Argentina great Hernan Crespo to coach Brazil's Sao Paulo FC

Coach Hernan Crespo of Argentina's Defensa y Justicia stand at the podium after winning the Copa Sudamericana final soccer match against Argentina's Lanus in Cordoba, Argentina, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Defensa y Justicia won 3-0. (Nicolas Aguilera/Pool via AP)
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Sao Paulo FC signed former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo as its new coach on Friday to the end of next year.

Crespo left Argentina's tiny Defensa y Justicia this month after shockingly winning the Copa Sudamericana.

After a great playing career including three World Cups, Crespo started as a professional coach in 2015 at Italy's Modena, moved to Argentina's Banfield in 2018, and Defensa y Justicia in 2020.

“Hernán Crespo fits perfectly in what we think for Sao Paulo," club president Julio Casares said. “He has a history of winning, was a great athlete, and is a very promising coach."

Sao Paulo fired coach Fernando Diniz on Feb. 1 when it saw its hopes of winning the Brazilian championship fade after leading for most of the season. The team has four rounds to play and trails the leader by seven points.

Sao Paulo's latest major title was the 2012 Copa Sudamericana. The club hasn't won the Brazilian championship since 2008.


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