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EXCLUSIVE! FLAMENGO IDOL, LEANDRO SPEAKS ABOUT APOLINHO: "THE FIRST COMPLIMENT I RECEIVED FROM A JOURNALIST WAS FROM HIM"

Multi-champion winger in the 80s declared great affection for his former coach and red-black journalist

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Thursday dawned cloudy in the world of journalism and also in Flamengo. This is because one of the giants of sports communication, Washington Rodrigues, "Apolinho", passed away on Wednesday night (May 15, 2024) at the age of 87. He was admitted to Hospital Samaritano, in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, where he was being treated for cancer.

The radio host was a beloved person in the sporting world. In this sense, Fla's eternal idol, full-back Leandro, in an exclusive interview with journalist Diego Alarcon, from Gazeta do Urubu, spoke about the death and revealed a great affection for Washington Rodrigues, after revealing a curiosity between them.

"Sad, right man? Brazil loses one of its great journalists, a great professional. I had a very special affection for him, because of when I was still young, in 76. He had a column in the newspaper, now I'm not going to remember the newspaper, but it was his first compliment, a criticism I received from a journalist was his", said Leandro, who continued...


"He once wrote in the newspaper, that in Flamengo's youth , there was a left-back (he played left-back at the time) who is already going to become a professional and will be a great football player", added the former full-back.


In addition, the 81 champion revealed that he spent time with Apolinho personally:

"I have immense affection for him. I've already met him personally. I've invited him to my birthdays, he was a great red-black guy, he told great stories and he'll really be missed by all of us, but he is with God now", concluded Leandro.


Apolinho coach

The radio presenter was also a football coach and led Flamengo. Apolinho was a fan of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and coached the club in the 1995 season. On that occasion, he led Flamengo to runner-up in the now-defunct Supercopa Libertadores, with a 2-1 defeat to Independiente, from Argentina.

After leaving his position as coach in 1995, he returned to the club for another year in 1998, as Director of Football for the red-black team....



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GAVE SOFT! BOTAFOGO LOSES TO CRISCIÚMA IN THE SOUTH AND FLAMENGO CAN INCREASE THE DIFFERENCE AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE

Rio rival lost 2-1

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The 11th round of the Brazilian Championship started positively for Flamengo. This is because, in the opening, Botafogo lost 2-1 to Criciúma, playing at the Heriberto Hülse Stadium, in Santa Catarina and parked at 20 points. In this way, the red-black team continues as the leader and can increase the distance at the top.

Criciúma took the lead 10 minutes into the first half with Gustavo Barreto. However, Botafogo drew in the second half with Lucas Halter. In the final stretch, at 39′, the Santa Catarina club scored 2-1 with Arthur Caíke. 


SEE THE CLASSIFICATION

1st Flamengo – 21 points

2nd Palmeiras – 20


3rd Botafogo – 20

4º Athletico-PR – 18

5º Bahia – 18

6º Cruzeiro – 17

FLAMENGO SITUATION< /b>

With the defeat, Botafogo remains with 20 points in the standings, one less than Flamengo. However, the red-black team can increase the distance at the top if they beat Fluminense this Sunday (23). Palmeiras, third placed, has 20 and is still keeping an eye on the round.

NEXT GAME

Thus, Flamengo enters the field this Sunday (23 ), at 4pm (Brasília time), against Fluminense, at Maracanã, in a game valid for the 11th round of the Brazilian Championship. If you emerge victorious, your lead will increase.


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FORMER FLAMENGO CEO TAKES POSITION AT CORINTHIANS AND HAS THE MISSION TO SAVE THE PAULISTA CLUB FROM ADMINSTRATIVE CHAOS

Fred Luz worked for Red and Black until 2018

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Corinthians tries to leave administrative chaos you are in. To this end, according to information from the GE portal, it decided to hire executive Fred Luz, who worked at Flamengo between 2013 and 2018. The professional will be the “Chief Executive Officer (CEO)” of the São Paulo club. The announcement was made informally by Corinthians president, Augusto Melo, this Friday (21). 

Corinthians is going through a huge administrative crisis at the beginning of President Augusto Melo's administration. According to journalist Rodrigo Vessoni, from Meu Timão, around 18 directors have already left the club since the beginning of the year. The most recent departures were Rozallah Santoro, financial director, and Fernando Alba, assistant director of football.


The crisis exploded after the unilateral termination of the contract by Corinthians' master sponsor. The betting house Vai de Bet decided to interrupt its relationship with the São Paulo club after allegations of corruption in contract negotiations. Interestingly, the agreement between the black and white team and Vai de Bet triggered a clause between Flamengo and its master sponsor, Pixbet, which guaranteed that Rubro-Negro would not receive less than any national rival.


< b>Fred Luz worked at the beginning of Flamengo's restructuring

Now 70 years old, Fred Luz arrived at Flamengo in 2013, at the beginning of President Eduardo Bandeira de Mello's administration. The executive first assumed the role of marketing director, but later became CEO. At Flamengo, he is appointed as responsible for improving rights and TV agreements and structuring the fan-partner program.


Still at Flamengo, he hired foreign consultants to help with base management and prevention of injuries. In 2018, Fred Luz left Rubro-Negro to dedicate himself to the presidential campaign of João Amoedo, from the Novo party. Bruno Spindel, current executive director of football, took over as CEO at that time.


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"HE DIED HAPPY WITH FLAMENGO": APOLINHO'S DAUGHTER SAYS THAT FATHER WATCHED GOLEADE WHEN HE PASSED AWAY

'He watched the first half, heard the third goal and gave his last calm and serene breath', said Patrícia during the journalist's wake

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Veiled at Flamengo's headquarters, journalist Washington Rodrigues died precisely while supporting the club. A self-confessed red-black, the 87-year-old sports commentator was fighting liver cancer. Last Wednesday night, he was watching the game between the team and Bolívar-BOL, for the Copa Libertadores. The Rio team won 4-0.

According to his daughter, Patrícia, Apolinho followed the match until the team's third goal, scored by Everton Cebolinha. He died afterwards. - He watched the first half, heard the third goal and gave his last calm and serene breath - said Patrícia during her father's wake.

Apolinho's death came to the attention of those present at Maracanã during the second half of the match. The 4-0 victory made the night end with a huge celebration in the stands. Flamengo took the opportunity to remember, on its social networks, that the term "chocolate" to refer to goals was created precisely by the journalist.


- It was a beautiful party at Maracanã, with all the lights on. I think it made him happier in heaven. He died happy with Flamengo - added Patrícia.





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