Jorge Jesus resigns as Flamengo boss

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RIO DE JANEIRO, July 17 (Xinhua) — Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus has parted ways with Flamengo, less than eight months after leading the club to win the Brazilian Serie A title and the Copa Libertadores trophy.

Flamengo thanked Jesus for his trophy-laden 12-month spell with the club in a statement on Friday, without revealing his destination.

Media reports in Brazil said Jesus had agreed to take charge of his former side Benfica following the resignation of Bruno Lage.

“Our greatest thanks go to him and his backroom staff for all they have done and we hope they continue to enjoy the same enormous success they had with us,” Flamengo’s statement read.

Jesus is regarded as one of Benfica’s greatest ever managers, having guided them to two straight Europa League finals, three Portuguese league titles, one Portuguese Cup and five League Cups from 2009 to 2015.

The 65-year-old guided Flamengo to six trophies after arriving in June last year. The team’s most recent triumph came on Wednesday (July 15), when they secured their 36th Rio de Janeiro state title by beating Fluminense 3-1 in the final over two legs. Enditem

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