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.