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BALL – Ismail Elfat: The life of a Portugal-Ghana referee is a fairy tale (Portugal)



BALL - Ismail Elfat: The life of a Portugal-Ghana referee is a fairy tale (Portugal)

On Tuesday, FIFA appointed North American referee Ismail Elfat, 40, to manage the Portugal-Ghana team, on Thursday, the 24th of this month, the debut game of Qatar World Cup Qualification took place in Doha, at 874 Stadium. (16 hours, Group H ).

Selected U.S. Referee of the Year – He managed the Major League Soccer Final between Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Union and also made 27 appearances to that point, for a total of 193 North American Pro Football League appearances throughout his career. Elfat is one of only 28 judges to make his debut in the World Championship finals, the only one from the country of “stars and stripes” and only the eighth judge in the history of the United States of America and 22 final stages of the World Championships from 1930 to deserve the award for participation in the World Championship, and in this in Qatar, only 36 get this honor.

Born in Casablanca, Morocco, the family of Elfat, who was born in Casablanca, Morocco, won a green card entry visa for immigrants to the United States in an annual drawing, and when he was 18 years old, he emigrated from Africa to the other side of the Atlantic. Elfat lives in the capital of Texas, Austin, is married and has three children, two of them are 17 and 5 years old (the other is 9), the players are the first defender, the second is “still looking.” for his position, ”Elfat himself confirmed in an interview with the Austin American Statesman website.

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The referee had already crossed paths with Portugal at the Under-20 World Championships in Poland in 2019, judging a selection that then included three of those now selected, Fernando Santos, Diogo Costa, Diogo Dalot and Rafael Leão, from the group in defeat. (0-2) against Argentina in the group stage

A professional referee in MLS since 2009 and with international club insignia since 2016, Elfat made a 14-hour direct intercontinental flight from Dallas (USA) to Doha and, at the time, disclosed to North Americans the citizenship he acquired after leaving. Morocco “with 200 dollars in his pocket and nothing else” in 2000 – who knows what he’s going to do. “Typically you only have one game to referee, but if you do well, they might nominate me for more.”

This former striker, who realized as a teenager that “it’s not very useful, the best thing would be to become a referee” – after he played basketball and street football – admitted to the website of the city where he lives in the USA. that participating in the World Cup was a “dream come true”, “the pinnacle of a career”, which he says forces him to spend an average of 140 nights a year away from his family to hold meetings.

A member of the Islamic community in Austin, Ismail Elfat belongs to the Alliance of American Muslim Leaders and the Alliance Football Foundation, having played a prominent role in 2020 and 2021 in the Covid-21 pandemic, active in the Islamic Center of Texas. Capital: He rolled up his sleeves, cooked and served soup, coronavirus shots, and shelter to the needy in Austin.

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Elfat will be assisted by compatriots Kyle Atkins and Corey Parker, with France’s Stephanie Frappard as fourth referee. American Armando Villarreal will be VAR.

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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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