Dorival Junior, new Flamengo coach

Dorival Junior, new Flamengo coach

The flamingo of Rio de Janeiro named the Brazilian Dorival Junior as his new head coach to replace Paul Sousa as they look to bounce back from a poor start to the season.

Sousa, who joined Flamengo in December last year, left the club earlier this week following back-to-back league defeats against Bragantino and Fortaleza, leaving them 14th in Brazil’s top tier after 10 matches.

In a statement on Friday, the club said the 60-year-old Dorival had signed a contract that runs until December 2022. This will be Dorival’s third spell at the club, having coached them in 2012 and 2018.

His first coaching job was with Ferroviaria in 2002, after which he coached a number of Brazilian teams. Dorival takes charge of one of the biggest and most successful clubs in Brazil, albeit one that is constantly changing. He will be Flamengo’s fifth coach in two years.

The Catalan Domènec TorrentRogerio Ceni, Renato Gaucho and Sousa have taken charge since the departure of Portuguese manager Jorge Jesus in July 2020, but all left after brief periods, hit by the long shadow of the victorious Jesus and the demands of a large base of fans.

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