Richarlison features as Brazil win Copa America opener

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Brazil kicked off the 2019 Copa America with a 3-0 win over Bolivia in Sao Paulo, with Richarlison having a hand in two of the goals.

The hosts took the lead early in the second half when the Everton forward burst into the penalty area and was fouled, allowing Philippe Coutinho to score from the spot.

Richarlison was also involved the latter stages of the second goal when his pass for Roberto Firmino split the Bolivian defence and he centred for Coutinho to score again.

Everton Soares scored a late third after Richarlison had made way for Willian with six minutes to go.

Brazil play Venezuela next on Wednesday.  

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Jay Wood

1 Posted 15/06/2019 at 14:55:34
Both our boy Richarlison and Neres played on opposite flanks in Brazil's opening game of the Copa America against Bolivia last night.

Our boy shone, Neres was Lookman-like and flattered to deceive.

Booed off at halftime in which Brazil's midfield failed to show any creativity to open up the solid defensive lines of Bolivia, other than Richarlison's sharp movement and passing, within four minutes of the restart they were two goals to the good ironically scored by the hugely ineffective Coutinho.

The first resulted from a VAR penalty correctly given when Richarlison's cross hit a defender's errant arm.

The second when Richarlison's telling pass finally opened up Bolivia's rearguard to give Firmino time and space to hit a first time cross for Coutinho to head into an open goal.

With the game won at 3-0 Richarlison was withdrawn for Willan with 8 minutes to go.

Neres had already long been substituted by a player who I consider as good as anyone currently playing in the Brazilian league. He is as technically gifted as Neres, possibly faster, scores more goals. He contributed more in less minutes than Neres last night, including scoring the goal of the game.

He plays for possibly the best pure footballing side in the Brazilian league - Gremio - and should he ever join us, his name would be forever in the thoughts of Blues everywhere.

He's name is 'Everton'.

Brian Williams
2 Posted 15/06/2019 at 15:04:08
Jay, thanks for confirming what I, personally, have felt with regard to Neres. Not sure he's the one to spend the big money on this window.

As for Everton to Everton. Sounds like it's written in the stars.

Jay Wood

3 Posted 15/06/2019 at 15:17:20
For your viewing pleasure, Brian.


We want more pace and goals in the team? I suggest Everton 'Cebolinha' - 'little onion' (don't ask me why!!!) - would be an upgrade on Bernard. Could you ever see Bernard scoring the goals Everton does in this YT compilation?

Imagine him on the left and Richarlison on the right.

I can dream, can't I?

Mads Kamp
4 Posted 15/06/2019 at 15:19:06
Jay, Brian.

I love the mythical, epic feel to your comments! Like watching GoT.

Brian Williams
5 Posted 15/06/2019 at 15:32:35
D'yer think the lad maybe lacks a bit of confidence???? 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Outstanding! I'm dreaming too now!

Derek Knox
6 Posted 15/06/2019 at 15:47:44
Jay, thanks for the link on 'Everton' – I think we could just about accommodate him in the side, and also the update on our target Neres, who I must admit have only seen a couple of times, but looked the business. You obviously know more getting to see him more often, even if it's on Brazilian TV.

Tried to search last night for the Copa America games, but couldn't get anything on IPTV. With regards to Cebolinha 'the little onion' we've had enough over the years to make us cry, and not with ecstasy or joy either! Maybe this guy could buck that trend, but realistically Jay, what chance would we have of getting a player like that when Champions League Clubs will be sniffing round him like a dog on heat?

Jay Wood

7 Posted 15/06/2019 at 16:02:58
A couple of months ago, Derek, it looked cut and dry that he would go to AC Milan as this report shows. That was in April:


Since then, haven't they failed to qualify for the Champions League, sacked Gattuso AND face a transfer embargo under FFP rules?

Still a Gremio player as I write, so why not Everton for Everton?

Still dreamin'!!!

Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 15/06/2019 at 16:39:05
I just watched the highlights, Jay, and the lad's goal was a fine effort. We could definitely do with that!

A claim I think I heard on the Telemundo commentary that it was the oldest international football competition had me scrolling back through the Copa America history on Wikipedia. (Of course the now-defunct British Home Championship predated it.) Seems the one-name tradition with Brazilian players goes way way back... I did not realize that.

Like anything to do with South America, the tournament has a checkered history — almost every edition sees two or three teams withdraw for generally unspecified reasons! And the very first game in 1916 saw Chile complaining before and after the match that the Uruguayans (who beat them 4-0) were unfairly selecting "Africans" (black players).

Fran Mitchell
9 Posted 15/06/2019 at 16:45:14
Jay, couldn't agree more on making a move for 'Jimmy 5'. Everyone I know has said - "Great that Neymar is injured, who needs him when 'Jimmy 5' is better."

Another from Gremio I'd say is worth a punt is Matheus Henrique, whose taken the reign as creative mid since Artur left for Barcelona.

Gremio is a team that always has quality coming through. Luan, long linked with a move to Europe, is another who may be worth a punt.

Aidan Wade
10 Posted 15/06/2019 at 17:06:54
Jay, watching the YouTube version of 'Everton' — holy cow. But think of the poor journalists trying to cope with Everton's Everton.
Derek Knox
11 Posted 15/06/2019 at 17:30:05
Jay @7, once again thanks for another link. So that is, or could be, encouraging. I wonder if 'Brands is on the case as we speak'?

Yeah it certainly has a ring to it, Everton for Everton. Sod the journos, it's about time they had to do something to earn their corn, instead of gossip-mongering and gobshittery.

