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Portugal sued for ‘wrongful’ use of its image in FIFA games

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Portugal sued for 'wrongful' use of its image in FIFA games

Portuguese football player Diogo Santos has filed a lawsuit against an American company that develops and distributes FIFA electronic games, demanding compensation for the “improper and offensive” use of his image.

PORTUGAL DEMANDS ALMOST 54 THOUSAND EUROS

In the lawsuit, which was filed in the Braga court and to which Lusa had access today, Diogo Santos seeks compensation of more than 53,900 plus interest for property and non-pecuniary damage.

It alleges that Electronic Arts Inc., based in California, United States of America, is using its name, likeness, and personal and professional characteristics in its video games titled FIFA 2019 and FIFA MANAGER 2010 without permission. , 2011 , 2012, 2013 and 2014

He also says that he “never gave anyone explicit or even tacit permission” to participate in these electronic games.

Currently Diogo Santos, now 37 years old, originally from Vila Franca de Xira, lives in Fao, Esposenda, played for Felgueiras last season.

He has already passed through Académico de Viseu, Santa Clara, Famalican, Oliveirense, Aroca and Gil Vicente, and also defended the colors of Brasov from Romania.

DYOGO SANTOS COMPARES THE CASE OF MESSI

In action, Diogo Santos says he had access to news that Electronic Arts is paying “some players real fortunes, as in the case of Lionel Messi, who receives US$50 million for appearing in their games.”

“Author [Diogo Santos] does not intend to receive what is being paid to Lionel Messi, but such news proves that the amount requested, given the economic opportunities of the defendant [empresa] and the fact that she pays some players is very modest, ”the lawsuit says.

The action also emphasizes that the games have an annual release, which implies a payment of 6,000 euros for appearing in each game, “which is not even enough, because we are talking about a reward for the annual use of the image of a football player, a professional in the first division of Portugal.”

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The lawsuit was filed with the court of Braga, which in September 2021 deemed itself “internationally incompetent” to evaluate and judge him.

The footballer appealed to the Court of Appeal, which upheld the decision of the first instance, and then to the High Court of Justice (HJC), which gave him grounds for continuing the process.

In a May 24 decision consulted by Lusa this Thursday, STJ states that “they have international competence to know the substance of a non-contractual civil liability claim for infringement of personal rights through content broadcast around the world, the courts of the country in which the center the interests of the victim is in the period when the damage caused by this offense arises.

“Portuguese courts have international jurisdiction to rule on a claim in which a professional football player who predominantly operated in Portugal seeks compensation for damages caused by the unauthorized use of his name and likeness in FIFA video games produced in the United States of America. and distributed all over the world, ”adds the Supreme.

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BALL – “Obviously we could have won: we are developing” (Torrince)

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BALL - "Obviously we could have won: we are developing" (Torrince)

Torrense manager Pedro Moreira has lamented the attacking waste of the Ligue 2 formation he manages, which was isolated in charge of League Cup Group H on Tuesday evening, after a 2-2 draw with Estoril in the League Cup match. the fourth round of the group, held at the Antonio Coimbra da Mota stadium in Estoril.

“It was important to enter the game confidently and organized defensively. We took advantage of the first scoring chances we had. Since then, we have created more opportunities than during the construction process, more than enough for us to win and implement,” the Ligue 2 lineup coach of 17th and penultimate told Sport TV, but this continues. in the race for the “quarters” of the League Cup and left a good image in Amoreira.

“We had less possession but more opportunities. That’s why I say that we clearly could have won the game. This team should, as I said, develop, you can see it. I have to send this signal of confidence: they got the better of the game, they created danger with good possession, they created chances. I have to be satisfied and this is already looking at the important game that we will have in Ligue 2 [Tondela]”, concluded Pedro Moreira.

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Qatar began dismantling the 974 stadium for the 2022 World Cup

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This Monday, the stadium hosted the seventh and final game of Mundial 2022.

