Santa Rita, Paraíba
Santa Rita, Paraíba is a municipality in the state of Paraíba in the Northeast Region of Brazil. Santa Cruz Recreativo Esporte Clube is the municipality's football club; the municipality contains the Engenho Gargaú Private Natural Heritage Reserve, which holds a population of the critically endangered blond capuchin monkey. List of municipalities in Paraíba
Héctor Raúl Cúper is an Argentine football manager and former player, the manager of the Uzbekistan national team. Born in Chabás, Santa Fe, Cúper started his coaching career with Huracán, a year and a half after his retirement. After three years he moved to Lanús, two years he made the jump to Europe. In 1997, he was hired by Mallorca, in the first season he drove the modest club to the final of the Copa del Rey, which he would lose against Barcelona; the following season the team reached the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where they lost to Lazio. However, in the same season the team had its revenge against Barcelona, winning the 1998 Supercopa de España; that season Mallorca recorded their best historical position at the end of the league with a 3rd place, allowing the team to play in the UEFA Champions League. Cúper moved to Valencia in 1999, where he maintained his bad luck in finals, losing the final of the Champions League two consecutive times. On 22 June 2001, Cúper was hired by Italian club Internazionale, where he reached the third and second place of the championship in successive seasons.
In the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League, his team lost in the semi-finals to city rivals AC Milan on away goals. Inter under his command infamously lost what could have been the club's first scudetto since 1989 on 5 May 2002 after losing 4–2 against Lazio and handed the scudetto over to fierce rivals Juventus on the last day of the league season, he was fired from the club on 19 October 2003, after six matches of the 2003–04 season, when the team was in 8th place in Serie A. After a year off, due to a contractual argument with Inter, Cúper managed Mallorca again during the 2004–05 season, when the team was in a relegation position after 10 matches, saving the team from relegation in the last match of the season. Suffering bad results in spite of his many signings, Cúper decided to leave the team in February 2006, with the team at the bottom of the league. On 16 July 2007, Cúper was revealed as the new manager of Real Betis, he started the 2007–08 season at the helm, but was sacked on 2 December 2007 following his side's loss against Atlético Madrid.
On 11 March 2008 he was unveiled as the new boss of relegation-battling Serie A team Parma, replacing Domenico Di Carlo at the helm of the gialloblù. He was sacked two months before the final game of the season after winning only two in 10 matches as manager, this leading to Parma's relegation to Serie B. On 1 August 2008, Cúper became the head coach of the Georgia national team, but due to his failure to win a single match as Georgia's head coach, he didn't prolong the contract when it expired in December 2009. On 3 November 2009, Cúper agreed to continue his managerial career with Greek club Aris Thessaloniki until the end of the 2009–10 season. On 15 December 2009, Cúper extended his contract with Aris until June 2011. On 24 April Cúper lost another final, this time in the Greek Football Cup against Panathinaikos, continuing his negative streak in finals. In the 2010–11 season, Cúper lead Aris in its first participation in the Round of 32 of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, taking the club to second place in Group B with 10 points, after two surprise wins against Atlético Madrid.
On 18 January 2011 after some bad results in Greece, Cúper decided to step down from his managerial position. On 29 June 2011 Cúper moved to Racing Santander signing for one season. However, after five months he resigned from his position due to the poor performance of the team, placed at the bottom in La Liga, he signed a contract with Süper Lig side Orduspor on 19 December 2011, but left by mutual consent on 13 April 2013. On 14 November 2013, Cúper was announced as new head coach of the UAE League side Al Wasl, he was sacked on 4 March 2014 due to poor results. On 2 March 2015, the Egyptian Football Association appointed Cúper as the new manager of their national football team. At the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, he led Egypt through to the finals, which they went on to lose 2-1 to Cameroon. After that, the Egyptian Football Association released a statement backing Cuper and wishing him luck for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, he led Egypt to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in the tournament since 1990, after defeating Congo by 2-1.
Cúper's contract was due to expire at the end of the tournament, negotiations were postponed until its conclusion. Following defeats in Egypt's three group games at the tournament, it was announced that Cúper's contract would not be renewed. On 1 August 2018, Cúper became head coach of the Uzbekistan national team, signing a contract that would take him through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup; as of 26 March 2019 Lanús Copa CONMEBOL: 1996Mallorca Supercopa de España: 1998Valencia Supercopa de España: 1999Individual La Liga Coach of the Year – Don Balón Award: 1999 UEFA Club Coach of the Year: 2000 European Coach of the Year—Tommaso Maestrelli Award: 2000 Globe Soccer Awards best Best Arab National Team Coach: 2017 CAF Coach of the Year: 2017 Héctor Cúper manager profile at BDFutbol Héctor Cúper at WorldFootball.net
Romário de Souza Faria, known as Romário, is a Brazilian politician who achieved worldwide fame as a professional footballer. A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Romário starred for Brazil in their 1994 FIFA World Cup success, receiving the FIFA Golden Ball as player of the tournament, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He came fifth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll in 1999, was elected to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004. At club level, after developing his early career in Brazil, Romário moved to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1988. During his five seasons at PSV the club became Eredivisie champions three times, he scored a total of 165 goals in 167 games. In 1993, he moved to FC Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", forming an exceptional strike partnership with Hristo Stoichkov.
