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Season Guide
2020

Sao Paulo FC

In


Shaylon (mid) Bahia - return from loan; Brenner (att) Fluminense - return from loan;

Out


Jean (sp)(gk) Atlético GO - on loan; Lucas Kal (sp)(def) América MG - on loan; Hudson (sp)(mid) Fluminense - on loan; Jucilei (sp)(mid) released; Antony (r)(att) Ajax

Despite a top-6 finish, 2019 was a very disappointing season for São Paulo, as expectations were very high due to some heavy names signed in the beginning of the season (Pato, Dani Alves, Hernanes...). Paulistas were never close to the level the fans were demanding. Fernando Diniz is an exciting new manager, but is still considered to employ a style that more often than advised expose his teams' defensive line too much. Fans are hoping Diniz to correct that part on his game and bring a more balanced style this year. A very quiet market this year, as São Paulo only focused on getting two players back from loan (some expectation on flamboyant Shaylon), and signing definite contracts with players like Volpi, Bueno and Igor Vinícius, who were only on loan last season. Only Antony won't be around in 2020 league, as he signed with Ajax from Netherlands. Paulistas will therefore have almost the same squad as last year. The hopes are that what went wrong in 2019 will be corrected this time around. In a way, striker Pablo can be considered a "great new signing" as he recovered from a severe injury, and has been on hot goalscoring form in Paulistão in 2020. With Pablo on the pitch, Pato will be taken off from the responsability of scoring and may be performing better this time around. Also, there are hopes that the many young talents will have their affirmation year: Luan, Liziero, Antony, Toró and Igor Gomes.

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São Paulo have enough quality in the squad to be one of the rivals for Flamengo in the title race. However, team has been failing to be consistent in many years, and elimination to lower team Mirassol in Paulistão cast big doubts over the team's competence, once again.

Season Review
2019

№6: Sao Paulo FC

A decent regional season, some hot signings in pre-season, a few youngsters ready to be launched to stardom and a good initial 4 rounds let it seem Tricolores were heading for success, but 2019 ended up being a frustrating year. The team was unable to keep a constant pace and two bad sequences (round 5 to 10 and 16 to 21) made the board sack coach Cuca and replace him by former Fluminense Fernando Diniz. Diniz brought a bit of joy, stylistically speaking, but inconsistency kept being the dominant note on São Paulinos’ campaign. Not even the adding of big names Dani Alves and Juanfran in August made much difference. Physical problems were aplenty during the first half of the season, particularly in attacking players. Youngsters Antony, Toró, Igor Gomes, Luan and Liziero failed to make a definite mark on Brazilian football, but it was clear they are big talents to follow closely next season. The left-footed forward Antony may not even last long as he’s been linked with a move to Europe. Pato was an absolute miss, this season, rarely making any impact during a match. Hernanes and Everton C. spent more time on the medical department than on the pitch. Goalkeeper Volpi and full-back Reinaldo were exceptions and had a solid season. There are talent enough to hope for a better 2020, especially with Fernando Diniz having time to prepare the entire season from beginning.


Player of the Season: Reinaldo M.S.

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