Understand the new roles of Maurício Souza and Marcelo Salles at Flamengo

Maurício Souza, Renato Gaúcho and Alexandre Mendes at Flamengo – Photo: Alexandre Vidal

With the arrival of Renato Gaúcho, Flamengo changed the club’s permanent technical committee. Márcio Torres, previously promoted from base to professional by Rogério Ceni, returned to the Under-20 category. Maurício Souza, in turn, was promoted from coach of the boys to assistant to Portulappi. Marcelo Salles was ‘rehired’ and is also helping the new coach.

It is good to remember that Marcelo Salles left Flamengo in 2019, as Jorge Jesus decided not to rely on the professional’s services. This time, after the resignation of Rogério Ceni, Salles, the Beast, as he is known, was hired and is responsible for helping to organize the fieldwork, tactical, in addition to gathering information from opponents. He is also the one who usually takes information from opponents to the activities, in order to contribute to the training sessions.


Marcelo Salles is still the ‘connecting link’ between performance analysis and Alexandre Mendes, Renato Gaúcho’s main assistant. Maurício Souza, in turn, also helps in the fieldwork, but he is seen as fundamental because he already knows the professional cast and the Under-20 boys up close. That’s because Renato and Mendes want to be nourished with information from the kids at the base, and Mauricinho is seen as essential for that to happen.

Alexandre Mendes, in turn, arrived at Flamengo along with Renato Gaúcho. The professional has a ‘macro’ view of the situation. He is also responsible for analyzing the opponent, thinking about the training and game strategy, helping to set up the training sessions and, importantly, he is the one who stands on the edge of the lawn next to Portaluppi.

Thus, Renato Gaúcho is well served at Flamengo and has important names on the technical committee. Now, the coach and assistants focus on the confrontation with São Paulo, at 4 pm (GMT) this Sunday (25). The clash is valid for the 13th round of the Brazilian Championship and will be played at Maracanã. Fla is sixth in the table, with 18 points, and Tricolor occupies the 16th position, with 11.



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