2012 CR Vasco da Gama season

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Vasco da Gama
2012 season
Chairman Brazil Roberto Dinamite
Manager Brazil Cristóvão Borges
(until September 10)
Brazil Marcelo Oliveira
(until November 4)
Brazilian Série A 5th place
Copa Libertadores Quarterfinal
Rio de Janeiro State Championship Runner-up (Taça Guanabara)
Runner-up (Taça Rio)
4th place (Overall)
Top goalscorer League: Alecsandro (10)
All: Alecsandro (25)
Highest home attendance 21,247 (vs. Barcelona de Guayaquil, an Edmundo's friendly)
Lowest home attendance 1,996 (vs. Palmeiras, for Brazilian Série A)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama's 2012 season was the 114th of its history. It is also the 41st season playing in the Brazilian Série A, the top division of Brazilian football. The 2008 season was the only season where the team was down graded resulting in their playing in the Brazilian Série B in the 2009 season. After doing well in the 2011 season, Vasco da Gama aimed to win its 5th title of the Brazilian Série A. The team came close to achieving this in 2011, but lost to the Corinthians. As well as competing in the series A, Vasco da Gama returned to the Copa Libertadores (the main football competition of the Americas). In the eleven years after the 2001 Copa Libertadores, the team had enjoyed 8 consecutive wins which was a record, before being eliminated by Boca Juniors, the 2001 finalists. Despite doing so well, Vasco da Gama could not defend the title of champion of Copa do Brasil, because of conflicting schedules. (A Brazilian team competing in the Copa Libertadores cannot compete in the Copa do Brasil but this is planned for reconsidertion for the 2013 Copa do Brasil).

Season overview[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Rodolfo was the first building of Vasco da Gama presented for the 2012 season[1]
Carlos Tenorio was the main building of Vasco da Gama for the 2012 season[2]

Vasco da Gama, unlike some other Brazilian clubs, decided to keep its main line up of the 2011 season for 2012. Top players, like Dedé, Rômulo, Felipe, Juninho Pernambucano and Bernardo, were kept on, at least for the Copa Libertadores competition, which only takes up the first half of the season.[3] Despite this, there are other players who may play for VAsco da Gama in the 2012 season. Some of them are: the left backs Maxwell, from Barcelona, and Kléber, from Internacional, the central backs Réver, of Atlético Mineiro, Rodolfo, from Grêmio (on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow), Miranda, from Atlético Madrid, and Leandro Almeida, from Dynamo Kyiv, the Argentine attacking midfielder Walter Montillo, from Cruzeiro, the Chilean second striker Eduardo Vargas, from Universidad de Chile, the Colombian second striker Jonathan Copete, from Santa Fe, and the strikers Diego Tardelli, from Anzhi Makhachkala, and the Argentine Facundo Parra, from Independiente.[4][5] Another possibility would be the return, by loan from Al-Jaish, of the central back Anderson Martins. But despite his wishes to return, he stated that could not because of his contract. Moreover, he had not yet made his debut for his new club, as it had not registered for the Qatar Stars League.[6]

Players leaving the team[edit]

Vasco da Gama announced several outputs: on 8 December, announced the contract rescision of the Paraguayan full back Julio Irrazábal.[7] On 9 December, announced the free transfer of the central back Gian Mariano (which was loaned to Avaí) to Ponte Preta.[8] On 11 December, the contract rescision of the central back Jadson Viera, who was on loan to the Nacional (Montevideo) (coincidentally, the chief opponent of the Vasco da Gama in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores), was signed.[9] On 13 December, announced the loan of the second striker Rodrigo Pimpão (which was loaned to Omiya Ardija) and the attacking midfielder Enrico (which was loaned to Ceará) to Ponte Preta.[10] Also on 13 December, was announced the transfer of the striker Élton to Corinthians.[11] On 2 January, was announced the loan of the playmaker Jéferson for three seasons to Bahia, by winning a dispute with the Náutico.[12] On 4 January, Vasco da Gama announced the contract rescision of the striker Patrick.[13] On 7 January, Vasco da Gama announced the loan of the left back Márcio Careca to Mirassol.[14] On 20 January, Vasco da Gama lost the multipurpose Jumar. Jumar was traded to the Guangzhou R&F.[15]

Transfers[edit]

Vasco da Gama commenced their summer transfer activity on 3 January, signing the central back Rodolfo, after several negotiations with Lokomotiv Moscow, on a free transfer. Rodolfo has presented at the club in the same day.[16] Also on 3 January, the attacking midfielder Bernardo (who was loaned to Vasco da Gama since the 2011 season), has signed a new contract, this time of purchase. Bernardo signed for three seasons in a transfer reported to be worth €1,45 million.[17] On 4 January, the left-back Thiago Feltri sign contract for three seasons from Atlético Goianiense on a free transfer, after Feltri would be approved in the medical examinations on 27 December.[18][19] On 10 January, Vasco da Gama hit with Argentine midfielder Matías Abelairas. Abelairas came six months after being away from the fields, long after passing by the River Plate, where it was revealed.[20] On 14 January, Vasco da Gama hit the signing of Ecuatorian striker Carlos Tenorio. Tenorio was presented by the current club president Roberto Dinamite, who was also a striker, like Tenorio. Tenorio comes after passage through the Middle East, where he played for Al-Nasr and the Al-Sadd (in the latter, he played along with the playmaker Felipe).[21]

Despite this back-and-coming players, the biggest change, so far, was in the club management: the departure of Rodrigo Caetano, director of football, which was doing a great and victorious job in the club since 2009.[22] Many names are speculative, but the favorite of the management is Marco Aurélio Cunha, currently alderman of São Paulo and former director of football of São Paulo. Furthermore, Cunha has a great relationship with coach Ricardo Gomes, which would facilitate his coming.[23] After many days with uncertainties and negotiations with various names like Newton Drummond (who refused the proposal) and Ocimar Bolicenho (who suffered rejection by the Vasco da Gama fans), finally announced the new director of football: Daniel Freitas (known as the "right-hand man" by Rodrigo Caetano) was presented on 5 January, along with Thiago Feltri.[24][25]

January[edit]

Vasco da Gama debuted in the state championship by defeating Americano: 2-0. With some subjects, such as Fernando Prass, Dedé, Juninho Pernambucano and Diego Souza, gave only two new faces among the Starting XI: Thiago Feltri, debuting in Vasco da Gama, and Leandro Chaparro, who for the first time in Vasco da Gama, begins a game as a starter. Even with all playing well, the highlight was Fagner. In the first goal, he crossed to Alecsandro score. And he did the second, after beautiful assist from Dedé. The highlight negative was Jonathan. Jonathan, who replaced Leandro Chaparro in the second half, was sent off after a scuffle with Mário Loyola.[26] On 25 January, Vasco da Gama announced the out of the central back Victor Ramos. Victor Ramos, player belonging to Standard Liège, was loaning to Vitória.[27] In the second round, in the debut of Rodolfo, Vasco da Gama won Duque de Caxias, 3-1. Juninho Pernambucano opened the scoring on a beautiful long shot. Gilcimar tied up, but Alecsandro, after corner kick from Juninho Pernambucano, and Diego Souza, after crossing from Fagner, finished the scoring. Not a very strong rain that hit Macaé during the game stopped the good work of Vasco da Gama.[28] On 31 January, Vasco da Gama announced the loan of the goalkeeper Tiago to Grêmio Barueri.[29]

February[edit]

Under intense pressure, Vasco da Gama beat Bangu with a final score of 3-1; Alecsandro, in a penalty kick, opened with the game's first goal. However, the game was paused for ten minutes after confusion arose between the fans and police; an explosion of tear gas occurred and everyone in the stadium was affected. Following the break, a tie was secured by Bangu after Tiano converted a penalty. Thiago Feltri and Bernardo then converted a free kick to regain the lead and secure eventual victory for their club.[30]

In the fourth round, Vasco da Gama beat Friburguense with a score of 2-0. The game marked the debut of the third uniform design for the season: a blue uniform, in reference to the maritime staff origins of the club. Diego Souza was the highlight of the match, scoring two goals, assisted by Juninho Pernambucano and Felipe, respectively.[31]

Considerable expectation surrounded the return of the Vasco da Gama club to the Copa Libertadores. However, the club was unable to emerge victorious, with observers citing nervousness, a lack of luck and unusual errors for the 2-1 defeat at São Januário to Nacional. The Nacional opened the scoring on a corner kick move. At first, the goal was given to Andrés Scotti, but then was marked own goal by Dedé. In the second half, on the first pitch, Vicente Sánchez opened 2-0. Alecsandro decreased the score (2-1), and Vasco da Gama drew a reaction, that included a goal from Carlos Tenorio (but that was canceled as well), but it was.[32]

The defeat of Vasco da Gama to the Nacional was considered overwhelming and contributed to a discussion about the level of Brazilian football at the time, which had been initiated following games like Flamengo vs. Universidad de Chile (0-4), and Santos vs. Barcelona (0-4).[33]

In a game on 12 February 2012, Vasco da Gama defeated the Fluminense Football Club, 2-1, in the Clássico dos Gigantes ("Giants derby"). Fluminense gained the lead position due to a goal from Thiago Neves, but Alecsandro, with two opportunistic goals, secured eventual victory for the Vasco da Gama club. However, the performances during the match was overshadowed by the Brazilian media's focus upon the perceived poor performance of referee, Antonio Schneider.[34]

In a postponed game (15 February), Vasco da Gama won the Volta Redonda 3-0 at São Januário. Alecsandro, assisted by Fellipe Bastos scored the first. Wiliam Barbio, assisted by Alecsandro, scored the second and his first goal for Vasco da Gama. And Alecsandro, in penalty suffered by Thiago Feltri, closed the scoring. All this in just the first time.[35] But, during this game, the news fell like a bombshell in the club: Bernardo, darling of the crowd, opened in a day, a lawsuit against the club, asking for the termination of his contract, on behalf of non-payment of your FGTS (Fundo de Garantia por Tempo de Serviço). The crowd, heard the news, booed Bernardo when it was replaced by Jonathan. Bernardo, in response, applauded (ironically) and made a gesture telling the crowd to shut up. The situation of Bernardo will be resolved only after the Carnival.[36]

