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FLAMENGO STARTS BRASILEIRÃO 2024 WITH NEW BREATH, REMEMBER HOW RUBRO-NEGRO WAS ONE YEAR AGO

Smooth transition marks the beginning of the red-black path in the search for the national title

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One year after a whirlwind of changes that shook the structures of Flamengo, the club begins its journey in Brasileirão 2024 with a different feeling in the air. Far from the dramas and changes of command that marked the beginning of last season, the red-and-black team from Rio seems to have found a stability that has not been seen for some time.

The troubled times of 2023 still echo in the fans' retinas. , when the team had three different coaches before even completing the first round of the championship. The record of instability has raised questions about the club's management and its ability to maintain cohesion at crucial moments. However, the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli in the middle of the season brought a breath of hope, even if late.


THE MADNESS OF 2023 WILL NOT BE REPEATED IN 2024

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The Argentine's name is now just a distant memory, a footnote in the midst of the new red-and-black era. Under the baton of a consolidated Mário Jorge as commander, the Flamengo seems to have found its rhythm. And this is reflected not only in training and tactics, but also in the atmosphere surrounding the club.

The dressing rooms, once a scene of uncertainty and tension, now brim with confidence. The players, aware of the technical and administrative stability, show a renewed enthusiasm to face the challenges that lie ahead. And the fans, always fervent, welcome this new phase with a mixture of optimism and caution, knowing that football is full of surprises.


For the most attentive red and black fan, the change goes beyond the field of game. In the club's corridors, you can see a new mentality, a more careful and planned approach. Hirings are made with discretion, aiming not only at individual talent, but also integration into the team's style of play and Flamengo's culture.



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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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TITE LEAVES THE PERSECUTION FOR OPPORTUNITIES AND DEMONSTRATES A FARMER FLAMENGO AND THIRSTY FOR VICTORIES

However, as with any big club, difficult decisions need to be made.

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In the spotlight, a recurring criticism in the red and black universe is the limited space that the idol Gabigol has received in the cast under Tite's command. However, it is important to note that this situation is not new to the current administration. At the end of last season, with Jorge Sampaoli leading the team, Gabigol had already been relegated to the bench.

With the arrival of Tite, many fans expected the number 99's situation to change, but that was not what happened . The striker remained outside the new coach's initial plans, maintaining reserve status. This choice raised intense discussions among the fans, who consider Gabigol to be one of the team's biggest names.


THE COURSE OF THE NEGOTIATIONS


The point that needs to be clarified is that the absence of< the href="https://gazetadourubu.com/noticia/nada-de-trabalho-elenco-do-flamengo-recebe-folga-neste-domingo" target="_blank"> Gabigol is not directly linked to the decisions of Tite or his technical committee. The decision not to even list him on the bench, even when he could play one more game before a possible transfer, came from the club's board of directors.

This move, according to internal sources, It is related to strategic and financial issues involving the attacker's possible departure in the transfer window. The board seems to be aiming for a negotiation that will bring financial benefits to the club, and, therefore, prefers not to risk an injury or other complication that could arise with the use of the player on the field.



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