He finished top goalscorer with 30 goals in 33 matches. During the second half of his career Romário played for clubs within the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, he won the Brazilian league title with CR Vasco da Gama in 2000 and was a three-time top scorer in the league. At the end of his career he played in Qatar, the United States and Australia. Considered a master of the confined space of the penalty area, his rapid speed over short distances took him away from defenders, he was renowned for his trademark toe-poke finish. With 55 goals in 70 appearances for Brazil, Romário is the fourth-highest goalscorer for his national team, behind Pelé, Ronaldo and Neymar, he is second on the all-time list of Brazilian league's top scorers with 154 goals. While finishing as a top goalscorer in many different competitions, he is one of few strikers to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals, is the second-most prolific goalscorer in the history of football. From humble origins, Romário was spotted in childhood when playing for Olaria, a small club from the Rio de Janeiro suburb.
He was taken to the junior team of Vasco da Gama where he won two state leagues and earned his first call-ups to the national team. Romário came to international attention when he became the top scorer at the 1988 Olympic football tournament. Shortly after the Olympics he moved to PSV Eindhoven, where he won the Eredivisie in 1989, 1991 and 1992. Renowned for his ability to operate in the confined space of the penalty box, Romário scored 165 goals in 167 games in five seasons at PSV. Driven by an unswerving belief in his abilities, Romário's laid back manner and overwhelming self-confidence would be displayed throughout his career, with Guus Hiddink, his coach at PSV, stating, "If he saw that I was a bit more nervous than usual ahead of a big game, he’d come to me and say: ‘Take it easy, coach, I’m going to score and we’re going to win'. What's incredible is that eight out of the ten times he told me that, he did score and we did win." Romário moved to Spain's FC Barcelona for the 1993–94 season and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", in which, along with players such as strike partner Hristo Stoichkov, midfielders José Mari Bakero, Pep Guardiola and Michael Laudrup, prolific goalscoring defender Ronald Koeman, he helped the club win the La Liga title, while becoming the season's top goalscorer with 30 goals in 33 matches.
Barcelona reached the 1994 UEFA Champions League Final, where in spite of being heavy favourites to win, they lost 0–4 to Milan. The buildup to the final saw Spanish newspapers declaring Barcelona as winners, while Cruyff told his team, "You're better than them, you're going to win". With Romário and Stoichkov leading the Barcelona attack, Milan defender Paolo Maldini conceded his team were underdogs, but they were spurred on by what they perceived as arrogance from Barcelona. One member of the Barcelona back room staff admitted Barcelona were complacent, "We went there to collect the cup, not to compete for it." One of Romário's best performances was scoring a hat-trick in the memorable 5–0 win over Real Madrid in the El Clásico at the Camp Nou, with the spectacular opening goal seeing him drag the ball around the defender without it leaving his foot before finishing with a trademark toe-poke into the corner of the net. His highlight for Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League came in the two games against Manchester United where he nutmegged Peter Schmeichel to score at Old Trafford, scored again in the 4–0 win at the Camp Nou in front of 114,000 fans.
Reflecting on the game at the Camp Nou, Manchester United captain Steve Bruce, who played in defence that night, states: "Of all the great things that happened during my career, the thing that sticks out the most is that night because we got our backsides kicked big-style. Stoichkov and Romário are still etched in my memory Romário, arguably the best player I faced."Romário was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1994, after being the runner-up in 1993. Although he was lauded for his performances, Romário was prone to controversy, in 1994 he landed a left hook to Sevilla's Diego Simeone and was suspended for five games. Romário left Barcelona unexpectedly in January 1995 after having a rift with coach Cruyff. In 1995, Romário returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo and spent five years there excluding two short-lasting comebacks to Spain during that period. During a Copa Libertadores match against an Argentine team in 1995, Romário kicked an opposition defender on the chest in retaliation for a punch on his teammate Edmundo.
