Since he became a coach, Ceni still doesn’t know what it’s like to win the club where he became ‘Mito’; Rubro-Negro has not beaten rival for eight matches
To take the Flamengo to the eighth title of Brazilian championship of your story, Rogerio Ceni will try to break some taboos in the face of São Paulo, at Morumbi stadium, in the last round of the national, scheduled for this Thursday, 25, starting at 21:30. After taking the lead by beat Internacional, Rubro-Negro depends only on its strength to celebrate the conquest in the capital of São Paulo. The problem is that the opponent is being a real “stone in the shoe” for the coach and also for the Rio team in recent seasons. Since he became a coach, Ceni still doesn’t know what it’s like to win the club where he became “Mito”. To date, he has collected five defeats and two draws against Tricolor (see list below). Rubro-Negro, on the other hand, has not beaten the rival of the next match for eight duels – there are five defeats and three draws, winning the national classic for the last time in July 2017, by the Brasileirão, at Maracanã.
Still, the stage of the confrontation between São Paulo x Flamengo brings good memories to Rogério Ceni. At Morumbi, he celebrated 9 of his 18 titles as a player of the São Paulo team. They were: Supercopa Libertadores da América (1993), Campeonato Paulista (1998 and 2000), Rio-São Paulo Tournament (2001), Paulista Superchampionship (2002), Copa Libertadores da América (2005), Brazilian Championship (2006 and 2007) and South American Cup (2012). The first was even in a confrontation between tricolors and red-blacks, decided on penalties – Ceni, at the time, was on the bench and saw Zetti shine. “Morumbi is part of my history, I have great respect for São Paulo and now we are in a new phase. I want to write my story for Flamengo. It is a coincidence that the game is in Morumbi. We will play with the greatest respect, we will face a great team that made us suffer a lot this year. We are going to Morumbi with this possibility of being a Brazilian champion, with the greatest respect that São Paulo deserves for the club that it is ”, said the commander, in a press conference after the game against Internacional.
Now, Rogério has the chance to “skip a step”, lift his main trophy as a coach and enter the “hall” of technical champions of the Brasileirão. On the edge of the lawn, Ceni has achievements only with Fortaleza: the Brazilian Championship of Series B (2018), the Championship Ceará (2019 and 2020) and the Northeast Cup (2019).
Rogério Ceni vs São Paulo
1. Fortaleza 0 x 1 São Paulo – Brazilian Championship 2019
2. São Paulo 2 x 1 Fortaleza – Brazilian Championship 2019
3. São Paulo 1 x 0 Fortaleza – Brazilian Championship 2020
4. Fortaleza 3 x 3 São Paulo – Copa do Brasil 2020
5. São Paulo 2 x 2 Fortaleza – Copa do Brasil 2020
6. Flamengo 1 x 2 São Paulo – Copa do Brasil 2020
7. São Paulo 3 x 0 Flamengo – Copa do Brasil 2020