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The curse of Tele? Kuka did not live up to his promise and went through a bad phase at Atlético

Only one starter from the staff that received the Brazilian championship and the Brazilian Cup final yr has left Atlético-MG. The present squad is taken into account by coach Cook and the board to be even stronger than that of 2021, a season marked by nice achievements. So what can clarify the athletic efficiency so under expectations, with a modest seventh place within the Brasileirão and eradicated within the Copas do Brasil and Libertadores? Perhaps the reply is not within the area, however in an unfulfilled promise.

In November of final yr, when Atlético-MG got here shut to profitable the nationwide title, Kuka commented on the likelihood of paying for a promise made by Tele Santana in 1971 and not fulfilled. The first Brazilian champion coach of the “roosters” promised to journey virtually 70 kilometers between Belo Horizonte and Pires, a village situated within the metropolis of Congonas.

“I’ll do it,” mentioned Kuka after Atletico’s 2-0 conquer Juventude in Mineirao for the thirty fourth spherical of Brasilia.

The Tele Santana household’s permission was granted, however Hook did not observe through on the promise. The title was received on 2 December in a 3–2 win over Bahia in El Salvador. As Gallo then had a Copa do Brasil decider with Athetico-PR, the main target was solely on the ultimate matches. Kuka did not even return to Minas Gerais after the second nationwide title received in 2021 on the night time of December 15. A couple of days later, the coach confirmed that he would not proceed at Cidade do Gallo in 2022.

Very spiritual, Hook is aware of that breaking a promise is a sin for Catholics and the punishment will be nice. Since returning to Atlético, the coach has led the staff in ten video games and received simply twice. Perhaps a journey to Pires is all that’s wanted for Atlético to rediscover good soccer from 2021.

the unique promise

Tele Santana was Brazilian champion with Atlético-MG in 1971

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On December 19, 1971, Atlético beat Botafogo 1-0 at the Maracana to win the Brazilian championship. The subsequent day, earlier than 6 am, Tele Santana left for Igrejinha de Pires. The athletic coach was accompanied by bodily coach Leo Coutinho, nurse Otasilio and soccer director Neri Campos. Gradually, with the warmth, insufficient clothes and a number of hours of relaxation between the title received in Rio de Janeiro lower than 24 hours earlier, one after the other he gave up on the 67km stroll.

Telê Santana was the final to give up and full the journey in a Federal Highway Police (PRF) automobile. According to the guide “1971: The Year of the Rooster” written by Marcelo Baeta, the then Atlético coach walked 25 kilometers. According to the December 21, 1971 version of the newspaper State of mines the stroll from Telê was 45 kilometers. I simply agree that the virtually 70 km journey was not coated on foot because the coach rode to fulfill his promise to pray at Igrejinha de Pires.

And look, Tele Santana did not lack for encouragement, because the highway that connects Belo Horizonte to Congonas is the Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek Highway (BR 040), which runs from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia and passes through BH. As the Tele headed to its vacation spot, many athletes have been coming back from the Maracana and stopped to take footage with the Brazilian champion’s coach. But the fatigue was higher and the promise was partially fulfilled.

For essentially the most spiritual of followers, the promise made and damaged by Tele Santana was one of the the reason why Atlético went so a few years with out being champions of Brazil. Galo hit the bar a number of occasions in these 50 years, between the primary conquest and the title in 2021, and Telê’s promise was remembered with every new failure.

Kuka has already coated 23 kilometers for Atlético

Kuka has worn a T-shirt with the image of the Virgin Mary on Atlético-MG matchdays since 2013 - AP - AP

Kuka has been sporting a T-shirt with the picture of the Virgin Mary on Atlético-MG matchdays since 2013.

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The promise to go after a aim for Atlético is nothing new for Kuka. During the coach’s first go to to Cidade do Gallo, which started in 2011, the scenario was far more crucial than it’s now. Shortly after leaving Cruzeiro, the coach was employed by then-president Alexandre Kalil for an virtually not possible mission: to keep away from relegation for Atlético.

Kuka took over the staff within the first spherical, sunk within the relegation zone. But with a reactionary marketing campaign within the second spherical, Gallo averted any danger of relegation by making it 4-0 towards Botafogo, at the Arena do Jacaré, for the thirty seventh spherical. After the route, Cuca went to Goiás to fulfill his promise to stroll 23 kilometers.

Accompanied by Eduardo Maloof and Lázaro da Cunha, leaders of Atlético at the time, Cuca walked from Goiânia to Trindade to depart an Atlético shirt signed by the gamers at the Divino Pai Eterno Sanctuary’s Sala dos Milagres. The journey took simply over 4 hours.

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