Flamengo clasifica a la Libertadores 2014 tras ganar la Copa de Brasil

Flamengo ganó la Copa del Brasil y ya está en la Bridgestone Libertadores del 2014.


El Flamengo conquistó este miércoles la Copa de Brasil, un torneo local que da un boleto a la Copa Libertadores 2014, tras imponerse 2-0 al Atlético Paranaense en el partido de vuelta de la final disputado en el Maracaná de Rio de Janeiro.

En el partido de ida ambos sellaron un empate 1-1 en Curitiba que le daba ya ventaja al rubronegro carioca.

El Flamengo, que se recupera de una racha de malos resultados en esta temporada, llenó el Maracaná, sede de la final del Mundial de fútbol de 2014, con casi 69.000 espectadores.

Es la tercera Copa de Brasil del Flamengo.

La fiesta se encendió casi al final del partido en los pies de Elias (86) y Hernane (90+4), después de un partido poco brillante.

“Con 60.000 (hinchas) no podía ser otro resultado a no ser el título. Pero para todos que están aquí, quería decir que en la unión está la fuerza, y la hinchada empujó al equipo”, celebró Hernane, que se coronó artillero del torneo con ocho tantos.

El entrenador Jayme de Almeida se lleva buena parte del crédito, pues reconstruyó el equipo después del despido de Mano Menezes, también exseleccionador brasileño, luego de una derrota precisamente ante el Paranaense.

El Flamengo, que tiene tres Copas de Brasil, tiene también el título de la Libertadores de 1981.

Texto y foto: AFP

Edición: conmebol.com


Preview: Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets

Saturday, 30 November 2013 9:30 AM

Preview: Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets

Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets will meet in Round 8 of the 2013-14 A-League season at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, November 30 at 7.45pm AEDT.

Played: 27 – Wins: Sydney 14, Newcastle 6, Draws: 7

Previous encounter:
Sydney FC 2-0 Newcastle, October 11, 2013

Past five matches (including pre-season):
Sydney: WWWLL

The Game:
This clash brings together the A-League’s two form sides with both enjoying three-game winning streaks. Sydney left it late to beat Wellington last weekend, with new-boy Ranko Despotovic’s 94th-minute tap-in handing the Sky Blues a 2-1 win. Coach Frank Farina will be forced into at least one change with defender Pedj Bojic suspended following his red card against the Phoenix. Matthew Jurman is likely to come into the starting side in central defence, pushing Sebastian Ryall to right back. Newcastle’s unbeaten run has stretched to six games following their 3-1 win over the Melbourne Heart last Sunday, with young Socceroos striker Adam Taggart contributing a sublime hat-trick. Jets coach Gary van Egmond hinted following the clash with the Heart that marquee man Emile Heskey is now ready to play from the start, with Andrew Hoole likely to drop out if that’s the case. The Jets have a poor record against Sydney with just six wins from 27 clashes and their only loss this season was against the Sky Blues in round one.

The big issue:
Sydney – Discipline. While the Sky Blues have found some form over the last few weeks, two of the three straight wins have come with 10-men. Defenders Marc Warren and Bojic have seen red in the club’s last two home games while Brazilian centre-back Tiago Calvano is set for a lengthy ban following his man-handling of referee Peter Green against the Melbourne Victory in round five. While Farina can’t question his side’s passion and commitment, they may need to tone things done if they are to keep their good run going.

Newcastle – Stick with a successful formula or tempt fate and change winning team? That’s the question Jets boss Gary van Egmond needs to answer heading into this game. The Jets mentor is keen to get Heskey into his starting XI but his side have shown they can get results without the Englishman who has come off the bench the last few weeks. There’s no doubt Heskey is an important part of the Newcastle structure but it would be tough on any of the current starting side to lose their spot after such a dominant run in recent weeks.

