The year 2023 for Flamengo has been causing concern for its fans
With the defeat on penalties to Independiente Del Valle in the final of the Recopa Sudamericana, Flamengo suffered its third setback of the season. The club also lost the final of the Supercopa do Brasil to Palmeiras and was eliminated in the semifinal of the Club World Cup by Al Hilal.
In the first leg, Independiente Del Valle dominated Rubro-Negro at the Banco Guayaquil Stadium, in Quito. In a game where the home team had 25 shots, while the visitor only 7, the Ecuadorian team had control of the match, and made the home factor count, with the 2850 meters of altitude in the capital of Ecuador.
Vítor Pereira’s team suffered physically, especially in the second half, as the Ecuadorians played intelligently, putting pressure on the Flamengo defense, and when they recovered the ball, they exchanged many passes, tiring the opponent even more.
In the second stage, after Sornoza’s cross, Independiente Del Valle opened the scoring with Carabajal in the 68th minute. Then, the home team got excited and went after Flamengo, managed to swing the nets by García Basso in a bizarre failure by Santos, however the goal was annulled, as the arbitration saw a touch on the defender’s hand.
In the final minutes, Ortiz was expelled for slapping David Luiz in the face in the 88th minute. However, Flamengo did not have the strength to react and the match ended 1-0.
In the return game, Maracanã had more than 71 thousand spectators. As it couldn’t be different, the Rubro-Negro pressed a lot, creating many opportunities, mainly in the aerial ball. In a 2-minute break, stamped two balls on the post, with headers from Thiago Maia and Ayrton Lucas. At the end of the first stage, Arrascaeta in another header, finished alone practically in the small area, but did not hit the goal.
On the way back for the second half, Flamengo had difficulties in creating and threatened little, even in the face of the need to score, insisting on the aerial play. The saving goal happened in the 95th minute, in the last move of the match. After Gabigol’s cross, Everton Cebolinha played for the middle and Arrascaeta concluded for the bottom of the net, taking the decision to overtime, which did not have many emotions.
In the penalty shootout, the hero Arrascaeta became a villain, as he was the first and only one to miss the kick, stopping at goalkeeper Ramírez.
Independiente Del Valle was crowned champion, consolidating even more the excellent performance that has been having in international competitions recently. He won two South American Cups, in 2022 and 2019, and now the Recopa Sudamericana 2023.
Flamengo stops earning R$ 22 MILLION with failures in 2023
The frustrating season of Rubro-Negro has been causing damage to the coffers. With the defeat to Palmeiras in the final of the Supercopa, the club from Rio pocketed R$ 5 million, while its opponent was awarded twice that amount.
In the early elimination in the Club World Cup for Al Hilal in the semifinal, Flamengo received the amount of R$ 13 million, as it beat Al Ahly, finishing third. If he had reached the final and won, he would have received R$ 26 million, whereas if he had finished runner-up, he would have earned R$20.7 million.
Finally, with the loss to Independiente Del Valle in the Recopa Sul-Americana, Rubro Negro stopped pocketing R$ 4.7 million, resulting in more than R$ 22 MILLION lost in prize money at the beginning of 2023.
Vítor Pereira on the tightrope
The setback in Recopa, amplified the crisis in Gávea and the pressure on the coach increased even more. However, despite the bad results and inconsistent football, Vítor Pereira still does not swing in office, since he has the support of Rodolfo Landim, Marcos Braz and Bruno Spindel, Flamengo’s strong men. The board and the players believe in and support the sequence of work, but there is pressure for dismissal in the hall of Gávea.
The Portuguese coach arrived at the beginning of the season, to replace Dorival Júnior, who had won the Copa do Brasil and Libertadores da América in 2022. Even with the exceptional season last year, the Flamengo board chose to contact the Portuguese coach . In this way, Dorival Júnior would have been bothered by the attitude of the Rubro-Negro club in trying to contact Vítor Pereira and announced his departure.
What are your guesses? How will Flamengo’s season be from now on?
Written by Henry Miller.