Flamengo’s football is consistent and that in the next 30 days can make history with the consolidation of one of the most successful generations of the club, curiously, it also struggles to avoid a negative mark. It’s true, believe me. If they don’t beat Bragantino, Saturday, at 19:00, at Maracanã, the team equals a drought of victories that hasn’t lived since 2015 in the Brazilian.
To escape this fast, Dorival Júnior will have at his disposal the return of seven athletes, among them three absolute holders and three others who were hired with pomp and circumstance. Pedro, Everton Ribeiro, Arrascaeta, Vidal, Everton Cebolinha, Marinho and Varela. Pulgar, also absent on the FIFA date, came back with a sprained left ankle and it is doubtful.
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Flamengo’s last victory in the 2022 Brazilian was won on August 28, 1-0 over Botafogo, at Nilton Santos, a goal by Vidal. In September, there were draws with Goiás and Ceará, both by 1 to 1, and defeats to Fluminense (2 to 1) and Fortaleza (3 to 2).
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Gabigol falls on the field during Fortaleza x Flamengo – Photo: Marcelo Cortes/Flamengo
The last time Flamengo went five matches without a win was in the first rounds of the 2015 Brazilian, when the club recorded its worst start in the competition’s history.
At the beginning of the drought, Luxa is fired
After being eliminated in the Carioca semifinal to the recently promoted Vasco to Serie A, Flamengo entered the Brazilian under heavy pressure. It debuted with a defeat to São Paulo (2-1) at Morumbi, drew with Sport at home (2-2) and lost to Avaí 2-1 in Florianópolis.
The sequence made Vanderlei Luxemburgo end his last spell at the club he loves. Flamengo chose Cristóvão Borges to replace him. In the first game, they lost 3-2 to Fluminense. In the second, another setback, this time for Cruzeiro (1-0) guess whose? Luxembourg.
Luxembourg, Flamengo collective — Photo: Gilvan de Souza / Flamengo
Flamengo’s worst start in the Brazilian Championship was interrupted on June 6, 2015, when Gabriel secured a meager 1-0 victory over Chapecoense, the first for Cristóvão Borges, who would have his quick spell at Gávea ended three months later.
From the end of October to the beginning of November, Domenèc Torrent’s brief spell came to an end after a 2-2 draw with Internacional and thrashing against São Paulo (4-1), at home, and Atlético-MG (4-0) , in Mineirão.
Rogério Ceni took over in the next round, and Flamengo drew at home with Atlético-GO, increasing the drought to four games. In the later game, however, a 3-1 without scares over Coritiba interrupted the series and started the journey that would end with the eighth Brazilian championship.
Dome in the game that cost him his resignation, in Atlético-MG’s 4-0 over Flamengo — Photo: DUDU MACEDO/FOTOARENA/ESTADÃO CONTEÚDO
2017: Zé Ricardo falls after promising start
In 2017, a negative series in Flamengo also made a victim. After a draw with Corinthians (1 to 1) in São Paulo, defeat to Santos (3 to 2) in Vila Belmiro and a setback against Vitória (2 to 0) in Ilha do Urubu, Zé Ricardo couldn’t resist.
Today in Japan, the coach had taken a still modest squad to Libertadores the previous year, when Flamengo finished in third place.
After the defeat to Vitória, Flamengo lost again in the next round, again 2-0, to Atlético-MG. Jayme de Almeida directed the team on an interim basis.
The fast was ended against another Atlético, Goianiense. In Reinaldo Rueda’s debut, Vinícius Júnior scored both goals in Flamengo’s 2-0 lead. These, incidentally, were the player’s first in the professional category. At the time, Vini was 17 years old.
Zé Ricardo Flamengo training — Photo: Gilvan de Souza/Flamengo
2016: No Scratches for Zé
In 2016, between October and November, the same Zé Ricardo saw the chances of the seven-time Brazilian championship reduced after another four-game fast.
Lost in Porto Alegre to Internacional 2-1, that afternoon led by an inspired Vitinho. Then, they tied with Corinthians (2-2) on their return to Maracanã after 10 months without playing at the stadium, ended up in a 2-2 with Atlético-MG in BH and tied again in Maraca, this time with Botafogo ( 0 to 0).
The negative series, however, did not make Zé sway, as he was doing great work in his first year at the professional level.
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