On 18 February, in a match that was not worth much, Vasco da Gama beat Boavista 1-0. Vasco da Gama took the field already qualified, guaranteed 1st place and knowing your opponent in the next phase. Still, the team, most of them reserves, gave work and, with a goal by Kim, guaranteed perfect recovery team in the first phase of the Taça Guanabara.[37] On 22 February, in Clássico dos Milhões (the Millions Classic, the greatest classic of the Brazilian football), Vasco da Gama beat Flamengo, in his best style (turning), for 2-1. Flamengo took the lead with Vágner Love, after good bid with Ronaldinho and Deivid. But Vasco da Gama drew with Alecsandro, after poisonous kicking by Juninho Pernambucano and rebound granted by Felipe. In the first time, the game was extremely exciting, with various chances for both sides, and incredibly missed goal by Deivid.[38] In the second half, the teams got tired and slowed down. But the Vasco da Gama persisted and succeeded: after a cross from Kim, Fagner headed. Felipe rebound again and Diego Souza added to give final numbers to the game that has had a confusion between Willians and Fellipe Bastos.[39] The great performance of the team of Vasco da Gama, especially Juninho Pernambucano and Dedé, and the poor performances of Ronaldinho and Felipe, both of the Flamengo, were overshadowed by the unbelievable bid of Deivid, who won worldwide repercussions.[40]

On 26 February, Vasco da Gama reached the final with a perfect recovery. But everything went downhill. The team went unrecognized and lost to Fluminense, 3-1. The game got exciting with bids for both sides and some refereeing errors by Marcelo Henrique de Lima. Until Fagner d'fouls inside the area in Wellington Nem. Penalty marked and converted by Fred. The second goal came on a brilliant move: Deco saw the position of Fernando Prass (who was preparing to cross, like the other players who were in the area) and sent directly to the goal, opening 2-0. In the second half, Vasco da Gama was to attack, in despair, including Dedé, like a striker. Thus, spaces were left and the counter-attack came Fluminense: Fred, after pass from Thiago Neves, made 3-0. After that, the game became a defensive attack. And Vasco da Gama was able to decrease: crossing by Fagner, butt from Eduardo Costa: 3-1 and a glimmer of hope to Vasco da Gama. But there was not time and Fluminense were crowned champion of the 2012 Taça Guanabara.[41]

On 29 February, Vasco da Gama disappointed in his debut in Taça Rio. After open 2-0, with Alecsandro and Felipe (on a beautiful play with Juninho Pernambucano), gave the tie to the Bonsucesso in São Januário. The surprising draw and the bad performance was explained by the defeat of the team in Taça Guanabara Final, which rocked the group.[42]

March[edit]

Carlos Alberto returned to training with the first-squad in this month
Edmundo said goodbye to football in a friendly against Barcelona de Guayaquil
Juninho Pernambucano, even with advanced age, he showed enough quality and category, commanding Vasco da Gama in March

The dispute of Bernardo with Vasco da Gama over. Sorry and have with the debts paid, Bernardo, along with his agent and his lawyer, will take action against the club. Bernardo, unlike Carlos Alberto (who trains at the club separately for a bad relationship with Roberto Dinamite since early 2011), will rejoin the squad.[43]

On 3 March, Vasco da Gama, with an almost full-time reserve (the owners, only Fernando Prass served) won Olaria by 2-0. The situation was defined as the first time: Carlos Tenorio, after pass Felipe, made the first; Éder Luís, after crossing the young Dieyson, concluded with enough cold to give final numbers to match. The bad news was on account of Carlos Tenorio: the striker, in the second time in a cross, tore the Achilles tendon and had to have surgery the day after the game (4 January). Tenorio will have to stay away for six months and is out of the Libertadores' squad.[44][45]

On 5 March, Vasco da Gama landed with centre back Fabrício, who last season played for Atlético Paranaense.[46]

On 6 March, Vasco da Gama got his first victory in the Libertadores: 3-2 in Alianza Lima. Dominating the action throughout the match, Vasco da Gama could get away with a quiet victory. But it turned out well. An unpretentious big kick became a launching pad for Sebastián Charquero, who, after failure of Rodolfo, came face to face with Fernando Prass, silent São Januário and doing 1-0. The team, unlike the game against Nacional, not felt the blow and kept pushing. And after the launch of Diego Souza, Wiliam Barbio was left alone with the goalkeeper. He pass looking for Alecsandro, but before that, Christian Ramos arrived and ended up doing against. The turning point came in the second half: Fagner in a corner, crossed, and Dedé, quite technical, headed to the back of the net, making 2-1. The Vasco da Gama has increased: after dubious penalty marked, Juninho Pernambucano was for the recovery and did. The Alianza Lima still scared, doing 3-2 with Walter Ibáñez. But it did not pass. The main character of the match was eventually Alecsandro: striker missed two penalties when the game was 1-1 (causing the expulsion of Giancarlo Carmona) and 2-1. For this reason, it ended up being unable to beat the third penalty by Felipe and Juninho Pernambucano.[47]

In the press conference surprise, on 8 March, Vasco da Gama announced the hiring of a new CEO: Franklin Assunção.[48] The new "enhanced" Vasco arrived surrounded by many misgivings. In his presentation, Assunção had planned to make a speech. But ended up not doing and looking nervously at the press conference. Assunção appeared saying that he had worked in clubs lesser extent, as the Swiss Chiasso and the Italian Ascoli, which would have been contradicted by the current leaders of the clubs mentioned.[49]

On 11 March, Vasco da Gama won with authority Madureira: 3-0. Play with the little public and low technical quality, was resolved in the second half: Juninho Pernambucano, Fellipe Bastos and Allan tried to leave the small crowd in the stadium happy.[50]

On 14 March, Vasco da Gama draw, in Estadio Dr. Nicolás Léoz, in Asunción, with Libertad: 1-1.[51] Vasco da Gama dominated the first half and made 1-0 with Diego Souza in the header after a cross by Fagner. In the second half, the game, which was already tense, won the air war: Diego Souza took unfair Ismael Benegas entry (which caused him a mark on the left calf), and the judge just gave the foul. In the next move, Diego Souza retaliated with an elbow, and sent off. The move caused a general confusion, which caused a yellow card for Wiliam Barbio and Sergio Aquino. At the exit to the locker room, Diego Souza had a bottle thrown in his direction. Diego Souza "pushed" the 4th referee and threw the bottle back to the fans of Libertad, hitting two fans. After the confusion, the Vasco da Gama began to have three difficulties: playing a man down, the violence of the Libertad players and passivity of arbitration commanded by the Chilean Enrique Osses in this regard. And the draw of the Libertad came: after pinball, the ball fell to José Ariel Núñez, who scored the goal that defined the game. But while the game is not over, the battle continued: Allan received a yellow card, possibly haven't been allowed into the place of Renato Silva. In a similar bid, which occurred prior to the side of Libertad, the judge didn't impose a yellow card for Pablo Velázquez, which came even before leaving Rodolfo Gamarra. José Ariel Nunez, after missing violent on Rodolfo, and received a second yellow card, and hence the red card. Miguel Samudio (who had previously discussed with Nílton) beat Fagner, giving you a fuller in the belly. The referee Enrique Osses chafed at the Brazilian and sent up. The game ended, but the war climate, no. On the way back to Rio de Janeiro, in the Aeroporto Internacional do Galeão, Fernando Prass, Felipe and Diego Souza complained about the hostile treatment of Libertad and their fans and incompetence of the arbitration led by Enrique Osses. But the worst would come: Dedé and Renato Silva complained of racism: the fans have imitated and called the central defense duo of "macacos".[52][53] The case of racism caused a national task force, and, supported by athletes as Neymar, a campaign began for the team playing against Libertad in São Januário with the third kit of the 2011 season, where the shirt commemorating the historic 1923 team (known as the "Camisas Negras" (the Blackshirts)) that overthrew racism in Brazilian football.[54]

On 16 March, despite all the debts paid off, the loan of Bernardo for the Santos was announced. The case had caused discomfort for the fans and the entire club, which would cost a lot to take him back after he attitude committed. Bernardo was loaned to the end of the year for the Santos (Bernardo has a contract with Vasco da Gama until the end of 2015).[55]

On 18 March, aiming at the game against Libertad, Vasco da Gama saved players in the Clássico da Amizade (the "Friendship Derby"), against Botafogo, and paid dearly for it: lost by 3-1. After failure of the defense, Fellype Gabriel opened 2-0 in the first time. In the second half, Fellipe Bastos, in a beautiful free kick, declined. But Fellype Gabriel, inspired, made another, signed a hat-trick and confirmed the victory of Botafogo.[56]

On 21 March, Vasco da Gama received the Libertad and won, 2-0.[57] Before the game begins, the crowd did a wonderful party to show their indignation with respect to the case of racism in the previous week by supporters of Libertad.[58] When the ball starts rolling, the Vasco da Gama is a boom's team Libertad. The team from Rio de Janeiro was about 70% of ball possession, but turned into opportunities, which made the crowd anxious and nervous (even because of Libertad tues docked some counter-attacks and power to be winners). In return for the second time, two substitutions changed the landscape of departure: Juninho Pernambucano and Allan entered in place of Eduardo Costa and Éder Luís, respectively. And before long the two who entered the show that came: Juninho Pernambucano charged corner, the defense temporarily removed, and Juninho Pernambucano, with almost no angle, kicked into the goal, surprising the goalkeeper Rodrigo Muñoz and scoring a beautiful goal, attesting to its great quality technique. Minutes later, Allan made beautiful play by the right and crossed low to Alecsandro, free and do, with easily, 2-0 on the scoreboard. The answer turned out to be discrimination on the pitch, playing a beautiful football and leaving the crowd satisfied with what he saw.

