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2019/2020 Season

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1 Flamengo 28 6 4 90
2 Santos 22 8 8 74
3 Palmeiras 21 11 6 74
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Flamengo, Independiente del Valle get Copa Libertadores preview in Recopa matchup

Everton Ribeiro looks on during Flamengo's Brazilian Supercopa final against Athletico PR.
Flamengo will meet Independiente del Valle in the Recopa, a preview of the pair's matchup in the Copa Libertadores.

Across the next two Wednesdays, South America plays out its Recopa -- or Super Cup, pitting the winner of the Copa Libertadores against the champion of the Copa Sudamericana.

The winning side will doubtless perform an enthusiastic lap of honour. They will have got their hands on a trophy. But this is one of those titles that barely qualifies as such. Unless something extraordinary happens, the games will not live long in the memory.

It is, after all, an uneven fight.

The Libertadores is, by...

Flamengo forward 'Gabigol' honours Kobe Bryant with No. 24 jersey

Gab Marcotti reflects on Kobe Bryant's love for soccer as players and clubs pay tribute to the NBA legend.
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Flamengo star Gabriel Barbosa will wear the No. 24 jersey in Monday's Brazilian Serie A game at Resende to honour Kobe Bryant, as well as protest against anti-gay behaviour and rhetoric.

The striker knows as "Gabigol," who will play for Flamengo for the first time since joining the club on a permanent transfer from Inter Milan last week, wore the No. 9 jersey while on loan at the Brazilian club in 2019, when he scored 34 goals in 43 games in all competitions.

The decision to wear the No....

Can Pablo Mari fix Arsenal's defence after fixing Flamengo?

Considering their centre-back problems this season, maybe Manchester City missed a trick when they let Pablo Mari go to Brazil last summer. Mikel Arteta, City's former assistant boss, certainly seems to think so. Now in charge at Arsenal, Arteta was in a hurry to bring in the 26-year-old Spanish defender, making him his first signing since taking charge at the Emirates.

After coming through the ranks at Valencia, Mari played for Mallorca and Gimnastic before being picked up by City in 2016....

Arsenal complete Pablo Mari move from Flamengo after brief collapse

Gab Marcotti says Pablo Mari might not be a first-choice player for Mikel Arteta, but he certainly bolsters the squad.
Craig Burley and Stewart Robson discuss the changes they've seen in Arsenal so far under Mikel Arteta.
Shaka Hislop isn't convinced Dani Ceballos' stay at Arsenal lasts past the end of his loan from Real Madrid.

Flamengo centre-back Pablo Mari has agreed a move to Arsenal on loan until the end of the season,with the option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

The move ends what turned out to be a topsy-turvy transfer deal that initally stalled and saw the defender return to Brazil.

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The clubs seemingly agreed to the deal last weekend, with Mari traveling from Rio de Janeiro...


Mari to Arsenal still on, discussion over transfer structure - sources

Shaka Hislop isn't convinced Dani Ceballos' stay at Arsenal lasts past the end of his loan from Real Madrid.
Craig Burley and Stewart Robson discuss the changes they've seen in Arsenal so far under Mikel Arteta.
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Flamengo centre back Pablo Mari's move to Arsenal is still on as both clubs continue to negotiate the structure of the deal for the Spaniard, sources have told ESPN.

Negotiations suffered a setback on Monday but sources have told ESPN the deal was never dead despite Flamengo having put out a statement criticising Arsenal's attitude. 

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Arsenal initially considered signing Mari...