A BOLA – Tiago Dantas is on loan again (Benfica)

A BOLA – Tiago Dantas is on loan again (Benfica)

Tiago Dantas will not be part of Benfica’s squad next season and will be, again, on loan, but now to a I Division team in Portugal.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, a product of the Reds’ formation, was transferred last season to Bayern, but played little – used twice in the main team and five in the secondary, which plays in the II Division.

The Germans decided not to exercise the €7.5 million call option clause. Benfica understands that Tiago Dantas, next season, should have the opportunity to play regularly. And he prefers to have him close, to better follow his evolution. There are several teams that would like to host Tiago Dantas and, at the moment, two are on the front line.

Benfica will decide, very soon, which team best suits the characteristics of the young man, who should no longer be playing at Seixal on Friday at the beginning of the eagles pre-season.

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A BOLA – Everton starter in the rout of Brazil against Peru (Copa America)

A BOLA – Everton starter in the rout of Brazil against Peru (Copa America)

Brazil, with the Benfica player Everton at the beginning (replaced at half-time), thrashed Peru, by 4-0, at the Nilton Santos stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, in the second round of Group B of the Copa América.

After the 3-0 against Venezuela, by José Peseiro, the team led by Tite once again built a comfortable victory, this time with goals from Alex Sandro (12′), Neymar (68′) and substitutes Everton Ribeiro (89′), who took the place of the extreme eagles, and Richarlison (90+3′).

Brazil now has six points in the first place in the group, two more points than Colombia, which occupies the second position. Venezuela is still in third place, with a point, while Ecuador and Peru, teams that only have one game played, have not yet scored.

In the first game of the second round, Colombia and Venezuela tied without a goal.

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A BOLA – Luis Díaz sent off in Venezuela’s heroic draw with Colombia (video) (Copa América)

A BOLA – Luis Díaz sent off in Venezuela’s heroic draw with Colombia (video) (Copa América)

Venezuela, coached by José Peseiro, scored the first point in group B of the Copa América. After the defeat against Brazil in the opening round, this Thursday, the Venezuelan team, heavily hit by a Covid-19 outbreak, imposed a goalless draw against Colombia.

Reinaldo Rueda launched Matheus Uribe in the eleven and Luis Díaz left the bench in the 60′. You coffee growers created countless chances but Wuilker Faríñez, Venezuela’s goalkeeper, had a very inspired night and stopped all attempts to score goals, including a spectacular bicycle shot by Uribe, FC Porto midfielder, in the second half. In added time, Luis Díaz stepped on an opponent in a tougher entry and saw a direct red card. See the video:

With this null, Colombia, who in the next round will face Peru, will add four points, while Venezuela (faces Ecuador in the next round) has one.

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THE BALL – Eagles make an effort to convince Steven Nzonzi (Benfica)

THE BALL – Eagles make an effort to convince Steven Nzonzi (Benfica)

Dealing with departures until the end of the month is Benfica’s priority, to balance the score, but the structure of professional football, now reinforced with Rui Pedro Braz, new general director for football, is already working on strengthening the squad.

The signings will be announced in July. And one of the targets is the Frenchman Steven Nzonzi, for which embodied people are willing to make a financial effort.

The 32-year-old French defensive midfielder, 1.96 meters, pleases Jorge Jesus and SAD a lot. He has another year of contract with Roma, but José Mourinho does not have him.

The reds know that the Italians want to free themselves from the high salary burden of €3 million clean per year and will try to convince Nzonzi.

Rennes, to which Nzonzi has been on loan for the past two seasons, are in the running for a permanent signing.

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A BOLA – Atlético Madrid marks its position on João Félix (Atletico Madrid)

A BOLA – Atlético Madrid marks its position on João Félix (Atletico Madrid)

«João Félix does not leave Atlético Madrid». This was the categorical message emanating from the club mattress, following news pointing to the possible transfer of the 21-year-old player to Manchester City, in a deal that would lead Bernardo Silva to take the opposite route.

The newspaper ‘AS’ writes that the Portuguese international has a captive place in Diego Simeone’s team in the coming season, with any exit scenario being definitely ruled out in this season.

João Félix, remember, arrived at Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2019 from Benfica, in exchange for €126 million.

It is linked to the emblem of the Spanish capital until 2026, with a cancellation clause of €350 M.

