Boa fase vira ação de marketing e Flamengo passa o Corinthians no sócio-torcedor

Número de adesões dos dois clubes está na casa dos 45 mil, mas Rubro-Negro aposta na classificação para a final da Copa do Brasil para deslanchar de vez

Torcida do Fla no Maracanã superlotada Norte Superior (Foto: Cahê Mota)

Boa fase do Fla na Copa do Brasil impulsiona projeto de sócio-torcedor (Foto: Cahê Mota)

O Flamengo descobriu a melhor estratégia de marketing possível no mercado: vencer. Os resultados dentro de campo refletiram imediatamente no programa de sócio-torcedor, que voltou a crescer bastante depois da arrancada na Copa do Brasil. Com a classificação para decisão, o Rubro-Negro passou a marca das 45 mil adesões e deixou para trás o Corinthians, assumindo a quarta posição com 45.482 contra 45.101 dos paulistas. A expectativa dos dirigentes flamenguistas era superar o rival paulista na atualização dos números na tarde desta quinta-feira, o que acabou se confirmando – antes o número indicava 44.551 para os rubro-negros. A previsão é de que o número cresça consideravelmente na próxima semana. A explicação é simples: a preferência na compra de ingressos para finalíssima contra o Atlético-PR, dia 27 de novembro, no Maracanã.

Torcedometro (Foto: Reprodução Futebol melhor)
Flamengo passa o Corinthians em número de adesões (Foto: Reprodução Futebol melhor)

O líder quase que inalcançável em curto prazo é o Internacional, com quase 110 mil sócios, seguido pelo Grêmio (74 mil) e pelo Santos (pouco menos de 54 mil). Em seguida, vem o Flamengo e logo depois o Corinthians, na disputa palmo a palmo pela  quarta colocação, ambos na casa dos 45 mil. Pelo Twitter oficial do “Nação Rubro-Negra”, o Rubro-Negro chegou a celebrar a quarta colocação, mas logo depois o post foi deletado. Cruzeiro, Palmeiras, Atlético-MG, São Paulo e Sport completam a lista dos dez primeiros.

O mapa de evolução do Nação Rubro-Negra desde o lançamento, no fim de  março, deixa clara a importância dos resultados e da volta ao Maracanã na participação dos torcedores.  A novidade fez com que o Fla alcançasse 25 mil sócios-torcedores logo nos dois primeiros meses. A distância do Rio de Janeiro, com mando de campo em Brasília, e a má fase do time, por sua vez, brecaram a evolução e nos quatro meses seguintes o crescimento caiu radicalmente. Entre maio e setembro, foram cerca de 13 mil adesões, com o mês de agosto registrando o menor número: 1.113 novos participantes.

O gol de Elias, nas oitavas de final da Copa do Brasil, sobre o Cruzeiro, entretanto, foi responsável por um novo “boom” no programa. Desde então, já são quase 10 mil novos sócios, com a maioria desses tendo se cadastrado no mês de outubro. E o reflexo é imediato também na compra de ingressos. Dos quase 50 mil pagantes na vitória sobre o Goiás, quarta-feira, cerca de 20 mil adquiriram o bilhete antecipadamente via “Nação Rubro-Negra”. Estes números aumentam a confiança da diretoria em uma adesão em massa nas semanas que antecedem a final contra o Atlético-PR.

Mystery Australian woman leaves Ireland

BY JULIAN DRAPE, AAP EUROPE CORRESPONDENT

AAP

NOVEMBER 08, 2013 8:35AM

Samantha Azzopardi

An Australian woman found wandering confused in Dublin a month ago is being sent home. Source: AAP

TROUBLED tourist Samantha Azzopardi is flying home to Australia after an Irish court found she isn’t suffering a serious mental illness despite being “vulnerable”.

Ms Azzopardi was found in a distressed state on a Dublin street almost a month ago and police initially feared she was a teenage victim of human trafficking.

But she was finally identified this week after an international appeal.

It was subsequently revealed that Ms Azzopardi, who is aged 25 and originally from Sydney, was known to Australian police, had used false identities and been found guilty of deception.

