18 Facts About Abel Braga


Abel Carlos da Silva Braga was born on 1 September 1952, and known as Abel Braga, is a Brazilian former football coach and player.

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Abel Braga played as a central defender during a professional career that started with Fluminense in 1968.

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Abel Braga earned one cap for Brazil, and was on the 1978 FIFA World Cup squad.

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Abel Braga has managed French club Marseille, as well as Emirati club Al Jazira over two spells.

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Abel Braga 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.

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

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In July 2000, Abel Braga signed for Olympique de Marseille – rivals of his former team PSG – who had only just stayed in Ligue 1 on the last day of the previous season.

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In 2004, Abel Braga became Flamengo head coach, winning Taca Guanabara and Campeonato Carioca.

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Abel Braga became most remembered because Flamengo lost the Copa do Brasil to underdogs Esporte Clube Santo Andre, even though the final match was held in Rio de Janeiro, home of Flamengo.

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Abel Braga finished the year carrying the burden of two successive last-minute failures.

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Abel Braga led Internacional to win the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.

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On 30 May 2013, after the elimination of Fluminense against Paraguayan Club Olimpia from 2013 Copa Libertadores, competition that Flu were one of favorites, Abel Braga was humiliated by rival fans in the arrival of club.

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Abel 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.

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Abel Braga is currently the record holder for the 2nd most matches as a Fluminense head coach.

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Abel Braga was announced as Vasco da Gama's head coach for the 2020 season on 16 December 2019, but resigned the following 16 March.

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On 10 November 2020, Abel Braga returned to Internacional for a seventh spell as manager, replacing Eduardo Coudet.

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Abel Braga left the following 26 February, after losing the 2020 Serie A in the last round.

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Abel Braga was informed of his son's death whilst undergoing the final preparations for Fluminense's fixture against Ponte Preta the following day.

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