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Thelma Monteiro dreams of a new podium on the decisive day for handball

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At 33 years old, João Pereira wants to show in Japan that the fifth place in the triathlon in Rio 2016 was not accidental, like the silver in the 2019 European Championships.

Judoka Thelma Monteiro is currently seeking her second Olympic podium in Tokyo 2020, a day when triathlon can surprise and the handball team will face a crucial challenge in their quest for the Games.

At 35 years old and in her fifth Olympic run, the one who is considered the best Portuguese judoka of all time will try to return to the podium and thus repeat the feat of Rio 2016, when she won bronze in the weight category up to 57 kg. category.

It is on the tatami mats of the mythical Nippon Budokan Pavilion, home of Japanese martial arts, that the 10th place in the world ranking will begin its journey against the Ivorian Ivorian Zuleiha Abzetta Dubonne, 38th, from 11:00 (3:00 in Lisbon).

In case of victory, the flag-bearer of Portugal, together with Nelson Evora, will fight the winner of the fight between the “old acquaintances” – the Pole Julia Kovalczyk (14th place), who fought once and won, and the Hungarian Hedwig Caracas (12th), with whom he has the asset has seven wins in nine fights.

If she makes it to the quarterfinals, the Portuguese are likely to find Canadian Jessica Klimkait, the world leader in her category, and Thelma has never won three matches.

At 33 years old, João Pereira wants to show in Japan that the fifth place in the triathlon in Rio 2016 was not accidental, like the silver in the 2019 European Championships.

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A year younger, João Silva’s best result is ninth place in London 2012 (he was 35th in Brazil) and days of inspiration like those that brought him silver at the 1st European Games in Baku in 2015.

After a false start in Group B, losing 37:31 to Egypt in the first official Portuguese pavilion collective game at the Olympics, Portugal has no room for error against Bahrain, which almost surprised Sweden with a 32:31 loss.

At Yoyogi National Stadium, Paulo Pereira’s students must win to try to get into the top four of the six teams to advance to the quarterfinals.

In surfing, debuting at the Olympics, Teresa Bonvalot and Yolanda Sequeira are already in the third round, and at least the Olympic diploma reserved for the top eight could start materializing on Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba.

Bonvalo competes to reach the quarterfinals with experienced Brazilian Sylvanas Lima, 36, world runner-up in 2008 and 2009, starting at 10:00 (02:00).

Yolanda’s rival will be Johanna Defay, the first Frenchwoman to conquer the world of surfing and currently ranked second in the hierarchy after the American Karissa Moore.

In table tennis, Thiago Apolonia, 57th in the Olympic rankings, starts at 10:00 (02:00) the second round with his 29th famous Indian Kamal Achanta, a former teammate in India where they became champions.

In Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Fu Yu (55th) takes part in the second round against Sutirthi Mukherjee from India (100th), while Marcos Freitas (24th) only starts in the third round against Austrian Daniel Habeson ( 48th).).

In swimming, Tamila Golub and Diana Durains are competing in the 1500m qualifying races, trying to set a new national record, qualifying for the top 8 finals, which is more challenging.

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Carolina Joao competes in the third and fourth races in the Laser Radial sailing class, in which she is 37th with 66 points, after the 24-year-old amateur finished 32nd and 34th in the first races.

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″Enzo deserved the goal, he is an amazing kid″

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″Enzo deserved the goal, he is an amazing kid″

The Argentina captain was named man of the match after he opened the scoring in the 64th minute and helped the Benfica midfielder score Albiceleste’s second goal.

Lionel Messi said on Saturday that Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez is a “great kid” and that he deserves the “goal” he scored against Mexico to secure Argentina’s 2-0 Group C triumph at the 2022 World Cup.

“I know Enzo very well, both here in the national team and against him in the Champions League. [pelo Paris Saint-Germain]🇧🇷 He deserves it because he is an amazing guy, a very important player for us. I am very happy for him and for us, because [o golo dele] it gave us peace of mind in the game,” Messi said at the press conference after the match.

The Argentina captain was voted man of the match after opening the scoring in the 64th minute and helping the Benfica midfielder score the second goal for Albiceleste, who made their World Cup debut with a surprise 2-1 draw against Saudi Arabia.

“We did not expect to start the World Cup with a defeat. We wanted to turn the tide. We knew it was important to win because if we didn’t win the situation would be very difficult, we would be back in the race. [pelo apuramento para os oitavos de final]🇧🇷 The victory was a relief for the whole team, because we again relied on ourselves,” he said.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who scored his eighth goal in 21 World Cup games, admitted that the first half against the Mexicans “was difficult”, but in the second half the Argentines began to “possess the ball”. ball, find places between the lines and get closer to the court.

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“Enzo’s great goal ended the match and now we can face the game against Poland in a different way,” the Argentine international concluded.

Shortly before this, the Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni also praised the game of the Benfica midfielder, who came on as a substitute for Guido Rodriguez in the second half.

“Enzo has a good pass between the lines and very good distribution and variety of play. He has this line pass that skips a line or two and finds players like Leo. [Messi], Di Maria, Mac Allister. Before that, we did a lot of horizontal passes,” the coach said at a press conference.

Argentina, which would have been relegated if defeated, beat Mexico 2-0 today with goals from Benfica’s Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez in their Group C second round match played in Lusail.

In the standings, the South Americans, champions of 1978 and 1986, moved up to second place with three points, one behind Poland and the same three Asians, losing 2-0 to the Poles, with the Mexicans in last place. , general.

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

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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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