Barcelona midfielder Arthur moves to Juventus for 72 million euros NOW

FC Barcelona and Juventus reached an agreement on Monday about the transfer of Arthur Melo. The 23-year-old midfielder moves for at least 72 million euros to the Italian club of Matthijs de Ligt.

The transfer fee can go up to 82 million euros through bonuses, FC Barcelona reports on its site. Arthur completes the current season completely in Spain and then moves to Turin.

Chances are that midfielder Miralem Pjanic (30) will quickly take the opposite direction. The Bosnian has been explicitly associated with a move to Camp Nou by foreign media.

Arthur has been playing for Barcelona since the summer of 2018, which paid 31 million euros to Brazilian Grêmio. The twenty-time international of Brazil has so far come to 72 official matches and two goals for the Catalans.

This season, Arthur, with Frenkie de Jong as the new competitor, provisionally came to 28 matches in all competitions.

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Barcelona coach Setién: ‘Normally there are clashes with players’ | NOW

FC Barcelona coach Quique Setién admitted on Monday that his players do not always agree with him, but the 61-year-old Spaniard emphasized that his relationship with the group of players is still good.

“It is true that there are clashes with players, but that is normal. Life is like that, we all have our own opinion. I don’t see any major problems,” said Setién on Monday at his press conference for the La Liga game with Atlético Madrid. Tuesday evening.

Barcelona drew 2-2 at Celta de Vigo on Saturday, meaning the reigning champion has lost four points in the five games since the restart of the league. Arch rival Real Madrid won five times and has taken the lead. The Royal has two points ahead with six games to go.

The mediocre results and the often syrupy game cause the media to speculate about unrest at Barcelona. It did not help that during the duel with Celta it could be seen that Lionel Messi ignored instructions from assistant Eder Sarabia during a drinking break.

Luis Suárez also seemed to be criticizing the coaching staff after the game by saying that the trainers should explain why Barça loses a lot of points in away matches.

“I was also not an easy player for a trainer, so I understand completely”, Setién tried to appease the situation. “I think the communication with the players is good. These were some accidental incidents, which I don’t think are so important. If you don’t win, everyone tries to create chaos. That’s the circus we live in.”

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FC Barcelona players frustrated after new loss of points in title fight | NOW

FC Barcelona players on Saturday did not do their best to hide their frustrations after the 2-2 draw against Celta de Vigo. The team of trainer Quique Setién was again damaged in the title race with Real Madrid.

Of the last eight away games, Barcelona managed to win only two. “You just have to ask the trainers why we play so difficult,” murmured Luis Suárez. “That’s their job.”

Suárez made his first two hits in Vigo since he underwent knee surgery in January. But Barcelona twice gave away a lead and that ruined the mood of the Uruguayan.

“This was a crucial game in the title race and we played well before half time. But in the second half it was very different. I am here with a feeling of frustration and sadness.”

Gerard Piqué cries out in anger. (Photo: Getty Images)

Piqué out of frustration on Twitter

Defender Gerard Piqué used Twitter to express his frustration. He wrote “We were fated to pretend. To pretend“(We were destined to pretend. Pretend, ed.), A song by the American band MGMT.

With that, Piqué seemed to be targeting Rafinha, who is rented out to Celta by Barcelona. From the free kick after a foul by Piqué on the Brazilian, Celta scored the 2-2 shortly before time.

Suárez hopes for a quick solution

Despite the loss of points, Barcelona is at least 24 hours in the lead. Real Madrid can come alongside on Sunday evening, if it does not lose on a visit to last stop Espanyol.

“We had everything under control two weeks ago and now we have to wait for a mistake by Real Madrid. That makes me very angry,” said Suárez.

“In previous seasons we didn’t lose that many points in away games. A solution has to be found quickly, because heavy matches are coming soon.”

With that, Suárez referred to the home game against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday and the game against Villarreal next Sunday.

