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A BOLA – Khedira: “A phone call from Mourinho changed my life” (Real Madrid)

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A BOLA - Khedira: “A phone call from Mourinho changed my life” (Real Madrid)

Sami Khedira, who withdrew from the competition at the end of this season, remembered the moment he got a call from Jose Mourinho that changed his life forever.

“I remember very well. Spain just kicked us out of the World Cup in South Africa and was disappointed. We were all very sad because this generation deserved an end. I was delighted, it didn’t get out of my head, and suddenly they called me. “Sami, Real Madrid are interested in you and Mourinho will call you.” I thought it was a joke. I didn’t have enough head for this. He insisted: “Mourinho will call you. You are going to Real Madrid. I was very nervous and worried about English, because at that time I did not know fluently and was even worse … Mourinho called me and asked if we could speak the text! He laughed and said yes. He told me that he wants me to be at Real Madrid. And this conversation changed my career. Mourinho is the best thing that has ever happened to me, “the former midfielder admitted in an interview with the TV channel. Brand

Then he was coached by Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid: “He was completely different from Mourinho. I continued to develop with him, but I played differently. He strengthened my self-confidence, wanted me to play closer to the zone and thus score more goals. He conceived the team as a family and took care of everyone. “

Khedira played for the Madrid emblem from 2010 to 2015.

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BALL – “Ronaldo acts like a diva” (Manchester United)

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At 63, after a career marked by passing through clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham, former player Garth Crooks is currently a commentator on BBCwhere he usually selects his Premier League team of the week.

On UK TV, Garth Crookes ended up putting Bruno Fernandes and José Sa in their elevens in the final round and despite not being part of the team Red Devils In the match against Aston Villa, the former player left a sharp criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Since returning to United, Ronaldo has been acting like a diva. He may be the star of the team, but he always hesitates when things don’t go according to his plan, giving the impression that the public’s complaints do not come from him, but from his teammates. I expect more from a player like him. Scoring goals is not the most important thing, ”said the former player.

Garth Crookes pointed the finger at the Portuguese’s management, also saying that CR7’s attitude should be different as United are in a different situation than the one the national team captain found at Juventus and Real Madrid: “Ronaldo is no longer at ” Real Madrid or Juventus, teams that easily won titles. He plays for Manchester United, a respected team that is struggling. Teammates look up to him not only for goals, but for leadership,” he said in statements to BBC.

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THE BALL – Team with the most goals in Europe (England)

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Fulham of the Championship (English second tier) are the team with the most goals in the European leagues, with 64 shots in 25 games. The Germans from Bayern Munich (61), the Dutch from Ajax (59), the English from Liverpool (55) and the Moldovans from Sheriff (55) follow the list, with Benfica in 9th place. (50).

Only in peripheral countries, the championships of which have already been completed (seasons correspond to calendar years), did teams have more goals: Klaksvik (99) and HB (87) from the Faroe Islands, Flora (85), Levadia ( 77 goals). ) and Paide (66) from Estonia, Dinamo Batumi (73) from Georgia, Molde (70) and Ålesund (68) from Norway and Rigas (65) from Estonia.

Serb Aleksandar Mitrovic (27 goals in 24 games), Welshman Harry Wilson (8/22), Congolese Neeskens Kebano (23/07) and Englishman of Portuguese origin Fabio Carvalho (15/05) contributed the most to the team’s 64 goals in the English second league. ).

Fulham have only failed to score in three league rounds: Blackpool (day 6, away), Derby County (19th, at home) and Sheffield United (23rd, at home). They also have four wins in 25 games: 6-2 v Bristol City (Day 27, home), 7-0 v Reading (25, away), 7-0 v Blackburn Rovers » (16, away) and 5:1. against Huddersfield (2, out).

The second team with the most goals in the league is Blackburn with 44 goals but only one defeat (5-1 to Cardiff).

In other competitions in which they participate, summer residents scored three more goals in three games: 1-0 to Bristol City in the FA Cup and 2-0 to Birmingham in the League Cup, knocked out of that tournament by Leeds (0-0, 5-6 on penalty).

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However, the London team has benefited from playing far more games than most other European teams (Leagues I and II) as they have already played 25 out of 46 games, while Sheriff (17 games), Benfica ( 18), Bayern (19), Dortmund (19), Ajax (19), Liverpool (21), Inter (21), Manchester City (22) and Volendam (22) play far from the same matches. With 55 goals in 17 games, Moldavians from Sheriff thus have the best average in Europe with 3.23 goals per game, surpassing, among other things, the Germans from Bayern Munich (3.21).

Benfica, with 2.78 goals per game, ranks sixth on average in Europe on a list that also includes Porto (48 goals in 18 games) with 2.67 goals per game.

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″The future leaves us with a centralization designed specifically for FC Porto″

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The former leader and presidential candidate speaks of the leader’s “flagrant unpreparedness”.

The candidate defeated by Luis Filipe Vieira in the 2020 elections, Rui Gomes da Silva, this Monday launched a vicious attack on Rui Costa, who was elected in October 2021. “By Rui Costa, emphasizing that despite the “brilliant and inspiring work in four lines” it is “beyond their vulgar and boring character.”

In a text published on the Nova Geração Benfica blog titled “Benfica: disoriented, aimless and unfocused”, Rui Gomes da Silva predicts a dark future for the Eagles, the result of the “centralization of television rights adapted to FC Porto” and that “Benfica” , the main source of income from this contract, will not mind being devalued,” guessing also about the “new concrete project”: “New auditions and possibly new arrests in a few years.”

Rui Gomes da Silva emphasizes that “Benfica’s daily scandals will only cease to affect them when these obligations are exhausted and the perpetrators disappear, once and on the evil face in the newspapers, when he represents the same interests of the vulture abroad and, surprisingly, shares the same interests. the network of friendships and home visits that dominated Vieira.”

Promising to “fight all this as long as he has the strength,” the former leader, who refers to Rui Costa as a president “without a future,” shoots: “Either this path is urgently reversed, or we will move inexorably towards new elections. unfortunately, in a much shorter period of time than the partners imagine.”

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