Manchester ‘ Liberator Cup victory over Santos on Saturday named as a Portuguese the coach as the winner of South America’s premier cup competition for the second time in a row. Last season it was Jorge Jesus which led Flamengo to victory.
This year, it was 42-year-old Abel Ferreira who received the compliment Palm trees, who beat Santos with a late header that was disappointing at the Maracana stadium in Rio. Victory in South America is equivalent to Champions League strengthen the image of the winner Portuguese coach on Brazil and come at the end of the year where Brazil clubs have experimented with foreign-born managers more than ever.
Brazilian football is notoriously narrow, with many believing their unprecedented success on the world stage – it is the only country that has won World Cup five times and home to such all-time greats Skin, Ronaldo, Romario and Neymar – meaning they have little to learn from the outside world. But the success of Jesus – he also led Flamengo to Brazil league titles in 2019 – encouraging other clubs to look further Brazil and International, Atletico Mineiro, Vasco da Gama, Santos and Flamengo were among those recruiting from afar.
The changes have come with mixed success in a country known for its fluid way of hiring and firing coaches. Argentina Eduardo Coudet LED International to the top League before leaving for Spanish and Jorge Sampaoli Atletico Mineiro still have a chance to win the league.
But Domenec Torret, sang Spaniard who replaces Jesus in Flamengo, only lasted three months before being fired. Jesualdo Ferreira of Portugal took the lead Santos just for 15 games before heading back across the Atlantic. Compatriot Ricardo Sa Pinto is on Vasco da Gama just for two months and Venezuelan Rafael Dudamel was on Atletico Mineiro for a shorter time than that.
Abel Ferreira just arrived at Palm trees in November with a reputation as the best young player. Palm trees boasted an army full of young talent, with Gabriel Menino, 20, Danilo, 19, and Patrick de Paula, 21, all played a part in Saturday’s win.
Ferreira became the third non-South American coach to win the region’s premier club competition, afterwards Jesus and Croatian Mirko Jozic, who won with Colo-Colo in 1991. (Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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