On 25 March, was agreed to reinstate of Carlos Alberto to the first squad. Carlos Alberto had been training separated from the first squad, along with Bruno Paulo and Renato Augusto. The highest salary he receives, in addition to having good technical quality and output of Bernardo to Santos contributed for his return.[59] On the same day, Vasco da Gama only drew with Resende, 1-1, in São Januário. In days of tributes to Chico Anysio (Brazilian comedian who died on 23 March, who was a Vasco da Gama fan),[60] Resende opened the scoring with Elias, after pass from Marcelo Régis. Alecsandro (who had earlier missed a penalty), tied, head, after a cross from Allan.[61]

On 28 March, the emotion took over in São Januário: Edmundo said farewell to the football, and in style. São Januário received so far, the largest crowd of the season (21,247) to bid farewell to one of his greatest idols. And the party was even bigger with the rout imposed: 9-1 on the reserve team of Barcelona de Guayaquil, in a rematch of the final of the Copa Libertadores 1998. Edmundo, a penalty kick, opened the scoring, and even made the third goal, in a beautiful play with Fagner and immortalizing the "rolling" (celebrating the fourth goal against Flamengo in a 4-1 in 1997 Brazilian Série A Semifinal). Alecsandro made it two in an incredible move involving Edmundo and Éder Luís. Nicolás Asencio, after failure of Dedé, tried to spoil the party, making the score 3-1. But after that, only gave Vasco da Gama: Juninho Pernambucano made the fourth goal before the end of the first time. In the second half, Éder Luís, heel, made the fifth; Fellipe Bastos, in a free kick, after the goalkeeper Washington Vera failed; made the sixth, Allan, after table with Fellipe Bastos, made the seventh; eighth goal, Diego Souza did; Edmundo, replaced by Wiliam Barbio in 86 minutes, was dismissed from the football. But still had time for one more: in all rehearsed, Allan made his second goal and gave final numbers to the party: 9-1.[62]

On 31 March, Vasco da Gama thrashed the Macaé, away: 4-1. The first was Diego Souza, after pass from Alecsandro. Then it was Diego Souza who gave the pass for Juninho Pernambucano enlarge. Pipico, after a cross from André Gomes, declined. But Éder Luís and Juninho Pernambucano, in two beautiful goals, gave the final numbers in the match in Macaé.[63]

April[edit]

On 3 April, Vasco da Gama beat Alianza Lima at Alejandro Villanueva in Lima: 2-1. In a balanced game, Fellipe Bastos made the difference. In the first goal, Fellipe Bastos dribbled Edgar González and kicked the ball: the ball slipped in Giancarlo Carmona and ended up covering Salomón Libman, entering angle. Beautiful goal. But Fellipe Bastos scored a goal even more beautiful: Éder Luís, on the right, rolled to Fellipe Bastos make a placed and powerful kick, making a great goal: 2-0. The game, which apparently was quiet, gained an air of tension. Renato Silva, Felipe and Dedé stages a scenes worthy of slapstick, and the ball fell to Miguel Curiel, who did 2-1 and set fire to the game. In the last move of the match, Nílton split with a super strong in Giancarlo Carmona and was sent off in a move that angered both the players (who were upwards of Nílton), and the fans of Alianza Lima (which began to hit it towards objects in Vasco da Gama players).[64]

On 7 April, in the second Clássico dos Milhões in this season, Vasco da Gama, shorn of many of its key players, lost 2-1 to Flamengo.[65] Vágner Love, after bid claim that there was a lack in Rodolfo, and ended up kicked, getting Fernando Prass by surprise, you just hitting the feet of Deivid, who opened the scoring. In the second half, Vasco da Gama equalized: Alecsandro kicked, the ball away, Welinton, Felipe and Marcos González staged a slapstick scene, leaving the ball into the area for Diego Souza draw the game. At the last minute, Fernando Prass committed penalty in Leonardo Moura. Ronaldinho hit and converts: 2-1. After the game, players, managers and coaches of Vasco da Gama departed upward from the referee Wagner dos Santos Rosa, before his bad and biased performance, and had to be restrained by the Military Police and the GEPE (Grupamento Especial de Policiamento em Estádios), both present. After the game, players such as Rodolfo, Eduardo Costa, Diego Souza, Fagner and Fellipe Bastos, and leaders such as Roberto Dinamite and Daniel Freitas did harsh criticism of arbitration, which was defended by Jorge Rabello (chairman of the FERJ Arbitration Commission).[66][67][68]

On 9 April, it was speculated in the European press that Vasco da Gama was almost closed with the Romanian forward Adrian Mutu, of Cesena. Moreover, in talks with the Italian strikers Vincenzo Iaquinta, also of Cesena, and Marco Borriello, from Juventus (on loan from Roma). The news was that Franklin Assunção was the in Italy persuading the Romanian player to go to Vasco da Gama, at the end of the season. But on April 11, news arrived: Franklin Assunção would be waived so the return trip. The justification was that assumption would not have come with an international sponsorship of high value, as promised, and that still would not have authority to negotiate players for Vasco da Gama. But then it was said that Assunção would not be excused. But there is dissatisfaction with their work, there.[69][70]

On 12 April, Vasco da Gama closed his campaign in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores with a flourish, winning Nacional at Gran Parque Central in Montevideo, by 1-0. Vasco da Gama, before the game was already qualified for round of 16, as well as the Libertad, but it was what was best to try to secure first place; unlike this, Nacional was a mixed as the team was eliminated from the competition. The game was good, with attacks on both sides, but with a certain area of Vasco da Gama. Until the goal came on a counterattack: Alecsandro pass for Diego Souza, who kicked; Jorge Bava managed to defend, but Diego Souza grabbed the rebound and scored the goal of the match. The party of the Nacional crowd was the highlight of the match: despite the elimination confirmed one week before and lost the last game, the crowd made the party, singing, jumping, letting off fireworks, among others. Despite the victory, Vasco da Gama ended up in second place, behind the Libertad (that simultaneously beat Alianza Lima 2-1, in Alejandro Villanueva in Lima) in a goals for rule.[71]

On 15 April, Vasco da Gama won Nova Iguaçu in Moça Bonita by 3-1 and qualified for the Taça Rio semifinal. Rômulo opened the scoring. Zambi, in a penalty kick, draw. But Alecsandro, twice at the end of each half, gave final numbers to the score. The match marked the return of Carlos Alberto, who, despite lack of match fitness, he served well and came close to scoring his goal.[72]

On 21 April, Vasco da Gama announced officially the forward Pipico, who was in Macaé. Pipico was standing out in the Fluminense football for 3 to 5 years, since he was in Cabofriense and, posteriorly, Bangu, and finally was hired by a "big team".[73]

On 22 April, Vasco da Gama beat Flamengo by 3-2, for Taça Rio semifinal.[74] Vágner Love, after beautiful play with Kléberson, opened the scoring. But the Vasco da Gama reversed the score. In the first goal, Felipe kicked out of the area, and Éder Luís did, on the rebound countered by Felipe. In the second goal, Felipe gave a nice dribble in Luiz Antônio, and kicked to goal. In the second half, Felipe committed penalty in Alecsandro. Felipe hit and made the third. Kléberson on a beautiful shot from outside the area, the score decreased, but to no avail. After the game, Felipe said Vágner Love's provocations, before the game.[75][76]

On 29 April, Vasco da Gama over a bitter defeat in a final; this time it was against Botafogo: 3-1.[77] In the first half, Botafogo opened a good lead: Sebastián Abreu, after quick play with Maicosuel and Márcio Azevedo, opened the scoring. In a cross from a free kick from Renato, "el Loco" Abreu scored his second, and second of Botafogo. In the second half, Vasco da Gama was the handicap chase. But he took a "cold shower"; Fagner missed the ball time and Maicosuel left free to make the third goal. Carlos Alberto, in a beautiful play with Rodolfo, fell, but was too late. Despite all this, the main character in the game was eventually Fernanda Maia, who gained sudden fame, soon after starting. The ball girl was the main person in charge of Botafogo's first goal in the match that the ball quickly reinstated Maicosuel, and with her beauty, drew the attention of Fagner and Rômulo.[78]

May[edit]

Renato Silva was able to replace up to the idol Dedé, while the same was injured

On 2 May, Vasco da Gama won Lanús by 2-1, in São Januário. The game was truncated, leaving up the first goal of the match: Éder Luís crossed for Alecsandro, who, with knee, opened the scoring. In the first half, Diego Souza did a golazo: applied a hat in Diego Braghieri and kicked without letting the ball drop. In the second half, the pace of Vasco da Gama decreased, and the team was not forgiven: after failure of Fagner, Mario Regueiro made the Lanús' goal of the match. Because of substitutions during the game, Cristóvão Borges was booed during and after the match. Because of this, the players left the field "escorting" his coach.[79]

On 9 May, Vasco da Gama led the change of Lanús: lost by 2-1, in "La Fortaleza". At the beginning of the match after good play with Juninho Pernambucano, Nílton hit a shot from 93 km/h, making a golazo. But, just as in the first game, the rhythm of the team fell in the second half: Diego Valeri gave a good pass to Mariano Pavone, who get Fernando Prass of play and draw. The pressure continued. Maximiliano Velázquez kicked out of the area; Fernando Prass has rebound, and Teófilo Gutiérrez made the second goal of Lanús. With the end of the match and the teams tied tightly, turned out a penalty shootout. All players of Vasco da Gama (Felipe, Juninho Pernambucano, Carlos Alberto, Renato Silva and Alecsandro) converted. For Lanús, Mario Regueiro, Maximiliano Velázquez, Mauro Camoranesi and Matías Fritzler did. Silvio Romero, in the second kick of Lanús, commanded the post. Victory of Vasco da Gama on penalties by 5-4.[80]

On May 11, Vasco da Gama announced the departure of Allan for Udinese Calcio. Because Allan have their most of their rights pertaining to the Deportivo Maldonado, Vasco da Gama earned only 20% of trading (approximately R$ 1.5 million). The crowd rebuked the output of the player, both for the quality and the identification of Allan with the club.[81] Because of the transfer window, Allan can play for another month by Vasco da Gama.[82]

