Hey, here’s Sylvinho again. The Brazilian technician who passed through OL in 2019 is now bringing joy to Albania. This Friday, he qualified the selection for Euro 2024 by obtaining the point of the draw against Moldova (1-1) during the penultimate day of the qualifiers in Group E. Albania will return to continental competition for the first time since 2016, an achievement well worth an ecstatic celebration.
After the match, the former Barça and Arsenal left-back communicated with the supporters with big high fives and a confident approach. “It is an honor to be the coach of the Albanian national team. We did a fantastic job. I thank the players, the staff and the supporters,” responded Sylvinho following this scene, which will inevitably bring back memories to Lyon supporters.
On October 5, 2019, on the eve of the 119th derby between Saint-Étienne and Lyon, the Brazilian coach ignited the Les Gones training center by hitting the hands of the numerous ultras, their eyes black with determination. But the next day, OL lost 0-1 against ASSE on a late goal from Robert Beric, after a failed performance. Just four months after his appointment, Sylvinho was fired the next day by Jean-Michel Aulas. This time he can sleep soundly. He succeeded in his mission and will guide Albania in Germany next summer.
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