In the administration of President Rodolfo Landim, guaranteeing the classification of the Libertadores group stage was not the same as staying in office. In all seasons under his command, the team changed coaches before round 16 of the main South American competition.
+ Flamengo describes the release of Paulo Sousa
The same will happen to Paulo Sousa, who has already declared his release, but is still in office due to the lack of a board definition about his participation or not in this Saturday’s match, against Internacional.
After leaders spent the morning working out strategies from Atibaia to Rio de Janeiro, the dismissal has not yet been made official, something that could result in another training session led by Paulo Sousa this Thursday. The coach and his commission followed Flamengo’s normal concentration schedule this week, in the interior of São Paulo.
Best moments: Bragantino 1 x 0 Flamengo, for the 10th round of Brasileirão 2022
The exchanges on the eve of the 2019 playoffs
In 2019, Abel Braga began his term in office. Qualifying for the round of 16 happened dramatically, with an aimless draw with Peñarol, in Montevideo. The coach was challenged and booed by people.
Abel resigned when he learned about the search for Jorge Jesus and left the position making strong criticisms of the leaders. The Portuguese ended up making a magical year in Flamengo history.
Abel Braga’s request came three days after Brasileirão’s 3-2 win against mixed-team Athletico-PR.
Abel Braga Flamengo x Cruzeiro Brasileirão 2019 Maracanã – Photo: André Durão/GloboEsporte.com
The following year, Jorge Jesus left before the Libertadores started during the Covid-19 pandemic to return to Benfica. Domènec Torrent took his place and made a 15-point campaign that covered the South American competition with a possible 18 in the group stage, even if he suffered the loss of contaminated players. However, losses to Brasileirão led to his expulsion.
DUDU MACEDO/PHOTO/STATE CONTEDO-Photo: Domenec Flamengo Atlético-MG Mineirão
Ceni was replaced by Renato
Dome’s successor, Rogério Ceni fell in the 2020 Libertadores round of 16 of Racing, followed by command, was the Brazilian champion in 2020 and the Supercopa and Carioca in 2021. In Libertadores 2021, he finished the group stage without loss, with 12 points won, but The issues of internal relations with the players are heavily weighted.
Rogerio Ceni and Bruno Henrique at Atlético-MG vs Flamengo-Photo: Fernando Moreno/AGIF
Shot, Rogério Ceni saw Renato Gaúcho take over and become vice-champion of Libertadores and Brasileiro. Renato was able to win several goals on national territory and abroad, but Palmeiras ’loss in the continental decision, related to training methods that received internal question, was doomed for the fall.
The board then looked for a coach for the start of the season and reached out to Paulo Sousa. The Portuguese will also leave the post in the gap between the group stage and the Libertadores ’round of 16. He has the best campaign ever done so far in management at this point in the competition.
It was even Flamengo’s best in the early stages of the Libertadores since it started playing it. However, unequal football, a lot of experience, bad group relations and the vices of the state and the Supercopa do Brasil ended up hampering Gávea’s Portuguese pass.
Paulo Sousa walks on his knees at Bragantino x Flamengo – Photo: Wilian Oliveira/Futura Press
Watch the campaigns of the coaches who left the team before the knockout stage
Abel of Libertadores 2019 – 10 points
5/3 – San Jose 0 x 1 Flamengo
13/3 Flamengo 3 x 1 LDU
3/4 Flamengo 0 x 1 Peñarol
11/4 Flamengo 6 x 1 San Jose
24/4 LDU 2 x 1 Flamengo
8/5 Penarol 0 x 0 Flamengo
Domènec in Libertadores 2020 – 15 points
4/3 Junior Barranquilla 1 x 2 Flamengo
11/3 Flamengo 3 x 0 Barcelona de Guayaquil
9/17 Independiente Del Valle 5 x 0 Flamengo
22/9 Barcelona de Guayaquil 1 x 2 Flamengo
30/9 Flamengo 4 x 0 Independiente Del Valle
21/10 Flamengo 3 x 1 Junior Barranquilla
Rogerio Ceni of Libertadores 2021 – 12 points
20/4 Vélez Sarsfield 2 x 3 Flamengo
27/4 Flamengo 4 x 1 Union La Calera
4/5 LDU 2 x 3 Flamengo
11/5 Union La Calera 2 x 2 Flamengo
5/19 Flamengo 2 x 2 LDU
27/5 Flamengo 0 x 0 Vélez Sársfield
Paulo Sousa of Libertadores 2022 – 16 points
5/4 Sporting Cristal 0 x 2 Flamengo
12/4 Flamengo 3 x 1 Workshops
28/4 Catholic University 2 x 3 Flamengo
4/5 Workshops 2 x 2 Flamengo
17/5 Flamengo 3 x 0 Universidad Catolica
24/5 Flamengo 2 x 1 Sporting Cristal
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