Former Arsenal defender appointed assistant coach at 'World Champions'

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Arsenal fans may remember Sylvinho, who has taken another step towards football management.

Brazilian footballer Sylvinho has been appointed as assistant coach at Corinthians

The club hold the boastful title of 'World Champions' having won the FIFA Club World Cup last season, defeating Chelsea in the final of the tournament.

Corinthians were the club the defender began his career at, before becoming the first Brazilian to sign for Arsenal in 1999.

He said of his appointment: "I understand that having played abroad for almost two decades, it would be a waste (to ignore this)

"They already got used to seeing me with the team's staff in the last years, I want to provide something of what I have experienced in Europe."

Sylvinho played for two seasons at Arsenal, helping the club transition from Nigel Winterburn to Ashley Cole.

He was sold to Celta Vigo before his performances earned him a move to Barcelona.

He spent five seasons with the club, playing a part in the Champions League Final win over Manchester United in 2009.

And he is certainly right that his experience during his career in Europe in two top leagues can be of crucial benefit to his new side, especially the young players once in his position who hold him in especially high regard.

It is not his first coaching appointment, for he has spent two years with Cruzeiro after his retirement in 2011.

But his progression and ambitious moves into the coaching arena to date make him a name to watch in the future, and it surely will not be long until he is the number one man in the dugout.

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