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Dismissed in August 2021, the coach nearly took Tricolor das Laranjeiras to the semifinals of Conmebol Libertadores

Photo: Walmir Cirne/AGIF |  Name requested by Roger Machado at Fluminense has future exposed for 2022
© 1939Photo: Walmir Cirne/AGIF | Name requested by Roger Machado at Fluminense has future exposed for 2022

Fluminense reached the quarter-finals of Conmebol Libertadores, when they couldn’t resist the two goals scored by Barcelona de Guayaquil at Maracanã. At the time, the match ended in a draw 2-2 and the return 1-1 at Monumental. The ‘away goal’ factor ended up complicating the life of the Rio team, which could have made the semis against arch-rivals Flamengo.

A similar situation happened with Atlético-MG, which was eliminated from the semis as well as Flu: without losing a game. Last Thursday (24), the president of Conmebol, Alejandro Domínguez, announced that from 2022 on, the away goal will no longer be a determining factor, that is, it will have weight 2 in case of two draws. Thus, he predicts greater justice in South American football.

Roger Machado was fired from Tricolor’s technical command shortly after his elimination in the main tournament in the Americas. The coach had asked President Mário Bittencourt for some names, such as Willian Bigode, whose future is set for 2022. A few hours ago, the possible fate of the 29 shirt was exposed and caught the attention of fans.

Like Manoel, the 35-year-old striker is targeted by Cruzeiro for next season. This is what Pedro Lourenço, patron of Raposa, says: “For sure players will arrive, there has to be a trail (the way forward). They’ll come and put on the shirt. We have to bring in players. Defender Manoel is coming back. Willian Mustache has a chance to come back. It would be a good one”, pointed out the entrepreneur.

It is worth remembering that, to enroll in athletes, Cabuloso needs to go to Fifa to pay off debts that revolve around R$ 13 million to the world football’s governing body. The amount made the federation apply a transferban to the miners, which makes new entries for the cast impossible. Recently, Maicon (ex-São Paulo) was presented in Belo Horizonte, but cannot be registered until the imbroglio is resolved.

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