‘Judas’ in Portugal, Paulo Sousa tries to overcome Jesus’ shadow in Flamengo

Paulo Sousa during a classic against Fluminense (Photo: Wagner Meier/Getty Images)

LISBON – The cover of the sports newspaper A Bola, the most traditional in Portugal, printed in 1993: “’Calcio’ can wait. Paulo Sousa at Sporting. He has already sent the termination request to Benfica”.

Almost 30 years have passed since then, but that transfer window would be marked forever among the Portuguese and would be dubbed “hot summer”. Paulo Sousa, in particular, still feels the effects of it to this day, the result of his decision to terminate his contract with Benfica, then in crisis, because of late salaries and sign with rival Sporting.

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In his presentation in Alvalade, he admitted to being a Sporting fan since childhood and said he needed to think about his future.

He was never forgiven by Benfica fans.

To this day, the 51-year-old former midfielder is addressed by Portugal’s biggest fans as “Judas” and considered persona non grata at Luz Stadium. For this reason, few in the country were surprised by Sousa’s decision to change the Polish team. that disputes the repechage for the World Cup for a Flamengo in reconstruction at the end of December.

At Ninho do Urubu, the two-time champion of the Champions League as a player for Juventus and Borussia Dortmund has had an eventful start to a cycle.

On the one hand, he is praised for his innovative work philosophy and the changes he has promoted, but, on the other, he is contested by a small portion of the crowd, who rushed to boo him in his third official game for the red and black. .


Chelsea owner Abramovich hands over club management to foundation

Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea, holds the FIFA Club World Cup. Photo: Michael Regan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

BENGALURU, India (Reuters) – Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given the trustees of the London club’s charity foundation the management of the club, the Russian said on Saturday.

Abramovich, who bought the London club in 2003, said the foundation was in the “best position to look after the club’s interests”.

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“I’ve always seen my role as the club’s guardian, whose job it is to ensure we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities,” he said.

“I have always made decisions with the club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values.” Abramovich and Chelsea did not reveal the reasons behind the decision.

However, several Russian individuals and entities have been subject to sanctions by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after Moscow launched an invasion of Ukraine this week.

Abramovich has not yet been placed under any sanctions.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said on Friday that uncertainty over Abramovich’s future was weighing on the club ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final.


Weidle overcomes himself after a fall

Weidle overcomes himself after a fall

Vice World Champion Kira Weidle overcame her painful injuries after a spectacular training fall in the Alpine World Cup downhill run in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

The 26-year-old competed in the surprise victory of Swiss rider Priska Nufer on Sunday. The fact that Weidle finished 25th was secondary.

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The Olympic fourth-placed athlete had to do without the race on Saturday due to severe neck pain and bruises on her shins. Weidle had a bad fall in the final training session on Friday.

Hütter falls heavily
Nufer, who had never been on the podium in her career, won the race just 0.11 seconds ahead of Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic) and Italy’s Sofia Goggia (+0.23). Weidle was 1.80 seconds behind.

The three-time Olympic champion Ledecka won the downhill on Saturday ahead of Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway) and Cornelia Hütter (Austria). Hütter fell heavily on Sunday while lying in a promising position at the finish jump.

The all-rounder Ledecka had won gold in the parallel giant slalom of the snowboarders in Beijing for the second time after 2018. On the other hand, she was unable to repeat her sensational victory in the Super-G of the alpine ski racers in Pyeongchang.


Fluminense reserves shine in victory over Vasco and heat up title dispute

Ganso provided two assists in Fluminense’s victory over Vasco (PHOTO: LUCAS MERÇON / FLUMINENSE F.C.)

Fluminense extended the winning streak last Saturday, when they beat Vasco 2-0. Between the Libertadores debut and the return, this Tuesday in São Januário, the option was to activate the tricolor’s alternative team. In addition to the three points, the match served to highlight some players who have already been asking for passage, as is the case of Arias, Cano, Martinelli and Ganso. However, Abel Braga says that the rotation in the squad will be necessary and does not distinguish between reserves and holders.

