Where is Sylvinho now?

The first Brazilian to sign for Arsenal when he joined the club in 1999, Sylvinho retired from playing professionally in 2010 after a year back in the Premier League with Manchester City.

During an illustrious playing career he won a number of trophies including the Brazilian League title, the UEFA Champion’s League twice and La Liga three times.

He also represented the Brazil national side but only made six appearances as legendary left-back Roberto Carlos was the number one choice for that position.

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Upon retiring from playing professional football, Sylvinho returned to Brazil to pursue a coaching career.

In 2011 he was appointed in his first coaching role as assistant manager of Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte working with head coach Vagner Mancini.

When Mancini left the club for Sport Recife in 2012 he brought Sylvinho with him as his assistant.

Mancini’s time at Recife was short-lived and in 2013 he was appointed as the new head coach of Nautico, once again bringing Sylvinho with him as his assistant.

Sylvinho’s ever-growing reputation as a successful assistant coach meant that it was only a matter of time before bigger clubs came calling and he joined up with iconic Brazilian side Corinthians after only a short spell at Nautico.

After a successful 18 months at Corinthians, he was on the move again but this time to Europe where he was appointed assistant manager to Roberto Mancini at Italian giants Inter Milan.

The two had worked together before at Manchester City in 2009. 

Unfortunately, Mancini left Inter by mutual consent after nearly two years at the club with Sylvinho subsequently following him out of the door.

In 2016, Sylvinho was appointed as one of manager Tite Selecao’s assistants for the Brazil national team but left the setup in 2019 when he was appointed as manager of French side Lyon.

Unfortunately his time at the Ligue 1 side was very brief and he was sacked in October 2019 after winning just 13 points from a possible 33.

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Sylvinho: Premier League Statistics

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