PALMERIAS

Believed too physically weak to succeed by youth coaches Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira's story is truly amazing.
He joined Palmeiras in 1994, who were then reigning champions in Brazil and with Rivaldo they successfully defended their title. His two seasons at Palmeiras were amongst the most successful in his career, Rivaldo’s goal tally reaching 53 in 104 matches.

This extraordinary goal/match ratio earned him a move to Europe, when Deportivo La Coruna signed him which in turn heralded a glorious move to Barcelona.

Considered to be one of the best players of his generation, in 1999 Rivaldo was honoured as FIFA World Player of the Year, Ballon d'Or winner and European Footballer of the Year.
Between 1993 and 2003, Rivaldo played 74 matches and scored 34 goals for Brazil and was an integral part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup winning team.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, several young Italians decided to start a club that would be representative of the Italian community, and face the big names of São Paulo's soccer elite.

During the World War II, Brazil entered the war supporting the allies and its dictatorship forced Palestra Italia to change its name because of the reference to Italy.
Palmeiras, as they became known, are now one of the most successful clubs in Brazilian football, having won 10 national competitions, a record in the country.

In 1951, Palmeiras won the International Copa Rio, known as the first world club championship.
Endorsed by FIFA, eight squads participated in the tournamant, divided into two brackets of four teams apiece: Vasco da Gama (Brazil) Austria Vienna (Austria) Nacional (Uruguay) and Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) playing in Rio; and Palmeiras (Brazil) Juventus (Italy) Red Star (Yugoslavia) and Olympique (France) playing in São Paulo.

Brazilian counterparts Vasco da Gama were beaten in the semi's and in the final Palmeiras defeated Juventus over two matches, 3-2 on aggregate. The blue shirt was worn by their keeper Cattani.

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