The game breaker:
Adam Taggart – Can it be anyone else than the Jets’ in-form striker? Taggart has scored the Jets’ last six goals – including the season’s first hat-trick last weekend – playing a leading role in the club’s three-game winning streak. And his goals have been anything but simple tap-ins, with a number of the 20-year-old Socceroos attacker’s strikes coming from outside the area. Off-contract at the end of the season, the Jets should act fast to re-sign Taggart with a number of clubs from both the A-League and abroad sure to be taking note of his rich vein of form.


Football Federation Australia

A Tale of Two Olympic Cities: Moscow 1980 and Sochi 2014

Torchbearer Yevgeny Lisitsa skiing in the 2014 relay.
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Torchbearer Yevgeny Lisitsa skiing in the 2014 relay.


At first glance, Moscow could not be more different from Sochi.

The black tie Russian capital, 1,360 kilometers north of Sochi, has little time or patience for the Speedos and flip flops that dot the Black Sea resort’s landscape.

But with less than three months left before the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympic Games, Moscow and Sochi — two Olympic cities — do not seem as different. Both cities’ Games have been plagued by bureaucratic headaches, calls for a boycott and numerous scandals, including authorities “cleaning up shop” at the expense of residents.

But whereas the 1980 Moscow Olympics were a cause for concern for Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev — prompting him to write a letter to his future successor Konstantin Chernenko about the “enormous amount of money” to be spent on the Games — the Sochi Olympics seem to be- a call to bravado for President Vladimir Putin.

The exact cost of the Moscow Games remains unknown, but the Russian Federal Archives Agency’s data suggests that it hovered around 2 billion rubles.

Three and a half decades later, Sochi’s initial budget of $12 billion has risen to a vertiginous $51 billion, making the Games the most expensive in Olympic history.

Different times, different concerns. But Putin’s and Brezhnev’s respective Games are united by the bureaucratic processes that underpin then.

“Decision-making in Sochi, which comes from the president who oversees everything, is reminiscent of Soviet ways,” said Mikhail Prozumenshchikov, deputy director of the Russian Federal Archive of Contemporary History.

“The extensive use of administrative resources is common to the Moscow and Sochi Games,” he said.

Putin’s Games — much like Brezhnev’s — have already been fraught with Western criticism of the president’s micro-management and decrees, adding to the corruption and human rights violations that have plagued preparations for the Games.


Valery Shustov / RIA Novosti

Soviet basketball player Sergei Belov lighting the Olympic flame at the 1980 Games

Although the Official Report of the 1980 Organizing Committee stressed that “the Soviet state had supported the idea of holding the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow from the outset,” Brezhnev secretly entertained doubts about hosting the event.

“Besides the enormous cost, there may be all sorts of scandals that could disgrace the Soviet Union. Maybe we should reconsider this issue and refuse to hold the Olympics,” Brezhnev wrote to Chernenko, echoing a concern that might have crossed Putin’s mind as more organizations and public figures have called for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Games.

“It is difficult to explain why Brezhnev would write such a letter,” said Prozumenshchikov. “We think he momentarily became intensely worried about the country’s economic situation when he wrote the letter in late 1975 and believed hosting the Olympics would only worsen the situation.”

Both of Brezhnev’s fears materialized. Not only did the Soviet economy plummet after the Moscow Games, but the country was humiliated by a boycott initiative led by the U.S. to protest the U.S.S.R.’s invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979.

As a result, 61 countries including the U.S., Britain, Canada and China, boycotted the Games, although some athletes from boycotting countries competed under the neutral Olympic flag.

“The boycott really tarnished the Games,” said Vitaly Smirnov, the first chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, and current honorary president of the Russian Olympic Committee. “We were ready to host 140 countries, which would have been a new record. Only 81 countries showed up.”

“Authorities did not understand the repercussions of the boycott on the athletes and the organizing process. Nor did they care,” he said.

While a boycott of Putin’s Games is unlikely, talk of skipping the Games has intensified.

The biggest bone of contention, the anti-gay propaganda law signed by President Vladimir Putin in July, has triggered international appeals to boycott the Games to draw attention to Russia’s poor human rights record.

