Leader talks behind-the-scenes talks with Seedorf and says ace regrets leaving Botafogo

O Botafogo stunned the entire world when he employed him Seedorf in 2012. One of these accountable for the negotiations was Andre Silva, then vp of soccer. In an interview with the Glorioso Connection podcast, he detailed the hiring.

– In 2012 I went to Milan with Mauricio (Assumpsão, president), the previous Serginho and Jose Renato, a soccer entrepreneur. Serginho made the bridge. We received funding and began to… Mauricio had promised a participant to shut the airport, we began wanting. One title we got here up with was Seedorf. They talked to Beckham, however we did not get to speak to him. Carlos Alberto Torres made the bridge with Diego. Eternally grateful, I took the Botafogo bus. Something occurred prior to now between Volks and Bebeto (from Freitas), Botafogo was the one membership in Rio that did not have its personal buses. We had the thought of ​​bringing in Diego, Mauricio would go to Germany, Carlos Alberto Torres would go and put Mauricio within the Beckenbauer home. There is speak about Diego’s scenario, however the issue was the wage, he wished greater than Seedorf. We could not pay. Beckenbauer tried to assist, Mauricio was with Diego, however ultimately it did not occur. Beckenbauer helped on the bus. Beckham was troublesome to achieve, he recollects.

– Seedorf arrived, (Carlos Augusto) Montenegro additionally participated in it, I do not bear in mind how, I believe he referred to as me to speak about Serginho. We met with Sergio and Jose Renato, we created the technique, we’ve a lot to barter. Serginho contacted Seedorf, gave Deborah (Martin), his supervisor’s telephone quantity, requested for time, then replied that he wished to see us. It was me, Mauricio, Serginho and Jose Renato. Seedorf requested us to be discreet, as he had a contract with AC Milan and was going to play, he received tickets for us. We went to look at the sport, Seedorf was king. On Monday he organized a gathering for us on the Seedorf Foundation, we went and had a five-hour assembly the place he requested that every little thing be finished in Portuguese. “Because I’m going to play in Brazil and I wish to get to know Portuguese much more.” He interprets every little thing to Deborah, we current the mission, he likes it very a lot, he’s hyperactive, makes notes about modifications within the mission. There I used to be positive he would play for Botafogo. Nobody has a five-hour assembly if they aren’t keen on taking part in for a membership, particularly Seedorf. We stayed in Milan, ready for a solution from him, then he referred to as us, stated he had gone to talk to (Silvio) Berlusconi, who requested to remain for one more season. It was a chilly bathe on our heads. But he says he desires to play for Botafogo and makes a suggestion. “We have already reached the values, I settle for and make the next settlement: if I’m on the similar bodily stage in soccer, we respect this settlement and I’m going to Botafogo.” So we signed a preliminary contract – stated.

However, Andre Silva didn’t keep within the submit till Seedorf’s arrival. It was closed by President Mauricio Assumpção earlier. However, there may be extra behind the scenes to the Dutch at Botafogo.

– I go away midway, he will get nervous, calls me for lunch. Lunch at 5 o’clock. And he was very upset as a result of they had been going to take away Anderson (Barros), who he preferred very a lot. He says “I’m already with out you, now with out Anderson, it will not do.” I spoke to Mauricio however he stated “I had it for Anderson”. Seedorf has severe issues with Sidney (Loureiro), who takes Andersson’s place. With Jefferson there was mutual respect, however totally different positions. They put the membership above all odds. I’m very proud as a result of that recreation we gained towards Crissium and we virtually certified for the Libertadores, I used to be within the hall of the pitch speaking to the gamers and Seedorf was the final one. I used to be very excited to have the ability to place Botafogo within the Libertadores. He got here to hug me and stated to me like this, I swear I’m not speaking to sound large, “I wished everybody to know that I got here right here for you.” I had by no means advised anybody that. Just now Mayra (Ruas Justo), who’s Vasco’s psychologist, was our psychologist and grew to become very pleasant with Clarence, requested me why I by no means advised anybody that he got here for me. For me it doesn’t matter. The necessary factor is that he got here, performed and completed his profession at Botafogo, which I believe is understudied. We did an advert with him as a fan accomplice and fought for his picture. That’s what I participated within the assembly. He even stated to me, “Why did you battle so onerous for the rights to the photographs?” he revealed.

The former supervisor additionally stated Seedorf regretted leaving Botafogo firstly of 2014 to teach AC Milan as an alternative of taking part in for the Libertadores on the Glorioso.

– Yes (he regretted). He was invited by Berlusconi, who was finest man on the wedding ceremony and was adored. I spoke and stated that Milan isn’t in a very good second. He stated that “Silvio won’t ever ship me.” ordered. He was very upset, I do know, he concluded.


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