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BALL – No regrets, Nakajima talks about Covid-19 and the future (FC Porto)

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BALL - No regrets, Nakajima talks about Covid-19 and the future (FC Porto)

Still waiting to determine his future – Russia, Turkey and some Arab markets are still open – Shoya Nakajima gave an interview to the Japanese publication, Goethe magazine, in which he again touched on the controversy related to the refusal to train with the FC Porto team when the Covid pandemic -19 hit hard.

A decision that ruined his plans to settle at Porto, but which he does not regret. “At the time, I didn’t know what coronavirus was and there was no cure. My wife has asthma and pneumonia was a serious life threat. Some people died like this, and my daughter was still small. For me, family is the most important thing, I put it above all else, ”explained the midfielder, who was on loan at Portimonense last season.

After Porto resumed training, Nakajima trained for about a week, but he was not happy with what he saw. “While other teams were still training with small groups of players, Porto started training with the whole team. We had two separate rooms but that was not social distancing. My wife was sick at the time, if I had contracted Covid-19 it would have put my family at risk. I don’t want my wife and daughter to suffer, so I made the decision to stay with them,” he recalled. “I didn’t participate in training, I lost my place in the team, but I don’t regret it. I stayed out of the Japanese team, if you need me, I will be available, ”he assured.

With several markets still open, the future will have to be decided in the next few hours. The ideal league for Nakajima would be “in a good country to raise kids,” but the creative thinks that his weight at 28 has already closed the door to more competitive and media championships: “As a football player, I’m already an old man,” he says with a smile. “The truth is that every year I get older, but I want to keep my head straight. I want to do my best and grow day by day. I think it will be difficult, but I want to do it. I want to improve my football even more so that I can make the games that only I can do,” he said.

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BALL – Lost from St. Gilloise on Saturday and leaves a warning to SC Braga (Europa League)

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BALL - Lost from St.  Gilloise on Saturday and leaves a warning to SC Braga (Europa League)

Club Brugge’s win at the Estadio do Dragao left the football world open-mouthed and still echoes in Belgium, but Saint-Gilloise’s visit to Braga won’t have such a devastating impact, João Gamboa is convinced.

“I think Dragao’s 0-4 won’t happen again, but Saint-Gilloise are a great team and Braga might have difficulty imposing their game,” warns the midfielder, who switched from Estoril to “Leven”. .

Gamboa is well aware of the value of the warriors of the European enemy. Not so much because of the natural knowledge of Belgian football, which he acquired in three months, but because of fresh memories: Leuven met Saint-Gilloise on Saturday and lost at home 0-3.

“Saint-Gilloise is not at the level of Brugge, but they are a team with a very good organization and quite dangerous in counterattacks,” signals the midfielder, who highly appreciates the opposing Warriors’ team. an “intellectual” form of how he plans his game, as well as an indication of some personality that can make a difference.

“Center Burgess is very strong and he makes a difference in set pieces; and Boniface [avançado] It has great quality. In the game with Leuven, he almost did not score a goal from the center of the field, ”he is recovering.

Despite Saint-Gilloise’s ability to make a name for themselves, Gamboa believes the Warriors have a reason to win tomorrow’s game: “Braga is stronger and has European experience that could be decisive against the Belgians.”

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BALL – Ruben Amorim talks about the delay and accuses Marseille of being “immodest” (Sporting)

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Ruben Amorim’s statements after the 1-4 defeat in Marseille.

Delayed arrival at the stadium: “As for the delay, it was due to traffic jams. A meeting is held between members of the two clubs and UEFA where they explain how many minutes it takes to leave the hotel and reach the stadium. This is a learned thing. We were late because we were completely stuck in traffic. It’s not our fault, we sent the team in 45 minutes, warmed up, connected the feet, did a massage and mental activation, I don’t want anyone from Sporting to complain about this. But the tone of the people of Marseille, as if it were our fault… They lacked a bit of humility, and I hope it doesn’t happen to them. And when they talk to us as if we are to blame, it is confusing …. And people at UEFA have to be so sensitive, because we always talk about business, about how the Super League was just business, and at the moment it’s all the same. What we did was protect the players, connect the legs, massage, warm up. We were the ones who got hurt because we didn’t have time. I know it annoys Marseille because they don’t know when to come out for a warm-up, but it’s not our fault and we’re sorry for our delay. We want to follow all the rules. It’s not our fault, we did everything according to the rules.”

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Dynamo Apeldoorn Benfica Champions Volleyball

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Dynamo Apeldoorn Benfica Champions Volleyball

GAME REVIEW

Champions League
1st hand 2nd round
Final result
Dynamo Apeldoorn one
Benfica 3
1.º set 2.º set 3.º set 4.º set
12-25 25-20 18-25 12-25

O Benfica won (1-3) on Tuesday, October 4, in the Netherlands, Dynamo Apeldoorn, in the game related to the 1st leg of the 2nd round of the Volleyball Champions League, taking a safe and important step towards reaching the next stage.

O Benfica came out strong and decisive in attacking the net from the first points, easily dominating the opponent and bringing the set to victory in it. With a five-point lead of 6-11, Eagles increased to 9-16 and stopped only at 12-25 (0-1). The six blocks of defense were decisive.

O balance was the dominant note for most of the second set, slightly behind the Dutch team – 16-14. O Benfica reacted and turned to 17-18.but some errors in the service and lack of aggression in the block allowed the opponent to win a partial 25-20 (1-1).

Not 3rd set Reds advanced 1-4, packing for 5-9. With one noticeable improvement in serviceMarcel Matz’s men opened fire in a partial, ending in triumph 18-25 (1-2).

In what happened in the final set of the fight, Benfica again performed at a high levelas he did in the first, and taking advantage of the failure of the men at home, won with a clear score of 12-25 (1-3)in a game in which the Reds, for example, threw nine aces against zero opponents.

O Thus, “Benfica” received an important advantage in a draw., a decision on which will be made on Wednesday, October 12, at 20:00 in Pavilion No. 2 da Luz. In the middle, on Saturday, at 20:30, the reds go to Leishoyesin the call to the 1st round of the 1st stage of the National Championship.

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Marcel Matz (Benfica manager): “We managed to play well, we gave a good response after losing at the weekend. [na Supertaça]. This is an experienced group. Since I arrived, I don’t think we’ve ever lost two official games in a row, thanks to players who have a lot of potential. It was a good game, everyone did well in the end. We have to play the second game, but we have taken the first step. Now it’s time to try to come home strong and win with the support of our fans.”

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Dynamo Apeldoorn-Benfica
1-3
Omnisportcentrum
Benfica starting XI
James Violas, Hugo Gaspar, Pablo Nathan, Peter Wolfartetter, Rafa and Thales Falcao
alternates
Bernardo Silva (left), Ivo Casas (left), Andre Lopez, Eduardo Brito, Bernardo Westermann, Aaro Nikula, Lucas France, Japa and Arthur Puron
Dinamo Apeldoorn original squad
Taihuis (L), Gion-Ramon Martinez, Berkhout, Boehudt, Brilewis and Buck
alternates
Lipke (L), Niek Tijhuis, De Ruyter, Meis, Hoffmann, Bosma, Van Kooten, Laan and Kruk
1.º set 2.º set 3.º set 4.º set
12-25 25-20 18-25 12-25

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