It was Wednesday night, October 18, 2018, when Thiago Neves entered the field to become Jair Ventura’s executioner. Defending Cruzeiro, the athlete scored the first goal of the final of the Copa do Brasil in which Corinthians, led by the coach, ended up defeated. Almost two years later, they meet again, now on the same side of the field.
A story that was part of the conversation between the duo, decisive for the hiring of the midfielder by Sport.
“I joked with him that in 2018 we played a final, one on each side. I was for Corinthians and he was for Cruzeiro, and he ended up scoring the first goal of the final. So I told him: ‘You owe me a Copa do Copa title Brazil. Now it’s time for you to come to my side and help me. ‘ He laughed and today he is here. “
On the occasion, Raposa won 1 to 0 in Mineirão, and defined the title with the 2 to 1 over the São Paulo team in the clash back. After that, the midfielder still defended Grêmio and had a last-minute transfer to Atlético-MG before signing with Sport.
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In Ilha do Retiro, the midfielder arrived under the approval of the fans and leveraging the sales of the new club uniforms. An enthusiasm that came not only from red-black and red-black, but also from the athlete himself, according to Jair Ventura.
‘”I was very happy with the way he reacted, for the enthusiasm of the possibility of coming to work at Sport. It was a quick conversation, where I felt his desire to play, to be on the field doing what he does best in life. He will find a group of very dedicated professionals, who will definitely embrace him and add up. “
At Sport, he becomes part of the sector that also includes Jonatan Gomez, Lucas Mugni and Bruninho.
Regularized last Friday, the expectation is that the attacking midfielder will appear during the match against Fluminense, which takes place at 20:30 on Sunday, in Ilha do Retiro. The athlete appears as an option to optimize the offensive sector of the Lion.
– He steps in the area, scores goals. It has a very good set piece. There is no escape from the athlete’s characteristics. I always talk to them about where they can earn more. Playing against is different from working with the athlete, so on a daily basis we will see, to enhance everyone’s individuality. I always think that the strong team will enhance the individualities of our athletes. And with Thiago it won’t be different.
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Thiago Neves arrives at Sport and is embraced by the crowd, who seeks shirts from the ace