But it is not only Russia’s attitude toward homosexuals that has come under fire. Activists have also condemned the government’s treatment of the migrant laborers who are building Olympic facilities in Sochi.

Human Rights Watch released a report last January detailing several violations of workers’ rights, including poor housing conditions, delayed payment of wages, withholding of identity documents and excessive working hours.

The report also criticized Olympstroi, the state corporation in charge of construction in Sochi, for remaining oblivious to the violations.

Out of Town

“Cleaning up” campaigns that inconvenience locals have also been a recurring theme in both Moscow’s and Sochi’s Games.

Prozumenshchikov of the Russian Federal Archive of Contemporary History believes Moscow became a textbook communist city during the 1980 Games: everything was clean and orderly, and there was plenty of food.

Alcoholics, beggars, prostitutes and petty thieves were displaced 100 kilometers outside the Moscow Ring Road.

“Authorities ‘cleaned-up’ the city in different ways,” explained Prozumenshchikov.

“In some cases, there even seemed to be a tacit agreement between the authorities and petty criminals that they were not to cause any trouble during the Games. ‘You might be a thief, but you still need to be a patriot of your country’ was the general understanding. ”

Students were sent away for the summer to free up space in the city’s dormitories, conferences were canceled and the city was completely closed to all transit transportation.

Putin’s decree on placing a moratorium on rallies and limiting access to certain areas in and around Sochi will create a similar situation.

But measures taken for the Sochi Games have arguably been more drastic, with residents forced to relocate to make way for new facilities.

Locals who live in Sochi’s Olympic hospitality zone will face fines if they refuse to renovate the exterior of their homes, as will residents who have “chaotic” balconies with laundry hanging out to dry or improperly installed air conditioners.

And Sochi’s “clean-up” effort has extended to animals as well.

City authorities reportedly held a tender in search of a company to “dispose of” more than 2,000 stray animals in the area ahead of the Olympics.

Infrastructure Adventures


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Athletes from all over the world holding up flags at the 1980 Olympics.

Unlike Sochi, Moscow possessed pre-existing infrastructure and venues suitable for hosting the Olympics. The only pre-existing site the Sochi Organizing Committee had was the Caucasus mountain range, pure natural happenstance.

Moscow had been hosting large sporting events for decades, latently preparing for the summer of 1980. In 1928, the Russian capital hosted the first summer “Spartakiada,” an international sporting event held until 1937 to counter the “capitalist” Olympic movement. Moscow’s Central Dynamo Stadium, which seats 36,450, was built for the occasion.

Luzhniki Stadium, the venue for the 2013 World Track and Field Championships and the 2018 UEFA World Cup, was completed in 1956 for that year’s Spartakiada.

The complex hosted another six Spartakiadas before the Moscow Games.

“No one hid the fact that the 1979 summer Spartakiada was a rehearsal for the Moscow Games,” Prozumenshchikov said. “Many foreign athletes participated and it was a great way to test the venues, but also the surrounding infrastructure — hotels, services and the like.”

While Moscow had been ready for decades, Sochi is still a little behind schedule.

Putin has been outspoken about problems and delays in preparations for the Games, even publicly dismissing and lambasting an official in charge of construction works in February.

Vitaly Smirnov, the honorary president of the Olympic Committee, also admitted that there were delays in construction.

“The Fisht Stadium is not quite ready,” he said, proudly displaying his personal pictures of the venues in Sochi.

The interior of Fisht Stadium, the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, is covered in piles of floor tiles with less than three months to go before the Games.

The stadium’s building contractors have been accused of intentionally delaying work to demand more pay, showcasing the rampant corruption of Russia’s construction sector.

Analysts and activists say the staggering price of the Games suggests that the government has turned a blind eye to billions of dollars embezzled in corrupt building contracts.

One report by opposition politician and Sochi native Boris Nemtsov puts the amount of money embezzled at $25 billion to $30 billion.

But Smirnov said he had no doubt that everything would be completed on time.

