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Muricy Ramalho

Muricy Ramalho
Date of birth (1955-11-30) November 30, 1955 (age 60)
Place of birthSão Paulo, Brazil
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
1973–1979São Paulo48[1](6)
1984America (loan)
Teams managed
1994–1996São Paulo
1998Shanghai Shenhua
1999Botafogo FC
2000Portuguesa Santista
2004São Caetano
2006–2009São Paulo
2013–2015São Paulo

Muricy Ramalho (born November 30, 1955) is a Brazilian head coach and former football player born in São Paulo. On July 23, 2010, it was reported that he had been offered the post of the coach of the Brazilian national football team,[3] replacing the sacked Dunga. However, his team at the time, Fluminense, refused to release him for the job.[4][5] Between 2006 and 2008, he led São Paulo to three consecutive national championships. In 2010, he also led Fluminense to the title. Ramalho is also known by his paulistano accent,[6] usually speaking expressions from this dialect.

Playing career

During his playing career, in the 1970s, Ramalho was a midfielder at São Paulo.[7] Between 1973 and 1978, he played 177 games for the club, scoring 26 goals.[8] Later in his career, he played in Mexico, being almost unknown in Brazil during that time.[7] He was not called up for the 1978 World Cup due to a knee injury.[9] After retiring, he started his career as a head coach.[7]

Head coaching career

Ramalho started his head coaching career as the head coach of Mexican club Puebla.[9] He managed several clubs, including São Paulo and Internacional.[10]


He was the São Paulo youth squad head coach between 1994 and 1996.[7] He was the manager of the São Paulo team that won the Copa CONMEBOL in 1994. That team was formed from reserve and youth players, receiving the nickname Expressinho.[7] Despite the technical limitations of the team, São Paulo won the cup, defeating Peñarol of Uruguay in the final.[7] Players such as Denílson and Rogério Ceni were discovered by Ramalho during the competition.[7]


After working for Internacional, including taking them to runners up in the Campeonato Brasileiro de 2005, on January 3, 2006, ten years later he came back to São Paulo and signed a one-year contract.[11] He was the head coach of São Paulo for three years, winning the Série A three times in a row.[10] His methods and the playing style of his team did not win universal admiration, however.[12] After being eliminated from the Libertadores Cup in 2009 to Cruzeiro, his fourth consecutive elimination from the tournament, the board fired him.[13]


After almost a month of negotiations, Ramalho stated his desire to direct the team of Palmeiras, signing a contract on July 22, 2009.


After six months as Palmeiras' head coach, he was fired on February 18, after a defeat against São Caetano by 1-4. On April 25, Ramalho was announced as the new head coach of Fluminense, his second time working in Rio de Janeiro. On July 23, he was appointed as the head coach of Brazil,[14] but he was not released by the Rio de Janeiro-based team, so he was replaced by Mano Menezes.[15]

By the end of the season, Ramalho has led Fluminense to its third national championship, after 1970 and 1984.


On April 6, 2011, it was announced that Ramalho would take charge of Santos until the end of the 2011 season.[16] He led Santos to the 2011 Campeonato Paulista title and later to the Copa Libertadores title. Ramalho renewed his contract until December 2013.[17]


After losing the State Championship , and having Neymar sold to FC Barcelona, Ramalho, on May 31, was dismissed by club. The intention of Santos was to start a reformulation. Ramalho signed on April 2011, and, since then, he won two State Championships, one Recopa Sudamericana, and the most important, 2011 Copa Libertadores, when Santos beaten the Uruguayan Peñarol in the final.[18]

Return to São Paulo

On September 9, 2013, after losing for Coritiba by 2-0, game that kept São Paulo in relegation zone of Série A, directors of club sacked Paulo Autuori and signed with Ramalho. In official site of Tricolor, a report praises Paulo Autuori's work and welcomes the new coach, that won three Brazilian Leagues working for club.[19] He was presented on September 10, 2013, praised by João Paulo de Jesus Lopes, vice-president of football of São Paulo. According the coach: "We are on a phase that we cannot stay talking to players. We must have to get the victories. Each one has his own way to work. Let's keep our problems outside."[20] He officially backs to coach the club on the victory of the club against Ponte Preta by 1-0. In this game, fans of São Paulo who were at Morumbi Stadium shouted "É, Muricy" ("Yeah, Muricy"), showing the satisfaction by Ramalho's return.[21]

On November 2, 2013, in an interview for Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, Ramalho affirmed the following words:

Winning here is always good and important anywhere, but, of course, for São Paulo it is a very different thing because I was born here, and when you have a history and win again, this history goes on and gets new chapters. In Brazil for a coach is fundamental to win, independent of the affection the supporters have for you, and São Paulo is the biggest club in Brazil and the most successful one and the fans got used to victories therefore we always have to win. But, of course, winning for São Paulo is special for me.