He began the 1996–97 season with the Spanish club Valencia bu
RC Celta de Vigo
Real Club Celta de Vigo known as Celta Vigo or Celta, is a Spanish professional football club based in Vigo, Galicia playing in La Liga. It was founded on 23 August 1923 following the merger of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Fortuna Football Club. Nicknamed Os Celestes, they play in sky blue socks along with white shorts; the club's home stadium is the Abanca-Balaídos. Celta's name is derived from the Celts, its main rival is fellow Galician club Deportivo de La Coruña, with whom it contests the Galician derby. Celta have never won the league title nor Copa del Rey, although they have reached the final three times in the latter. One of the team's best seasons was 1970–71, when they finished unbeaten at home and were known as the "giant-killers". Celta qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time; the club finished in their best-ever position of fourth in 2002–03, qualifying for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Arsenal in the Round of 16. In the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, Celta reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League for the first time, losing to Manchester United.
R. C. Celta de Vigo was formed as a result of the ambition of Vigo's teams to achieve more at national level, where the Basque sides had been their bête noire in the Spanish Championship; the idea was to merge both teams to create a more powerful team at national level. The standard-bearer of this movement was Manuel de Castro, known as "Handicap", a sports writer for the Faro de Vigo who, from 1915, began to write in his articles about the need for a unitarian movement; the slogan of his movement was "Todo por y para Vigo", which found support among the managers of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Club Fortuna de Vigo. It was backed unanimously when de Castro himself presented the motion at the assembly of the Royal Spanish Football Federation in Madrid on 22 June 1923. On 12 July 1923, at the annual general meetings of Vigo and Fortuna held at the Odeon Theatre and in the Hotel Moderno the merger was approved, thus the "Team of Galicia" was born. In the last AGM of Fortuna and Vigo to approve the formation of a new club held on 10 August 1923, the members decided upon the team's name.
Various names suggested include "Real Unión de Vigo", "Club Galicia", "Real Atlántic", "Breogán" and "Real Club Olimpico". The latter name was popular, but they decided on "Real Club Celta", an ethnic race linked to Galicia; the first president of Celta was the Count of Torre Cedeira. At this AGM, the squad was decided, which numbered 64 players in total and included some notable players from both Fortuna and Vigo: Goalkeepers: Isidro and Rubido Defenders: Otero, Pasarín, Juanito Clemente, Daniel y Kaíto Midfielders: Jacobo Torres, Queralt, Pombo, Cruces, Córdoba, Máximo y Bienvenido Forwards: Reigosa, Posada, Correa, Ramón González, Pinilla, Chicha, Miguelito y Casal, Park. Manager: Francis Cuggy 1997 through to 2003 saw arguably the best results in Celta's history, this period They were dubbed "EuroCelta" by the Spanish press as a result of their European exploits, notable results included a 4–1 aggregate win against Liverpool in the 1998–99 UEFA Cup, a 4–0 second leg thumping of Juventus in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup and a 7–0 home win against Benfica in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup.
The club would qualify for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League going out in the last 16 to Arsenal 5–2 on aggregate. Key players during the period included Alexander Mostovoi, Valery Karpin and Haim Revivo, though the squad relied upon other international players as well, such as goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero. Celta had a dramatic reversal of fortune in 2003–04. In the previous season, they finished fourth in the league, putting them in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Celta entered the group phase after eliminating Slavia Prague, reached the last 16 before being knocked out by Arsenal. However, their domestic form was disastrous, finishing second-to-last in La Liga, thus sealing their relegation to the Segunda División. Although the squad was dismantled following the demotion, Celta earned an immediate return to the top flight after finishing second in 2004–05. In the 2005–06 season, they finished sixth earning a return once more to the UEFA Cup, they made it to the last 16 in that competition as well before losing to German side Werder Bremen.
The next year, 2006–07, Celta finished in 18th and were once again relegated to the Segunda División. At the end of June 2007, Celta avoided going into administration. However, if an agreement was not put in place between the club and its creditors within three months courts would declare the liquidation of the club's assets. Due to heavy debt, the club was forced to sell many players and make tremendous cuts in the club's finances. Since they have been relying on the reserve team, combined with some inexpensive signings. During the first three seasons in the Segunda División, the club struggled to avoid further relegation, all amid fears of the club's complete disappearance; this was a period of high instability, with constant changes of players. In the 2010–11 season, the signings of striker David Rodríguez, winger Enrique de Lucas and manager Paco Herrera turned the situation around; the club finished sixth after a
1988 Summer Olympics
The 1988 Summer Olympics known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event celebrated from 17 September to 2 October 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. In the Seoul Games, 159 nations were represented by a total of 8,391 athletes: 6,197 men and 2,194 women. 237 events were held and 27,221 volunteers helped to prepare the Olympics. 11,331 media showed the Games all over the world. These were the last Olympic Games for the Soviet Union and East Germany, as both ceased to exist before the next Olympic Games; the Soviets utterly dominated the medal table, winning 132 total medals. No country came close to this result after 1988; the games were boycotted by its ally, Cuba. Ethiopia and the Seychelles did not respond to the invitations sent by the IOC. Nicaragua did not participate due to financial considerations; the participation of Madagascar had been expected, their team was expected at the opening ceremony of 160 nations. However, the country withdrew because of financial reasons.
