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Many Brazilian/Flamengo fans don't much about their new coach Jorge Jesus and we will pass information + our opinion about him 😉
Jorge Jesus a.k.a JJ started his career as a coach in the 90's as Amora FC's manager. On his first year, he took Amora to move up another gear and reach the Segunda Liga(Portuguese second division)
His first experience on the Primeira Liga(Portuguese first division) was in 1995 when he coached Felgueiras, a northerner small football club. Jesus was very important during his 3 seasons on Felgueiras, taking them from the third division towards the Primeira Liga.
After Felgueiras' relegation on 1998, Jorge Jesus abandoned them and coached União da Madeira, Estrela da Amadora(2x), Vitória de Setúbal, Vitória de Guimarães, Moreirense, and União de Leiria but he only started getting bigger attention in Portugal after his work at Belenenses
But it doesn't stop there. JJ's Belenenses had to face the German giant Bayern Munich on the qualification rounds.
The "azuis e brancos" had a modest team compared to the Bavarians, hence being seen as a small problem to Ottmar Hitzfield but wasn't so easy as he thought
At Allianz Arena, you would expect that Bayern would demolish the Portuguese squad but that didn't happen
Jorge Jesus had to face a great team with Ribery, Luca Toni, Kahn, Lúcio, Demichelis, Schweinsteiger, Zé Roberto, and many others
Final Score in Germany: 1-0 to Bayern 😶
On the 2nd leg, Belenenses had to be a little more offensive than they would like, leading to another defeat(2-0)
The team couldn't eliminate the Germans but they clearly taught Bayern how to defend and create quick counter-attacks.

Next stop for JJ? Sporting Clube de Braga
2008/2009 was a good season for SC Braga and JJ's career, ending up on the 5th place behind the three giants and Nacional da Madeira. They would only suffer 21 goals in 30 league matches, making them very good defensively and accurate in front of the goal
Roland Linz, Luís Aguiar(Plaza Colónia), Mossoró(Basaksehir), Alberto Rodríguez(Universitário), Edimar(São Paulo), Alan and others made good displays on that season and were also responsible for the Uefa Intertoto Cup's win, the only Braga/JJ's international major victory
That squad faced AC Milan, Wolfsburg, Portsmouth and Heerenveen on Uefa Cup

"They must have lost all of them, right?"

Nope, they won against Portsmouth 3-0, 1-2 against Heerenveen and lost by the minimum margin against Milan(1-0) and Wolfsburg(3-2) and made to the next round
We are talking about Milan full of stars like David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Maldini, Nesta, Seedorf, Pirlo, Dida, Pato...

Plus, Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga on that same season with David Benaglio, Misimovic, Grafite and Dzeko being their main stars.
Jorge Jesus' Uefa Cup journey didn't end up there and they beat Standard de Liége on the 1/16 round by 4-1
Braga would end up being eliminated from the European competition by Paris Saint Germain(1-0 aggregate)
It was after this season that everything would change to Jorge Jesus
Luís Filipe Vieira decided to call him and offer a contract on Benfica due to his recent success on the "Arsenalistas"

JJ accepted it and completely changed Benfica from top to bottom 🔴⚪️
On that season, Benfica acquired Javier Saviola, Ramires, Júlio César, Javi Garcia, Weldon(JJ's former striker at Belenenses), Éder Luíz, Felipe Menezes, Airton, Kardec and others

End of the season?

Benfica was the Portuguese champion after Porto's five straight championships
Before JJ, Benfica was unrecognizable when we look at the club's history but Jorge's arrival would change everything

Players like Oscar Cardozo, Aimar, Di María, Coentrão or Javi Garcia made noticeable progress with Jesus on the helm
David Luiz would pair up with the captain Luisão while Coentrão(adapted by JJ) and Maxi Pereira would be responsible as full-backs.
Javi Garcia's verve and tackling skills were very important to stop the opponents' making him a well respected defensive midfielder by the fans
Cardozo would be the squad's marksman, scoring 38 goals on that season and leading as the top scorer on Liga Sagres

Aimar was also very important due to his technique, dribbling and pass accuracy, the Argentinean was a delight to watch on that team
On the Europa League, Benfica made a good run making 15 points
Leading their group, the "Encarnados" showed their class against Everton at Estádio da Luz and ended up beating the Toffies by 5-0

After that, they eliminated Copenhagen and Marseille
Credits: AlexisBarou69
Rafa Benitez's Liverpool was good enough to eliminate the Portuguese squad just like Vitória SC was enough to eliminate them from the Portuguese Cup

2010/2011 was his worst season
2nd place on the championship but reached the Europa League semi-finals
JJ can't be 100% blamed by the squad insuccess due to the lack of quality players compared to the other one
Di María's and Ramires' departure was just too much to deal with, even with the arrival of promising young winger/attacking midfielder called Nicolás Gaitán and Salvio
If 0-5 against FC Porto wasn't bad enough, Jorge Jesus would end up losing Fábio Coentrão to Real Madrid on the end of the season.
It took him 2 seasons to solve the problem on the left back, Emerson and Cortez were probably the worst arrivals connected to Jorge Jesus
2011/2012 was better for him and Benfica
He won the fourth Portuguese League Cup and pass the Uefa Champions League group stage on the 1st place

