Gremio manager booked for foul
With sport and the world in general gripped by the pandemic, it sometimes pays to look at the lighter side of the game and see some amusing incidents occurring across the planet. The Brazilian Serie A provided an unusual and yet hilarious incident in Gremio’s away trip to Fortaleza.
The match itself was not too much of a spectacle and ended in a 0-0 draw, but the highlight of the game was when Gremio manager and former Brazil international and Roma forward Renato Gaucho was booked for ‘fouling’ Fortaleza’s Carlinhos.
The Brazilian left back collected the ball by the Gremio technical area and as the fullback trapped it in play his momentum carried him into Gaucho who, instead of letting the opposition player continue, decided to hold him back preventing him from breaking and possibly hitting his side on the counter.
Carlinhos took the incident very well and was seen patting the the coach on the back as the referee approached to book him for his transgressions.
Renato Gaúcho faz falta em Carlinhos e leva cartão amarelo.
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— ge (@geglobo) January 10, 2021
A certain Jose Mourinho was also an orchestrator of a managerial foul, although this came in a charity match when he took out musician Olly Murs.
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— James Dart (@James_Dart) November 19, 2020
Fernandinho’s Brazil offers
The Brazilian league could yet gain a quality addition soon with the expiration of Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho’s contract. The 35-year old joined the English league in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk and has gone on to become one of City’s most integral players.
As he has matured and moved into his mid 30s, he has changed position from the defensive minded midfielder he was in his earlier career into a more versatile centre-back option. However, with his contract running out at the end of the current season, his agent has been speaking of a range of offers on the table from his native Brazil and also from Europe.
“We’ve received several proposals, good projects from Brazilian and European clubs for Fernandinho. He’s a phenomenal player and person,” Branchini told GloboEsporte.
“I believe it won’t be long before he knows what decision he’ll make. Everyone knows that Fernandinho has a great affection for Athletico [Paranaense] and the board. I, too, have an excellent relationship with President Mario Celso Petragli.”
“Conversations have always happened, but I can’t go ahead and say that we talk about values, for example. It hasn’t happened yet. I confess that it’s difficult to think of Fernandinho returning to Brazil and not playing for Athletico. But we have to wait, it’s a difficult decision, which he has to make with his family.”
Manchester City have cover for the the Brazilian with Rodrigo and Ilkay Gundogan and plenty of central defensive options including John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake. Should he choose to move on in the summer though the club may look to bring in another central defensive midfield player to compensate for the player’s departure.
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