|Date of birth||November 30, 1955|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||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, replacing the sacked Dunga. However, his team at the time, Fluminense, refused to release him for the job. 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, usually speaking expressions from this dialect.
During his playing career, in the 1970s, Ramalho was a midfielder at São Paulo. Between 1973 and 1978, he played 177 games for the club, scoring 26 goals. Later in his career, he played in Mexico, being almost unknown in Brazil during that time. He was not called up for the 1978 World Cup due to a knee injury. After retiring, he started his career as a head coach.
Head coaching career
He was the São Paulo youth squad head coach between 1994 and 1996. 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. Despite the technical limitations of the team, São Paulo won the cup, defeating Peñarol of Uruguay in the final. Players such as Denílson and Rogério Ceni were discovered by Ramalho during the competition.
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. He was the head coach of São Paulo for three years, winning the Série A three times in a row. His methods and the playing style of his team did not win universal admiration, however. After being eliminated from the Libertadores Cup in 2009 to Cruzeiro, his fourth consecutive elimination from the tournament, the board fired him.
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, but he was not released by the Rio de Janeiro-based team, so he was replaced by Mano Menezes.
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. He led Santos to the 2011 Campeonato Paulista title and later to the Copa Libertadores title. Ramalho renewed his contract until December 2013.
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.
Return to São Paulo
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. 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." 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.
On November 2, 2013, in an interview for Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, Ramalho affirmed the following words:
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."
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."
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."
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 [...]"
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."
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 [...]"
Ramalho also is known for his rough behavior with journalists. For several times, he responds with aggressiveness some questions made by the pundits. 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."
- As of May 31, 2013
Head coaching honors
- São Paulo
- Shanghai Shenhua
- Cup of China: 1998
- Campeonato Pernambucano: 2001, 2002
- Campeonato Gaúcho: 2003, 2005
- São Caetano
- Campeonato Paulista: 2004
- Medio Futpédia stats with SPFC
- Medio Tiempo Player stats with Puebla FC
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- Santos anuncia demissão do técnico Muricy Ramalho
- "São Paulo bate Ponte Preta na reestreia de Muricy Ramalho". Estadão (in Portuguese). September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- Muricy Ramalho renova com São Paulo por mais dois anos
|Awards and achievements|
|Copa Libertadores winning managers