Slimani, Honda, Juanfran… Remember foreigners who left Brazilian football without shining | soccer

Slimani, Honda, Juanfran… Remember foreigners who left Brazilian football without shining | soccer
Slimani, Honda, Juanfran… Remember foreigners who left Brazilian football without shining | soccer
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Just like them, other foreigners had a similar scenario at other Brazilian football clubs in recent years: they arrived with a lot of hype, but then were far from shining. Remember some of them:

The Algerian striker arrived at Coritiba in August and was welcomed at the airport with a celebration from the fans. He debuted in Coxa’s defeat to Bahia, on September 14th, and played for the last time with the alviverde shirt on November 11th. Initially, he would continue at Coritiba in 2024, but he did not return after the African Cup of Nations, and ended up surprising – and displeasing the Coxa board.

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Jesé Rodríguez – Coritiba

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Andreas Samaris – Coritiba

At 35 years old, the Greek midfielder had not played since May and was signed by Coritiba in September. On his debut, he was substituted in the 37th minute. Afterwards, he only played three more games. Like Jesé, he was released before the end of the season.

Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda joined Botafogo at the age of 33, with spells at major clubs in Europe, such as Milan and CSKA, as well as participation in three World Cups. For the national team, he scored 37 goals in 98 games.

It was just over nine months with the Alvinegro shirt, with three goals in 27 games. He was welcomed with celebration by more than 10 thousand fans at the Nilton Santos Stadium – the Japanese’s only contact with the fans, because the debut against Bangu, in March, was already behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. He even had some good performances, but he was not the maestro that the fans expected and abandoned ship before Botafogo’s relegation to Série B was confirmed in 2020.

Honda asks to leave Botafogo before the end of his contract

Featured in the Ivory Coast team, champion of the Champions League with Chelsea, in 2012… Salomon Kalou arrived at Botafogo with a lot of hype and to partner with Honda. At 35, however, he was far from any spotlight. It took about eight months, with 27 games played and one goal scored.

Botafogo goal! Kalou receives it in the area, loses his balance, but sends it into the net, at 29′ of the 2nd half

At 34 years old, Juanfran was hired by São Paulo in 2019 and arrived excited to solve the defense problems and hungry for titles. He had years of experience at Atlético de Madrid, being champion of La Liga and the Europa League, and having spent time with the Spanish national team. The right-back, however, played 56 games with the São Paulo shirt, achieved little and scored no goals.

After a successful career in Europe, Juanfran talks about the challenge of playing in Brazilian football, dreams of a title and praises Fernando Diniz

A standout with Costa Rica in the World Cup in 2014, the midfielder arrived at Santos in 2018 with star status and with great expectations of being the team’s technical reference. On the field, however, the player did not establish himself, played only 13 matches and spent more than 500 days without playing. He left in 2020 and even filed a lawsuit against Peixe.

Peres criticizes midfielder Bryan Ruiz, who is leaning against Santos

The Uruguayan made history with the Lazio shirt, spending nine seasons with the Italian team, and joined Santos in 2015. He needed a month to recover his physical condition, as he had been without a club since June. Ready to play, the player only took to the field four times and did not live up to the board’s expectations. His contract was terminated in January 2016.

Santos presents Argentinian Ledesma, 32 years old

Cristian “Cebolla” Rodríguez – Grêmio

It took little time, no more than 60 days, for Cebolla Rodríguez to join Grêmio in 2015. Uruguay’s starter in the 2014 World Cup arrived with “idol” status, a signing desired by the Grêmio team since 2012. He made his debut with A full house, he was applauded, but that was it. He played less than 90 minutes in two months at Tricolor, with several injuries, a punishment from the Italian federation and the termination of his contract, which was already short.

Cebolla Rodríguez is welcomed with a party in Porto Alegre

Ignacio Scocco – International

With a show by Vitinho and Scocco, Botafogo ties with Internacional at Maracanã

Maxi Biancucchi – Flamengo

Maxi arrived at Flamengo in August 2007 and, the following year, even though he had few opportunities, he joined the list of the 17 foreigners who played for the club the most times. He was the hero of a Fla-Flu, but soon lost space and became an eternal reserve. He also won his second title in Rio, in 2008 and 2009. At the end of 2009, after his sixth Brazilian championship, he said goodbye to Gávea and headed to Cruz Azul, in Mexico, where he was an absolute standout in 2010. In Brazil, he also defended Bahia, Ceará and Victory.

1 of 3 Maxi Biancucchi Flamengo — Photo: Agência O Globo
Maxi Biancucchi Flamengo — Photo: Agência O Globo

In 2009, Matías Defederico arrived at Corinthians and, in his presentation, was called the “new Messi” and compared to Carlitos Tévez. At Timão, he did not live up to expectations: he played just 36 games between 2009 and 2010 and ended up loaned to Independiente.

The goalkeeper for the Uruguay national team arrived at Botafogo in 2008 and even had a good start. Subsequently, however, he reported numerous failures. He left Alvinegro in 2009, far from being missed.

2 of 3 Castillo with Jefferson in Botafogo — Photo: Alexandre Cassiano/O Globo
Castillo with Jefferson in Botafogo — Photo: Alexandre Cassiano/O Globo

Abondanzieri – International

Multi-champion for Boca Juniors, the Argentine was signed by Internacional in 2010 as a solution to the Colorado goal. It didn’t go well and, after six months, he was already Celso Roth’s third option. He gave up football at the age of 38.

Then a member of the Uruguay national team and with spells at Juventus and Inter Milan, the goalkeeper arrived at Galo with the status of a major signing. He failed badly in the 2009 Brasileirão and suffered reservations. He returned to his country to defend Peñarol.

The Serbian goalkeeper, a friend of Petkovic, was not convincing between the posts. He participated in seven games for Vasco in the 2004 Brazilian Championship and conceded goals in all of them. In total, the goalkeeper found the ball in the back of the net 14 times. Furthermore, Tadic was the protagonist in the dismissal of coach Geninho. After three mistakes in the first half of the game against Palmeiras, in São Januário, president Eurico Miranda sent an order to the locker room for the coach to remove the team’s goalkeeper at halftime. But Geninho didn’t deliver, Vasco was beaten 5-2, and the coach left the club the next day.

3 of 3 Tadic Vasco — Photo: ge
Tadic Vasco — Photo: ge

Ricardo Tavarelli joined Grêmio in 2004 after making history with Olimpia and also defending Paraguay in the 2002 World Cup. At Tricolor Gaúcho, however, he ended up being the goalkeeper for relegation to Series B of the Brazilian Championship.

Freddy Adu was once considered the “new Pelé” when he burst into US professional football at the age of 14 in 2004. In almost 13 years, he played for 13 different clubs, some well-known, such as Benfica, Monaco and Bahia: he made just two appearances in 2013 .

Freddy Adu and Joel Santana are officially presented in Bahia

Mark Williams – Corinthians

Going back a little further, in 1996, Corinthians hired South African striker Mark Frank Williams, in the board’s quest to solve the team’s problems. He was 30 years old and played three games in the Brasileirão that year. Afterwards he ended up returning to South Africa, to play for Kaizer Chiefs.

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