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FC Barcelona players frustrated after new loss of points in title fight | NOW

FC Barcelona players on Saturday did not do their best to hide their frustrations after the 2-2 draw against Celta de Vigo. The team of trainer Quique Setién was again damaged in the title race with Real Madrid.

Of the last eight away games, Barcelona managed to win only two. “You just have to ask the trainers why we play so difficult,” murmured Luis Suárez. “That’s their job.”

Suárez made his first two hits in Vigo since he underwent knee surgery in January. But Barcelona twice gave away a lead and that ruined the mood of the Uruguayan.

“This was a crucial game in the title race and we played well before half time. But in the second half it was very different. I am here with a feeling of frustration and sadness.”

Gerard Piqué cries out in anger. (Photo: Getty Images)

Piqué out of frustration on Twitter

Defender Gerard Piqué used Twitter to express his frustration. He wrote “We were fated to pretend. To pretend“(We were destined to pretend. Pretend, ed.), A song by the American band MGMT.

With that, Piqué seemed to be targeting Rafinha, who is rented out to Celta by Barcelona. From the free kick after a foul by Piqué on the Brazilian, Celta scored the 2-2 shortly before time.

Suárez hopes for a quick solution

Despite the loss of points, Barcelona is at least 24 hours in the lead. Real Madrid can come alongside on Sunday evening, if it does not lose on a visit to last stop Espanyol.

“We had everything under control two weeks ago and now we have to wait for a mistake by Real Madrid. That makes me very angry,” said Suárez.

“In previous seasons we didn’t lose that many points in away games. A solution has to be found quickly, because heavy matches are coming soon.”

With that, Suárez referred to the home game against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday and the game against Villarreal next Sunday.

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Corona crisis in football: DFB star Rüdiger helps hospital staff

The corona virus has a firm grip on sport. It is still completely unclear when the major competitions will continue. An overview of the current developments.

The Bundesliga paused, the sport stands still. The reason is the corona virus, the spread of which is to be contained by this drastic measure. The t-online.de news blog contains all the important information about the latest developments. Large messages are handled separately.

National player Rüdiger helps in Berlin

National soccer player Antonio Rüdiger has taken a special initiative to join the ranks of prominent sports stars who are socially involved in the corona crisis. The professional of the English top club FC Chelsea finances the boarding of the medical staff at some stations in his birth hospital, the Berlin Charité, for at least three months.

“Even if I now live in London, Berlin is still a very special city for me,” said Rüdiger: “When I have free time, I am still there a lot. I owe Berlin a lot and so I am happy to help out now . ” When the situation got worse in Berlin, he turned to the Charité to find out “how and where I can best support,” said the 27-year-old. At the same time, he was told that staffing the staff had “become relatively complicated” due to the closing of the canteens and the loss of other options. Rüdiger, who also participates in the “WeKickCorona” campaign, is therefore helping out in cooperation with a local caterer. The campaign started shortly before Easter.

FC Barcelona grants naming rights to Camp Nou

The Spanish football champion FC Barcelona has chosen an exemplary act of help with a highly symbolic character. The club of world star Lionel Messi and national goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen grants the naming rights to his Camp Nou stadium for the 2020/21 season for the first time. A corresponding decision by the club leadership around President Josep Bertomeu was announced on Tuesday.

Accordingly, the foundation of the association (Barca Foundation) should look for a name sponsor with whose funds the fight against the pandemic is to be supported both in Catalonia and internationally. The phrase “Camp Nou” should remain in the new name.

Berlin marathon in September must be canceled

The Berlin Marathon has to be canceled this year due to the Corona crisis. The Senate of the capital decided on Tuesday, according to information from the German Press Agency, to ban major events with more than 5000 participants until October 24. The marathon was to take place on September 27, last year 47,000 participants started.

Berlin is one of the fastest marathon routes. On September 16, 2018, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set the world record still valid today in 2:01:39 hours. Last year, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele was only two seconds short of improving this brand. In the wake of the Corona crisis, numerous other marathons had recently been canceled.

