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FLAMENGO PLAYER REPORTS BRAZILIAN FOOTBALL’S BIGGEST PROBLEM: “VERY DIFFICULT”

Carioca Champion with Mais Querido, the foreigner highlighted a factor that differentiates the sport in the country

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Absolute titleholder with Tite, Varela has been experiencing a unique moment since arriving at Flamengo, in mid-2022. After all, for the first time the Uruguayan had a run in the team. On the other hand, the intense pace of games is considered a problem for the full-back, who pointed out the heavy calendar of Brazilian and South American football as an obstacle for teams to perform at 100% in all matches.

"In Brazil, the sequence of games is much more difficult, too. It's very difficult to have to play every three days, to be traveling, we get very tired. Now we went to Colombia, also Bolivia, games at altitude… This makes it very difficult the player's physicality and it is very difficult for us to always be at 100% (conditions). This point makes football here sometimes more difficult than in Europe", said Varela, in an interview with 'ESPN'.

< Varela arrived at Flamengo in mid-2022, but made just six appearances, being the third option for Dorival Júnior's team, behind Rodinei and Matheuzinho. Last year, he ended the Brasileirão as a starter, already under the command of Tite, ending the season with 21 games. This year, absolutely with the coach from Rio Grande do Sul, he has already entered the field 13 times and scored the first goal with Manto Sagrado, in Carioca's debut, against Audax.

Revealed in categories As a youth player at Peñarol (URU), Varela completed his training in Europe, when he played for Manchester United's (ING) under-21 team and played for Real Madrid Castilla (ESP). Subsequently, the full-back spent time in Germany and Denmark, until arriving at Dinamo Moscow (RUS), where he played two seasons before signing with Flamengo. Therefore, after much of his career on the Old Continent, the athlete is well aware of the difference in 'load' in relation to Brazil.

After winning the Rio title on Sunday (07), Varela and his teammates Flamengo won't have much time to rest. After all, Rubro-Negro enters the field this Wednesday (10), against Palestino (CHI), in the second round of Group E of the Copa Libertadores de América.



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"I WILL NEVER ERASE THE HISTORY I BUILT", SAYS GABIGOL AFTER LOSING THE 10 SHIRT

The attacker was also fined by the board

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Flamengo's board was tough and objective this Friday afternoon. That's because the Rio de Janeiro red-and-black team fined and removed Gabigol's number 10 shirt. Therefore, the player vented on social media about the club's decision. The punishment was due to the leaked photo of the athlete wearing the Corinthians shirt.

The attacker explained that he accepts the decision and respects Flamengo's command, but also stated that the episode will not erase his history with the Rubro-Negro.


CHECK OUT GABIGOL'S FULL NOTE ON THE CONTROVERSY WITH FLAMENGO

"On that 11/12, 2022, after having felt the greatest emotions of my life with the glories and significant achievements for Flamengo, the club presented me with a very special shirt, number 10, simply the mantle worn by our greatest idol, Zico.

I confess that I felt a certain insecurity, because along with that shirt, came a great weight of responsibility.


At Flamengo, I found the best version of myself and I'm experiencing the best cycle of my career. I'm fascinated by titles and I've always expressed that on the website. excessive will on the field, which is often misinterpreted.

Flamengo allowed me to win many titles (2 Libertadores, 2 Brasileiros, 1 Copa do Brasil, 1 Recopa Sudamericana, 2 Supercups of Brazil and 4 Cariocas) and live these magical moments with the nation and be welcomed by the biggest fans in America, that is the true meaning of the word happiness.

In these more than 5 years of joy, and some sadness, I have always been certain, that of my love for this club, that of the love for the red-and-black nation.

Today I was informed by Flamengo's directors that I will no longer wear size 10. It's up to me to accept and respect the club's command. But this will never erase the history I built with my teammates. I accept the next shirt and I will give my life on the field for Mengao until the end of our story.

I love you, Flamengo!"

Gabi travels to Amazonas

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Despite everything that happened, the red and black board decided not to punish the player in relation to entering the field. As a result, the now former number 10 will travel to Manaus, where Fla. faces Amazonas in the third round of the Copa do Brasil. The clash will take place next Wednesday, the 22nd.


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WILL AMAZONAS X FLAMENGO HAVE GABIGOL AT TITE’S DISPOSAL? CHECK OUT.....

Flamengo decided everything after meeting with the striker

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In a meeting at Ninho do Urubu this Friday, Flamengo defined the punishment for Gabigoldue to the photo with the Corinthians shirt. In addition to being fined 10% of his salary, the attacker will no longer be able to wear the legendary number 10. The punishments, however, stop there. The player will normally be part of the delegation that will travel to Manaus next week.

The information is from Mauro Cezar Pereira. According to the journalist, Gabigol is not away from the cast and will continue working alongside the main group. Next Wednesday, the 22nd, Flamengo will face Amazonas, at the Arena da Amazônia, and the striker will normally travel to the Copa do Brasil game.


In the understanding of the red-black board, removing Gabigol from the long trip to Manaus would be a kind of reward for the player. During the meeting, Marcos Braz only communicated the punishments and there was no discussion with the player. In Flamengo's view, if the photo was false, as Gabriel claimed, it should have been presented.


Flamengo supervisor receives warning

In addition to Gabriel Barbosa, the punishment also extended to supervisor Márcio Santos, better known as Marcinho. The professional appears in the controversial photo behind Gabigol. According to Mauro Cezar Pereira, Flamengo will warn the supervisor due to his supervisory role. Due to his position, Márcio should be the person who, in the board's opinion, could warn and reprimand Gabriel on that occasion.



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HOW MUCH DID CARIOCÃO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ABSURD NUMBERS OF FLAMENGO’S DEFENSE? CHECK OUT

Mais Querido's defensive sector did not concede a single goal in February and March, but only conceded a goal in two matches in April

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Flamengo's defense is one of the best in Brazil in terms of numbers, but, in April, it had a drop in performance compared to the start of the season. Rubro-Negro continues to concede few goals, it's true, but the number has increased significantly this month. Tite and company had more games with the goal leaked than cleared.

It's an unusual situation for those who have followed Flamengo since the beginning of the season. Defensive solidity is one of Tite's hallmarks, but, amid the marathon of games this month, the system has shown itself to be a little more fragile. Trivela explains what changed during this period.


First of all, it is necessary to take into account that the technical level of Flamengo's opponents has increased significantly this month. If in February and March, months in which they went without conceding a single goal, Rubro-Negro only competed against Carioca, April reserved debuts in the Libertadores and Brasileirão. Even though the State has its regional classics, the nuances are completely different.


In the Libertadores, for example, Flamengo faced altitude twice and lost both times, this factor needs to be considered. In other games, like against São Paulo, for example, Rubro-Negro could have ended without conceding goals.




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