Most Brazilian teams have already defined the coaches and squads that will start the 2022 season. Few coaches will be on the same teams at the end of the year.
It is necessary to separate players who arrive to increase the squad of reinforcements, which will improve the quality of the team. There are always surprises. In life and in football, everything can be programmed and everything is uncertain.
Brazilian officials and fans are eager for news, for foreign coaches or not, young or more experienced. People are tired of the sameness, commonplaces, strategies and repetitive discourses. Foreigners and younger people are more likely to do different things.
The Portuguese Abel Ferreira pleased the Palmeiras fans a lot, due to his strategies, titles and fierce, eloquent and vibrant behavior, despite being often offensive to referees and assistants.
Flamengo, who wanted Jorge Jesus, is happy with another Portuguese, Paulo Sousa, who arrived at the airport dressed in the Flamengo shirt, the sacred mantle, and who spoke several times about the red-black nation. This has already captivated the fans. Will he be able to exorcise the ghost Jorge Jesus?
Atlético, who also wanted Jorge Jesus, are happy with the new coach, because of his CV, his different nickname, “El Turco” Mohamed, for being friendly and cheerful and for enjoying talking about the Galo crowd. He looks like a cross between an Argentinian by birth and a Mexican, where he’s been successful. He has Sampaoli’s face and tattoos, only with hair.
Inter, which alternates between Brazilian and foreign coaches, have signed Uruguayan “Cacique” Medina. These changes hurt the team. Bragantino, an organized club, prefers to keep, for a long time, the young and competent coach Mauricio Barbieri. He and other young Brazilian coaches should be more valued.
Fluminense is the exception among the greats of Serie A, as they hired Abel Braga, a Brazilian coach, experienced, emotional, vibrant, with his own ideas, and who, on average, has good results.
Corinthians and São Paulo continue with the same coaches, Brazilians, young people and scholars. I hope the fans don’t get involved with Sylvinho, for the clothes, for the agitation during the matches and for the fact that he calls Paulinho Paulo. The São Paulo fans should also imply less with Rogério Ceni, because of his somber, arrogant face.
I repeat, for the thousandth time, until someone agrees with me, that fans, managers and part of the press should not deify and value coaches so much in victories and massacre them so much in defeats, as if they were the stars of the teams and matches. The expectation is sometimes so great that many dream of deciphering the enigma of the strategies used by coaches.
Elza and Garrincha
A few days ago, the great artist Elza Soares died. In 1971, I went to Milan, invited to play for a world team, in a farewell match for Lev Yashin, the greatest goalkeeper in history. I stayed at the same hotel where Elza Soares, Garrincha and their children lived for a long time. She gave shows in Milan, and Garrincha was a poster boy for the Instituto Brasileiro do Café. We went out one night for dinner. Some people said that Elza sang every week in bars and nightclubs to get money, pay for the hotel and return to Brazil. I don’t know if it was true or gossip.
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