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Christian Schäfer - Der Professor

Can the librarian from Dresden revolutionise football?
Started on 3 April 2016 by Justice
Latest Reply on 25 June 2018 by Justice
2016-05-04 12:11#230657 Feliks : Wow, you manage Colombia as well??

No, I believe there are 2 Christian Schafer's, the result of an horrendous library accident that occurred back in Dresden, correct me if I'm wrong Justice :P
MJK46, I'd put our good results down to player quality and good preparation rather than good fortune ;)
Feliks & C.J.Lippo, you have spotted another graphic-making error of mine! I've been using a template for results which I alter depending on the opponent and who is home/away... I did forget to apply change to Colombia's manager's name (Mario Yepes)!

Very interesting regarding the B teams... who knew!?!
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7 yearsEdited

Brazil Blessed With Bolivia In Quarter Finals

Brazil Have Been Drawn Against Bolivia In The Quarter Finals


Christian Schäfer's Brazil will face Julio César Baldivieso's Bolivia in the quarter finals of the Copa América. The tie will take place on the 2nd July, with the winner progressing to the semi finals. Brazil topped Group B, winning three games out of three, while Bolivia claimed second place in Group A, behind a rampant Argentina.

Argentina and Bolivia claimed the top two spots in Group, with Mexico B and Venezuela missing out. Brazil and Peru secured first and second place, respectively, in Group B, with Colombia claiming third and Hondorus B finishing last. The top two spots of Group C were secured by Uruguay and Chile, while Paraguay and Ecuador finished third and fourth respectively. Colombia of Group B and Paraguay of Group C claimed the two "best third-place" spots, with Mexico B of Group A missing out.

The most exciting fixture drawn for the quarter finals was certainly Colombia versus Uruguay. Both sides will be looking to progress to the semi finals and an exciting encounter is expected. Elsewhere, Paraguay will face Argentina, Peru have been drawn against Chile and, as you already know, Brazil will play Bolivia. In what has been an exciting Copa América to date, the quarter finals are sure to keep spectators truly entertained.

Thiago Maia's Reaction To The Quarter Final Draw:
"We have been graced in this draw with a tie against Bolivia. They are not the strongest of teams and we should comfortably beat them. That being said, we cannot afford any sort of complacency. We are expected to win against Bolivia and anything less will be seen as humiliation."

Previous Update: #35 - Santos Goal Secures Top Spot
Next Update: #37 - Schäfer: Bolivia Deserve Respect
Why do i get the feeling that saying you've been blessed with Bolivia could come back to bite you in the ass?
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7 yearsEdited

Schäfer: Bolivia Deserve Respect

Christian Schäfer Believes Quarter Final Opponents Bolivia Are No Push-Over


Brazil manager Christian Schäfer was in good spirits when he met with Sky Sports Brazil reporter Miguel Rigdinho ahead of his side's Copa América quarter final clash with Bolivia. Der Professor discussed at full length the current state of his squad, and why their quarter final opponents deserve their respect.

Christian, how happy are you with your side's group stage performances?

Christian Schäfer: "We were excellent in each game. We controlled the ball well, defended together as a unit, and scored the goals we needed to. We were maybe a little guilty of not taking all of our chances very well, and we certainly could have won each fixture with a much more comfortable scoreline, but we got what we wanted in the shape of nine points and I can't complain too much. We will need to improve on our finishing for the knock-out stages but we know that and that is something which we are working on."

Your side face Bolivia in the quarter finals. With much stronger teams in the competition, how relieved do you feel about the fixture you received?

Christian Schäfer: "Bolivia are not a team to be underestimated. Sure they are not blessed with the quality of players such as Argentina or Uruguay are, but they deserved their passage to this round, just as we did. They produced very strong performances to defeat Venezuela and Mexico B in the group stages and as far as I am concerned, they are our equals. Nobody is a favourite in the knock-out stages, because anything can happen.

