I have been publishing in this space for some years, near the turn of the 31st to the 1st, a synthesis of the international football year.
This time I was invited to write for the saopaulo magazine – Scenarios, and there I summarized most relevant occurred in 2019citing Liverpool European Champion; the Flemish South American champion; the technicians of the year Jorge Jesus and Jürgen Klopp, top scorer Gabigol, goalkeeper Alisson, Tite's selection America's Cup champion, and Messi, voted the best in the world for the sixth time (record).
After that, Liverpool and Flamengo dueled in the decision of the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, and in a very good and disputed game, the english team surpassed the carioca 1-0.
Before, besides the above, there was among other highlights the police issue involving Neymar, accused by a Brazilian model of have raped her in Paris. The case has been filed.
The same Neymar, with limited performance in 2019 due to injuries, forced his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, but the French club did not allow it. The Brazilian became hated by the crowd PSG, but the revolt was gradually reduced due to the good performance of the shirt 10.
"Neymar, get out"; Saint-Germain fans see poster in play against Nimes at Princes Park stadium (Franck Fife – 11.ago.2019 / AFP)
Cristiano Ronaldo, the scoring machine, reached 700 in career. Still in top form, top scorer at Juventus, the question remains: will he reach the thousandth? Your age today: 34 years, ten months and 26 days.
Tottenham and Ajax were positive surprises in the European Champions League, and Liverpool's excellent Dutchman Van Dijk did something very rare for a defender: be voted the best player in Europe – It would be very fair if it also earned the best trophies in the world.
In the Women's World Championship, the American, led by the feminist Megan Rapinoe, outperformed the Dutch and won the title for the fourth time. Brazil fell on the eighth and soon after CBF hired the renowned Swedish coach Pia Sundhage. Success for her and the girls.
In the men's team, Take care of yourself. Bad results in post-Copa America friendlies made their work questioned. Brazil needs to start well in the qualifiers, or there is a high risk of it getting in the way.
Tite won the Copa America at home with Brazil, but the squad fell out of production later and he was challenged (Mahmoud Khaled – 19.nov.2019 / Reuters)
AND the infamous VAR? The assistant video referee continues steadfast and strong in the major championships of the world, among many hits, much controversy and often an endless delay for the bid in question to be confirmed or modified.
I even stopped writing with constant disgust about the tool that made football become soccer.
“This is no longer football!” Chants the English fans during the Premier League matches. Critic to the system, Pep Guardiola agrees. "Every week is a tremendous mess," said the Manchester City coach, the current two-time national champion.
With VAR, it's like this: Don't celebrate in order to avoid frustration. Wait.
Goal is only goal now after many seconds, 20, 30, 40, sometimes more than one minute. You have to wait for the VAR to review the bid on several cameras, to check if for a millimeter (!) Was not impeded in the play.
Sad. They summarily ended the thrill of the moment which is the apex of football.
Anyway, these are some of the highlights of the year ending Tuesday (31).
As I always do, I leave reading suggestions (or rereading), one per month, for the most fanatical reader who likes to know or recall interesting cases and / or stories.
Uruguayan striker De Arrascaeta reinforced Flamengo in 2019 (Giuseppe Cacace – Dec 17, 1919 / AFP)
From Arrascaeta or Tevez: who is the record holder in a negotiation in Brazil? – Flamengo hired the Uruguayan for R $ 63.7 million at the beginning of the year.
Australian team waits for player arrested in Thailand What should have been a dream honeymoon turned into a terrible nightmare for Hakeem al-Araibi.
To this month Maradona had five children; can now be ten – The Pibe de Oro and the ability to multiply the already extensive offspring by two.
Santos falls and stretches fast of foreign coaches in Paulista – Sampaoli team stops in the semifinal, and remains in 1975 the last time a gringo coach was crowned champion in SP.
Fair play is beautiful but should not be trivialized – Gesture that should be occasional kindness moved towards the trivial, as showed decisive departure in the access division in England.
Clovis Rossi, the (my) journalist's skin – In honor of one of the greatest professionals of the Brazilian press, football fanatic, killed in June.
Argentine player returns to football after being Uber driver – Trejo even defended Independiente before being ostracized and having to earn a living with the app.
Referee signals VAR to give penalty to Bolivia, country that does not use VAR – Another picturesque chapter in the short and already remarkable history of video arbitration.
Defender commits three penalties, is sent off, team loses upset in Portugal – Here's a day to be forgotten by Uruguayan bequia Sebastián Coates.
Brazil leads a national team ranking, not FIFA's – Ranking created by Hungarian physicist Arpad Emrick Elo has been around since the 19th century.
The afternoon when Pelé scored his most beautiful goal and created the punch in the air – It was 60 years ago, on a rainy Sunday in Javari Street, the Jocaus da Mooca stadium.
Boxing Day Marked History's First Club Soccer Game – On December 26th, playing and watching football has been a tradition in England since the 19th century.
Mário Filho (Maracanã) stadium in Rio de Janeiro will host the Libertadores de America final of 2020 (Sergio Moraes – 15.jun.2019 / Reuters)
In time: A great 2020! That will have Olympics (in Tokyo), America's Cup (in Argentina and Colombia), start of South American qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup, bloated Euro (24 teams) and decentralized (12 cities from 12 different countries), Libertadores final in Maracanã! (And, of course, more controversial with the VAR…)