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quinta-feira, junho 29, 2006

LÁ FORA The Guardian

O The Guardian escreve sobre Erikson, mas também sobre Scolari. É bom ver os dois países retratados em artigos separados.

Sobre Erikson e os ingleses

"Listen, we are going to try to play as well as we can," he said. "I'm sure, too, that we are going to be better against Portugal on Saturday. You always try to play good football but what's absolutely the most important thing is to win the football game. They don't give you a premium here for playing beautiful football.

"Ghana have played wonderful football. Ivory Coast have played wonderful football. Holland and Spain, the same. If I had to pick one team, on Tuesday afternoon it would have been Spain. But where are they? Tell me, where are these four teams now? At home, that's where. And we are here. I'm not frustrated. I'm actually rather satisfied. OK, we can play better but, to win the World Cup, I'm prepared to do whatever. And if that means playing bad football then [clenching his fist], come on, who cares?"

Sobre Scolari e os portugueses

"That referred to reaction to Portugal's game against Holland which featured four red cards, including one for Deco and one for Costinha, and 16 cautions. Scolari, a renowned critic of the media and particularly of reporting that is hurtful to him or inaccurate, appears to be seizing a chance to use the furore to his advantage. An expert at forging team spirit, and aware such qualities will be required by his weakened team against England, he is tapping into the pride Portuguese players have for their country.

Melo extravagantly called newspaper portrayals of Portugal as "unbearable for us", adding: "This is unfair and preposterous. The Portugal team [had] spent the last four years without seeing a red card and our supporters are well known for their fair play, so if this is the respect that some of the English press is going to show for Portugal and the Portugal team, we are going to show the English press the same respect."

The upshot was English papers were restricted to three questions after a lengthy portion of the conference in Portuguese. That in itself is insignificant but it appeared indicative of Scolari using every avenue to try to get his players in the frame of mind to repeat their Euro 2004 quarter-final win over Sven-Goran Eriksson's side. He is known to exploit any detail to achieve victory, and was famous at club level in Brazil for gamesmanship such as ordering ballboys to delay returning the ball."