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He paid the clause and left: Paulo Sousa is officially Flamengo’s new coach

After several days of rumors in the transfer market, finally the arrival of Paulo Sousa to Flamengo. The Brazilian club, considered the one with the most fans in the world and champion of the Brasileirao in 2019 and 2020, announced the Portuguese as its brand new coach, after he terminated his contract as technical director of the Polish national team.

“Paulo Sousa is the new Flamengo coach. The 51-year-old Portuguese signed a contract with the club for two seasons “The Rio de Janeiro club announced in a message it posted on its social networks.

Sousa replaces the Brazilian Renato Gaúcho at Flamengo, fired this month before the end of the Brazilian Championship, after the defeat of the Carioca team in the final of the Copa Libertadores against the also Brazilian Palmeiras and before the mathematical impossibility of winning their third consecutive title League.

Flamengo thus announced the arrival of Paulo Sousa.

The leaders, as well as the fans, hope that Sousa will be a worthy successor to the also Portuguese Jorge Jesus -fired on the eve of Benfica-, one of the most successful coaches in recent years in the history of Flamengo, with whom he was champion Brazilian in two years and the Copa Libertadores in 2019.

The Brazilian team had already hinted that they had an agreement with the former Portuguese midfielder, but had not yet confirmed the hiring due to waiting for negotiations with the leaders of the Polish association.

The Portuguese, without an agreement, ended up paying this Wednesday the value of the termination, of 300 thousand euros, to be able to leave his position as coach of Poland, with which he was committed until the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

“We unanimously decided to terminate the contract with Paulo Sousa. As part of the agreement, the former coach will pay the settlement compensation in accordance with the association’s expectations.“Said the president of the Polish Football Association, Cezary Kulesza, in a message on social networks. Source: EFE.

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