“Russians’ character makes them believe they need to host, even if it kills them,” Smirnov said. “They take everything they have and put it on the table. This is what we will do in Sochi. Everything will be ready.”

Measures taken to prepare Moscow for the 1980 Games continue to benefit the Russian capital to this day.

The city more than doubled the capacity of its hotels, built the larger of two terminal complexes at Sheremetyevo International Airport and built new television stations to broadcast to the Far East.

The legacy of the Sochi Games remains unknown. But critics have said the city’s expensive new sporting facilities — the product of backbreaking labor and corruption — will not be accessible to ordinary residents in the long term.

The Moscow Times

Gas leak closes roads in Sydney’s CBD

November 29, 2013 – 10:16AM

Amanda Hoh

Video Journalist

Shops and businesses have been evacuated as a result of a gas leak on the corner of George and Liverpool Street in Sydney’s CBD.

A number of surrounding roads have been closed.

A gas main was ruptured by construction workers just before 8.30am on Friday.

At 9.15am, Liverpool Street was closed westbound between Kent and George Street, with traffic heavy through the area.


According to the Transport Management Centre, buses that would usually terminate at Circular Quay are diverting off George Street. There are flow-on delays for buses of about 30 minutes, the Transport Management Centre says.

“The leak is a relatively small one given the size of the main,” a NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

Buildings surrounding the construction site were found to have a gas reading of zero but were evacuated as a precaution, a NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

“It’s a very low level but we can’t take any chances. The contractors will dig up the footpath to stop the leak.”

People have been evacuated from the construction area.

While the spokesman said the gas main is 75 millimetres in size and the leak “will dissipate quickly”, there are still fears an explosion could occur.

“With a gas leak there is always that fear – that’s why they evacuate and that’s why the firies will stay around there to make sure there are no ignition sources,” he said.

“If there’s something that ignites it, you can have some sort of explosion.”

It’s expected to take constructions workers up to two hours to dig into the footpath to reach the gas main for repairs.

The spokesman said the construction site may be a renovation of an existing building but he was unsure which company the contractors are from or how the main was damaged.

It is unknown when access to the evacuated buildings and closed streets will be granted.

with Jacob Saulwick and Charmaine Wong


The Sydney Morning Herald

Bathurst Public School has angered parents after banning girls from wearing shorts

November 29, 2013

Amy McNeilage



Short-changed: From left, Bella Morris, 6, and mum Zoe, Elliott Miller, 6 and mum Renee.

A NSW primary school has banned girls from wearing shorts and made the wearing of dresses mandatory against the wishes of a number of students and their parents.

Bathurst Public School recently edited its uniform policy, deleting the summer shorts option for girls and leaving only the tunic.

I thought ‘we moved to Australia and it’s the 1950s still’

Parents say they only found out about the change when their girls came home bearing the news.

Zoe Rodwell assumed her daughter Bella, who is in kindergarten, had misinterpreted the message. ”It seemed absurd. I really didn’t give it much thought,” she said.


The original copy of the 2013 Parent Information Booklet clearly lists ”navy tailored shorts or navy shorts with school emblem and white polo shirt” as a summer uniform option for girls.

But an edited version shows that option has now been removed, leaving only the ”summer tunic – blue, white and grey checks with navy tie”. Girls are now only allowed to wear shorts during sport.

”Bella doesn’t really identify with gender stereotypes and that’s been a really conscious thing from me and my husband,” Ms Rodwell said. ”She owns dresses and likes to wear them out to dinner or when she goes to the theatre.

”But when she runs around in the playground she doesn’t want to wear a dress and I think that’s really reasonable because when I go running around or go off to yoga I don’t wear a dress either.”

The school’s principal, Kate White did not respond to Fairfax Media’s request for comment. But she told the Western Advocate some girls had become competitive over brand-name shorts and others were wearing shorts inappropriately.

She said that if parents wanted their daughters to wear shorts they just had to let the school know.