Media: Real Madrid want to play in the mini-stadium in the league sequel

The Spanish football record champion Real Madrid apparently plans to play their remaining home games in the club’s own training stadium when the championship resumes. As several Spanish media reported, the club of 2014 world champion Toni Kroos has submitted an application to the league association LFP should the season continue as expected before empty ranks.

Mini grandstand instead of Bernabeu: Reals Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in Valdebebas can accommodate 6000 spectators. (Source: imago images)Mini grandstand instead of Bernabeu: Reals Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in Valdebebas can accommodate 6000 spectators. (Source: imago images)

According to this, the royalists want to play their ghost games in the 6000-seat Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in Valdebebas at the gates of the Spanish capital. This would also speed up the renovation work on the 81,044 Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the city center.

No champion in women’s handball Bundesliga

Different to for men there will be no German champions in the broken handball Bundesliga of women (HBF) 2020. The HBF announced this. The decisive factor for the decision was that almost a third of the season had to be played at the time of the abandonment and that the second leg between second-placed SG BBM Bietigheim and leaders Borussia Dortmund was still pending. The association had canceled the season due to the corona crisis on March 18 after 18 of 26 match days.

League leaders Dortmund, however, get the only Champions League ticket for the coming season with a point advantage. The teams from Bietigheim and TuS Metzingen behind them qualify for the European Handball League (EHL).

DFB star Popp proposes joint European soccer championships for women and men

The rescheduling of the European Women’s Football Championship 2021 is still pending, but Alexandra Popp has brought an interesting idea into play. “My first thought was: let the European Championship take place in the same country with the men’s European Championship, to make a big deal out of it,” said the captain of the national soccer team.

However, the striker from series champion VfL Wolfsburg admits that such a co-tournament is “of course difficult” to implement at the upcoming pan-European final of the men. But in general, she believes that a big event together could benefit women’s football: “You could take a lot of fan scenery with you, a lot of emotions and attention.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European football association Uefa postponed the men’s European championship by one year to the summer of 2021 and also announced a new date for the women’s European championships in England. It is becoming apparent that the tournament will also take place a year later.

Probably a drop in salaries of over 30 percent in the Chinese Super League

The Chinese football association has proposed enormous reductions in salaries to clubs in the Super League at home. In order to limit the financial damage during the Corona crisis, the wages of players and coaches in the top three leagues are to be reduced by at least 30 percent. Chinese media reported this unanimously.

In the coming days, the clubs will give the association feedback on the proposed model, according to the People’s Daily. The wage cuts should not affect youth players and other club employees with a relatively low salary. Rather, the savings are expected to come mainly from the wages of some top players and top coaches, who have been attracted to China with huge salary packages in recent years.

The Brazilian Oscar alone should earn around 25 million euros a year at Shanghai SIPG. The start of the Super League was originally scheduled for February 22, but had to be postponed indefinitely after the virus broke out in the Far East. In the meantime, the teams have at least returned to training, and the season should now begin in late June or early July.

Fan organization puts pressure on Bundesliga

The fan organization “Our Curve” put professional football under pressure with ghost games before a resumption of the Bundesliga and called for a rethink. “We no longer want to discuss symptoms, but to finally talk about the disease and ways to improve football. Clubs and associations are now challenged to take and take binding steps to improve professional football,” said a statement on Tuesday. “In our view, acceptance of measures to end the current season cannot be achieved otherwise.”

“Our curve” is represented in the fan cultures group under the umbrella of the German Football League (DFL) and in the ad hoc group of fan institutions and associations related to Corona. The alliance is considered moderate and had previously avoided a clear statement about games without spectators. Last week “Fanszenen Deutschland” had spoken out against ghost games and also called for a cultural change in professional business.

US Golf Association checks Ryder Cup event without spectators

The Ryder Cup of golfers faces a ghostly backdrop. As the US association PGA of America confirmed on Monday evening, it is currently being examined whether the most important team competition in the world can be held without spectators. The biennial prestige duel between the best golfers in the United States and Europe is scheduled for September 25-27 in the US state of Wisconsin.

