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Ligue 1: at the OL, the new coach, Sylvinho, embodies a felted revolution

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Sylvinho, July 28 in London. MATTHEW CHILDS / Action Images via Reuters

It has almost become a habit for the French clubs, but it is a real revolution on the bench of Olympique Lyonnais. Thirty-seven years after the tragic passage of Yugoslav Vladimir Kovacevic (November 1981-February 1982), the club has decided to bet on another foreign coach , the Brazilian Sylvinho, to succeed the local Lyonnais, Bruno Genesio, whose contract was not renewed after three and a half seasons on the bench.

The new coach, who makes his debut in Ligue 1 on Friday night against Monaco (8:45 pm) during the opening match of the season, does not come alone because the former glory of the club, the star Juninho, which has been claimed for years by the Lyon fans, is also returning to the Rhine by assuming the role of sports director, specially created for him. This duo  « do Brasil Is the new, more international twist that the club of President Jean-Michel Aulas has decided to take.

A side of duty, a conscientious coach

Former professional footballer, a modest Brazilian international with six selections, Sylvinho spent much of his career as a player in Europe, where he landed in 1999 at Arsenal. Two years later, this left-hand side finds La Liga: at Celta Vigo (2001-2004) and especially at FC Barcelona (2004-2009), with which he wins two leagues of champions (2006 and 2009). ).

After a last short run in Manchester City, barely ten games, he decides to dedicate himself to the career of coach, first at home, in different Brasilian clubs. Without burning the stages, for three years, he plays the role of Deputy Cruzeiro, Sport Recife, Náutico and finally the mythical Corinthians.

Then, the former footballer seizes an opportunity in Europe. It is at Inter Milan, under the guidance of an experienced coach, the Italian Roberto Mancini, that he rubs himself at the top level for two seasons (deputy, then member of the staff ). Conscientious, the former footballer crosses once again the ocean to refine his learning of the trade. He has been named assistant to Brazil's Tite (2016-2019), attending the quarterfinal run of the Seleção at the 2018 World Cup.

Just before taking control of Brazil's Olympic selection, the former Barça defender receives a call from his compatriot Juninho, who made it his first choice when Jean-Michel Aulas entrusts him with the heavy decision to find a successor to Bruno Genesio. After eight years of training, Sylvinho is finally awarded the first role.


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