Sport runs over Bahia in the 100th classic between the teams, for the Copa do Nordeste
A game to be remembered by fans of both sides, for obviously different reasons. From the players too, even those who weren’t even on the field in the episode. In the week leading up to this Sunday’s reunion, midfielder Everton Ribeiro mentioned the rout.
“I’m looking forward to seeing this Fonte Nova even more crowded than on my debut. It has a special taste for us. We know the retrospect of the last game”, said Everton Ribeiro.
Although Everton Ribeiro is currently the highlight of the Tricolor de Aço, another name steals the spotlight when it comes to Sport x Bahia: Luciano Juba. Scorer of the first two goals of the rout, at the time, the midfielder did not imagine that, in the future, he would leave Leão precisely to defend the Bahian team. And it didn’t even take long. Less than a month later, ge reported that the midfielder had signed a pre-contract with the Bahian team.
After leaving Sport, Juba arrives in Salvador and signs with Bahia until 2027
What happened that night?
One move may have been crucial in triggering Sport’s rout of Bahia. Just 14 minutes into the first half, left-back Ryan lost the ball to Jorginho in front of the area when trying to play. To avoid the goal, he made a foul and ended up being sent off. In the end, the move was in vain because, on the kick, Juba opened the scoring.
Nervous and uncoordinated, Bahia was unable to react, while Sport was overwhelming. He didn’t slow down and built the rout with authority. In addition to Juba twice, Jorginho, Vagner Love (also scored twice) and Sabino also scored for Sport, completing the scoring.
– He’s a different guy. When we signed, it wasn’t for one season. It was for a project. We wanted to start working to strengthen the base and gain access at the end of the year, with some steps along the way. The expectation, if everything goes well, is to have it later on as well – he said.
Since the defeat, in February 2023, Bahia and Sport have walked in opposite directions, with each facing their own obstacles. Portuguese Renato Paiva remained at the Bahian club until September, but could not resist the team’s inconsistent performance in the Brazilian Championship.
It made room for the arrival of Rogério Ceni, who kept the team in Series A and today commands a much more robust squad, as a result of the investment made by Grupo City. Bahia ended 2023 with around R$100 million invested in the acquisition of new players and, in 2024, it is already approaching R$50 million with the signings of big names such as Caio Alexandre and Jean Lucas.
For 2024, facing Series B again, Sport bet on coach Mariano Soso, who has been rotating the squad in search of finding an ideal lineup, in addition to giving the team an identity, as he has already said a few times. To prevent the failure in the search for access from happening again, Leão invested in reinforcements, paying to count on names like Thiago Couto, Gustavo Coutinho and Romarinho, who will cost around R$12 million if all the triggers agreed in the contract are met.