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Sao Paulo’s goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni reached a new milestone with his club after becoming the only player in history to have played 1117 matches in the same club. He surpassed the record that Pele sustained for over 30 years.
During the press conference that was made after Sao Paulo’s match against Botafogo, the head coach of the team spoke about the respect and admiration he has for the goalkeeper.
“Rogerio is those things that happen in football and we will not live to see another guy like him’’. Football today does not allow that anymore, because players do not have that kind of thinking to stay at the club for many years,” evaluated the commander, who completed.
“And also the collection of awards and recognitions received at his age, which is very hard on the athlete. Rogerio is a phenomenon. As he is a crazy guy for work, will be difficult to have another player playing in the same club level, “said Murky.
Rogerio Ceni joined the Brazilian side back in 1990 and since 1997 until July of this year he was the official free-kick and penalty kicker of the squad which has allowed him on scoring over 50 goals with the club which is an astonishing feat considering his position in the club is between the posts and not an actual on field player.
Sao Paulo still has 2 matches left to be played in their league against Criciuma and Coritiba FBC. They are hoping to end the season in a high note and claim victories out of both matches but it will be a task that is easier said than done as both of the teams have triumphed when they met in the earlier stages of the league.
Gabriel Batistuta was inducted into the Calcio Hall of Fame after being considered to be as one of the best foreign players to have played in Serie A. Playing in Internazionale, Roma and Fiorentina the retired Argentinean footballer scored 200 goals during his 12 years stay in Italy.
The 44 years old recently said that despite his absence from playing professional football he would still like to play an internal part of Fiorentina.
“The Fiorentina coach? I would love to but as of now I do not see myself as a coach because there’s Vincenzo Montella who is doing very well,” Batistuta told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“I think he will remain for quite a while, however I am ready to help the club in any capacity and whenever required.”
Even though Batistuta has retired from playing in over 7 years he still remains being a spectator as he watches the matches that are played each week especially in Serie A and has been remembered by being an outspoken person and already having experience working as a commentator.
He went on talking about Ac.Milan’s Mario Balotelli with the news, headlines and all the attention in the center of the media as the young Italian player has had numerous behavior problems every club he joins.
“My thoughts on Balotelli? He’s the kind of player who infuriates me.I was not born a footballer like him. I achieved what I did because of all the hard work I put in. I had to make sacrifices. Balotelli, and a few others, have everything that I would have liked to have. It angers me that he does not use his talent to his full advantage.” Corriere dello Sport quotes Batistuta as saying.
Balotelli has been hailed to be one as a player with immense talent which made Manchester City pay €21.8 million for his services when he was just 20 years of age.
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Gabriel Batistuta enjoyed a remarkable career in Europe with the likes of Roma and Fiorentina. He also had a great career at international level with the Argentine national team, but his attempts to return to football through a managerial career have not been so successful. He was part of the club’s staff at Colón, but he left the club after less than a season. He has now stated that he wants to return to Europe in the hope of becoming a manager. The legendary striker has admitted that it will not be easy to become a manager in Europe.
He retired from football in 2005 and he has been linked with a return to Fiorentina in some boardroom level role. However, it looks like may be looking to step into the managerial hotseat. Fiorentina could be one of the destinations, but that does not appear to be the possibility right now. Vincenzo Montella’s team are doing extremely well at the moment. After having spent money in the summer, the team are in with a shout to finish in the top three positions, which could provide Champions League football next season.
Fiorentina have been absent from this elite European competition for the last few years.
“The job of a Coach is not an easy one. It should only be done with seriousness. You have to have real patience, because you’re always encountering various problems. I can’t seem to get a job in Argentina, so I would like to return to Europe to get started,” said the former striker to Adkronos. Batistuta is regarded as one of the greatest strikers from Argentina. He made 78 appearances for the national team and scored 56 goals.
In the club career, he scored a quite remarkable 300 goals in just 516 matches across several clubs.
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New Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has said that it was an easy decision to bring in Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. He has become one of the costliest transfers in Italian football this summer after sealing a £ 35 million move to Napoli. He will be the replacement for Edinson Cavani, who left the club in the £ 55 million deal to PSG a few weeks ago. Higuain was initially linked with Arsenal, but it was Napoli who managed to complete the deal as a result of taking little time in negotiations. Arsenal were thought to have agreed personal terms with the player, but they left it too late negotiating with Real Madrid.
Higuain arrives in Italy with a big reputation of being a consistent goalscorer. He has been at Real Madrid since 2006. He has regularly found the back of the net for the Spanish club, but it has not really endeared him to the managers. He has often found himself on the substitutes bench, which was a major reason behind his move away from the Santiago Bernabeu. The 25-year-old is thought to have been promised by Napoli that the team will be built around him. Benitez has praised the new signing by saying that he has the lot.
“We had an idea he was one of our targets, but we thought it was difficult because of all the comments about Arsenal. In terms of the decision to do the deal, it was quite quick. It was an easy decision for me. He’s a great player. I told the chairman that I liked the player, so the technical director and the chairman, they were quick and after we signed the player [I was] really pleased because he is a top class player,” said Benitez. Interestingly, Higuain will be coming up against Arsenal in the Emirates cup.
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