After a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro last Wednesday, SÃ£o Paulo decided to part company with their coach CÃ©sar Carpegiani. Ever since losing to AvaÃ in the Brazilian Cup his position at SÃ£o Paulo had been under question. He probably wasnâ€™t sacked after the AvaÃ game because of a lack of suitable candidates to take his place.
He survived that and went on to guide SÃ£o Paulo to win their first five games of the Serie A. But how quickly things can change in football, especially in Brazil. Ten days and three defeats later (including a 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Corinthians) and its pack your bags and go. One man who will be celebrating is 39 year old Rivaldo (yip, he’s still playing), who was not a Carpegiani favourite.
The favourite to take his place is Dorival Junior whose job is also under threat after AtlÃ©tico Mineiro lost 4-0 at home to Internacional and 3-0 away to CearÃ¡. His position may be a little safer after they beat AmÃ©rica MG this weekend to move out of the relegation zone. Dorival Junior was the Santos coach last year and won the SÃ£o Paulo State Championship and Brazilian Cup with them. He was fired after he refused to back down after a row with Neymar.
Other recent (i.e. within that last month) coaching casualties include Cuca (Cruzeiro), Renato GaÃºcho (GrÃªmio), Adilson Batista (AtlÃ©tico PR) and Mauro Fernandes (AmÃ©rica-MG). Since the start of the year, no fewer than 15 of Brazilâ€™s 20 Serie A teams have changed their coach. Some even more than once (AvaÃ for example). And itâ€™s a merry-go-round indeed. Here are some of the names that have moved from one Serie A club to another just this year:
PC GusmÃ£o (Vasco now AtlÃ©tico GO), Renato GaÃºcho (GrÃªmio now AtlÃ©tico PR), Adilson Batista (Santos then AtlÃ©tico PR now unemployed), Muricy Ramalho (Fluminense now Santos), RenÃ© SimÃµes (AtlÃ©tico GO now Bahia), Vagner Benazzi (AvaÃ then Bahia now unemployed), Joel Santana (Botafogo now Cruzeiro). And with SÃ£o Paulo and AmÃ©rica MG on the lookout for new coaches, expect this list to grow.
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