Abel Braga

Abel Carlos da Silva Braga (born 1 September 1952), known as Abel Braga, is a Brazilian football manager and former player who played as a central defender.

Abel Braga
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Abel Braga (left) with Lula in 2007
Personal information
Full name Abel Carlos da Silva Braga
Date of birth (1952-09-01) 1 September 1952 (age 68)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1976 Fluminense 42 (1)
1976–1979 Vasco da Gama 37 (0)
1977Las Vegas Quicksilvers (loan)[1] 11 (2)
1979–1981 Paris Saint-Germain 45 (9)
1981–1982 Cruzeiro 12 (1)
1982–1984 Botafogo 21 (4)
1984–1985 Goytacaz
National team
1978 Brazil 1 (0)
Teams managed
1985 Goytacaz
1986 Rio Ave
1987 Botafogo
1987–1988 Santa Cruz
1988–1989 Internacional
1989–1991 Famalicão
1991 Internacional
1992–1993 Belenenses
1994 Vitória de Setúbal
1995 Vasco da Gama
1995 Internacional
1997 Guarani
1997–1998 Atlético Paranaense
1998 Bahia
1999 Coritiba
1999–2000 Paraná
2000 Vasco da Gama
2000 Marseille
2001 Atlético Mineiro
2001–2002 Botafogo
2002 Atlético Paranaense
2003 Ponte Preta
2004 Flamengo
2005 Fluminense
2006–2008 Internacional
2008–2011 Al Jazira
2011–2013 Fluminense
2014 Internacional
2015 Al Jazira
2017–2018 Fluminense
2019 Flamengo
2019 Cruzeiro
2020 Vasco da Gama
2020–2021 Internacional
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played as a central defender during a professional career that started with Fluminense in 1968. He earned one cap for Brazil, and was on the 1978 FIFA World Cup squad.

Since his retirement in 1985, he has managed a number of clubs in Brazil and Portugal, including three spells at Fluminense. In 2006, he won the Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup for Internacional. He has also managed French club Marseille, as well as Emirati club Al Jazira over two spells.

Playing careerEdit

Known as Abel during his playing days, he started his career as a player in Fluminense in 1968, staying at the club until 1976, when he moved to Vasco da Gama.

He also played for Paris Saint-Germain, of France, from 1979 to 1981, for Botafogo, from 1982 to 1984, and Goytacaz, in 1984, and 1985, where ended his career.

He earned just one cap for the Brazil national football team, on 19 April 1978, versus England, but he took part in the team that represented Brazil in the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.

Managerial careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Braga became a head coach, and worked at clubs such as Vasco da Gama, Internacional, Atlético Paranaense, Coritiba, Atlético Mineiro and Ponte Preta.

In 1988, at Internacional, he was runner-up of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A after losing to Esporte Clube Bahia in the final match. In 1989, he came close to winning the Copa Libertadores, but the club ended up losing to Paraguay's Olimpia on penalties after conceding three goals in the return match at home.

In July 2000, Braga signed for Olympique de Marseillerivals of his former team PSG – who had only just stayed in Ligue 1 on the last day of the previous season. He spent large amounts of money to buy compatriots Marcelinho Paraíba and Adriano Gabiru, and was dismissed in November with the team in the relegation zone having won five out of 16 games.[2]

In 2004, Abel Braga became Flamengo head coach, winning Taça Guanabara and Campeonato Carioca. He became most remembered, however, because Flamengo lost the Copa do Brasil to underdogs Esporte Clube Santo André, even though the final match was held in Rio de Janeiro, home of Flamengo.

In 2005, as Fluminense head coach, he won the Campeonato Carioca of that year. Abel finished the year, however, carrying the burden of two successive last-minute failures. Against all odds, Fluminense lost to underdogs Paulista of Jundiaí in the Copa do Brasil final match, under circumstances similar to the ones he faced the year before with Flamengo. Paulista, currently in the second division of the Campeonato Brasileiro, eventually qualified for the Copa Libertadores. Fluminense had another chance to qualify for the Libertadores, the most prestigious club football tournament in South America, by finishing the Série A among the top four. Even though Fluminense managed to lead the table for a few rounds, it failed again in the last match. A draw against Palmeiras would have been enough for the team to finish fourth, but they lost.

In the beginning of 2006, Abel transferred to Internacional of Porto Alegre to lead the team in the football tournament of Rio Grande do Sul. Grêmio emerged champions and Abel was criticized as an eternal runner-up. However, he may claim to have changed that image by winning the Copa Libertadores, one of the greatest achievements in the history of Internacional. The IFFHS ranked him as the sixth best club coach in 2006. He also led Internacional to win the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.

