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It’s a chance for you to learn more about São Paulo … and for me to talk about some of the great stories I couldn’t squeeze into the book.
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What’s up with São Paulo
October 1, 2022: Sao Paulo reached the championship final of the 2022 Copa Sudamericana (South American Cup) but fell to Ecuadorean club Independiente del Valle, 2–0. Sao Paulo had defeated another Brazilian club, Atletico Goianiense, in the semifinals on penalty kicks. Luciano, the team’s star forward, was among the tournament’s top scorers with 5 goals.
October 18, 2021: Midfielder Jonathan Calleri scored the lone goal in a victory against Serie A rival Corinthians. It was the club’s eighth game without a loss, but its first win after six draws in a row.
May 23, 2021: Sao Paulo defeated Palmeiras 2–0 to win its first Campeonato Paulista league championship since 2005. Luan Santos and Luciano scored the team’s goal to secure its 22nd national championship.
February 5, 2021: The club’s top goal scorer, Brenner, was transferred to FC Cincinnati for $15 million. Brenner, began training with Sao Paulo at the age of 11 and is one of the South America’s most exciting young stars.
January 8, 2019: Despite going through four different managers, Sao Paulo finished with a winning record during the 2019 Serie A regular season.
April 16, 2018: São Paulo kicked off the 2018 Campeonato season with a 1–0 victory over Parana. Bruno Alves scored the winning goal.
May 28, 2017: São Paulo’s youth teams swept honors at the Aspire Academy Tri-Series in Doha, Qatar. Anthony Matheus was the star of the tournament, with five goals in three matches.
Série A & Copa do Brasil
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Did You Know?
• After Bauer retired as a player from São Paul, he discovered a young player in Africa named Eusebio. The club decided not to sign Eusebio, and he went on to be one of the Top 25 players of all-time.
• São Paulo won its first Brazilian championship in 1977. The club defeated Atletico Mineiro in a thrilling shootout after a scoreless match. More than 100,000 tickets were sold for the game.
• São Paulo won its third Copa Libertadores in 2005. The club beat Atletico Paranaense in a two-game final. The first leg of the final was a 1–1 tie. São Paulo won the second leg 4¬–0, with Marcio Amoroso scoring the winning goal.
• In 2017, Rogerio Ceni was named manager (head coach) of São Paulo F.C.