The Ryder Cup is the highlight of the golf calendar for fans, the atmosphere is comparable to that in a football stadium. “It’s hard to imagine a Ryder Cup without fans,” said PGA chief Seth Waugh to New York radio station WFAN: “We have started to talk about whether we can at least create a virtual fan experience. We will try to be as creative as possible. “

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Interview with Barça trainer Quique Setién – Sport

Quique Setién has been FC Barcelona coach since January and is experiencing the great crisis. Now he coaches Messi on a laptop – and explains why life and health are more important than football.

In mid-January Quique Setién, 61, was called FC Barcelona. He was to replace Ernesto Valverde, who had been a Barça coach since 2017, won two championships – and was also at the top of the table in Spain in January. How unexpectedly Setién met this call, he described with an unforgettable sentence: “Yesterday I walked past the cows in my village, today I train the best players in the world.” Previously, Setién had been out of a job since leaving Betis Sevilla. In the meantime, the new Barcelona coach has more time than expected due to the Corona crisis – also for an interview via video link:

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The emotional letter Iniesta wrote to Anna, his wife: “How great you were when we lost our son”

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Andrs Iniesta and his partner, Anna, lived a heartbreaking situation after losing the child they were expecting. In the documentary to be broadcast exclusively and for freeRAKUTEN TV, the former Barcelona and international footballer from Spain writes an emotional letter to his wife, which has been exclusively accessed by EL MUNDO.

“Dear Anna, it is very difficult for me to express in a few lines everything that you awaken in me, as a couple, as a woman and as the mother of our children. The first meetings, the trips, the family reunions, the birth of our earthquake, our wedding on that magical day … Butit is especially in the bitter hours where you have shown me that you are special. You are unique, you are brave, you have a huge heart. I thank you for the integrity you have always had, forhow big you were when we got the news that we had lost our son. Not everyone can overcome such delicate situations, Ana, and you did.That didn’t make any better, and since then I think that an angel is with us. And it is only the beginning, because next to you, the best is always to come, “writes the footballer, in a letter read by his wife.

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Interview with Andrs Iniesta: “Money doesn’t matter; we all have the same fears”

Confined to Kobe, he premieres a documentary about his life on RAKUTEN TV. Before, talk to EL MUNDO about everything but football.

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Andrs Iniesta, with his family, at his home in Kobe, Japan.
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On the other side of the phone,Andrs Iniestasounds like always. Or not. Not really. It actually sounds like a parent. He does not speak like a soccer star, one of the largest, perhaps the largest, who still is, in Spain. The voice, timbra, of the footballer, is no longer. Today is a deep voice, of father and husband. Along the path of this mutation, the automatic responses, so typical of the youth of the ball, have also disappeared. The man who scored the goal of an entire country pauses before beginning all answers and speaks slowly. It almost takes time to transcribe it in real time. They are 35 years old, four children and dark tunnels that throughout his life have taught him, he says, many things.

For example, that the impressive apartment on the 25th floor of a building on Rokko Island, an artificial island of Kobe, today its city, is useless if one is “empty inside”. This is stated in a documentary that Rakuten TV will premiere next week exclusively and for free. Before that, Andrs talks to EL MUNDO from one of the rooms in his home whileAnnaand the children (Valeria, Paolo Andrea, Sienaand the baby,Romeo) await you for dinner. As a reminder: Iniesta plays for the Japanese Vissel Kobe, but soccer is a supporting actor hereafter. Not there.

