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The economic power of Brazilian football begins to affect the results

Flamengo He got rid of Barcelona from Guayaquil as if it were a fly, Palmeiras He beat Atlético Mineiro in a heads-up match, Bragantino He


Flamengo He got rid of Barcelona from Guayaquil as if it were a fly, Palmeiras He beat Atlético Mineiro in a heads-up match, Bragantino He put a 5-1 aggregate over Libertad de Paraguay and Athletico Paranaense did his part against Peñarol, who to begin with, beat him in the Champion of the Century and finished securing it on Thursday with another victory.

The economic might of Brazilian soccer threatens to establish hegemony that can be deepened by the contrasting reality of regional economies. Fundamentally the inYou can see differences that exist between Argentina and Brazil, main competitors of the Libertadores and Sudamericana cups.

This year the finals will be Brazilian. Palmeiras-Flamengo in the Libertadores and Bragantino-Paranaense in the Sudamericana.

River was the last non-Brazilian winner of the maximum continental competition in the remembered final of 2018 against Boca and then it was the turn of Flamengo (on River itself) and Palmeiras (against Santos).

Defense and Justice and Lanús represent up to now the last and recent Creole resistance against the Brazilian monopoly: they played last year’s South American final at Mario Kempes in Cordoba.

To the best Argentine soccer player, Nacho Fernández, Atlético Mineiro took him for a bag of candies that for River represented a fortune, because he also got rid of the debt he had with the footballer.

The powerful Belo Horizonte club also took over Matías Zaracho, the jewel of Racing, in a very simple procedure.

They no longer need to come from Europe to look for Argentine footballers, the Brazilian market begins to compete with the giants of the Old Continent.

David Luiz, Filipe Luiz, Diego Alves and Gabigol play in Flamengo, once protagonists in European clubs. Although the latter, River executioner in 2019, had an ephemeral step without pain and without glory.

In Atlético Mineiro the Hulk and the Chilean Eduardo Vargas play. In the quarterfinals, the Albinegros from Minas Gerais took Gallardo’s team, the representative from this side of the world with the greatest potential, by a 4-0 overall.

Gustavo Gómez plays in Palmeiras, the Paraguayan defender, captain of his team, whom Boca could not hire after very long negotiations and the São Paulo players bought a couple of years ago while having a coffee.

In Corinthians, away from the big lights this year, Willian plays, that of Chelsea and Arsenal, who rescinded with the Gunners to return to Timao.

When Mauro Zárate left Boca, he became incompetent for any Argentine team, but he arranged quickly, without too many laps, with América de Minas Gerais, one of the lowest budget institutions in the Brasileirao.

They are just a few samples of the enormous economic differences that exist between Brazilian and Argentine soccer and that now seems to begin to directly affect sports results.

The economic reality of each of the countries does not suggest that the differences can be resolved quickly, quite the contrary.

We will have to hope that the players and their imprint, or the coaches and their strategies, or both, balance a scale that leans more and more to the same side.