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With Arias and Cano on the field, Fluminense scored six times, five of them in Carioca, almost half the number of goals the team scored in Carioca. In Libertadores, the Argentine marked the tricolor turn in Bogotá. In addition to guaranteeing victories, the duo manages to give agility to the attack and moves the plays, characteristics that Fred, Willian and Luiz Henrique have found it difficult to present. In a short time, the good phase of the attackers convinced part of the crowd, which asks for the South Americans in the starting lineup.

In between, fans are also asking for changes. Since the beginning of the season, Ganso had already been requested in the games, but was not triggered at first. However, the midfielder made his debut against Portuguesa and played a safe game, in which he managed the distribution of plays and helped the offensive transition. In the victory against Vasco, shirt 10 made a gala performance and gave the two assists for the goal.

After the victory over Portuguesa, Abel Braga confessed that he was intrigued by the performances of the three players, and left open the possibility of casting them in Libertadores. Arias, Cano and Ganso did not start, but played in the match. Last Saturday, the coach rejected the idea that Fluminense has a reserve team, but is prepared to compete in four competitions at the same level.

Today it was proved that there is no team A or B, Fluminense has two good teams to compete in many competitions in the year. That’s the way I see it. Some players start to stand out, others not so much, but that’s how it is. We are growing as a whole,” he said.

Another case is that of Martinelli, who lost his title under the command of Abel Braga. Even on the bench, the midfielder has been acting and has only not entered three rounds so far. Despite not having scored the net yet, Moleque de Xerém has stood out in the match and even helped the offensive sector when necessary.

Satisfied with the performance of the alternative team, Abel said that he can use some players in the decision against Millonarios. Cano is practically confirmed, since Fred is sidelined by injury in the tournament’s debut. In addition to the team’s top scorer, it is possible that highlights from the victories over Botafogo and Vasco will also be used.

Now we will analyze the group that played today until Monday, and it may be that on Tuesday we will put something from these people who played with great brilliance. It won’t be easy for us, we won because we played our way and we’re not going to change anything.


Joel Carli, from Botafogo, is very close to becoming a Brazilian citizen

Carli’s naturalization will ‘open’ another spot for a foreigner in the squad (Thiago Mendes / W9Press / Lancepress!)

Joel Carli’s identification with Botafogo and with national football is about to get even closer. Close to becoming the foreigner who most wore the alvinegra shirt in history, the Argentinian applied to the Federal Government to become a Brazilian citizen. The information was released by “Extra”.

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The defender has been at Botafogo since 2016. His cycle at the club was interrupted between June 2020 and March 2021, when he had a brief spell at Aldosivi-ARG). Therefore, Carli fulfills all the Federal Government’s prerequisites to proceed with the process, which are to reside in Brazil for an indefinite period for at least four years, to have the ability to communicate in Portuguese and not have a criminal conviction. In all, the process lasts about 60 days and should end in mid-April.

The action, which took place at the initiative of the defender himself, will be beneficial to John Textor’s plans. The future owner of the Botafogo SAF intends to hire foreign athletes for Alvinegro. In Brazil, a team can only take five players from outside the country to a match.

In addition to Carli, the Uruguayan Gatito Fernández also defends Botafogo. With the naturalization of the defender, the club would have four vacancies.

Carli is on the countdown to enter alvinegra history. With 178 games, the Argentine tends to become the foreigner who most wore the shirt of Botafogo. His compatriot Rodolfo Fischer, who played for the club from 1972 to 1976, is the leader.


Tite says he will leave the Brazilian national team after the World Cup

TIte will leave the Brazilian national team after the World Cup (Photo: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF)

Tite, coach of the Brazilian national team, admitted that he will leave the command of the team after the end of the World Cup in Qatar. In an interview with the program “Redação SporTV”, the commander stated that he does not like to be omitted and that he believes that this is the end of a cycle.

I am fully aware of my participation in my cycle. He goes to the end of the Worlds. We have to be natural to know about this sequence of work. It’s not the time to talk about it, but I don’t want to be omitted, it’s not my profile.

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The Brazilian team is classified for the World Cup in Qatar and will be the seed in the group draw. However, due to weather conditions, this year’s tournament will only start on November 21st and end on December 18th.

Next March, Tite will face Chile and Bolivia in the World Cup Qualifiers. In addition to these clashes, Brazil must face Argentina for the same tournament after the clash was suspended after the initial whistle by Anvisa professionals, who noticed irregularities in the presence of some Argentines who had arrived from England.


