Robinho Lazaró's team of young starlets became the first Colombian club to win back-to-back league stage titles for a decade. But these homegrown heroes were verging on the edge of greatness.
The wonderkid factory that is Envigdo FC saw its exciting prospects flourish in 2029 as, free from the shackles of continental football, a young team dominated Colombia's Finalización stage. But the hard work began now.
The absence of continental football had seen Robinho Lazaró's Envigado FC return to the upper echelons of Colombian football, finishing second in their Apertura post-season group. And Lazaró was excited to see if his promising homegrown squad could continue to flourish.
Robinho Lazaró came into his eighth season as manager of Envigado FC with the board's full backing despite a couple of tricky seasons and failing to qualify for continental football for the first time in five years.
The worst league stage of Robinho Lazaró's time in charge of Colombian wonderkid factory Envigado FC was fairly inevitable after losing several key players and replacing them with raw youngsters. But Lazaró was optimistic after a prolonged rest between the Apertura and Finalización stages of the 2028 campaign.
A summer break was much needed as Robinho Lazaró's Envigado FC endured a heavy conclusion to the 2027 campaign, such is the ridiculous rigour of fixture overload in Colombian football. But that failed to take the gloss off winning the club's first-ever Colombian Cup.
Robinho Lazaró takes positives from an Apertura failure by finding new levels of success in a competition he'd previously disregarded.
The summer of 2027 saw significant change at Envigado FC as club icon James Rodríguez retired from football on a high aged 35. He was joined in leaving by stalwart midfielder William Hurtado, which saw manager Robinho Lazaró turn to his exciting young academy prospects.
The streets of Envigado were packed with orange shirts as Robinho Lazaró and his exciting young Envigado FC team celebrated the club's first-ever Apertura trophy with their growing supporter base.
Robinho Lazaró's focus on youth development at Colombian wonderkid factory Envigado FC was undeniably yielding results. After four years in charge, he'd led the club to its first Colombian title with a Finalización win, three Apertura runner-up finishes, a Súperliga success and three straight Copa Libertadores campaigns.