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With the State Championships to start this weekend, Sambafoot takes a look at four players expected to make an impact in the Campeonato Paulista

Who will be this year's stars in the State Championships?
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Pato, Ganso, Damião and Leandro will be stars in this year’s São Paulo State Championship.

Corinthians’ Alexandre Pato has been free of injuries for one of the longest spells of his career. The 24-year-old striker can play without fear and with great pace and clinical finishing he has the potential to score a lot of goals in this year’s campaign.

São Paulo’s Paulo Henrique Ganso finished 2013 in fine form. His main quality is his passing and ability to create opportunities for his teammates. The 24-year-old midfielder has also suffered with injuries in the past but enjoyed an extended run of games at the end of the last year.

Santos’ Lenadro Damião is yet another player to have struggled with injuries in the past. Also 24, the striker will be under pressure to perform as the club’s principal pre-season signing. He offers more inside the box than out, but is a ruthless finisher when given the opportunity.

Palmeiras’ Leandro scored 19 goals to help the club gain promotion from Série B last season. The 20-year-old is an excellent finisher. The attacker’s discipline has often been questioned but if he can remain out of trouble then he can expect to have a big impact on this year’s championship.


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