I respect all the opinions of Corinthians fans about Sylvinho, but I’d like to highlight what strikes me the most about the 47-year-old’s approach: the mentor suit.
Silvinho helped two of the most highly rated coaches win the 2022 World Cup in the past decade: Tite, now on the Brazilian team, and Roberto Mancini, on the Italian team.
With Tite, they were experiences in the Corinthians themselves, in 2013, and in selection, between 2016 and 2019. The highlight of the assistance work is at the 2018 World Cup, with Fagner and Cássio.
With Roberto Mancini, the trial happened at Inter Milan between December 2014 and June 2016 – only when he took on the right-arm role of Titi in the Brazilian national team.
Silvinho is still in charge of the Olympic team in 2019, but he resigned before he had a chance to coach Lyon, as he is passing through at 11-game speed.
Apart from these recent works by Sylvinho, it is worth noting the path of the former football team. After spending the entire 90’s in Corinthians (between the Terrão and professional days), he wore the jerseys of Arsenal, Celta de Vigo, Barcelona and Manchester City. He has been coached by names like Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Arsene Wenger, Ricard and Pep Guardiola.
It can be compared with Crespo
On the rise in São Paulo, especially now when the club is knocked out of the title line, Hernan Crespo could be an optimistic comparison to a Corinthians fan: a professional with a very rich career as a player, who has taken advantage of his contacts in Europe to start his career there and return to this side of the Atlantic with luggage. Good.
In Silvinho’s case, Corinthians tends to be a mediator that Crespo in São Paulo did not have: he knows the club (and national football) as a former player and former assistant.
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