By Myles Palmer
Marcos is a world class goalkeeper who should be playing in the Champions League.
If Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos are playing in the world’s top club competition, so should he be.
If Marcos signs for Arsenal he will have a good chance of adding that trophy to the World Cup he has already won.
ANR’s Brazilian consultant Alexandre Gontijo has filled me in on him.
Marcos is a humble country boy from Oriente who cut sugarcane before joining Palmeiras in 1993, made his first team debut in 1996,and established himself in 1999.
Marcos and Luiz Felipe Scolari go way back and their relationship, says Alex, is like that of Bobby Robson and Terry Butcher.
Palmeiras, managed by Big Phil, won the Libertadores Cup for the first time in 1999, thus qualifying for the inter-continental showdown with the winners of the Champions League.
They played Manchester United in Japan, an exciting match in which Mark Bosnich made some phenomenal saves.
The only goal came in 35 minutes when Marcos made a mistake. He failed to read a long cross by Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane scored from close range.
Marcos’s CV, really, is that of a late developer.
In 2001 Scolari was hired to rescue Brazil’s stuttering World Cup qualification.
Big Phil placed his faith in Marcos, who played superbly and helped them reach Korea-Japan 2002, where he only conceded four goals in seven games.
Marcos looked better than Taffarel had done in previous World Cups.
Another Palmeiras goalkeeper,Leao,played for Brazil in the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
Alex says that people from Sao Paulo are like folk from the north of England,proud of their region.
He thinks Marcos has a rural accent, like(wait for it)Mark Wright.
Tonight’s Man United-Blackburn semi-final second leg could be interesting if van Nistelrooy is as bad as he was against Chelsea.
Faced by four agile, athletic black defenders, Ruud didn’t fancy it, did he?
22nd January 2003
We enjoyed 8 Mile last night.
Eminem can act.
But let’s see his second film.
Desperately Seeking Madonna was fun, but was she ever any good after that?