She was escorted by police to Dublin airport on Thursday night local time (Friday morning AEDT) and is expected to arrive in Australia at the weekend.

“Samantha Azzopardi is this evening being returned to her native Australia,” a police spokesman said in a statement.

“In consultation with all of the relevant authorities (we) have facilitated Samantha Azzopardi’s repatriation with a view to reuniting her with her family and the authorities.”

Her departure was shrouded in secrecy, with authorities refusing to discuss her whereabouts until she was in the air.

There was pressure in Ireland for the Australian to be charged with wasting police resources.

It reportedly cost the state more than 250,000 euros ($A357,000) to identify Ms Azzopardi.

Ireland’s High Court heard on Thursday that, while the tourist suffers from a condition that makes her “vulnerable”, she wasn’t so ill she should be detained under the country’s Mental Health Act.

A court order that had kept her in hospital lapsed just before midday and police announced she was flying home hours later.

“She is not detainable under the Mental Health Act … the legal proceedings are at an end,” said Gerard O’Brien, a lawyer for the guardian appointed when it was thought Ms Azzopardi was a teenager.

Psychiatrist Brendan Kelly assessed Ms Azzopardi on Wednesday evening and prepared a “fulsome report”, the court heard.

It was Dr Kelly’s view that Ms Azzopardi does not suffer from a disorder that allows her to be detained against her will.

During her weeks in care, the Australian had threatened a “hunger and thirst strike”, Justice George Birmingham revealed.

He said the twists in the case had come “as a shock to everybody and as a surprise”.

“But the case has now run its course,” the judge said.

The Irish Independent reported police originally believed Ms Azzopardi was only 14 or 15 years old because she weighed just 40kg.

It’s thought Ms Azzopardi was staying with her mother’s former boyfriend Joe Brennan in Tipperary before she was found.

Local media turned on the young Australian in recent days.

The Independent said authorities had been “taken in by a Walter Mitty-like con artist”.

 

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Details of abuse aboard navy ship emerge

AAP

NOVEMBER 08, 2013 4:47AM

Members of the Royal Australian Navy guard

A woman claims inappropriate behavior aboard a naval ship involved sexual assaults on male soldiers. Source: AAP

A WOMAN claims the “inappropriate behaviour” that prompted the navy to launch an investigation into sailors involved sexual assaults on young male sailors on HMAS Ballarat.

The Navy has confirmed the ship involved in the allegations is Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat, which is currently deployed on border protection operations.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, said the navy was being as open and transparent as it could within the limits of its investigation processes.

“Allegations such as these are serious and it is critical that the investigative process is properly followed. As such I will not speculate on any aspect of the allegations,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“We have dealt with the allegations swiftly and I reiterate that inappropriate behaviour is not consistent with our values and is not tolerated in Navy.”

The woman who made the sexual assault claims is a former navy member who alleged younger male sailors were set upon and sexually assaulted by their crewmates.

“People were set upon by other members, stripped off and had things essentially put in their bums,” the woman, identified only as Bridget, told Network Ten on Thursday.

In one instance, a sailor was left with a bleeding rectum after being anally penetrated by a whiteboard marker, she claimed.

Bridget said her friends still serving in the navy had asked her to get the truth out, because people were scared.

“If it happened in a normal workplace, the police would be called, charges would be laid,” she said.

The Australian Defence Force opened a formal investigation on Tuesday after allegations against some members of an unnamed ship’s company were made by a sailor.

However investigators will not be able to join the ship for several days.

HMAS Ballarat responded to a distress call from an asylum-seeker boat off the coast of Indonesia.

Australian Customs and Border Protection and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority could not comment on Thursday. The federal government is not scheduled to brief the nation on border protection until Friday.

However Indonesian search and rescue agency, BASARNAS, has confirmed to AAP that a distress call had been received from a vessel in the Sunda Strait earlier on Thursday.

The Indonesian spokesman said HMAS Ballarat had responded to the distress call from the boat.

