THE Santos this Tuesday the fourth title of the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior. Alvinegro faces Palmeiras, at 10 am, at Allianz Parque – the game will be broadcast live on TV Globo (for SP), sportv (for all Brazil) and real-time coverage in give, with videos of goals and main shots, as well as pre, during and post-match live.
The last time Peixe lifted the cup in the tournament was in 2014. The team coached by Pepinho Macia, son of the Santos idol Pepe, beat Corinthians in the decision by 2 to 1, in a match played at Pacaembu.
Check out where are the Santos players who took the field that day:
Joao Paulo (goalkeeper): Alvinegro’s number 1 has moved up to the professional ranks, but the first opportunities were only in friendlies against Benfica (Portugal) and Kenitra (Morocco). The official debut took place in 2017, in the goalless draw against Vasco da Gama, for the Brazilian Championship. After Everson’s departure, he began to dispute the title of Santos’ goal with John. At the age of 26, he was one of the highlights of Peixe in the last Brasileirão.
João Paulo – Santos x Internacional — Photo: Pedro H. Tesch/AGIF
Daniel Guedes (right-back): after Copinha, he was also promoted to the professionals and made his debut against Botafogo, in the 2014 Brazilian Championship. He was unable to establish himself in the team and went on loan. He had stints in Goiás, Cruzeiro and Fortaleza. At 27 years old, he has a contract with Peixe until June of this year and is fighting to renew the contract.
Paulo Ricardo (defender): went up to the professionals and played 20 games with the Santos shirt, but without getting more space. He played for Sion (Switzerland), Fluminense, Goiás and Figueirense. At 27, he plays for Kuopion Palloseura, from Finland.
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Naílson (defender): after spending time with Santos, the defender traveled the world. He played for Mogi Mirim, Diadema, União Leiria (Portugal), Familicão (Portugal), Zirka (Ukraine), Baltika (Russia), Juventus and currently defends Al-Adalah, from Saudi Arabia. When he was at Moleque Travesso, he gained prominence for his career, also as an influencer.
Zeca (left-back): one of the most prominent names in that team, Zeca managed to establish himself and become a starter, having been Olympic champion in 2016 with the Seleção. However, the following year, the player entered into litigation with Santos after going to court to ask for the termination of the contract for alleged delays in collecting the guarantee fund. He obtained an injunction when the case reached the Superior Labor Court (TST) at the end of that year. The side was negotiated with Inter, in an agreement that included the arrival of forward Eduardo Sasha. After Colorado, he passed through Bahia and Vasco da Gama. He is currently without a club.
Lucas Otávio (steering wheel): reference in that team and captain, the midfielder had no sequence in the professionals and was loaned by Peixe. He passed through Paraná, Avai and Ituano. In 2019, then 25 years old, he asked to be released from PSTC, from Paraná, and moved away from the pitch. Now, he works as an athlete entrepreneur.
Fernando Medeiros (steering wheel): considered one of the promises of Peixe, the midfielder had no space inside Santos. He was loaned to Botafogo-SP and Vila Nova-GO, before agreeing to go to Bahia. He also played for Ituano and Portimonense (Portugal), before defending Confiança, in the 2021 Brazilian Championship Series B. He is currently at Audax-RJ.
Serginho (half): Promoted in 2014, the midfielder had opportunities in the main squad, but was loaned to Vitória in 2016. The following year, he was loaned to Santo André to compete in the Campeonato Paulista. On return, it became an option, but it did not take hold. It was loaned again, this time to América-MG. When he was at Coelho, he was traded by Peixe to Kashima Antlers, from Japan. Today, he defends Changchun Yatai, from China.
Serginho, the talisman of Kashima in the ACL, scored the turning goal over Gyeongnam in stoppage time in the second half — Photo: Reproduction / YouTube
Jorge Eduardo (striker): the winger did not gain space in the main team of Santos. He had several stints at Audax. He also played for Ferroviária, ABC, Portuguesa and Juventus. This month, he signed a contract with Dziugas, from Lithuania.
Diego Cardoso (attacker): one of the top scorers of that Copinha, the player didn’t have much brilliance among the professionals. He was loaned to Bragantino and Vila Nova, from Goiás. When he was at Peixe, he was part of the B team. He was also loaned to Guarani, in 2019, before leaving Alvinegro. He passed through Botafogo-SP, Botev Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Operário-PR, São Caetano, Volta Redonda and Sampaio Corrêa. Currently, it reinforces the XV de Piracicaba for the dispute of the A2 Series of the Paulista Championship.
Stefano Yuri (striker): another top scorer in the 2014 Copa São Paulo, the striker had chances in 2014, but without pleasing him. He was loaned to Náutico, Botafogo-SP, Vila Nova-GO and São Caetano, before leaving Peixe. He then went on to play Thai football. He defended Muangkan United, Nakhonpathom and now he’s with Pattani.
Stéfano Yuri during his visit to São Caetano — Photo: Fabrício Cortinove/São Caetano
Diego Gomes (steering wheel): replaced Fernando Medeiros in the second half of the final. At Peixe, the midfielder was loaned to Portuguesa Santista, in addition to playing for the B team of Alvinegro. He also had spells in Santo André, Ipatinga, Tupi, Aimoré, Marítimo (Portugal) and Brasil-RS, before being announced as a new player for Botafogo-PB.
Gustavo Nascimento (attacking midfielder): joined Diego Cardoso in the decision. The player turned professional at Mogi Mirim, where he left to play in Portuguese football. He played for Portimonense, Penafiel, Estoril and Cova Piedade. He is currently at Olympiakos Nicosia, from Cyprus.
Gustavo Eugenio (defender): entered almost in stoppage time, in place of Serginho. Also known as Japa, the defender, who played for the Brazilian under-17 team, made his career away from Santos. He passed through Paraná, Feirense, River-PI, Villa Nova-MG, Tupynambás, Portuguesa, Juventus, Cascavel and Jataiense. Today, he defends Anapolina.