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Associação Desportiva São Caetano


Associação Desportiva São Caetano

AD São Caetano
São Caetano's logo
Full name Associação Desportiva São Caetano
Nickname(s) Azulão (Blue Bird or Big Blue)
Founded December 4, 1989 (1989-12-04)
Stadium Anacleto Campanella,
São Caetano, Brazil
Ground Capacity 16,744
President Nairo Ferreira de Souza
Head coach Luiz Carlos Martins
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série D
2014 Série C, 17th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Estádio Anacleto Campanella

Associação Desportiva São Caetano, commonly known as São Caetano, is a Brazilian football team based in the city of São Caetano, Brazil, part of the São Paulo greater metropolitan area. The club finished as runner-up in the Série A twice and once in the Copa Libertadores.


  • History 1
  • Honors 2
    • International 2.1
    • National competitions 2.2
  • Current squad 3
  • Out on loan 4
  • Famous matches 5
  • Stadium 6
  • Former coaches 7
  • Colors and nickname 8
  • Rivalry 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Founded in 1989, the club found success early, winning the Third and Second Divisions of São Paulo regional tournaments. São Caetano rose to national prominence in 2000.

In 2000, the Brazilian national championship was contested in a rather unusual way. According to previous credentials, teams would play in the First (best teams), Second or Third Division; São Caetano played in the Second. The difference was that, after all Divisions were finished, a mini tournament would gather representatives from all of them (one team from Third Division, three from Second and twelve from First), and the winner would be the Brazilian Champion of 2000.

São Caetano was runner-up of the Second Division and qualified to the finals. Beating Fluminense, Palmeiras and Grêmio, they entered the final against Vasco da Gama. The first match ended as a draw. During the second, fans invaded the pitch and the match was suspended. Despite several claims that São Caetano should be declared champion, Vasco petitioned the league for a third match, which Vasco went on to win.

Unlike many teams that rise prominently then quickly fall back to obscurity, São Caetano had another strong campaign in 2001. Playing a full season in the top division, they reached the final against Atlético Paranaense. Once again they finished as the runner-up, but consecutive seasons placing well secured their reputation on a national level.

In 2002, São Caetano was finalist of Copa Libertadores, the most important tournament in South America. Again, they were runner-up, losing the final to Olimpia of Paraguay on penalties.

São Caetano had earned respect, but no titles. In 2004, São Caetano won the São Paulo State Championship, beating the upstate squad Paulista, from Jundiaí.

On October 27, 2004, while playing in a match against São Paulo, São Caetano defender Serginho suffered a fatal heart attack.[1] As São Caetano's staff let Serginho play even knowing that he had heart problems, the club was penalized heavily by the CBF,[2][3] which has since marked a decline in their performance.[4]

At the end of the 2006, they finished within the zone of relegation, and played in the 2007 in the Série B.They stayed there until 2013, when the team finished in 19th place and was relegated to Série C after 14 years in the two top divisions of Brazil.In the same year, the team was relegated in the São Paulo state championship. In 2014, after beginning the season with a bad performance in the Second level of the state championship, in which the team only escaped relegation in the last round,[5] the team was relegated once again in the Série C, and it will dispute the Série D in 2015.



Runner-up (1): 2002

National competitions

Runners-up (2): 2000, 2001
Runner-up (1): 1998
Winner (1): 2004
Runner-up (1): 2007
Winner (1): 2000
Winners (2): 1991, 1998

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Júnior Belliato
GK Álvaro Montero
GK Saulo
GK Thiago Passos
DF Ângelo (on loan from Santo André)
DF Artur
DF Bruno Recife
DF Eduardo Luiz
DF Gabriel
DF Júnior Alves (on loan from São Bernardo)
DF Luiz Eduardo
DF Murilo Ceará
DF Paulo Fernando
DF Sandoval
DF William Mineiro
MF Esley
No. Position Player
MF Fábio Baiano
MF Ferreira
MF Igor
MF Kléber
MF Leandro Carvalho
MF Matheus
MF Moacir
MF Neto
MF Paulinho
MF Xuxa
FW Clebinho
FW Diogo Acosta
FW Matheus Guerreiro
FW Robson F.
FW Victor Santiago
FW Wesley

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
DF Eli Sabiá (loan to Botafogo-SP)
FW Edu (loan to Joinville)

Famous matches

  • São Caetano 4-1 São Paulo - 2007 Campeonato Paulista - Second Semi-Finals
  • São Caetano 2-0 Club América - 2002 Libertadores Cup First - Semi-Finals


São Caetano's stadium is Estádio Anacleto Campanella, built in 1955, with a maximum capacity of 22,738 people.

Former coaches

Colors and nickname

The team is dubbed Azulão (Big Blue), after the shirt color.


São Caetano's greatest rival is Santo André.


  1. ^ "Após Serginho, pronto socorro vira regra no futebol" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 2004-12-05. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  2. ^ "São Caetano sabia que Serginho não podia jogar futebol".  
  3. ^ "Nairo e Forte ainda aguardam o julgamento" (in Portuguese). Pelé.net. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  4. ^ "São Caetano vê declínio um ano após a morte de Serginho" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ "São Caetano perde clássico em casa, mas se livra do rebaixamento" (in Portuguese). 2014-04-12. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 

External links

  • Official Website
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