In the early 1960s, those who loved football woke up excited in the days when Santos and Botafogo, for whatever reason, met a game of Libertadores, Taca Brasil, Rio São Paulo, or a simple friendly tournament.
Between 1960 and 1963, the Carioca team (Santos the longest) peaked nine games with 37 goals, over four per game, 20 from Santos, 17 from Botafogo.
The balance was the scale between Rei Pelé and Mané Garrincha with each team posting four wins and one draw.
Those who were not interested in football, if they watch the matches, will begin to admire it, even if they are not the most popular club in the country.
On Sunday, April 10, the excitement of football fans was just as good.
There was neither Pele nor Mane, but there was Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne on the blue side and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah on the red side.
Just as the Brazilian national team did, the UK’s two best teams delivered what they promised, in an unforgettable display that ended with a score of 2-2.
Of course, the national classic was not limited to 10 and 7, as it includes Zito, Coutinho, Nelton Santos and Didi, among other giants, such as Pepe and Amarildo.
Also in the confrontation between the leader and deputy captain of the English championship, separated by only one point, there are a lot of stars, such as Brazilian goalkeepers Alisson and Ederson, Dutch defender Van Dijk, Portuguese Cancelo, among other giants, such as Senegalese Mane who is not Garrincha and Portuguese Bernardo Silva.
What was seen at City Stadium was 90 minutes of stoppage time, as De Bruyne opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the match and Mané equalized 50 seconds into the second half, because no one could blink.
Taking your eye off the screen was to miss an important move, whether in building from the defense field, in a shot into the area, in a big defense, or a ball on the crossbar.
Ninety minutes like the last three games in the NBA!
One of those pathetic games when it’s over and so good that you forget that on one bench you have the great Catalan Pep Guardiola and on the other the brilliant German Jurgen Klopp.
The rare reader and reader note that if there is no foreigner in the Brazilian references, then there is no foreigner in English, because the English Premier League is the new foreign legion.
Players hired for gold who run behind the ball like a plate of food, because millionaires are professionals and they knew the show couldn’t stop.
The constant struggle for space, the crazy squabble over possession of the ball, in constant homage to the fan, over football.
Do not imagine that there is any exaggeration here, but a heartfelt thanks to the afternoon of the ball who is able to remember the childhood of those who fell in love with the so-called Breton sport precisely because of the quality he knows in the feet of the greatest gentlemen who have ever inhabited the planet Planeta Paula.
Ciara stunned Palmeiras at home, winning 3 to 2 and imposing an unbearable dash on Alfeverde’s heavyweight calendar. Two goals in less than 15 minutes of play gives a measure of the extent of the surprise.
Corinthians stunned Botafogo at Nelton Santos with a 3-0 first-half draw and filled a Rio de Janeiro beer prepared to celebrate Glorioso’s return.
In the second half, without host Willian, and without Paulinho, Timao scored a goal: 3 to 1.
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