Dorival Júnior

Dorival Silvestre Júnior (born 25 April 1962) is a Brazilian former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and is a manager.

Dorival Júnior
Personal information
Full name Dorival Silvestre Júnior
Date of birth (1962-04-25) 25 April 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth Araraquara, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Ferroviária 19 (0)
1983–1984 Marília
1984–1985 Guarani 3 (0)
1985–1986 Avaí 0 (0)
1986–1987 Joinville 35 (0)
1988 São José 0 (0)
1988 Coritiba 23 (0)
1989–1992 Palmeiras 45 (0)
1993 Grêmio 7 (0)
1994–1995 Juventude 8 (0)
1998 Matonense 0 (0)
1998–1999 Botafogo-SP 9 (0)
1999 Criciúma 0 (0)
Teams managed
2002 Ferroviária
2003–2004 Figueirense
2005 Fortaleza
2005 Criciúma
2005 Juventude
2005–2006 Sport Recife
2006 Avaí
2006–2007 São Caetano
2007 Cruzeiro
2008 Coritiba
2009 Vasco da Gama
2010 Santos
2010–2011 Atlético Mineiro
2011–2012 Internacional
2012–2013 Flamengo
2013 Vasco da Gama
2013 Fluminense
2014 Palmeiras
2015–2017 Santos
2017–2018 São Paulo
2018 Flamengo
2020 Athletico Paranaense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Known only as Júnior during his playing days, he was born in Araraquara, São Paulo, and made his debuts as a senior with hometown's Ferroviária in 1982. Two years later, after a brief stint at Marília, he moved to Guarani.

In 1985, Júnior began playing in the state of Santa Catarina, first for Avaí and later for Joinville. In 1988, he went back to his native state, representing São José, but during the same year he moved to Coritiba.

In 1989 Júnior joined Palmeiras, remaining with the club until 1992. In the following year he was sold to Grêmio, and subsequently joined Juventude in 1994.

Júnior had subsequent spells at Matonense, Botafogo-SP and Criciúma, retiring with the latter in 1999, aged 37.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

Dorival started his managerial career in 2002 with his first club Ferroviária,[2] joining Figueirense in 2003 and winning the Campeonato Catarinense in the following year. In 2005, he was appointed Fortaleza manager, again being crowned champions of the state league.

In the same year, Dorival managed Criciúma and Juventude. In 2006, he won the Campeonato Pernambucano with Sport Recife and also managed Avaí in the same year.

On 8 May 2007, after impressing with São Caetano during that year's Campeonato Paulista, Dorival was named Cruzeiro manager.[3]

On 3 December, despite finishing fifth, Júnior was fired[4] and subsequently joined Coritiba. After not renewing contract with the latter, he was appointed at the helm of Vasco da Gama, and was promoted from 2009 Série B.

On 5 December 2009 Dorival was named manager of Santos.[5] After notably winning the 2010 Campeonato Paulista with an extremely offensive football, with Neymar, Paulo Henrique Ganso and Robinho as its key units, he was dismissed on 21 September, after an altercation with Neymar.[6]

Dorival subsequently managed Atlético Mineiro,[7] Internacional, Flamengo,[8] Vasco da Gama, Fluminense and Palmeiras, without the same success. On 9 July 2015 he returned to Santos, replacing Marcelo Fernandes.[9]

Dorival finished second in both 2015 Copa do Brasil and 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, aside from winning the 2016 Campeonato Paulista. On 4 June 2017, after a 1–0 away defeat to rivals Corinthians and with the club in a poor form overall (only three points out of twelve), he was sacked.[10]

On 5 July 2017, Júnior took over São Paulo, signing a contract until the end of 2018.[11] He was sacked the following 9 March.[12]

Dorival returned to Flamengo on 28 September 2018,[13] being in charge until the end of the season. On 27 December of the following year, he was appointed manager of fellow top tier side Athletico Paranaense.[14]

On 28 August 2020, Júnior was dismissed by Athletico after the club suffered four consecutive defeats,[15] despite him being sidelined in three of those defeats after testing positive for COVID-19.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Dorival is the nephew of the former Brazilian player Dudu.[17] His son, Lucas Silvestre, is also his assistant since 2010.










Vasco da Gama




  1. ^ "Futpedia: Dorival Júnior (Dorival Silvestre Júnior)" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  2. ^ "Dorival Junior treinador da Ferroviária" [Dorival Junior manager of Ferroviária] (in Portuguese). Ferroviária's official website. 2 September 2011. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Dorival Júnior é o novo técnico do Cruzeiro" [Dorival Júnior is the new manager of Cruzeiro] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Dorival Júnior não é mais treinador do Cruzeiro" [Dorival Júnior is not manager of Cruzeiro anymore] (in Portuguese). O Estado de S. Paulo. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Dorival Júnior deve ser anunciado no Santos nos próximos dias" [Dorival Júnior may be announced at Santos in the following days] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Ponto para Neymar: Santos demite Dorival Júnior por insubordinação" [Point to Neymar: Santos dismisses Dorival Júnior due to insubordination] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Atlético-MG anuncia Dorival Júnior como substituto de Luxemburgo" [Atlético-MG announces Dorival Júnior as the replacement of Luxemburgo] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Dorival Júnior acerta volta ao Santos e substitui Marcelo Fernandes na Vila" [Dorival Júnior agrees return to Santos and replaces Marcelo Fernandes at Vila] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Dorival Júnior não é mais técnico do Santos FC. Auxiliar técnico Elano assume interinamente" [Dorival Júnior is no longer manager of Santos FC. Assistant manager Elano takes over temporarily] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 4 June 2017. Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Dorival Júnior é o novo técnico do São Paulo" [Dorival Júnior is the new manager of São Paulo] (in Portuguese). São Paulo FC. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  12. ^ "São Paulo demite o técnico Dorival Junior após terceira derrota em clássicos no ano" [São Paulo sack manager Dorival Junior after third defeat in derbies in the year] (in Portuguese). O Estado de S. Paulo. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  13. ^ "É oficial: Flamengo confirma Dorival Junior como novo treinador" [Official: Flamengo confirm Dorival Junior as new coach] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Dorival Júnior é o novo treinador do Athletico Paranaense" [Dorival Júnior is the new manager of Athletico Paranaense] (in Portuguese). Athletico Paranaense. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Dorival Júnior deixa o comando técnico do Athletico Paranaense" [Dorival Júnior leaves Athletico Paranaense] (in Portuguese). Club Athletico Paranaense. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Dorival Júnior se recupera de Covid-19 e volta ao Athletico contra o São Paulo" [Dorival Júnior recovers from Covid-19 and returns to Athletico against São Paulo] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Dorival Júnior". Sambafoot. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2016.

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