This Tuesday, Estádio 974 began to be dismantled, the day after the seventh and final game of Mundial 2022, to make way for green spaces and recreational areas.

Brazil’s 4-1 victory over South Korea in the 2022 Mundial Round of 16 was the last game at the stadium, which hosted six more games in the tournament, including Portugal’s 3-2 debut against Ghana on 24 November. , for group N.

The hull was built from 974 sea containers, thus receiving the telephone country code (00974), and was the first of three bidders to disappear after the “eighths”.

This morning, all the tarps and nets surrounding the stadium have been removed and the surrounding areas have been cleared, a process that is taking place even before the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The work was estimated at 300 million euros and became the first collapsible stadium in the history of the World Cup, which allows you to quickly assemble and disassemble it.

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BALL – “Cristiano has a great influence on his opponents” (Portugal)

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BALL - "Cristiano has a great influence on his opponents" (Portugal)

Leonel Pontes is convinced that the team led by coach Murat Yakin will bet on eleven with slight changes in relation to the teams participating in the group stage. The Portuguese coach also emphasizes the importance of Cristiano Ronaldo in the behavior of the opposing teams and recalls that the Swiss national team is based on the major European leagues.

– How will Switzerland play against Portugal?

– He will play in a 4x2x3x1 formation, where the basic eleventh is left with very little change. Defensive sector with Gregor Sobel of Borussia Dortmund in the back line and right-back Widmer of Mainz, Rodriguez of Torino as left-back and centre-back Akanji of Manchester City and Elvedi of Borussia. He usually has two defensive midfielders left: Freuler from Nothing Forest and Xhaka from Arsenal. Up front and as an attacking midfielder Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sow, Chicago Fire’s Shaqiri and Augsburg’s Vargas on the flanks and as Monaco’s Embolo’s offensive defensive midfielder.

– Eleven people, many of whom play in the best European leagues …

– Yes. Base 11 players mainly play in the two most competitive leagues in the world, English and German. In this order of ideas, this is a selection with players of high technical and tactical quality, strong physically and with a strong mentality. They have the advantage that they have already beaten us several times and believe that the games against Portugal are balanced despite the 4-0 defeat in the Nations League. He has an alternative system: 3x5x2 with 3 central defenders, 3 midfielders and 2 forwards, which can create various problems and be a surprise factor in the game.

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– What is the strength of Switzerland?

– The base team has been playing together for a long time and the quality/experience of its players. The central corridor, from striker to goalkeeper, is very high quality and consistent. A very compact team in defense, mostly in the mid-low block. Very dangerous in fast attacks and counterattacks. A lot of physical strength in duels.

What about weaknesses?

– They attack with a small number of players and with an opponent behind the ball, they lack arguments to get chances. If they remain without the ball for a long time, they tend to increase the distance between the lines and allow them to play inside.

– How do you assess the Portuguese team in terms of strengths?

– A mentality in games with a higher degree of competitiveness and the elimination of the technical, tactical qualities and irreverence of its players associated with the work of Joao Felix, Bernardo and Bruno Fernandes. We have the best player in the world, Cristiano, who has a huge impact on his opponents.

What about weaknesses?

– The difficulty of creating scoring chances in teams closed in the middle block. Difficulty in attacking teams playing in defense with a line of 5 players. The lack of width in the game, taking the game too far into the center aisle. Lack of intensity and speed in the circulation of the ball, which makes the game more predictable. Lack of depth on the sides and slight imbalance in situations and 1v1. Few crosses and few chances to create a gate for the striker.

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– The best Portuguese player in the first stage…

-Bruno Fernandez

– The best game in Portugal…

– Com Uruguayan

– What would you bet on in the match against Switzerland?

– Diogo Costa, Diogo Dalot, Ruben Diaz, Pepe, Rafael Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Otavio, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva and Cristianos Ronaldo.

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