Muricy Ramalho is the new Brazil coach – July 2010
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.