On 16 May, Vasco da Gama and Corinthians staged a truncated game and fought with little technical (strength of the teams). The result was no different: 0-0 at São Januário. With the storm that hit the Rio de Janeiro, the lawn was filled with mud. In addition, the times were in excess with respect to each other. The football game turned into a chess game, and there were few clear opportunities to score. The first: Jorge Henrique butt and Fernando Prass make a great save, with the right foot. And the second: Alecsandro butt, and make a goal (nullified by the referee Sandro Ricci).[83]

On 20 May, Vasco da Gama made his debut with victory in the Brazilian Série A: 2-1 at Grêmio in São Januário. While Vasco da Gama played with the reserve team, aiming the game against Corinthians 3 days later, Grêmio played with mixed team, aiming the game against Bahia 4 days later (for the Copa do Brasil). In a strong and creeping free-kick, Fellipe Bastos scored the first goal of Vasco da Gama in the competition. The Grêmio's answer came soon after a good played with Rondinelly, Fernando had with the luck (Nílton's deviation) to break even. In the second half, Juninho Pernambucano and Alecsandro entered the game and set: intersection of Juninho Pernambucano and butt from Alecsandro: 2-1. The game also featured a penalty: Marcelo Martins Moreno hit, but Fernando Prass saved.[84]

On 23 May, Vasco da Gama said goodbye to the Copa Libertadores, after being defeated by Corinthians by 1-0 at Pacaembu in São Paulo. The game, like the first, was hotly disputed, with both teams cautious, and because of that, there were few clear opportunities. The clearest of these was Diego Souza: after failure of Alessandro, who kicked the ball on the attacking midfielder, Diego Souza shot of middle-of-field, unmarked, alone. When he arrived in the area, Diego Souza just kicking poor and dirty, allowing the defense of Cássio in a move that left the Pacaembu in silence. At 88 minutes, when the match was heading for penalties, Alex knocked sideways and Paulinho jumped and headed, with no chance for Fernando Prass; Corinthians' joy and relief, and Vasco da Gama's sadness and disbelief, who bade farewell to the Copa Libertadores in a traumatic way.[85]

On May 26, Vasco da Gama released Kim to negotiate with Náutico. Kim, and didn't have many chances, didn't play a good role in the season, although he scored a beautiful goal.[86]

On the same day of the Kim's release, Vasco da Gama healed the "hangover" by the elimination in Copa Libertadores winning Portuguesa by 1-0 at Canindé in São Paulo. Despite the erosion of fighting against Corinthians, the team struggled and succeeded, after a beautiful goal: Fagner won in a divided against Raí and crossed; Alecsandro straightened his body and hit a beautiful bicycle kick: a golazo![87]

June[edit]

On June 6, in a beautiful game, Vasco da Gama beat Náutico by 4-2 in São Januário. Alecsandro, following table between Éder Luís and Fellipe Bastos, opened the scoring. After, Felipe was free to go ahead and drop a missile and scoring the second goal of the night. In the second half, a lot of goals left: Diego Souza passed for Juninho Pernambucano, who even marked by four defenders, made a beautiful goal: 3-0. After this, Souza stole the ball of Fellipe Bastos, and touched for Martinez, who dribbled Juninho Pernambucano before making 3-1. Immediately, Alecsandro scored his second goal of the match, after a cross from Felipe. Still had time for one more: after a long pass from Rhayner, Araújo won Renato Silva in the race, dribbled Fernando Prass, and gave final numbers to match: 4-2, and party in Rio de Janeiro.[88]

On June 10, in another great game, Vasco da Gama won Bahia 2-1 at Pituaçu in Salvador, Bahia. The two crowds were out in force at the stadium, and provided a show, which combined with the proper game. Early on, Diego Souza was fouled, and Juninho Pernambucano showed why he is considered one of the best free kickers in history to score a goal that left Marcelo Lomba property. The game continued at high speed and with both teams looking to attack. And Vasco da Gama arrived at his second goal: after a chest pass by Alecsandro, Diego Souza dribbled Titi and covered Marcelo Lomba, making a golazo and being cheered by the crowd in this stadium. In the second half, the rate decreased, and Bahia, desperate for a reaction, did Vasco da Gama become more cornered. But the goal of honor only came in stoppage: Júnior, after fighting in the area, made the goal of Bahia in the last move of the match: a Samba party in the Axé land.[89]

On June 13, the Argentine Matías Abelairas was released to negotiate with Puebla. Abelairas showed their dissatisfaction by not getting many chances in the team, and asked to be released (this claim has been satisfied), and enter into negotiation with the Mexican team.[90]

On June 17, Vasco da Gama lost his perfect recovery in Brazilian Série A in a draw against Palmeiras in Arena Barueri. The match was very busy, but the goals came only in the second half. Mazinho, after a broken up dribbling in Dedé, opened the scoring. But Juninho Pernambucano made his second consecutive goal in the competition in a free kick that surprised Deola.[91]

On June 23, Vasco da Gama suffered his first defeat in Brazilian Série A: 1-3 against Cruzeiro in a packed São Januário. Vasco da Gama printed your tiki-taka style, coming to be with 65% of ball possession. But Cruzeiro, with a well-armed boom, managed to hold the Vasco da Gama's momentum, and was rewarded: after an error between Fernando Prass and Éder Luís, Wellington Paulista kicked, and the ball fell to Walter Montillo, who kicked at an angle, silencing the stadium. In the second half, the outlook has not changed. Then came the Cruzeiro second goal: Walter Montillo released for Wellington Paulista, which gave a light touch, covering Fernando Prass. Immediately, the Vasco da Gama scored his goal: to cross the area, Fábio went wrong, and Rodolfo dropped. But the reaction stopped there: New counterattack, Tinga crossed for Anselmo Ramon, who gave the final numbers game.[92]

On June 28, Vasco da Gama announced the transfer of the defensive midfielder Rômulo for Spartak Moscow. Rômulo's transfer was highly criticized by fans and media, who commented that, at worst hypothesis, should wait until the end of 2012 Summer Olympics for a possible appreciation of the young player.[93]

On June 30, Vasco da Gama beat Ponte Preta 3-2 in a dramatic game and highly disputed. Ponte Preta went ahead: Baraka launched, and Roger opened the scoring in São Januário. Vasco da Gama equalized immediately: after pass of Felipe and Alecsandro kicked and scored 1-1. Ponte Preta once again be front: Renê Junior played for Roger scoring his second goal in the match. In the second half, Vasco da Gama proved why it is known as the "time of the turn". Éder Luís, after touch of Alecsandro, equalized. Missing 15 minutes to the end of the game, William Matheus is overthrown by Lucas: Diego Souza charges very strong, and takes Vasco da Gama to victory.[94]

July[edit]

Wendel was the main employment of Vasco da Gama's mid-season in 2012

On July 8, Vasco da Gama drew with Figueirense at Orlando Scarpelli, in Florianópolis: 1-1. In the first half, Vasco da Gama dominated the match and scored his goal: Diego Souza kicked crawling and open the score. In the second half, Figueirense came to dominate the game, and tied, after crossing, Roni anticipated William Matheus, and scored the last goal of the match.[95]

On July 10, Vasco da Gama announced the signing of midfielder Wendel, from Al Shabab FC (Riyadh). The hiring was approved by the media and fans, reminding of the his passages by Santos and Cruzeiro.[96]

On July 15, Vasco da Gama defeat Atlético Goianiense 1-0 in São Januário. Early in the match, Alecsandro, after free kick from Juninho Pernambucano, turned, and told with the help of Gabriel to score. Despite the victory, the team was extremely booed by the crowd because of its poor performance, causing Fernando Prass leave the field as the hero of the night.[97]

On July 18, Vasco da Gama defeat São Paulo 1-0 in Morumbi, São Paulo. Since the beginning of the match, Vasco da Gama imposed his tiki-taka play style, involving a confused and messy São Paulo team. The team took a lot of danger with the Juninho Pernambucano's knuckleballs, who were stopped, or by Denis, or by post. But the goal came in the second half: after a beautiful table with Wiliam Barbio, Fagner invaded the area and made the only goal of the match, which could have been such a rout the superiority of Vasco da Gama on top of São Paulo.[98]

On July 21, Vasco da Gama suffered two casualties: the outputs of Diego Souza and Fagner. The first was coveted by Al-Ittihad for a long time. And the desire of the Saudi team was able to realize his wish, and managed to sign the midfielder, who was greeted with celebrations at the Airport International of Jeddah. Fagner already received an offer last minute of Wolfsburg. The proposal was readily accepted by the player.[99] On the same day, the crew of Vasco da Gama completed the signing of Dakson. The midfielder, from the Bulgarian Lokomotiv Plovdiv, came to the club surrounded by mistrust, because, despite being an idol in the Bulgarian team, is virtually unknown in Brazilian football.[100]

On July 25, Vasco da Gama defeat Botafogo 1-0 in Engenhão. The game was pretty much expected by the confrontation between Juninho Pernambucano and Clarence Seedorf, two of the best players in the Brasileirão. The Surinamese-Dutch midfielder got to play well, but the Brazilian midfielder had another gala performance: missing 2 minutes, Juninho Pernambucano invaded the area, but if balance and fell. Lying on the lawn, dribbled two Botafogo players and touch to Alecsandro scoring the winning goal, making O Reizinho da Colina ("The King of the Hill") got out of the field cheered.[101]

On July 28, Vasco da Gama drew with International 0-0 at Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre. The match was surrounded, because it marked the debut of Diego Forlán in Brazilian football, playing for Internacional. But the match turned out to be warm and flat, despite the great public and the high quality of both teams.[102]

August[edit]

On August 5, Vasco da Gama drew 0-0 with Corinthians in São Januário, Rio de Janeiro. Like the first match between them for Copa Libertadores, the game was very truncated, and very few clear opportunities, which resulted in a goalless score.[103]

On August 8, Vasco da Gama won Sport 2-0 at Ilha do Retiro, Recife. In a complicated game and truncated, mainly because of the soggy lawn because of the rain, the Vasco da Gama opened the scoring on a beautiful free kick from Juninho Pernambucano (the entire game booed by the crowd of Sport, being ex-player club). Soon after, in a defense of inattention, the Ecuadorian Carlos Tenorio dribbled two markers and keeper to make a great goal and give final numbers to match.[104]

