Flamengo appoint ex-Guardiola assistant, NYCFC boss Torrent as manager

play
Roberto Carlos' free kick in 1997 vs. France was 'impossible' (2:23)

Frank Leboeuf recalls Roberto Carlos' ridiculous free kick in Brazil's 1997 friendly against France. (2:23)

Flamengo have appointed former New York City FC coach Domenec Torrent to replace Jorge Jesus, who returned to Benfica earlier this month, the Brazilian giants announced on Friday.

- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
- What did you miss? The latest from Europe's top leagues

The 58-year old signed a deal that will expire in December of 2021.

"I'm very happy to be part of this great nation," he said, referring to the Flamengo support. "We are going to fight to win titles and we'll see each other soon."

Torrent, who spent 10 years as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, coached New York City from June 2018 until November 2019.

Before joining Guardiola at Barca in 2007 he coached three clubs in his homeland Spain.

He faces a tough task trying to repeat the success of Jesus, who had a spectacular one-year stay. The Portuguese, who became an icon at Gavea, led Brazil's best-supported club to their first Brazilian first division title since 2009, their first Copa Libertadores since 1981 and a Rio de Janeiro state championship.

In December, Flamengo came within a goal of lifting their second Club World Cup title but fell in extra-time to Liverpool.

Torrent topped the Eastern Conference with NYCFC last season but left his post shortly after an October playoff defeat to Toronto FC.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.