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São Caetano

São Caetano is a football (soccer) club from Brazil.

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About São Caetano

Associação Desportiva São Caetano, commonly known as São Caetano, is a Brazilian football team based in the city of São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, part of the São Paulo (city) greater metropolitan area. The team is dubbed Azulão (Big Blue), after the shirt colour. The sponsor is Consul, a well known Brazilian producer of household appliances. São Caetano's greatest rival is Esporte Clube Santo André.


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 Copa João Havelange 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 Football Club, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras and Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, they entered the final against Club de Regatas 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 Clube Atlético Paranaense. Once again they finished as the runner-up, but consecutive seasons placing well secured their reputation on a national level.

In Copa Libertadores 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 Asunción of Paraguay on penalties.

São Caetano had earned respect, but no titles. In 2004, São Caetano won the Campeonato Paulista, beating the upstate squad Paulista Futebol Clube, from Jundiaí.

On October 27, 2004, while playing in a match against São Paulo Futebol Clube, São Caetano defender Paulo Sérgio de Oliveira Silva suffered a fatal myocardial infarction. As São Caetano's staff let Serginho play even knowing that he had heart problems, the club was penalized heavily by the Brazilian Football Confederation, which has since marked a decline in their performance.

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


International competitions

Continental championships

- Copa Libertadores de América: 0

National competitions

- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 0

- Campeonato Brasileiro Série C: 0

- Campeonato Paulista: 1

- Campeonato Paulista Série A2: 1

- Campeonato Paulista Série A3: 1

Famous players

- Adhemar Ferreira de Camargo Neto
- Ânderson Lima
- Evaeverson Lemos da Silva
- César Aparecido Rodríguez
- Daniel da Silva (born 1973)
- Dininho
- Douglas dos Santos
- Euller
- Fabrício Carvalho
- Gilberto da Silva Melo
- Luiz Silva Filho
- Magrão
- Mancini (Brazilian footballer)

- Marcelo Mattos
- Márcio Miranda Freitas Rocha da Silva
- Marcos Senna
- Carlos Luciano da Silva
- Müller (footballer)
- Roger Guerreiro
- Paulo Sérgio Oliveira da Silva
- Serginho Chulapa
- Silvio Luiz Oliveira de Paula
- Wanderson de Paula Sabino
- Túlio Humberto Pereira da Costa
- Triguinho

Famous matches

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


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

Former coaches

- Márcio Goiano
- Ademir Fonseca
- Toninho Cecílio
- Sérgio Guedes
- Antônio Carlos Zago
- Guilherme Macuglia
- Luís Carlos de Oliveira Preto
- Sérgio Soares
- Vadão
- Antônio Gilberto Maniaes
- Paulo Comelli
- Dorival Júnior
- Levir Culpi
- Estevam Soares
- Muricy Ramalho
- Jair Picerni

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