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A BOLA – Carlinhos returns to Portugal to represent Portimonense (Portimonense)

A BOLA – Carlinhos returns to Portugal to represent Portimonense (Portimonense)

Portimonense secured the hiring of Brazilian midfielder Carlinhos, who has already represented Estoril and V. Setúbal in Portugal.

The 26-year-old spent the last year at Vasco da Gama, where he participated in 42 games, scoring two goals.

Portimonense had already tried to sign him in January and is now all set to sign the player’s contract until 2024.

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A BOLA – Conceição wants a scorer equal to Marega: the names on the table (FC Porto)

A BOLA – Conceição wants a scorer equal to Marega: the names on the table (FC Porto)

Scorer of 72 goals and 33 assists in 190 games for FC Porto, Marega is one of the confirmed departures from the FC Porto squad and will have to be properly addressed in this summer market.

The Malian international’s farewell opens a wave in the attack of the national runners-up and SAD is already on the ground to speed up some dossiers relating to the composition of the squad, including the hiring of a goalkeeper, capable of at least reaching the numbers from the Malian, who decided to head to Saudi Arabia.

In the offices of Pinto da Costa and the rest of the SAD top there are many names that are being evaluated, including Beto, a forward from Portimonense, who was one of the pleasant surprises of the last edition of the championship.

One of Porto coach Sergio Conceição’s old dreams is Morelos, Rangers’ spearhead. A fine forward, with great finishing skills, but the biggest problem lies in its price: at least 20 million euros.

Another name suggested was that of Spanish striker Rafa Mir, 23, who last season played for Wolverhampton at Huesca. He is managed by Jorge Mendes and despite the Spanish club having dropped the 1.91 meter striker, he scored 16 goals in 39 games

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A BOLA – Exchange Bernardo Silva-João Félix in sight? (Manchester City)

A BOLA – Exchange Bernardo Silva-João Félix in sight?  (Manchester City)

The information is being advanced by Eurosport: Manchester City and Atlético Madrid are considering advancing to an exchange between Bernardo Silva and João Félix.

That source says that the English club has Harry Kane as the priority target in the summer transfer market. If the attack by the Tottenham striker fails, Pep Guardiola has defined Félix as an alternative to reinforce the attack of the cityzens.

Atlético Madrid, reports Eurosport, is willing to give up the Portuguese international, signed from Benfica in 2019 for €126 million, demanding in return the inclusion of Bernardo Silva in the deal.

In recent days, the Man. City winger was also appointed as a possible reinforcement for Barcelona, ​​in a deal that would also take João Cancelo to Camp Nou.

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A BOLA – Return of the public «is being worked on» (Sport)

A BOLA – Return of the public «is being worked on» (Sport)

The Minister of Education with the Ministry of Sports, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, guaranteed that the Government is working with the “sport sector” for the return of the public, after receiving indications from the General Directorate of Health (DGS).

“The important thing is to know how we are going to organize ourselves. DGS gave us indications and guidelines on how to proceed. We will continue to work with the sector so that this resumption of sport can happen, effectively, efficiently, and with the public that loves sport so much», he declared in Lisbon.

“We will seek conditions for the public to return to the stadiums, gradually, with strict and differentiated rules depending on the number of spectators in open spaces and in closed spaces”, he stressed, recalling that testing at sporting or cultural events is “a complementary measure to mitigate any and all danger of the spread of the disease”.

Since almost the entire country this week entered a new phase of disconfinement, sporting competitions at the levels of training and amateur modalities can have 33% of the capacity of the venues.

In the next phase of deconfinement, scheduled for after June 28, the DGS will also determine the regulations on public access to competitions at professional levels or similar, also for a maximum of one third of capacity.

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A BOLA – Pogba talks about “show to shake”, Kimmich warns Portugal (Euro

A BOLA – Pogba talks about “show to shake”, Kimmich warns Portugal (Euro

Pogba shone in Munich but downplayed his influence in France’s victory over Germany (1-0), Portugal’s opponents in Group F of Euro-2020.

«The team’s performance is what is important to highlight. Without my teammates I wouldn’t have played so well. We all made an effort», validated the United midfielder, dispensing with the label of star of the night.

“We know we need to respect our brand of world champions, never losing humility,” he said, recognizing the importance of a triumphant entry into such a powerful group, with three title contenders: “We all know what this first game means. It sets the pace for the entire competition and it was a very close game, but I think that tonight we gave a show that could make our opponents tremble.”

For his part, Kimmich has already left a warning to Portugal: «France is the big favorite in the competition, but we want to show in the next game that we are among the candidates.»

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