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BALL – Late return of Otamendi and Lucas gives Jesus reason to think (Benfica)

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Jorge Jesus has had a lot to think about in recent days, dealing with the dilemma he faced in Saturday’s Azores game against Santa Clara, given the context of the late returns of Nicolas Otamendi and Lucas Verissimo from their respective teams.

Argentine and Brazilian center-backs play early Friday morning in next year’s World Cup qualifiers, which will see the American champions face Bolivia in Buenos Aires, a game that starts at midnight with Portuguese and Brazil takes the field an hour later. against Peru, at the Arena Pernambuco.

If, in the case of Otamendi, the return to Portugal does take place on Friday, Lucas Verissimo will only return to Portugal at dawn on Saturday, and the game in the Azores is scheduled for 17:00 (18 on mainland) and, after returning to Lisbon, when two players still need to fly to San Miguel. So the doubt is more than legitimate: will they be able to withstand the grueling crossing of the Atlantic, and then almost for a while, the trip to the Azores, which will be used by Jorge Jesus?

In addition, a trip to Kiev will take place shortly thereafter for the Champions League group stage debut, knowing that Lucas Verissimo will not be able to serve his sentence after being sent off against PSV in Eindhoven. A context that doesn’t completely alienate him from Saturday’s play. But it is also necessary to take into account the need to recover from the efforts of the game against Peru, in which, moreover, it guaranteed property rights. This is due to the fact that Marquinhos, PSG defender / midfielder, was supposed to play in the penalty match with Argentina, but the suspension of the game and the resulting confusion, which has yet to be resolved, forced the Brazilian Football Confederation not to take risks and not consider the player. for a match against Peru, in which Marquinhos, who by that time had already been relieved of his job, would carry out the punishment he had to inflict against Argentina, thereby leaving a clear path for the debut (under the conditions …) of Lucas Veríssimo.

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A central issue at a time when the pivot was also a virtue for this positive start to the season. Moreover, it is enough to remember that in terms of defense, as far as the championship is concerned, this is the second best start for the Eagles, also under the command of Jorge Jesus, with only two goals conceded after the first four rounds. A defensive balance that Jorge Jesus wants to maintain despite his still-lingering doubts.

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A BOLA – “Benefiting Benfica? I have been a fan of Sporting since birth ”(Russia)

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This Thursday the former Portuguese referee was officially introduced as the new chairman of the referee commission of the Russian Football Federation with a contract for the next two years.

“Working in Russian football is a new challenge for me, and I want to thank the president of the federation for the opportunity he gave me. Russian refereeing, both male and female, has enormous potential, which we must take advantage of. We have a lot of work ahead of us, ”said Vitor Pereira.

During the presentation, when asked by a Russian journalist about the alleged scandal in which he participated in Portugal to pressure the referees to give preference to Benfica, Vitor Pereira said: “I am a fan of Sporting, Benfica’s main enemy since I was born”. he said.

Vitor Pereira has been a referee in Portugal for 23 seasons and has been a member of the UEFA headquarters for 11 years, during which time he directed 104 international matches, 24 of which in the Champions League. He competed in the 1998 World Championships in France, 2002 in South Korea and Japan, and the 2000 European Championships in Belgium and the Netherlands. He also competed in three continental finals (Super Cup, UEFA Cup and Intertoto Cup). He was a member of the UEFA Refereeing Committee and led the refereeing sector in the federations of Portugal (from 2011 to 2016), Greece (from 2017 to 2020) and the Czech Republic, where he has been since the end of 2020, that is, for less than a year. proposed by UEFA, as happened in Greece. He also took part in the Brazilian Federation project.

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A BOLA – Government may prohibit bookmaker sponsorship (England)

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The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that the British government is examining the possibility of banning betting companies from advertising on Premier League jerseys.

“We’re pretty sure that this ad on the front of the T-shirts will end. Everyone is expecting this, ”said a source close to the process, and said the measure is part of a review of the rate law due this winter.

Banning bookmaker billboards as well as TV ads is also part of the proposal, but it is unlikely to be approved at this first stage, always according to the same source.

This season, the Premier League has nine clubs with the bookmaker’s logo on the front of the jersey, as well as six championship clubs (Ligue 2 equivalent). The total cost of the sponsorship will be around 100 million euros.

In Portugal, this type of sponsor was also a source of income: 11 of the League’s 18 clubs had the name of the bookmaker on the front of the jersey (Belenenses SAD, Boavista, Estoril, Famalicão, Marítimo, Moreirense, Paços de Ferreira, Santa Clara, SC Braga, Sporting and V. Guimaraes).

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VIDEO: Benzema beat Ronaldo and Messi started in Spain

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Karim Benzema at 33 is better than ever. The French striker, who has completed his 13th season at Real Madrid, set a new scoring record in his first six league games this Wednesday, beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

In the defeat of Real Madrid against Mallorca (6: 1)Benzema scored two goals and made two assists. He has thus far scored eight goals and seven assists in the competition for a total of 15 attacks with decisive intervention, surpassing the records of Ronaldo in 2014/15 (14:13 goals and 1 assist) and Messi. in the 2010/11 season (13: 8 goals and 5 assists).

Born in Palma and revealed in Mallorca, Marco Anencio was another standout character in the match, scoring a hat-trick against his heart’s team.

Meanwhile, Lee Kang Ying scored the honorable goal of the guests. Isco already recorded the final result in the 84th minute.

Rodrigo Battaglia, the loaned midfielder to Sporting, was constantly involved in the defeat of Mallorca.

Real Madrid leads the La Liga with 16 points, while Mallorca is in 10th place with 8 points.

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