -18 9

8th Caldas 9 1 3 5 9 19 -10 6

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9th Goianésia 9 1 2 6 8 21 -13 5

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10th Goiatuba 9 1 2 6 7 25 -18 5

11th Inhumas 9 1 2 6 7 25 -18 5

12th Anapolina 9 1 1 7 17 25 -8 4

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Not much - only about £35-40k. But I'm not selling icon_razz.gif

March 2005

Cristiano scored early on as we could only muster up a 1-0 victory away at Inhumas.

Things didn’t start so well at home to Vila Nova in the last group game as Lau put the visitors ahead, but Cristiano equalised soon after. The game petered out after that, and even when Higo was sent off for the visitors, the draw was all anyone expected.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Q Goiás 11 8 3 0 30 5 +25 27

2nd Q Goiânia 11 8 3 0 30 8 +22 27

3rd Q Vila Nova (GO) 11 8 2 1 22 5 +17 26

4th Q Anápolis 11 8 1 2 27 5 +22 25

5th Q Real (GO) 11 6 3 2 18 11 +7 21

6th Q Atlético Goianiense 11 5 2 4 21 14 +7 17

7th Q Grêmio Inhumense 11 4 0 7 9 30 -21 12

8th Q Inhumas 11 2 2 7 9 27 -18 8

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9th Caldas 11 1 3 7 11 25 -14 6

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10th R Goianésia 11 1 3 7 9 23 -14 6

11th R Anapolina 11 1 2 8 20 29 -9 5

12th R Goiatuba 11 1 2 8 7 31 -24 5

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For the second consecutive season we were up against Grêmio Inhumense in the quarterfinals, but this time the tie was away from home. Goals in the first eight minutes from Cley and Flávio Guilherme gave us a comfortable 2-0 victory and a meeting with Goiás.

First though, we had a fourth round cup-tie away at top-flight side Figueirense. We got off to a fantastic start thanks to a goal on six minutes from Flávio Guilherme and despite intense pressure on our goal; we added a second midway through the half, again thanks to Flávio Guilherme. Figuierense just found Flávio Mendes in excellent form in goal once they had got past our excellent defence, and on the hour we broke again for Flávio Guilherme to complete his hatrick. Flávio Guilherme added a fourth on 76 to set up a two-legged tie with third division side ASA next month.

We first had to negotiate the tricky task of Goiás in the State semi-final. We were away in the first leg, and a fantastic individual effort from Leandro Diniz gave us the lead just before half time. We had two excellent opportunities to double the lead early in the second half, but we failed to do so, and were caught when Araújo broke forward and equalised. Within six minutes though Cley had restored our lead, and we had a narrow 2-1 lead to take into the second leg early next month.

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April 2005

Another excellent goal from Leandro Diniz gave us an early lead at home to Goiás, but the visitors soon started to come back at us. We held out though, and on the hour we added two more through Luís Fernando and Cley. Ten minutes from time Clóvis cracked home his first goal for the club as we progressed through to the final 6-1 on aggregate.

The first player to be leave the club this season was Fred. The defender was sold to Corinthians (AL) for £10,000. The State Final was a repeat of last year, against Vila Nova. Chicão cracked home a free kick after ten minutes in the first leg at their place, but two lapses at the back allowed Guilherme to score twice before half time. Things didn’t get much better in the second half, especially when Carlos Alexandre was sent off sixteen minutes from time.

We immediately began to claw back the deficit at home in the second leg as Luís Fernando put us ahead after just 3 minutes. André Duarte was then sent off for the visitors, but it took until the second half for us to move ahead on aggregate. Four minutes after the restart Luís Fernando scored, and three minutes later Chicão struck again. But five minutes later Marco Aurélio pulled a goal back, although it didn’t seem to matter when Naílton was given his marching orders to leave the visitors with nine men on the field. But a horrible error at the back allowed Lau to level up the aggregate scores and take the game into extra time. We dominated the 30 extra minutes, but couldn’t find a way through and we lost the penalty shootout 3-1. icon_frown.gif

Three days later we found ourselves back in action, hosting ASA in the first leg of the Brazilian Cup Fifth Round. We struggled to break them down though, but were aided midway through the second half when Gustavo was sent off for a professional foul and William fired home from the penalty spot. Cristiano added a second two minutes from time to set us up nicely for the second leg.

The away leg at ASA came quickly, but in truth the game was poor. As soon as ASA had Régis sent off on 25, they just sat back and defended. We couldn’t be bothered to attack, and eased through to the Sixth Round and a tie against the mighty São Paulo.

We gave São Paulo a game in the home leg, but couldn’t convert our chances, and got caught on the break on the half hour through Leonardo. We didn’t know how to get past their defence, and Leonardo added a second early in the second half, as we ended the month on a bit of a downer.

It was a shame that we lost the State Championship in such disappointing style, especially as we had a two-goal lead on aggregate during the second half of the game. But it’s nice to be going on a bit of a cup run, and we are also starting to prepare for the Second Division campaign that begins in early May.

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May 2005

We fell behind at São Paulo in only the 11th minute to another Leonardo goal, and when Carlos Alexandre was sent off on the half hour things were not looking good. Kléber added a second on the stroke of half time, and then another in injury time as we crashed out of the competition 5-0 on aggregate.

Our league campaign started with a trip to Remo, and we fell behind after just nine minutes to a Sérgio Alves goal. We never really got a grip on the match, and Sérgio Alves and Dário had the home side 3-0 up after 48 minutes. We then had William sent off, but that was levelled up when Henrique was given his marching orders. The game petered out after that, and a long season is in the offing.

Our first home match was against Náutico, and despite dominating early on, we fell behind when Cláudio broke quickly and scored. But we kept plugging away, and Carlos Magno earned us a draw midway through the second half.

We again found the going tough at home to Anapolina, but just after the break we took the lead thanks to Liminha. More frustration followed until Michel marked his first appearance of the season with a goal, as we ended up 2-0 victors.

The trip to União São João didn’t go very well. Marcos Roberto was sent off for a professional foul on 25, and Tiano scored twice before half time for the home side to win 2-0.

Our last game of the month was in Fortaleza, and although we found ourselves defending most of the game, we took the lead on the stroke of half time through Luís Fernando. Things seemed to get better when the home side had Carlinhos sent off in the first minute of the second half, but within moments Vinícius equalised. The game didn’t produce much after that, and we gained a creditable draw.

