Brazilian striker Bobo returns to Sydney FC

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“We want to win the three peat”, says record-breaker Bobo on his return to Sydney FC

Brazilian striker, Bobo, is back. And the good news for Sky Blues fans is that he is as hungry as ever for success.

“The first target will be winning the A-League for the third time in a row. No club has ever done this, and I want to help the club achieve this”, he told The Football Sack.

Bobo – real name Deyvison Rogério da Silva – holds the A-League record for most goals in a single season, scoring 27 goals in 28 games for Sydney FC in 2017/18.

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He returns for his 17th season as a professional footballer after short spells in Turkey, India and Brazil, where he found goals hard to come by. In two and a half years away from the harbourside club, Bobo played only 30 league games, scoring just six goals.

Little wonder he’s glad to be back to the club where he found so much success. “For me, it feels like coming home. I missed the boys, the city and the country”, he said. “When you go somewhere, and you have success, it is normal that you will miss this feeling”.

Bobo is currently quarantined in Adelaide with his wife, son and daughter, and has been staying fit with bodyweight exercises as well as cardio exercises on a treadmill.

He turns 36 on 9 January and will celebrate his birthday by leaving quarantine and boarding a flight to Sydney to link up with his team-mates and manager Steve Corica – who was assistant coach when the striker last played for Sydney. “I’m very excited and I can’t wait to join the boys”, he said.

He said there is a “small chance” he will be in the squad to face Western Sydney Wanderers in the first Sydney derby on 16 January.

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Bobo has yet to play directly under Corica but said he is unsurprised by his seamless transition from assistant coach to manager.

And he was easily convinced by Corica’s plea to re-join Sydney in a bid to become the only side in Australian domestic football league history to win three grand finals in a row.

“The winning mentality is the same as before. We expect to win the A-League again”, he said.

Bobo is a direct replacement for Englishman Adam le Fondre – the man who initially replaced Bobo when he departed Sydney in 2018.

Le Fondre scored 39 A-League goals in 57 games for the club and many fans were concerned the Sky Blues would struggle for goals without a replacement.

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Will Bobo be a success again? Time will tell, but Sydney FC’s recruitment policy has been instrumental in their recent dominance. And Bobo’s goal-scoring pedigree and positive mentality are a major plus. So the odds are in his favour.

Still, there is no guarantee that the striker will be in the starting XI once match fit. Corica has stated that local talent, Trent Buhagiar, will be given the first chance to replace Le Fondre this season.

If Buhagiar continues to fire, then Bobo will be more than handy coming off the bench. He’ll also provide competition to Sydney’s other strikers, particularly Kosta Barbarouses, who has been struggling to find the net.

For his part, Bobo says he is keen to help Buhagiar develop into a more composed and lethal striker. “He is a good player, but I can help him improve”, said Bobo. “I can help him work on his finishing in the box.”

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Whilst Bobo has been away for the past two seasons, he regularly watched highlights of the Sky Blues and got up at 4am in Brazil to see Sydney FC beat Melbourne City in last season’s A-League grand-final.

“I never lost contact with the club”, he said. “I can’t wait to see the boys and I know we have a good side. The challenge now is to win this third trophy in a row.”

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