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2019/2020

SC Braga

In


Ricardo Sá Pinto (coach); Eduardo (gk) Chelsea; Vitor Tormena (def) Portimonense/Gil Vicente; Caju (def) Santos, BRA; André Horta (mid) LA Galaxy, USA; Diogo Viana (def/mid) Belenenses; Hassan (att) Olympiacos, GRE – return from loan; Stojiljkoic (att) Maiorca, SPA – return from loan; Luther Singh (mid/att) Chaves – return from loan

Out


Abel Ferreira (coach); Marafona (sp)(gk) Alanyaspor, TUR; Marcelo Goiano (r)(def) Sivasspor; Ricardo Ferreira (def) end of contract; Ailton (sp)(def) end of loan contract; Ricardo Ryller (sp)(mid) Bragantino, BRA – end of loan; Dyego Souza (k)(att) SZ FC, CHI; Fábio Martins (mid/att) Famalicão – on loan

Last season was a reality check exercise for Bracarenses. For the first time, a fourth team announced to be contenders for the title. After a reasonable start, a few upsets in mid-season sent Braga to their usual role in league and on the table. Braga will keep most of the squad from last season; therefore will remain a force in Portuguese league. However, it’s clear the message that Braga will take it easier this time and save the title ambition for later. The departure of manager Abel Ferreira is the most evident sign of that. The project is over, and now is time to build new ideas with Sá Pinto as the new boss. Another sign of the end of a cycle is the departure of their most valuable striker, Dyego Souza. The recent Portuguese international wouldn’t be leaving so easily after the last couple of seasons. On the other hand, there was the usual sensible domestic buying with affordable yet solid new players like Tormena and Diogo Viana joining in. The return of creative André Horta after one year in MLS is the most celebrated move so far. While the squad seems considerably strong to keep Braga’s “fourth-big” status, it is questionable that the former irascible forward Sá Pinto possesses the characteristics needed for a team like Braga.

Target


Braga will take a step back in their ambition. Messing up with the traditional order of the Big-3 would be a major success. Ending 4th with good margin over rivals Guimarães is the minimal, expected goal.

Season Review
2018/2019

№4: SC Braga

A feeling of disappointment in the end for a fourth place is the best evidence that Braga is really already on the next level. However, not yet on the level of the top three as this season was also evidence of. Braga started in a very strong pace and, by the time they defeated Sporting with a very solid performance, one thought that we would be having a new contender for the title. However, Arsenalistas showed a particular weakness when playing against the top three teams, having lost all other five matches, most of them with heavy negative scores. When Braga faced their limitations, they entered in a mini-crisis in the last part of the season (5 defeats in last 8 rounds), which ended up costing them a third place that seemed safe for a while. This negative ending run may have taken away some momentum and Braga may be adopting a more realistic approach next season, stepping down a notch and avoid mentioning the title again. The departures of André Horta, Danilo and Vukcevic proved to be crucial, as Bracarenses were never able to reproduce the quality of 2017-18 midfield, with Fransérgio injured for long and Claudemir and Novais not having a totally convincing season. Dyego Souza had a strong season, and was the top scorer of the league for some time, earning him a call to Portuguese national side. Paulinho and Wilson Eduardo were also good in attack, and Sequeira’s consistency during the season was a pleasant surprise.


Player of the Season: Dyego Sousa

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