What is confinement like these days in Japan?
At first, with all the precautions, we can live a normal life. In fact, we were training. But since the beginning of April we are all at home. There were two cases of coronavirus in the team, one from a staff member and one fromSakai, a partner, so they sent us all home, also because the League has been delayed, for now, until June. The confinement is not as hard as in Spain, we can go for a walk, with many precautions, and the restaurants, although not all or all the time, are open. It’s getting tougher in Tokyo.
What do yours tell about what happens in Spain?
That they are at home, without leaving, that when they leave they do it one by one, well, the measures that are being taken and a little with the uncertainty that everyone is experiencing. I also follow the news and really live it with anguish and concern about being away.
Why a documentary right now?
The idea has been around for a long time. It was a bit of a book[La jugada de mi vida, publicado en 2016], it’s like it’s the next step. The idea has always been around my mind, and the opportunity occurred. After taking the step of coming here to Japan, of leaving Barcelona, ​​after all the tour, I felt like doing something like that.
The documentary starts with images of him as a family. He could have chosen a professional moment, which has many. Why the family? What is the family for Andrs Iniesta?
It is the base that supports everything. You go out to work and play, but every day you come back from training, from playing, you have won or lost, you have done a good or bad training, you are good or you are bad, you come home. And at home you meet the most important people you have. They are the starting point of everything, they are above anything else in life.
What does Anna, your wife, represent to you?
He is the most important person that I have come across in life, with whom I share everything, my sorrows, my joys, his … We share the treasures of our lives. Anna appeared at a key moment in my life, I have always said it. We are two people with similar values, very strong, we understand each other quite well, and we have grown together as people. It is an honor to be with her. Happiness is hard to find and she makes me happy.
He is seen, in the images, walking with the family, the children on the scooters, they sit in the middle of a square and nobody tells them anything. Is that image real?
It’s real yes, also because Japanese culture is like that, very respectful. You can be with your family sitting on a bench, and have some people 10 meters away, and they do not come to tell you anything until you get up or you gesture to them to come. It is to be thankful.

“I am a person that I like to take care of”

I will tell you three names:Ral Martnez[fisioterapeuta de la seleccin espaola en el Mundial 2010],Emili Ricart [ex fisioterapeuta del Bara, hoy con Andrs en Kobe] andHugo waiter[UtillerooftheSpanishteaminthe2010WorldCuppaintedtheshirtintributeto[utillerodelaseleccinespaolaenelMundial2010pintlacamisetaenhomenajeaDani JarqueAndrs showed after scoring the goal in the final].
With two of them I have a relationship that transcends professionalism, such as Ral and Emili. They have long ceased to be only people in my professional field. And Hugo is an exceptional person, with whom we share difficult and happy moments, and whom I remember with great affection. It was an important link in that shirt.
Especially Ral and Emili, are they like a crutch that has helped you walk in your worst days?
Yes, without a doubt. I am a person who likes to take care of, give value to the people who take care of me, who love me, who care about me. These people are those kinds of people. So, in my life they are as important as anyone else.
Are you aware that you had an enemy?
Enemy is a very strong word, I would say no. Let me think … No, definitely not.
Well, someone with whom I did not end well.
Yes, yes, of course. Within that in the professional world, in that of the teams, we all respect each other and we have that regard for colleagues, obviously there are people with whom I have not empathized or who at a certain moment have realized that you do not want them close of t in any case.

“Barcelona? I missed certain things”

There is a phrase in the documentary, referring to his departure from Barcelona, ​​that attracts attention: In relationships, if you do not speak things, there comes a time when you have no turning back. What does it mean?
I think it is very clear, don’t you think?
Yes, but just in case.
In the context of my departure from the Bara, I think the phrase is very explicit, very real. It is often said that you value things when you have lost them. Well, the important thing is to give value to things when you have them, and that this is reciprocal. But hey, those things happen, and they do it for various reasons. Not because one is better than the other, because one party is to blame or not.
Did you miss some affection from the club?
In my heart, I missed certain things, and in that phrase we are talking about a lot is said. Regardless of that, the decision I made was the one I felt I had to make.
Pep Guardiola calls him a bullfighter and Luis Enrique, Harry Potter. Which of the two do you like best?
Man, they are different things, but both have that part of art, of magic, of saying things with what you do. I’ll take two. They are two of the most important people in my career and I heard them say that’s the hell.
Is it true that the goal of Stamford Bridge changed your life so much? He was already champion of the Champions, champion of Europe …
It was one of the turning points of my life, but it is true that perhaps more externally, more meditatively, of consideration, to see that it was you who had that moment of taking that important step for your club . And that adds up to the recognition of people. It had been years, yes, but that goal gave me a boost.

