There was a sense of inevitability that Giovanni Reyna would become a global star.
The son of former Manchester City and Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna and women's international Danielle Egan, Gio, as he is lovingly known to those around him, was from the beginning ready to combine the creativity of his father with his mom & # 39; s athletics. Football is indeed in his blood.
The American teenager, born in Sunderland, scored his first goal for them in the German Cup
But after scoring his first senior goal for Borussia Dortmund, even he would admit that he has surpassed what many had thought it was possible at such a young age.
Coming off the bench in Dortmund's 5-3 win over Augsburg, Reyna would have been the head of the day after becoming the youngest American to see in the history of Bundesliga. The only problem was a debut hat trick by Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland.
The honor previously belonged to Christian Pulisic, now from Chelsea, but after his debut goal in the 3-2 German Cup defeat against Werder Bremen came close to breaking the internet, keeping a lid on excitement around him is now impossible.
& # 39; In training you can see that he has something special, & # 39; said Dortmund boss Lucien Favre. & # 39; If you can't see that, you're blind. & # 39;
That goal, as he danced through the defense of Bremen before curling a nice finish in the upper corner, showed flashes of Eden Hazard and the close control that the Belgian controls. Patrick Vieira, who spent time with Reyna at New York City Football Club, compares him more with world cup winner David Trezeguet.
Whatever star is compared, Reyna never flatters to cheat. The fact that four countries could eventually fight for him emphasizes the greatness that is expected from now on.
Meet the man who defeated Manchester City: Soccer leaks hacker Rui Pinto is STILL in jail in Portugal after tireless work to unmask Premier League champions
- Rui Pinto hacked into club emails from Manchester City from his home in Portugal
- Pinto reportedly had access to 70 million documents and 3.4 terabytes of info
- Pinto awaits trial on 90 different counts of hacking sabotage and fraud
- Social media football fans started the hashtag on Friday #freePinto
Pinto hacked his way to club emails from his home in Portugal in 2015 and then passed them on to the media and led to the investigation of City's finances.
Although Pinto was widely praised by the football world, he was arrested and sent to prison, and will be tried for 90 different counts of sabotage and hacking fraud.
Pinto did not receive an appeal on Thursday and has been in prison in Lisbon since last March.
News about UEFA's decision to ban City from the Champions League for the next two seasons, saw Pinto & # 39; s name start trending with the hashtag #freePinto on Friday.
Borussia Dortmund fans even held up a banner that called on the authorities to drop the case and free Pinto.
Football Leaks was founded in 2015 and has uncovered everything from tax fraud to clubs that violate FFP.
Pinto reportedly holds 70 million documents and 3.4 terabytes of information, and recently told Der Spiegel that he was aware of the risks of his work.
& # 39; I knew something could happen, & he said to the German newspaper.
& # 39; I knew the Portuguese authorities were prosecuting whistleblowers, so I had to be ready for that.
& # 39; The Portuguese authorities are afraid of what I know and therefore it is important that I do not go crazy.
& # 39; In the beginning I wrote notes about the case in my notebook, but then it was taken from me.
& # 39; My lawyer was present when they searched my cell and said it was illegal to mine take notes from me.
& # 39; It was not the prison guards who did it, but the Portuguese prosecutors. They do everything they want.
& # 39; It took a month before they returned the script to me. & # 39;
Henrikh Mkhitaryan set up for Arsenal's return in the summer because Roma are unwilling to get a £ 20m price tag
- The Armenian midfielder is currently a seasonal loan from the Italian side
- Mkhitaryan wants to draw permanently for the Italian side in the summer
- But Roma are not willing to get the £ 20m price from Arsenal tag for the 31 year old
The Armenian midfielder is currently in a seasonal loan and would like to draw for the Italian side at the end of the season.
Roma had rejected an offer of € 10 million (£ 8.5 million) in January and it is unlikely that he will make another move in the summer for a player with only 12 months left on his contract.
Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal from Manchester United in an exchange agreement for Alexis Sanchez in January 2018.
But he failed to impress in the Emirates and was loaned to Roma in September.
] Coach Paulo Fonseca is interested in retaining Mkhitaryan in the Stadio Olimpico beyond his current loan agreement.
