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FLAMENGO HAS A STRATEGY TO KEEP CHILDREN NEARBY, EVEN WITH CURIOUS LOOKS

Even with a valid contract, the star is being offered a renewal for two more seasons

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Igor Jesus is Flamengo's great revelation in this Carioca Championship. The jewel of the base has been gaining ground with Tite at the beginning of the year, and his current contract with Rubro-Negro ends in December 2025. To ensure the permanence of this great talent, the club has already opened talks to renew the link with 20-year-old midfielder until the end of 2027, according to information from the Goal portal.

Igor became a professional at Flamengo last season and began to have more opportunities at the end of Jorge Sampaoli's tenure. Now, the young man took advantage of Pulgar and Allan's absences, for health reasons, to stand out and gained morale with Tite. In total, the midfielder has played 18 games for the main team.


Igor Jesus has not only stood out at Flamengo. At the end of last year, the player was called up to compete in the Pan-American Games in Santiago, Chile, and was an absolute starter in the campaign that won Brazil the gold medal, in the Brazilian under-23 team. Brazil has not won this medal since 1987.


Despite being revealed by Flamengo, Igor began his career at Deportivo Real, in Goiânia. He also passed through the Goiás base and caught the attention of Rubro-Negro when he was with Esmeraldino's under-17s. Since 2020 at Gávea, he has established himself as one of the main promises of the Rio club and became captain of the under-20 team.

FLAMENGO BASE IN THE HIGHLIGHT


Flamengo stands out as a reference in the training of talents in the world, as pointed out by the CIES Football Observatory. The survey placed Rubro-Negro as the team with the most profitable base outside Europe in the last 10 years. In total, Fla generated revenue from the sale of 28 players, with Reinier's transfer to Real Madrid being the most significant negotiation. With these numbers, the Rio club continues to consolidate its position as a leader in training and selling talent, promising more success in the coming years.

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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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IN THE PACKAGES OF THE "NIGERIANS", FLAMENGO HAS ANOTHER STAR IN ITS BASE - SEE

Papa Diop at Flamengo under-10 is a clear example of how the Rio club is preparing for the future

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In the world of football, the search for new talent is incessant, and Flamengo has invested heavily in the youth categories to discover future stars. Recently, the Rio club drew attention by incorporating young African promises into its youth teams. Two Nigerians, Shola and Hassan, are already part of the under-20 team, and now a Senegalese is emerging in the under-10.

According to Ge, Papa Diop, a Senegalese boy of just 10 years old, has stood out in the IberCup, a grassroots tournament held in Barra da Tijuca, Zona West of Rio de Janeiro. The young player, who measures an impressive 1.76m tall, arrived in Brazil in 2023 together with his father. They settled in Florianópolis, where Papa started playing on a social project team.


FLAMENGO BETTS ON YOUNG NIGERIANS

Papa's trajectory in Brazil He's new, but his football skills are already attracting attention. He began to emerge on the national scene when he played in the Santa Catarina IberLeague, in Florianópolis, last year. Even though he was only nine years old, he played in the under-12 category, facing boys three years older.

Abrão Chehadi, IberLeague licensee from Santa Catarina, was responsible for recommending Papa Diop to Flamengo. According to Chehadi, the age difference and the boy's skill caught the attention of the Rio club's technical observers. "The Pope was with us last year competing in the IberLeague of Santa Catarina, in Florianópolis. He was nine years old, but was playing in the category of three years over, in the under-12. For this reason, we recommended it to the technical observer of Flamengo present in the competition, which immediately brought him already approved for Rio de Janeiro. He is a promise for international football, as he is African and also has a European passport", said Chehadi.



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