Muricy Ramalho, exalting his return for São Paulo FC[22]

On December 7, 2013, Ramalho, after a very successful first year ahead of the club, renewed his contract with São Paulo FC for two more seasons. According him: "I am happy to stay, because here is my home and the affection the supporters show for me motivates me even further. I am very happy for we have had an excellent year."[23]

On 6 April 2015, Ramalho stepped down as coach of Brazilian side Sao Paulo due to illness. He was hospitalized in January with a digestive disease. [24]


In December 2011, Ramalho, before the final of 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, where Santos, his club, faced Barcelona, and lost for 4-0, praised Josep Guardiola's work, however stated that it was simple for him since he had the funding to choose any player in the world. Ramalho said that European coaches would only score top marks in his book once they had the same success but coaching a Brazilian side. "Only when they win trophies here (Brazil) they will be the best coaches in the world." He was referring to the lack of funding, lack of good players (all in Europe) and the evergrowing pressure to perform.[25]

In February 2013, the media said Muricy Ramalho was in a verbal exchange with Neymar and Joey Barton. The latter had been little impressed by Neymar's performances at a friendly match in London and stated: "I would not pay a lot of money to sign him". After journalists' insistence, Ramalho responded that he meant no disrespect but he didn't know who that person was.[26]

In May 2013, Ramalho spoke about a fake profile on the social network Facebook that has a lot of friends. According the coach, the creator of profile "must be an idiot, that doesn't have anything to do. He should do something for himself, not for someone else.[27]

In July 2013, two months after leaving Santos, Ramalho said that if he was to work in Europe he would been given a 30 year-contract and would have a statue dedicated to him afterwards because if "Wenger can coach Arsenal for almost 15 years having had so little success "[28]

In this same month, in a new interview, Ramalho spoke about players with he worked. According the coach, Müller (Luís Antônio Corrêa da Costa), current pundit, was a "difficult player, it was complicated. It was really very hard. He was a excellent player, but ain't easy to work with him". On Breno he said "He thought he was Beckembauer"[29]

Ramalho also is known for his roughness and lack of pacience with bad journalists and those who work to create a controversy where there isn't one.

On April 2014, Ramalho was praised by one journalist in reference to his past as a football player. Ramalho said he was 10 times better than the present players of São Paulo FC. To this day fans bring flags with his face and name to Estádio do Morumbi. "I played at least ten times better. But they haven't seen it, and I don't talk about it because it is a thing from the past. In this team, I would pick up my number 8 jersey and the coach would only have to think about the other players"[30]

Career statistics

Head coach

Nation Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
23x15px São Paulo 1994 1997 108 55 33 20 50.93
23x15px São Paulo 2006 2009 252 139 67 46 55.16
23x15px Palmeiras 2009 2010 34 13 11 10 38.24
23x15px Fluminense 2010 2011 54 28 15 11 51.85
23x15px Santos 2011 2013 150 72 42 36 48.00
Total 598 307 168 123 52.54
As of May 31, 2013

Head coaching honors

São Paulo
Shanghai Shenhua
São Caetano


  1. Medio Futpédia stats with SPFC
  2. 2.0 2.1 Medio Tiempo Player stats with Puebla FC
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  10. 10.0 10.1 "Muricy Ramalho". Sambafoot. June 20, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
  13. "Muricy Ramalho é demitido do São Paulo". Lancenet. June 19, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
  14. Thiago Lavinas (July 23, 2010). "Muricy é o novo técnico da Seleção". Retrieved July 23, 2010. [dead link]
  15. "CBF convida Mano Menezes e já fala na primeira convocação". Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  16. "Santos FC contrata técnico Muricy Ramalho" (in Portuguese). Santos Futebol Clube. April 5, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  17. Sanches Filho (July 31, 2012). "Muricy sai só para a Seleção". Jornal da Tarde (São Paulo: O Estado de São Paulo). 15,317: 5C. ISSN 1516-294X. 
  18. Santos anuncia demissão do técnico Muricy Ramalho
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  21. "São Paulo bate Ponte Preta na reestreia de Muricy Ramalho". Estadão (in Portuguese). September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  23. Muricy Ramalho renova com São Paulo por mais dois anos
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  30. Muricy diz que foi 10 vezes melhor que jogadores do São Paulo. Será?