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Abel Braga
Abel Braga with President of Brazil Lula.
Personal information
Full name Abel Carlos da Silva Braga
Date of birth September 1, 1952 (1952-09-01) (age 57)
Place of birth    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Al Jazira
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1968–1976
1976–1979
1979–1981
1981–1982
1982–1984
1984–1985
Fluminense
Vasco
Paris Saint-Germain
Vasco
Botafogo
Goytacaz
42 (1)
37 (0)
45 (9)

21 (4)
   
National team2
1978 Brazil 1 (0)
Teams managed
1985
1986
1987
1987–1988
1988–1989
1989–1991
1991
1992–1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2000
2001–2002
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006–2008
2008–
Goytacaz
Rio Ave
Botafogo
Santa Cruz
Internacional
Famalicão
Internacional
Belenenses
Vitória de Setúbal
Vasco
Guarani
Santa Cruz
Atlético Paranaense
Coritiba
Vasco
Olympique de Marseille
Botafogo
Atlético Paranaense
Ponte Preta
Flamengo
Fluminense
Internacional
Al Jazira

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of July 31 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of July 31 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Abel Carlos da Silva Braga, also known as Abel Braga or just Abel during his playing days (born September 1, 1952), is a football (soccer) manager and a former football player. He was born in Rio de Janeiro.

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Biography

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 FIFA World Cup 1978 in Argentina.

After his retirement as a player, he became a manager, 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 manager, 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 manager, 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 circunstances 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 Campeonato Brasileiro 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 and the Club World Cup in the same year, the greatest achievements in the history of Internacional.

The IFFHS ranked him as the sixth best club coach in 2006.

Playing honors

Managerial honors

References

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Simple English

Abel Braga
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Personal information
Full name Abel Carlos da Silva Braga
Date of birth 1 September 1952 (1952-09-01) (age 58)
Place of birth    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1971-1975
1976-1979
1979-1981
1981-1982
1983-1984
1984
Fluminense
Vasco da Gama
Paris Saint-Germain
Vasco da Gama
Botafogo
Goytacaz
National team
1978 Brazil
Teams managed
1985
1986
1987
1987-1988
1988-1989
1989-1991
1991
1992-1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2000
2001-2002
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006-2008
2008-
Goytacaz
Rio Ave
Botafogo
Santa Cruz
Internacional
Famalicão
Internacional
Os Belenenses
Vitória FC
Vasco da Gama
Guarani
Santa Cruz
Atlético Paranaense
Coritiba
Vasco da Gama
Olympique Marseille
Botafogo
Atlético Paranaense
Ponte Preta
Flamengo
Fluminense
Internacional
Al-Jazira

Abel Braga (born 1 September, 1952) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
BrazilLeague
1971FluminenseSérie A00
197250
1973181
1974120
197580
1976Vasco da GamaSérie A140
1977160
197870
197900
FranceLeague
1979-80Paris Saint-GermainDivision 1165
1980-81Division 2294
BrazilLeague
1981Vasco da GamaSérie A00
1982121
1983BotafogoSérie A133
198481
1984GoytacazSérie B00
CountryBrazil 1135
France 459
Total 15814

International career statistics

Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
197810
Total10

References


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