Mkhitaryan scored on his return after almost a month with a thigh injury in the 3-2 defeat by Bologna on Friday.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff meets Lewis Hamilton for the first time this year on Tuesday, because he & # 39; quite optimistic & # 39; Six-time champion remains and signs a £ 60m deal the end of the year contractless and has been associated with Ferrari
The couple has not spoken since Mercedes & # 39; Christmas party in the second week of December, but have kept in touch via text message during the break.
They will come face to face when Hamilton, whose contract is to be renewed at the end of the season, returns to work at the Silver Arrows plant in Northamptonshire this morning.
Hamilton, 35, earns £ 40 million a year – possibly more when bonuses are added – and a senior figure in the sport has estimated that he will command around £ 60m this time around. But behind Wolff's back there is the possibility that the British might still be sitting at a Ferrari chair if Sebastian Vettel runs away or goes further at the end of the year.
Asked if his pockets were deep Wolff said: "You must respect that a sporting superstar has a limited period of time to earn this kind of super money at the height of his ability.
" We respect that and the contribution he makes to Mercedes on and off the track. Likewise, Lewis has always respected that we are Mercedes and that certain financial realities are important to us. The current environment in the automotive industry is about efficiency and cost savings.
"But money has never been a bottleneck with Lewis.
& # 39; The last contract negotiation was more about giving him the freedom to continue his own projects.
& # 39; With age, liberties may have to change or grow. We want the best man in qualifying on Saturday and in the race on Sunday, and that is my main focus.
"I am in no way stressed that we have no signature on the dotted line. I'm pretty optimistic that we'll do that. "
There are also questions about whether Mercedes will remain in the sport after this season and about Wolff's own wish to continue his current role. He is a 30 percent shareholder in the team.
At the unveiling of Mercedes & # 39; 2020 livery on Monday, Wolff made reasonably optimistic notes about the team and itself rolling on, but could not offer any hard guarantees.
This coming season's car will be the surf of Ineos, the chemical company of Britain's richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, after he and Wolff shared a stage in a private club in London to celebrate their new five-year-old to announce cooperation.
This certainly indicated that Mercedes are not preparing to cut and run, and that Wolff has a rich ba cker that could possibly intervene if they ever did.
Forget Storm Ciara, it's all about Stormzy! Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Ben Chilwell meet grime artists in Dubai while enjoying Premier League winter break
- A large number of Premier League stars met grime artist Stormzy in their winter break
- Several players are on their way to Dubai to spend some free time with friends
- Stormzy broke up with Jack Grealish, James Maddison and others
- Tottenham's younger Ryan Sessegnon posted a photo with Tammy Abraham
A host of Premier League ] stars are broken with grime artist Stormzy while enjoying their Premier League winter break.
Jack Grealish posed alongside the British musician in Dubai while the captain Aston Villa spent a period of his time away from the rigors of top-flight football in the United Arab Emirates.
And England internationals James Maddison and Ben Chilwell also took a photo with Stormzy, in which the high-flying stars of Leicester handed over the two weeks to recover mentally & # 39; by boss Brendan Rodgers.
Stormzy, who has received a series of accolades including MOBO and Brit Awards, had completed a critically acclaimed set in Dubai as part of his last world tour on Friday.
And after he was on stage, 26-year-old Londoner was also greeted by Tottenham-younger Ryan Sessegnon and frontman Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho admitted that he was not sure about the goal of the break, but allowed his players a few days off & # 39 ;.
Sessegnon, drawn from Fulham, chose to join friends Abraham and Marcus Rashford in Dubai.
Abraham, who was Frank Lampard's first choice this season on Stamford Bridge, embarked on a mini breakthrough to the popular tourist hotspot.
The Champions League pursuers will be 16 days away from the Premier League action, with the Blues next in action against Manchester United in a crucial confrontation in the capital.
Top flight managers and players have often regretted their workload during the festive period and after a meeting between the Premier League, the Football Association and the Football League in June 2018, clubs will be given one weekend off this week.
Jon Jones always has a dark cloud looming above him.
No matter how far he is scaled or the great things he achieved in the octagon, slumbering around the corner was invariably a form of trouble that threatened to overshadow it all.
