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BALL – “Hurricane Regraga”: an economist at whose feet in three months the entire Arab world (Morocco)



BALL - "Hurricane Regraga": an economist at whose feet in three months the entire Arab world (Morocco)

Portugal and Morocco will take to the pitch at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Saturday 10th of this month (3pm on the Portuguese mainland) for their respective World Cup quarter-final clash in Qatar, in the Arab world. , who in the Lions of Atlas has the first team to reach such a high level in 22 World Cup finals since 1930 – and the fourth time Africa has a top eight representative – the curiosity will be even greater for Walid. Regragui, a Moroccan born in France, aged 47, who in three months at the helm gave the team pragmatism, whether or not he had a degree in economics and social sciences.

“Hurricane Regragui”, as the press calls it – and it’s nice to remember – is at the helm of the “Atlas Lions” for a little more than three months, or 100 days: on August 31, the Moroccan federation is officially the successor to the Bosnian Wahid Halilhodzic, whose intransigence, including Ziyosha – striker ” Chelsea” and together with Ashraf Hakimi (PSG, the biggest stars of the national team) – in the group for Qatar ended up due to wear and tear from the confrontation with the federation, costing the former Yugoslavia international and coaching work.

It goes without saying that the level of success that Walid Regragui has achieved in Morocco is truly astounding…and himself in just three months.

He is the first African to qualify from the black continent in a World Cup quarter – so far in the three previous presences of teams from Africa in the quarters they have always had the technique and know-how. ‘ from other latitudes (and continents) at the helm: foreigners.

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Walid Regragui was born in Corbeil-Essonnes, a suburb in the south of Paris – he also has French citizenship – and was a right-back who, despite carefully passing through the emblems of the first and second tiers of France and Spain – RC Paris, among others “Toulouse”, ” Ajaccio, Racing Santander, Sporting de Gijon and Grenoble – he added 45 more matches for the Atlas Lions. For the clubs he represented, with only the emblem of Corsica (Ajaccio), he celebrated the title of the 2nd French division in the 2001/02 season. For this reason, in the 2012/13 season, he was not surprised by his first invitation to become an assistant to the Moroccan technical team.

The impression remains good. And the former right-back, who professes the Muslim religion and sacredly observes Ramadan and the corresponding fast, completed training as a coach at the age of nine.

Regragui started at FUS Rabat in the 2012/13 season, but in 2020 he caught the eye with the Qatari title at Al Duhail. He returned to Morocco to lead the Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca to a national title and African Championship this July.

But when he leaves football, the “straw” in economics and social sciences, an academic diploma, to sanctify the father’s pressure that made him never neglect his studies – for fear of losing the opportunity to stop playing football, in the youth teams of Racing de Paris. – give way.

If in Portugal Fernando Santos, with a degree in electronics and telecommunications, is at the helm of the Selection, and has been on the “other side” for eight years now, Morocco brings us a “phenomenon”, whose success in the selection of just three months of the Regragui Economics degree, is already a case study. Promise.

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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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