The fact that we’ve had our top four strikers out for most of this month has not helped our cause, but we’ve made a decent enough start to the league campaign. This season is all about consolidation, so 22nd or above will suit us just fine.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Remo 6 4 1 1 9 2 +7 13

2nd Criciúma 5 4 0 1 14 4 +10 12

3rd Brasiliense 5 3 2 0 8 4 +4 11

4th Palmeiras 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 10

5th Gama 4 3 1 0 10 5 +5 10

6th Vila Nova (GO) 5 3 1 1 7 8 -1 10

7th Sport Recife 5 3 0 2 8 5 +3 9

8th Botafogo 6 2 2 2 12 8 +4 8

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9th Náutico 5 2 2 1 8 5 +3 8

10th Fortaleza 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 7

11th CRB 4 2 1 1 6 6 0 7

12th América (MG) 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6

13th São Raimundo (AM) 5 2 0 3 6 7 -1 6

14th América (RN) 5 1 3 1 4 5 -1 6

15th Goiânia 5 1 2 2 4 7 -3 5

16th Joinville 5 1 2 2 3 6 -3 5

17th Paulista 5 1 2 2 2 6 -4 5

18th União São João 5 1 1 3 4 5 -1 4

19th Avaí 5 1 1 3 4 6 -2 4

20th Ceará 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1 3

21st Caxias 5 0 2 3 3 7 -4 2

22nd União Bandeirante 3 0 2 1 0 4 -4 2

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23rd Marília 5 0 1 4 4 12 -8 1

24th Anapolina 5 0 0 5 1 15 -14 0

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Bad start in the Second Division, but were already expecting that. You'll meet Vila Nova again in the league and you'll be able to avenge the Campeonato Goiano defeat to Vila Nova early in the season. icon14.gif

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I wasn't expecting miracles icon_razz.gif

June 2005

We started the month with a home tie against Avaí, and after overcoming some early pressure; we took the lead through Claudecir. Seven minutes later Claudecir added a second and we seemed to be in command. But five minutes before the break Abedi pulled a goal back, and five minutes after the restart Abedi struck again and it finished 2-2.

Three days later we were at CRB, and after a decent first half performance we fell behind just before half time when Léo struck. We were given a lifeline when William fired in a penalty early in the second half, but Samuel restored the lead just seven minutes later. Samuel and Wágner Diniz added further goals as we collapsed to lose 4-1.

We started poorly at home to Sport Recife, conceding to Gomes in only the 7th minute. We somehow managed to keep it to 1-0 for a while, and on the hour Flávio Guilherme marked his return from injury with an equaliser. But seven minutes later César Santin struck and we lost again.

The final game of the month was at home to América (RN), and after a poor first half Chicão put us ahead eight minutes after the break. Michel added a second twenty minutes from time as we continued to fight for our survival.

We now have a three-week break before our next match, and hopefully we can get all of our players fit again and raring to go to help our survival campaign.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Palmeiras 9 6 2 1 18 9 +9 20

2nd Ceará 9 6 1 2 21 12 +9 19

3rd Remo 9 6 1 2 13 6 +7 19

4th CRB 9 5 3 1 18 10 +8 18

5th Fortaleza 9 5 3 1 12 6 +6 18

6th Sport Recife 9 5 2 2 17 10 +7 17

7th Brasiliense 9 5 2 2 13 9 +4 17

8th União São João 9 5 1 3 15 9 +6 16

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9th América (MG) 9 5 0 4 11 9 +2 15

10th Náutico 9 4 3 2 12 8 +4 15

11th Criciúma 9 4 2 3 17 9 +8 14

12th Avaí 9 4 2 3 11 8 +3 14

13th Gama 9 4 1 4 18 17 +1 13

14th Vila Nova (GO) 9 4 1 4 10 14 -4 13

15th Paulista 9 3 3 3 10 11 -1 12

16th União Bandeirante 9 2 4 3 11 16 -5 10

17th Goiânia 9 2 3 4 10 15 -5 9

18th Botafogo 9 2 2 5 14 18 -4 8

19th Joinville 9 2 2 5 5 11 -6 8

20th São Raimundo (AM) 9 2 1 6 6 11 -5 7

21st Anapolina 9 2 0 7 6 20 -14 6

22nd América (RN) 9 1 3 5 4 12 -8 6

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23rd Marília 9 1 1 7 8 19 -11 4

24th Caxias 9 0 3 6 7 18 -11 3

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<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">State Winner State Winner

Acre Independêcia Alagoas CRB

Amapá Mazagão Amazonas Rio Negro (AM)

Bahia Vitória Ceará Ferroviário (CE)

Brasiliense Bandeirante (DF) Espírito Santo Desportiva

Gaúcho Grêmio Maranhão Sampaio Corrêa

Mato Grosso União Rondonópolis MG do Sul Comercial (MS)

Minas Atlétio Mineiro Pará Paysandu

Paraíba Treze Paraná Paraná

Pernambuco Sport Recife Piauí Flamengo (PI)

Potiguar Potiguar Rio Vasco

Rondônia CFA Roraima Roraima

Santa Catarina Figueirense São Paulo Santos

Sergipe Confiança (SE) Tocantins Palmas

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July 2005

The month started with the hosting of Criciúma. They competed in the top flight last season, and we were poor in conceding to Leandrão seven minutes before the break. Things got worse three minutes after the restart when William was sent off, but we regrouped, and midway through the half equalised through Cristiano. Ten minutes later Leandro Diniz broke through to put us into the lead, and sensationally, Cristiano added a third on 85.

Our next tie was away at São Raimundo, and despite having the upper hand throughout the game; we fell to a last-minute effort from Reginaldo.

We were away at bottom-of-the-table Caxias next, and more pummelling led to more frustration early on. The breakthrough came just before the hour mark when Cley struck, and five minutes later Flávio Guilherme gave us our first away victory of the season.

Joinville were next to visit Olímpico, and we took the lead midway through the first half thanks to Flávio Guilherme. We added a second through Cley ten minutes into the second half, and although Carlos Alexandre was sent off twenty minutes from time, we held on for victory.

Our first visit to the Maracanã was a bit of a let down; less than 4000 spectators turned up to watch our game at Botafogo. We fell behind after just five minutes when Rodrigo struck and we never really recovered. Even when Athos was sent off on the hour mark, Gláucho scored a second three minutes from time to condemn us to defeat.

We’ve played really well this month, and we were definitely helped by the return from injury of all of our strikers. We’ve got a comfortable 12 point gap from the relegation zone, and with nine games to go, our objective for the season looks like being met.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Palmeiras 14 9 2 3 27 14 +13 29

2nd Fortaleza 14 8 4 2 20 12 +8 28

3rd CRB 14 7 5 2 28 17 +11 26

4th União São João 14 7 4 3 22 12 +10 25

5th Ceará 14 7 3 4 30 21 +9 24

6th Sport Recife 14 7 3 4 24 16 +8 24

7th América (MG) 14 7 2 5 15 12 +3 23

8th União Bandeirante 14 6 5 3 27 23 +4 23

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9th Náutico 14 6 5 3 18 14 +4 23

10th Avaí 14 6 4 4 19 13 +6 22

11th Gama 14 6 2 6 24 25 -1 20

12th Brasiliense 14 6 2 6 21 22 -1 20

13th Remo 14 6 2 6 17 18 -1 20

14th Paulista 14 5 5 4 16 15 +1 20

15th Criciúma 14 5 4 5 22 16 +6 19

16th Vila Nova (GO) 14 5 4 5 14 19 -5 19

17th Botafogo 14 5 3 6 21 21 0 18

18th Goiânia 14 5 3 6 17 19 -2 18

19th Joinville 14 4 4 6 11 17 -6 16

20th São Raimundo (AM) 14 4 2 8 11 16 -5 14

21st Marília 14 3 2 9 19 28 -9 11

22nd América (RN) 14 2 5 7 10 20 -10 11

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23rd Anapolina 14 2 0 12 6 31 -25 6

24th Caxias 14 1 3 10 9 27 -18 6

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August 2005

Our first game of the season was a home tie with América (MG) and we found the game quite difficult to contend with. They played well, but we held strong at the back, and eighth minutes from time Cley struck to give us a lucky 1-0 victory.

