Muricy Ramalho

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Muricy Ramalho
Muricy Ramalho Brasileiro 2006.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-11-30) November 30, 1955 (age 58)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1979 São Paulo 48[1] (6)
1979–1985 Puebla 149[2] (57[2])
Teams managed
1993 Puebla
1994–1996 São Paulo
1997 Guarani
1998 Shanghai Shenhua
1999 Ituano
1999 Botafogo FC
2000 Portuguesa Santista
2001–2002 Náutico
2002 Figueirense
2002–2003 Internacional
2004 São Caetano
2004–2005 Internacional
2006–2009 São Paulo
2009–2010 Palmeiras
2010–2011 Fluminense
2011–2013 Santos
2013– São Paulo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Muricy Ramalho (born November 30, 1955) is a Brazilian head coach and former football player born in São Paulo. On July 23, 2010, it was reported that he had been offered the post of the coach of the Brazilian national football team,[3] replacing the sacked Dunga. However, his team at the time, Fluminense, refused to release him for the job.[4][5] Between 2006 and 2008, he led São Paulo to three consecutive national championships. In 2010, he also led Fluminense to the title. Ramalho is also known by his paulistano accent,[6] usually speaking expressions from this dialect.

Playing career[edit]

During his playing career, in the 1970s, Ramalho was a midfielder at São Paulo.[7] Between 1973 and 1978, he played 177 games for the club, scoring 26 goals.[8] Later in his career, he played in Mexico, being almost unknown in Brazil during that time.[7] He was not called up for the 1978 World Cup due to a knee injury.[9] After retiring, he started his career as a head coach.[7]

Head coaching career[edit]

Ramalho started his head coaching career as the head coach of Mexican club Puebla.[9] He managed several clubs, including São Paulo and Internacional.[10]


He was the São Paulo youth squad head coach between 1994 and 1996.[7] He was the manager of the São Paulo team that won the Copa CONMEBOL in 1994. That team was formed from reserve and youth players, receiving the nickname Expressinho.[7] Despite the technical limitations of the team, São Paulo won the cup, defeating Peñarol of Uruguay in the final.[7] Players such as Denílson and Rogério Ceni were discovered by Ramalho during the competition.[7]


After working for Internacional, including taking them to runners up in the Campeonato Brasileiro de 2005, on January 3, 2006, ten years later he came back to São Paulo and signed a one-year contract.[11] He was the head coach of São Paulo for three years, winning the Série A three times in a row.[10] His methods and the playing style of his team did not win universal admiration, however.[12] After being eliminated from the Libertadores Cup in 2009 to Cruzeiro, his fourth consecutive elimination from the tournament, the board fired him.[13]


After almost a month of negotiations, Ramalho stated his desire to direct the team of Palmeiras, signing a contract on July 22, 2009.


After six months as Palmeiras' head coach, he was fired on February 18, after a defeat against São Caetano by 1-4. On April 25, Ramalho was announced as the new head coach of Fluminense, his second time working in Rio de Janeiro. On July 23, he was appointed as the head coach of Brazil,[14] but he was not released by the Rio de Janeiro-based team, so he was replaced by Mano Menezes.[15]

By the end of the season, Ramalho has led Fluminense to its third national championship, after 1970 and 1984.


On April 6, 2011, it was announced that Ramalho would take charge of Santos until the end of the 2011 season.[16] He led Santos to the 2011 Campeonato Paulista title and later to the Copa Libertadores title. Ramalho renewed his contract until December 2013.[17]


After losing the fourth State Championship consecutive, for rival Corinthians, and the Neymar's sold for FC Barcelona, Ramalho, on May 31, was dismissed by club. The intention of Santos is starting a reformulation. Ramalho putted pen-on-paper on April 2011, and, since then, he won two State Championships, one Recopa Sudamericana, and the most important, 2011 Copa Libertadores, when Santos beaten the Uruguayan Peñarol in the final.[18]

Return to São Paulo[edit]

On September 9, 2013, after losing for Coritiba by 2-0, game that kept São Paulo in relegation zone of Série A, directors of club sacked Paulo Autuori and signed with Ramalho. In official site of Tricolor, a report praises Paulo Autuori's work and welcomes the new coach, that won three Brazilian Leagues working for club.[19] He was presented on September 10, 2013, praised by João Paulo de Jesus Lopes, vice-president of football of São Paulo. According the coach: "We are on a phase that we cannot stay talking to players. We must have to get the victories. Each one has his own way to work. Let's keep our problems outside."[20] He officially backs to coach the club on the victory of the club against Ponte Preta by 1-0. In this game, fans of São Paulo who were at Morumbi Stadium shouted "É, Muricy" ("Yeah, Muricy"), showing the satisfaction by Ramalho's return.[21]

On November 2, 2013, in an interview for Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, Ramalho affirmed the following words:

Winning here is always good and important in everywhere, but, of course, for São Paulo starts to be a very different thing because I was born here, and when you have a history and win, this history grows up. For coach is fundamental winning in Brazil, if you win you do not have chance, independent of affection that fans have for you, and, for this, we need to win always. But, of course, that winning for São Paulo is different.

