The curtain falls on another thrilling Brazilian league season, leaving Palmeiras to celebrate its 12th championship title after a hard-fought campaign. The final matchday witnessed Palmeiras securing a 1-1 draw against Cruzeiro, with 18-year-old sensation Endrick scoring his 11th goal of the season. However, the joy of Palmeiras’ triumph is juxtaposed with the historic relegation of Santos FC, a club steeped in footballing lore, for the first time in its illustrious 111-year history.
Palmeiras, guided by Portuguese coach Abel Ferreira, displayed resilience and consistency throughout the season, finishing with 70 points, two ahead of Gremio, securing the coveted league title. Endrick’s pivotal contributions on the field, coupled with Botafogo’s unexpected slump, contributed to Palmeiras’ triumph.
Endrick, set to join Real Madrid next season, reflected on his role in Palmeiras’ success, stating, “At the beginning of the year, I cared too much about what people said, I was angry. Later I noticed I shouldn’t do that. I aged a little.” His rise to prominence has been a beacon for Palmeiras during the campaign.
Santos FC relegated
Meanwhile, Santos, a club synonymous with legends like Pele and Neymar Jr, suffered a heartbreaking relegation after a 2-1 loss to Fortaleza. The defeat marked a somber note at the stadium where Pele’s funeral took place earlier this year.
Santos FC finished the season with 43 points, one behind Bahia and two adrift of Vasco da Gama. The match against Fortaleza ended in chaos as Santos FC fans attempted to invade the pitch, prompting a premature conclusion, and subsequent clashes between police and supporters outside the stadium.
The contrast in fortunes between Palmeiras and Santos epitomizes the unpredictable nature of football. While Palmeiras revels in glory, Santos FC faces the daunting challenge of regrouping and rebuilding in the second division. The relegation marks a significant moment in the club’s rich history, sparking introspection and a determination to bounce back stronger.
As the Brazilian league concludes, with Atletico Mineiro’s Paulinho claiming the Golden Boot as the top scorer, the specter of Santos FC historic relegation adds a poignant chapter to the tapestry of Brazilian football.