Vitoria de Guimaraes

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2022/2023

Vitoria de Guimaraes

In


Mikel Villanueva (def) Santa Clara; Maxwell Woledzi (def) Nordsjaelland, ARG; Ryoya Ogawa (def) FC Tokyo; Matheus Índio (mid) Trofense, CZE; André Silva (att) Arouca; Anderson Oliveira (att) Beijing Gouan, CHI; Felipe Estrella (att) Catania, ITA; Jota Silva (att) Casa Pia

Out


Sílvio (sp)(def) released; Rafa Soares (r)(def) PAOK, GRE; Falaye Sacko (r)(def) Montpellier, FRA; Toni Borevkovic (sp)(def) Hadjuk Split, CRO – on loan; Joseph Amoah (mid) released; André André (r)(mid) released; Luís Esteves (sp)(mid) Nacional da Madeira; Rochinha (k)(att) Sporting; Oscar Estupiñan (r)(att) Hull City, ENG; Ricardo Quaresma (sp)(att) end of contract; Geny Catamo (sp)(att) Sporting – return from loan; João Ferreira (sp)(def) Benfica – return from loan; Bruno Duarte (sp)(att) Damas, SAU; Matous Trmal (sp)(gk) Marítimo

Despite finishing in 6th, last season was a disappointing one for Vitória. Coach Pepa arrived surrounded by great expectation, but there was always the feeling that the team was lacking motivation and proper organization. A few injury problems didn’t help either. Like in previous seasons, there has been quite a few moves in this summer. Next season is, therefore, a big question mark. Starting in dugout. Pepa was surprisingly sacked just a few weeks before the season started. Former Vitória centre-half, Moreno will assume the job coming from a good year with B-team but with no experience in any top flight team. Goalkeeper was the only position without any moves. Therefore, Varela will remain the main option. At the back Mikel is coming from Santa Clara to replace Borevkovic, after the Croatian was highly disappointing last season. Japanese left-back Ogawa arrives to replace Rafa Soares (whose defensive skills were always questioned by the fans). André André and Amoah aren’t part of Moreno’s plans and André Almeida is heavily linked with a move to Porto. The midfield looks weaker, as no major name arrived to compensate this (possible) departures. 21-years old Handel may be having his affirmation but will need to stay out of injuries. In attack, things look slightly better, despite Rochinha, Estupiñan and Bruno Duarte having left. André Silva had a great season with Arouca and is promise for goals for ‘Conquistadores’. Anderson Oliveira is also a great addition for the striker position. The pacey Jota Silva is a great prospect for the wings, where Rúben Lameiras remains a reference.

Target


Guimarães won’t settle for worse than a 5th place this season. However, the competence of current squad and coach is slightly questionable.

Season Review
2020/2021

№7: Vitoria de Guimaraes

Admittedly a failure for Guimarães, this season. Team had 3 coaches (plus interim Moreno, for the final 2 rounds) and none of them was able to bring the best out of the group of players, as Vitória failed to even reach the last place for European qualification. Season was predictably going to be a risky one when unexperienced Tiago Mendes was brought on board while a totally arbitrary policy in signings seemed to be on course. Multiple new players were bought without any visible concern on following a balanced profile for the team. There was a good moment from November to late January, already with second coach João Henriques, when Guimarães picked only 2 defeats (big teams Sporting and Porto) and 7 wins in just 10 games. However, these sequence was not enough for João Henriques to escape from a very poor February and March, and Vitória went on to the 3rd coach Bino, who failed to improve the performance and ended up being sacked after 7 rounds. Quaresma was the big name brought for the season, but his injuries and the incompatibility between him and the other talented winger Marcus Edwards didn’t help the former Barcelona winger to bring Guimarães to the next level. Goalkeeper Varela oscillated from points-earning performances to clumsy liability levels. Defence was hardly solid with Jorge Fernandes knowing multiple partners at the back. Midfielders Pepelu and André André were perhaps the most reliable pieces on a side that was generally disappointing. Preparing a successful season will mean rebuilding the squad, forming a characterful and balanced group, which doesn’t seem to be easy at this point.


Player of the Season: Andre Andre

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