Absent from the elite, there are less than 10% of black coaches in São Paulo football

The Bahian coach leads Taboão da Serra in series A3 of the Paulista Championship in 2019

Only four of the 48 teams competing in the three main divisions of São Paulo have black coaches.

Since starting his career in football, Demirval de Almeida Lima, age 40, claims having been a victim of racial prejudice only once. This was in Argentina. Born in Bahia, a former side mid-fielder of Santos and Palmeiras, he was in Boca Juniors in 2005, when defender Desábato, playing for Quilmes at the time, was arrested in Morumbi for calling Grafite, from São Paulo, a "monkey."

"I was the only black man in Argentinian football. I had never had any problems. I had always been treated very well. But at that moment, because of my skin color, people were confronting me as if I were Grafite", says the coach currently working at Taboão da Serra, in Séries A3 (third division) of São Paulo.

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