A Fitting Farewell to Grêmio’s Olímpico Monumental

With the 2014 World Cup creeping up on us, Brazil is in the process of sweeping out the old and bringing in the new. This past weekend, one of South America’s most iconic stadiums, the Olímpico Monumental in Porto Alegre, held its last match for Grêmio since opening in 1954. The oh so modern Grêmio Arena looks as sleek as can be, but there’s nothing like the character that history gives to an old Brazilian place of worship.

Featuring Danrle and Jardel, (part of the Copa Libertadores-winning team in 1995) and Hugo de León (1983 Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup winner), this video shows just what a special place the 45,000 seat Olímpico Monumental was, and why Grêmio fans won’t be forgetting it any time soon. [Posted by Eric]

As big names pour into Brazil, is it time to change the Brasileiro’s foreigner rule?

By Stefan Kelly

Pablo Guiñazu, Andrés D’Alessandro, Mario Bolatti, Jesus Datolo and now Diego Forlán. These are the five non-Brazilians Porto Alegre club Internacional now have on their books in what is an extremely strong squad, including Brazilian internationals Oscar and Leandro Damião. The problem? Ever since a new set rules were introduced to the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2006, clubs are only allowed to include just 3 foreign players in match day squads, whether that be on the field or on the bench.

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