Reformulation, almost 90 million reais in reinforcements and more: what to expect from the ‘new Vasco’ for 2023

Against River Plate Vasco takes the field for the first time with the new signings for 2023; friendly will be broadcast live on ESPN on Star+

“Vasco was chaos, this chaos is over. Vasco enters 2023 to compete in the competitions he will play”. It was with these words that Paolo Bracciexecutive director of Cruzmaltino, performed in front of a crowd on December 6, 2022, during a press conference. And after more than a month, the carioca club is already breathing more and more the air of the promised reformulation for 2023.

The Vasco fan’s first contact with the “new Vasco” will be this Tuesday (17)from 21:30 (Brasilia time), when the Hill Giant tackles the river plateat Exploria Stadium, in Orlando, USA in a pre-season friendly which will have Live broadcast through the ESPN on Star+.

officially a SAF (Sociedade Anônima do Futebol) since last September, when the sale of 70% of the club’s shares to the North American company 777 Partners Has been completedVasco was only sure he could dream of better days than the day December 6th, when they beat Ituano 1-0, at Novelli Júnior, for the last round of Série B, and guaranteed his return to the elite of Brazilian football.

From then on, the certainty that he would compete again for the A league in 2023 he brought hope to the club, who have not won a major title since 2011when he won the Brazil Cup. And a lot has happened in a short time behind the scenes of San Gennaro.

Starting with the review of the football department. The coach Jorginho did not have your contract renewed after signing in. Maurício Barbieri, who had just left Red Bull Bragantino, was chosen and brought in Chilean Claudio Maldonado as assistant coach.. Like Bracks, hired during the B seriesand that he took over the strongman position in football left by Charles Brazilwho became Cruzmaltino’s base and transition manager.

Another novelty was the arrival of Abel Braga, a former coach, as technical director of Vasco. How Luiz Mellowho went from managing director of the club to managing director of SAF cruzmaltina.

With the new structure defined after joining, the São Januário club has started to look to 2023 thinking about a reformulation of the squad. And she already happens full steam ahead. of the day December 16th, when he announced striker Pedro Raul as his first reinforcement for the seasonVasco has already formalized 9 signings so far. And an amount close to R$90 million has already been spent on strengthening the team.

In addition to Pedro Raul, Vasco has paid special attention to his defense and has reformulated the entire industry. The goalkeeper has arrived Ivan (borrowed from Corinthians), the sides lucas pitton (formerly Corinthians) e “Pumita” Rodriguez (former-National-URU), in addition to the defenders Leo (former-St. Paul) And Robson (borrowed from nice).

For midfield, the big signing was the defensive midfielder Jair, multiple champion for Atletico-MGhow from LuccaformerBahia. The attack still won the reinforcement of the Argentine jewel Luca OrellanoformerVelez Sarsfield.

See below how much the reinforcements already hired by Vasco cost for 2023:

  • Luca Orellano – BRL 20.7 million*

  • Lucas Snape – BRL 16.5 million

  • Leo – 16 million BRL

  • Jair – BRL 13.2 million

  • Pedro Raúl – BRL 10.4 million

  • “Pumita” Rodriguez – R $ 10 million

  • From Lucca – free (definitely)

  • Robson – free (loan)

  • Ivan – free (loan)*

Total: 86.8 million

*In the case of Orellano, Vasco may have to pay a higher amount if the objectives are achieved; Ivan, on the other hand, can be bought outright for the same reason

And the club won’t stop there in the ball market.. During Jair’s presentation in the United StatesBracks assured that Vasco will still look for other signings for the season.

“There are already 9 signings and we won’t stop there. We want high goals, and for high goals we need high-level players”, declared the leader.

In addition to arrivals, Vasco also had many departures. The main behind the wheel Andrew Santos, which was sold to Chelsea. also left Carlos Palacios, lent to Colo-Colo, Yuri Lara, raniel, Leo Matoswho has also retired, Quinteroamong others.

On the other hand, the Rio de Janeiro club has also guaranteed the renewal of contracts with some of its “creators”, including Figueiredo And Eric Marcuswhich he signed up to the end of 2026 And 2027respectively, in addition to Eguinaldobought outright last year, with contract until August 2027. So were two others who renewed Alex Teixeira And babybut this second only until the end of April.

For the end of the pre-season in Florida, which will still have a second friendly, against Inter-Miamifrom Major League Soccer (MLS)day after January 21st, Barbieri listed 21 games. Of these, 7 are new reinforcements, as De Lucca and Robson remained in Rio for physical reasons. See who traveled below.

Opinion: what to expect from the ‘new Vasco’ for 2023

commentator of Disney Channels, Eugene Leal left his opinion on the “new version” that Vasco is putting together in this return to the elite of Brazilian football and that this reformulation process will need the understanding of the fans, since the change of Cruzmaltino it won’t be overnight. (See also in the video above).

“Vasco is carrying out a major review of its squad, it was necessary. Vasco needed to change a lot, last year’s team did not have the ability to represent the club well in this new era, thinking of a return to Serie A , now under command of SAF. They had a very interesting transfer window, signing younger players. It will be a team with a very low average age compared to what it was. Obviously there are players to balance this average, especially Nenê, but it’s an interesting profile‘ he began to say.

“It’s not yet a team that thinks of competing for titles, at least at the beginning of the season. We need to see how it will be done during the year, how development will be. Even the work of Barbieri, who like many players, is still a young coach, under development, which has had an ups and downs transition at Red Bull Bragantino,” he continued.

It is a new Vasco, a different Vasco, who will indeed need the understanding of the fans, who have long awaited a stronger team, with greater investments, but know that this investment, the assembly of a team, is not made only during the night, with a transfer window“, he concluded.



Idol of Vasco and Libertadores champion for the club, Mauro Galvão recalls the duel against River Plate

Vasco won their first game in São Januário and drew in Argentina

Where to see Vasco-River Plate?

Basque x river plate will have Live broadcast through the ESPN on Star+this Tuesday (17), at 21:30 (Brasilia time).

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