Vasco da Gama confirms Ramon Menezes as his new coach
He Vasco da Gama confirmed this Monday to the former Brazilian midfielder Ramon Menezes, 1998 Copa Libertadores champion with the Rio de Janeiro team, as its new technician for a season that continues suspended by the coronavirus crisis.Menezes had already been the team’s interim coach for about two weeks, when Abel Braga was fired. witheringly after remaining in office for just three months.The board of the Rio de Janeiro club met on Monday and decided to ratify him on the bench of the first team. Menezes, 47 years old and considered an idol of the cross-Maltese fans, returned to Vasco at the beginning of 2019 to work as a permanent technical assistant.As a player, he lived through the best moments of his sports career in the whole of Rio de Janeiro at the end of the 90’s, when he added to his long record of conquests the Brazilian Championship of 1997 and the Libertadores of 1998. Vasco also announced the return to the club of Antonio Lopes, who was the coach of the team in those golden years, although this time he will assume as the new “coordinator-coach”, a role he has been playing in the last clubs he passed through.However, the date of Menezes’ debut is still uncertain, as national and international competitions have been temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.Vasco da Gama, classified for the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana, announced on Monday through their social networks that they will give vacations until April 20 for its soccer players, members of the technical commission and professionals linked to the Soccer Department due to the pandemic.In fact, the start of the Brazilian League, scheduled for the first week of May, is in the air, due to the suspension still in force of all competitions and the forecasts of the health authorities, who are expecting the peak by then. of COVID-19 cases in the country.