Thanks SMF ... its been slow weeks with the International break but all will be sorted out in the remaining South American leagues in the coming week.
Barring a meltdown, Boca Juniors is on track for a back to back league wins for the first time since 2005/2006.
The playoff Quarterfinals are ongoing but we all know who the likely winners are.
A topsy-turvy season in the Liga Postabon where none of the usual major teams even made it to the Playoffs ... on paper the strongest team remaining is Deportivo Cali even though they barely managed to scrape through.
Ronaldinho has joined Serie A outfit Atletico-Mineiro on a 6 month deal and while terms were not disclosed, its safe to assume its far less than the €125K/week he was on at Flamengo. For Atletico-MG it may be a worthwhile investment. R10 will generate enthusiasm and probably enough shirt sales to make up the cost.
As far as the footballing potential here, not quite convinced he will make a huge difference on the pitch. I wish Ronaldinho well and know that we will see an initial bounce in the team's fortunes, but the question from the A-MG management, players and fans should be whether Ronaldinho's newfound passion can be sustained through December. In any case, he will be making his debut for the 3rd place A-MG's zebra stripes away at Palmeiras this Saturday. A must watch ?
Andre Rocha, one of my favorite tactical bloggers along with Michael Cox of Zonalmarking has done some interesting analysis of Ronaldinho's potential position in A-MG's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation and agree with Rocha that the best position for R10 would still be in the Attacking-Mid slot. He's lost so much pace now that I can't see him being a realistic option out wide.