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COMMENTATOR POINTS OUT HOW DORIVAL REGRETS NOT TAKING FLAMENGO STAR TO THE SELECTION

Coach faces questions after Canarinho's performance during the qualifying phase of the Copa América, in the United States

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The qualifying phase of the Copa América revealed several technical and tactical shortcomings of the Brazilian team. The lack of chemistry contributed to second place in Group D after the draw with Colombia, last Tuesday (02). Furthermore, performance below expectations can also be justified by absences since the call-up. These questions raise doubts about coach Dorival Júnior's choices.

For journalist Vitor Biner, from ESPN, Dorival Júnior is faced with a complex situation that causes him regret . Biner believes that the coach would rethink not calling up Pedro, from Flamengo, if he predicted the team's recent performance. The communicator highlights that Dorival was betting on a quick construction, but that it did not materialize as expected, which makes Pedro's absence even more questionable.



"The more I look at Brazil's games and I realize that Dorival was betting on an unresolved construction, but faster than what has been happening. If he knew that the Seleção would play like this, at some point, for example, having the ball in midfield. Today, he opens his hand, he bets on the counterattack. If he knew it would take so long, I'm sure he would change one thing... he would take Pedro to have a player to support the ball, to play in the area, to not depend on Endrick, who became the hope of hope", said Biner.



The absence of Flamengo's top scorer on Dorival's list has divided opinions since the call-up, in May. Many fans consider Pedro to be the best center forward in the country today, while others value the number 9's unique characteristics as a complement to what the Seleção has at its disposal. This division of opinions shows the complexity of the decision made by the coach.


Pedro's last call-up took place in June 2023, in the friendlies against Guinea and Senegal. In 2022, Flamengo's number 9 was part of the team that competed in the World Cup in Qatar, under the command of Tite, Flamengo's current coach. Pedro's numbers in the current season reinforce calls for his call-up: there are 32 direct goal contributions in 34 games, an average that surpasses previous phases and highlights his importance in the attack.


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REVEALED AT VITÓRIA, DAVID LUIZ RETURNS TO BARRADÃO AFTER MORE THAN 11 MILLION IN RESALE

Player is the third defender who moved the most money in football

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The match between Vitória and Flamengo, scheduled for this Wednesday and valid for the last round of the first round of the Brazilian Championship, will mark the return of David Luiz to Barradão after 17 years. The player revealed at Fábrica de Talentos left Toca do Leão in February 2007, after being one of the highlights in the Serie C campaign the previous year.

After playing for Benfica, Chelsea, Paris Saint- Germain and Arsenal throughout almost 15 years in European football, David Luiz returned to Brazil to wear red and black, but from Rio de Janeiro. When the defender was announced by Flamengo, in 2021, Vitória was experiencing the drama of yet another relegation to the Third Division.


The crisis at the training club delayed the reunion, but with Vitória back among the elite of the national football, David Luiz returns home. Even if it's just to visit the stadium where he took his first steps in his professional career. The defender, now 37 years old, arrived at Toca do Leão when he was 14 and remained there until he was 20.


Série C and first sale

David Luiz debuted as a professional player at the age of 18, in 2005. But it was in the following season that the defender made history at the club as a fundamental player during the promotion campaign in Series C. At the time, he played alongside Wallace and Anderson Martins, also defenders. revealed at Toca do Leão.


David Luiz played for Barradão for the last time on January 28, 2007, when Vitória won 5-0 at Catuense, in a match valid for the fifth round of the Campeonato Baiano. That day, Rubro-Negro was lined up with: Rafael Córdova; Apodi, Sandro, David Luiz and Alysson (Anderson Rodrigues); Vanderson, Garrinchinha, Luiz Carlos Capixaba (Itacaré) and Cléber; Índio and Joãozinho (Pantico).

Days later, Vitória agreed a loan with Benfica, who had an option to buy the defender and exercised this right in May of the same year. That was the first of many transfers in David Luiz's career. He is the third defender who generated the most money in the history of football, according to the list on the website transfermarkt.

1-Josko Gvardiol: R$ 768 million in two transfers;

2-David Luiz: R$ 720 million in five transfers.

Red and black profit

Vitória pocketed just R$1.9 million when it loaned and sold David Luiz to Benfica in 2007. But he continued to profit from the defender because of FIFA's Solidarity Mechanism. The instrument has been in force since 2001 and was created to reward the investment made by clubs in training athletes.

