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A BOLA – Cristiano Ronaldo with zero goal against Germany, but nine against Neuer (national team)



A BOLA - Cristiano Ronaldo with zero goal against Germany, but nine against Neuer (national team)

For each fact, there can be more than one truth of analysis. It always depends on the angle from which we look at it. Ronaldo has never scored against Germany. This is true, and the German journalists we encounter keep repeating. Whenever Portugal and Germany met each other, Neuer always opposed the imposing Ronaldo.

Yes it’s true. The captain of the national team met with team four times, always in the final stages of major international tournaments, without scoring a goal. This was the case at the 2006 World Cup (1-3), at Euro 2008 (2-3), at Euro 2012 (0-1) and at the 2014 World Cup (0-4). CR7 spent 360 minutes on the pitch and did not score a single goal. Yes it’s true. Even with the Germans, nothing happened. Yes it’s true.

But, like almost everything in life, there is another angle of analysis. And this is now associated with Manuel Neuer, the starting goalkeeper of the German national team: 35 years old, 1.93 m tall, world champion in 2014 and 101 games for AA. Well, Ronaldo scored at least nine (!) Goals for him.

Yes, it’s true: nine. Or nineif Neuer has access to this text. The saga began on 25 April 2012 in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals Real Madrid-Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu (2-1). CR7 scored after 6 minutes from the penalty spot. Eight minutes later, the second goal after Ozil’s cross.

A little over two years later, on 29 April 2014, two more goals were scored by Bayern Munich in the return semifinal match at the Allianz Arena (4-0). De Neuer. Madrid scored twice before the 20th minute, and then, in the 34th and 90th minutes, Ronaldo returned to the stage. 3-0? Like this: super-fast counterattack, good Benzema work, Bale’s acceleration and assistance, an easy finish for CR7. 4-0? Like this: a free kick with the ball passing under the barrier.

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Three more years and on 12 April 2017 in the first match of the Champions League quarterfinals again at the Allianz Arena (2: 1). Bayern were winning 1-0 when the Portuguese were back at the top level. 1-1? Like this (47 ‘): Carvajal’s cross, CR7’s right foot, hammering the ball into Neuer’s net. 1-2? Like this (77 ‘): Asensio’s cross, CR7’s right goal.

Six days later, on 18 April 2017, Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick against Neuer at Real Madrid-Bayern (4-2): 1-1? Like this: a cross from Carvajal, and a head to Ronaldo (76 ‘). 2-2? Like this: cross by Marco Asensio, left goal (104 ‘). 3-2? Like this: pass to Marcelo, defense of Ronaldo (109 ‘).

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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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