On August 12, Vasco da Gama lost to Atlético Mineiro: 1-0 in Independência, in Belo Horizonte. The game between two of the top three teams was as expected: busy, rushed, and extremely technical. Nevertheless, the first half ended goalless. In the second half, Vasco da Gama decided to retreat too, and hence Atletico Mineiro took control of the match. With that, eventually reaching its goal: Ronaldinho dribbled Auremir and crossed; Fernando Prass flattened, and headed into the goal, leading to delirium nearly 20,000 fans who were at the stadium and made a party.[105]

On August 16, Vasco da Gama drew 2-2 with Coritiba in São Januário, Rio de Janeiro. In the first half, Vasco da Gama, pressed after the defeat against Atlético Mineiro, had a horrible performance, which culminated in the goal of Júnior Urso, after counterattack that began with Éverton Ribeiro. In the second half, Vasco da Gama recovered: in the beautiful play from Carlos Alberto, Felipe equalized the match. At 88 minutes, a free kick from Juninho Pernambucano, Wendel turned the match. The crowd began to party, but two minutes later, Éverton Ribeiro, after crossing scored the equalizer. The crowd, which was celebrating two minutes before, started booing and humiliate the team and his crew until after the end of the match.[106]

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Brazil Ricardo Gomes
Head Coach Brazil Gaúcho
Assistant coaches Brazil Gaúcho
Brazil Silveira
Brazil Jorge Luiz
Physiologists Brazil Rodnei
Brazil Daniel Gonçalves
Supervisors Brazil Daniel Freitas (football)
Brazil Fabiano Lunz (logistics)
Brazil Bruno Coev (heritage)
Fitness coaches Brazil Rodrigo Poletto
Brazil Romildo
Brazil Armando
Masseurs Brazil PC
Brazil Carlão
Brazil Curumim
Wardrobes Brazil Adão
Brazil Niltinho
Physicologist Brazil Maria Helena Rodriguez
Nutritionist Brazil Mildre Souza
Press officers Brazil Patrícia Gregório
Brazil Vinicius Melo
Goalkeepers coach Brazil Carlos Germano

Last updated: 5 December 2011
Source: CR Vasco da Gama

Other information[edit]

President Brazil Roberto Dinamite
2nd Senior Vice President & Finance Brazil Nelson Rocha
1st Senior Vice President & Communication Brazil Antonio Frutuoso Pires Peralta
Vice President of Marketing Brazil Fabio Fernandes
Vice President of Football Brazil José Hamilton Mandarino
Vice President of Heritage Brazil Frederico Lopes
Vice President of Legislation Brazil Anibal Rouxinol
Vice President of Social Brazil Faues Cherene "Mussa" Jassus
Vice President of Medicine Brazil Manoel Moutinho
Vice President of Olympic sports & Social responsibility Brazil José Pinto Monteiro
Vice President of Nautical sports Brazil Paulo Cesar Mahomed Alli
Vice President of Specialized relations Brazil João Ernesto da Costa Ferreira
Executive Directors of Football Brazil Franklin Assunção
Brazil Daniel Freitas
Ground (capacity and dimensions) São Januário (23,500 / 110x75 meters)

Last updated: 8 March 2011
Source: CR Vasco da Gama

Official sponsors[edit]

Source: CR Vasco da Gama

Kits[edit]

Home
Away
Third

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of November 5, 2012.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper , Fernando PrassFernando Prass      Brazil
2 Defender , Thiago FeltriThiago Feltri      Brazil
3 Defender , FabrícioFabrício (on loan from Atlético Paranaense)     Brazil
4 Defender , RodolfoRodolfo      Brazil
5 Midfielder , Eduardo CostaEduardo Costa      Brazil
6 Midfielder , FelipeFelipe      Brazil
7 Forward , Éder LuísÉder Luís      Brazil
8 Midfielder , Juninho PernambucanoJuninho Pernambucano (Captain)     Brazil
9 Forward , AlecsandroAlecsandro      Brazil
10 Forward , Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto      Brazil
11 Forward Tenorio, CarlosCarlos Tenorio      Ecuador
12 Goalkeeper , AlessandroAlessandro      Brazil
13 Defender , JonasJonas      Brazil
14 Defender , LuanLuan (youth player)     Brazil
15 Forward , JonathanJonathan      Brazil
16 Defender , DouglasDouglas      Brazil
17 Forward , PipicoPipico      Brazil
18 Defender , William MatheusWilliam Matheus (on loan from Boca Júnior (SE))     Brazil
19 Midfielder , NíltonNílton      Brazil
21 Midfielder , Fellipe BastosFellipe Bastos      Brazil
22 Midfielder , AbudaAbuda      Brazil
23 Midfielder , Renato AugustoRenato Augusto      Brazil
25 Midfielder , AuremirAuremir      Brazil
26 Defender , DedéDedé      Brazil
27 Midfielder , Diego RosaDiego Rosa      Brazil
29 Midfielder , Jhon CleyJhon Cley (youth player)     Brazil
31 Midfielder , Jonathan MarloneJonathan Marlone (youth player)     Brazil
33 Defender , Renato SilvaRenato Silva      Brazil
36 Defender , DieysonDieyson (youth player)     Brazil
37 Forward , Maicon AssisMaicon Assis      Brazil
41 Forward , RomárioRomário (youth player)     Brazil
43 Defender , MaxMax      Brazil
44 Forward , William BarbioWilliam Barbio      Brazil
45 Midfielder Chaparro, LeandroLeandro Chaparro (on loan from Desportivo Brasil)     Argentina
50 Goalkeeper , Diogo SilvaDiogo Silva      Brazil
77 Midfielder , WendelWendel      Brazil
87 Midfielder , DaksonDakson      Brazil

Squad information[edit]

As of 21 July 2012.
No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (Age) Signed From
Goalkeepers
1 Fernando Prass Brazil GK (1978-07-09) 9 July 1978 (age 36) Portugal União Leiria
12 Alessandro Brazil GK (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 26) Brazil Grêmio
50 Diogo Silva Brazil GK (1986-08-07) 7 August 1986 (age 27) Brazil Vasco da Gama (loaned from Nova Iguaçu)
Defenders
2 Thiago Feltri Brazil LB (1985-05-18) 18 May 1985 (age 29) Brazil Atlético Goianiense
3 Fabrício (on loan from Atlético Paranaense) Brazil CB / LB (1990-02-20) 20 February 1990 (age 24) Brazil Atlético Paranaense
4 Rodolfo Brazil CB (1982-10-23) 23 October 1982 (age 31) Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
13 Jonas Brazil RB (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 27) Brazil Coritiba
14 Luan (youth player) Brazil CB / RB (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 21) Youth system
16 Douglas Brazil CB (1990-10-30) 30 October 1990 (age 23) Brazil América de Natal
18 William Matheus (on loan from Boca Júnior (SE)) Brazil LB (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 24) Brazil Bahia (loaned from Boca Júnior (SE))
25 Auremir Brazil RB / DMF (1991-09-10) 10 September 1991 (age 22) Brazil Náutico
26 Dedé Brazil CB (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 26) Brazil Vasco da Gama (loaned from Volta Redonda)
33 Renato Silva Brazil CB (1983-07-26) 26 July 1983 (age 30) Brazil Vasco da Gama (loaned from Shandong Luneng)
36 Dieyson (youth player) Brazil LB (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 21) Youth system
43 Max Brazil RB / LB (1990-04-28) 28 April 1990 (age 24) Youth system
Midfielders
5 Eduardo Costa Brazil DMF (1982-07-23) 23 July 1982 (age 31) Brazil Vasco da Gama (loaned from AS Monaco)
6 Felipe Brazil LSM / AMF / LWM / LB (1977-07-02) 2 July 1977 (age 37) Qatar Al-Sadd
8 Juninho Pernambucano (C) Brazil AMF / CMF (1975-01-30) 30 January 1975 (age 39) Qatar Al-Gharafa
10 Carlos Alberto Brazil AMF / SS / CF (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 29) Brazil Bahia (loaned from Vasco da Gama)
19 Nílton Brazil DMF (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 27) Brazil Corinthians
21 Fellipe Bastos Brazil CMF (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 24) Brazil Vasco da Gama (loaned from Benfica)
22 Abuda Brazil DMF (1989-01-22) 22 January 1989 (age 25) Brazil Cruzeiro (Porto Alegre)
23 Renato Augusto Brazil DMF / CMF (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 22) Brazil Atlético Goianiense (loaned from Vasco da Gama)
27 Diego Rosa Brazil AMF / LWM / RWM / CMF / SS (1989-03-22) 22 March 1989 (age 25) Brazil Juventude
29 Jhon Cley (youth player) Brazil CMF / AMF (1994-03-09) 9 March 1994 (age 20) Youth system
31 Jonathan Marlone (youth player) Brazil AMF / SS / LW (1992-04-02) 2 April 1992 (age 22) Youth system
45 Leandro Chaparro (on loan from Desportivo Brasil) Argentina RSM / RWM / AMF (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 23) Argentina San Lorenzo de Almagro
77 Wendel Brazil LWM / LB / LSM (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 23) Saudi Arabia Al Shabab FC (Riyadh)
87 Dakson Brazil AMF (1987-07-11) 11 July 1987 (age 27) Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Forwards
7 Éder Luís Brazil RW / ST / SS (1985-04-29) 29 April 1985 (age 29) Brazil Vasco da Gama (loaned from Benfica)
9 Alecsandro Brazil ST / CF (1981-02-04) 4 February 1981 (age 33) Brazil Internacional
11 Carlos Tenorio Ecuador ST (1979-05-14) 14 May 1979 (age 35) United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr
15 Jonathan Brazil SS / AMF / LW / RW (1991-05-11) 11 May 1991 (age 23) Youth system
17 Pipico Brazil CF (1985-03-07) 7 March 1985 (age 29) Brazil Macaé
37 Maicon Assis Brazil SS / AMF / LW / RW (1990-03-04) 4 March 1990 (age 24) Brazil Arapongas (loaned from Vasco da Gama)
41 Romário (youth player) Brazil ST (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 22) Youth system
44 William Barbio Brazil RW / SS / LW (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 21) Brazil Vasco da Gama (loaned from Nova Iguaçu)

