Former Braga, Benfica and Sporting boss Jorge Jesus has been confirmed as the impending new coach of Brazilian giants Flamengo on a one-year contract. The 64-year-old will begin work in Rio de Janeiro later this month and becomes the second Portuguese manager in Flamengo’s history.

Jesus has been out of work since leaving Saudi Arabian club Ah-Hilal in January, but his new venture was announced by Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim after the pair met in Madrid to finalise terms on the appointment.

Experienced coach Abel Braga left Flamengo this week after just six rounds of the new Campeonato Brasileiro Série A season, with the team having taken 10 points from the 18 available and currently occupying 6th place in the standings. Former Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Palmeiras lead the standings as they look to defend their title.

“I practically have a new club from today,” Jesus told A Bola. “I sorted out everything with the president of Flamengo. I did not sign anything but we reached a verbal agreement.

“I know Brazil relatively well, I know the habits, I worked with many Brazilian players and I know the championship. I have no problem. For someone who has lived in Saudi Arabia for eight months, it will be much easier to live in Brazil.

"What convinced me was the greatness of Flamengo. I've always been told that Real Madrid, Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Flamengo are the biggest clubs in the world, these are my references. 

“If it was for financial reasons I would not go to Brazil, I'm going to win titles. In Flamengo I have the possibility to win the Copa Libertadores, to reach the World Club Cup final. Flamengo enters every competition to win them. At Benfica I won everything I had to win in Portugal.

"I had the dream of working in Brazil and I have the strongest team in the country. I'm very excited.”

For his part, Flamengo president Landim said: “We are happy to have Jorge Jesus with us. He will arrive in mid-June to train the team. He has already done what we want to achieve in Flamengo – to win everything!”

A key date in the diary for Jesus will be the meeting with Ecuadorians Emelec in the Copa Libertadores, with the first leg away in Guayaquil scheduled for Wednesday 25th July and the return a week later. Flamengo have won the prestigious trophy just once in their history, with club legend Zico inspiring the triumph in 1981. As one of Brazil's top teams, it is a disappointing return that Jesus will look to rectify, and you can place your bets on his doing so at maxbet to enjoy a big win.

Jesus becomes only the second non-Brazilian to coach Flamengo since before the 1981 triumph and the second Portuguese boss in the club’s history. Cândido de Oliveira, who had three spells in charge of the Portugal national team, spent a brief period at the club in 1950 during the year the city's famous Maracanã Stadium was opened.

By Sean Gillen

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I have hated JJ for a long time, because I find him to be a highly overrated manager. That said, I hope he succeeds just to put that xenophobic scumbag Marco de Vargas (who called the Portuguese Liga "Porcaria"), what the real porcaria is.

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This is going to be epic. even better than a job in Europe. Jesus vs Scolari/Sampaoli, Jesus in Libertadores (first stop, Ecuador), Jesus in Fla-Flu, Jesus vs brazilian media, etc. Love that he's talking as if it's his first job. Legend.

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That Brazilian commentator was right.
Brazilian league is better than Portuguese league. JJ won’t last six months over there.

I worked in Brazil for a couple of years 7 years ago. Was even briefly married to my first wife who was Brazilian (she...

That Brazilian commentator was right.
Brazilian league is better than Portuguese league. JJ won’t last six months over there.

I worked in Brazil for a couple of years 7 years ago. Was even briefly married to my first wife who was Brazilian (she was a bikini model).

Brazilian soccer is just a different animal
But Eurocentric posters such as the ones on Portugoal have an arrogant attitude . The rest of Europe barely even acknowledges liga nos so I don’t understand where the superiority complex
Comes from.

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Wow, bikini model?? Amazing - thanks for sharing!

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@ Z - What's with the Liga NOS bashing? To be fair, there are just as many Brazilian players in our league as the Brazilian league, so should be an easy adjustment for Jesus. Also, Z, did the ex stay with you long enough to get her Green Card? I...

@ Z - What's with the Liga NOS bashing? To be fair, there are just as many Brazilian players in our league as the Brazilian league, so should be an easy adjustment for Jesus. Also, Z, did the ex stay with you long enough to get her Green Card? I love Brazilian bikini models ;)

My only concern is if Jesus starts buying in European players and sticks the local talent in the reserves, which we know is something that he has a passion for. I'm also intrigued to know where his reference was that states Flamengo are one of the biggest clubs in the world? Lets see how he gets on, if nothing else, it should be entertaining to see how long he lasts.

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I love how Canadians brag. The only thing Canadians should brag about is being second best to the US.

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Danny Boy, I agree so much with your comment that I am offering a list of things Canada is way behind the US on:

1. Gun violence and deaths
2. People dying because they don't have access to health care
3. Ignorance of the rest of the world...

Danny Boy, I agree so much with your comment that I am offering a list of things Canada is way behind the US on:

1. Gun violence and deaths
2. People dying because they don't have access to health care
3. Ignorance of the rest of the world beyond its own borders
4. Contempt by the rest of the world when visiting as a tourist
5. Failure in general education
6. Celebrity bribing scandals
7. Blatant racism

Those are just a few of the things that Canada is severely behind the US on. Oh and Canada doesn't have an orange Dorito as it's leader either.

Good chatting with ya comrade.

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Chris, I agree so much with your comments that I am offering a list of things the US is way ahead of then Canada:

1. Money
2. Money
3. Money
4. Mo' money
5. Women
6. Money, again
7. Really expensive stuff

Those are just a few of the things that...

Chris, I agree so much with your comments that I am offering a list of things the US is way ahead of then Canada:

1. Money
2. Money
3. Money
4. Mo' money
5. Women
6. Money, again
7. Really expensive stuff

Those are just a few of the things that MERIC'A is severely ahead of then Oh' canada. Oh and the !USA! doesn't have an introverted gender-neutral male as its leader, either.

Good chatting with ya, my fellow patriot.

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Sick burn dude!

Thank you for proving my 5th point by illustrating a complete lack of creativity and listing "money" or material things in 6 of your 7 items!

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Danny. As an American....I’m begging you. Please stop talking!!! Not only are you wrong (Canada is a wealthy nation and you clearly have not seen Canadian women)...but, you also sound like an Ugly American.

Just bc our president is a buffoon...

Danny. As an American....I’m begging you. Please stop talking!!! Not only are you wrong (Canada is a wealthy nation and you clearly have not seen Canadian women)...but, you also sound like an Ugly American.

Just bc our president is a buffoon doesn’t mean you have to be

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Lou, thanks for bringing some sanity to the conversation. Please don't be offended by my post, because it was merely an over the top parody of the nonsense Danny was spitting.

America, like any other country has good and bad. Canada is no...

Lou, thanks for bringing some sanity to the conversation. Please don't be offended by my post, because it was merely an over the top parody of the nonsense Danny was spitting.

America, like any other country has good and bad. Canada is no different.

Every person and nation should be respected and we should all try to get along. Cheesy cliche, I know but applicable nonetheless.

Cheers.

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@Danny, you should just quit while you're ahead son.

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