One of the squad's best performances was against Manchester United at Old Trafford(2-2)
Bruno César(Vasco da Gama), Axel Witsel(BVB), Nolito(Sevilla), Matic(Man United), Enzo Pérez(River Plate) and Garay(Valencia) were astonishing that season and Jorge Jesus was important on their growth as players

That team played high-class football, matching goals with magic
Since 2010/2011, the championship was escaping from JJ's hands and he almost got it in 2012/2013 but the draw against Estoril and the defeat against Porto turned everything into a nightmare

Credits: FC Porto
Buuuut it got worse: Ivanovic header on the last minutes of the UEL's final and Ricardo successful shot on the Portuguese cup final made him trophyless on that season

Jorge Jesus was highly contested by the fans but the president saw JJ as an important element of his project
Jorge Jesus didn't let Benfica supporters down and he won the championship on 2013/2014
On his Avengers squad, Enzo Pérez, Lima, Garay, Rodrigo, Gaitán and Fejsa were the main stones on JJ's glove and turn him into Thanos

He pulverized Porto's chances and got another LE Final
This time, his squad won the Portuguese Cup but lost another Europa League final

Unai Emery's Sevilla was better during the penalty shootout, leading to another disappointment to the benfiquistas
However, they won't forget that season after eliminating Juventus on the semifinals
Beyond Juventus, the encarnados also eliminated Tottenham on the Europa League
JJ was already showing that he can go head-to-head against top European teams

If he can beat Conte, why couldn't he beat Renato Gaúcho, Fernando Diniz, Sampaoli, and others?

Credits: Xiko1964
Wait brazilians, there is more!

On his last season at Benfica(2014/2015), he won the league again, the Portuguese Cup and the Portuguese Supercup

While he changed the 4-4-2 to 4-1-3-2 a few seasons before, 1 player became very important with him: Pizzi
Playing as an advanced playmaker, Pizzi won the spotlight during JJ's era after producing excellent displays

On Flamengo, that role will probably be signed to Diego

Pizzi is famous for his dribbling, vision, technique and pass accuracy
On the same season, Benfica lost Oblak to Atletico but got another great goalkeeper: Júlio César
Adding to that, Benfica fans also saw the arrival of two important players: Jonas(Striker) and Samaris(central midfielder)

André Gomes and Rodrigo abandoned the squad also
" Flamengo is interested in signing Jonas, he would play just like a typical 9 right? "

No, Jonas is more of a shadow striker than a typical striker like JJ loves

Currently, Flamengo has no player with such characteristics on their squad
Back to Jorge Jesus

He made a high-risk move on 2015 after moving to Sporting Clube de Portugal, Benfica's city rival

He became the highest paid manager in Portugal at Sporting when Bruno de Carvalho decided to sign him

Loads of money and loads of responsibility
5 Million Euros per year came with a lot of pressure by Sporting fans

While he won the Supercup against his former club(1-0), he didn't win any other trophy on that season. However, he came 2nd beating the club's points record(86 points)
Jesus' biggest achievements there were 2 Portuguese League cups in terms of titles but he was important to Sporting's growth in terms of quality

Islam Slimani, Nani, João Mário, Adrien Silva and William Carvalho grew a lot as players thanks to him
He also brought some interesting players to Sporting:
- Junya Tanaka(striker);
- Fredy Montero(striker);
- Bryan Ruíz(midfielder);
- Coates(centerback);
- Bruno César(midfielder)

Plus, he presented Gélson Martins, Rúben Semedo and Matheus Pereira, players from Sporting's academy
After an incident involving some extreme fans at Alcochete and Sporting's defeat against Aves on the final's cup, Jorge Jesus abandoned Sporting and embraced a new mission on Saudi Arabia

He made Sporting play the best football that Sporting fans ever saw since 2002
In 2016/2017, Sporting had to face Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu and something unexpected happened: Sporting canceled Real Madrid in their own stadium



Take a look at the highlights!
" But what about his tactics? "

Jorge Jesus can play on a 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and 4-1-3-2

The difference in the last 2 models is that the latest doesn't have an attacking midfielder(Benfica 2009-2013)

On Flamengo, he will probably implement the 4-1-3-2 just like in Benfica/Sporting
" From 1 to 10, he is...? "

Probably an 8 from what we know

His best years were in Benfica but he's far from being a bad coach
In fact, we would rate him as a top 20(World Class) coaches right now

So, Urubus, you can relax and believe one thing: Flamengo won't be the same
Famous JJ's expressions:

" If some politicians were coaches, they wouldn't last long "
" What was Benfica before me? "
" For me, a coach doesn't have a future or past, only past "
" I see some people that are doctors, lawyers talking about football. I know nothing about medicine. How would they know about football? " and many others were quite common during his interviews 😂

But here you have it, share with your Flamengo friends!
If you have any questions, you can ask here
We decided to give less of a tactical approach and show you more about other elements connected to his career
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