Nonetheless, the much larger boycotts seen in the previous three Summer Olympics were avoided, resulting in the largest number of participating nations during the Cold War era. Seoul was chosen to host the Summer Games through a vote held on 30 September 1981, finishing ahead of the Japanese city of Nagoya. Below was the vote count that occurred at the 84th IOC Session and 11th Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden, West Germany. After the Olympics were awarded, Seoul received the opportunity to stage the 10th Asian Games in 1986, using them to test its preparation for the Olympics. In its final Olympics, the Soviet Union utterly dominated the medal table winning 55 gold and 132 total medals. No country came close to this result after 1988. Soviet Vladimir Artemov won four gold medals in gymnastics. Daniela Silivaş of Romania won three and equalled compatriot Nadia Comăneci's record of seven Perfect 10s in one Olympic Games. After having demolished the world record in the 100 m dash at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, U.
S. sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner set an Olympic record in the 100-metre dash and a still-standing world record in the 200-metre dash to capture gold medals in both events. To these medals, she added a gold in the 4×100 relay and a silver in the 4×400. Canadian Ben Johnson won the 100 m final with a new world record, but was disqualified after he tested positive for stanozolol. Johnson has since claimed. In the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team All-Around Competition, the U. S. women's team was penalized with a deduction of five tenths of a point from their team score by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique after the compulsory round due to their Olympic team alternate Rhonda Faehn appearing on the podium for the uneven bars during the duration of Kelly Garrison-Steve's compulsory uneven bars routine, despite not competing, having been caught by the East German judge, Ellen Berger. The U. S. finished fourth after the completion of the optional rounds with a combined score of 390.575, three tenths of a point behind East Germany.
This still remains controversial in the sport of gymnastics, as the U. S. performed better than the East German team and they would have taken the bronze medal in the team competition had they not been penalized or had an inquiry accepted to receive the points back. Phoebe Mills won an individual bronze medal on the balance beam, shared with Romania's Gabriela Potorac, making history as the first medal won by a U. S. woman in artistic gymnastics at a attended games. The USSR won their final team gold medals in artistic gymnastics on both the men's and women's sides with scores of 593.350 and 395.475 respectively. The men's team was led by Vladimir Artemov. Lawrence Lemieux, a Canadian sailor in the Finn class, was in second place and poised to win a silver medal when he abandoned the race to save an injured competitor, he arrived in 21st place, but was recognized by the IOC with the Pierre de Coubertin medal honoring his bravery and sacrifice. U. S. diver Greg Louganis won back-to-back titles on both diving events despite hitting his head on the springboard in the third round and suffering a concussion.
Christa Luding-Rothenburger of East Germany became the first athlete to win Olympic medals at the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics in the same year. She added a cycling silver to the speed skating gold she won earlier in the Winter Olympics of that year in Calgary. Anthony Nesty of Suriname won his country's first Olympic medal by winning the 100 m butterfly, scoring an upset victory over Matt Biondi by.01 of a second. Swimmer Kristin Otto of East Germany won six gold medals. Other multi-medalists in the pool were Janet Evans. Swedish fencer Kerstin Palm became the first woman to take part in seven Olympics. Swimmer Mel Stewart of the U. S. was the most anticipated to win the men's 200 m butterfly final but came in 5th. Mark Todd of New Zealand won his second consecutive individual gold medal in the three-day event in equestrian on Charisma, only the second time in eventing history that a gold medal has been won consecutively. Baseball and Taekwondo were demonstration sports; the opening ceremony featured a mass demonstration of taekwondo with hundreds of adults and children performing moves in unison.
