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Denser siege of Luis Filipe Vieira



Denser siege of Luis Filipe Vieira

The Ministry of State and the Tax Office are suspicious of the commissions paid to businessmen Bruno Macedo, Ulysses Santos, Giuliano Bertolucci and Isidoro Jimenez. 55 transfers under investigation at Benfica under the leadership of the former leader

There are 55 transactions related to transfers made by Benfica under Luis Filipe Vieira, which the Ministry of State (MP) and the Tax Office (AT) are examining more closely in the context of the Cartão Vermelho process.

When he was arrested in July 2021, former President Benfica was suspected of three transactions, now the number has increased. Yesterday, both CNN Portugal and Sábado magazine released information about the investigation obtained in the AT report, which lends more scope to suspicions justifying the constitution of Vieira, his son Thiago, businessman Bruno Macedo and José António dos Santos, king of chickens, spoke in as defendants at large after payment of the relevant bonds.

Regarding exclusively football Benfica, and supported by several public reports, the names of sports agents Ulysses Santos, Giuliano Bertolucci and Isidoro Jimenez are now associated with the companies under study, with researchers supporting the thesis that between 2012 and 2012. By 2020, these purchases and sales generated commissions of € 10 million. It is about Vieira’s allegedly unlawful receipt using the aforementioned businessmen and accounts in the names of his children, Thiago and Sarah.

According to CNN Portugal, tax inspector Paulo Silva and attorney Rosario Teixeira understand that the four businessmen mentioned above are close to Vieira and have been involved in the business of several athletes over the past few years: the channel points to names such as Seferovic, Everton. , Morato and Lisandro Lopez, but Sabado adds Vitsel, Samaris, Pedrinho, Raul de Thomas, Talisca, Jonas and Veigl to the list of companies under investigation.

And the case with the German is shown as indicative. The exchange of the Dortmund midfielder for Benfica in January 2020 cost the Eagles € 20 million and will generate € 2.5 million in intermediary fees. Presumably, it was the former president of the incarnate who indicated the name of Ulysses Santos as an intermediary in the transaction, but, according to the deputy, after analyzing the documents and intercepting the interception, this agent did not participate in the operation. “I think we should be signing Ulysses here so that we don’t have anything to do with the other guy who represents or doesn’t represent … We are the ones who should be contracted by saying that he is our representative here.” transcribes “CNN Portugal” from Luis Filipe Vieira’s audition included in the process.

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In another, published by Sábado, there is a conversation between Thiago Pinto and Miguel Moreira, then chief football officer and CFO of SAD incarnate, respectively, where both are worried about the possibility that Weigl will notice his contract and see him. mediation that did not exist.

Acquisition of real estate for almost four million

In the case of Pedrinho, which cost Corinthians € 18 million, the alleged receipt of commissions from both clubs by Bruno Macedo and Giuliano Bertolucci is being investigated. In the latter case, Sabado indicates that the agent will buy, three months after the striker was hired by the Eagles, a € 3,950 million Lisbon property from the White Walls of Vieira.

“The facts suggest a correlation between the player’s transfer and the real estate deal between the White Walls Society and Giuliano Bertolucci as a possible tool for sharing compensation with Luis Filipe Vieira,” Rosario Teixeira wrote according to the weekly magazine. The investigation sees more suspicion here of a possible return of money from commissions to the universe of Luis Filipe Vieira and where his family is also in the spotlight.

In another conversation between his son Thiago and the wife of the former leader of the eagles, Wanda, the former tells his mother that the aforementioned White Walls are going to make a transfer to Sarah’s account. [filha de Luís Filipe Vieira]”, an amount that” is still around 200,000 euros, which goes to Sarah’s account and then goes to make payments, “he is quoted as saying.

The GAME tried to get a reaction from those targeted by this news, but none of them were available until the episode closed.

Textor was not the first possible investor

The MP understands that Luis Filipe Vieira and Jose Antonio dos Santos were trying to sell 25 percent of the red SAD to North American John Textor, but this was not the first potential buyer. In conversations intercepted between the former president and Carlos Janela, another name, Chip Sloane, is mentioned as the alleged spokesman for these investors.

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“Surreal” business with a loss of 2.4 million euros from NB

The wiretapping of Luis Filipe Vieira’s telephone conversations also affected conversations in the field of relations with banks, namely with Novo Banco (NB). “Surreal” is the word that tax inspector Paulo Silva uses in his analysis of the real estate negotiations and the assignment of a loan to the aforementioned banking institution carried out by Vieira, José Antonio dos Santos and Avelino Carvalho, with a final loss of € 2.4 million to the bank. “


He arrived at Benfica in the 2017/18 season following the end of his contract with Eintracht Frankfurt. A commission of 1 million euros will be paid.

