ᑕ❶ᑐ Struggle with Messi, requests for reinforcements at dawn and controversial departures: Sampaoli’s past before Flamengo

argentinian Jorge Sampaoli signed a contract with Flamengo until December 2024 and manage to take office after the resignation of Vitor Pereira. Known for his explosive personality, the 63-year-old coach collects successful and troubled passages.

In addition to having already been involved in internal fights with managers, the coach has already « treated », in particular with Lionel Messi, when he commanded the Argentine national team in world Cup 2018 in Russia.

Now “hermano” is back in Brazil, where he trained saints e Atletico MGbetween 2019 and 2021. At both clubs, Sampaoli was not only marked for being an inventive coach, capable of producing teams with attractive (Site notre bureau spécialisé), but also someone with a short fuse and very existing behind the scenes, especially in hiring matters.

By the way, this topic is one of the most controversial in Sampaoli in Brazil. Complaints circulated from the leaders of Peixe and Galo claiming that the requests for reinforcements even exceeded the standard hours, which angered the directors. And some of these players asked for little luck with the coach.

The Argentinian took charge of Peixe in January 2019. There are 65 games at the head of the team and a positive record: 35 wins, 15 draws and 15 losses, a success rate of 61.5%, in addition to being vice-champion of Brazil in 2019.

His departure, however, was marked by a showdown with the board. And, in a farewell letter, Sampaoli joked: “Next year will be very difficult for Santos. BrasileiraoUN Brazil Cup it’s up to CONMEBOL Libertadores. I think, with a chance of being wrong, that certain structural circumstances did not allow me to feel comfortable”.

Already at Atlético, the Argentinian arrived in March 2020 and left in February 2021. There have been 43 games, with 24 wins, 8 draws, 11 losses, totaling 62% usage. There he also left a fear of disaffection and claims.

The same script was repeated when he ordered the Marseille Olympic Games: more ups and downs, in addition to fights for signatures. At the French club, he even saw one of his requests granted – midfielder Gerson, from flamenco – and was vice champion the following season. But he left the team again shortly after, suspecting himself, as usual, of the famous « lack of reinforcements ».

His last was again in the Seville, where he had a second stint less successful than the first. He was sacked just five months after joining as the team were set to be relegated from the the league

The fight with Messi

Before landing in France and the period he worked in Brazil, the technician went through a turbulent phase before Argentina between 2017 and 2018. During the World Cup in Russia, he had problems with several players, from Lionel Messi, as a former colleague confided, to Di María – who was outraged when he was dropped from the squad without further explanation during the World Cup

An emblematic scene of the chaos experienced by Sampaoli’s Argentina was the image that went viral in Russia, of defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano in conversation with the coach, with a clipboard. News vehicles in the South American country reported that during a crisis with the coach, it was the players who began to climb the squad.

With this powder keg, the Albiceleste barely passed the group stage, then fell in the round of 16 against France.

In an interview with ESPN.com.brCoach Márcio Zanardi, who worked with the Argentine at Santos in 2019, gave details of what he heard from Sampaoli himself and the coaching staff about the confusion.

“In a conversation, I asked what happened at the World Cup. The assistant said to me: ‘He fought with our best player, and that’s why we lost’. Sampaoli also told me: ‘I fought with Messi’ (laughs). He had a very strong personality. Sometimes he lost a little in the group because of his madness for being so demanding, ”said the coach in November 2021.

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