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Alejandro Mark wins the Tower and wears yellow



Alejandro Mark wins the Tower and wears yellow

Tuna veteran General Tavira was surprised by the attack at Peñas da Saude, Mauricio Moreira was second and Abner Gonzalez was third.

Alejandro Marc, a 39-year-old Galician from Pontevedra, surprised him on the toughest Volta mountain in Portugal, an attack that saw him win by 1 minute 03 seconds over Mauricio Moreira (Efapel) and Abner Gonzalez (Movistar).

The mountain stage was marked by intense marking between the runners of the main teams, with the W52-FC Porto, who attacked a lot with Amaro Antunes, Yoni Brandau and João Rodrigues, without success in this strategy, as their best result was fourth place with Amaro Antunes, at 1 min 12 behind the Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Galician hotel.

Mark, winner of the 2013 Volta race, even lost contact with the group of favorites on the first slopes of Serra da Estrela, the pivotal point of the 170.3 km stage starting from Serta.

It was Luis Gomez of Kelly-Simoldes-UDO who started the climb with a group of fugitives, the first to make it clear that he could win. But the Tavira runner, having returned to the strongest, took advantage of a moderate pace to break out of Peñas da Saude when 10 km remained.

Since W52-FC Porto only launches attacks and Efapel always responds through Mauricio Moreira, who scored Amaro Antunes and João Rodrigues, and Frederico Figueiredo, who followed Joni Brandao, the group never had the right rhythm.

When Mark was defeated and then overtook Luis Gomes, he found a new yellow jersey. In the group were Mauricio Moreira, the time trial driver who made a sensational stage, and the young Abner Gonzalez, the best in the acceleration achieved at the finish, followed by Amaro Antunes and Gustavo Veloso, this other veteran of Tavira, who can discuss the final victory.

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Volta a Portugal has an unexpected favorite after arriving in Torre, Alejandro Marc, but the ranking is still wide open: the next nine runners are less than a minute apart.

The general classification has been ordered as follows:

1st Alejandro Mark (Hotel Tuna General-Tavira-Maria Nova), 13:16:14

2nd Mauricio Moreira (Efapel), 51 sec.

3rd place: Abner Gonzalez (Movistar), 1 min. 08 sec.

4th Gustavo Veloso (Hotel Tuna General-Tavira-Maria Nova), 1 min 09 sec.

5.º Yoni Brandau (W52-FC Porto), 1 min. 26 sec.

6.º Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto), mountains

7th Luis Gomez (Kelly-Simoldes-UDO), 1:30

8th João Rodrigues (W52-FC Porto), 13 min. 37 sec.

9.º Antonio Carvalho (Ephapel), mountain

10th Frederico Figueiredo (Ephapel), 1 min. 46 sec.

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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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