 

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Mark Schwarzer’s legacy a lesson to all Socceroos

November 7, 2013

Sebastian Hassett

Football reporter

Mark Schwarzer debuted for the Socceroos in 1993.

Outstanding career: Mark Schwarzer debuted for the Socceroos in 1993 Photo: Getty Images

In the pantheon of Socceroos greats, few will argue Mark Schwarzer ranks among the elite.

Even fewer will argue that if an all-time Socceroos XI were assembled, he would be the man between the posts. Schwarzer hangs up the gloves – for his country at least – having accumulated 109 caps, the highest number of any Australia player. He was the first to crack the century and despite frequently speaking of his desire to go to Brazil, the Chelsea keeper has decided he no longer has the commitment required to play for Australia.

The 41-year old’s sustained international brilliance spanned two decades – beginning in 1993, when the long-haired custodian filled in for Mark Bosnich in the World Cup qualifiers against Canada.

For sheer natural ability, Schwarzer trailed Bosnich – no shame given the latter’s extraordinary gifts – but there could be no comparison in discipline and determination. It would be that commitment to excellence in body and mind which spurred Schwarzer to play as well as he did for as long as he did. Even at age 40, he was putting in exceptional displays for the national team, none better than his remarkable effort against Japan in Saitama in June.

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There, he repelled wave after wave of attack, earning Australia a most precious point. In the crucial final three World Cup qualification matches, the only goal he conceded was Keisuke Honda’s penalty. Those matches seem to ensure Schwarzer’s ticket to Rio. But as a central cog in Holger Osieck’s plan, he wouldn’t have taken kindly to the idea of fighting for his spot all over again under Ange Postecoglou.

Schwarzer was originally picked in Postecoglou’s squad for the match against Costa Rica on November 19 but, under the new regime, would have done so on a level pegging with Mitch Langerak and Matt Ryan. Indeed, his choice to sign as Chelsea’s back-up keeper had already triggered a discussion about how match fit he would be come next June.

Yet the decision to retire was still a surprise to his teammates and those around the national team. “I’m shocked. He’s one of the greatest ambassadors to have played the game and a true gentleman on and off the park,” Cahill told Fox Sports News. “He was one of the reasons we were so successful as a national team. He was always the go-to guy. His experience just getting us to this last World Cup was priceless. He’s a true professional and nothing but class but if he can’t give the same commitment as he did before then I take my hat off to him.”

Harry Kewell was left bemused by Schwarzer’s decision to quit just eight months out from a World Cup. “I didn’t see it coming, it’s a massive shock. I still believe he’s our best keeper,” Kewell said. “He’s playing at one of the best clubs in the world, so there’s no reason why he should have done it but it’s a personal decision and I’m sure all the players will respect it.”

Speaking at his inaugural squad announcement in Sydney, Postecoglou insisted he had nothing to do with Schwarzer’s decision. “Mark was included in this squad but decided he wanted to retire and not participate. I have the utmost respect for his decision, which was his,” he said. “He’s no doubt one of the all-time Socceroos greats. A great servant who was always available for the national team, sometimes under difficult circumstances. He’s an absolute icon of our game.”

Flamengo está na final da Copa do Brasil Perdigão 2013

 2 x 1 

Um passe decisivo, para Hernane marcar, e um gol. Há algum tempo Elias, o melhor jogador do Flamengo na temporada, não tinha uma participação tão importante. Um grande presente para a torcida rubro-negra na vitória por 2 a 1 sobre o Goiás (repetindo o placar da partida de ida), que conduziu o time novamente à final da Copa do Brasil depois de sete anos, mas também uma chance de comemorar no Maracanã um alívio pessoal, com a recuperação do seu filho Davi de um problema de saúde. O adversário na decisão será o Atlético-PR, que empatou em 0 a 0 com o Grêmio em Porto Alegre depois de vencer por 1 a 0 o primeiro jogo.

