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Ruben Ribeiro: “I was attacked at work in Alcochete”



Ruben Ribeiro: "I was attacked at work in Alcochete"

At the age of 33, after a great season in Turkey for Hatayspor, Ruben Ribeiro is energized in Portugal and looks forward to the next season with boyish ambitions. He does not know where he will play, but intends to fight for titles and continue to rejoice on the field. An ordinary friend with the ball.

In this part of a large interview with BigfootballRuben returns to the dark days of the Alcochete invasion and details what the family went through until the day he decided to terminate his contract with Sporting. A strong and emotional testimony, lived three years after a terrible day at the Leonin Academy.

PART II: “I won in court and I have nothing to pay Sporting.”

PART I: “I spent the club world championship in tears because I could not play”

PART III: “I spoke with President Vieira the day I signed with Sporting.”

Maysfootball – Are there any fears in the Sporting dressing room that something bad might happen in Alcochet?

Ruben Ribeiro Yes, we felt that something might happen. There was a bad episode with a group of fans almost every week. I’m sorry. Even the group’s conversations with the president were bad. We didn’t have peace. We knew that things would go wrong, but no one could have guessed that something so serious would happen. But it happened. I remember talking in the locker room about a message being circulated that said supporters had our addresses and car numbers.

MF – Was your family with Ruben?

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R.R. – Yes, because I thought many times that I would stay there. This was the idea. We lived at home in Montijo with Bruno Fernandez. We always went to training together. Bruno is really one of those good people, the brother I won in football. I am very happy with what he is going through, he is an example of a player and a friend. He earned the title of Sporting Champion. I have already said that he can come and compete for the Ballon d’Or, and I keep this idea.

MF – Were you attacked during the invasion of Alcochete?

R.R. – Yes, it was. One of the invaders pressed on me. And he was not a little boy. We were preparing for training. I remember pulling on my boots and starting to hear screams. My family has experienced horrors. The wife began to imagine that she was being followed. And we still had to go and play in the Portuguese Cup final. Someone wanted to play, someone didn’t want to, someone wanted to leave right away. We trained once at Jamora and played.

MF – When did you decide to continue with good reason?

R.R. – First, I talked to my family, and we decided that there were no security conditions for us in Lisbon. What happened and what could happen. My kids were threatened in high school. This was the limit. I felt that there were no conditions. I’m sorry because I would like to continue. If I had a coach with Ruben Amorim, I could still work at Sporting. Young, ambitious, smart, he values ​​his players and makes the team play the way he likes. This Sporting has nothing to do with Sporting, which I have met. I was attacked at work. There is no money to pay for the fear that I saw in the eyes of my family. I refused Porto and Benfica to play for Sporting, and then I had to go back to zero. Spend six months in Dubai without being able to play.

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MF – He never had an opportunity on the national team.

R.R. – I’ve never tried it. Most of all I focused on getting into a big team. Once I got there, I had to play and give up. Did not happen. At that distance, I think if I had stayed on Rio Avenue until the summer of 2018 and played the way I played, I would need a call from the national team. [para o Mundial da Rússia]… I never went to the national teams, not even to the Porto District team. Who wouldn’t want to play in the European and World Championships? Did not happen.

MF – What else does Ruben expect from football at 33?

R.R. – I want to be healthy, not have injuries and represent clubs that are fighting for titles. I had a great year in Turkey, I was one of the best midfielders in the championship. I was very inspired by Costinha and Bruno Fernandez, two great recommendations for me. “6” and “8”. I never thought about these positions, but the coach asked me, and I understood the moment of the team. I helped to help me. I’m still hungry for the game, the ball. This pose should be like this. Always aim for a high rating. I found my year in the Turkish league very interesting and exceeded my expectations. We beat Galatasaray and scored a goal, these games motivate me very much. I treat myself well, take good care of my body, rest and eat, so I can play for a few more years at a good level.

