Messi honors Maradona, the Spanish boycotts the minute of silence and Mourinho is a pony
The death of Diego Armando Maradona will be a topic again in many places over the weekend. What also caught my eye – a dozen small and big football stories.
Lionel Messi scored the goal in the 4-0 home win of FC Barcelona against Osasuna. After the beautiful goal, the Argentine took off his jersey – and presented himself in a red and black jersey of the Newell’s Old Boys:
Messi played for the club from his hometown Rosario until he moved to Barcelona at the age of 13. Maradona was also briefly under contract with Newell’s Old Boys when he returned to Argentinian club football in 1993 after many years in Europe. The shirt that Messi showed the world was supposedly worn by Maradona himself in a match before he gave it to his successor Messi many years later.
Good intentions or not: According to the rules, Messi saw a yellow card for taking off his jersey while celebrating the goal. The referee was there but not well: “When I reached into my pocket to pick up the card, it hurt my heart. I was just doing my job. But I think FIFA should adapt this rule. “
Messi’s heatmap against Osasuna:
When they saw after the game where Lionel Messi was during the game, it was astonishing. «It looks like a goat», remarked a fan, and of course he meant the «GOAT», the «Greatest of All Times». Although this heat map reminds me of a poodle.
The 2-0 for Barcelona was achieved by Antoine Griezmann. The world champion has had difficult weeks, but is now getting better and better. With a brutal direct decrease from 18 meters, the Frenchman scored his third goal in the last four games:
Dalma Maradona’s tears
The Newell’s Old Boys played at Boca Juniors, Maradona’s favorite club. Daughter Dalma watched in his box in the Bombonera and she wept bitter tears after Boca’s opening goal. Edwin Cardona twisted a free kick into the goal, after which the Boca players celebrated by putting down a Maradona shirt in front of his box. All of them did not appear with their own names on the shirt, all of them read, of course: Maradona.
Nothing captivates Argentina like the duel between arch-rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. And nothing unites Argentina like love and these days the mourning for Diego Maradona. Before the game between River and Rosario Central, the players formed the legendary shirt number 10:
Naples in Spezialtrikots
Outside Argentina, the grief is probably nowhere greater than in Naples. After all, “El Pibe de Oro” led the SSC Napoli to their only two championship titles against the wealthy big clubs from northern Italy. Before, during and after the 4-0 victory over AS Roma, Diego Maradona was present. Napoli played in jerseys that are reminiscent of those of the Argentine national team and the minute’s silence was not held before kick-off, but after ten minutes – in memory of Maradona’s shirt number. In keeping with the occasion, Lorenzo Insigne pocketed a remarkable free kick to make it 1-0 in the Roma goal.
“All Blacks” adopt Diego
Before the final game of the Tri-Nations series against Argentina, New Zealand’s national rugby team also remembered Diego Maradona. Sam Cane, the captain of the “All Blacks”, put down his team’s iconic black jersey with the name Maradonas and the number 10 before his team got down to the haka.
Afterwards, the New Zealanders’ sympathy for the “Pumas” was limited. They won 38-0 in return for their first ever loss to Argentina, which they suffered two weeks ago.
Protest against minute’s silence
The world has heard little or nothing from footballer Paula Dapena, but now she is in focus. Because she didn’t stand still, but because she sat down when there was a minute’s silence for Diego Maradona. «Recently on the day for the elimination of gender-based violence this gesture was not made. And if there is no minute’s silence for the victims, I am not ready to do this for a perpetrator, ”said the player of the Spanish third division club Viajes Interrias, according to the newspaper“ Marca ”, explaining her actions. “I said that I refuse to observe the minute’s silence for a rapist, pedophile and offender and that I have to sit on the floor and turn around.” Dapena and her colleagues lost the game 0:10.
The juice is running out in Malta
Exactly at the moment when a penalty is taken, a power outage occurs in large parts of the Mediterranean island of Malta. You can find the whole story here.
Mourinho is a pony
The slogan “Ridden yesterday, already with chips today” on the advertising banner of an Aargau butcher caused a sensation at the weekend. José Mourinho also has it with horses – at least with the small version of it. After the disappointing 0-0 win against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur remains leaders of the Premier League, but Mourinho rejected all dreams of the title:
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José Mourinho’s best sayings:
If Tottenham is a pony then what are arch-rivals Arsenal? A cat who thinks it’s a horse? The Gunners conceded their third home defeat in a row, a 1: 2 against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves-Mexican Raul Jimenez could do little to help. After a violent collision with David Luiz, he had to be treated in the field for a long time and transferred to the hospital. From there the all clear was later given: Jimenez is doing well so far.
Seferovic becomes a Christ Child
Nice gesture from Haris Seferovic. The Swiss international and his wife Amina have announced that they will be giving presents to children in various orphanages in Lisbon. And they call on socially disadvantaged people to contact them in order to also receive something from the Christ Child from Sursee. “This year was a difficult year for a lot of people”, write the Seferovic couple. «We would like to make ten of you happy for Christmas. Maybe you or your children need something urgently or have wanted something for a long time. “
I have one more
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