- Associação Desportiva São Caetano
Football club infobox
clubname = São Caetano
fullname = Associação Desportiva São Caetano
nickname = "Azulão (Blue Bird or Big Blue)"
ground = Anacleto Campanella,
capacity = 22,738
Nairo Ferreira de Souza
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
season = 2007
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, 10th
Associação Desportiva São Caetano is a Brazilian football team based on the city of São Caetano,
Brazil, part of the São Paulo greater metropolitan area. The team is dubbed "Azulão" (Big Blue), after the shirt colour. The sponsor is Consul, a well known Brazilian producer of household appliances. São Caetano's greatest rival is EC Santo André.
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, the Brazilian national championship was disputed 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 favourites 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.
27 October 2004, while playing in a match against São Paulo, São Caetano defender Serginho suffered a fatal heart attack.cite web | title =Após Serginho, pronto socorro vira regra no futebol | url=http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/esporte/ult92u83810.shtml | accessdate = 2008-07-17 | date = 2004-12-05 | language=Portuguese | publisher=Folha Online ] As São Caetano's staff let Serginho play even knowing that he had heart problems, the club was penalized heavily by the CBF,cite web | title =São Caetano sabia que Serginho não podia jogar futebol | url=http://revistaepoca.globo.com/Revista/Epoca/0,,EDG67217-6014,00.html | accessdate = 2008-07-17 | date = 2004-10-29 | language=Portuguese | publisher= Época] cite web | title =Nairo e Forte ainda aguardam o julgamento | url=http://noticias.uol.com.br/pelenet/revista/ult1334u730.jhtm | accessdate = 2008-07-17 | date = 2005-10-27 | language=Portuguese | publisher=Pelé.net ] which has since marked a decline in their performance.cite web | title =São Caetano vê declínio um ano após a morte de Serginho | url=http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/esporte/ult92u94810.shtml | accessdate = 2008-07-17 | date = 2005-10-27 | language=Portuguese | publisher=Folha Online ]
Copa Libertadores de América: 1 Runner-Up - 2002
Transfers for 2008 season
São Caetano's stadium is Estádio Anacleto Campanella, built in
1955, with a maximum capacity of 22,738 people.
* [http://www.adsaocaetano.com.br Official Website]
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