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2020/2021

Santa Clara

In


Mansur (def) Atlético MG, BRA; Mikel Villanueva (def) Malaga, SPA; Júlio Romão (mid) Ponte Preta, BRA; Lucas Marques (mid) Estoril - return from loan; Gustavo Viera (att) Liverpool Montevideo, URU; Jean Patric (att) Ac. Viseu; André Mesquita (att) Marítimo;

Out


João Lopes (sp)(gk) Fluminense, BRA; Zaidu Sanusi (k)(def) FC Porto; Mamadu Candé (sp)(def) end of contract; César Martins (sp)(def) Farense; Francisco Ramos (r)(mid) Guimarães - return from loan; Guilherme Schettine (r)(att) Braga;

Last season was the last of a good spell for Açorianos under the guidance of highly competent João Henriques. The gaffer led Santa Clara to two memorable seasons, having parked the team in a solid mid-table rank instead of the usual struggling position of previous years. Having been able to keep most of the squad, one should expect Santa Clara to repeat the safe and solid performance of last couple of years, but this time the man in charge is Daniel Ramos who is a more questionable leader. Ramos showed a great improvement on his managerial skills last season under Boavista, but is still in need of affirmation, and a success on a project like this one would definitely make it for him. Will he have what it takes, though? Zaidu Sanusi and Schettine (this one already announced a long time ago) are the big losses from last season, but having kept the likes of Lincoln, Thiago Santana and especially Fábio Cardoso is a great achievement for the club. Left-back Mansur is perhaps the only new signing with chances of getting an immediate spot on the XI, which should remain otherwise untouched from last year. Carlos and Santana association in attack can is a constant threat to opponents, but the competence of midfield with multiple good options like Anderson, Osama, Costinha and Lincoln and the solidity of defence commanded by Cardoso are the main weapons of Insulares. There may be time for the promising André Ferreira to have a chance at starting in goal, instead of club's favourite Marco.

Target


Having a peaceful, midtable season.

Season Review
2019/2020

№9: Santa Clara

Last season had been a very good one, but João Henriques managed to achieve the biggest and hardest task of all on this one: keep the quality and the standards on the always difficult second year. Açorianos didn’t even had that much of a good start: just 3 wins in the first 14 rounds. However, Açorianos made a fantastic start of the second half of the season that quickly left them on a safe mid-table position. The best was however yet to come. After lockdown, Santa Clara made ‘Cidade do Futebol’ (just outside Lisboa) their new home to avoid plane trips. During that period, Santa Clara picked two excellent wins: 3-2 over Braga and a memorable 4-3 win at Luz, against former champions Benfica. João Henriques continued last season’s mixed approach, a pragmatic attitude not neglecting ball-playing style whenever possible, constantly shifting from a 433 to a trademark diamond formation. This time, Bruno Lamas and Schettine clearly had their minds elsewhere, so new names had to step up as references. Thiago Santana was in charge with goals while Lincoln was a good playmaker for the team. There are rumours that Henriques may leave in this summer, and there’s something like an end-of-cycle feeling. The club’s major task will be to avoid any major rupture with these last two seasons and try to hold on to as many players and staff as possible.


Player of the Season: Zaidu Sanusi

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