Seedorf signs for Botafogo

Welcome Clarence Seedorf (Botafogo website)

Botafogo announced the signing of Dutch and Milan legend Clarence Seedorf this week. Very interesting signing and surely the biggest signing of a foreign player by a Brazilian club.

Last year Corinthians and Flamengo put in bids to sign the Dutch playmaker but he opted to spend another year with Milan.

He’s 36 now so well past his best. So, is this really such a big signing? Does he have the legs to make an impact? Are Botafogo really the right club for such a big signing? Will he enjoy playing in front of the Engenhão in front of 5,000 fans every week?  A far cry from the San Siro for sure. How will he adapt to Brazilian football? How will he adapt to his team’s style and how will they adapt to his? All questions that I’m really looking forward to seeing the answer to.

Seedorf was a pundit on the BBC for their coverage of the Euro’s recently I was quite impressed. Definitely more considered that the annoying Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer. I thought had good opinions and insights. He’s a cultured guy who speaks fluent Italian, Spanish, English and Dutch. I’m assuming he speaks Portuguese too since his wife is Brazilian (and the language’s similarity to Italian and Spanish).

So, what do you think? Have a vote in this poll and leave a comment below. What is is salary going to be at Botafogo – does anybody know?


The previous poll is closed and you, Brazilfooty readers, gave overwhelming support to the idea of Pep Guardiola to coach the seleção. 72.4% in favour! Click here to see that post.

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7 thoughts on “Seedorf signs for Botafogo

  1. I think Leighton Baines should go there and learn the attacking skills of a brazilian fullback …unlike Fabio!!

  2. I think that once Seedorf has the desire, he’ll light up the league. Age isn’t an issue (see Deco, Juninho, Petkovic, Felipe, etc.).

  3. True that. And as I’ve repeatedly said on here Brazilian league games are less intense than in Europe so that supports your point.

    What about 2,000 fans on a random Wednesday night at a rainy Engenhão to watch him play Figueirense – he won’t like that?!

  4. This marks the very beginning of a new era in the Brazilian football. Maybe “new era” is too much, but this signing is very significant. We are still miles away of Europe, but as things get better here and worse in Europe, at least in terms of economy (sorry about that), I expect to see more European players wanting to play in Brazil. The thing is that they will start coming here near the end of their careers. They should come earlier, at the top of their forms. 🙂

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