We travelled to Ceará, and surprisingly took the lead on the half hour through Cristiano. Ceará equalised soon enough through Kesley, but Cristiano restored our lead in the first minute of the second half. Having Daniel Rossi sent off twenty minutes from time didn’t help our cause, but we held on and Cristiano completed his hatrick four minutes from time.

Cristiano was again on target early on at home to struggling Marília, and he scored a second early in the second half as we won 2-0.

Vila Nova came to town and frustrated us for 90 minutes in a drab 0-0 draw, although we were disappointed not to have scored.

The game at União Bandeirante was fantastic for the neutral. The home side had Rafel Cruz sent off after just 16 minutes, but we failed to take advantage and fell behind to a Daniel strike seven minutes before the break. Cássio scored a second on 43, but Cristiano pulled a goal back in injury time. Our comeback effort wasn’t helped when we had Claudecir sent off in the first minute of the second half, but we kept plugging away and pulled level on 66 through Cristiano. The home side got their act together and Marcos Silva restored their lead fourteen minutes from time, only for Michel to come off the bench and rescue us a point two minutes from the end.

It’s been a pretty good month, and at one stage we were even in the top eight. We’re just outside that zone now, and we’re unlikely to get there as we have to play three sides above us in our last four games. Mathematically we can’t be relegated, and so our season will be judged a success come what may over the next four matches.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Palmeiras 19 13 2 4 35 19 +16 41

2nd Fortaleza 19 11 5 3 26 14 +12 38

3rd Brasiliense 19 10 2 7 31 28 +3 32

4th Sport Recife 19 9 5 5 34 20 +14 32

5th Ceará 19 9 5 5 38 28 +10 32

6th CRB 19 8 8 3 35 21 +14 32

7th Gama 19 9 3 7 33 29 +4 30

8th União São João 19 8 6 5 26 19 +7 30

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9th América (MG) 19 9 2 8 24 17 +7 29

10th Goiânia 19 8 5 6 26 23 +3 29

11th União Bandeirante 19 7 8 4 37 35 +2 29

12th Avaí 19 8 4 7 25 22 +3 28

13th Náutico 19 6 8 5 21 21 0 26

14th Botafogo 19 7 4 8 29 28 +1 25

15th Remo 19 7 4 8 21 24 -3 25

16th Criciúma 19 6 7 6 29 23 +6 25

17th Paulista 19 6 7 6 18 18 0 25

18th Vila Nova (GO) 19 6 6 7 17 25 -8 24

19th Joinville 19 6 5 8 18 24 -6 23

20th São Raimundo (AM) 19 6 4 9 15 20 -5 22

21st América (RN) 19 4 5 10 15 30 -15 17

22nd Marília 19 3 5 11 20 33 -13 14

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23rd Caxias 19 3 4 12 18 37 -19 13

24th Anapolina 19 2 0 17 9 42 -33 6

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September-October 2005

It was a game of two halves as we travelled to Palmeiras, and their pressure finally paid off when Maykon struck them ahead ten minutes before the break. The second half saw us trying to get back into the game, but we couldn’t get the final ball in the right places, and in the end gallantly lost.

We were handed a gift at home to Gama when the visitors had Nen sent off midway through the first half, and we took advantage as Carlos Alexandre struck to put us ahead. Flávio Guilherme added a second in injury time at the end of the first half, and Cristiano made it 3-0 just before the hour. Flávio Guilherme got his second of the game seventeen minutes from time, and William added a fifth from the penalty spot on 85. We slacked off in the final few minutes, allowing Élson to make it 5-1, but we had our emphatic victory.

A deflected free kick from Carlos Henrique put us ahead at Paulista ten minutes before the break, but Josafá and Afonso Alves both scored in first half injury time to send us into the break behind. Leandro Diniz restored parity in the first minute of the second half with a fantastic goal, but we couldn’t get a third, even when the home side had Vágner sent off nine minutes from time.

We went into our last game, at home to Brasiliense, knowing that a win might still be enough to qualify for the next stage. But we fell behind to a Léo Mineiro strike on 25, only for Flávio Guilherme to level things up before the break. We looked the more likely to score in the second half, but Brasiliense broke well and Léo Mineiro gave them a 2-1 victory with a second goal on 73.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Pl Palmeiras 23 15 3 5 38 20 +18 48

2nd Pl Fortaleza 23 13 7 3 30 15 +15 46

3rd Pl América (MG) 23 13 2 8 39 23 +16 41

4th Pl Sport Recife 23 12 5 6 41 23 +18 41

5th Pl Avaí 23 12 4 7 35 24 +11 40

6th Pl Brasiliense 23 12 3 8 38 33 +5 39

7th Pl Gama 23 11 3 9 39 38 +1 36

8th Pl Ceará 23 10 6 7 43 35 +8 36

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9th União São João 23 9 7 7 29 27 +2 34

10th CRB 23 8 10 5 40 31 +9 34

11th Goiânia 23 9 6 8 34 29 +5 33

12th União Bandeirante 23 8 9 6 38 39 -1 33

13th Botafogo 23 9 5 9 34 32 +2 32

14th Criciúma 23 8 8 7 36 28 +8 32

15th Náutico 23 8 8 7 30 25 +5 32

16th Vila Nova (GO) 23 8 7 8 21 29 -8 31

17th Paulista 23 7 9 7 25 24 +1 30

18th São Raimundo (AM) 23 7 6 10 16 22 -6 27

19th Remo 23 7 6 10 22 29 -7 27

20th América (RN) 23 6 6 11 20 35 -15 24

21st Joinville 23 6 5 12 18 29 -11 23

22nd Caxias 23 5 4 14 26 42 -16 19

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23rd R Marília 23 4 5 14 24 42 -18 17

24th R Anapolina 23 2 0 21 11 53 -42 6

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I guess we can be slightly disappointed not to have got to the final eight given our late push, but the truth is that our away form was horrible this season, and if we can improve it next time around we have every chance of making the latter stages. First though, we have three and a half months to look at the squad and make any necessary adjustments.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Name Apps Cln Conc MoM Av R

