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José Duarte

José Duarte

Last Friday, July 23rd, Brazilian Football lost one of its major exponents. At 68 years of age, the competent and consecrated Trainer José Duarte, or simply "Mr. Zé", for the most acquainted and the hundredths of players he coached during his 4 decades of a brilliant career. Zé Duarte coached some of the major football clubs in Brazil, such as: Santos, Cruzeiro, Atlético Paranaense, Fluminense, Internacional,(Rio Grande do Sul), Bahia, Guarani and Ponte Preta. Mr. Duarte, Arrived at Saad Esporte Clube in 1975,
where he put together a very competitive team to play for the Paulista Championship of that season. Zenon, Almeida, Dicá, Polozzi, Careca, Marco Aurélio, Aílton Lira, Oscar, Carlos, Júlio César, Joăo Paulo e Sérgio Gomes were some of the athletes whose career's took off with the magic touch of the renowned trainer. In 1995 , Mr. Duarte accepted the challenge of coaching the Brazil's Women National Team, a position which until then had been rejected by several coaches who feared that their passage through such activity would taint their professional careers in case of failure. In only 45 days Mr. Duarte elevated the Brazilian player's style of play and their moral, conquering the Vice-championship of the Campinas International tournament with massive goal scores against Ukraine, (7XO) Russia, (4X0), and a very important tie with the potent number one team of the world, the United States team. The amazing results accomplished by Mr. Duarte's national team squad surprised the world and at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Brazil would reach its first Olympic semi-final in which had been the first version of that sport in the Olympic games, defeating the very powerful Germany and Japan in the first leg of the competition. Sissi, Kátia Cilene, Simone Jatobá, Marisa, Elsi, Maravilha, Juliana Cabral, Tânia Maria, Formiga, Melissa, Elane, Grazielle, Karen ,Michele, Carol and Emily are some of Brazil's all stars molded by "Mr. Zé" in his victorious passage by the female soccer. Mr. Duarte's work took female soccer from amateurism and made 1997 the golden year for that sport, creating the first professional league of the Americas, the Paulistana league, a competition which had all its games nationally televised "live" by open air TV Bandeirantes and also on cable tv by the channel SportTV. When in command of the Sao Paulo Futebol Clube the trainer clinched 100% of all the titles played by the team on that year, taking to "Morumbi", the Paulistana league title , the Spring tournamente, (Rio-Săo Paulo), and Brazilian Champioship. Through Saad Female Soccer Club, the trainer had a fundamental participation in conquering the 1996 version of the Brazilian Championship and also in the creation of the female's soccer sub-division categories, a project rewarded with the sub-17 Brazilian Champioship title in 1997. Destiny gave Saad Esporte Clube the honor of having achieved the last title of a victorious career of the unforgettable , Zé Duarte, with the conquering of the I Brazil's Women Soccer Circuit in 2003. Club Executives, Athletes, workers and fans of Saad Esporte Club extend their sincere condolences to Mr. Duarte's family, with no amount of words that can express all the admiration and gratitude by his work ethic , character and example of such a dignified professional José Duarte leaves us as his main prerogatives.

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