In the 2011/12 season he moved to Standard de Liege for 9 million euros, and the next season he left for Zenit for 40 million euros.

In 2019/2020, it was worth € 20 million paid to Dortmund. € 2.5 million has been set aside in commissions that are believed to be part of Ulysses Santos’ commission through a suspicious intermediary.

Purchased in Bahia for € 4.75 million in 2014/15, it was permanently shipped to Guangzhou Evergrande in October 2018 as part of a € 25 million global deal.

He was supposed to reach Luz for 20 million euros, but the negotiations were revised at 18 million euros. The investigation indicates that Bruno Macedo and Giuliano Bertolucci received orders from Benfica and Corinthians.

Raul de Thomas
In January 2020, Benfica officially sold the striker to Espanyol for € 20 million, equal to the amount they paid to Real Madrid last July.

In 2014, the Eagles paid Olympiacos € 10 million. The midfielder has resigned this season and signed with Fortuna Sittard.

SAD confirmed in its annual report that although it was acquired at zero cost in 2014/15, “€ 1.3 million for intermediary services” was paid.

The Eagles officially announced that they paid Sao Paulo 7.5 million euros for 85% of the center’s pass, in an amount that included mediation.

In the 2020/21 season, Benfica paid Gremiu € 20 million for the Brazilian player.

Mourinho veta … jesus

A summary of the red card eavesdropping process sent by investigators to Judge Carlos Alexander contains an excerpt from a conversation between businessman Jorge Mendes and trainer José Mourinho with Jorge Jesus as the main topic and a Special One veto on his return to Benfica.

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“Mourinho asks which coach Jorge Mendes will play for Benfica and Jorge says he is at war with (Luis Filipe) Vieira because he wants to go after Jorge Jesus. (…) Mourinho tells Jorge Mendes not to let Jorge Jesus go to Benfica, ”describes the aforementioned summary, in which the current Roma coach presents an alternative: Laurent Blanc. “Jorge tells Mourinho to give Luis Filipe Vieira a message about Laurent Blanc,” he wrote to Sábado in an interview to be held on July 1, 2020, two days after Bruno Lage was no longer coach of the eagles. In the same passage, Mourinho said that Silvino, the former guardian of the Eagles and his assistant, would be a good goalkeeping coach for the Reds. About two weeks later, Benfica announced an agreement with Jorge Jesus, which will be officially unveiled in August.

In this excerpt, Jorge Mendes revealed that he tried to accommodate Bruno Lage at Aston Villa and that he spoke to other Benfica variants such as Pocchetino, Unai Emery and Marcelo Gallardo.

200 thousand accounts and 22 real estate objects

The investigation into the Cartão Vermelho process involved a telephone conversation on January 11, 2019 between Luis Filipe Vieira and his daughter, in which Sara Vieira spoke to him about funding projects for NGOs with which she collaborates. “Jorge will already send the missing 200,000 euros … now when I go with him, I will tell him … Jorge Mendes has not sent him yet, I will talk to him,” said the then President of Benfica. This is how super-agent Cristiano Ronaldo is targeted. Neither he nor his company Gestifute reacted.

There is no doubt that for the public prosecutor’s office, Vieira’s daughter plays an important role in the investigation, because several million euros were spent on her (seven) bank accounts – only on the account of St. Galler Kantonalbank for the period from 2009 to 2010 – despite declaring an annual income of 37 thousand euros and owning … 22 real estate objects in its name.

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Benfica Chaves League Preview by Roger Schmidt




ABOUT Benfica returns to competition, after a break from national team commitments, with the reception of Chaves this Friday, March 29, at 18:00 at the Estadio da Luz, in the game of the 27th round of the championship. Betkliche League.

Already preliminary press conferencewhich took place on the Benfica campus, Roger Schmidt emphasized that the team is in good shape meet with Chaveza rival who has nothing to lose when faced with the threat of relegation.

At the start of the decisive stage of the season, the coach remembered and praised that the Reds were still fighting for three trophies (Betklić League, Portuguese Taça and Europa League) and this was necessary. “We must use this opportunity and this moment to accelerate our highest level in everything.“, emphasized Roger Schmidt, distinguished Coach's Award at the ceremony dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the Club.

Roger Schmidt

“We are in good shape, the first game is always demanding, but we are ready to play it.”

Roger Schmidt

What was it like preparing for this game against Chavez without any international players?

It was a typical international break, some players were with their teams, and I think it was a good opportunity for us to rest a bit and then get back to training. We did it very well and are excited to play again. Playing at home after the national team break is always a good start. All the national team players returned in good shape, a little tired, but without injuries. I'm happy with that, my biggest fear is always that they will get injured. We are in good shape, the first match is always demanding, but we are ready to play it. The decisive phase of the season begins and everything we have done over the last eight or nine months of this season had to be prepared for these weeks. We have six or seven weeks left to play, we still have three competitions to play and it really is a special season. When you can still win three trophies at the end of March, it's a very good season. Our task is to use this opportunity and this moment to accelerate to the highest level in everything. So, anything is possible. We have this expectation. For tomorrow [sexta-feira, 29 de março]Chavez and I know that this team is always difficult to play against. They are facing relegation, they have nothing to lose at our stadium. This is a good team, they have a good coach, and we have to solve this problem.

