At the start of her career at Flamengo, Dorival Júnior will be on the bench against Atlético-MG this Sunday, in Mineirão, for the Brazilian Championship. But he was already on the Rooster’s side. It was a period of less than a year, between 2010 and 2011, with the original goal being achieved and the despair level increased, which led to dismissal.
His arrival in Atlético, in September 2010, took place a few days after Santos left. At Peixe, the coach was tired of the team’s budding star, Neymar. The decision to exclude the striker from the games did not impress the board that appointed the coach on September 21 that year.
Dorival Júnior and Atlético-MG players in 2011 – Photo: Bruno Cantini / Atlético-MG
It was only four days without work. Atlético had just fired Vanderlei Luxemburgo. Within two days he scored with Dorival. The goal was clear: to eliminate the risk of demotion in the Brazilian. He started with a defeat, the day after the announcement, against Grêmio (2-1, Arena do Jacaré).
– It is a very difficult situation, but only with the work and dedication from everyone then we will be able to give our share of our recovery in the championship – said the coach on the topic. (see below).
Dorival introduces herself to Atlético-MG and says she will sit on the bench against Grêmio
With a squad full of medals (defender Cáceres, Jairo Campos, Réver; left Leandro; midfielders Fabiano and Zé Luís; midfielders Diego Souza and Ricardinho; midfielders Edson Mendez; strikers Daniel Carvalho, Diego Tardelli and Obina), Galo scored the required goal. and finishing three points above the bridge drop area.
– Now yes (I can sleep more peacefully). For those who took the 13th table, the last 14 games, when we arrived, they saw the fighting, they certainly would not believe that this team could give a positive response – analyzed at the end of the championship. (see video below).
2010 was a year of success and challenge for Dorival Júnior
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In 2011, a new prospect at Atlético, which set the tone for the sequence of work with Dorival. There were changes in the actors, which lost the names like Fabiano, Jairo Campos, Edson Mendez, Obina, Cáceres and Diego Souza. On the other hand, new players have arrived: Magno Alves, Richarlyson, Jóbson, Leonardo Silva, Mancini, Dudu Cearense and Guilherme.
– All I need is to adjust the profile of the team a bit. At this point, you have to act professionally. Behaviors have to be slightly different to match. Our team has many players with similar profiles. We need to change a bit – Dorival commented in 2010 about the creation of new season actors. (see below).
Coach Dorival Júnior talks about Galo’s plans for 2011
Dorival Júnior and players’ campaign promoted by Galo to benefit rain victims in 2011 – Photo: Bruno Cantini
Atlético de Dorival did not close. He lived in difficult times. Striker Jobson was delayed in training and punished. Midfielder Zé Luís and midfielder Ricardinho were released from the club in April. The coach avoided blaming the two for the team’s poor timing (see video below).
Dorival Júnior does not blame Ricardinho and Zé Luís for the poor Atlético-MG phase.
Gradually, Dorival’s passage on Galo continued. He was eliminated by Grêmio Prudente in the second round of the Copa do Brasil. In the Mineiro final, he lost to Cruzeiro. Brasileirão was abandoned.
Between rounds 3 and 15, Atlético suffered eight defeats. It won only twice. Result: a team on the brink of a relegation zone. Dorival could not resist and fell after a 2-1 defeat by Figueirense in Ipatingão. Rooster searched for Cuca and set the record straight (see video below).
Dorival Júnior bids farewell to Atlético-MG this morning; Cuca is coming in the afternoon