“Money and fame are useless”

You have been through personal difficulties throughout your life. What use is money, fame, when you put yourself in such difficult situations?
Money and fame are useless, but … you know what happens? That it is difficult for someone who does not have all those things that I have, to understand that I say that money and fame are useless. But it is true that, even if you have everything in the world, if you are empty inside … People, no matter the money, we have the same feelings, the same fears, the same joy … And there we are all cut by the same pattern. Everything else is accessories. Obviously, those of us who have the privileges have to know how to take advantage of them, and be grateful to have them, but the drink he spent was spent as a person, he did not have a better or worse time because he had more or less money.
Growing up away from family has negative aspects, but also positive ones. Or not?
Yes, like everything, it has its good side and its bad side. The fact of separating from my family at 12 years old and the toll that I have paid has been brutal on a mental level, in the negative sense, but on the contrary it has made me mature by force, it has made me have goals and objectives to try to achieve as It was … That has been my life, although obviously, it was all worth it.
What is your contact with the real world? The family? Friends? Newscasts? How do you know about things like unemployment, wages, what things cost …?
It is what I tell you. I live a normal life, with my circumstances, but my relationship with the real world is total, because I try to stay up to date. You have family and friends who are having difficulties like any other person and from my place, I try to help and contribute my grain of sand to people or places that are vulnerable. You also become aware, you realize, of the privileges you have, which I have in this case. As we are seeing with this virus, the solidarity of the people is what in the end will mark everything.

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FC Barcelona “rebel” renews serious allegations

TDespite the announcement of legal action by FC Barcelona, ​​former board member Emili Rousaud remains on his serious allegations against the Spanish football champions. There are “clear cases of corruption” at the club of world footballer Lionel Messi and German national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, Rousaud said in an interview with the radio station “Cadena Ser” (Wednesday). Rousaud resigned on Thursday along with five other board members.

After his resignation, Rousaud had claimed, among other things, that Barça was “getting into the coffers”. The “rebel” was even promptly and severely criticized by some of the other club directors who had resigned. Nobody sided with him. Jordi Casalmiglia, for example, said he distanced himself from Rousaud and emphasized that the club board worked very hard so that the club could survive the corona crisis.

Former Vice President Jordi Mestre, who had previously given his post a little earlier, also said there was no corruption at the club. To Rousaud, he said: “You cannot make such serious allegations that discredit people if you have no evidence. That is very serious. ”President Josep Bartomeu is doing a good job and will end his term in office. “The club has never suffered losses in previous years,” said Mestre.

The Catalan trade media, which are always critical of President Bartomeu’s work, also sharply criticized Rousaud. He wants to become president of FC Barcelona and think only of himself and not of the club, wrote for example “Mundo Deportivo”.

According to media reports, the six board members made their offices available on Thursday after Bartomeu had informed them that he would no longer count on them when he planned to restructure the board of directors.

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The exemplary fight against the fear of the legends: “We all have to go to one”

Santamaría (90 years old), Irureta (72) and Rexach (73) face mourning and seclusion with enviable vitality and great mental strength.


José Emilio Santamaría, Javier Irureta and Carles Rexach.
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Yesterday, one more day,José Emilio Santamaría(Montevideo, 1929) he got on his exercise bike at 10 in the morning with his usual Spartan discipline. “You have your routines. You always have to be positive to carry everything with dignity and without humiliation », tells EL MUNDO this living football myth, champion of four European Cups with Real Madrid. About to turn 91, Santamaría does not feel like an example of anything, although her extraordinary vitality seems more necessary today than ever.

