Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Of the eleven players the club signed for the coming season, three are due to come back from injury in the next week. Defender Alex Silva, midfielder Rodrigo Souto and striker Fernandinho are already training normally and should be ready to play the next match. Their returns have to happen gradually, to avoid another injury and to give them time to get used to the way the team plays. The trainers and coaches don't want to rush their comebacks to avoid any physical setbacks and compromise important results. In the meantime, the fans need to be patient because these 3 players, in their top conditions, will make a huge difference and add a lot of quality to the team.
Ok, since my last post, a lot of things happened at the club. For starters, the long speculated loan of Cicinho from AS Roma to Sao Paulo was finally concluded and he is now back at the club. He arrived last Wednesday morningfrom Rome and even after an elen-hour flight and jet lag, he managed to play the last 15 minutes of the first Libertadores Cup match and caused a good impression. Fans, press, and me personally believe the club's right-wing "problem" is now solved. As far as the other side of the pitch goes, the left-wing, where Sao Paulo also lacks quality in the current player (Junior Cesar), Sao Paulo is finalizing the terms of another loan. Carletto, who belongs to Spanish club Valencia FC, will arrive in town tomorrow as the eleventh signing for the new season. The Brazilian left wing stood out in Santos FC last season and transferred to the Spanishs side a bit too early. He is not very well known to most fans and will remain as a big question mark until he plays a few games and we can all form an opinion about his qualities. The "Fernandao" saga still continues. The EC Goias forward is a dream of Sao Paulo's management for a long time and it seems like this time the deal will happen. In exchange for Fernandao, Goias is asking for a small portion in cash and 3 or 4 players Sao Paulo is not using. These players are rumored to be: Roger, Wellington, Renan, Wagner Diniz and Adrian Gonzalez. None of these are part of the squad in the Libertadores Cup and will not be missed if they leave. If the deal goes through, even if in these conditions, Sao Paulo's management will have done the trade of the year!
Monday, February 1, 2010
This is it. Nobody else is arriving or leaving, at least for the next six months when the transfer window re-opens. Ok, lets take a look at what changes Sao Paulo FC made and quickly talk about the rumours that circulated the last weeks.
New players arriving: Marcelinho Paraiba and Carlinhos Paraiba (from Coritiba), Xandao, Fernandinho and Andre Luis (from Barueri), Leo Lima (from Goias), Rodrigo Souto (from Santos FC), Alex Silva (from FC Hamburg) and Cleber Santana (from Atletico de Madrid). Nine new players for the season, and out of these, I highly doubt Leo Lima and Andre Luis will perofrm well. Marcelinho Paraiba arrived to be one of the eleven starters and a lot is expected from him, Cleber Santana, Alex Silva and Xandao, whohad a good game last week against Paulista.
On the other hand, Sao Paulo FC had to let go one of the country's best defenders, Andre Dias. After two and a half years at the club and two national league championships under the belt, the club recognized his value and sold him to Italian club, Fiorentina. His departure will be deeply noted, but I am sure Alex Silva and Xandao will complete Miranda and build another strong three-men defense. Another player that left, but will not be missed as much is Arouca, who was traded for Rodrigo Souto. In my opinion, both Santos and Sao Paulo benefited from the trade off as each player can complete each other in their team roles.
As in any transfer window, rumours play a big role. Among several names linked to Sao Paulo in this window, Cicinho, Robinho, and in the last day or two, Nilmar, were the most significant. I would be extremely happy if any of these three joined us, and think that would greatly increase our quality and chances of winning the Libertadores Cup. Who knows, maybe in six months.
In the meantime, we should be happy with what we got and hope our bench is as strong as the starting line-up. In my opinion, the eleven starters in a 3-5-2 formation should be: Rogerio Ceni, Miranda, Alex Silva and Xandao, Adrian Gonzales, Jean, Hernanes, Jorge Wagner and Marcelinho Paraiba, Dagoberto and Washington.
New season is starting, get ready...
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
As the transfer season approaches its end on Monday, it appears the club will not make any further signings. No news has been heard about the Cicinho transfer after his agent said he is not considering a return to Sao Paulo FC at the moment because he would like to get more playing time in a big European club such as AS Roma. The reality of it though is that he has shown not sign s of flexibility on reducing his salary to Brazilian football standards, as his salary in AS Roma is way too high. On another possible signing rumour, Robinho has been linked with a possible loan from England's Manchester City FC. The rumours gained strength in the last day or two as the Brazilian player is trying to go back to his former club in Brazil, Santos FC. Manchester City, however have already made it clear they would rather negotiate the player with Sao Paulo FC as it is the Brazilian club with a greater international reputation and history and training grounds similar to the ones found in Europe. On the other hand, it seems like one of our midfielders, Hernanes, will be leaving before Friday. Inter Milan and Milan are battling outside the four lines for the Sao Paulo midfielder. Whichever way the players go, whether they join or leave the club, all the rumors will be done with by Monday, deadline for all transfers established by FIFA.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sao Paulo FC announced over the weekend the return (on loan) of Alex Silva, the defender that had a very succesful spell in the club a couple of years ago. He arrived to help the team accomplish its goals for the next year and a half. Earlier today, Sao Paulo also disclosed that they have reached an agreement with Spanish club Atletico de Madrid on the signing of Brazilian mid-fielder, Cleber Santana. He signed for three years and has been the club's target several times before. In the meantime, Roma's right-wing, Cicinho (who has also been a Sao Paulo player in the past), is in talks to return to the club. Juvenal juvencio, the club's president, gave him an ultimatum to accept his offer by tomorrow. Everything is set between both clubs, all that is left is to negotiate salaries, which the player has already made clear he is happy with a reduction in order to play for SPFC again.
The Sao Paulo FC Junior team beat Santos FC in a penalty shoot out after a 1 x 1 draw in regular playing time becoming the undefeated champions of the traditional "Copa Sao Paulo de Futebol Junior" (the city of Sao Paulo's yearly competition that always ends on January 25th, the city's birthday). The game started out pretty even, but it was Santos' Renan Mota who scored the first goal at eighteen minutes into the first half. Sao Paulo managed to tie the game at the end of the second half, when the championship looked like it was going to Santos. In the game's 85th minute, Roniele scored to tie the game and force overtime. After no change in the score after overtime, the teams went into a penalty shoot out where Sao Paulo's goalkeeper, Richard, had three saves, leading the club to its 3rd championship in history.
This blog has been created for Sao Paulo FC fans around the world who do not speak portuguese and unable to follow team news. The need for this blog exists because the official team website is only available in Portuguese. I recently became aware that the club's management is creating a new website, which I believe will have a version English. Until then, this is a source for team news, results, transfer rumours and new player signings for the international community.