‘Cavani’, Manga, Apodi: meet the team of Gois, Cruzeiro’s opponent

(Photo: Rosiron Rodrigues/Goi

Unbeaten for seven games, the goals wants the victory over the cruise to regain the vice-leadership of the series B. The teams face off this Tuesday, at 9:30 pm, at the Serrinha stadium, in Goinia, for the 22nd round. The Esmeraldian club occupies fourth place, with 38 points – two less than the second, CRB, and four of the first, Coritiba.

The Gois cast led by the coach Marcelo Cabo, 54, who ran Vasco from February to July and was fired after failing to lead the team to the second division G4. In the first 12 rounds, the cross-maltino had five wins, three draws and four defeats, being in eighth place, with 18 points.

Soon after Vasco’s departure, Cabo was invited by the Gois board of directors, who dismissed coach Pintado even with the team in the G4. The reason for the change was the negative assessment regarding collective performance and excessively defensive posture against rivals of inferior technical quality.

In Gois, Marcelo Cabo has a 62.5% advantage in eight games – four wins, three draws and one setback. Defeated by Ponte Preta in the coach’s debut (2-1), the Cerrado team played seven games without losing: Operrio (1 to 0), Coritiba (1 to 1), Remo (1 to 1), Guarani (2 to 1 ), Brusque (1 to 0), Sampaio Corra (2 to 2) and Confiana (2 to 1).

(Photo: Rosiron Rodrigues/Goi

The best known athlete of the group is probably Apodi, which acts both on the right side and on the ends. Having played for Cruzeiro in 2008 (17 games and 1 goal), the 34-year-old veteran became famous in Brazilian football for being a player of great endurance and speed.

“Andarilho” of the ball, Apodi wore the jerseys of Vitria, Santos, So Caetano, Bahia, Guarani, Cear, Chapecoense, CSA and Ponte Preta, in addition to foreigners Tokyo Verdy (Japan), Quertaro (Mxico), Delfines (Mxico), Krasnodar (Russia) and Ohod Club (Saudi Arabia).

Another key piece Elvis, 31, point guard with quality in pitches, passes and set pieces. In Series B, he has already collaborated with five assists in 19 games. In 2020, he was at Cuiab and was voted the best of his position in the second division by journalists from the SportTV. From 2013 to 2014, the midfielder worked for two clubs in Minas Gerais: Amrica and Tombense.

(Photo: Rosiron Rodrigues/Goi

In attack, the experienced Nicolas, 31, was highlighted by the similar appearance of star Edinson Cavani, of Manchester United and the Uruguayan team. Although he does not have the brand of the top scorer of Paris Saint-Germain, France – 200 goals in 301 games -, the number 9 of Gois is living a good moment, with four goals in the last five duels in Series B. The comparison to Cavani o he has followed since Paysandu’s days, for which he scored 37 goals in 103 games.

One of Nicolas’ partners in the attack Alef Manga, who beat Gabriel, from Flamengo, and finished the 2021 Campeonato Carioca as top scorer, with nine goals in 13 matches for Volta Redonda. Signed by Gois in May, the 1.90m center forward has collaborated so far with six goals and three assists in 19 games in Serie B.

On the Goiás team there are more famous names in Brazilian football, such as the goalkeeper Thaddeus, at the club since April 2019, and the steering wheel felipe bastos, ex-Benfica-POR, Vasco, Ponte Preta, Grmio, Corinthians and Sport. The likely lineup to face the Cruise will have Thaddaeus; Apodi, David Duarte, Reynaldo and Hugo; Rezende, Caio Vincius and Elvis; Diego, Nicolas and Alef Manga.

One of Gois’ trump cards is the performance as home team in Serie B. At Serrinha’s stadium, the team won 21 of the 30 points (70%) – won six games, drew three and lost one. Despite the strength of the rival, Cruzeiro enter the field with the obligation of a good result if they want to continue in the fight for access to Serie A. The heavenly team is at the bottom of the ranking, in 15th place, with 25 points.