Após o apito final, os jogadores deitaram e rolaram no gramado do Maracanã, em resposta àprovocação do atacante Walter antes do primeiro jogo, que usou a expressão para falar de sua possível participação na partida. O atacante acabou ficando fora dos dois confrontos por causa de uma lesão muscular. O Rubro-Negro chega à sexta final de Copa do Brasil, depois de ser campeão em 1990 (contra o próprio Goiás) e 2006 (sobre o Vasco). O time foi derrotado em 1997 (Grêmio), 2003 (Cruzeiro) e 2004 (Santo André).

A torcida do Flamengo lotou o Maracanã (49.421 pagantes, com renda de R$ 3.375.410,00), embora aquele clarão com mais de dez mil lugares destinados aos poucos goianos que foram ao jogo tenha destoado. A expectativa dos rubro-negros é de que o esquema de divisão das arquibancadas seja revisto para a decisão, uma possibilidade cogitada pelo consórcio que administra o estádio e também pelo Grupamento Especial de Policiamento em Estádios (Gepe). Até porque a segunda partida da final será no Rio, no dia 27 de novembro. O primeiro jogo acontece no dia 20, em Curitiba.

Elias conduziu a festa, em comunhão total com os rubro-negros. Antes do apito inicial, ouviu da arquibancada os gritos de ‘Davi’, seu filho de um ano e oito meses que enfim voltou para casa depois de ficar internado em razão de um pneumonia, problema que o próprio jogador admitiu estar afetando seu rendimento. Quase foi às lágrimas. Pouco depois, energizado pelo apoio, deu passe para um gol, marcou o outro, homenageou o herdeiro na comemoração e recebeu mais uma vez o carinho dos torcedores.

– Foi muito (emocionante). Não chorei porque tive que segurar para não perder a concentração. Esperava a homenagem da torcida, que é maravilhosa, me apoiou nesse momento difícil, me incentivou, então nada mais justo que eu me entregar em campo e consegui esse gol – disse, ainda no intervalo.

Flamengo e Goiás voltam a se enfrentar no próximo sábado, às 21h (de Brasília), novamente no Maracanã, desta vez pelo Campeonato Brasileiro.

Elias gol Flamengo contra Goiás Copa do Brasil (Foto: André Durão / Globoesporte.com)Elias comemora o segundo gol do Flamengo com os companheiros (Foto: André Durão / Globoesporte.com)

Elias marca e faz homenagem ao filho

Elias viveu fortes emoções antes do jogo e também quando a bola rolou. Nos primeiros minutos, no entanto, o Rubro-Negro levou um susto. O Goiás entrou com uma formação diferente para tentar surpreender o Flamengo diante da ausência de Walter. Enderson Moreira lançou o volante Thiago Mendes no lugar do atacante e adiantou Eduardo Sasha para se aproximar de Roni no ataque. O resultado não poderia vir mais rápido: no primeiro lance de perigo esmeraldino, David cobrou falta e Sasha cabeceou para vencer Paulo Victor. A vantagem silenciou o Maracanã, mas apenas por alguns minutos. Logo em seguida a torcida voltou a empurrar o Flamengo, que mesmo com a derrota ainda se classificava com aquele placar, em razão dos dois gols marcados em Goiânia.

Sem se desesperar, o Rubro-Negro construiu sua recuperação no jogo. Ocupou o campo adversário, girou a bola em busca de espaço, e encontrou aos 13 minutos, em rápida tabela entre Elias e Hernane. O volante tentou a finalização, errou, mas ainda ficou com a bola e encontrou o companheiro na área. O camisa 9 mostrou frieza de artilheiro e tocou por cima de Renan para empatar a partida. O 15º gol do Brocador em 14 partidas no novo Maracanã, artilheiro absoluto do estádio e também da Copa do Brasil, com sete.

Neste momento o Flamengo já era bem sueprior ao adversário, que sentia muito não só a falta de Walter, mas também do meia Hugo. Com índice de 90% de passes certos, não dava chances ao Goiás de ficar com a bola perto de sua área. O Esmeraldino só se aproximava em bolas paradas ou em tentativas de longa distância. Mais uma vez com a bola no chão, apenas da intensa chuva, o Rubro-Negro chegou, e foi a vez de Elias brilhar como protagonista. Ele recebeu de Amaral e finalizou de forma rápida, forte e certeira: 2 a 1. Na comemoração, a mão no rosto simulando uma máscara hospitalar, em alusão à internação do filho Davi. O camisa 8 conseguia retribuir o carinho da torcida, que mais uma vez gritou o nome do garoto nas arquibancadas.