Flávio Mendes 44 17 47 0 7.00

Júnior - - - - ----

Santos - - - - ----

Name Apps Gls Asts MoM Av R

Alencar 2 (10) 0 2 0 6.75

Bira - - - - ----

Carlos Alexandre 34 1 2 6 6.76

Carlos Henrique 10 (9) 1 5 0 6.74

Carlos Magno 6 (6) 2 0 0 6.33

Chicão 34 4 7 0 6.47

Claudecir 24 2 3 1 7.13

Cley 7 (8) 8 4 0 6.93

Clóvis 19 (4) 1 2 0 7.22

Cristiano 28 24 10 4 7.36

César Lira 1 (4) 0 0 0 5.80

Daniel Rossi 35 0 0 0 6.00

Edgar 0 (1) 0 0 0 7.00

Flávio Guilherme 25 15 8 3 7.04

Henrique 10 (17) 0 1 0 6.44

Jean 1 (3) 0 0 0 7.00

Leandro Diniz 43 7 22 4 7.70

Liminha 9 (18) 2 0 0 6.85

Luís Fernando 13 (7) 6 2 0 6.45

Léo 2 (3) 0 0 0 6.40

Marcelo Borges 43 0 2 3 6.95

Marcos Roberto 41 1 2 4 7.34

Michel 3 (4) 3 1 1 6.43

Peta 1 (6) 0 0 0 6.86

Stefano 11 (23) 0 0 0 6.29

William 38 5 1 1 6.47

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Fred - - - - ----

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Yet again Cristiano showed his worth up front, scoring at nearly a goal a game. Flávio Guilherme also showed some glimpses of his quality late on in the season, and if both strikers can keep fit, we should be a force this season. Marcos Roberto was again immense at the back, but it was the performances of Leandro Diniz on the left wing that really caught the eye, and the fans rightly voted him as their Player of the Season for the second consecutive year.

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Preseason 2006

There was quite a bit of transfer activity as we rushed to get our squad together before the Goiás Championship started again. Alencar and Carlos Magno both retired from the sport; Peta joined Caxias for £150,000, and we added a number of players to the squad. Tute, a goalkeeper, joined for £2,000 from RS Futebol, and young winger Alexandre came in on loan for the season from Marília. The two big signings will probably fit in at the back. Bosco, who prefers a midfield role, joins for £150,000 from Atlético Mineiro, and left back Alex comes in for £40,000 from Gama.

We played two friendly games in the build-up to the new season, and the first one was against near neighbours Goiás. We fell behind to an early goal, but William equalised in bizarre style with a 60-yard effort, and Flávio Guilherme put us into the lead on the half hour. Cley made it 3-1 midway through the second half, and although we conceded another goal late on, we held on to win. The other game was away at Mogi Mirim, and Flávio Guilherme put us ahead in just the third minute. William added a second from the penalty spot before Cristiano scored twice before half time. The second half degenerated into a boring affair, and we ran out comfortable 4-0 victors.

I’m pretty confident of our chances for the season, although we shall see how things progress over the next few months as we try to regain the State Championship.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Flávio Mendes GK Júnior GK

Tute GK Alexandre D/F R

Bira D R Bosco D/DM RC

Carlos Alexandre D R Stefano D RL

Alex D/DM L Edgar D L

Marcelo Borges D/M LC César Lira D C

Daniel Rossi D/DM C Henrique D C

Marcos Roberto D C Claudecir DM C

Clóvis DM C Jean DM C

Chicão AM R Léo AM R

Leandro Diniz AM L Liminha AM C

William AM C Carlos Henrique F RL

Cristiano F LC Cley S C

Flávio Guilherme S C Luís Fernando S C

Michel S C

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January 2006

The season began with a home tie against Inhumas, and after labouring for a while Cristiano put us ahead on the half hour. Flávio Guilherme added a second before half time, and we had a comfortable 2-0 start to the season.

We got off to a fantastic start as Santa Helena as Leandro Diniz scored a fantastic goal, and on six minutes Braga Juliano was sent off for a foul and William put the penalty away. Carlos Alexandre and Flávio Guilherme added further goals by the midway point of the half, but William sent a penalty into the goalkeeper’s hands three minutes before the break. But by half time William had made it 5-0 from the penalty spot after Rodrigues de Jesús had been sent off. We eased off in the second half; Cley making it 6-0 on 74. The home side even ended the game with eight men on the field, Nonato was sent off seven minutes from time.

Vila Nova have given us a hard time over recent years and it was no different at home this time around. Just before the hour they were awarded a penalty, but Guilherme sent the penalty into the grateful arms of Flávio Mendes. Three minutes later Flávio Guilherme put us ahead, and four minutes later Cley added a second to wrap up a 2-0 victory.

Anápolis had also made a good start, but we went to their place confident. We survived an early storm to take a lead through a Liminha stormer, but just three minutes later Bibi equalised with the first goal that we had conceded this season. Two minutes into the second half Nélson Bertolazzi put the home side ahead, and when Bibi added a third three minutes later, we had no reply.

We just lost it at Anápolis, but in truth we’re playing well, and the new players are settling in very well. We should have already done enough to get through to the quarterfinals, and the next few games are all about getting to know each other on the field.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Anápolis 4 4 0 0 15 2 +13 12

2nd Goiás 4 3 1 0 17 2 +15 10

3rd Goiânia 4 3 0 1 11 3 +8 9

4th Atlético Goianiense 4 3 0 1 9 5 +4 9

5th Real (GO) 4 2 0 2 3 7 -4 6

6th Inhumas 4 1 2 1 6 6 0 5

7th CRAC 4 1 1 2 6 7 -1 4

8th Vila Nova (GO) 4 1 1 2 6 7 -1 4

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9th Grêmio Inhumense 4 1 0 3 4 7 -3 3

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10th Aparecida 4 1 0 3 2 9 -7 3

11th Caldas 4 1 0 3 4 13 -9 3

12th Santa Helena 4 0 1 3 4 19 -15 1

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by eli:

What an amazing structure of league those Brazilians have icon_biggrin.gif

Excellent story, I think you can get another promotion this year!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yep. The whole Brazilian football is amazing. icon14.gif

Binny's story is also amazing. icon14.gif

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Thanks guys - nice to know that someone is reading icon_biggrin.gifI certainly hope that we can push for promotion this season, but first we're out to regain our State Championship title.

February 2006

The month started with a home tie against Atlético Goianiense, and midway through the first half Liminha cracked in a screamer to give us the lead. But just three minutes into the second half Wilton equalised for the visitors, and even when they had Mário sent off on 68, we couldn’t take advantage.

Flávio Guilherme put us ahead after seven minutes at Grêmio Inhumense, and he added a second ten minutes before the break. We took our foot off the gas after that, and the home side had Rangel sent off seven minutes from time.

We again took a seventh-minute lead, this time away at CRAC, and thanks to a strike from William. We were on top for the rest of the half but couldn’t find a further breakthrough, and in the second half the home side started to sense an equaliser. It came twelve minutes from time through Poletto, but deep into injury time Cristiano struck to give us an undeserved victory.

