Associação Desportiva São Caetano

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São Caetano
São Caetano's logo
Full nameAssociação Desportiva São Caetano
Nickname(s)Azulão (Blue Bird or Big Blue)
FoundedDecember 4, 1989; 29 years ago (1989-12-04)
GroundAnacleto Campanella,
São Caetano, Brazil
PresidentNairo Ferreira de Souza
Head coachPintado
LeagueCampeonato Paulista
2018Paulista, 7th
WebsiteClub website
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.


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 relegation zone, and played in the 2007 Brasileirão B. They remained there until 2013, when the team finished in 19th place and was relegated to Série C after 14 years in the top two divisions of Brazil. In the same year, the team was relegated in the São Paulo state championship, relegated to the Paulista Serie A2. In 2014, the team would begin the season with lackluster performance in the 2nd level of the state championship, in which the team only escaped relegation in the last round.[5]. Following a lacklustre season, the team was relegated once again from the national Série C, and would compete in the Série D in 2015.

After an unsuccessful campaign in the Serie D, the club would not get invited back to the four major series of Brazilian football, playing only in the state leagues. However, after finishing the 2018 Campeonato Paulista in 7th place, they qualified for the 2019 Serie D.



Runner-up (1): 2002

National competitions[edit]

Runners-up (2): 2000, 2001
Runner-up (1): 1998
Winner (1): 2004
Runner-up (1): 2007
Winner (2): 2000, 2017
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
Brazil GK Júnior Belliato
Brazil GK Saulo
Brazil GK Thiago Passos
Brazil GK Renan Rocha
Brazil GK Paes
Brazil DF Ângelo (on loan from Santo André)
Brazil DF Artur
Brazil DF Bruno Recife
Brazil DF Eduardo Luiz
Brazil DF Gabriel
Brazil DF Júnior Alves (on loan from São Bernardo)
Brazil DF Murilo Ceará
Brazil DF Paulo Fernando
Brazil DF Sandoval
Brazil DF William Mineiro
Brazil DF Diogo Rangel
Brazil MF Esley
- Brazil MF Gercimar
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Fábio Baiano
Brazil MF Ferreira
Brazil MF Igor
Brazil MF Kléber
Brazil MF Leandro Carvalho
Brazil MF Matheus
Brazil MF Moacir
Brazil MF Neto
Brazil MF Paulinho
Brazil MF Xuxa
Brazil FW Clebinho
Brazil FW Diogo Acosta
Brazil FW Matheus Guerreiro
Brazil FW Robson F.
Brazil FW Victor Santiago
Brazil FW Wesley
Brazil FW Danielzinho
Brazil MF Cristian Baroni

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 DF Eli Sabiá (loan to Botafogo-SP)
Brazil FW Edu (loan to Joinville)

Notable 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


Built in 1955, São Caetano's stadium is Estádio Anacleto Campanella. Its capacity is 22,738 people.

Former coaches[edit]

Colors and nickname[edit]

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


The club's biggest rival is Santo André.


  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". Época (in Portuguese). 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.
  5. ^ "São Caetano perde clássico em casa, mas se livra do rebaixamento" (in Portuguese). 2014-04-12. Retrieved 2014-11-01.

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