Associação Desportiva São Caetano

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Not to be confused with São Caetano Esporte Clube.
São Caetano
São Caetano's logo
Full name Associação Desportiva São Caetano
Nickname(s) Azulão (Blue Bird or Big Blue)
Founded December 4, 1989; 24 years ago (1989-12-04)
Stadium Anacleto Campanella,
São Caetano, Brazil
Ground Capacity 22,738
President Nairo Ferreira de Souza
Head coach Vílson Tadei
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
2013 Série B, 19th (relegated)
Estádio Anacleto Campanella

Associação Desportiva São Caetano, commonly known as São Caetano, is a Brazilian football team based in the city of São Caetano, Brazil, part of the São Paulo greater metropolitan area. The club finished as runner-up in the Série A twice and once in the Copa Libertadores.

History[edit]

Founded in 1989, the club found success early, winning the Third and Second Divisions of São Paulo regional tournaments. São Caetano rose to national prominence in 2000.

In 2000, the Brazilian national championship was contested in a rather unusual way. According to previous credentials, teams would play in the First (best teams), Second or Third Division; São Caetano played in the Second. The difference was that, after all Divisions were finished, a mini tournament would gather representatives from all of them (one team from Third Division, three from Second and twelve from First), and the winner would be the Brazilian Champion of 2000.

São Caetano was runner-up of the Second Division and qualified to the finals. Beating Fluminense, Palmeiras and Grêmio, they entered the final against Vasco da Gama. The first match ended as a draw. During the second, fans invaded the pitch and the match was suspended. Despite several claims that São Caetano should be declared champion, Vasco petitioned the league for a third match, which Vasco went on to win.

Unlike many teams that rise prominently then quickly fall back to obscurity, São Caetano had another strong campaign in 2001. Playing a full season in the top division, they reached the final against Atlético Paranaense. Once again they finished as the runner-up, but consecutive seasons placing well secured their reputation on a national level.

In 2002, São Caetano was finalist of Copa Libertadores, the most important tournament in South America. Again, they were runner-up, losing the final to Olimpia of Paraguay on penalties.

São Caetano had earned respect, but no titles. In 2004, São Caetano won the São Paulo State Championship, beating the upstate squad Paulista, from Jundiaí.

On October 27, 2004, while playing in a match against São Paulo, São Caetano defender Serginho suffered a fatal heart attack.[1] As São Caetano's staff let Serginho play even knowing that he had heart problems, the club was penalized heavily by the CBF,[2][3] which has since marked a decline in their performance.[4]

At the end of the 2006, they finished within the zone of relegation, and played in the 2007 in the Série B.

At the end of the 2013, they finished in 19th place, and now the team played in the 2014 in the Série C.

Honors[edit]

International[edit]

Runner-up (1): 2002

National competitions[edit]

Runners-up (2): 2000, 2001
Runner-up (1): 1998
Winner (1): 2004
Runner-up (1): 2007
Winner (1): 2000
Winners (2): 1991, 1998

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Colombia GK Álvaro
Brazil GK Júnior Belliato
Brazil GK Saulo
Brazil DF Gabriel
Brazil DF Cleiton
Brazil DF Renan Luís
Brazil DF Eli Sabiá
Brazil DF Angelo (on loan from Santo André)
Brazil DF Rafinha
Brazil DF Sandoval
Brazil DF Renato Peixe (on loan from Santo André)
Brazil DF Willian Mineiro
Brazil DF Paulo Fernando
Brazil DF João Paulo
Brazil MF Dudu
Brazil MF Leandro Carvalho
Brazil MF Paulinho
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Leandro Oliveira
Brazil MF Moradei
Brazil MF Kléber
Brazil MF Cacá (on loan from Santo André)
Brazil MF Rodrigo Thiesen
Brazil MF Caleb
Brazil MF Norton
Brazil MF Esley
Brazil MF Nando Carandina
Brazil MF Ramalho (on loan from Santo André)
Brazil FW Cássio
Brazil FW Giancarlo
Brazil FW Marcelo Soares
Brazil FW Robson
Brazil FW Igor Pato
Brazil FW Laércio Aquino
Equatorial Guinea FW Jônatas Obina

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Brazil FW Edu (loan to Joinville)
No. Position Player

Famous matches[edit]

  • São Caetano 4-1 São Paulo - 2007 Campeonato Paulista - Second Semi-Finals
  • São Caetano 2-0 Club América - 2002 Libertadores Cup First - Semi-Finals

Stadium[edit]

São Caetano's stadium is Estádio Anacleto Campanella, built in 1955, with a maximum capacity of 22,738 people.

Former coaches[edit]

Colors and nickname[edit]

The team is dubbed Azulão (Big Blue), after the shirt color.

Rivalry[edit]

São Caetano's greatest rival is Santo André.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Após Serginho, pronto socorro vira regra no futebol" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 2004-12-05. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  2. ^ "São Caetano sabia que Serginho não podia jogar futebol" (in Portuguese). Época. 2004-10-29. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Nairo e Forte ainda aguardam o julgamento" (in Portuguese). Pelé.net. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  4. ^ "São Caetano vê declínio um ano após a morte de Serginho" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 

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