Caldas came to us and just sat back as we failed to get through them and had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

It was a similar story in our last match of the month, at home to Real. They came, sat, and defended throughout, earning themselves a 0-0 draw.

This was probably the worst month of my reign so far. We didn’t lose, but our performances have really been woeful, and we don’t seem to be functioning properly up front. It’s our home form that’s been most worrying – we drew all three ties at Olímpico this month.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Q Anápolis 9 8 1 0 31 5 +26 25

2nd Q Goiás 9 6 1 2 26 12 +14 19

3rd Q Atlético Goianiense 9 6 1 2 23 9 +14 19

4th Q Goiânia 9 5 3 1 16 5 +11 18

5th Q Vila Nova (GO) 9 5 2 2 15 8 +7 17

6th Real (GO) 9 3 3 3 9 11 -2 12

7th Caldas 9 3 3 3 12 17 -5 12

8th Grêmio Inhumense 9 3 0 6 9 15 -6 9

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9th Aparecida 9 2 1 6 10 21 -11 7

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10th CRAC 9 1 3 5 13 17 -4 6

11th Inhumas 9 1 2 6 7 18 -11 5

12th Santa Helena 9 0 2 7 8 41 -33 2

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March 2006

The opening goal against Aparecida came from the unlikely boot of Claudecir, and we added a second on 21 through Flávio Guilherme. We took our foot off the pedal after that, and cruised through to a 2-0 victory.

The squad was boosted by the signing of exciting young defender Alessandro Lopes. The 22-year-old cost us £350,000 from Pelotas, but won’t play for a few weeks due to a slight injury.

We started off poorly away at Goiás, falling behind to a Muñoz strike in the fifth minute, and then having Chicão sent off on 17 minutes. We somehow managed to survive the rest of the half, and two minutes into injury time Luís Fernando equalised. We played really well with ten men in the second half, and looked the more likely to score. Leandro Diniz put us ahead with another solo goal on 71, and seven minutes from time Luís Fernando struck again to give us a fantastic 3-1 victory.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Q Anápolis 11 9 2 0 35 8 +27 29

2nd Q Goiânia 11 7 3 1 21 6 +15 24

3rd Q Atlético Goianiense 11 7 2 2 27 11 +16 23

4th Q Vila Nova (GO) 11 7 2 2 18 8 +10 23

5th Q Goiás 11 7 1 3 29 15 +14 22

6th Q Real (GO) 11 4 3 4 12 12 0 15

7th Q Caldas 11 3 4 4 13 20 -7 13

8th Q CRAC 11 2 4 5 18 19 -1 10

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9th Grêmio Inhumense 11 3 0 8 10 19 -9 9

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10th R Aparecida 11 2 1 8 10 25 -15 7

11th R Inhumas 11 1 4 6 9 20 -11 7

12th R Santa Helena 11 0 2 9 9 48 -39 2

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The signing of Alessandro Lopes paved the way for Daniel Rossi to leave the club. The defender has not lived up to his potential in nearly two years at the club, and joins Tuna Luso for a fee of £30,000. On the other hand, we signed promising young midfielder Róbson on a free transfer from Desportiva.

The quarterfinal pitted us away at Caldas, and Cristiano struck after 40 seconds to put us ahead. Cley got a second just before the half hour, and Anápolis awaited us in the semis.

First though we had the small matter of a Fourth Round cup-tie at home to Vitória. But any doubts were swept away as Cley struck in just the sixth minute. And when the visitors had Alcides Eduardo sent off on 21 the result seemed inevitable. But we had to wait until early in the second half to score a second through Cristiano, and William made it 3-0 from the penalty spot. Cristiano added a fourth midway through the period and we were into the fifth round.

The last match of the month was the first leg semi-final away at Anápolis. We were hoping to exact revenge for a defeat earlier in the season, and thirteen minutes in Leandro Diniz put us ahead with a penalty. The game swayed from end to end, but twenty minutes from time Luís Fernando struck to double the lead, and only four minutes later Cristiano gave us a comfortable 3-0 lead to take into the second leg.

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That Alcides Eduardo that was sent off against you in the Copa do Brasil match have played for the Brazilian Nat'l U-20 team. icon14.gif

You've got a great vicotry against them (4-0). icon14.gif

As for the State League it seems that you are almost in the final. icon14.gif

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Keep reading - the result follows ....

April 2006

We did everything right in the home leg against Anápolis except score, and were caught on the break on 25 minutes when Alexandre Alvim struck. It was a similar story six minutes into the second half, Alexandre Alvim doing the damage to set up an interesting last 40 minutes. But on the hour Leandro Diniz struck in style again to set up four consecutive matches against Vila Nova.

First up was a trip to their place in the fifth round of the Cup. It wasn’t a particularly good game, and neither side came too close to scoring in a 0-0 draw.

Four days later we played there again, this time in the State Championship final. We had the better of the first half, but had to wait until the 56th minute for Flávio Guilherme to give us the lead. We were assisted when Gedeil was sent off twenty minutes from time, and Cley lobbed the goalkeeper for 2-0 with eight minutes to play.

Three days later we hosted Vila Nova in the second leg of the cup, and after a first half where we were under pressure, we capitalised on a defensive mistake to take the lead in the first minute of the second half through Flávio Guilherme. But within two minutes Guilherme struck to put the visitors ahead on the away goals rule, and when Guilherme struck again twelve minutes from time our cup adventure was over for the season. icon_frown.gif

There was still the little matter of the State Championship second leg to negotiate, and Vila Nova provided very little threat as we had the better of things in a 0-0 draw and reclaimed the State Championship. icon_biggrin.gif

Going out of the cup gave us nearly three weeks to prepare for the league campaign, and I moved to sign 30-year-old José Carlos Batista to help with the coaching over the next few months and years.

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May 2006

The Second Division campaign began with a home tie with União Bandeirante, but things didn’t start to well as we fell to an 18th minute Cássio strike.

We were given a helping hand at home to Remo when we were awarded an early penalty and William put us ahead. We were all over the visitors, but we had to wait until the 65th minute for Flávio Guilherme to double the lead. Flávio Guilherme scored two more in the next ten minutes, but the 4-0 win was tampered by the last minute sending off of Alessandro Lopes.

We played well enough in Náutico in our first away game of the season, but just before half time Almir struck to give the home side the lead. We got back into the game twenty minutes from time thanks to Flávio Guilherme, and although Náutico had Pedro sent off six minutes from time, we had to be content with a 1-1 draw.

During the week prior to our trip to Caxias, we decided to allow Claudecir to move on. He had been reluctant to sign a new contract, and he joins Vitória for a fee of £250,000. The game went well as we controlled the game from start to finish, although it took us until six minutes before the break to open the scoring through Flávio Guilherme. We added two further goals early in the second half thanks to Cristiano as we continued our good form.

