Associação Desportiva São Caetano

Associação Desportiva São Caetano, commonly referred to as São Caetano, is a Brazilian professional club based in São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo founded on 4 December 1989. It competes in the Campeonato Paulista Série A2, the second tier of the São Paulo state football league.

São Caetano
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Full nameAssociação Desportiva São Caetano
Nickname(s)Azulão (Big Blue)
Founded4 December 1989; 32 years ago (1989-12-04)
GroundEstádio Anacleto Campanella
PresidentManoel Sabino
Head coachAxel Rodrigues
LeagueCampeonato Paulista Série A2
2021Paulista, 16th of 16 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website


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 relegation zone, and played in the 2007 Brasileirão B. They remained there until 2013, when the team finished in 19th place and was relegated to Série C after 14 years in the top two divisions of Brazil. In the same year, the team was relegated in the São Paulo state championship, relegated to the Paulista Serie A2. In 2014, the team would begin the season with lackluster performance in the 2nd level of the state championship, in which the team only escaped relegation in the last round.[5] Following a lacklustre season, the team was relegated once again from the national Série C, and would compete in the Série D in 2015.

After an unsuccessful campaign in the Serie D, the club would play only in the state leagues. However, after finishing the 2018 Campeonato Paulista in 7th place, they qualified for the 2019 Serie D.

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   BRA Douglas
GK   BRA Jacsson
GK   BRA Luiz Daniel
DF   BRA Alex Reinaldo
DF   BRA Anderson Luís
DF   BRA Capa
DF   BRA Carlos Henrique
DF   BRA Joécio
DF   BRA Marquinhos
DF   BRA Max
DF   BRA Saimon
MF   BRA Calyson
MF   BRA Eric Di Maria
MF   BRA Esley
MF   BRA Ferreira
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Guilherme Biteco
MF   BRA Guilherme Lopes
MF   BRA Índio
MF   BRA Pablo
MF   BRA Vinicius Kiss
MF   BRA Vitinho (on loan from Palmeiras)
MF   BRA Willians
FW   BRA Bruno Mezenga
FW   BRA Diego Rosa
FW   BRA Gleyson
FW   BRA Hernandes
FW   BRA Italo
FW   BRA Marlon
FW   BRA Minho
FW   BRA Rafael Marques
FW   BRA Stéfano Yuri

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   BRA Eli Sabiá (loan to Botafogo-SP)
FW   BRA Edu (loan to Joinville)
MF   BRA Ângelo Neto (loan to Al-Fayha)

Notable matchesEdit

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


Built in 1955, São Caetano's stadium is Estádio Anacleto Campanella. Its capacity is 22,738 people.

Former coachesEdit

Colors and nicknameEdit

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


The club's biggest rival is Santo André.


Winners (1): 2004
Winners (1): 2019
Winners (3): 2000, 2017, 2020
Winners (2): 1991, 1998


  1. ^ "Após Serginho, pronto socorro vira regra no futebol" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 5 December 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  2. ^ "São Caetano sabia que Serginho não podia jogar futebol". Época (in Portuguese). 29 October 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Nairo e Forte ainda aguardam o julgamento" (in Portuguese). Pelé.net. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  4. ^ "São Caetano vê declínio um ano após a morte de Serginho" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  5. ^ "São Caetano perde clássico em casa, mas se livra do rebaixamento" (in Portuguese). 12 April 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.

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