Dr Prudence Black, from the department of gender and cultural studies at the University of Sydney, says the debate is an example of how gendering through dress comes in at a very early age. ”Young kids should be able to feel comfortable when they leap and hop and tumble and turn and shorts would seem to be a pretty good garment to do that in,” she said.

Renee Miller, who enrolled her 6-year-old daughter Elliott at the school recently after moving from the US, says she was ”so shocked” when she heard about the change.

”I thought ‘we moved to Australia and it’s the 1950s still’.”

A uniform committee was formed last week and will hold its first meeting on December 11.

The Sydney Morning Herald

FIFA.COM divulga a vitória do Flamengo na final da Copa do Brasil Perdigão 2013

Flamengo volta a fazer festa no Maracanã

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Parecia improvável, com um caminho que possuía como obstáculos quatro entre os cinco melhores times da temporada 2013. Um por um, porém, os adversários foram caindo. Cruzeiro, Botafogo, Goiás… Em todos eles, o Flamengo foi decisivo em sua casa, o novo Maracanã. E não foi diferente nesta quarta-feira. Empurrado do começo ao fim por um estádio lotado, o Rubro-Negro carioca demorou, mas marcou duas vezes, com Elias e Hernane, e fez sua torcida explodir. Por 2 a 0, derrotou o Atlético Paranaense e levantou a Copa do Brasil pela terceira vez.

Campeão também em 1990 e 2006, o Flamengo encerra de forma brilhante uma temporada irregular, marcada pelo inesperado pedido de demissão do técnico Mano Menezes, no dia 19 de setembro. O auxiliar Jayme de Almeida assumiu, e os atletas corresponderam, completando a campanha na Copa do Brasil. O clube, que já havia derrotado Remo, Campinense, Asa e Cruzeiro – o campeão nacional -, foi soberano diante de Botafogo, Goiás e Atlético Paranaense.

Como se completasse um ciclo, o Fla levanta a taça ao derrotar o mesmo Furacão que lhe impôs uma derrota doída, a que marcou a saída de Mano Menezes. Do mesmo modo, encerrou o duelo com um gol de Hernane, o Brocador, artilheiro do novo Maracanã e da Copa do Brasil.

A partida
Ninguém se expôs demais na etapa inicial, e o Flamengo, empurrado pela torcida, foi quem mais buscou o gol, enquanto o Atlético Paranaense apostava nos contra-ataques. O primeiro bom momento veio em um chute de fora da área de Luiz Antonio, logo aos seis minutos, e Weverton fez boa defesa para evitar o gol. Aos 19, Paulinho também tentou um arremate de longe, mas sem sucesso.

O Furação teve problemas para encaixar ataques em velocidade, e a melhor chance de gol dos primeiros 45 minutos viria também do time da casa. Em cobrança de falta aos 41, Luiz Antonio bateu colocado, por fora da barreira, e acertou a junção do travessão com o poste. Quatro minutos depois, os dois times foram para os vestiários com o placar ainda mostrando 0 a 0.

Na segunda etapa, precisando da vitória, o Atlético tomou postura mais ofensiva. Aos 11, Dellatorre entrou no lugar de Felipe, e o resultado da alteração ficou nítido logo, logo. Foi do próprio Dellatorre o primeiro chute de perigo do Furacão – um tiro de fora da área, que passou por cima da meta do goleiro Felipe. Jayme de Almeida respondeu fortalecendo o setor defensivo, colocando Diego Silva no lugar de Carlos Eduardo. Pouco depois, o Fla criou uma ótima chance com Hernane chutando de canhota, mas Weverton fez a defesa.

O tempo passava, e o jogo ficava mais aberto. O Atlético passou a concentrar suas forças em bolas aéreas, e o Flamengo tentava subidas em velocidade pelas laterais. Paulinho chegou duas vezes, pela direita e pela esquerda, mas parou em Weverton. Hernane, aos 39, acertou um lindo voleio, mas a bola explodiu na zaga. Finalmente, aos 42, o Maracanã explodiu de alegria. Paulinho fez boa jogada dentro da área, pela esquerda, e tocou para Elias, que bateu colocado, no contrapé de Weverton.