Claudecir was back at Olímpico as Vitória came to visit. It was a poor match with few chances, even when the visitors had Vinícius sent off midway through the second half.Flávio Guilherme scored twice in the first eight minutes at Brasiliense, and Chicão scored his first of the season in the second half as we cantered to an easy 3-0 win.

We welcomed promising striker Jô to the squad. He joins from Remo for a fee of £80,000. He made his debut as we travelled to Desportiva, and although we dominated, it too until midway through the second half for Flávio Guilherme to strike twice and put us in command. Jô added a debut goal for 3-0 twelve minutes from time.

It’s been an excellent month for us as we’ve made a good start to our campaign, and must now seriously been considered to achieve a top-eight place.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Goiás 7 4 3 0 13 5 +8 15

2nd Goiânia 7 4 2 1 14 2 +12 14

3rd Joinville 7 4 2 1 15 5 +10 14

4th União Bandeirante 7 4 1 2 12 10 +2 13

5th Ceará 7 4 1 2 15 16 -1 13

6th União São João 7 3 3 1 13 7 +6 12

7th Náutico 7 3 3 1 11 8 +3 12

8th Botafogo 7 3 3 1 11 9 +2 12

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9th América (MG) 7 3 2 2 11 8 +3 11

10th Sport Recife 7 3 2 2 12 11 +1 11

11th Gama 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10

12th Remo 5 3 0 2 11 7 +4 9

13th Brasiliense 7 3 0 4 10 13 -3 9

14th Criciúma 6 2 3 1 5 5 0 9

15th Avaí 6 2 2 2 10 8 +2 8

16th Desportiva 6 2 1 3 10 12 -2 7

17th Vitória 7 1 4 2 6 8 -2 7

18th CRB 5 1 2 2 8 8 0 5

19th São Raimundo (AM) 7 1 2 4 6 11 -5 5

20th Vila Nova (GO) 7 1 2 4 4 12 -8 5

21st Caxias 7 1 2 4 6 19 -13 5

22nd Paulista 7 0 4 3 7 15 -8 4

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23rd Malutrom 7 1 0 6 9 18 -9 3

24th América (RN) 7 0 3 4 6 11 -5 3

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June-July 2006

We were dealt a harsh blow early on to Malutrom as Mazinho put away a penalty, but on the half hour Leandro Diniz equalised. We didn’t defend well though, and twenty minutes from time Jales broke through the defence to put Malutrom ahead. Cristiano equalised within three minutes, but we had to play the last twelve minutes with ten men after Clóvis was sent off. We were always going to struggle to keep a point, and Jales confirmed that with a goal four minutes from time.

We broke for five and a half weeks in order to watch the World Cup (won by Nigeria icon_eek.gif), and during that time we completed the signing of another young defender, Juninho, who joins for £90,000 from Coritiba. That left the door open for César Lira to join Villa Nova (MG) for a fee of £12,000, and we also completed the loan signing of young goalkeeper Weber from São Raimundo (AM) for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent move.

We got back to action with a home tie against league leaders and fierce local rivals Goiás. Jô gave us the lead with a fantastic lob on just fifteen minutes, but Goiás had the better of the half and equalised ten minutes before the break through Léo Macaé. We were much improved in the second half, and Jô restored our lead ten minutes in. Having pounded their goal for a while after that Alexandre scored his first goal for 3-1 on 75. Goiás pulled a goal back five minutes from time through Guiseppe but we held on to win and move up into second.

We got off to a fantastic start away at Ceará as Flávio Guilherme scored twice in the opening 11 minutes. But just five minutes later we had Jô sent off, and it was downhill from there. Guedinho pulled a goal back on the half hour, and Wendell equalised twelve minutes into the second half. Milton gave the home side the lead twenty minutes from time, and Fábio Júnior made sure with a fourth six minutes from time.

We welcomed bottom side São Raimundo to our place as the games kept on coming, and ten minutes in Cristiano gave us the lead. We weren’t at our fluent best, and came close to conceding an equaliser a number of times. With five minutes left Leandro Diniz added a second goal, and in the final minute Leandro Diniz added a third from the penalty spot after Zé Carlos had been sent off for handling in the box.

Goalkeeper Júnior completed an £8,000 move to third division side Uniclinic during the week prior to our trip to Joinville. The game was poor, with neither side coming very close to scoring. Even the sending off of Carlos Henrique five minutes into the second half had much of an effect, and we end the month clinging onto a top-eight spot at the halfway stage.

It’s been a tough month, and with the league so tight we can’t rest if we want to claim a top-eight spot come the end of the main league campaign in another two months.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Sport Recife 12 8 2 2 25 16 +9 26

2nd Goiás 12 7 4 1 23 11 +12 25

3rd Ceará 12 7 1 4 26 26 0 22

4th União São João 12 6 4 2 22 13 +9 22

5th Criciúma 12 6 4 2 18 11 +7 22

6th Goiânia 12 6 3 3 24 11 +13 21

7th América (MG) 12 6 3 3 23 15 +8 21

8th Avaí 12 6 3 3 20 13 +7 21

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9th Botafogo 12 5 5 2 14 13 +1 20

10th Remo 12 6 0 6 22 19 +3 18

11th Gama 12 5 2 5 17 17 0 17

12th União Bandeirante 12 5 2 5 18 22 -4 17

13th Joinville 12 4 5 3 17 10 +7 17

14th CRB 12 4 2 6 23 19 +4 14

15th Desportiva 12 4 2 6 17 20 -3 14

16th Vitória 12 3 5 4 13 12 +1 14

17th Brasiliense 12 4 1 7 18 24 -6 13

18th Malutrom 12 4 1 7 17 23 -6 13

19th Náutico 12 3 3 6 12 21 -9 12

20th Vila Nova (GO) 12 3 3 6 9 18 -9 12

21st Caxias 12 3 2 7 11 26 -15 11

22nd Paulista 12 2 4 6 13 24 -11 10

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23rd América (RN) 12 1 5 6 11 18 -7 8

24th São Raimundo (AM) 12 1 4 7 8 19 -11 7

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<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">State Winner State Winner

Acre Vasco (AC) Alagoas Corinthians (AL)

Amapá Aliança Amazonas Rio Negro (AM)

Bahia Bahia Ceará Fortaleza

Brasiliense Brasiliense Espírito Santo Desportiva

Gaúcho Grêmio Maranhão Maranhão

Mato Grosso União Rondonópolis MG do Sul Operário (MS)

Minas Cruzeiro Pará Paysandu

Paraíba Botafogo (PB) Paraná Atlético Paranaense

Pernambuco Náutico Piauí River (PI)

Potiguar ABC Rio Fluminense

Rondônia Gênus Roraima Baré

Santa Catarina Figueirense São Paulo São Paulo

Sergipe Confiança (SE) Tocantins Palmas

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August 2006

August began with a home tie against União São João. We were given a helping hand when Marciano put the ball into his own net under pressure midway through the first half, and after some immense pressure Cristiano added a second twenty minutes from time.

