Nelsinho Baptista

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Nelsinho Baptista
Personal information
Full name Nélson Baptista Júnior
Date of birth (1950-07-22) July 22, 1950 (age 70)
Place of birth Campinas, Brazil
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967 Ponte Preta
1971–1977 São Paulo
1977-1981 Santos
1983 Juventus
Teams managed
1985 São Bento
1985–1986 Ponte Preta
1986–1987 Internacional de Limeira
1987–1988 Atlético Paranaense
1989 Sporting Barranquilla
1989 América-SP
1990 Novorizontino
1990–1991 Corinthians
1991 Guarani
1991–1992 Palmeiras
1992–1993 Corinthians
1993–1994 Al-Hilal
1994–1996 Verdy Kawasaki
1996 Internacional
1996–1997 Corinthians
1997 Cruzeiro
1998 São Paulo
1999 Colo-Colo
2000 Portuguesa
2000–2001 Ponte Preta
2001–2002 São Paulo
2002–2003 Goiás
2003 Flamengo
2003 São Caetano
2003–2005 Nagoya Grampus
2005 Santos
2005–2006 São Caetano
2007 Ponte Preta
2007 Corinthians
2007–2009 Sport
2009–2014 Kashiwa Reysol
2015– Vissel Kobe

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Nélson Baptista Júnior, usually known as Nelsinho Baptista (born July 22, 1950), is a former association football right back and is currently a manager. He currently coaches Japanese club Vissel Kobe.

Playing career

Born in Campinas, São Paulo state, he started his career in 1967, playing for Ponte Preta, but the best moment in his career was playing for São Paulo, where he won the 1975 Campeonato Paulista, and played 262 matches, having scored six goals.[1] He has also played for Santos, where he won the 1978 Campeonato Paulista, and Juventus.[1]

Managerial career

As a manager, he has coached several clubs, like the Brazilian clubs São Bento, Ponte Preta, Internacional (SP), Atlético Paranaense, América-SP, Novorizontino, Corinthians, Guarani, Palmeiras, Internacional, Cruzeiro, São Paulo, Portuguesa, Goiás and Flamengo.[2] In 2005, Nelsinho Baptista was not very successful managing Santos, leaving the club after a 7–1 defeat to Corinthians at Estádio do Pacaembu, and a 4–0 defeat to Internacional at Estádio Anacleto Campanella.[1] In 2006, he managed São Caetano.[2] In 2007, he managed Ponte Preta again, and was Corinthians' manager when the club was relegated to Campeonato Brasileiro Série B,[1] and from December 2007 to 2009, he was Sport Recife's manager,[2] where he won the 2008 Campeonato Pernambucano[1] and the 2008 Copa do Brasil.[3]

He managed several non-Brazilian clubs like Sporting Barranquilla of Colombia in 1989, Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia in 1993 and in 1994, Verdy Kawasaki of Japan from 1994 to 1996, Colo-Colo of Chile in 1999, and Nagoya Grampus Eight of Japan from 2003 to 2005.[2] On May 28, 2009 Sport Club do Recife coach Batista has resigned most likely due to some personal problems with the team's most influential players.[4]

In July 2009, Nelsinho returned to Japan to manage Kashiwa Reysol. Despite being unable to stave off relegation to J. League Division 2 at the end of the year, the club relented and allowed him to remain in charge. In 2011, Reysol under him won their first ever J. League Division 1 title, making history by becoming the first team to win the championship following promotion.[5] In the same year, Nelsinho Baptista received the J. League Manager of the Year at the J. League awards in Yokohama.[6]




Japan Kashiwa Reysol



Japan Kashiwa Reysol


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Nelsinho Baptista (ex-lateral da Ponte, São Paulo, Santos e Juventus)" (in Portuguese). Site Oficial Milton Neves. June 24, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Nelsinho Baptista" (in Portuguese). Sambafoot. June 12, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Sport teve o caminho mais difícil do torneio, diz Nelsinho" (in Portuguese). Terra. June 12, 2008. Retrieved August 1, 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Nelsinho Baptista deixa o comando do Sport" (in Portuguese). O Globo. May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Kashiwa lift title, into Club World Cup". December 3, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Leandro Domingues named J. League MVP". The Japan Times. December 11, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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