There is no denial of his supreme talent – for which it seems to run into the genes of the family with his two brothers Chandler and Arthur both winning the Super Bowl during their career in the NFL – but despite his almost flawless battle record and status within MMA, he has often proven to be a person who is not worth looking up to.
Jones Will look at his extraordinary combat legacy when he defends his light-heavyweight title against Dominic Reyes on UFC 147 this weekend
But for everything he has achieved in sport, the accolades, praise and admiration come with ridicule, prison and probation.
It is not the fact that he is the youngest UFC champion staying with him. It is drunk driving, heavy partying and cocaine use. The hit-and-run accident in which a young pregnant woman with a broken arm was left behind. And the doping scandals.
In a long list of sins, it is the last one with which his name is likely to be synonymous forever.
There are so many doubts about Jones' integrity that he was subjected to no fewer than 42 no-drug tests in 2019 alone – more than any other athlete in the world.
Jones has twice violated UFC's anti-doping policy, tested positive for estrogen blockers after taking a dodgy sexual enhancement pill prior to his headline fight with Daniel Cormier in 2016. He subsequently received a year-long suspension.
The 32-year-old was again banned for 15 months in 2017 after testing positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid, after beating Cormier by knocking out to recapture the light heavyweight title.
Jones had everything before him when he first conquered the world a ls a 23-year-old in 2011. But although he is still widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters who ever stepped foot in the octagon, his inherent tendency to press the self-destructive button has meant that everything he has ever done will always be affected. And he has no one else to blame.
JONES & # 39; S TRANSGRESSIONS :
- In May 2012, Jones was involved in a vehicle accident after crashing his Bentley in a traffic pole after an evening party. He had two wives in the car and was detained after he was unwilling to take a sobriety test. He was fined $ 1,000 and had suspended his driving license for six months.
- Jones refused to fight against Chael Sonnen on UFC 151 in the short term after Dan Henderson was excluded due to an injury. It caused the UFC to cancel an event for the first time.
- Jones was fined $ 50,000 and was given 40 hours of community service for a fight with Daniel Cormier at the press conference for UFC 178.
- In January 2015, Jones defeated Cormier three days later Rehabilitation went after he had tested positive for cocaine metabolites prior to their fight. He stayed in rehab for 24 hours and the UFC fined $ 25,000 for the test error.
- Jones was in a crime involving a pregnant woman. Jones fled the scene before reporting to the police. He was then stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title and suspended. He eventually avoided the prison sentence, but was suspended for 18 months.
- In March 2016, Jones was taken to Albuquerque prison after violating his probation because he received five tickets for drag racing. He was filmed because he insulted the officer in question and was told to take anger and driving lessons. The week before that, he was accused of drag racing and received five quotes.
- Later in the same year, Jones was flagged by USADA for failing a drug test days prior to UFC 200. He faced rival Daniel Cormier. in the main event of one of the biggest cards in UFC history. He denied the accusations at a tearing press conference before finally being pulled out of his UFC 200 main event match with Cormier.
- In November 2016, he was banned for a year after he claimed that the banned substances came from contaminated sexual aids. He was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight interim championship for the second time.
- In 2017, Jones was suspended for 15 months after a positive test for an anabolic steroid after his knockout victory over Cormier, which was later changed to a no match.
- In July 2019, Jones was charged with the battery for allegedly placing a cocktail waitress in a chokehold and lifting the floor at an Albuquerque strip club.
failed Besides the talent, the misconduct seems to be in the family. The younger brother of the UFC star, Chandler, who currently plays for the NFL side of Arizona Cardinals, appeared half-naked and confused at a police station after allegedly smoking synthetic marijuana in 2016 and had to make a public apology for his actions .
The oldest brother of the clan, Arthur, also had a brush with problems. The 33-year-old, who retired from NFL in 2017, was banned for four games in 2016 because of a violation of the performance-enhancing medicine competition policy.
Jon is the one with the more blocked past, but aims to correct his mistakes since his return to the sport from his ban in 2018.
Today I know that I am very human and have made many mistakes, & # 39; he told The Telegraph last year. & # 39; I know you can lose everything so I will do the right things. I try to let my character catch up with my talents.
