Luis Suárez, for his part, entered the hotel with his inseparable mate

Luis Suárez, for his part, entered the hotel with his inseparable mate

With 23 years and after three in Barcelona, ​​the most important thing is that he begins to acquire that point of maturity so essential to reach the highest level. There is still faith.

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Of course, Gudelj highlights that he is in good health, asymptomatic and at home. His participation in the first game of the Europa League against Roma is, yes, totally ruled out.

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Sevilla had made public this morning that one of their players had tested positive for covid-19, just when Julen Lopetegui’s team returned to activity to prepare for the final stretch of the Europa League, with a first match against Rome in the German city of Duisburg.

Around midday, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain, Barça arrived at their concentration hotel in Lisbon, the city that hosts the final eight of the Champions League.


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FC Barcelona have landed in Lisbon ahead of the match against Bayern

The Barça expedition was installed in the Sheraton Lisboa hotel, a few meters from the Marqués de Pombal square, a service area and administrative buildings. Although not exclusively, practically the entire 22-storey hotel will be at the disposal of Barça. 

A hundred fans awaited the arrival of Barça amid a notable presence of police presence.

One of the most acclaimed players was Nelson Semedo, the only Portuguese player on the squad with a past as a Benfica player.

But the most anticipated, as usual, was Leo Messi, whose presence aroused passions among the younger fans. Messi greeted the fans warmly before entering the hotel. 

Griezmann starred in one of the most curious images of the team’s arrival, taking a large speaker with him. Luis Suárez, for his part, entered the hotel with his inseparable mate. 

The Barcelona expedition was completed by President Josep María Bartomeu, accompanied by Vice President Jordi Moix and managers Joan Bladé, Javier Bordas and David Belvver. The CEO, Òscar Grau, has also traveled.

Barça, who will be the home team in the quarter-final match against Bayern, will train at the Da Luz stadium at 6.30 pm (5.30 pm local time).

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The game will be played on Friday, August 14 at 9:00 p.m. 

The new FC Barcelona goalkeeper, Norberto Murara, Neto, will not be the first Brazilian to defend the Barça framework. In the summer of 1931, 88 years ago now, the first landed, Jaguaré Bezerra de Vasconcelos, a name that could be associated with the finest aristocracy, but nothing could be further from the truth. He began working as a stevedore at the dock in Rio de Janeiro.


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The incorporation of Jaguaré, like that of Neto, generated debate. If the signing of the former Valencian has been consummated to square the economic balance, that of Jaguaré, who came from Vasco da Gama together with his compatriot Fausto Dos Santos Judiel, also had a scope beyond merely sporting.

The Barça board, chaired by Gaspar Rosés (third stage), in office since June 30, 1930, had set itself the goal of renewing the team. Players like Mas, Sagi, Samitier or Piera, once Barça’s backbone, were “sentenced” (they will put an end to their culé career in 1932) and they had to be found substitutes. And fast. Politics was more interesting than football and was reflected in the box office. The crisis was also hitting hard and Barça adjusted to the moment by lowering the salaries of its players.

A first blow of effect was to organize friendly matches in Les Corts to regain the public, but not even so… The next step was to sign international stars, even if they could not play official games regulation in hand. Barça bet on the Brazilians. The chosen one was Jaguaré, who had shown days before with Vasco in Les Corts in two friendlies.

Dos Santos (nicknamed the ‘Black Wonder’) was also hired and was able to sign a third Brazilian, Fernando, but as a substitute (nobody saw him play) he was ruled out. How did Barça deal with the signing of the Brazilians in the middle of the crisis? In some chronicles of the time it was said that a patron had paid for the operation. 

Failed experience

Jaguaré (Rio de Janeiro, 05-14-1905) did not catch on. Eccentric and juggler, he used to irritate rivals with actions that denoted superiority, such as stopping with one hand or bouncing the ball off the striker’s head to retrieve it again … Due to his condition as a foreigner, he could not play official matches, but neither later to pursue Spanish nationalization as the Federation regulations require a minimum of three years of residence in the country. He lined up only in 18 friendly matches, all in 1931.