We got off to a poor start away at Gama, conceding a fourth-minute effort to Robert. Gama were dominant, but we defended well and kept them at bay. Three minutes into the second half Gama had Souza sent off, and four minutes later Jô equalised. Both sides had their opportunities to win the game, but the winning goal had to wait until ten minutes from time to come as we allowed Rodriguinho all the time in the world to pick his spot and condemn us to defeat.

The trip to Avaí was a terrible affair. Chances were really at a premium, and it was no surprise that the game ended 0-0.

CRB gave us a difficult tie at home, but eight minutes before the break we took the lead through Flávio Guilherme. We got a second just past the hour as goalkeeper Albérico fumbled under pressure from a Chicão shot, and we had a comfortable 2-0 win.

The trip to local rivals Vila Nova got off to a fantastic start as Jô netted in just the second minute. We were all over them, but had to wait until five minutes into the second half as Flávio Guilherme doubled the advantage. Vila Nova then had Wando sent off and by the hour Flávio Guilherme had made it 3-0. Jô added a fourth two minutes from time and we had bragging rights yet again.

The trip to América (RN) was not a pretty affair. We dominated proceedings, but couldn’t find a way through for a long while. Thirteen minutes from time Cristiano finally put us ahead, and three minutes later substitute Cley doubled the advantage. But we slacked off, and in the last three minutes Fabinho and Daniel scored for the home side as we let slip a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2.

We’ve had a decent run this month, but of our last five matches, four of them are currently in the top-six. The other two are Goiás and ourselves. Still, I think we can do it, and we must just now prove it.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Sport Recife 18 11 4 3 35 22 +13 37

2nd América (MG) 18 10 4 4 33 19 +14 34

3rd Botafogo 18 9 6 3 24 16 +8 33

4th Goiânia 18 9 5 4 35 15 +20 32

5th Goiás 18 9 5 4 31 22 +9 32

6th Criciúma 18 9 5 4 27 18 +9 32

7th Ceará 18 10 1 7 36 39 -3 31

8th Avaí 18 9 4 5 27 20 +7 31

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9th União São João 18 7 7 4 28 20 +8 28

10th Remo 18 9 0 9 34 28 +6 27

11th Gama 18 8 3 7 25 24 +1 27

12th União Bandeirante 18 7 5 6 30 27 +3 26

13th Desportiva 18 6 6 6 24 24 0 24

14th Náutico 18 6 6 6 22 26 -4 24

15th Vitória 18 5 7 6 19 19 0 22

16th Joinville 18 5 6 7 22 19 +3 21

17th América (RN) 18 4 8 6 20 22 -2 20

18th Malutrom 18 6 1 11 26 33 -7 19

19th Brasiliense 18 6 1 11 28 38 -10 19

20th Vila Nova (GO) 18 5 4 9 17 34 -17 19

21st CRB 18 5 2 11 28 30 -2 17

22nd Caxias 18 4 2 12 15 44 -29 14

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23rd Paulista 18 3 5 10 19 32 -13 14

24th São Raimundo (AM) 18 3 5 10 13 27 -14 14

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September 2006

The month started with a home tie against América (MG). We were on top during the first half, but couldn’t score and conceded on the break on the stroke of half time to Roma. We were given a helping hand just before the hour when we were awarded a penalty, and Leandro Diniz drew us level. Five minutes later Cristiano put us ahead, and after another five minutes Cristiano scored a third. We had to play the last thirteen minutes with only ten men after Clóvis was sent off, but we held on for a 3-1 victory.

Bottom of the table Paulista came to frustrate us, and they did it well. We weren’t helped when Marcelo Borges was sent off on 27, but we kept on plugging away, and two goals in the last fifteen minutes from Jô gave us a win.

We were under pressure for much of the first half at Botafogo, but we broke forward effectively and took the lead on 18 through Cristiano. More pressure ensued, and although we defended well, we were finally broken on the stroke of half time when Léo Mineiro tapped in after the ball had bounced around the box. The second half was both sides going for the win, and going into injury time it looked like ending level. But Cristiano had other ideas, and he scored a magnificent winner two minutes into injury time.

Results during the week ensured that we would have at least another six games to play after the main season ended. We celebrated with a home tie against Sport Recife. We didn’t play brilliantly, but neither did they and the game ended level at 0-0.

The last game of the month was a trip to table-toppers Criciúma. We fell behind to an early Leandrão goal, but such has been our form of late that we knew that we could get back from here. Cristiano equalised on 24, and Cley gave us the lead three minutes into the second half. The result was always in doubt until twelve minutes from time when Carlos Henrique scored from a seemingly impossible angle to ensure that we would end the regular season at the top of the pile.

The playoff group sees us facing Avaí, Goiás and Ceará. We’ll play each of the sides at home and away, and the top two will go through to a final promotion group. I’m confident that we can get through, but it’s not going to be easy.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Pl Goiânia 23 13 6 4 45 18 +27 45

2nd Pl Criciúma 23 13 5 5 41 24 +17 44

3rd Pl América (MG) 23 12 5 6 39 26 +13 41

4th Pl Avaí 23 12 5 6 37 25 +12 41

5th Pl Goiás 23 12 5 6 36 27 +9 41

6th Pl Sport Recife 23 11 8 4 40 28 +12 41

7th Pl Remo 23 13 0 10 43 31 +12 39

8th Pl Ceará 23 12 3 8 48 47 +1 39

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9th Botafogo 23 10 7 6 36 29 +7 37

10th Gama 23 11 3 9 34 31 +3 36

11th Vitória 23 9 7 7 31 25 +6 34

12th CRB 23 10 2 11 40 33 +7 32

13th União Bandeirante 23 9 5 9 35 33 +2 32

14th União São João 23 8 8 7 32 33 -1 32

15th Desportiva 23 8 6 9 32 35 -3 30

16th Náutico 23 7 9 7 28 32 -4 30

17th América (RN) 23 6 9 8 27 28 -1 27

18th Malutrom 23 8 2 13 38 44 -6 26

19th Joinville 23 6 8 9 26 28 -2 26

20th Brasiliense 23 8 1 14 35 46 -11 25

21st Vila Nova (GO) 23 5 6 12 21 45 -24 21

22nd Caxias 23 5 2 16 18 55 -37 17

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23rd R São Raimundo (AM) 23 4 5 14 15 33 -18 17

24th R Paulista 23 3 5 15 20 41 -21 14

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October 2006

We were under pressure for much of the first half at Avaí, but we held out and two minutes into the second half broke to take the lead through Flávio Guilherme. We added a second just before the hour through Cristiano, but seven minutes later we had Jô sent off, just minutes after coming off the bench. Avaí pulled a goal back eight minutes from time through Abedi, but we held on for victory.