Hernane jogo Flamengo contra Goiás Copa do Brasil (Foto: Ivo Gonzalez / Agência O Globo)Hernane fez o gol de empate diante do Goiás no Maracanã (Foto: Ivo Gonzalez / Agência O Globo)

Gol de Hernane mal anulado

Com a necessidade de fazer dois gols para conquistar a classificação, Enderson Moreira voltou ao esquema mais tradicional com um atacante mais característico, ao promover a entrada de Welinton Júnior no lugar de Roni.  Mas foi o Flamengo que chegou ao gol, embora a arbitragem comandada por Leandro Vuaden tenha errado ao marcar impedimento de Hernane e anulado o lance. O Goiás lançou Junior Viçosa e ensaiou uma pressão. Renan Oliveira e Welinton Júnior perderam chances claras, deixando ainda mais evidente a falta que Walter faz ao time. O Flamengo sentiu, e Jayme de Almeida colocou Diego Silva no lugar de Carlos Alberto, que saiu sob misto de vaias e aplausos. A torcida, percebendo a importância do momento, passou a empurrar com mais intensidade.

A partir dos 20 minutos o Esmeraldino passou a ficar mais com a bola e aumentou seu volume de jogo. O Rubro-Negro tentou compactar a marcação para matar o jogo no contra-ataque. Os erros no último passe, no entanto, impediam o sucesso da estratégia. E quando a bola chegou a que pudesse finalizar a gol, Paulinho jogo quase na arquibancada, mesmo depois de receber sozinho na área o cruzamento de Hernane, de frente para Renan. A torcida, no entanto, parecia não se importar naquele momento. A vantagem era confortável, ambiente perfeito para os gritos começaram a ecoar com mais intensidade. A classificação estava garantida, e a festa no Maracanã também. Com direito a deitar e rolar no gramado.

 

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Police name badges to become optional

November 7, 2013 – 9:28AM

Marissa Calligeros

brisbanetimes.com.au reporter

Queensland police will no longer be required to wear name badges due to concerns for their safety amid the crackdown on outlaw bikie gangs.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart made name badges optional for all sworn officers from the rank of Constable to Senior Sergeant on October 5 this year, it has been revealed.

Instead, officers can apply to wear a badge displaying their rank and registered officer number only.

Standard badges include an officer’s rank and full name.

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All watchhouse officers and commissioned officers can also apply to have badges displaying only their rank and registration number.

‘‘The policy was made following a number of considerations including officer safety,’’ police said in a statement.

The move means the public will not be able to easily identify police officers by name, which civil libertarians have argued is a return to the ‘‘bad old days’’.

Queensland Council of Civil Liberties spokesman Michael Cope warned the move could create scenes similar to those in Toronto and London, where officers without name badges were accused of using excessive force while clashing with G20 Summit protesters.

He said Toronto and London police had been accused of removing or hiding their name badges to avoid complaints being made against them.

‘‘Large numbers of police were disciplined on the basis that they had removed or hidden their name badges in Toronto,’’ Mr Cope said.

But Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the public could be confident in the ‘‘honesty, integrity and professionalism’’ of officers.

He said he recommended name badges be made optional after he was contacted by Premier Campbell Newman about the bikie crackdown.

‘‘A couple of days later I was advised my idea had been agreed to and that it would be implemented immediately,’’ Mr Leavers said.

Mr Cope said police name badges were introduced as a ‘‘fundamental accountability measure’’ after the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption in Queensland.

‘‘It’s going back to the bad old days,’’ he said, referring to the widespread police corruption that occurred under the Joh Bjelke Petersen-led state government in the 1970s and 80s.

‘‘People don’t remember numbers, they remember names.

‘‘If police are so concerned about their safety they should have silent phone numbers.’’

The Brisbane Times