Players with Dual Nationality

Out of loan[edit]

As of 16 January 2011.
No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (Age) Signed From
Goalkeepers
Conrado (on loan to Americano) Brazil GK (1991-01-08)8 January 1991 (aged 21) Brazil Artsul
Tiago (on loan to Grêmio Barueri) Brazil GK (1983-07-02)2 July 1983 (aged 29) Brazil Bahia (loan from Vasco da Gama)
Defenders
Cesinha (on loan to Náutico) Brazil CB (1986-10-08)8 October 1986 (aged 26) Brazil Vasco da Gama
Márcio Careca (on loan to Ceará) Brazil LB (1978-07-28)28 July 1978 (aged 34) Brazil Mirassol (loan from Vasco da Gama)
Midfielders
Caíque (on loan to Gyeongnam FC) Brazil AMF / CF (1987-01-10)10 January 1987 (aged 25) Brazil Avaí (loan from Vasco da Gama)
Enrico (on loan to Ponte Preta) Brazil AMF (1984-05-04)4 May 1984 (aged 28) Brazil Ceará (loan from Vasco da Gama)
Jeferson Silva (on loan to Duque de Caxias) Brazil AMF / SS (1990-05-03)3 May 1990 (aged 22) Brazil Nova Iguaçu (loan from Vasco da Gama)
Marquinhos Moraes (on loan to Gloria Bistrița) Brazil LWM / LW / AMF / SS (1991-01-21)21 January 1991 (aged 21) Brazil Vasco da Gama
Mateus (on loan to Criciúma) Brazil DMF / CMF (1987-05-18)18 May 1987 (aged 25) Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq (loan from Vasco da Gama)
Forwards
Bernardo (on loan to Santos) Brazil CF / AMF / SS / LW (1990-05-20)20 May 1990 (aged 22) Brazil Vasco da Gama
Rodrigo Pimpão (on loan to América (MG)) Brazil SS / LW / RW (1987-10-23)23 October 1987 (aged 25) Brazil Ponte Preta (loan from Vasco da Gama)

Players movement and trades[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
28 December 2011 Brazil Bernardo FW Brazil Vasco da Gama (on loan from Cruzeiro) R$ 3,5 million [citation needed]
1 January 2012 Brazil William Barbio FW Brazil Vasco da Gama (on loan from Nova Iguaçu) R$ unknown [citation needed]
3 January 2012 Brazil Rodolfo DF Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Free transfer, end of contract [107]
4 January 2012 Brazil Thiago Feltri DF Brazil Atlético Goianiense Free transfer, end of contract [108]
10 January 2012 Argentina Matías Abelairas MF Free agent Free transfer [109]
14 January 2012 Ecuador Carlos Tenorio FW United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Free transfer, end of contract [citation needed]
21 April 2012 Brazil Pipico FW Brazil Macaé unknown [110]
2 June 2012 Brazil Abuda MF Brazil Cruzeiro (Porto Alegre) unknown [111]
19 June 2012 Brazil Fellipe Bastos MF Brazil Vasco da Gama (on loan from Benfica) R$ 2,5 million [citation needed]
19 June 2012 Brazil Éder Luís FW Brazil Vasco da Gama (on loan from Benfica) R$ 5 million [citation needed]
7 July 2012 Brazil Diogo Silva GK Brazil Vasco da Gama (on loan from Nova Iguaçu) R$ 1 million [citation needed]
10 July 2012 Brazil Wendel MF Saudi Arabia Al Shabab FC (Riyadh) Free transfer, mutual rescission contract [112]
16 July 2012 Brazil Auremir MF Brazil Náutico R$ unknown (35% of federal rights) [113]
20 July 2012 Brazil Renato Silva DF Brazil Vasco da Gama (on loan from Shandong Luneng Taishan) Free transfer, end of contract [citation needed]
21 July 2012 Brazil Dakson MF Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv R$ 460,000 [114]
30 July 2012 Brazil Jonas DF Brazil Coritiba R$ 1,5 million (50% of federal rights) [115]

Loan in[edit]

Date from Date to Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
30 June 2011 19 June 2012 Brazil Fellipe Bastos MF Switzerland Servette (on loan from Benfica) Previously on Vasco da Gama on loan from Benfica (28 June 2010 to 30 June 2011), loan transfer from Benfica [citation needed]
30 June 2011 19 June 2012 Brazil Éder Luís FW Portugal Benfica Previously on Vasco da Gama on loan from Benfica (28 June 2010 to 30 June 2011), loan transfer from Benfica [citation needed]
4 July 2012 20 July 2012 Brazil Renato Silva DF China Shandong Luneng Taishan Loan transfer from Shandong Luneng Taishan [citation needed]
1 January 2012 31 December 2012 Argentina Leandro Chaparro MF Argentina San Lorenzo de Almagro Previously on Vasco da Gama on loan from Desportivo Brasil (16 February 2011 to 31 December 2011), loan transfer from Desportivo Brasil [citation needed]
5 March 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Fabrício DF Brazil Atlético Paranaense Loan transfer [116]
18 June 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil William Matheus DF Brazil Bahia (on loan from Boca Júnior (SE) Loan transfer [117]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
8 December 2011 Paraguay Julio Irrazábal DF N/A End of contract [118]
9 December 2011 Brazil Gian Mariano DF Brazil Ponte Preta Released, end of contract, free transfer [119]
11 December 2011 Brazil Jadson Viera DF Uruguay Nacional Mutual rescission contract, free transfer [120]
1 January 2012 Brazil Adilson GK N/A Released, end of contract [citation needed]
2 January 2012 Brazil Jéferson MF Brazil Bahia Mutual rescission contract, free transfer [121]
3 January 2012 Brazil Lipe FW Brazil Santacruzense Released, free transfer [122]
11 January 2012 Brazil Patrick FW Portugal 1º de Dezembro Free transfer
13 January 2012 Brazil Rafael Coelho FW China Guangzhou R&F R$ 4 million [citation needed]
25 January 2012 Brazil Ari DF Brazil Duque de Caxias Released, end of contract, free transfer [citation needed]
28 February 2012 Brazil Élder Granja DF Brazil Juventude End of contract [citation needed]
11 May 2012 Brazil Allan MF Italy Udinese Calcio R$ 1,5 million (20% of federal rights) [123][124]
26 May 2012 Brazil Kim FW Brazil Náutico End of contract, free transfer [125]
5 June 2012 Brazil Magno MF Brazil Bahia (on loan from Vasco da Gama Mutual rescission contract, free transfer [citation needed]
13 June 2012 Argentina Matías Abelairas MF Mexico Puebla Mutual rescission contract, free transfer [126]
28 June 2012 Brazil Rômulo MF Russia Spartak Moscow R$ 10,35 million (50% of federal rights) [127]
16 July 2012 Brazil Edu Pina DF Brazil Macaé Released, end of contract, free transfer [citation needed]
21 July 2012 Brazil Diego Souza MF Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad R$ 6,6 million (33% of federal rights) [128]
21 July 2012 Brazil Fagner DF Germany Wolfsburg R$ 2 million (20% of federal rights) [128]

Loan out[edit]

