Carnival was sportingly exciting in several disciplines, many Olympic. The Team Brazil delegation will probably be smaller in Paris-2024 than in Tokyo-2020… or 21; courtesy of men’s soccer. One more for the management of president Ednaldo Wonka Rodrigues, who manages the team like a factory of delicious chocolates.
Ednaldo had some tips to understand that Professor Ramon Menezes’ work lacked (a lot of) consistency. But he remained responsible for the Olympic team. The work in the U20 World Cup had already left something to be desired — elimination for Israel in the quarter-finals.
In the final quadrangular of the Pre-Olympic, there were two places for four candidates: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela. Brazil only needed to draw with Argentina in the last round. In another bad game, he lost. The French will not see Endrick, Gabriel Pec, John Kennedy, Andrey and other talented young people at the Games. Kennedy, who scored Fluminense’s winning goal in the Libertadores, was placed on the bench in the decisive game. Ramon wanted to surprise. He managed.
On the podium since 2008, men’s football obviously represented a clear chance of a medal. No more. Ramon said after the fiasco that he trusts this generation. This humble scribe also trusts, he just doesn’t trust Ramon.
The elimination of women’s basketball did not come as a surprise. It is a team under reconstruction, which lacks talent. Érika, at 41 years old, is still a member of the team, which lost all three matches in the Pre-Olympic. Women’s basketball had already been left out of Tokyo.
Still in the middle of Carnival, we received the news that champion surfer Filipe Toledo is taking a break from his career to deal with his mental health. But he remains focused on the Olympics.
Also on Sunday (11), Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum, world marathon record holder and just 24 years old, died after suffering a car accident. Kiptum was seen as one of the favorites for gold on the streets of Paris.
And keep the name Zhanle Pan. At the World Swimming Championships, the Chinese surprised by breaking the 100 m world record in the opening of the 4×100 relay (the mark of the person who opens the race, jumping from the block, is valid). With 46s80, Pan beat the 2022 record, held by Romanian David Popovici, who had previously broken Cesar Cielo’s mark.
Taylor Swift continues to be the name of the moment, in any field. They say that the beautiful pop star, supporter of Democrat Joe Biden, could even be fundamental in the American election. Taylor also has some superlative viewing figures in the last NFL season — Taylor is dating Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce.
After playing a show in Tokyo, the young woman faced a long flight to attend her boyfriend at the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. She appeared on the screen several times, turned into a beer can (did it have alcohol in it?), celebrated the victory and kissed her boyfriend makeout style in a cabin in Sapucaí. A knockout. And she already has a show in Australia on Friday. Taylor is an Olympian.
It’s okay that Kansas has a great team and the best quarterback in recent years (Patrick Mahomes). But let’s put it on Taylor’s account, it’s cooler.
And if Taylor is happy, Corinthians is happy — everyone knows about the scientifically proven connection between the singer and Timão. While Taylor was partying in Las Vegas, the black and white star was putting an end to his rivals’ party in Paulista.
To overthrow Portuguesa, Corinthians brought a Portuguese coach to call their own, António Oliveira. It’s only the seventh round and black and white won’t fall. Even so, Yuri Alberto was really moved by Sunday’s winning goal. It felt like I had won the Super Bowl.
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