Bolsonaro Attends Palmeira's Final Game And Celebrates Championship With Fans

With the title already ensured, the team played a bureaucratic game and couldn't wait for the victory lap

Diego Garcia Rafaela Cardoso
São Paulo

It was a happy Sunday afternoon at Allianz Parque since the Brazilian Championship already belonged to Palmeiras. The team entered its final game in the season only to play a previously scheduled game, raise the trophy and celebrate with fans.

The players were so laid back that they almost lost, but in the ended they beat Vitória by a score of 3 to 2.
The 2018 Brazilian Championship ended with a remarkable campaign from Palmeiras. The club earned 80 points, 23 victories, 11 draws and four losses.

The team, led by former national squad coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, obtained a record of 23 wins in a row. It's a first in the National playoff since the points system began.

The game had a record audience of 41,256 people, all who came to join the party. One of them was president-elect Jair Bolsonaro. He handed the championship trophy to squad captain Bruno Henrique, while the part of the audience cheered while the other booed. 

Palmeiras' players, along with, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, celebrate winning the Brazilian Soccer Championship - REUTERS

Bolsonaro ran the victory lap with the Palmeiras players. At a certain point, the audience started to chant "myth, myth" to cheer him. They followed up by calling former president Lula (PT) names. Lula is a known fan of Palmeiras' rival, Corinthians.

Bolsonaro was also well received by the team, who hugged him in the stage during the medal ceremony, specially Scolari, who saluted the president-elect in the lockers, and Felipe Melo, who also publicly saluted him as well.

Translated by NATASHA MADOV

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