& # 39; I think I am a bad guy trying to be good. Only because we are all religious sinners. We were born in sin. It is our nature to sin. It is a decision to try to do the right thing even when nobody is watching. I think we are all human, none of us is holy and it is our choice to be more than that. I have to say that I am closer to a perfect person and try to do the right things and do well. & # 39;
When it comes to skill, few sports families can match the Jones – Jon is a two-time UFC champion with $ 10 million capital, while his brother Arthur is a former Super Bowl winner as his the youngest, Chandler, who signed a contract extension with the cardinals worth $ 82.5 million two years ago.
Unfortunately, the same can be said for their controversies. The Jones is perhaps the largest family of athletes – but they will always have those indiscretions over them.
Manchester United & # 39; refuses to comply with £ 94 million release clause for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez & # 39; in the midst of interest from Barcelona
- Inter-striker Lautaro Martinez has drawn interest from the top European clubs
- Manchester United has been associated with the pointed but withdrew
- United would have underestimated the £ 94 million worth of the 22-year old estimate
- The side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the lead after the sale of Romelu Lukaku
Manchester United supported away from a move for Lautaro Martinez because club heads refuse to comply with the £ 94 million release clause in the Inter Striker contract.
The side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the market this summer for a striker, who struggled to find a suitable replacement after the departure of Romelu Lukaku last summer.
United failed to land Erling Haaland in the long term after the young person signed for Borussia Dortmund and had to hurry to loan sign Odion Ighalo on the final moments of the transfer window of last month .
And The Times reports that a move for Martinez is unlikely with the club balking on the Italian giant's appreciation of their striker.
The 22-year-old has a £ 94 million release clause that Inter insists upon being activated when a club acquires its services this summer. That clause expires after two weeks of the summer window, but Inter will nevertheless not renounce that value.
Martinez was in good shape for Inter in the Serie A this season, after scoring 16 goals in 27 games alongside attacking partner Lukaku.
The Argentinian is contracted to the club until 2023, so Inter is not under pressure to sell the player on the coming transfer window. Manchester City and Real Madrid have their eyes on the striker, but Barcelona is the most likely move for Martinez.
The Spanish giants are expected to spend a lot this summer trying to replace the outdated Luis Suarez, while doubts remain about the future of Lionel Messi after his public spit with sports director Eric Abidal.
Barca is strongly linked to movements for Martinez and Wolverhampton Wanderers star Adama Traore, who sold the club to Aston Villa in 2015.
After the longest chase of the month, United finally secured the signing of Portuguese attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes for a first £ 47 million and possibly rising to £ 68 m.
And with just a few hours before the deadline, they signed the Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on loan from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua as a back-up in the injury disease of Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United finally made a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy with the deals that were closed when the Old Trafford club went on in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.
But there has also been criticism of the time it took to get the Fernandes deal across the line and also the scattergun approach to bring in an attacker.
[1 9459002] They tried to sign Joshnem King of Bournemouth, a former United player, but were rejected by the asking price of £ 35 million from the South Coast Club after two lower bids.
King was excited that a deal could be made and wanted to become a member of United again, but according to the Athletic he felt & # 39; used and tampered & # 39 ; when a third bid was not made.
United got the chance to sign Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain and get Salomon Rondon on loan before turning to Ighalo.
It means asking questions again to the team responsible for identifying transfer goals and sewing deals behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
The club still has not appointed a football director, despite various hints in recent years that they would do so and their process of buying new players is far from being efficient.
But who are the personalities responsible for the transfer activities of United and what role do they play?
ED WOODWARD – EXECUTIVE VICE-CHAIRMAN
A man who is never far from the headlines and usually for negative reasons. Woodward is the public face of the increasingly maligned owners of United, the Glazer family, and finds themselves the target of supporters' criticism.
This becomes more and more aggressive and indefensible with a minority of supporters singing about burning him on a bonfire and a thuggish pony who flung smoke bombs to his house last week.
Woodward is a former chartered accountant and investment banker, associated with the Glazers since advising them on their controversial acquisition of United in 2005 while working for JP Morgan Chase.