Who actually pays for Bavaria’s problem children?

Who actually pays for Bavaria’s problem children?

Thursday morning in Munich: Leon Goretzka enters the training ground on Säbener Strasse, even the sun sometimes shines through the clouds.

Everything is actually quite normal, with one small difference: the ball is sticking to the 27-year-old’s foot for the first time after weeks of abstinence, after weeks in which he only came to the pitch to jog.

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Goretzka has been struggling with problems with the patella tendon in his left knee for months and has had to postpone his comeback or at least his return to the training ground again and again.
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The reason: it still pinches in the knee, especially when “changing direction and in certain angles”, as he himself explained at the beginning of February.

This Thursday he can do a few easy pass exercises, then it’s time for the running shoes again. An exact comeback date? Still open.

According to SPORT1 information, those responsible hope to return in early April. Goretzka has not played a game since December 4th.

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Basketball star experiences horror: “Pushed me to the ground and choked me”

Basketball star experiences horror: “Pushed me to the ground and choked me”

Basketball player Alexandra Bunton has revealed that she suffered from domestic violence.

The 28-year-old spoke to the Daily Telegraph about her traumatic experiences: “He pinned me to the ground and choked me so that I almost passed out,” the Australian said.

Previously, she had merely asked her partner why his phone kept ringing.
Bunton, who finished runners-up with Australia in the summer of 2018, continued: “I cried. He asked me why I was crying and acted like he didn’t know what was happening.”

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She realized that things couldn’t go on under such conditions. The 28-year-old then photographed her bruises to have proof.

“He was charming in public. Privately, he checked the messages on my cell phone and urged me to resign,” the Australian recalled. Domestic violence even reached its peak during her pregnancy.

Her ex-boyfriend was eventually given a suspended sentence by a court in April 2021 on double counts of abuse and assault.

Today Bunton is active again as a player: “I was afraid of judgement, misunderstandings and the stigmatization of domestic violence. But I wanted to play again to find myself again.”


Professional contract! Bayern binds offensive jewel

Professional contract! Bayern binds offensive jewel

FC Bayern has extended the contract with attacking talent Gabriel Vidović.

As the German record champions announced on Wednesday, the Croatian U19 international has been tied to the club until 2025. “The new working paper of the 18-year-old offensive player will automatically be converted into a professional contract on July 1,” the club said in a statement.

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Vidović has been training regularly with head coach Julian Nagelsmann’s professional team since last autumn. He was in the squad for the first time in the game against RB Salzburg in the Champions League, but he still has to wait to play.

“He’s an outstanding footballer,” said Nagelsmann recently about the youngster. In the regional league he scored 12 goals in 20 games for the Munich second team this season. Seven assists were added, although the top scorer had been slowed down by injuries in the meantime.

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“Gabriel Vidović is a player who is technically very talented and creates a great goal threat from the gaps. He’s been with us for six years, received excellent training at the FC Bayern Campus and should take the next step with our pros,” explained Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić.

The player himself, who can be used both as a hanging striker and as a center forward, was very happy about the trust of the club and thanked everyone “who has accompanied me on my way so far. I know that this was only a small step, but I will do everything to be able to play for FC Bayern for a long time to come.”

Vidović came to FCB from FC Augsburg in 2016


Shaqiri follows up on Bosz

Shaqiri follows up on Bosz

Xherdan Shaqiri has spoken out about his problems with ex-coach Peter Bosz after joining Chicago Fire from Olympique Lyon.
“I really wanted to leave Lyon,” said the 30-year-old at his official introduction, adding: “There was something about the coach, tactically and personally, that I didn’t get along with him well.” The Switzerland international didn’t want to say more After all, he has “big goals here in Chicago.”

Shaqiri only moved from Liverpool to Olympique Lyon last summer. In his opinion, the former Munich player did not make enough appearances with the French. In eleven games in the league, the 30-year-old has scored two goals and provided three assists.
If he has his way, Shaqiri is at the peak of his creativity. He wants to “help bring back the glory days to Chicago.

With regard to the World Cup squad, there is no danger for the year-old: “This change means nothing for the national team! I see no reason why anything changes. I’m still looking forward to every squad and to reaching further milestones with the national team.”