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Palmeiras already beat Qatar, but not even the scorer remembers

This 12 months’s World Cup hosts, Qatar, have already misplaced to Palmeiras in a match performed at Parque Antarctica. It was in 1998, in the center of different competitions and with an empty stadium. Alviverde gained 2-0, but the pleasant was so obscure that none of the scorers bear in mind it.

“Man, I do not bear in mind, I actually do not bear in mind. Did I rating a purpose? I actually do not bear in mind, sorry about that,” he stated UOL Sport former striker Oséas, who scored Palmeiras’ first purpose towards the Qataris.

And not solely the shooter did not neglect the pleasant. Even the midfielder Ferrugem, the reserve of this staff, does not keep in mind that Monday afternoon 24 years in the past.

“Palmeiras and the Qatar nationwide staff? Wow, was that on CT? I admit I do not keep in mind that recreation, but congratulations to those that remembered, noticed it. At least it was a tricky recreation, 2-0 for us,” he joked former actor.

At the time, Palmeiras have been experiencing a hangover over that 12 months’s Copa do Brasil title, gained two months earlier, in the ultimate towards Cruzeiro. The Mercosur marketing campaign additionally started, a contest wherein he would additionally carry the trophy, laying the foundations for the Libertadores 1999. The staff captained by Luiz Felipe Scolari had Marcos, Arce, Júnior Baiano, Galeano, Alex, Oséas and co .

The week of the pleasant with Qatar was a busy one. Two days earlier, on Saturday (15), Palmeiras misplaced a traditional match towards Santos at Vila Belmiro for the Brasileirão. Two days later (19) he ought to face Nacional (URU) in Montevideo, for Mercosur. The Qatari staff was away in Brazil and performed behind closed doorways towards Alviverde.

Felipão used Palmeiras’ starters in the pleasant, but took care of everybody’s minutes, already contemplating a visit to Uruguay. Still, semi-amateur Qatar might not deal with the energy of Palmeiras: Oséas scored in the first half and Roque Júnior in the second. This was the final pleasant match between Palmeiras and the nationwide staff.

Unlike the gamers, the then president of Palmeiras remembers the pleasant match. “It was a go to. They have been opening new markets,” recalled Mustafá Contursi, who managed the membership for 12 years.

“I bear in mind they got here to discover, to develop their sport and this chance arose. It was a brand new world for them,” added the former supervisor.

The nationwide staff of Qatar performed 8 matches in Brazil

Businessman Elias Zacur (left) took coaches Luiz Gonzaga Milioli and Zé Mario to the Qatar nationwide staff

Image: Personal archive

This tour served as a form of pre-season for the Qataris and featured eight matches towards Brazilian groups. During the pleasant and coaching matches, the staff additionally misplaced towards Corinthians, Juventus-SP and São Paulo in the capital São Paulo, but in Rio they’d higher luck: they solely misplaced towards Olaria, but drew towards Fluminense and Flamengo and gained towards Madureira.

The journey is partly defined by the indisputable fact that Qatar’s coach was Brazilian Luiz Gonzaga Miloli, who made his soccer profession in Santa Catarina. He says the friendlies have been constructive at the time, but he understands that choice has not developed far more than twenty years later.

“I believe the pre-season has added, sure, I can see the strategy of the Brazilian participant, but they’re nonetheless very naive,” stated Miloli, who assessed the hosts’ debut in the cup:

“Against Ecuador, it could possibly be thought of a debut at house, there may be psychological stress and so they felt it quite a bit, but I did not see any growth. Let’s watch for the different matches, but I assumed that Qatar would a minimum of present extra spirit, the technical high quality may be very low.”

The hosts return to motion at present (twenty fifth) to face Senegal at the Al Thumama Stadium at 10am. After dropping 2-0 on debut, the Qataris want a win to maintain their dream of reaching the subsequent stage alive.

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