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Manish. “You can stop me completely and live off the fact that I won in football” – The Observer.



Manish.  “You can stop me completely and live off the fact that I won in football” - The Observer.

And that case with Costinha, after he wrote in the first edition of his book that it was he who tore Rui Jorge’s shirt in the Sporting dressing room, and not Mourinho, as they used to say? Have you already assumed that you were misled, that you had a passage removed from the following editions, but they were friends, you were even his deputy, and even then he sued you?
This situation shouldn’t have happened. It was the man who misled the book’s editor. I was in the dressing room, but I had no perception, I don’t remember, I don’t even know if I was in the shower or saw it and I let it go ahead. I also did not find such a relevant story, at least it could have been me. But it was not in a good way, I had to ask him first, it was a mistake. The editor refused. I automatically deleted the history. This process did not go well for me, and the editor put up with it. I was his assistant in Paços de Ferreira and Académica, but I did not identify with the work, I asked to leave, and from that moment there was no dialogue. I respect him as a person and a colleague, and he respects me.

But in the end, who tore Rui Jorge’s shirt?
I don’t even know now. Do not ask me to say anything more about this, otherwise I will still be sued (laughs).

Why have you never been a coach? Lack of vocation?
I have a profile, I have no psychological readiness to confront this situation. It takes a long time, I have to swallow a lot of frogs, often elephants, and I had to play football again 24 hours a day. And I don’t want that at this stage in my life. I turned to wine making, it takes less time, but this is also an occupation that I enjoy. I had this passion for several years, but when you play and drink a glass, people say that you drink two bottles, and if something goes wrong, they say that we drank until three in the morning (laughs more), so it couldn’t.

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If you became a coach, would your style be closer to Sergio Conceição or Ruben Amorim?
They want to call me arrogant again (laughs). To be successful today, you need two things: communication and human relationships. It should be part of the coach. And you need to be honest and loyal to the players. This is why many coaches do not succeed, because more and more the player ceases to be the dumb player he used to think, who does not think about things. He knows how to speak, he knows how to communicate, he asks the coach’s opinion, he wants to learn, and he must adapt to this new reality, he must change the chip. Many simulators fail because they don’t change the chip. A coach who was a player cannot be just another player, he cannot give examples from the past, because through social networks you know everything that happened, what you did, how you did it, what kind of car you have, whether you have you wear a tie, shorts or slippers. It will be a mixture of Mourinho and Sergio Conceisau, as well as my personality, because we have our own personal imprint. And also a bit of Pepa, the cautious coach who knows what he wants, who surpasses no one in order to succeed. Ruben Amorim also communicates very well, he has good training methods.

Do you think Porto lasted until Sergio Conceição and Sergio Conceição remained? Or is there already some wear and tear?
No wear and tear. There is a project. FC Porto has had a project for four years now and has extended it for another three with Sergio Conceição. This proves that there is a line that the club wants: victory, which is always the hallmark of this house; but at the same time, empowering, empowering talented young people, gradually including them in the team, or some of them translating them for very high values. Today, the market, in addition to experience and titles, requires these players to move to other levels, and then monetize for sale. We are talking about a coach who has already won titles, has financially increased FC Porto’s treasury by 230 million in these four years, which is a lot for a club that has had a lot of financial problems and now allows him to hire the players he wants. team. He is a coach who knows the house, knows the city, identifies with the fans. Without forgetting Pedroto or Arthur Jorge, Porto did not have a coach with the same enigma that was as associated with the club as Sergio Conceição.

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There is no doubt about Ruben Amorim, he is a champion. And Lord, should I leave Benfica after this time?
Clubs cannot change coaches year after year when things go wrong. It is unstable. Benfica has invested a lot of money this season, invested in players who probably didn’t adapt, not everything went well for them. With the investment in it, Benfica would have to win the titles, that didn’t happen, and when that is the case, everything is at stake. It so happened that half of the players did not sign Jesus. Of course, the responsibility always rests with him, he is the leader, he is the one who makes the players play. But, from my point of view, the scouting was done poorly, and now we have to draw conclusions from what went wrong and improve this season, which will be decisive. Benfica cannot make mistakes on the transition.

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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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