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″I couldn’t leave without winning this award″



″I couldn't leave without winning this award″

Statements from Otavio, the player of FC Porto, who this Monday received the Golden Dragon as Footballer of the Year.

Speech: “I thought and I didn’t say anything that I thought. It happened by itself, I’m very happy, I was looking for [o prémio] a lot of time. I saw others, I couldn’t leave without winning this prize. Thank God I won and now it’s time to make the most of it.”

Did you tell the President that you want the Golden Dragon? “I never commented, asking for an award was not my style, it was deserved, I was very happy, many could have won. I am very happy”.

Feeling: “This is something to be proud of, this is the best person in the club, everyone wants to win, this will go down in history. It will be kept under lock and key in the museum that I have. It will get worse.” , nothing will come of it, it will be well stored.

Gala: “It’s always great, because of covid-19, the gala concert has not been held for many years. It is always special, everyone wants to be part of the gala concert. Being a dragonado, he is even more special. We did a good job and this is proof.”

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″Most competitive costume required, Pepe’s costume″



″Most competitive costume required, Pepe's costume″

Statements by Sergio Conceiçao after receiving the Golden Coach of the Year award at the Golden Dragons Gala

Golden Dragon cost: “I represent many people in this Golden Dragon. The first time I went to Olival with the president in 2017, he named the four essential pillars of FC Porto: rigor, competence, ambition and passion. Looking at it and being with it every day. My players, who don’t usually wear a formal suit as they do today, but the most competitive suit that is required, which is Pepe’s suit, give me great joy when I get up and go to work.”

Technical team and others: “With a super competent technical team, a health department, where there is not only Dr. Nelson Puga and therapists, but also an optometrist, pedologist, a number of people who work daily so that the players do not miss anything. and so that year after year they can get better and win, which is what we want.”

Techniques: “Victory. Not forgetting the people in the kitchen, in the restaurant, the people involved in analysis and observation, the equipment technicians, because today everyone is a technician… [risos]🇧🇷 Lawn techniques too, because I am very picky about the height of the lawn. I think that every detail is important and matters. Finally, a number of people who contribute to making this possible. This is not mine, this belongs to the people of Olival, who are always led by our great, my friend and godfather, the president.”

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A family: “Finally, to paraphrase our Gonzalinho [Borges], I want to dedicate it completely to my family, which is not easy, and parents, as always. Not being among us, they will certainly be very proud, not least because they have received two more extremely important people in the life of the club and that together they are up there watching us so that FC Porto becomes bigger , was getting better. , become stronger and win. And let’s keep it up. Is always. Because we deserve it. We are also honest, serious, dedicated and competent workers.”

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BALL – Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)



BALL - Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

Portuguese football has reason to rejoice as two more world champions will enter the national stages, the first to win the title as part of the Portuguese team, the only ones on the field yesterday, in Qatar, among 35 players who play in one of the top five leagues in the world, so called big 5.

Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old midfielder, and Nicolás Otamendi, 34-year-old central defender, played 120 minutes for Argentina. would advance to the Argentine penalty as Montiel quickly put an end to doubts – and represented not only Benfica in the list of clubs of great prestige, but also a league of lesser expression, such as the Portuguese, the only one of the less media and powerful ones that had players in the final.

Neither in the starting lineup (see tables), nor in the 13 options used by the coaches – Montiel (Sevilla), Pezzella (Betis), Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter) and Dybala (Roma) entered Argentina, from the French side they were also called Disasi (Monaco), Conate (Liverpool), Fofana (Monaco), Camavinga (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bavaria), Muani (Eintracht) and Thuram (Borussia). M’gladbach) – if they found other players who didn’t play in the leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France or Germany, that’s a clear sign of where the money and power come from to attract great players.
Some, like Enzo and Otamendi, are just over the top.ig 5 – if the midfielder was already in vogue among the richest in Europe, followed by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others, now that he has won the World Cup and the best young player trophy in the competition … – but they shine enough to guarantee yourself a place in the best team in the world.

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