It was 2002 and nobody in Brazil believed an economically stricken team like Santos could actually transcend in the Brasileirão."Os Meninos da Vila" (the children from Vila Belmiro) surprised everybody in Brazil.
After barely qualifying to the final stage of the tournament with a low eighth place, "O Peixe"played inspired and eliminated No. 1 seeded Sao Paulo in quarter finals.
The extremely talented youngsters proceeded to eliminate Gremio in the semi finals and reach the championship series to play a powerful Corinthians team.
In the first leg, Santos won 2-0 and in the second game, they won 3-2 with Robinho's famous seven step-overs that lead to the game-winning goal.
Many of the top notch players of the squad, named ¨Os Meninos da Vila¨ (the children of Vila Belmiro), left for Europe immediately after earning the coveted silverware, while others stayed in Brazil for a few years. Many might wonder what became of the paramount players of the 2002 Santos FC Golden Generation, and those questions will be properly answered in the next 10 slides.