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Rogério Ceni stops off in Sevilla to take tips from Sampaoli

Sao Paolo’s legendary goalscoring goalkeeper is in Sevilla this week to learn from a man he “admires" as he prepares for a coaching career.

Rogerio Ceni.

Rogério Ceni wants to learn from Sampaoli

Former Sao Paolo goalkeeper Rogério Ceni, famous for scoring 121 goals over the course of his 23-year career, is in Sevilla this week as part of his training to become a coach. The famously prolific shot-stopper has stopped off in Southern Spain to meet with and observe Sevilla’s Chilean manager Jorge Sampaoli, a man he publically admits to be a big fan of.

“I’m currently doing a coaching course in London,” said Ceni. “But I’m here because of my admiration for Jorge Sampaoli, for his work with Chile and now at Sevilla. I’ve always liked his style of play, he’s always aggressive and thinking of attacking.”

“As I’m now looking to continue my career as a coach, it’s important for me to come here to observe for a few days,” he continued. It’s an honour for me.”

Sevilla can aim for the title, says Ceni

Ceni faced Sevilla once in his career, during a pre-season friendly with Sao Paolo, and heard good things about the club from long-time Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano. He now feels that the club has good times ahead with Sampaoli at the helm.

Ceni was deadly free-kick taker while at Sao Paolo
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Ceni was deadly free-kick taker while at Sao Paolo

Sampaoli plays a very modern style of football, just like Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp,” he said. “He’s settling in very well at the top level. They’re second in the league, in a strong position in the Champions League. He’s won the Copa América with Chile.”

“He’s without doubt one of the best managers in football and Sevilla can definitely aim for the title with him,” he added.


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