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DORIVAL TALKS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF CALLING UP A FLAMENGO PLAYER: "IT CAN CONTRIBUTE A LOT!"

Player can appear in the next national team call-up

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Neymar, currently recovering from a right knee injury, is expected to be called up again for the Brazilian national team after his recovery. Dorival Júnior, in an interview with "GE", highlighted that he hopes to share the team's leading role with the return of the Al-Hilal striker.

"We are working so that the leading role is shared. We all need to take more responsibility so that Neymar can complement this. He is a very important, differentiated, above-average player, and we need to ensure that he plays in his best conditions", said the coach.

Dorival also mentioned the possibility of calling up Pedro, Flamengo's striker, who worked. with him at the Rio club in 2022 and is enjoying a great moment in the current season.

"Pedro has always been by our side. He knows my admiration and respect for him. He is a player that I consider highly and who can contribute a lot to the selection at different times and needs", added Dorival Júnior.


EXPECTION FOR NEYMAR'S RETURN

The expectation is that Neymar, when he is completely recovered, return to the Brazilian team to reinforce the team in the next competitions. The striker's presence, along with other talents such as Pedro, promises to strengthen the squad with high-level options for coach Dorival Júnior.



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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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DORIVAL EXPOSES INCOHERENCE IN HIS SPEECH BY CITING PEDRO'S NON-CALL FOR THE CUP AMÉRICA

Flamengo's number 9 is Brazil's top scorer in 2024

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In an interview with ESPN, the coach of the Brazilian team, Dorival Júnior, spoke about the team's elimination from the Copa América to Uruguay. One of the topics asked to the coach, champion of the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil, with Flamengo, in 2022, was the absence of Pedro, Mengão's top scorer, and Estêvão, Palmeiras player.

“Pedro and Estêvão had already been evaluated, it's not new”, revealed Dorival.


Coach demonstrates inconsistency when explaining criteria for call-ups.


“The call-up depends a lot on the moment. During the call-up period, Estevão was not yet a starter at Palmeiras, he was in the initial process. You can't be too careful. We have to evolve, observing a lot. We are trying to be extremely careful to always make the best call possible.”

Brazil's top scorer in 2024, Pedro is going through a great phase

If Dorival points out the moment as a determining factor for the call-up, the absence of Mengão's Shirt 9 is not very well explained. When the list for the Copa América was announced in May, Pedro was already the striker with the most goals in the country, with 18 balls in the net. Currently, there are 25, in 34 games. Furthermore, the player has seven assists this year. Participation of almost one goal per match.

For comparison purposes, striker Endrick, called up for the national team, scored just four goals in 2024 for his club. The promise factor and media pressure spoke louder than the moment.

Another example happens with striker Evanílson, from Porto-POR, who had great numbers in the European season. The player, who was also called up, scored 25 goals in 42 matches, the Portuguese club's top scorer. However, he played for just three minutes in the Copa América, being passed over by the young man's brand, recently hired by Real Madrid and by a Rodrygo who was not very involved and improvised.

Does the call-up to the Brazilian team really depend on much at the moment? The fact is that Pedro has been crucial for Flamengo this season, taking on the role of the team's protagonist amidst the amount of wear and absence that Rubro-Negro has faced in the last few rounds.


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