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How did you feel when you left the Club’s 120th anniversary ceremony?

On Tuesday [26 de março], The gala was impressive. It always gives us a feeling of how great the Club is and how much love and passion there is in it. I'm always pleased to see that and how Benfica treats their history, former players and everything else. It's always something special and I'm so glad to be a part of it. We want to take this opportunity to please everyone around Benfica and within Benfica.

Roger Schmidt

“Playing at home after the international break is always good”

Are you considering resting Otamendi and Di Maria for this game against Chavez before the two matches against Sporting? Is Ba suitable?

Of course they could rest. The question is: “Would it be beneficial for them to rest?” Both players like to play consistently and quickly. Sometimes they need a rest, like I gave Angel a few times. [Di María], when he played a lot of games in a row and there were big games ahead of us. Sometimes it makes sense to keep them out, but they are both key players for us and have performed at the highest level all season. I always have to make a decision about what is best for us and the players. Are they ready to play at this pace? They have shown this over the last 15 years. Are you ready to return to the club after the national team games and play again? They have also shown this over the past 15 years. I have no doubt that they are ready for tomorrow. [sexta-feira], play. Alex Ba is fine, we still have a little problem with load management, he had a problem and we want to be careful that it doesn't happen again. He's fine now, it was good not to play for the national team, he trained again and we tried to rest him at the right time. He's ready to play.

Di Maria has been going through a turbulent time for several days now: he and his family have received death threats. Is the player 100% physically and mentally ready for this game and the rest of the season?

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What happened to him and his family shows how crazy the world is. It is catastrophic and catastrophic if something like this happens. It is clear that receiving such messages affects the player and the individual. We try to support him as best we can. He is professional and experienced enough to handle such situations, but such situations are completely difficult and rare, especially in a family. This is the worst thing that could happen, but we talked about it. He is trying to live a normal life. Of course, when something like this happens, some thoughts arise in your head, so we will try to support you as best we can.

Roger Schmidt

“It’s time for all of us to show a very good attitude and performance on the field.”

In the last game of the championship, he said that a player who does what Kökçu did cannot be in the team. So, have you spoken to him? Can we expect him to be in the team for this game against Chaves?

As I said during the challenge with Casa Pia [26.ª jornada], my concern was to focus on the game. It would have been better not to mention him in this interview. He returned today [quinta-feira], we talked about it and it was actually exactly what I expected. It was not his intention to create this noise and negativity around our team. I already said before and after the Casa Pia game that I have complete confidence in him as a player, in terms of quality and also in his character. You made a mistake, this interview did no good to anyone. It was not good for us, for him and for Benfica, that's very clear. Now we have to deal with this. Even when players make mistakes, they are still my players, and sometimes I have to support them in difficult times. This is what we have to do, we've talked about it and now it's time to talk about it on the pitch. It's time for all of us, not just him, to demonstrate a very good mentality and performance in field. Everything that is not good for us, that can distract our attention a little, should be excluded. We have resolved this situation domestically and it is time to look forward. I'll be back tomorrow with the team [sexta-feira].

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Kökçu was in the Turkish national team. Do you feel that your role in the national team is different from your role in Benfica?

I think I've said everything about Orkun. [Kökcü]. National teams and clubs are always different. These are different players, different tactical approaches. I don't think much about the choice. National team coaches have their own ideas, their own goals, and they must use the players as they see fit. I'm focused on what's happening here on our team, not just with Orkun. [Kökcü], but in general. Players who make it to national teams love to do it because it's a great honor for everyone. The national teams are preparing for summer competitions… These are two different things, and I am completely focused on the Club.

Roger Schmidt

“Everything we did over the last eight or nine months of this season had to be prepared for these weeks.”

As for Juan Bernat, who was seen in training, will he be fit enough to contribute by the end of the season?

All of us, including himself, expected a different season. He is a very experienced player. Unfortunately, he came in with a minor injury, but he recovered and played a few minutes for us in five or six matches. Not full games, but a few minutes. He has been injured since the end of October, for five months now. I think now is not the time to think too much about next season, we need to think about it. He's working hard to get back on the field. He returned to training with the team this week, the first time in five months he has returned and we hope that he stabilizes with the workload, the football load and, of course, that he makes an impact in the last six or seven years. weeks. This is his situation at the moment. We are on a good track and we hope it will have a good impact at the end of the season.

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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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