E se as arquibancadas já festejavam antes do apito final, quando Hernane dominou e mandou para o fundo das redes aos 49, decretando o 2 a 0, o novo Maracanã viu sua maior torcida festejar um título pela primeira vez na casa reformada.



Thomas Müller já pensa até em final com o Galo

Thomas Müller já pensa até em final com o Galo

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Há cinco anos, Thomas Mueller estreava pelo time principal do Bayern de Munique. Desde então, muita coisa aconteceu para o alemão de 24 anos. Em 2010, ele levou para casa a Chuteira de Ouro adidas da Copa do Mundo da FIFA. Em 2012, chegou às semifinais da Euro com a seleção germânica. Em 2013, foi a vez da tríplice coroa conquistada com o Bayern.

Mueller pode não estar entre os jogadores mais habilidosos do futebol mundial. Porém, o alemão, dono de um estilo bastante eficiente e muito importante coletivamente, acabou se tornando indispensável tanto para a seleção da Alemanha quanto para a constelação de craques do Bayern de Munique.

Para o clube bávaro, no qual está desde as categorias de base, o atacante ainda tem muitos planos antes do fim de 2013. “Quero vencer a Copa do Mundo de Clubes da FIFA”, confessou o alemão. Além disso, ele falou um pouco sobre o próprio estilo de jogo, o dinamismo da profissão e a Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014.

Você é profissional desde 2008. O que mudou para você nesse meio tempo?
Thomas Mueller: 
É difícil dizer, estou envelhecendo (risos). Tudo é muito intenso. Graças a Deus, nunca me machuquei. E, por consequência disso, estou jogando há quatro anos e meio praticamente sem descansar. O recesso europeu, que acontece no verão, é sempre apenas uma curta pausa. E isso faz com que fique um pouco difícil de separar uma temporada da outra.

Além da conquista da tríplice coroa, qual é a sua melhor lembrança?
Com certeza, a Copa de 2010 e a primeira temporada como profissional foram incríveis. Ninguém poderia acreditar que também seríamos bem-sucedidos. Chegamos à final da Liga dos Campeões, algo sensacional.

Você prefere jogar como centroavante, caindo pelas pontas ou na armação?
Joguei em algumas posições diferentes este ano, assim como em outras temporadas. Mesmo assim, pouco mudou. Sempre jogo onde o treinador me coloca para jogar. Além disso, isso também depende de cada jogo e cada adversário. Afinal de contas, as equipes rivais sempre mudam a forma de defender.

Como você descreve o seu estilo de jogo?
Sou um jogador que trabalha muito e que faz de tudo para vencer. Creio que entendo o que acontece no futebol e quais tarefas cada posição deve cumprir. Por isso, estou sempre tentando jogar de acordo com as necessidades da equipe, e isso com muita presença em campo. Se quero fazer uma boa partida, preciso estar sempre em movimento. Além disso, procuro apenas complementar a forma de jogar dos meus companheiros para que possamos estar bem coletivamente. Dizem por aí que faço algumas jogadas malucas, mas não concordo muito com isso. Para mim, é tudo muito sensato (risos).

Qual a importância de conquistar a Copa do Mundo de Clubes da FIFA?
É difícil dizer. No resto do mundo, a competição tem uma importância muito grande, talvez maior que o valor que damos para ela aqui na Alemanha. Porém, se estou competindo — e já é bem difícil se classificar todo ano para a competição — quero vencer de todo jeito. O título pode fechar com chave de ouro o ano da tríplice coroa. O Mundial de Clubes é a parte que falta. Por isso, quero vencê-lo. E posso garantir que estou muito motivado para isso.

Você já procurou saber sobre os possíveis adversários?
Sabemos que são clubes de todos os continentes. E, nesses lugares, o futebol talvez seja diferente daquele jogado aqui na Europa. Se não bastasse, são os melhores de cada um desses lugares. Talvez sejamos os favoritos, mas, antes de tudo, isso é algo que teremos de comprovar.

