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Arnautovic and the gesture of discord in North Macedonia-Austria: “I am not a racist!”

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North Macedonia demands punishment for Austrian defending himself on social media.

Marko Arnautovic’s gesture in honor of Austria’s third goal is controversial and has already led North Macedonia to demand punishment for the player.

The gesture made by the striker towards Ezgyan Alioski caused a more violent reaction among the players and is interpreted as nationalist and racist, which deserved the position of the Macedonian federation. “We strongly condemn the nationalist attack by Austrian Marko Arnautovic after scoring a goal against Macedonia against Macedonian player Ezcan Alioski. At the same time, we would like to inform you that we have sent an official letter to UEFA demanding the most severe punishment for Marko Arnautovic. As the House of Football, we are always against nationalism, discrimination and all kinds of insults that do not correspond to the spirit of football and the values ​​for which we are fighting. We will always stand up and defend our interests and the dignity of the Macedonian players, no matter how they play, ”the North Macedonian Federation said in a statement.

On social media, Arnautovic wrote: “Among the emotions of the game, there was a hotter exchange of words for which I want to apologize, especially to my friends from North Macedonia and Albania. But I want to make one thing clear: I AM NOT RACIST! I have friends in almost every country in the world, and I am an advocate of diversity. Everyone who knows me knows this. “

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Arnautovic, despite being Austrian, is the son of a Serb father. Alioski is of Albanian origin and the historical tensions between the two countries are well known.

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BALL – “I allow some exaggerations, but they are part of me” (FC Porto)

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BALL - "I allow some exaggerations, but they are part of me" (FC Porto)

Sergio Conceição, coach of FC Porto, gathered this Saturday to pay tribute to the team of Les, the club to which he was loaned by the Dragons in his second season as a senior, who won in 1994/1995 2nd League.

The technician was asked if Lesa had a thirst for victory with winning the first title. “That will to win is built, it comes little by little from everyone, then it is reinforced by all the vicissitudes of life. I can’t deny that everything difficult that happened to me in life was important for me to have the character that I have today and be the person that I am deep down. I admit it sometimes with some exaggeration, but it’s part of who I am as a person,” he said.

Sergio Conceição recognized the great importance in his life of Joaquim Teixeira, his coach at the time.

“I was lucky that he was a coach at a very important stage in my life. In a difficult moment, according to everything that is known at the family level, he was a very important person, as a coach he was weak (laughs), as a man continues to be a spectacular personality. I also caught him at Porto, he was an assistant to António Oliveira, he was also with me in the national team, we always had a very strong contact, affection and friendship. I have followed his family and personal journey, he is a friend. And friends, no matter what they do, always remain friends, the most important people after the family,” he commented.

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Former Porto striker Fernando Gomes has died.

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Former Porto striker Fernando Gomes has died.

Porto’s top scorer has died. Only the goals and eternal passion of the most prestigious of all dragons, one of the great figures of the club renewal stream of the 1970s and 1980s, remain.

Fernando Gomes was not the best player in the history of Porto. He was the most symbolic of all. With due respect to Pinga, Araujo, Falcao or Jardel, Gomes was the greatest goalscorer in the annals of Porto and in that capacity also the flag bearer of the emancipation of the club and the revolution in football and Portuguese sport. He left very young, at the age of 66. He leaves a work that perpetuates him. This is a legend.

It was a lightning-fast cancer that claimed one of Porto’s greatest idols, twice top scorer in all European Championships. That is why he became famous and forever remembered as the golden “bibot”, a nickname that naturally stuck with him and which everyone, including himself, acquired already in the lullaby of baptism.

Whether he was from early childhood or not, it is certain that the “bibota” soon showed an irresistible craving for goals and goals. He arrived at FC Porto at the age of 14 after having completed the street and district football route which at the time filtered out the best. At Constitution and Antas, Antonio Feliciano and Costa Soares, two top-notch coaches, soon saw what they had there. Rare gem. For three seasons in a row, Fernando Gomes was the champion, among youth and among juniors. He scored hundreds of goals and came of age before the age of 18.

It still smelled like April, on September 8, 1974, when Brazilian coach Aymore Moreira gave the 17-year-old an alternative in the FC Porto first team, in the heart of the Estádio das Antas stadium. And what a debut! He scored two goals that defeated CUF (2-1). And those were just the first two of 419 “orgasms,” as he called them. And then the pawn got acquainted with the unique celebration of the debutante, with an impulse to the net and into the arms of the fans, with such a physiological and well-described act as the maximum degree of copulation with the ball.

The enactment was repeated again and again, again and again, and always with new excitement. There were 419 banderillos in 17 years of professional career. During his 13 years at Porto, he became the top scorer in the club’s history with 354 accurate shots. He played for two years (1980-82) in Spain, for Gijón, and scored 16 goals there in 33 games and between multiple injuries before returning for a second spell at Porto and making some saves. He ended his career with Sporting CP (1989–91), for which he scored 38 goals in 79 games. He still scored 11 goals in 47 caps.

With a remarkable variety of resources, above all a unique heading technique, Gomes was a six-time winner of the Bola de Prata award, which is awarded to the top scorer of the championship, he was a predator of the area, endowed with an unmistakable flair. “My mission was not to score beautiful goals, but to score,” he himself said in one of the last interviews given to JN on the day he celebrated his 60th birthday.

At that time, in the 1970s and 1980s, which preceded the advent of television, that box that also changed football, and also preceded the adoption of the super-liberal Bosman law, in those glorious days of radio, Amaro reporting and Quadrante Norte also became the star of Porto. Gomes not only scored in series but was also a very charismatic playmaker. A trendy haircut, hair blowing in the wind, in this “pop-rock” air made thousands and thousands of new players of Porto, in the rallying of the community that destroyed the Andradesh complex and made Dragao a symbol of world football.

Because all this is the heritage of a great champion – world champion, European champion, five-time national champion, three super cups, three cups, one European super cup … – and a symbol of identity that FC Porto and Portuguese football have lost. .

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″The six of FC Porto do not concede at the World Cup, like our injured players″

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″The six of FC Porto do not concede at the World Cup, like our injured players″

Statements by coach Ricardo Sousa after the League Cup match against Porto Mafra (2:2)

About the game: “As I said before the game, we did not come here to put the bus in front of the goal and expect miracles. We tried to be a team with principles. We have them only because my team has the quality so that we have them. We tried to share the game with Porto on an equal footing. We managed to go into the break with a two-goal lead, a comfortable lead.”

The second part: “Unfortunately Porto managed to get 2-1 in the first three minutes and we knew we were going to suffer a bit from now on. Porto have a lot of solutions and a lot of quality. They created a lot of difficulties for us.”

Draw: “They managed to make it 2-2 and we defended as best we could. As a result, I remove the attitude towards this game, it praises what they showed and what they wanted. There are boys here who deserve a lot, and today they showed that they have the quality for so much more.”

surprise: “In the end, we were surprised, and a sign of this was the score 0-2 at half-time. There were two of them, and we had one more situation to score. In the first half, Porto only seemed to get one shot on goal. “We had a good first half, but we played at home against the national champions. We are a second league team and I think Porto have six players in the World Cup. We have six injuries. Maybe the six we have.” Porto “is not as necessary at the World Cup as those that we have injuries.”

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