Date from Date to Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
23 May 2011 30 June 2012 Brazil Edu Pina DF Brazil Duque de Caxias Previously on Boavista on loan from Vasco da Gama (14 January 2011 at 23 May 2011), loan transfer [citation needed]
13 December 2011 31 December 2012 Brazil Enrico MF Brazil Ponte Preta Loan transfer [129]
13 December 2011 30 June 2012 Brazil Rodrigo Pimpão FW Brazil Ponte Preta Loan transfer [129]
21 December 2011 31 December 2012 Brazil Caíque MF South Korea Gyeongnam FC Loan transfer [130]
1 January 2012 5 June 2012 Brazil Magno MF Brazil Bahia Previously on Bahia on loan from Vasco da Gama (15 December 2010 at 31 December 2011), loan transfer [citation needed]
1 January 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Mateus MF Brazil Criciúma Previously on Criciúma on loan from Vasco da Gama (27 June 2011 at 31 December 2011), loan transfer [citation needed]
7 January 2012 12 March 2012 Brazil Márcio Careca DF Brazil Mirassol Loan transfer [131]
13 January 2012 30 June 2012 Brazil Jeferson Silva MF Brazil Nova Iguaçu Previously on Salgueiro on loan from Vasco da Gama (23 May 2011 at 31 December 2011), loan transfer [citation needed]
25 January 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Tiago GK Brazil Grêmio Barueri Loan transfer [132]
3 February 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Nilson FW Brazil Paraná Clube Previously on Criciúma on loan from Vasco da Gama, loan transfer [citation needed]
1 March 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Cesinha DF Brazil Náutico Loan transfer [133]
12 March 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Márcio Careca DF Brazil Ceará Previously on Mirassol (7 January 2012 at 12 March 2012), loan transfer [131]
16 March 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Bernardo MF Brazil Santos Loan transfer [134]
1 July 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Rodrigo Pimpão FW Brazil América (MG) Loan transfer [citation needed]
1 July 2012 31 December 2012 Brazil Jeferson Silva MF Brazil Duque de Caxias Previously on Nova Iguaçu on loan from Vasco da Gama (13 January 2012 at 30 June 2012), loan transfer [citation needed]
July 5, 2012 June 1, 2013 Brazil Marquinhos Moraes MF Romania Gloria Bistrița Loan transfer [citation needed]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Last updated on 2 December 2012.
  • Players in italic have left the club during the season.
No. Nat Pos Player Total Rio de Janeiro State League Copa Libertadores Brazilian Série A
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Brazil GK Fernando Prass 64 0 17 0 10 0 37 0
2 Brazil DF Thiago Feltri 35 1 14 1 10 0 7+4 0
3 Brazil DF Fabrício 10 0 1 0 0 0 6+3 0
4 Brazil DF Rodolfo 29 1 12 0 7+2 0 8 1
5 Brazil MF Eduardo Costa 26 1 5+5 1 5 0 6+5 0
6 Brazil MF Felipe 43 5 7+4 3 5+4 0 16+7 2
7 Brazil FW Éder Luís 42 4 7+1 3 7 0 25+2 1
8 Brazil MF Juninho Pernambucano 49 13 11+2 4 6+1 2 28+1 7
9 Brazil FW Alecsandro 57 25 16 12 10 3 30+1 10
10 Brazil FW Carlos Alberto 35 3 0+3 1 0+4 0 17+11 2
11 Ecuador FW Carlos Tenorio 17 5 2 1 0+1 0 8+6 4
12 Brazil GK Alessandro 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
13 Brazil DF Jonas 16 1 0 0 0 0 14+2 1
15 Brazil FW Jonathan 6 0 1+4 0 0 0 0+1 0
16 Brazil DF Douglas 33 1 6 0 0+1 0 25+1 1
17 Brazil FW Pipico 7 0 0 0 0 0 0+7 0
18 Brazil DF William Matheus 21 0 0 0 0 0 19+2 0
19 Brazil MF Nílton 54 5 9+4 0 6+1 1 34 4
21 Brazil MF Fellipe Bastos 47 5 15+1 2 2+3 2 15+11 1
22 Brazil MF Abuda 3 0 0 0 0 0 2+1 0
23 Brazil MF Renato Augusto 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
25 Brazil MF Auremir 15 0 0 0 0 0 12+3 0
26 Brazil DF Dedé 37 1 9 0 5 1 22+1 0
27 Brazil MF Diego Rosa 5 0 2+1 0 0 0 0+2 0
33 Brazil DF Renato Silva 36 0 10+2 0 8 0 15+1 0
37 Brazil MF Maicon Assis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0
43 Brazil DF Max 13 0 3+2 0 1 0 3+4 0
44 Brazil FW Wiliam Barbio 29 1 8+5 1 3+1 0 7+5 0
45 Argentina MF Leandro Chaparro 6 0 4 0 0 0 0+2 0
50 Brazil GK Diogo Silva 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
77 Brazil MF Wendel 26 1 0 0 0 0 25+1 1
87 Brazil MF Dakson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0
Brazil FW Bruno Paulo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Youth academy's players who participated during the season: (Statistics shown are the appearances made and goals scored while at Vasco da Gama first squad)
14 Brazil DF Luan 4 1 0 0 0 0 2+2 1
28 Brazil DF Jomar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Brazil MF Jhon Cley 10 0 0+1 0 0 0 4+5 0
30 Brazil FW Guilherme Morano 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Brazil MF Jonathan Marlone 9 0 0 0 0 0 5+4 0
34 Brazil MF Jonatas Paulista 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
36 Brazil DF Dieyson 6 0 4 0 0 0 2 0
39 Brazil FW Yago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 Brazil FW Romário 4 1 0+1 0 0 0 2+1 1
42 Brazil MF Guilherme 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club during the season: (Statistics shown are the appearances made and goals scored while at Vasco da Gama)
10 Brazil MF Diego Souza (Traded to Al-Ittihad) 34 12 14+2 6 9 3 8+1 3
22 Brazil FW Kim (Released) 6 1 0+5 1 0 0 1 0
23 Brazil DF Fagner (Traded to Wolfsburg) 32 2 15 1 9 0 8 1
30 Brazil GK Conrado (Released) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Brazil MF Bernardo (on loan to Santos) 5 1 3+2 1 0 0 0 0
35 Brazil DF Allan (Traded to Udinese) 18 1 6+4 1 0+5 0 2+1 0
37 Brazil MF Rômulo (Traded to Spartak Moscow) 17 1 6 1 7+1 0 2+1 0
38 Argentina MF Matías Abelairas (Released) 3 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0
Brazil DF Cesinha (Released) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Ran No. Pos Nat Name Rio de Janeiro State League Copa Libertadores Brazilian Série A Total
1 9 FW Brazil Alecsandro 12 3 10 25
2 8 MF Brazil Juninho Pernambucano 4 2 7 13
3 10 MF Brazil Diego Souza 6 3 3 12
4 7 FW Brazil Éder Luís 3 0 3 6
21 MF Brazil Fellipe Bastos 2 2 2 6
6 6 MF Brazil Felipe 3 0 2 5
11 FW Ecuador Carlos Tenorio 1 0 4 5
19 MF Brazil Nílton 0 1 4 5
9 84/10 FW Brazil Carlos Alberto 1 0 2 3
10 23 DF Brazil Fagner 1 0 1 2
11 2 DF Brazil Thiago Feltri 1 0 0 1
4 DF Brazil Rodolfo 0 0 1 1
5 MF Brazil Eduardo Costa 1 0 0 1
13 DF Brazil Jonas 0 0 1 1
14 DF Brazil Luan 0 0 1 1
16 DF Brazil Douglas 0 0 1 1
22 FW Brazil Kim 1 0 0 1
26 DF Brazil Dedé 0 1 0 1
31 MF Brazil Bernardo 1 0 0 1
35 MF Brazil Allan 1 0 0 1
37 MF Brazil Rômulo 1 0 0 1
41 FW Brazil Romário 0 0 1 1
44 FW Brazil Wiliam Barbio 1 0 0 1
77 MF Brazil Wendel 0 0 1 1
Own Goal 0 1 1 2
Total 40 13 45 98

Clean sheets[edit]

Includes all competitive matches

Ran No. Pos Nat Name Rio de Janeiro State League Copa Libertadores Brazilian Série A Total
1 1 GK Brazil Fernando Prass 5 3 10 18
2 12 GK Brazil Alessandro 1 0 0 1
3 30 GK Brazil Conrado 0 0 0 0
50 GK Brazil Diogo Silva 0 0 0 0
Total 6 3 10 19

Disciplinary record[edit]

R No. Pos Nat Name Rio de Janeiro State League Copa Libertadores Brazilian Série A Total
Booked Double yellow card.svg Red card Booked Double yellow card.svg Red card Booked Double yellow card.svg Red card Booked Double yellow card.svg Red card
1 8 MF Brazil Juninho Pernambucano 2 0 0 3 1 0 9 0 0 14 1 0
19 MF Brazil Nílton 2 0 0 2 0 1 10 0 0 14 0 1
3 21 MF Brazil Fellipe Bastos 7 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 14 0 0
4 6 MF Brazil Felipe 4 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 13 0 0
5 4 DF Brazil Rodolfo 5 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 9 0 0
33 DF Brazil Renato Silva 3 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 8 0 1
7 16 DF Brazil Douglas 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 7 0 1
8 9 FW Brazil Alecsandro 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 7 0 0
26 DF Brazil Dedé 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 7 0 0
10 2 DF Brazil Thiago Feltri 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
5 MF Brazil Eduardo Costa 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 0 0
77 MF Brazil Wendel 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 0 0
13 18 DF Brazil William Matheus 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 0 0
13 DF Brazil Jonas 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 1
15 10 FW Brazil Carlos Alberto 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0
44 FW Brazil Wiliam Barbio 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0
17 1 GK Brazil Fernando Prass 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
3 DF Brazil Fabrício 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
7 FW Brazil Éder Luís 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
11 FW Ecuador Carlos Tenorio 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
22 MF Brazil Abuda 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
22 15 FW Brazil Jonathan 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
17 FW Brazil Pipico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
25 MF Brazil Auremir 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
29 MF Brazil Jhon Cley 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
31 MF Brazil Jonathan Marlone 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
36 DF Brazil Dieyson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Players who left the club during the season: (Statistics shown are the cards applieds while at Vasco da Gama)
1 10 MF Brazil Diego Souza 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 1
2 23 DF Brazil Fagner 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
3 35 MF Brazil Allan 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0
4 37 MF Brazil Rômulo 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total 48 0 1 20 1 3 83 0 2 153 1 7

Squad formations[edit]

Qnt Formation Matches
Rio State League Copa Libertadores Brazilian Série A
4 4–2–3–1 All other matches All other matches All other matches
4 4–4–2 1 (GS)
4 4–4–2 diamond 5 (GB), 6 (GB), 2 (TR) 1 (16) 9, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35
4 4–3–3 8 (RIO) 4 (GS) 34
4 4–4–1–1 36

Last updated: 4 November 2012
Source: Match reports in Competitions
Only competitive matches.

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Overall[edit]

Games played 67 (19 Rio de Janeiro State League, 10 Copa Libertadores, 38 Brazilian Série A)
Games won 34 (13 Rio de Janeiro State League, 5 Copa Libertadores, 16 Brazilian Série A)
Games drawn 14 (2 Rio de Janeiro State League, 2 Copa Libertadores, 10 Brazilian Série A)
Games lost 19 (4 Rio de Janeiro State League, 3 Copa Libertadores, 12 Brazilian Série A)
Goals scored 98
Goals conceded 75
Goal difference +23
Yellow cards 158
Red cards 8
Worst discipline Juninho Pernambucano (14 Booked, 1 Double yellow card.svg, 0 Red card)
Nílton (14 Booked, 0 Double yellow card.svg, 1 Red card)
Best result Macaé 1-4 - Rio de Janeiro State League
Worst result 0-4 Bahia - Brazilian Série A
Most appearances Fernando Prass (64 appearances)
Top scorer Alecsandro (25 goals)

Last updated: 2 December
Source:[citation needed]

Friendlies[edit]

Edmundo's farewell[edit]

The only friendly of the Vasco da Gama in 2012 season was be against Barcelona de Guayaquil, in a rematch of the final of the Copa Libertadores 1998. The friendly match was marked specially to mark the farewell of Edmundo, one of the greatest idols in the history of Vasco da Gama. The last match of Edmundo was the lost by 2-0, in São Januário, against Vitória, for the 2008 Brazilian Série A, which marked the only e unprecedented relegated of Vasco da Gama. The choice of opponent (Barcelona Guayaquil) was the fact that the game that Edmundo would most like to play is the final of the Copa Libertadores, taking into account that Edmundo in this time was at Fiorentina, and that was the main player in Brazilian football in 1997, with more than primordial for the winning the 1997 Brazilian Série A.[135]


Competitions[edit]