He quickly worked for United's commercial operation when the club fought to manage the high-interest loans that saddled the club with £ 525 million in debts in a buyout of £ 790 million and in 2005
And when former president David Gill stepped down from the sam and time as legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2013, it was no surprise that Woodward was appointed to succeed him.
Since then, Woodward has managed to keep United up in the sales competitions and their financial and commercial muscle strength is just as strong as ever.
The latest Deloitte football-rich list places United only behind Barcelona and Real Madrid with a total turnover of £ 627.1 million, a growth of six percent compared to the previous year.
So that's all good and good as far as the Glazers are concerned, but Woodward & # 39; s lack of a football background is brutally exposed in the decreasing performance of United on the field since 2013.
Almost £ 900 million spent on new players since Ferguson retired, but there are few success stories and many, many failures, from Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
Many of these signings have also ited with huge payroll accounts for little profit when it comes to winning trophies.
Three managers have been and have gone into the post-Fergie hinterland of United, with Louis van Gaal perhaps offering Woodward's most devastating assessment, saying he had "zero understanding of football."
While Solskjaer & # 39; s United continues to struggle, the patience of fans in Woodward and the Glazers seems to be broken.
Although attacks on his house can never be approved, we can expect a muteful atmosphere in Old Trafford in the coming months.
MATTE JUDGE – HEAD OF BUSINESS
While Woodward rarely gives interviews, his low profile is nothing compared to his right hand when it comes to negotiating transfer deals, Matt Judge.
Little is known about Judge, who doesn't even have a photo on his LinkedIn page, and is rarely shown in public.
Instead, his biography of the network site reads: & # 39; Management of the stock and debt capital structure of Manchester United – three stock offers including the IPO, totaling more than $ 450 million; and three debt refinancing ($ 1 billion +) – debut private placement, term loan and RCF.
& # 39; Also player negotiations (transfers and game contracts). & # 39;
Only the last bit means something to the average football fan, but Judge is similar to Woodward in that he also went to the University of Bristol and spent more than ten years in the business banking sector.
It is not quite the background that you would expect from the person who is responsible for negotiating transfer agreements and contracts with one of & # 39; the world's largest football clubs.
But since 2016 he has done exactly that, while with Woodward he chairs a worldwide network of 52 scouts that give information back to the head scouts and manager Solskjaer.
] Judge is also the man who takes the lead in negotiating the finer details of player contracts, as he did last summer to bring in Daniel James from Swansea, Harry Maguire from Leicester and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. to get.
When agents call United to offer their customer's services, the investigation is directed to Judge and is he is also responsible for contract extensions, such as last year with goalkeeper David de Gea.
Like Woodward, he divides his time between Manchester and United headquarters in Mayfair, London.
JIM LAWLOR – CHIEF SCOUT
The experienced Lawlor has since been the most important scout of United 2005, working under Ferguson, David Moyes, Van Gaal, Jose Mou rinho and now Solskjaer.
He is one of the few figures involved in recruitment decisions that can bring the continuity of United's glory days under Fergie.
Before the high-level discussions, Lawlor will be involved in signing together with Solskjaer, Judge, Mick Court and Marcel Bout.
Various efforts have been made to revise United's scouting and recruitment system since Woodward took over in 2013, although it is arguable whether anything has improved.
In 2016, shortly after Mourinho was appointed manager, United appointed 50 new scouts across every continent after the dysfunctional recruitment of Van Gaal's term of office and a root-and-branch review of the process.
The information on transfer goals that Lawlor used to commit to memory has at least been replaced by sophisticated soft ware and data systems in recent years.
So before United signed Wan-Bissaka, United held data on 804 right-backs around the world before drawing on 33 first-team scouts to compile a list of 50 -70 names.
This was reduced to a top 10 using additional exploration reports before a shortlist of three was produced by applying customized video analysis.
It is right now that Lawlor and Co sit down to make decisions about who they buy from.
MICK COURT – TECHNICAL CHIEF SCOUT
Court has been in Old Trafford for 11 years and has held his current role in technical lead scout since April last year, formerly senior recruitment analyst.
Together with his team of four analysts, Court is the man responsible for reducing those long lists of potential recruits to a more manageable shortlist.
In the case of Wan-Bissaka, the top three were ranked in order after they were presented to Solskjaer and the rest of the recruitment department.
