Abel Braga

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Abel Braga
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Abel Braga (left) with Lula in 2007
Personal information
Full name Abel Carlos da Silva Braga
Date of birth (1952-09-01) 1 September 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Flamengo (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1976 Fluminense 42 (1)
1976–1979 Vasco da Gama 37 (0)
1977Las Vegas Quicksilvers (loan)[1] 11 (2)
1979–1981 Paris Saint-Germain 45 (9)
1981–1982 Cruzeiro 12 (1)
1982–1984 Botafogo 21 (4)
1984–1985 Goytacaz
National team
1978 Brazil 1 (0)
Teams managed
1985 Goytacaz
1986 Rio Ave
1987 Botafogo
1987–1988 Santa Cruz
1988–1989 Internacional
1989–1991 Famalicão
1991 Internacional
1992–1993 Belenenses
1994 Vitória de Setúbal
1995 Vasco da Gama
1995 Internacional
1997 Guarani
1997–1998 Atlético Paranaense
1998 Bahia
1999 Coritiba
1999–2000 Paraná
2000 Vasco da Gama
2000 Marseille
2001 Atlético Mineiro
2001–2002 Botafogo
2002 Atlético Paranaense
2003 Ponte Preta
2004 Flamengo
2005 Fluminense
2006–2008 Internacional
2008–2011 Al Jazira
2011–2013 Fluminense
2014 Internacional
2015–2016 Al Jazira
2017–2018 Fluminense
2019– Flamengo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Abel Carlos da Silva Braga (born 1 September 1952), known as Abel Braga, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender, and is the manager of Flamengo.

He played as a central defender during a professional career that started with Fluminense in 1968. Since his retirement in 1985, he has managed a number of clubs in Brazil and Portugal, including three spells at Fluminense. He has also managed French club Marseille, as well as Abu Dhabi club Al Jazira over two spells.


Known as Abel during his playing days, he started his career as a player in Fluminense in 1968, staying at the club until 1976, when he moved to Vasco da Gama.

He also played for Paris Saint-Germain, of France, from 1979 to 1981, for Botafogo, from 1982 to 1984, and Goytacaz, in 1984, and 1985, where ended his career.

He earned just one cap for the Brazilian national football team, on April 19, 1978, versus England, but he took part in the team that represented Brazil in the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.

After his retirement as a player, he became a head coach, and worked at clubs such as Vasco da Gama, Internacional, Olympique de Marseille, Atlético Paranaense, Coritiba, Atlético Mineiro and Ponte Preta.

In 1988, at Internacional, he was runner-up of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A after losing to Esporte Clube Bahia in the final match. In 1989, he came close to winning the Copa Libertadores, but the club ended up losing to Paraguay's Olimpia on penalties after conceding three goals in the return match at home. The two defeats left a stain on his career and would haunt him for many years to come.

In 2004, Abel Braga became Flamengo head coach, winning Taça Guanabara and Campeonato Carioca. He became most remembered, however, because Flamengo lost the Copa do Brasil to underdogs Esporte Clube Santo André, even though the final match was held in Rio de Janeiro, home of Flamengo.

In 2005, as Fluminense head coach, he won the Campeonato Carioca of that year. Abel finished the year, however, carrying the burden of two successive last-minute failures. Against all odds, Fluminense lost to underdogs Paulista of Jundiaí in the Copa do Brasil final match, under circumstances similar to the ones he faced the year before with Flamengo. Paulista, currently in the second division of the Campeonato Brasileiro, eventually qualified for the Copa Libertadores. Fluminense had another chance to qualify for the Libertadores, the most prestigious club football tournament in South America, by finishing the Série A among the top four. Even though Fluminense managed to lead the table for a few rounds, it failed again in the last match. A draw against Palmeiras would have been enough for the team to finish fourth, but they lost.

In the beginning of 2006, Abel transferred to Internacional of Porto Alegre to lead the team in the football tournament of Rio Grande do Sul. Grêmio emerged champions and Abel was criticized as an eternal runner-up. However, he may claim to have changed that image by winning the Copa Libertadores, one of the greatest achievements in the history of Internacional. The IFFHS ranked him as the sixth best club coach in 2006. He also led Internacional to win the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.

After a spell managing Al Jazira, where he won the league during his last year, he came back to Fluminense. The club was struggling after Muricy Ramalho was fired. Despite having little time to fix the team, which was in the lower positions of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A when he took over, he managed to finish the year in third place and qualify for the Copa Libertadores. In 2012, he led Fluminense to win the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and was awarded as the best coach of the league.

On May 30, 2013, after the elimination of Fluminense against Paraguayan Club Olimpia from 2013 Copa Libertadores, competition that Flu were one of favorites, Braga was humiliated by rival fans in the arrival of club. At same time, fans of the Tricolor wrote on the walls of Laranjeiras, headquarters of club, "Fora Abel" (Abel out) and "Time Sem Vergonha" (Team without shame).[2]

On July 29, 2013, after five consecutive loses in 2013 Brazilian League, that keep the club in relegation zone, Braga was dismissed from Fluminense.[3]

In January 2014, Braga returned to Internacional as manager, seven years after winning the Copa Libertadores and the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.

On December 15, 2014, Braga announced that he will not continue as manager of Internacional.[4]

Braga returned to Al Jazira for a second spell in the summer of 2015, but parted company with the club in December after a string of poor results.[5]

Braga rejoined Fluminense in 2017. He resigned in June 2018, after 18 months in charge.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On July 29, 2017, Braga's 18-year-old son, João Pedro, died after falling from the balcony of the family's apartment in the Leblon region of Rio de Janeiro.[7] Braga was informed of his son's death whilst undergoing the final preparations for Fluminense's fixture against Ponte Preta the following day. Ponte Preta agreed to Fluminense's request to postpone the match, which was rescheduled by the CBF.





Atlético Paranaense
Al Jazira



  1. ^ NASL profile
  2. ^ globoesporte.globo.com
  3. ^ Flu demite Abel mesmo sem opção de consenso para assumir o time
  4. ^ "Abel Braga perde a paciência e descarta permanência no Internacional em 2015". iG. iG.
  5. ^ McAuley, John (December 12, 2015). "Al Jazira, languishing in AGL relegation fight, part company with Abel Braga". The National. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Fluminense coach Braga quits". Business Standard. Rio de Janeiro. June 17, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Bruno Braz, Leo Burlá e Pedro Ivo Almeida (July 29, 2017). "Morre o filho do técnico Abel Braga; jogo do Fluminense é adiado" [The son of coach Abel Braga dies; Fluminense's game is postponed] (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Com nove jogadores de Fla e Flu, Ferj divulga seleção do Campeonato Carioca". Globoesporte.com. May 7, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.

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