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BALL – Piqué explains his decision to leave now and responds to rumors about the presidency: “At some point I will want to” (Barcelona)

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BALL – Piqué explains his decision to leave now and responds to rumors about the presidency: “At some point I will want to” (Barcelona)

Gerard Piqué ended his career this week on a high, with a great goodbye at the Camp Nou over the weekend and a low when he was sent off without even playing against Osasuna.

Piqué, 35, also explained why he decided to retire midway through the season, as the lack of a spot in the team played a major role. “Because now? There are many reasons. Everyone knows that I started the season by talking to Xavi, who told me that he was of little use. I thought about it right then, but the team needed me. the best, and I realized that the break for the World Cup is the time. I always said that I left when I thought that I was no longer important and relevant for the team. If there were no injuries in defense, I would have left earlier, ” he explained in an interview on the Twitch platform to streamer Ibay Llanos, saying it cost him dearly, such as having to do a workout after a game he wasn’t used in:

“I didn’t feel the way I used to. There was a training at the Camp Nou where I almost gave up, it was not my place … but when a lot of injuries began to appear in defense, I thought that I was not going to leave the team and decided to stay until the World Cup. ”

Piqué says he started by talking to president Joan Laporta when the club traveled to Poland to play Pilsen in the Champions League on 1 November. “I told him in Pilsen. We already talked about it at his house. I thought I’d be sad, but I’m happy, I said goodbye. I look back and I was privileged. farewell saturday [no Camp Nou] it was impressive. I didn’t care to say goodbye, but I realized how much people like me.”

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Now that the player phase is over, the center looks ahead and takes stock of the biggest buzz of the past week: a return to Barcelona as president.

“At some point, I’m sure that I will feel like a president, but for now I don’t think about it. I want to do other things. Being able to not train every day and not play on weekends will allow me to be more focused. We’ll see in the future, I don’t know how far or close. I would like to unleash the full potential of the club of my life,” he said.

Piqué also assured that he would no longer play even for his club Andorra.

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BALL – Coach speaks of ‘tremendous pride’ and explains Bale departure (Wales)

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BALL - Coach speaks of 'tremendous pride' and explains Bale departure (Wales)

Wales manager Rob Page underlined his “pride in the players” after losing 3-0 to England this Monday in the Qatar World Cup Group B match in Doha. dictated the elimination of the Dragons in the group stage, expressing concerns about the injury of Gareth Bale, the team’s star substituted at halftime, due to the injury he showed at the end.

“Five minutes before break Gareth [Bale] I felt pain in my hamstring. But also Joe Allen and Ben Davis had to be replaced due to injuries. As you can see, it was a huge effort for everyone in the group: I am very proud of this group of players.”

The Dragons said goodbye to Qatar with a 1-1 draw against the United States as the best result and two defeats against Iran (0-2) and now England (0-3), but for the Welsh coach, qualification for the World Cup final was a real achievement.

“The task now is to show that this has never happened without an example, before it became customary. [a qualificação para fases finais de grandes provas]🇧🇷 But it’s still very hard to digest this liquidation. I think we were exceptional in the first half. [0-0 ao intervalo]thanks to tremendous efforts even without the ball, ”said Page.

“We could and should have had more and better possession of the ball, but, I repeat, not a single derogatory word about these “boys” will come out of my mouth: they gave everything in this game! I was a little disappointed with the second goal, but today is not the day to talk about negative things,” said the Welsh coach, who had a lot of fans in Qatar.

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“My message to everyone: don’t be disappointed! Now we will try to build the future of this team and work in this direction. Reaching the final round of the World Championship was an extraordinary feat. [não o lograva há 64 anos, desde o Mundial da Suécia-1958] this group of players,” concluded the technician who surrendered to his team.

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BALL – Grimaldo in irreplaceable form: the current situation with the extension (Benfica)

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BALL - Grimaldo in irreplaceable form: the current situation with the extension (Benfica)

This season’s undefeated Grimaldo has numbers unmatched by any other Spanish player in the major European leagues in terms of wins (23) and excelled in the Champions League group stage group stage with PSG and Juventus, scoring two goals and making the Champions League team of the week. In addition, he proved to be an important player for Roger Schmidt.

He is Benfica’s most used outfield player this season, with 2313 minutes, already scoring the third best in Luz with the current three totals. He has been used in 26 of the 27 official games this season – only not getting Rio Ave, between two games with PSG, without leaving the bench. But otherwise, almost nothing escaped him and practically did not give any advantage in the competition, that is, Ristic, who, having played 90 minutes against Rio Ave, plus 47 minutes against Caldas, in the Portuguese Cup, only had the right to crumbs in minutes, which says that Grimaldo for Roger Schmidt is currently an indispensable player in the eleven.

With seven months left on his contract with Benfica, Grimaldo is looking for an option that will guarantee him complete freedom and financial independence, especially after joining his father’s club. He knows how far Benfica can go and he also knows that the Luz club cannot accept the values ​​that have been thrown on the negotiating table.

As A BOLA reported in the last issue on the 24th, Benfica and Grimaldo met recently to discuss an extension during a meeting that did not reach an agreement but also did not leave the dossier in a position where it could not be resolved. in a favorable way. for the embodied.

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A new round of talks is now expected to be set to try to bring the parties closer, and this should take place soon, given that the Reds do not intend to drag things out beyond January and enter into a soap opera that could serve as a somewhat destabilizing factor. for the second phase of the season.

More about digital edition or in the print edition of A BOLA.

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A BOLA – reports and accounts approved, quotas increased and Academy in Maia (FC Porto)

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A BOLA - reports and accounts approved, quotas increased and Academy in Maia (FC Porto)

The members of FC Porto approved tonight at the big meeting held at the Dragau Stadium all the issues discussed and voted in the General Assembly of FC Porto with an overwhelming majority. Members also voted to update the quota values.

Before the act, a tribute was paid to Fernando Gomes, with those present in deathly silence for one minute in memory of the eternal 9. After that, the vice president in charge of finance had to present and explain in detail the positive results of more than 20 million euros that have passed no votes against, with only five abstentions.

Answering a question from a colleague about the Cidade FC Porto project, Fernando Gomez said that the Academy will be located in Maya and that the start of work depends only on the completion of a detailed plan, which is led by the architect Manuel Salgado, who designed the stadium. do Dragão and the Dragão Arena pavilion.

The third issue under discussion was the renewal of the monthly membership fee, and prior to the vote, it had the attention of Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, who explained the need to revise the value “for the first time in over 11 years.”

The proposal to upgrade the Senior Membership Fee to €12, the Junior Membership Fee to €4 and the Annual Membership Fee to €30 was also adopted by a large majority of those present, with four votes against and 15 abstentions.

Pinto da Costa said he “thanked everyone for their presence” and “for the trust and support that has been felt for 40 years.” “There is much to be done and work to be done, so we must think about the future while working in the present. We have a lot of fights ahead of us, millions of taxes to pay and a media that is increasingly trying to topple Porto. We remain focused around our flag and don’t worry about elections.”

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