Both Solskjaer and the recruitment department have the veto right over each transfer purpose and if one is rejected, they are replaced by the next option on the list.
If the recruitment department vetoes a possible signing, it is up to Woodward to explain the decision to the manager, which happened when the team disagreed with Mourinho's demands for another center back .
Fortunately, Wan-Bissaka was number 1 on the list of right backs and the deal could continue.
The successful signing of Wan-Bissaka was actually presented to wider Old Trafford staff in a presentation to demonstrate good practice and restore confidence in the club's hierarchy after a poor start to The season.
Court's LinkedIn biography says he is a & # 39; strong research professional at a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focusing on Human Movement Science – Dynamic system analysis of human movement & # coordination 39 ;.
This came from the sports science schools at the John Moores universities of Manchester Metropolitan and Liverpool before working for Watford, Everton and Crewe.
JOHN MURTAGH – YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CHIEF
Solskjaer made no secret of his desire to give the best United States academy diplomas their chance in the first team and that is why the role of youth development chief Murtagh has become increasingly important.
Murtagh has overseen the rise of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood in recent seasons.
Murtagh started as a sports scientist under David Moyes in Everton and worked the rank to become the head of the Toffees.
He left Goodison Park to work for the Premier League in 2012 before following Moyes to Old Trafford when he was named successor to Ferguson in 2013.
His work in bringing in players of United & # 39; s academy is highly respected by Woodward and it was said that he could become the technical director of the club to be appointed last year.
MARCEL BOUT – HEAD OF GLOBAL SCOUTING
Dutchman Bout was formerly head trainer, youth team coach and recovery trainer at Feyenoord, manager of AZ Alkmaar & # 39; s youth team and assistant to Van Gaal in Bayern Munich.
After Van Gaal's departure from Bayern, Bout was arrested by Jupp Heynckes as chief match analyst before returning to the Netherlands to work as an assistant coach, technical analyst and scout for the under-21 national team.
After working at Van Gaal at AZ and Bayern, Bout was appointed as assistant coach of United, specializing in opposition scouting in the summer of 2014.
By the time Bout was promoted As head of global scouting in 2016, Van Gaal was fired and he asked his former boss for permission to take on the job.
His first task was to integrate the 50 new global scouts that were named in that summer's shake-up and Bout makes th and appeal to the identified young talent.
In addition to being part of the top team that makes the final decision on signings, Bout is also responsible for exploring missions.
He saw United target Erling Haaland play for Red Bull Salzburg against Liverpool in the Champions League for Chris tmas.
Haaland eventually joined Borussia Dortmund despite close ties with his Solskjaer, his former coach at Molde.
Bitter Superclasico rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors meet in semi-final of Copa Libertadores just months after attack on Boca team bus that had to move the final to Madrid
River Plate and Boca Juniors meet in the semifinals of Copa Libertadores
Reigning champion River conquered the Paraguayan team Cerro Porteno 3-1 together in the quarterfinals to set up the mouth-watering rematch with their Superclasico enemies.
River took a 2-0 first leg lead in Thursday's second leg thanks to goals from Ignacio Fernandez and Rafael Borre last week in Buenos Aires.
But they quickly saw their advantage halved in Paraguay when former Borussia Dortmund moved forward Nelson Valdez Cerro Porteno with a look
River secured their passage for seven minutes in the second half when midfielder Nicolas De La Cruz went home on the volley.
It came after Boca secured their passage to the semi-final 24 hours earlier with a total win of 3-0 over LDU Quito of Ecuador.
The first stage of the semi-final is scheduled for River & # 39; s Estadio Monumental on October 1, with the return to Bombonera on October 22 in Boca.
The winners play one of the Brazilian duo Gremio or Flamengo in the final, scheduled for November 23 in the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.
In the final of last year, the second leg was moved to the Bernabeu in Madrid after the Boca team bus was attacked by fans of River further on from the second leg.
A number of Boca players were injured by broken glass from the windows and by inhaling pepper spray, which led to widespread condemnation and the relocation of the game to Spain.
River won the second stage 3-1 after extra time to secure a 5-3 aggregate t riumph.