Brian Williams
12 Posted 15/06/2019 at 17:44:58
Typical. Just as we start to dream Everton (the player) is quoted as saying something about being "suited" for Manchester Utd as though angling for a move.
Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 15/06/2019 at 18:12:08
Jay (3), great link, he fucks about too much for me!!!
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 15/06/2019 at 18:26:04
Jay #3, that's mean. Tickling my taste buds with that link. The sort of xmas present in the shop window that you know you can't have. The guy's skills, pace, confidence. I could just see him skinning Alexander-Arnold.
Jay Harris
15 Posted 15/06/2019 at 19:34:49
Thanks for the link. He does look special.

Any idea why he was called Everton or did his parents already know his destiny?

Mike Gaynes
16 Posted 15/06/2019 at 19:49:13
I noticed Everton's name when he came on for Neymar at the end of the USA/Brazil friendly last summer. I don't recall anything he did in those last few minutes, but I remember thinking that anybody with that name who was good enough to sub on for Neymar was worth a bid in the blind.
Jay Wood

17 Posted 15/06/2019 at 20:05:32
I thought his highlight reel would get the juices running!

I also thought of you, Fran Mitchell, when writing my posts, knowing how enthusiastic you have been in the past about Gremio and the football they play.

Just turned 23 in March, Everton Sousa Soares is 'oven-ready' for the Premier League, I'm convinced.

And – sorry to bring Andre Gomes into the discussion – but, if the rumour is true we are prepared to pay him £120k a week, I will continue (like Sam Hoare) to be a contrarian with regard to his value to the side.

Yes, André is a fine player. On his day, he can be an exceptional player. But those days are too few and far between. For that money, I would want us to spend it on a more consistent 'game-changer'. Everton Sousa Soares is a game-changer.

We could offer Everton half of that and it would be a substantial increase on his existing salary.

I can understand Everton looking to invest in 'future potential', but some players already have more advanced potential than others. Everton of Gremio is one of them.

And Jay @ 15, the question of why he got the name 'Everton' is one for Pete Jones to investigate, the author of a series of excellent posts on the origins of Everton-related names. A few of us have already kicked around ideas how and why the name 'Everton' entered the Brazilian lexicon and is used as a common first name.

Not sure if it is his destiny to play for us. With a nickname like 'cebolinha' (which literally means 'chives', but also 'little onions' as I wrote earlier), maybe his parents thought he was destined to run the family fruit and veg stall, as Gary Lineker might have done at Leicester, following in the footsteps of his dad!

Whatever, he is a wee crackerjack of a player.

Derek Knox
18 Posted 15/06/2019 at 21:00:26
Jay, good point you make about the salary of Gomes, we have Marcel Brands telling us, and quite rightly so, to cut down on wages and the number of players across the board.

Then seemingly doing the opposite, okay Gomes is decent without being spectacular, and we managed fine when he had a 3 match suspension. If he was keen to sign for us I'm sure he could have struggled by on £90k/week, but No, they offer him £120k.

The same with this Lossl, he was on £28k at Huddersfield, we could all struggle by on that, he is joining as a reserve and mainly a bench warmer, behind presumably Pickford? Same again the club that's trying to 'cut down on wages' offer him £62k, more than double.

As you so rightly say this lad is on a pittance compared to those two, and is likely to get fans off their seats, as opposed to the aforementioned. Someone is speaking with forked tongue as they used to say in the old Cowboy and Indian movies.

Brian Williams
19 Posted 15/06/2019 at 21:17:56
But then we don't know if the reported £120k a week has any truth in it do we?
Tony Hill
20 Posted 15/06/2019 at 21:42:51
Any man who takes the piss out of Klipperty's heroes at Anfield while looking as though he's pottering around his garden will do for me. Also the Wolves goal, the more I watch it, was a joy (yes, he must do it more often).

I have a few twinges of doubt about his focus but he's an Everton throwback to the days when we were a byword for apparently effortless style. Just look at his grace and elegance; give him a proper pre-season and enjoy what follows. He's what we took for granted in the 60s.

Meanwhile, Richarlison is doing himself and us every type of favour with his work for Brazil. Good also to see his donation to sort out fees for some schoolkids in his home town who wanted to attend a mathematics event which they couldn't afford.

Sam Hoare
21 Posted 15/06/2019 at 22:19:59
I really hope Gomes will not be on £120k. And that Lössl is not on £70k!

Interesting to see how Mina does against Messi, Aguero and Di Maria as his Colombia are about to face Argentina.

I'm hoping Mina will prove many of his doubters wrong next season. Though I do have doubts about him and Keane trying to play a high line.

Mark Andersson
23 Posted 16/06/2019 at 05:08:03
There's a red wine here in Australia called 'Everton', it's a nice drop...

That Everton player looks really good, Jay.

There's a Colombian player Liverpool are looking to sign called RedShite...

Derek Knox
24 Posted 16/06/2019 at 10:07:54
Mark @ 23, I do enjoy a drop of the red wine myself from time to time, but not all reds are good, so I suppose you could say they have several wines named after them!
Rob Newling
25 Posted 16/06/2019 at 11:44:18
Defender's arm, phew, thanks for the clarification, Jay! Thought our lad had turned into a modern day Maradona, when I read the opening sentence!!
Anton Walsh
26 Posted 16/06/2019 at 21:49:22
Despite his goals I'm still not convinced about Richarleson. He reminds me of Drogba in the way he goes down like he's been shot but his toughness is great. He has a winning mentality and loves scoring but if he could just take care of the ball better.

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