In addition to the players who had already been playing prominently in 2020, cases of Gabriel Menino, Patrick de Paula, Danilo and Wesley, assistant João Martins promoted premieres. Right-back Garcia, midfielder Fabinho and strikers Giovani and Newton received their first professional opportunities.
Athletes like Renan, Esteves and Gabriel Silva were already part of the group and gained more minutes. Goalkeeper Vinicius Silvestre had his first streak since returning to Verdão in January 2020, and he pleased. He has forwarded his renewal and must sign a valid bond until the end of 2024.
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Fabinho, Renan, Vanderlan and Garcia at the Academia do Palmeiras – Photo: Cesar Greco / Ag. Palmeiras
Left-back Victor Luis and striker Rafael Elias see the new chance at the club as an opportunity to show service and stay that way throughout the season. The side returned on loan from Botafogo and entered the field in Paulistão’s four matches, while the striker, free from doping suspension, played in three games and scored a goal.
Among the substitutes, Verdão took defender Henri, full-back Vanderlan, midfielders Ramon and Vitinho and striker Pedro Acácio to the games. They are all part of the support group that reinforced the daily life of the Football Academy during the rest of the squad.
– It was a very good thing that happened in my career. In that short time there, I learned a lot of good things. I have been here at the Academy since 2014 and it was one of the great lessons I will take for the rest of my life. Living with guys like Felipe Melo on a daily basis was very important for my position as a midfielder. I looked at him a lot in training and style of play and passing – said Ramon.
The use of boys should continue even after the return of the cast. That’s because the club provides a tight schedule and with little time for rest and preparation because of the current stoppage of the Paulista Championship.
Next week, the palmeirenses will have two more title decisions: against Defensa y Justicia, from Argentina, by Recopa Sul-Americana (days 7 and 14), and against Flamengo, by Supercopa do Brasil (day 11).
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