If the dust settles on Super Bowl LIV, few will talk about the attack line.
Often overlooked, the O-linemen are the unsung heroes of the team.
There is a lot of pain. And not so much glory. I don't think we generally choose O-line: O-line chooses us & # 39 ;, says veteran guard Stefen Wisniewski of the Kansas City Chiefs. "If you're really big and not as fast as some of those other guys, you play O-line."
& # 39; We are just a bit like normal boys. We love food. We don't like to run. And we like to hit people. "
Paid much less than their defensive counterparts, the five men are charged with protecting the quarterback, the most precious resource of the team.
"It is a team within a team. It must be very coordinated. There is no room for a man who is a great player, but he does not want to cooperate with the other boys. That doesn't work, & Wisniewski continued.
"You are literally two feet apart and everything we do must be carefully coordinated, up to a few centimeters here, a few centimeters there.
& # 39; If we don't all think the same about what the defense does and what we do, the piece becomes a disaster. & # 39;
Chemistry and cohesion are vital, as Austin Reiter Center continued: & I think we are the only position group that consistently has five of us on the field together to work. Defense comes together as a whole, receivers, running, quarterbacks.
& # 39; They always have their meetings. I think we are the only position that is the outlier. We work together the most, just us. "
Left tackle Eric Fisher missed part of the season due to an injury, but is back to protect the blind side of Patrick Mahomes. Since his return, the Chiefs are 10-0 and look forward to a more solid unity for the playoffs, where Mahomes has been fired only twice.
"We have a lot of fun together. We come out to dinner, go out to someone's house, watch other sporting events. We have fun together. I would say that we have one of the closest groups in the competition. "
Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif continued:" Team chemistry is crucial. All injuries – it's part of the sport, but to see how the boys are connected and played at a high level. We have a starting five, but I have the feeling that we have a starting seven or eight that can play. & # 39;
Communication is the key, because the right tackle Mitchell Schwartz added: & # 39; Every time a defense plays against you run something that you have not seen yet.
& # 39; There is going to be something else. I have to communicate on the left, the center will speak to us. The others have things that happen in the middle of a ride: "This guy did this in this piece, it's a little different than what we saw". There is always an element of game-to-game communication. & # 39;
So what happens if the ball is broken and hell breaks loose? Duvernay-Tardif said: "Before the snap takes place, you do most of it. That is where you recognize the defense, you analyze the defense.
& # 39; You see where safety is and recognize what the defense is trying to do. When the ball is broken, it's about reacting and making your blocks. Most of the work in terms of analyzing the defense is done before the snap. & # 39;
"That's the point where things have to slow down," says Schwartz. & # 39; It would be so easy to get hectic and panic. And that's usually when things go bad. It has confidence in yourself to keep things as normal as possible and to keep time down.
"You go up against boys who are crazy and really good at what they do. If you try too hard, you will come out of your comfort zone. That's when things go bad.
"That half a second is what you train for. The moment it is quite difficult to consciously think about things while they happen. Your body just needs to know how to respond. "
Wisniewski continued," It's fun. It's weird because you have to be super powerful, but it has to be under control. D-linemen come to you, we are like this controlled force. It takes a long time to learn how to do that, how to be strong and how to move people.
"It is an art and a science at the same time. It may look ugly, but it's still beautiful at the same time. It is hard to explain, but there is something special about it. "
Reiter added," What do they call it? A nice mess. & # 39;
And what about Mahomes, the superstar quarterback who the Chiefs go to a blockbuster with led the San Francisco 49ers?
"He makes every game and you love: how did he do it? I don't even understand, & Wisniewski said. "It's almost like he's throwing a baseball. He doesn't have to put his feet.
& # 39; He doesn't have to lean forward and turn his shoulders, he just taps his wrist a bit like he's a short stop. He throws it 50 meters. It is heavy. You shouldn't be able to throw it 50 meters. "
It is said that just like the great Brett Favre, you can hear Mahomes floating through the air.
& # 39; You can literally, & # 39; said Fisher. "They go right above my head and you can hear the singing on the ball."
And did Mahomes ever hit Fisher & # 39; s head with a quirky effort? & # 39; No, he doesn't! He wouldn't be better. & # 39;