The training period takes place between the ages of 12 and 23, and the club is entitled to 5% of future international negotiations, with the amount being proportional to the athlete's time with the team. In the case of David Luiz, the six years he spent at Toca do Leão are worth it.

After Benfica, the defender was traded to Chelsea, and from there he left to defend Paris Saint-Germain in the Until then, the biggest sale of a defender in the history of football: R$152 million. The defender also returned to the Blues in a new transfer that supplied the coffers of Toca do Leão.


Money received by Vitória in the David Luiz transfers:

Sale to Benfica (2007): R$1.9 million;

Sale to Chelsea (2011): R$2.1 million ;

Sale to PSG (2014): R$4.2 million;

Sale to Chelsea (2016): R$3.4 million;

Sale to Arsenal (2019): did not receive payment because they are clubs from the same country;

Exit to Flamengo (2021): free of charge.


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SÃO PAULO TAKES A HAT AT FLAMENGO AND ANNOUNCES HIRING A MIDFIELD PLAYER

Athlete arrives from Lazio to reinforce the tricolor until June 2025

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São Paulo announced this Tuesday the signing of midfielder Marcos Antônio. The 24-year-old player, who belongs to Lazio, from Italy, was also in Flamengo's sights, but chose to join Tricolor Paulista. He arrives on a one-year loan, valid until June 30, 2025.

In his first statements as a São Paulo player, Marcos Antônio expressed great enthusiasm: “It’s a moment of great joy and happiness, a different feeling. I'm happy with the opportunity to play for São Paulo and I hope to help my new teammates. We're going to play together with our fans to achieve the club's goals," the midfielder told the club's official website.



NEGOTIATION DETAILS

For the loan, São Paulo will pay 150 thousand euros (approximately R$906 thousand). The contract includes a mandatory buyout clause if the player participates in 50% of the games during the loan period, with a minimum of 45 minutes played in each match.

If this condition is met, the purchase price is set at 4.2 million euros (around R$25.3 million), which will be paid in installments over the three seasons of the contract, from the middle of 2025 to mid-2027.



ALISSON REPLACEMENT

Marcos Antônio was on loan to PAOK, from Greece, before agreeing with São Paulo. He arrives to replace Alisson, who fractured his right ankle last Wednesday and had to undergo surgery. Revealed by Athletico-PR, Marcos Antônio built a successful career in Europe, and now returns to Brazil to reinforce the tricolor midfield.


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DE LA CRUZ SENDS A MESSAGE TO URUGUAY FANS AND QUOTES LUIS SUÁREZ BEFORE RETURN TO FLAMENGO

Rubro-Negro's number 18 spoke for the first time after the end of the Copa América

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Star of Flamengo, midfielder De La Cruz spoke for the first time after the end of the Copa América. Last Monday (15), Rubro-Negro's number 18 sent a message to the Uruguayans praising the third place achieved. Nico also projected a return to the competition and mentioned Luis Suárez, who does not guarantee that he will remain in the Uruguayan National Team.

“Let's try again! Thank you for your support during this Copa América. We were so excited, like all the Uruguayan people, to win the cup and we took third place. Value what you have achieved and come back stronger for what is to come. Team that unites us. You are huge, Luis Alberto (Suárez). Lucky you are Uruguayan”, wrote De La Cruz in a post on social media.

DE LA CRUZ’S PERFORMANCE IN THE CUP AMERICA

De La Cruz played five of the six matches in which the Uruguay played in this year's Copa América, starting four. Thus, the midfielder from Mais Querido provided assists in the 3-1 victory over Panama and 5-0 against Bolivia. Remembering that Nico did not enter the field to compete for third place, as he was serving a suspension.

DE LA CRUZ AND LUIS SUÁREZ IN URUGUAY

As highlighted in the publication, De La Cruz is a great admirer of Luis Suárez. The national idol received special affection from the red and black number 18 as he has an uncertain future in the Uruguayan National Team. At 37 years old, the center forward with spells at Liverpool and Barcelona does not rule out that it could be a farewell to Celeste.


De La Cruz and Suárez played around 20 matches for Uruguay together. Thus, there are ten wins, four draws and six defeats, with one goal scored by the Flamengo and seven for the center forward.



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