It seems unbelievable, but the only three-time world champion Brazilian club has displayed its trophies in some room in Morumbi for the last four years. São Paulo closed its Achievement Memorial for renovations in 2019 and, since then, Tricolor São Paulo fans have only had access to the club’s main trophies in an improvised space, without all the preparation and structure that the club’s history requires. That ended earlier this month, when a new, redesigned Memorial was opened to the public.
The place was in a precarious situation when Tricolor decided to renovate the space. Closed during the pandemic, attached rooms gained other uses and trophies were thrown, heaped and stacked in smaller spaces until it was no longer possible to access the place in front of so many cups. And that ended in tragedy.
When the renovation began and employees tried to access the room where there were more trophies piled up, they found a scene of destruction. Shelves collapsed under the weight and termites had a party. The place was a tangle of mud, wood chips and, in the middle of it all, trophies. Even bats were found in the tiny room.