Palmeiras x Fortaleza brings together the longest-lived coaches in the country; stay on top of everything that’s at stake

The duel between Palmeiras and Fortaleza, at Allianz Parque, will bring together — in a single ‘shot’ — the longest-lasting works in Brazil and the only two clubs that are still undefeated in this edition of Série A of the Brazilian Championship. The stage is big: the first leg of the round of 16 of the Copa do Brasil. The numbers, therefore, accompany the special occasion.

The match at 7 pm (from Brasilia) this Wednesday (17) puts a lot at stake. In addition to the eliminatory character over 180 minutes — the real decision will be on May 31, at the command of Fortaleza —, Verdão and Leão do Pici will also face each other in the figure of their respective technicians.

Abel Ferreira took over Alviverde on October 30, 2020, 929 days ago – two years, six months and 19 days, if you prefer. Juan Pablo Vojvoda, in turn, took over the technical command of Fortaleza on May 4, 2021: there are 743 days (two years and 13 days) in office.

Verdão’s overall numbers favor the Palestinian club. Despite never having faced each other for the Copa do Brasil — unprecedented confrontation, therefore —, Palmeiras and Fortaleza have already dueled 19 times. There are eight wins for Alviverde, five draws and six triumphs for Leão do Pici. In total, Palmeiras scored 41 goals and conceded 19.

Two of these games were even knockout matches. In the final of the 1960 Brasileirão, Palmeiras won twice: 3-1 in Ceará and 8-2 in Pacaembu — in a match that marked the biggest defeat in the competition’s history.

Now, it only remains to be seen whether the statistical support will, in fact, help Abel Ferreira to face one of his biggest ‘stones in his shoe’ during his stay in Brazil.

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