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ZICO CRITICIZES FLAMENGO'S TREATMENT OF BASIC CATEGORIES AND PRAISES PALMEIRAS' MODEL

Mengão idol points out differences in the use of young players between clubs

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Zico, the greatest idol in Flamengo's history, expressed his opinions about the treatment that the Rio club gives to its youth teams compared to Palmeiras. In an interview with Rodrigo Caetano, former Flamengo director and current executive coordinator of the CBF, Zico highlighted that Flamengo seems to focus more on profiting from the sale of young players, while Palmeiras prioritizes using them in the main team.

The former player mentioned that, historically, Flamengo was known for training athletes who became protagonists in the club's great achievements. However, currently, the Rio club has adopted a strategy of training and selling players to obtain financial resources, in contrast to Palmeiras, which has promoted young talents to the main team.

“Palmeiras was a hiring team. Suddenly, he started promoting and look how many great players appeared there. It takes time... Flamengo adopted another model. Formed and sold. In the past, they won, they trained... Flamengo did it at home. Not now. Now it is selling, acquiring funds and hiring more than usual”, commented Zico during the program “Resenha do Galinho”. b>


Palmeiras has attracted attention recently for revealing players like Endrick and Estevão, who quickly stood out in the first team. However, both players were sold before they turned 18. Endrick, for example, will join Real Madrid after the Copa América, while Estevão will join Chelsea in April 2025, when he comes of age.



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These young players have guaranteed a technical return to Palmeiras, as they have been used in the main team since they were 16 years old, but early sales happen just like at Flamengo. The perceived difference in the use of youth categories between clubs is due to the fact that Palmeiras' youngsters gained starting spots and many playing minutes under the command of coach Abel Ferreira.

However, when When it comes to the number of base athletes used in major competitions, Flamengo and Palmeiras are tied, with 10 players each. At Flamengo, the young people with the most minutes on the field are Wesley and Lorran, who became starters after absences from the team due to the Copa América. Wesley and Lorran have accumulated, respectively, 1,279 and 811 minutes this year, while Endrick and Estevão from Palmeiras have 1,590 and 1,326 minutes, respectively.


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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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EX-FLAMENGO GETS NEW SHIRT NUMBER AND INCREASES PRESTIGE IN ENGLAND

After highlighting the 2023/24 season, Garoto do Ninho inherits a number that had been unused since Aleksandar Mitrovic left for Al-Hilal

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A novelty published on Fulham's social media, this Tuesday (23), showed how Rodrigo Muniz, Flamengo's creation, has been gaining more and more prestige in the Premier League. The English club published a video showing that the striker has a new number: nine.Signed in August 2021, the striker had been having good participations, but still lackluster. He was even loaned to Middlesbrough for the Championship – second division of the English Championship – in the 2022/23 season. Returning to Fulham, Rodrigo Muniz took advantage of his opportunities as a starter after Raúl Jiménez's injury, even being elected player of the month for March in the Premier League.

This change in number demonstrates a certain prestige that the player has been acquiring, both from fans, as well as the club and coach itself, since even after Jiménez's return, Muniz still remained coach Marco Silva's option to be the team's starter. Another proof that the former Flamengo player is on good terms with the English fans is the song they made for him:

“He went to Boro, he couldn't even start, comes back to Fulham, he's tearing teams apart, he's magic, he's really is, hi's name Rodrigo, Rodrigo Muniz” (translation: “He went to Boro, he wasn't a starter, he came back to Fulham and he's destroying his opponents. He's magic, he really is. His name is Rodrigo, Rodrigo Muniz”).

Flamengo sees appreciation for Rodrigo Muniz

Sold for 8 million euros in 2021, approximately 50 million reais at the price at the time, Flamengo still maintained a percentage of 25% for future sales of the athlete. Its current market value is around 20 million euros, according to < b>Transfermarkt.


Fulham, who has already admitted to being consulted by two giants of the “Big Six”, Chelsea and Tottenham, about the player's situation, estimates that a possible negotiation it would only be considered with proposals above 30 million euros (R$ 181 million). Of this amount, Rubro-Negro would be entitled to at least 7.5 million euros, approximately R$45 million. In other words, in total, Flamengo would raise almost R$100 million with Muniz. It's Ninho giving back to Gávea.


The interest of other clubs within the Premier League itself is yet another indication of Rodrigo Muniz's evolution. Before his good run with Fulham, for example, the striker's return to Brazil was heavily speculated. The biggest interested party was Atlético-MG, but it was Grêmio that came very close to signing.

Fulham increasingly Brazilian

In addition to Rodrigo Muniz, Fulham has three more Brazilian players: William, ex-Chelsea and Corinthians, Carlos Vinicius, ex-Benfica, and the one well known by the Nation, Andreas Pereira.

The English club continues to try to increase this contingent of “Brazilians” in the squad, as they are in strong talks with Fluminense to sign midfielder André. The information is that there is already a proposal on the table for the Rio tricolor and the values ​​are around 25 million pounds (around R$ 179 million).


André is an old acquaintance of Rodrigo Muniz. Both had some clashes for their respective youth categories. For professionals, they faced each other for Carioca and Brasileirão in 2021, with the midfielder winning both. In total there were eight games, with five wins for Muniz, two wins for André, as well as a draw, according to the website “oGol”.


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