Botafogo’s fifth coach has a coaching profile similar to those who have already played for the team in 2023. Tiago Nunes was chosen to succeed Lúcio Flávio and takes command of the team in the five decisive games for the title until the end of the Brasileirão. O ge He spoke to people who have worked with the coach, who defined him as reserved, who enjoys individual conversations with players and is energetic behind the scenes at games.
The gaucho from Santa Maria is 43 years old and started his career at São Paulo-RS, but it was at Athletico-PR that he experienced his best phase on the edge of the field. He was state champion with team B and achieved Athletico’s first international title, when he lifted the cup in the Sudamericana in 2018, and the Copa do Brasil in 2019.
Over there, Tiago became known for his trust in his players, his focus on work, his request for coolness, and one detail in decisive games: Tiago and his committee used news headlines to challenge the players. In the locker room of the Copa do Brasil final against Internacional, copies of news published throughout the competition, phase by phase, were placed on bulletin boards.
Below, a video with some moments of the coach in decisive games:
What Tiago Nunes was like in the decisive moments of Athletico-PR
Then, he went to Corinthians, where he faced the Covid-19 pandemic, fell in the pre-Libertadores and was unsuccessful. He left the São Paulo club with 26 games, 9 wins, 10 draws and 7 defeats. In São Paulo, he maintained his tactical and technical focus and “distanced” from the dressing room review. He joined the squad in crucial moments focusing on results on the field.
In 2021 it was his turn to command Grêmio, in the year in which the club from Rio Grande do Sul began its journey to Série B the following year. Despite starting a nine-game unbeaten run and winning the Rio Grande do Sul title, he was fired after failing to win in six Brasileirão games. He played 19 games, with 10 wins, four draws and five defeats.
In Rio Grande do Sul, he adopted the work already being developed by Renato Portaluppi and in 30 days led Grêmio to a new victory in the State Championship. At Botafogo, the coach will have three weeks to restore the team’s good football, organize the defense and seek first place again.
In Ceará, he had an irregular campaign and locker room problems, when he criticized a player for not making fouls to avoid losing points at Cartola FC. When the team was disqualified in Cearense last year, he took the blame, shielded the players and most of the time defended rationality.
Botafogo players return this Wednesday for their first activity with the new commander. The club is second in the Brasileirão, with 60 points. The team has one game less than first-placed Palmeiras, who have 62 points. In other words, Alvinegro only depends on themselves to be champions.
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