São Paulo supporters dream of Mourinho’s arrival

The Portuguese coach has been out of work since he was fired from AS Roma.
Desmond Efe-Khaese
2024-04-17 15:40:00

São Paulo is going through a bad time and all the guns are pointing at Thiago Carpini, the young coach who has only been in office for three months. One of the possible names that are being talked about to replace him, at least in the fans’ dreams, is none other than José Mourinho.

The Portuguese has been out of work since he was dismissed from AS Roma in January. A few days before his departure from the Italian capital team was made official, he was mentioned as a possible name to lead the Brazilian team, after the possibility of hiring Carlo Ancelotti fell through, but Dorival Júnior was finally named as head of the Seleção.

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In this context, Mourinho’s latest posts on his Instagram account receive in his comments several requests from supporters of the São Paulo Tricolor for him to take the reins of the club. For example, a fan appealed to Lucas Moura, who was under the coach’s command at Tottenham, to mediate his arrival.

São Paulo started the year well by winning the Brazilian Super Cup against Palmeiras, but since then it has been going through a football crisis. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Paulista Championship, suffered a defeat and an agonizing victory in the Copa Libertadores and made their debut in the Brasileirão with a loss at home against Fortaleza.

The São Paulo fans can be excited after reading some recent comments by Mourinho, winner of 26 titles in his career, in which he expressed his desire to return to work “anywhere” before June. However, the value of his salary seems to destroy that dream: at AS Roma he earned around 18 million euros last season.

The only concrete thing is that Carpini, Dorival’s replacement when he signed with the national team, is the coach today. A couple of key weeks are coming up on the agenda: today they visit Flamengo for the Brasileirão, on April 25 they travel to Guayaquil to face Barcelona for the Libertadores and four days later they host Palmeiras, also for the Brazilian league.

Remembering Zagallo

Sambafoot Series launched a new documentary about the football legend Zagallo. Known as ‘Velho Lobo‘ and as superstitious as it gets, Zagallo helped shape what Brazilian football is nowadays — as a player and as a coach.

The first episode is available on Sambafoot’s Youtube channel and the series will receive weekly releases to tell this legend’s life story.