Muricy Ramalho, exalting his return for São Paulo FC[22]

On December 07, 2013, Ramalho, after saving club from relegation zone, renewed his contract with São Paulo FC for two more seasons. According him: "I am happy to stay, because here is my home and the fans' care shows for me motives me too much for working in this club. I am very excited for we have a excellent year, in 2014."[23]


In December 2011, Ramalho, before the final of 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, where Santos, his club, faced Barcelona, and lost for 4-0, praised the Josep Guardiola's, coach of rival, work, but affirmed that the Spanish just could do his good work because he was in Europe. For Ramalho, unlike the Europeans, in Brazil have no time for coaches realize them one. The Brazilian said the following words: "I just say that they (European coaches) can earn a note 10 when they work for Brazilian teams. If they win trophies there (Brazil), they, this way, will be the best of the world."[24]

In February 2013, Ramalho took part in the confusion between Neymar and Joey Barton, who affirmed that, if would have a club, would not pay a lot of money to sign with the former santista. After journalists' insistence, Ramalho responded that didn't know who was the English footballer. His declaration was controversial, and it was published in Twitter. Revolted about the publication, the coach would say the following phrase: "Because of this I don't have these craps. I just know Pelé and Neymar, this boy I don't."[25]

In May 2013, Ramalho spoke about his fake profile on social network Facebook, that makes a lot of success between the public. According the coach, the creator of profile "must be an idiot, that doesn't have anything to do. He should make something for himself, not for someone else. He inspires on me, at least inspires on someone good [...]"[26]

In July 2013, after two months unattached, when he lost his job in Santos, Ramalho, in an interview, said that, if he works in Europe, he would have a 30 year-contract and would gain a statue. For Brazilian coach, "Wenger is working for Arsenal there is almost 15 years and has not won a title a lot of time. And his work goes on, keep investing on it."[27]

In this same month, in a new interview, Ramalho spoke about players with he worked. According the coach, Müller, current pundit, was a "hard player, it was complicated. It was really very hard. He was a excellent player, but ain't easy to work with him". On Breno, who worked with Ramalho in his second passage for São Paulo, the coach considers a "careless from people that stays in his side" what happened with the defender in Germany, where he set fire on his own home. To finish, the former são-paulino coach said that Breno is "a very technical player, he likes to have freedom with the ball, but (in a game against Mogi Mirim) he lost the ball and they scored a goal. I argue with him. [...] But is very important to remember that Breno is very technical [...]"[28]

Ramalho also is known for his rough behavior with journalists. For several times, he responds with aggressiveness some questions made by the pundits.[29] Even this, Ramalho said that apologized with the most of journalists with he argued for. According him: "impatient, intolerance are very strong. But it was not an evil thing."[28]

On April 10, 2014, after the game against CSA, a victory by 3-0 and valid by Brazilian Cup, Muricy, at press conference, said that he was 10 times better than present players of São Paulo FC, when he was a football player (Ramalho played for Tricolor among 1973 and 1979, playing 181 games and scoring 26 goals). According him: "I play a ten times better than them, and it is not just a little bit better. These guys that are playing nowadays, I played a ten times better. But they have ever not seen this, and I don't talk about this history that 'when I played' because it is a thing from past. In this team, I would dress up the shirt number 8, and the coach would need to think about who would be sacked."[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Head coach[edit]

Nation Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Brazil São Paulo 1994 1997 108 55 33 20 50.93
Brazil São Paulo 2006 2009 252 139 67 46 55.16
Brazil Palmeiras 2009 2010 34 13 11 10 38.24
Brazil Fluminense 2010 2011 54 28 15 11 51.85
Brazil Santos 2011 2013 150 72 42 36 48.00
Total 598 307 168 123 52.54
As of May 31, 2013

Head coaching honors[edit]

São Paulo
Shanghai Shenhua
São Caetano


  1. ^ Medio Futpédia stats with SPFC
  2. ^ a b Medio Tiempo Player stats with Puebla FC
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  7. ^ a b c d e f g Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 2. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 435. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 
  8. ^ "Instabilidade pode atrapalhar trabalho de Muricy Ramalho" (in Portuguese). Estadão. April 12, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Muricy Ramalho (ex-meia do São Paulo)" (in Portuguese). Milton Neves. October 14, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Muricy Ramalho". Sambafoot. June 20, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
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  13. ^ "Muricy Ramalho é demitido do São Paulo". Lancenet. June 19, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
  14. ^ Thiago Lavinas (July 23, 2010). "Muricy é o novo técnico da Seleção". Retrieved July 23, 2010. [dead link]
  15. ^ "CBF convida Mano Menezes e já fala na primeira convocação". Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Santos FC contrata técnico Muricy Ramalho" (in Portuguese). Santos Futebol Clube. April 5, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  17. ^ Sanches Filho (July 31, 2012). "Muricy sai só para a Seleção". Jornal da Tarde (São Paulo: O Estado de São Paulo). 15,317: 5C. ISSN 1516-294X. 
  18. ^ Santos anuncia demissão do técnico Muricy Ramalho
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  21. ^ "São Paulo bate Ponte Preta na reestreia de Muricy Ramalho". Estadão (in Portuguese). September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
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  23. ^ Muricy Ramalho renova com São Paulo por mais dois anos
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  30. ^ Muricy diz que foi 10 vezes melhor que jogadores do São Paulo. Será?
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brazil Celso Roth
Copa Libertadores winning managers
Succeeded by
Brazil Tite