Argentine Hernán Crespo will coach São Paulo FC until the end of the 2022 season, which in Brazil coincides with the close of the calendar year.
The former striker of Parma, Lazio, Inter of Milan and Genoa, who in Italy had also led Parma and Modena from the bench, recently won the Coppa Sudamericana, continental equivalent of the Europa League, at the helm of the Argentines of Defensa y Justicia.
São Paulo FC were leaders of the Brazilian League before being overtaken in the ranking, thus leading coach Fernando Diniz to be fired, in a country where the benches are very shaky. With 4 games remaining in the League, the São Paulo, with one game less, are fourth in the ranking, seven points behind the leaders Internacional. The club management has had talks with several coaches including Portuguese Pedro Martins and Spanish Miguel Àngel Ramírez. The preference for a foreign technician was known, very fashionable in recent times in Brazilian football.
The São Paulo’s idea is to maintain a little bit of Fernando Diniz’s style of ball possession, lots of passing, but with a faster transition from defense to attack as well as fielding a more aggressive team. And at the same time take fewer risks in defense. On Sunday the team will again be led by interim coach Marco Vizolli in the Grêmio match for Brasileirão. The date for Crespo’s debut on the São Paulo bench is not yet known. The former Parma had also attended the training course in National Center of Coverciano, Italy. In addition to the player and coach of the Emilian club, he also held the role of vice president and ambassador of Parma. He had even been included in the list drawn up by Pele for Fifa as one of the 125 best living footballers ever.
We wish Crespo the best for this new adventure and to São Paulo to return to the top of the Brazilian Serie A championship.