Rio de Janeiro State League[edit]

Vasco da Gama were placed in Group B of the 2012 Campeonato Carioca with Fluminense, Boavista, Americano, Volta Redonda, Duque de Caxias, Bangu and Friburguense.[136]

Overall standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Fluminense 15 8 2 5 30 17 +13 26 2013 Copa do Brasil
Cannot qualify for 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D 1
2 Botafogo 15 9 6 0 35 12 +23 33 2013 Copa do Brasil
Cannot qualify for 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D 1
3 Flamengo 15 11 3 1 27 9 +18 36 2013 Copa do Brasil
Cannot qualify for 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D 1
4 Vasco da Gama 15 11 2 2 33 13 +20 35 2013 Copa do Brasil
Cannot qualify for 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D 1
5 Resende 15 7 4 4 20 21 −1 25 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D
6 Volta Redonda 15 6 4 5 20 22 −2 22
7 Macaé 15 6 2 7 19 22 −3 20 Cannot qualify for 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D 2
8 Friburguense 15 4 5 6 16 21 −5 17 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D 3
9 Nova Iguaçu 15 4 5 6 14 20 −6 17
10 Boavista 15 4 4 7 24 29 −5 16
11 Duque de Caxias 15 4 4 7 16 24 −8 16 Cannot qualify for 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D 2
12 Madureira 15 4 3 8 19 25 −6 15
13 Bangu 15 4 3 8 17 23 −6 15
14 Olaria 15 3 5 7 13 24 −11 14
15 Bonsucesso 15 2 7 6 17 26 −9 13 Relegation to the 2013 Campeonato Carioca Série B
16 Americano 15 2 3 10 19 31 −12 9

1 Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama cannot qualify to 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D because they are participating in the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.
2 Duque de Caxias, Macaé and Madureira cannot qualify to 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D because they are participating in the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C.
3 Friburguense is qualified for 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D as the 2011 Copa Rio runner-up.

Taça Guanabara[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Group B standings
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Vasco da Gama 7 7 0 0 16 3 +13 21 Advanced to the Semifinals
2 Fluminense 7 4 1 2 15 7 +8 13
3 Boavista 7 3 2 2 13 12 +1 11 Advanced to the Troféu Edílson Silva
4 Friburguense 7 3 2 2 10 10 0 11
5 Volta Redonda 7 3 2 2 10 11 −1 11
6 Duque de Caxias 7 2 2 3 9 12 −3 8
7 Americano 7 1 1 5 6 13 −7 4
8 Bangu 7 0 0 7 7 18 −11 0



Semifinal[edit]

Final[edit]

Taça Rio[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Group B standings
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bangu 8 4 3 1 10 5 +5 15 Advanced to the Semifinals
2 Vasco da Gama 8 4 2 2 17 10 +7 14
3 Fluminense 8 4 1 3 15 10 +5 13 Advanced to the Troféu Luiz Penido
4 Volta Redonda 8 3 2 3 10 11 −1 11
5 Duque de Caxias 8 2 2 4 7 12 −5 8
6 Friburguense 8 1 3 4 6 11 −5 6
7 Americano 8 1 2 5 13 18 −5 5
8 Boavista 8 1 2 5 11 17 −6 5



Semifinal[edit]

Final[edit]

Copa Libertadores[edit]

Vasco da Gama qualified to the 2012 Copa Libertadores (their 9th participation in the continental tournament) as the winner of the 2011 Copa do Brasil and were given the Brazil 3 berth as the league champion. They entered the competition in the group stage and were placed in Group 5 with Nacional (2010-11 Uruguayan champion), Alianza Lima (the Peruvian runner-up) and Libertad (the best Paraguayan non-champion and play-off winner).[137]

Copa Libertadores squad[edit]

As of 21 May 2012, according to combined sources on the official website.[138]

In Conmebol competitions players must be assigned numbers between 1 and 25.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Fernando Prass
2 Brazil DF Thiago Feltri
3 Brazil DF Dedé
4 Brazil DF Rodolfo
5 Brazil MF Eduardo Costa
6 Brazil MF Felipe
7 Brazil FW Éder Luís
8 Brazil MF Juninho Pernambucano (captain)
9 Brazil FW Alecsandro
10 Brazil MF Diego Souza
11 Brazil DF Fabrício²
12 Brazil GK Alessandro
13 Brazil MF Diego Rosa¹
No. Position Player
14 Brazil DF Renato Silva
15 Brazil MF Rômulo
16 Brazil DF Douglas
17 Brazil DF Allan
18 Argentina MF Matías Abelairas
19 Brazil MF Nilton
20 Brazil MF Carlos Alberto¹
21 Brazil MF Fellipe Bastos
22 Brazil FW Wiliam Barbio
23 Brazil DF Fagner
24 Argentina MF Leandro Chaparro
25 Brazil GK Diogo Silva

¹ Diego Rosa and Carlos Alberto replaced Max and Bernardo, respectively, for the round of 16. ² Fabrício replaced Carlos Tenorio for the quarterfinals.

Group stage[edit]

Group 5
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Paraguay Libertad 6 4 1 1 11 7 4 13
Brazil Vasco da Gama 6 4 1 1 10 6 4 13
Uruguay Nacional 6 2 0 4 5 7 -2 6
Peru Alianza Lima 6 1 0 5 6 12 -6 3



Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

After finishing the group stage in 2nd in Group 5, behind only Libertad, Vasco da Gama finished as the 2nd best group runner-up overall. With this, the opponent of Vasco da Gama is the Lanús (the 7th best group winner overall).


Quarterfinal[edit]

After eliminated Lanús in a dramatic penalties decision, Vasco da Gama will be face Corinthians (who defeat Emelec). This confrontation marks the confrontation between the two best Brazilian teams in 2011.


Brazilian Série A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Fluminense (C) 38 22 11 5 61 33 +28 77 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage
2 Atlético Mineiro 38 20 12 6 64 37 +27 72
3 Grêmio 38 20 11 7 56 33 +23 71 2013 Copa Libertadores First Stage
4 São Paulo 38 20 6 12 59 37 +22 66
5 Vasco da Gama 38 16 10 12 45 44 +1 58
6 Corinthians 38 15 12 11 51 39 +12 57 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage 1
7 Botafogo 38 15 10 13 60 50 +10 55
8 Santos 38 13 14 11 50 44 +6 53
9 Cruzeiro 38 15 7 16 47 51 −4 52
10 Internacional 38 13 13 12 44 40 +4 52
11 Flamengo 38 12 14 12 38 45 −7 50
12 Náutico 38 14 7 17 44 51 −7 49
13 Coritiba 38 14 6 18 53 60 −7 48
14 Ponte Preta 38 12 12 14 37 44 −7 48
15 Bahia 38 11 14 13 37 41 −4 47
16 Portuguesa 38 10 15 13 39 41 −2 45
17 Sport Recife 38 10 11 17 39 56 −17 41 Relegation to the 2013 Série B
18 Palmeiras 38 9 7 22 39 54 −15 34 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage 2
Relegation to the 2013 Série B
19 Atlético Goianiense 38 7 9 22 37 67 −30 30 Relegation to the 2013 Série B
20 Figueirense 38 7 9 22 39 72 −33 30

Source: UOL.com.br
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd wins; 3rd goal difference; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head results; 6th least red cards received; 7th least yellow cards received; 8th draw.
1 Corinthians is qualified for the second stage of the 2013 Copa Libertadores as the 2012 Copa Libertadores champion.
2 Palmeiras is qualified for the second stage of the 2013 Copa Libertadores as the 2012 Copa do Brasil champion.

(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

League matches[edit]



Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H H A H A H H A H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A
Result W W W W D L W D W W W W D D W L D L L L W D L W D D W W L L L L L L D W D W
Position 3 2 1 1 1 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 7 7 7 7 6 5

Last updated: 2 December 2012.
Source: Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Honors[edit]

Individuals[edit]

Name Number Country Award Category Result
Fagner 23 Brazil 2012 Campeonato Carioca best Right (wing) back Won
Dedé 26 Brazil 2012 Campeonato Carioca best Right Centre back Won
2012 Campeonato Carioca MVP (by fans) Won
The Greatest Brazilian Greatest Brazilian of All Time Nominated
Thiago Feltri 2 Brazil 2012 Campeonato Carioca best Left (wing) back Nominated
Rômulo 37 Brazil 2012 Campeonato Carioca best Defensive midfielder Won
Juninho Pernambucano 8 Brazil 2012 Campeonato Carioca best Center and Attacking midfielder Nominated
Felipe 6 Brazil 2012 Campeonato Carioca best Side and Attacking midfielder Won
Alecsandro 9 Brazil 2012 Campeonato Carioca best Centre forward and Striker Won
Name Number Country Award
Dedé 26 Brazil Named for Brazil national team in the friendlies v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Africa and China
Rômulo 37 Brazil Named for Brazil national team in the friendlies v. Denmark, United States, Mexico and Argentina
Named for Brazil U-23 national team in 2012 Summer Olympics
Alecsandro 9 Brazil 2012 Campeonato Carioca Top Goal Scorer

IFFHS ranking[edit]

Vasco da Gama position on the Club World Ranking during the 2012 season, according to IFFHS.[139]

Month Position Points
January 27 184,0
February 24 184,0
March 13 219,0
April 9 235,0
May 16 207,0
June 11 226,0
July 12 228,0
August 19 208,0
September 17 208,0
October
November
December

Last updated: 2012-10-02.
Source: IFFHS

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rodolfo appears and promises work for a space in Vasco". GloboEsporte.com. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dinamite announce Carlos Tenorio, the Demolitor". GloboEsporte.com. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ [1] "Rodrigo Caetano: "The 2011 basis will further strengthen our team" Organizações Globo. (Portuguese) 5 December 2011. Accessed 5 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Back-and-coming of the football market" (in Portuguese). GloboEsporte.com. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Vasco meets to set increases and contract renewals" (in Portuguese). Terra Brazil. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  6. ^ [2] "Anderson Martins denies return to Vasco: "No chance"" Organizações Globo. (Portuguese) 6 December 2011 Accessed 6 December 2011.