The Rise Of Angelo Sebastiao
The name Angelo Sebastiao will not be too familiar with many people in Brazil, only those however of Porto Alegre in Rio Grande Do Sul may have heard it. Sebastiao was an up and coming young sensation shining in Brazil during the adolescent years of Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Cafu and Roberto Carlos' generation. He had been touted as a future star and was deemed on par with his fellow compatriots. He was certainly making a name for himself and he looked like he was about to carve himself out an illustrious playing career but it wasn't to be...
Angelo signed his first professional contract with Porto Alegre aged just seventeen and impressed enough in his debut campaign to earn a much deserved transfer to Alegre's famous neighbours SC Internacional. Sebastiao played twenty-eight games for Porto Alegre and scored twelve goals, not bad for a central midfielder who was still at the very beggining of his career. The move to Internacional or the Colorado (Reds) as the club is affectinately known as didn't seem to faze Sebastiao and in his first season he played twenty-nine games and scored fourteen goals. Now in Brazil's Under 20's team aswell he was gunning to make his third professional season his best yet. A full international debut and a championship with Internacional beckoned but it never happened.
On a night out with fellow Internacional players Sebastiao was hit by a car in central Alegre. At first many who witnessed the accident thought that the youngster wouldn't have survived what looked like a certain deadly incident. However after some fantastic medical work from doctors, nurses and specialists Angelo did survive. His career however was dead! He had lost the use of both his legs and was paralysed from the waist down. It was a sad day for not just the player, his club and Brazil's future but for the game itself.
Angelo himself admits that he saw some dark times during his paralysis, he turned to drink to numb his disappointment and feed his deepening depression. Now in a wheelchair and unable to physically be involved in the game Internacional still viewed him as a staff member and never severed ties with their former protegee, he was now an honorary staff member something he didnt get involved with at the time.
Five years later, a marriage and a new lease of life ran through the veins of Sebastiao. He had overcome his depression and his battle with alcohol. His wife Tazmin had changed him into a fighter and injected his spirit back into his body. The news also came to light of an expensive risky procedure which had the possibility of curing his paralysis. Angelo knew he couldnt afford to miss this opportunity and having finally taken a position with Internacional a few years earlier as an Under 18's Tactician coach he had enough earnings to pay for the procedure.
It seemed the darker days were a thing of the past, it took a few weeks but the procedure worked and Angelo could now walk again, years after he was told that he'd almost certainly never be able to do so again. He quickly began a career back in football after having missed so much time away from the physical side of things. The Colorado offered him a full coaching contract which he gladly accepted and after a few years he was promoted to Assistant Manager working under Dorival Júnior since August 2011. After Dorival's sacking in December 2012 the club sensationally turned to the man that thought his career in football had died. They offered him a contract as manager which he gratefully and tearfully accepted.
Sebastiao Thrives In New Role
Angelo Sebastiao seemed comfortable in his role and looked professional throughout his day to day routines. He did however have his own ideas and their were a few casualties staff wise which provided the new Colorado boss with a few uncomfortable meetings where he told three members of staff that they would no longer be required in his vision for the club. It seemed The new man in charge wanted to bring his own right hand man in and ensure that the medical department was top notch, something he knew all about from his past.
Josué Teixeira (Asssistant Manager)
Paulo Rabello (Head Physio)
Rodrigo Rossato (Physio)
Only days had passed and Internacional were already welcoming two staff recruits to replace those who had left. first in was Paulo
César Batista Dos Santos who was appointed as the clubs Assistant Manager and Angelo's right hand man. The second in was the widely respected Filé who would take his place in charge of the medical facilities as Head Physio.
César Batista Dos Santos (Assistant Manager)
Filé (Head Physio)
Sebastiao seems to have taken his team by the scruff of the neck as he has also installed a new philosophy into the team. They now have two basis of play which are a wide wing attack form and a narrow controlling one. Angelo wants his team to attack from the off and will watch to see if their is a benefit of this wide play against a cultural narrow play of football in Brazil. However he doesnt want to drift too far away from the Clorado's instrinct and has included a narrow form of play but a more possession based tactic. He will hope that this tactic will see his team dominate possession and increase their chances of a win.
Internacional Winger Play - Internacional central Play
With the club now seemingly ready to commence Pre-Season, Internacional and their new manager Sebastiao wanted to utilise the transfer market. The team which has a big squad and a large reserve and Under 20 team would want to sure up it's squad with the right kind of players that the new man in charge wanted. There also so seemed to be those at the club who Angelo wanted to move on and out of the Colorado.
Romário| Age: 19 | Nation: | Former Team: Vitória | Contract: 2016 | Wages: £2,000 | Cost: £1.2 mil |
Dória | Age: 18 | Nation: | Former Team: Botafogo | Contract: 2016 | Wages: £9,250 | Cost: £525,000 |
Dudu | Age: 21 | Nation: | Former Team: Dynamo Kyiv | Contract: 2016 | Wages: £7,000 | Cost: Loan |
Wellington Nem | Age: 20 | Nation: | Former Team: Fluminense | Contract: 2016 | Wages: £27,500 | Cost: £3.5 mil |
Indio | Nation: | New team: Atlético Paranaense | Cost: £220.000
Josimar | Nation: | New team: Flamengo | Cost: £325,000
Pablo Guiñazú | Nation: | New team: Benfica | Cost: £1 mil
Fabricio | Nation: | New team: Sporting (POR) | Cost: £1.5 mil
Juan | Nation: | New team: Flamengo | Cost:£2 mil
Mario Bollati | Nation: | New team: Sao Paulo | Cost: £4.7 mil
Some decent signings for Internacional who seem to have strengthened but let some key experienced men go. It's now certain that Sebastiao is hoping to build a team here with all his signings under the age of twenty-three. He will have to prove that his team don't lack to much though now they have sold Mario Bollati, Juan and Fabrico.
Wellington Nem looks like the best purchase and will surely be a first team starter, the talent he possess' is fantastic and the Colorado fans will be itching to see him play. Exciting powerful centre back Dória has also signed and with his raw power he wiill be a quality rock at the back.