Você já imagina uma final contra o Atlético Mineiro?
É sempre ideal chegar à final. Melhor ainda se for contra uma equipe brasileira, para que possamos já ir nos preparando para o ano que vem (risos).

Caso vença, você dedicará o título também a Jupp Heynckes?
Com certeza, pois ele contribuiu muito para isso. Com ele, conquistamos a tríplice coroa de forma absolutamente merecida, o que garantiu a nossa classificação para o Mundial no Marrocos. E ele não tem culpa alguma de que a competição seja decidida apenas em dezembro.

Pep Guardiola afirmou que dará folga aos jogadores no Marrocos para que vocês possam passear pela cidade. Você aceitaria isso ou preferiria ficar no hotel?
Caso haja a possibilidade, com certeza desfrutarei dela. No decorrer dos anos, passamos tempo demais em hotéis.

É difícil, após um longo ano como este, ter de entrar com tudo para uma competição como o Mundial?
Não, de jeito nenhum. Se fosse uma partida pela Copa da Alemanha, teríamos de vencer da mesma forma.

No Marrocos, será utilizada a tecnologia da linha do gol. Qual é a sua opinião sobre isso?
Não acho que seja ruim, pois não faz mal a ninguém. Além disso, a tecnologia também não tira a autoridade dos árbitros, pois é um auxílio para eles.

Você disse que é difícil se classificar para a Copa do Mundo de Clubes da FIFA. Já pensou que essa possa ser, talvez, a sua única chance de vencê-la?
Na verdade, não. Afinal de contas, tenho de colocar como objetivo no Bayern a possibilidade de poder voltar a disputa-la no futuro.

Na sua opinião, quais as chances de participar outra vez de um Mundial de Clubes?
Acredito que não sejam tão ruins. Conquistamos a tríplice coroa há pouco tempo. Mesmo assim, já estão falando do próximo título. Às vezes é um pouco rápido demais, pois só o importa o que virá. Logo, existe a chance de que as pessoas esqueçam como foi especial a conquista desses três títulos. E eu tenho essa impressão às vezes.

Você lamenta que o futebol seja tão rápido a ponto de não deixar tempo para os atletas compreenderem o próprio sucesso?
Lamentar talvez não seja o termo certo. Quanto mais você ganha, mais se espera que você continue assim. Se você vence muitos jogos, espera-se não só que você vença o próximo, mas que domine o adversário. Essa é uma reação bastante normal, e ninguém tem a intenção de fazer isso. As pessoas têm cada vez mais expectativas sobre nós, principalmente depois de já termos conquistado tantas coisas. Porém, como atleta, isso é um pouco difícil. Se, por exemplo, você chega nas quartas de final de uma Liga dos Campeões, isso não é mais uma conquista, mas, sim, algo que já esperavam de você. Assim, os momentos de satisfação se tornam cada vez mais raros.

Você tem sentido que o Bayern de Munique está cada vez maior, a ponto de ter alcançado um carisma internacional?
Percebemos que esta é a hora certa para o Bayern. Até mesmo a imagem do clube tem sido positiva, relacionada a alegria e diversão. Não temos quase nada de negativo. Há alguns anos, isso era bem diferente. Éramos chamados de FC Hollywood ou de arrogantes. Isso acabou, e somos bem-recebidos em quase todo lugar.

E qual seria o motivo disso?
Somos simpáticos e jogamos um futebol bonito, dinâmico e moderno.

No Marrocos, Franck Ribéry irá surpreender mais uma vez?
O Franck quer surpreender em todos os jogos e tem categoria para tanto. Por isso, penso que não será diferente no Marrocos.

Quem é, na sua opinião, o favorito para a Bola de Ouro FIFA?
No Bayern temos seis indicados, e todos merecidamente. Isso significa que o nosso desempenho na temporada passada foi reconhecido. Assim, também não seria nada de mais afirmar que alguém do Bayern pode vencer.

