Rogério Ceni's Flamengo, champion of Brazil

Mengão adds its second consecutive Brasileirão, seventh in its history. Rogério Ceni's first important title, who has given the club a rebirth after a troubled season.


Flamengo continues at the top of Brazilian football. The Mengão, led by the historic exporter Rogério Ceni, has conquered the Brasileirão 2020 after a great hand in hand with Internacional in the last days of the championship. The duel with the Porto Alegre team on the penultimate date, which ended with a victory for Flamengo, was key for Ceni's team, who faced the last day with a two-point advantage over their rival for the title, which was worth to be champion despite losing against São Paulo and thus revalidating the triumph of 2019.

The end has been a real heart attack. After Flamengo's defeat against São Paulo in Morumbí, VAR annulled Edenilson's goal that gave Internacional the title in the last minute of their duel against Corinthians. Technology had already deprived Colorado of yelling a goal just before halftime. But Abel Braga's team was going to have one more. In 99, Lucas Ribeiro sent a championship-worthy ball over the crossbar.

An irregular season for the champion

It has not been an easy season for Flamengo. The departure of Jorge Jesús a month after the start of the new campaign left a void difficult to fill in Maracanã. His replacement, Spaniard Domènec Torrent, had the arduous task of matching what his predecessor obtained (5 titles in 12 months), something within the reach of very few and that weighed on him from day one. He never managed to have the support of the fans, who viewed his arrival with suspicion and did not understand his game proposal.With Guardiola's former assistant on the bench, the team scored many goals as in the past, but also received as many, something that ended up eroding their relationship with the squad and management and in November, after the bulky defeat against Atlético Mineiro 4-0, he was fired despite being alive in all competitions. A very important factor that weighed down Flamengo in Torrent's last months in office were the injuries of Gabigol and Bruno Henrique, one of the most lethal couples on the continent, and of De Arrascaeta, the team's compass.

A dead king, laid king. The directive did not take in finding a substitute to the Spanish. Rogério Ceni, who had been doing an impeccable job in Fortaleza, assumed command. Nor did he have an easy start because he had to find solutions in the most complicated stretch of the season, in which his future was at stake in the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores. São Paulo and Racing dropped Flamengo from both competitions, respectively, and he was highly questioned in his first weeks.

Ceni's passage through Mengão has been full of ups and downs. After the eliminations, he took a run in the local tournament, but with the entry into the new year, he went through a pothole that took him away from the leadership again. But in the final and most decisive stretch of the championship, he has proven to be up to the task. 6 consecutive games without losing in the last 7 days of Brasileirão, including the triumph against Internacional on the penultimate date, which catapulted him to the final victory.

This is the seventh Brasileirão for Flamengo (1980, 1982, 1983, 1992, 2009, 2019 and 2020), which increases its legend in Brazil. In addition, it is the first high-level title for a Rogério Ceni who wants to make history as a coach (he won 3 with Fortaleza), as he already did in his time as a São Paulo player in the past.

De Arrascaeta, the undisputed leader of Flamengo

If there is one player who has shone above the rest throughout the season, it has been Giorgian De Arrascaeta. The Uruguayan was already key to achieving the five titles last year and this has been so again. With 8 goals and 9 assists -the maximum assistant of the championship together with Vinicius-, the midfielder is one of the most valuable players in Brasileirão and continues to grow by leaps and bounds, showing that he has enough level to make the leap to Europe.

Of the 'Cocho' many things surprise. It makes the difficult easy. You are tasked with connecting with your peers, making the game flow. He steals balls, has an overflow, a goal, a pass, brings any rival that gets in front of him headlong, always thinks very fast, but correctly and is always well placed.

Despite the injury that kept him away from the pitch between October and November, De Arrascaeta returned showing his best version and has helped his team in the comeback for the title. With this trophy he adds his eighth title in Flamengo and at 26 he is clear that this has only just begun.Gabigol is back

The Brazilian forward's season has been a real rollercoaster. It was difficult for him to find the goal. After the magnificent season that he curdled last year, in which he put absolutely everything, it seemed strange that he did not score in the first three days of Brasileirão. The doubts about his figure were quickly dispelled with 5 goals in 5 consecutive games. But the injury came and everything was truncated.

He was absent for many weeks and his morale suffered. Once the problems were overcome, it was difficult for him to catch up and the press questioned his figure game after game. However, in the last month he has recovered his best version and the poster of one of the most lethal forwards in South America with 6 goals in the last 7 games.

Despite the time away from the courts, Gabigol is among the top five scorers for Brasileirão with 14 goals, a table led by Claudinho (Bragantino) and Luciano (São Paulo), with 18 goals each. Marinho (Santos) and Thiago Galhardo (Internacional) complete the Top-5 with 17 annotations.

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