Brazil’s Alexandre Pato tries Panenka, fails miserably

There aren’t many players in the world who can pull off a Panenka. Alexandre Pato is not one of those players.

But unfortunately for the 24-year-old Brazilian, he thought it was a good idea to try against Corinthians on Wednesday night, and it costs his side a spot in the Brazilian Cup semifinals.

Gremio goalkeeper Dida saved his former AC Milan teammates’ poor Panenka attempt, and clinched a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Corinthians.

"I expected him to hit it in the middle, I just waited for it," 40-year-old Dida said after the match.

The World Cup veteran Dida had the young striker all figured out — experience trumped trickery. We’re guessing Pato will not get cute on penalty kicks any time in the near future.

Unless of course he gets specific training from Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo:


Santos teenager pulled from stands to score match-winning goal


Image: Divulgação Santos FC

by Thomas Hautmann

Sixteen-year-old Santos youth player Gabriel headed to the senior side’s Copa do Brasil match on Wednesday to watch it with his father. Soon, however, Gabriel found himself on the pitch, shirtless, celebrating his late match-winner.

After another Santos player was scratched from the squad after using a nasal decongestant (who knew that counted as doping?), Gabriel was pulled from the stands and included on the Santos bench for the Round of 16 first leg against Gremio. After having already practiced with his youth side earlier in the day, a relaxing evening with his father was therefore put on hold. According to the Rio Report, Gabriel told reporters:

"I was playing a video game at home and came to watch the game with my father and only knew I would play when I got here. It was a present."

As fortune would have it, the young Brazilian striker got the call to inspire his teammates midway through the second half in a scoreless game. And, in the 82nd minute, Gabriel swept home Montillo’s low cross for the match-winning goal. It was only his seventh professional match.

Watch the goal below:

Scroll to the 4:19 mark

Expect to hear more from Gabriel, who has already received the promising nickname ‘Gabigol’ (just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?).

Gabigol has represented Brazilian’s youth national teams since age 14, and the professional contract he signed with Santos last year includes a whopping €50 million buy-out clause.

In comparison, Neymar’s deal to Barcelona netted Santos a cool €57 million this summer.


Andre Santos is, well, still busy being Andre Santos.

The Arsenal man who was sent out on loan to Brazilian side Gremio (to huge sighs of relief by the Gunner faithful) missed the decisive penalty in a Campeonato Gaucho semifinal against Juventude by a lot. That ball still hasn’t come back down.

Some thought maybe Santos just needed a change of scenery to turn his form around. By the looks of it, maybe he should just look for a different profession instead.


A full-scale brawl broke out at the end of the final Copa Libertadores group stage match between Gremio and Huachipato after Gremio manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo allegedly teased his counterpart Jorge Pellicier.

Following the spat, several Huachipato players attempted to chase down Luxemburgo, who then fell to the ground as chaos around him ensued. Players, coaches, ball boys, fans, you name it and they were involved before riot police eventually interfered.

So what did Luxemburgo say to spark such chaos? According to Reuters, Pellicier was quoted as saying: “He tried to make fun of us… That’s unsporting conduct. He said we should go on holiday, making a gesture with his hand.”

Luxemburgo kind of had a point, though it certainly was unsportsmanlike. With the two sides settling for a draw, Gremio advanced to the round of 16 while Huachipato missed out on goal difference.

PS: Anyone else find it hilarious that some of them seriously started to throw and kick soccer balls at the riot police? What’s that gonna accomplish?