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After leaving Benfica, Clifford retires: “Two practices a day, listening to a coach who knows less than me…” – Basketball

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After leaving Benfica, Clifford retires: "Two practices a day, listening to a coach who knows less than me..." - Basketball

Two weeks after Benfica announced his departure, Dennis Clifford announced his retirement at the age of 30. The post, who had another season under contract with the Eagles, revealed that he no longer wants to play the sport professionally and that he intends to dedicate himself to other areas in order to “free himself from financial slavery.”

“It’s time for a new chapter. The last few years have brought me new challenges. The biggest one is the fact that I’m getting older and I don’t use the phrase literally because I feel like I can physically carry on. playing until age 55 I’m still stubborn I’m getting “old” because there are other things I want to achieve in my life and it’s hard for me to justify 10 and a half months of physical consumption, mentally and emotionally for basketball season, away from family . I am 30 years old and if my career had been more sustainable, I might still be playing. But that’s not the case, and that’s okay,” the now former North American player began in a Linkedin post, where he lists three reasons for not pavilions.

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“1. I don’t want to feel like I’m wasting my time. Two workouts a day, listening to a coach who often knows less than me. August 8 to mid-June, year after year…

2. My career has stalled. Me and basketball are at an impasse and I’m not producing as much as I expected at the beginning of my career. The flame is no more. It’s because my head wants more than this life. I want to build something more important.

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3. I need and want more things. Different things. I have a vision for my future, and spending my 30s playing basketball 24 hours a day, 7 days a week doesn’t fit into that vision. I want to create something that will have an impact and meaning for other people. I want to build my business empire. I want to be free from financial slavery. And even if you get a lot more, playing basketball abroad is still financial slavery.”

Clifford revealed that he has started several trials lately to move from basketball to another career related to marketing and training. “I have been involved in several startups (I have a good percentage in one of them), I am a freelance copywriter and have started my own digital marketing company. (…) For the past few months, I have been trying to build my own digital marketing company focused on personal trainers. Personal training is something I’ve always been passionate about throughout my career and now I feel like it’s the best way to serve people.”

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″I couldn’t leave without winning this award″

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″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″

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″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)

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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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