«You have to obey and that’s it. We have to reach an understanding and perhaps this way we can advance the end of the confinement a little more », predicts this defense of Uruguayan blood and Spanish soul, whose contagious energy seems safe even during the rigors of seclusion. «I know very well that some of my former teammates in Madrid are quite emotionally affected or with physical pain. Despite everything, I still have moments to talk on the phone with them, “reveals the former coach of Spain during the 1982 World Cup.

“Walking alone is not worth it, but exercise has a powerful effect, both physically and emotionally, in older people,” he continues.Mikel Izquierdo, Professor in Health Sciences from the Public University of Navarra. “Ex-footballers, if they don’t let go, can have a successful aging model because great tactical and / or emotional intelligence is often added to their innate physical qualities,” adds this former collaborator of the coaching staff ofPep Guardiola, underlining that the wide spectrum encompasses both the decrepit Ronaldinho and the nonagenarian splendor of Santamaría.

Paddle and tennis in your garden

Of course, the tactical and emotional aspects do not seem to have secrets toCarles Rexach(Barcelona, ​​1947), more pending today to improve his skills as a gardener than the recent convulsions in the Camp Nou offices. «I cut the grass and take care of the flowers. I also run and do some simulation of paddle tennis or tennis in my garden, but when I can’t go out, I’m only aware of what happens in the club through the press, “admits the former Barça coach, with a model attitude in these days when he has lost three or four “very close” friends.

We are more supportive than we thought ourselves.

Carles Rexach.

Far from freezing with panic,Charlylaunches a fluid plea against a crisis that will mark “before and after” in our lives. «It will help us to reconsider and we are going to extract some lessons. For example, that we are more supportive than we thought ourselves “, deepens the great friend ofJohan Cruyff. «Of course we all have to go to one, because it is the only way to face a completely new situation. That is now the priority. There will be time later to fight us », expands Rexach, still overwhelmed by the recent news aboutGoyo BenitoorJosé Luis Capón, so many times rivals on the pitch.

The death of the long-awaited Capon came toJavier Irureta(Irún, 1948) through the group ofWhatsAppwhich he shares with other Atlético veterans. From his home in Getxo, the 2000 league champion with Deportivo, he now points to the “bug” as “the only enemy”. “It is the moment to make everyone pineapple and to put their shoulders close, each one according to his possibilities,” Jabo stresses after one of his daily exercise sessions. As far as I can, I walk on the terrace. Also, before eating I exercise in the living room: 40 minutes of stretching and dumbbell work ».

“They were always survivors”

He has been warning about the beneficial connection between physical exercise and mental health in older peopleMargarita Limón, professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the Autonomous University of Madrid. “It is like a circle that feeds back. Intense activity multiplies the activity of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which in turn provide a more energetic state and a more positive attitude “, analyzes this specialist in Sports Sciences.

The worst is uncertainty and lack of control, because they are what generate the most fear.

Margarita Limón. Sports Sciences Psychologist.

A fervent soccer fan of the 70s, Limón highlights the values ​​of a generation hardened in adversity. “All these players, like my belovedPirriThey overcame very difficult situations, but they got ahead with effort and tenacity. They were always survivors. His example should be more valid now than ever, especially for many of our young people, who seem to collapse at the first blow, “says this doctor in Psychology. «The period of mourning is normal for those who have lost their friends. The worst, despite everything, is uncertainty and lack of control, because they are the factors that generate the most fear. But it is the moment in which we must value the effort of these ancient idols who continue to lead by example from home.

Without going any further, the routines of Santamaría or Irureta seem to be taken from the recent study published by Izquierdo in theJournal of the American Medical Association. “We designed a strength training for 370 people over the age of 75 admitted to a geriatric unit and we demonstrated that this program reversed the functional deterioration typical of a hospitalization,” says this professor from King’s College, London. If the fourth cause of mortality on a planetary level is sedentary lifestyle and if the pandemic is going to multiply this risk, nothing better than daily work. “We must rethink that old age is associated with disease. Because with a bike and a gym, many are in better shape than sedentary young people under 30 years old, “concludes Izquierdo.

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