Flávio da Conceição is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a midfielder. Conceição enjoyed a successful career in Spain, where he played for two clubs – including Real Madrid with which he won six major titles – and also represented Brazil on more than 40 occasions. Conceição earned 44 caps for Brazil and scored four goals, and was part of the nation’s 1997 and 1999 Copa América-winning sides. He was also picked for two FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments, making four appearances in the 1997 edition for the eventual champions. In addition, Conceição won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, but was never summoned for any FIFA World Cup.
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Real Madrid returned to domestic league glory under Vicente del Bosque managerial after 3-1 victory against Athletic Bilbao in the season finale. But Real Madrid was surprisingly sacked Vicente del Bosque after del Bosque not offered his new contract. Real Madrid were also on course of retaining UEFA Champions League La Decima title before being eliminated by Italian league champions Juventus. In the domestic cup, Real Madrid were also eliminated by eventual Copa del Rey champions RCD Mallorca with 1-5 aggregate loss.
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Conceição began his career with Rio Branco Esporte Clube in 1992. He then joined Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras a year later, and racked up over 100 first-team appearances during his spell. This caught the attention of Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña, who paid €5.2 million for him after the 1996 Summer Olympics. Playing alongside compatriot Mauro Silva in central midfield, Conceição gradually developed into a key force in the Galicians’ rise in Spanish football, as he scored four goals in 27 games in the team’s 1999–2000 league conquest. This led to a 2000 move to fellow La Liga side Real Madrid, worth €26 million. Although he appeared sparingly, Conceição did win two league titles and the 2001–02 edition of the UEFA Champions League – in that competition, he set up Steve McManaman for the closing 2–0 semi-final win against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. He spent the 2003–04 campaign on loan to Borussia Dortmund, where he was also irregularly played. In the summer of 2004, Conceição moved to Turkey’s Galatasaray SK. In his first and only season he won the Turkish Cup but failed to make the Champions League, thus activating a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave, and he signed for Panathinaikos F.C. of Greece.
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The 2002 UEFA Super Cup was played on 30 August 2002 between Real Madrid of Spain and Feyenoord of the Netherlands. Real Madrid qualified by beating Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final. Feyenoord had made it to the Super Cup after beating Borussia Dortmund in the 2002 UEFA Cup Final. Real Madrid won the match 3–1, securing their first Super Cup win. The game was played at the Stade Louis II in Monaco has been the venue for the UEFA Super Cup every year since 1998. Built in 1985, the stadium is also the home of AS Monaco, who play in the French league system.