Muricy Ramalho is the new Brazil coach – July 2010

July 23, 2010 at 12:52 6 comments

Muricy Ramalho about 100 years ago

why Ramalho is so bad for Brazil.

The Brazilian Football Confederation have just announced that Muricy Ramalho is to become the next Brazil coach.

Ramalho is still in charge of Fluminense and it’s not clear whether the coach will continue his duties with the Laranjeiras club.

The 54-year-old former midfielder won the Campeonato Brasileiro with São Paulo three times in a row between 2006 to 2008. Ramalho has plenty of experience at club level in Brazil and spent quiet a bit of his career in Mexico.

Previous Brazil coach, Dunga, was heavily criticized for his overly defensive approach. After his side’s failure in the World Cup, many Brazil fans were hoping to a return to the more ‘traditional’ attacking style of football associated with Brazil.

But those supporters are going to be bitterly disappointed. Ramalho’s teams are usually built on a solid backline and a midfield packed with defensive players. His approach has always been to take the lead and then sit back. This tactic was highly successful at São Paulo for three years when they won the Brasileiro. But while Ramalho has a proven track record in the league, he has not yet mastered the art of getting teams through playoffs as his consistent failure in the Libertadores proves. Tactically, the coach is very limited. If things don’t go to plan, he’s not that good at changing the game around. While Ramalho produces effective teams, they are not pretty to watch. If the CBF and the Brazilian public wanted a sea change from Dunga’s reign, they are certainly not going to get it with Muricy Ramalho.

 

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  • 1. Mike  |  July 23, 2010 at 13:55

    I…. am in shock. Not sure if Menezes would have been the right guy, but I do not like this appointment one bit. There is no excuse if Brasil fail to win the 2014 World Cup. Ramalho is a great choice in the Campeonato Brasileiro with teams like São Paulo and Flu, but has he EVER won the Libertadores?

    São Paulo- He first coached them from 1994-1996. They won it 1993 if I am not mistaken. They won their third Libertadores in 2005. He began his second stretch with them in 2006.

    Internacional- He coached Inter 2004-2005. They won it in 2006. One year off again.

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  • 2. Daniel Powell  |  July 23, 2010 at 14:02

    can’t say I know much about this guy as a coach, but if Jon’s saying he is a negative tactician then god help the people who enjoyed the free flowing samba style of football which is gona feel like a distant memory!! shame.

    How could you not re-appoint a manager who has been there and done it with brasil in 2002.Had to be scolari, don’t know who makes this decisions in the CBF but they should be shot.

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  • 3. riodejaneirotravel  |  July 23, 2010 at 16:11

    Muricy was Brazilian champion in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
    In 2009, his team Palmeiras was leading the League until five rounds before the final.
    And this year his team Fluminense is the current leader.

    “He has not proven results in play-offs”. OK, who has?

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  • 4. davinho  |  July 23, 2010 at 18:52

    Let’s hope this is only a holding pattern until two years from now when someone else takes over. Scolari is the obvious guess, but in much of his career as a tecnico he also has played more not to lose than to win. Discouraging.

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  • 5. Daniel  |  July 24, 2010 at 08:02

    Obviously a manager does’nt play to lose, scolari took all the big brasil players to japan/korea and knew how to make it work with ronaldo rivaldo ronaldinho.And the squad on the whole looked like it had more strength in depth.with a certain kaka waiting in the wings.as well as this he turned portugal into a decent attacking outfit as they made a final under him while playing good football.you can only say how brasil have underachieved since he left as well as portugal’s overachievement while he was at the helm.england have stuart pearce working in there cocaching staff I think surely the same should happen to leonardo.

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  • 6. HomeTivi  |  June 7, 2011 at 03:15

    can’t say I know much about this guy as a coach, but if Jon’s saying he is a negative tactician then god help the people who enjoyed the free flowing samba style of football which is gona feel like a distant memory!! shame.

    How could you not re-appoint a manager who has been there and done it with brasil in 2002.Had to be scolari, don’t know who makes this decisions in the CBF but they should be shot.

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