” It has been five or six years of Flamengo, in which I had to endure some situations, and in a moment like this, I have to say something. I suffered a lot of injustice in here, unpleasant things, that I wouldn’t even like to mention now. (…) Those people now have to bow down to my work, because the results came, and they came fast.”
These are the words of Jorge Luís Andrade da Silva, the most victorious man in the history of Brazilian tournaments. He is the only person to have ever won six Brasileirões – five as a player, in 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1987 for Flamengo and 1989 for the poor thing and now 2009 as a manager. He is also the first out of very few black coaches to win a Brasileirão, and has a speech impediment that has got him the nickname of Tromba (elephant trunk).
Andrade, always the sportsman, takes the high ground and doesn’t go on detail about the humiliations he had to endure in Flamengo as the as the coach for the Junior teams and then as assistant manager to the main team. But just like our memory serves right to remember the great accomplishments of this man, it should also serves us right to not forget all the shit that it was thrown at him by the same institution that he made great.
His return to Flamengo as part of the club’s staff was marred by the constant humiliation inflicted on him. Andrade recalls that when he and Adílio were incorporated into the staff, one of the Flamengo’s directors complained about the move to the “vulture Flamengo,” a racist snide referent to the original usage of the word vulture as a derogatory term against Flamengo’s fans, associated with Blacks and the poor. Or when he was made stand in the searing heat of Rio’s summer sun for hours as a barrier so the players could train free kicks. Or having a little upstart like Bruno cuss him out in from of the cameras and deride his accomplishments over a perceived bad call in a playful game between the players.
He had his value questioned, he saw his friend Adílio being thrown out of his charge as manager for the junior team without explanation or reason, and took over as interim coach a couple times when the high-salaried prima-donas where sack from the manager’s bench one after the other. He had players that didn’t knew him and his history, and attacked him cowardly and with pettyness, mocking his speech behind his back.
All this he endured. When signing the contract for next year, Andrade tried to get restitution for all in monetary form, asking for a R$ 250,000 monthly salary. He didn’t get it, but I think mainly because there’s no way Flamengo can afford that. He did get a decent package. Maybe not worth what he’s worth, but, Andrade being Andrade, that would be impossible.