This was the last time the U. S. was represented by a basketball tea
Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento, known as Thiago, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for German club Bayern Munich and the Spanish national team. Born in Italy to Brazilian parents, his father being former footballer and World Cup champion Mazinho, Thiago joined Barcelona aged 14, made his first team debut in 2009. After winning honours including four La Liga titles, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup for Barcelona, he was signed by Bayern for €25 million in 2013. At Bayern, he has won eight trophies, including the Bundesliga in each of his first five seasons. After helping Spain to European Championships at under-19 and under-21 levels, he made his full international debut in 2011, he was part of the provisional squad for Spain in the 2014 World Cup but withdrew due to a knee injury. Thiago was selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Thiago was born in San Pietro Vernotico, when his father Mazinho was playing for nearby U. S. Lecce, he started at the lower levels of Flamengo in Brazil, and, at the age of five, moved to Spain with his father, started playing with Galician team Ureca in Nigrán.
In 2001, he played with Kelme CF when his father played for Elche CF. He returned to Flamengo aged 10 and, in 2005, once again moved back to Spain, signing with FC Barcelona, where his cousin Patrick was playing. On 17 May 2009, aged 18, Thiago made his debut for the first team when he came on as a substitute for Eiður Guðjohnsen in the 74th minute at RCD Mallorca for his only appearance of the season. Barcelona, having won the league, lost 1–2. On 20 February 2010, after coming on as a substitute for Yaya Touré in the 76th minute, Thiago scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 4–0 home win against Racing de Santander, he scored his third goal against Real Sociedad in a start on 29 April, although Barcelona lost 2–1. He ended the 2010–11 season with 17 games, three goals, three assists, was an unused substitute as Barcelona won the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Thiago started the 2011–12 season with the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa match against rivals Real Madrid, being substituted for Xavi after 58 minutes, was an unused substitute as they defeated FC Porto for the 2011 UEFA Super Cup.
He scored in Barcelona's first La Liga match of the season in a 5–0 home win against Villarreal CF. On 18 December, he started as Barcelona won 4–0 in the Club World Cup Final at International Stadium Yokohama. Thiago netted Barcelona's fifth in a 7–0 win against Rayo Vallecano on 29 April from a close-range header. On 14 July 2013, Thiago signed a four-year deal with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, for a €25 million fee. Bayern would pay €20 million to Barcelona directly with the remainder being covered by the proceeds of a friendly to be played between the two teams at some point in the following four years and by Thiago foregoing some money owed to him by Barcelona; the transfer came despite a new contract that Barcelona had given Thiago in 2011 which set his release clause at €90 million. Barcelona failed to fulfil clauses in the contract relating to the amount of playing time that Thiago received, as a result the player's buy-out clause dropped to €18m. Bayern's new manager, Pep Guardiola, said before the transfer of Thiago to Bayern, "I spoke to the club and told them about my concept and told them why I want Thiago.
He is the only player. It will be him or no one."Thiago made his Bayern debut in a 4–2 defeat to rivals Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 DFL-Supercup on 27 July. He made his debut in the Bundesliga in a 0–1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on 11 August 2013. On 21 December 2013, he scored his first competitive goal for Bayern Munich, in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup Final against Raja Casablanca of Morocco, sealing the 2–0 win for the German club. On 29 January 2014, he scored his first Bundesliga goal, the scissor-kicked winner in stoppage time against VfB Stuttgart, voted the Goal of the Month, he had an assist to Claudio Pizarro for Bayern's first goal in the 2–1 win. Four days in a match against Eintracht Frankfurt, he set a Bundesliga record with 185 touches of the ball. On 23 February, in a 4–0 win over Hannover 96, Thiago scored his second and last goal of the Bundesliga season, his season ended due to a knee ligament tear against 1899 Hoffenheim six days although Bayern went on to win the league and cup.
He finished the season with two goals in 16 Bundesliga matches, two German Cup matches, four Champions League matches, a goal in two FIFA Club World Cup, an appearance in the German Super Cup. After over a year out injured, Thiago returned on 4 April 2015, replacing Philipp Lahm for the last 21 minutes of a 1–0 win at Borussia Dortmund. Four days he again replaced Lahm in a DFB-Pokal quarter-final at Bayer Leverkusen, scoring the winning goal in the penalty shootout after a goalless draw. On 15 April, he scored in the team's Champions League quarter-final first leg away to FC Porto, albeit in a 1–3 defeat. Six days he headed in Juan Bernat's cross for the opening goal of a 6–1 rout to overturn the first leg deficit against Porto, helping Bayern advance to the Champions League semi-finals. On 26 April, after VfL Wolfsburg lost to Borussia Mönchengladbach, Thiago won his second Bundesliga title for Bayern, he finished the season with two goals in 13 appearances. On 27 August 2015, Thiago signed a new four-year contract with Bayern.
On 10 February 2016, he contributed a goal in 3–0 win over VfL Bochum in the DFB-Pokal quarterfinal match. He scored twice in a 5–0 home victory over Werder Bremen on 12 March. On 17 March, Thiago scored a