We had another difficult game, this time at home to Ceará. The sending off of Marcos Roberto three minutes into the second half followed a goalless first half. Four minutes later Clóvis put us ahead, but on the hour we found ourselves down to nine men when Bosco was given his marching orders. We somehow scored a second five minutes later as Leandro Diniz cut through the Ceará defence and fired in, but within five minutes later Guedinho had pulled a goal back for the visitors. We did through manage to close out the last twenty minutes, and held on to win.

We were down to the bare bones for the home tie with Goiás due to numerous suspensions, and we got off to a poor start as Araújo struck in the sixth minute. Seven minutes later Flávio Guilherme equalised, only for Araújo to restore the lead for the visitors within 120 seconds. Goiás were totally on top, and just before the break Muñoz made it 3-1. We got a goal back early in the second half as Cley scored on the break, but four minutes later Araújo completed his hatrick and condemned us to defeat.

The month ended with a home tie, this time against Avaí. Both sides went all out for the game, but neither could find the net for the majority of the game. Sixteen minutes from time Cristiano finally found a way through, but five minutes later Tim struck to earn Avaí a point.

It’s down to three clubs for the two spots to have a chance at promotion, but our last two games are both away from home, and we can’t be complacent.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Goiás 4 2 1 1 8 6 +2 7

2nd Avaí 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7

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3rd Goiânia 4 2 1 1 7 7 0 7

4th Ceará 4 0 1 3 2 6 -4 1

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November 2006

The trip to Ceará looked like ending goalless for a long time, with neither side able to find the back of the net. Three minutes from time Jô put us ahead, and in the final minute Jô added a second. Three minutes into injury time Cristiano made it 3-0 although the scoreline was a bit harsh on Ceará.

We travelled to local rivals Goiás knowing that we only needed a point to qualify for the final stage. We played much the better football, and on the half hour took the lead through Cristiano. Six minutes before the break Leandro Diniz added a second, and we were on our way. We were handed a blow when Bosco was sent off just before the hour, but we held tight at the back. It was only four minutes from time when Guiseppe pulled a goal back for Goiás, but it wasn’t to be for them as we progressed to the final four.

It’s another group stage, with the top two winning promotion to the top flight. It won’t be easy though, as the top four from the original league phase have qualified through.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st Q Goiânia 6 4 1 1 12 8 +4 13

2nd Q Avaí 6 3 2 1 15 7 +8 11

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3rd Goiás 6 2 1 3 11 16 -5 7

4th Ceará 6 0 2 4 3 10 -7 2

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We got off to a fantastic start at Avaí as Cristiano put us ahead in just the second minute. Avaí were playing much the better football, but we defended well, and on the half hour broke to score a second through Flávio Guilherme. Five minutes from time Leandro Diniz made it 3-0, before Joélson pulled a goal back three minutes from the end.

We hosted América (MG) next, but neither side could find much in the way of attacking football, and the game ended goalless.

We were caught out by an excellent strike from Gilberto early on at home to Criciúma, and six minutes later things got worse as Carlos Alexandre was given his marching orders for two bookable offences. We somehow managed not to concede any more goals, but neither did we and we lost the game.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st América (MG) 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5

2nd Avaí 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4

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3rd Goiânia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4

4th Criciúma 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3

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December 2006

Another explosive start came at home to Avaí, Cristiano scoring on four minutes. Five minutes later though Jéfferson Feijão equalised, and just before the half hour a poor defensive mistake allowed Binho in to put the visitors 2-1 up. But we regrouped quickly, and before half time Cristiano levelled things up again. There was more action in the second half, but neither side could find a goal, even when Avaí had Marcone sent off twenty minutes from time.

We travelled to América (MG), knowing that we had to get some sort of result to keep our promotion hopes alive. But twenty minutes in Galvão had the home side ahead. We held out for 1-0 at half time, and on 56 got a lucky break as Leandro Diniz equalised from the penalty spot. Even more sensationally was when Jô put us ahead on the hour, and despite intense pressure we held on to win.

Criciúma had already secured promotion, and we travelled to them knowing that a draw in our last game of the season would earn us a place in the top-flight, whatever the result in the América-Avaí game. The game was by no means a classic, and by half time it was 0-0. But three minutes into the second half Maírton put the home side ahead, only for Leandro Diniz to equalise with another penalty just past the hour. Marcão was sent off two minutes from time for the home side, but it was us who held out to claim a point and promotion to the elite. icon_biggrin.gif

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Pos Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts

1st C Criciúma 6 3 1 2 8 8 0 10

2nd P Goiânia 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9

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3rd Avaí 6 2 2 2 10 7 +3 8

4th América (MG) 6 1 2 3 6 11 -5 5

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Last season it was our away form that worried me, this season I’ve felt that our home form has been disappointing. Still, I can’t really complain as we’ve won promotion, and that means that we are officially the highest ranked Goiás side in the country. Leandro Diniz was awarded second place in the division’s Player of the Year award, and somewhat surprisingly Jô won the Young Player of the Year award. I was the runner up in the Manager of the Year, and it’s been a fantastic season.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Name Apps Cln Conc MoM Av R

Flávio Mendes 51 27 39 3 7.41

Tute - - - - ----

Weber 3 1 3 0 6.67

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Júnior - - - - ----

Name Apps Gls Asts MoM Av R

Alessandro Lopes 25 0 0 1 6.72

Alex 42 0 1 2 6.88

Alexandre 13 (18) 1 5 0 6.77

Bira - - - - ----

Bosco 47 0 3 6 7.06

Carlos Alexandre 40 1 0 7 7.03

Carlos Henrique 2 (10) 1 1 0 6.50

Chicão 40 1 9 0 6.53

Cley 8 (19) 8 6 0 6.59

Clóvis 21 (4) 1 3 0 7.40

Cristiano 43 (6) 24 12 0 7.20

Edgar - - - - ----

Flávio Guilherme 42 25 6 3 6.81

Henrique 1 (4) 0 0 0 6.00

Jean 16 (5) 0 3 0 7.00

Juninho 7 (11) 0 0 0 6.67

Jô 13 (5) 11 5 1 6.78

Leandro Diniz 52 13 21 4 7.81

Liminha 27 (16) 2 5 2 7.21

Luís Fernando 2 (6) 3 0 1 6.88

Léo 1 (1) 0 1 0 6.50

Marcelo Borges 11 (16) 0 1 1 6.59

Marcos Roberto 34 (6) 0 1 3 6.97

Michel 0 (4) 0 2 0 7.00

Róbson - - - - ----

Stefano 11 (12) 0 0 1 6.13

William 27 (4) 5 1 1 6.58

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César Lira 0 (1) 0 0 0 5.00

Claudecir 15 1 5 1 7.73

Daniel Rossi 0 (3) 0 0 0 7.00

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Yet again there was one player who really stood out for us this season. Flávio Mendes had another wonderful season in goal, but there was no question that the fans were going to vote for Leandro Diniz as their player of the season. He’s been absolutely fantastic yet again, and he can now really show his worth as we move into the top flight.

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