After a spell managing Al Jazira, where he won the league during his last year, he came back to Fluminense. The club was struggling after Muricy Ramalho was fired. Despite having little time to fix the team, which was in the lower positions of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A when he took over, he managed to finish the year in third place and qualify for the Copa Libertadores. In 2012, he led Fluminense to win the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and was awarded as the best coach of the league.

On 30 May 2013, after the elimination of Fluminense against Paraguayan Club Olimpia from 2013 Copa Libertadores, competition that Flu were one of favorites, Braga was humiliated by rival fans in the arrival of club. At same time, fans of the Tricolor wrote on the walls of Laranjeiras, headquarters of club, "Fora Abel" (Abel out) and "Time Sem Vergonha" (Team without shame).[3]

On 29 July 2013, after five consecutive loses in 2013 Brazilian League, that keep the club in relegation zone, Braga was dismissed from Fluminense.[4]

In January 2014, Braga returned to Internacional as manager. On 15 December, he announced that he would not continue as manager of Internacional.[5]

Braga returned to Al Jazira for a second spell in the summer of 2015, but parted company with the club in December after a string of poor results.[6]

Fluminense hired Braga on 1 December 2016, to be the head coach for the 2017 season.[7] Fluminense had a decent performance in the first semester of 2017, when Fluminense became champions of Primeira Liga, runner-ups to 2017 Campeonato Carioca, but failed to advance through the round of 16 in 2017 Copa do Brasil. There was speculation of his retirement after his son João Pedro died in midseason. Fluminense ended 2017 Campeonato Brasileiro in 14th position and reached the round of 8 in 2017 Copa Sudamericana.

Abel Braga continued as Fluminense head coach for 2018. Fluminense had early exits in every tournament played in 2018. Before the Brazilian midseason break for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Abel resigned after a 18 month stint.[8] Abel is currently the record holder for the 2nd most matches as a Fluminense head coach.

On 2 January 2019, Flamengo hired Abel Braga as head coach.[9] They confirmed their status as favourites by winning the 2019 Campeonato Carioca.[10] He resigned on 29 May after being contested by fans.[11]

Cruzeiro announced Braga as head coach on 27 September 2019,[12] but sacked him on 29 November after winning three games out of 14.[13] He was announced as Vasco da Gama's head coach for the 2020 season on 16 December 2019,[14] but resigned the following 16 March.

On 10 November 2020, Braga returned to Internacional for a seventh spell as manager, replacing Eduardo Coudet.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

On July 29, 2017, Braga's 18-year-old son, João Pedro, died after falling from the balcony of the family's apartment in the Leblon region of Rio de Janeiro.[16] Braga was informed of his son's death whilst undergoing the final preparations for Fluminense's fixture against Ponte Preta the following day. Ponte Preta agreed to Fluminense's request to postpone the match, which was rescheduled by the CBF.





Atlético Paranaense
Al Jazira



  1. ^ NASL profile
  2. ^ Madeira, Eduardo (March 19, 2020). "A meteórica passagem de Abel Braga pelo Marseille" [Abel Braga's meteoric spell at Marseille] (in Portuguese). Terra de Zizou. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  3. ^ globoesporte.globo.com
  4. ^ Flu demite Abel mesmo sem opção de consenso para assumir o time
  5. ^ "Abel Braga perde a paciência e descarta permanência no Internacional em 2015". iG. iG.
  6. ^ McAuley, John (December 12, 2015). "Al Jazira, languishing in AGL relegation fight, part company with Abel Braga". The National. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Braga set to be named Fluminense coach". SPORTSKEEDA.
  8. ^ "Braga calls it quits as coach of Brazil's Fluminense". EFE.
  9. ^ "Flamengo introduces Abel Braga as its manager for 2019 season". EFE.
  10. ^ "Flamengo bate o Vasco e é campeão carioca de 2019". CBF.
  11. ^ "Abel Braga resigns as Flamengo head coach". Business Standard.
  12. ^ "Cruzeiro anuncia a contratação do técnico Abel Braga". VEJA.
  13. ^ "Adilson Batista substitui Abel Braga, que deixa o Cruzeiro após derrota para o CSA". O Globo.
  14. ^ "Abel Braga é o novo técnico do Vasco". G1. December 16, 2019. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  15. ^ "Abel Braga volta ao Internacional" [Abel Braga returns to Internacional] (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Bruno Braz, Leo Burlá e Pedro Ivo Almeida (July 29, 2017). "Morre o filho do técnico Abel Braga; jogo do Fluminense é adiado" [The son of coach Abel Braga dies; Fluminense's game is postponed] (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "Com nove jogadores de Fla e Flu, Ferj divulga seleção do Campeonato Carioca". Globoesporte.com. May 7, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.

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