E quais são as chances da Alemanha na Copa do Mundo da FIFA do ano que vem?
A Alemanha está sem dúvidas no seleto grupo de seleções favoritas, no qual estão presentes três, quatro ou cinco equipes. Entretanto, é preciso ter sorte no futebol. Logo, é dificílimo fazer uma previsão. É claro que queremos o título, mas nunca há uma garantia de que isso irá acontecer.

Qual seleção você preferiria não enfrentar nas primeiras fases?
Na verdade, temos qualidade para derrotar qualquer uma delas.



FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tickets go on sale

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tickets go on sale

Venue pack tickets for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 are now on sale. Purchasers of venue packs will receive price discounts of up to 20 per cent over prices of individual match tickets.

“The National Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 is excited to offer venue ticket packages at discounted rates,” said Victor Montagliani, Chair of the National Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and president of the Canadian Soccer Association. “By making this competition affordable and accessible for all, we are hoping to do our part to help build a legacy for women’s football around the world.”

Of note, purchased venue packs in host cities that will also be part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ will give purchasers an opt-in opportunity to be placed on a priority list for venue packs to the 2015 competition in the same official host city.

Also announced this week, the National Organising Committee confirmed that the Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 will take place at the historic Windsor Hotel in Montréal on 1 March 2014.

“We are all thrilled to be hosting this competition in Canada again,” said Peter Montopoli, Chief Executive Officer for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014. “The last time Canada hosted, back in 2002, we won a silver medal and helped set a still-standing record of 47,784 fans in the final. I have no doubt that Canadians will once again rally behind our U-20 team like they did in 2002.”

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 will feature 16 teams and 32 matches across four Canadian cities: Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Montréal, Québec; and Moncton, New Brunswick. The competition runs from 5 to 24 August 2014.

“Playing on home soil will provide our young female players with the confidence to deliver their best performance yet, while gaining world-class experience,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “As we approach our country’s 150th anniversary in 2017, we are thrilled to join Canadians in honouring this milestone by supporting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and sharing our nation’s proud, competitive and united spirit under the maple leaf.

”Playing at home is an incredible experience,” said Canadian captain Christine Sinclair. “We are confident Canadians will come out and support the up-and-coming Canadian stars on the U-20 team as they did for us in 2002.”

For more information on the ticket products, prices and purchase methods, please click here for more details.



Warning about fake bank notes in Auckland

By Cassandra Mason

9:56 AM Friday Nov 29, 2013
Photo / File

Photo / File

Police have issued a warning about bogus bank notes being circulated in Auckland.

The Counties Manukau Financial Investigation Unit said the fake notes, usually made of paper instead of the genuine water resistant polymer notes, had been surfacing recently in $50 and $100 denominations.

“Some notes that have been found are clearly not genuine,” said detective sergeant Simon Beal.

Counterfeit notes were easily ripped, and felt different to the plastic-like texture of polymer.

They did not carry the signature watermarks of real money, nor the markings in the transparent windows.

While the fake notes had been found at a number of businesses throughout Counties Manukau, the problem affected the Auckland business community and wider New Zealand.

“The issue of counterfeit notes is ongoing, but we need to make it clear that knowingly passing a counterfeit note is a crime,” Mr Beal said.

“If you know it is counterfeit and still pass it on, you are committing a serious offence that is potentially punishable by a lengthy term of imprisonment.

“People should always report to police if they think they have received a fake note, whether in business or given as change.”

If you think you have received fake money, contact Counties Manukau Police Financial Investigation Unit on (09) 262 9121 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


How to detect a fake bank note?


• A real note has ridges which are easily felt on the note.

• Real notes have two transparent windows. One has a fern on the left hand side and an ovoid shape which has the number of the denomination etched on the right hand side.

• Real notes are made of a tough polymer which is resistant to rips and tears. If the note you receive is torn its probably fake.

• Real notes have a shadow of the Queen of England between the person pictured and the ovoid transparent window. Holding the note up to the light will show the shadow of the Queen.


The New Zealand Herald