On his arrival in Barcelona, ​​Jaguaré told Xavier Picanyol, from La Rambla, that “at the age of 10 he played in the street with leather balls and he had made me a prestige by breaking the windows of the houses around where we used to play” ; that his ideal was “to eat a lot, digest well, sleep and not have problems” and that “I only read newspapers, and if they talk about me.”

His first club was Santos (1924-27), from where he went to Vasco (1927-31). After his failed Barça stage (1931), he returned to his country to play for Corinthians (1934-35), but returned to Europe: Sporting de Portugal (1935-36), Marseille (1936-39) and Academic Porto (1939) -40), his fourth and last stop in Europe.

When he returned to Brazil, fleeing World War II, he was known for being a pioneer in wearing gloves, an innovation that he brought after his European period, although he maintained that he used them there to “fight the cold” and not to improve his performance. He wanted to play for Corinthians, but asked for an exaggerated amount of money. They closed the doors.

He ended up at Sao Cristovao (1940), but he was no longer the same. Ruined and in decline, he ended his life pilgrimage through the streets and dungeons. One version places his end, at the age of 41, after a fight with the Santo Anastácio (Sao Paulo) police in October 1946. Another points out that he died in the Juqueri asylum, in Franco da Rocha, also on the same date.

Discouraged his competitors

As a starter at Vasco da Gama, he never admitted the presence of another goalkeeper in the team. They say that when a candidate arrived to compete for his position, Jaguaré, who was nicknamed in Brazil “Dengoso”, he made the goalkeeper who dared to occupy his position pass a litmus test: the penalty test. He executed them with special power due to his physical complexion, strong and resistant for being used to moving sacks of flour, rice or any other product in his stage as a stevedore.

Nobody resisted such an ‘examination’ and the aspiring goalkeepers came out through legs. Jaguaré, then, was waiting for the new victim. His zeal for playing went to the extreme of threatening, on one occasion, the Basque coach, the English Welfare, with a knife … Jaugaré, who called the ball “bichinha” wanted to play absolutely everything.

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From his French stage, at Olympique de Marseille (sponsored by Josep Samitier), he stood out in the duel on May 1, 1938, in the League, against Sète (1-1) by Balmanya and Raich (Escolà did not play). Jaguaré, who had failed 1-0, tied the game by transforming a penalty: “In my country, whoever makes a mistake must correct it,” he argued to shoot it. In addition, he saw that his partner Emmanuel Aznar, the pitcher, complained about the blow he received and ran to the opposite frame. He told goalkeeper René Llense where he was going to overcome him – on the left – and he did.

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In the second half he continued with his show on penalties, but now he is under the sticks. In the first one, he told his rival: “Shoot, shoot, you will never be able to beat the great Vasconcelos.” And the ball was lost over the crossbar. In the second, after grinning at the pitcher, he didn’t move and took the ball.

Joan Gaspart, former president of Barcelona, ​​also wanted to participate in the football debate opened by the Bayern Munich environment. Gaspart, under whose presidential mandate the Barça club incorporated Leo Messi into grassroots football, is optimistic for the final phase of the Champions League. He does not rule out traveling to Lisbon, even if he cannot attend the game, and he does not agree at all with the opinion that the Germans are the favorites tomorrow.


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Gaspart has not hesitated to respond to the demonstrations that come from the German club about the current state of the Catalans. "Bayern are not the team of twenty years ago either. I doubt very much, for example, that in twenty years we will remember the names of the players who currently play for the German team", has released during an interview on the SER network.

And it is that the former president of Barça is excited about the possibility of winning the Champions League again. It has been rated as one of "positive minded followers". Gaspart has said that "everyone in Lisbon thinks they can do it. Barça is one of the teams that have come this far". That is why he has not hesitated to affirm that "we must be optimistic until the last second of the competition".

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