That being said, my players are prepared for a very tricky tie and we will be looking to force our way to victory. If we can improve on taking our chances in front of goal, then I fancy us to go through. However, we cannot afford to become complacent during any stage of the game. Every team that has reached the quarter finals has the ability to punish mistakes and we cannot allow Bolivia to do so. If we can keep our mistakes to a minimum and threaten in attack, like I know we can, then we will succeed."

Do you have any news regarding injuries?

Christian Schäfer: "The good news is that Fernandes (DC) has recovered from his set-back and is ready to feature in the team again. This is great news as our defensive depth looks much better with him in the squad. The game against Bolivia might be a little too early for him to return to action, but he is ready to play if called upon.

Unfortunately for Thiago Maia (DM), he is yet to recover from his hernia. He will be sidelines for another few days but we remain hopeful that he can play some part in the tournament, if we progress from this round. It is looking unlikely that he will feature, but we have our fingers crossed and we are doing our best to help him get back on to the pitch.

There isn't much else to report on, really. There are a few tired legs after a long season for a lot of players, but such is to be expected in these summer-time competitions. Nobody else has picked up an injury just yet and we will be looking to keep it so throughout the remainder of our participation in the Copa América."

Hulk produced Man Of The Match performances in each of the last two fixtures. How pleased have you been with his form?

Christian Schäfer: "He has been nothing short of terrific. I knew about him from his time at Schalke, when I too was involved in the Bundesliga, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how good a player he is when I became the Brazilian manager. He gives a fully committed performance every single game and his attitude off the pitch is fantastic. He is a great player to have around and a privilege to work with.

If you look at where he has been effective in recent games, his physical ability plays a big part. He gets up and down the right wing very quickly, he has a tremendous energy rate, and he is very strong too. Technically, I cannot fault him. He can tackle, he can pass, he can move with the ball. We look a much stronger outfit with Hulk in the team than without him."

One last question. Have you given your future beyond the Copa América any more thought?

Christian Schäfer: "No. As I said before the tournament, my focus is solely on performing well in the Copa América. Right now, I am happy as the manager of Brazil, but I have not had time to think about my long-term future. Once the Copa América is out of the way, I will decide my future, whether that be here or elsewhere."

Previous Update: #36 - Brazil Blessed With Bolivia In Quarter Finals
Next Update: #38 - Rampant Brazil Extinguish Bolivian Dream
That was really good and professional update
I expect you to slaughter Bolivia!
Really looking to Brazil's domination now!
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7 yearsEdited

Rampant Brazil Extinguish Bolivian Dream

Cebolinha Celebrates Scoring Brazil's Third Goal In A Dominant Victory Over Bolivia


Christian Schäfer previously stated his intent to rectify Brazil's poor finishing in the group stages, and a three goal margin certainly proved their doubters wrong. The Seleção sacrificed their possession game in favour of a full-scale attacking style, and they certainly got their rewards as they cruised to a comfortable victory.

vs Bolivia (02/07/2023)

Marquinhos was rested in favour of Carlinhos for this fixture, while Fabinho continued to play in DM. Neymar and Coutinho played in a front three alongside Wesley Santos, who had a point to prove about his role in the starting line-up, having scored in the last match.

Not even four minutes had passed before the deadlock was broken, and there were no prizes given for predicting the side who scored. Brazil captain Neymar sprayed a pass to his right to wing-back Hulk. The latter then cut inside and squirmed past Marco Ortega before seeing his shot cannon off the crossbar. The ball then fell kindly to Hulk to net the rebound, who gave Brazil a valuable lead with his first ever international goal.

The first half proved to be a feisty one, with the referee brandishing the yellow card no fewer than six times. Despite the high foul count, no red cards were distributed throughout the entire game, with twenty-two players remaining on the pitch until the end.

Bolivia thought they equalised from a set-piece halfway through the first half. Captain Erick Iragua's free-kick was flicked on by Ludwing Zenteno in to the path of Jorge Coimbra who made no mistake in finding the net, but the striker's goal was ruled out for a deserved offside call. A moment of complacency for an otherwise brilliant Brazil side.

Brazil doubled their lead after the half-hour mark and gave themselves a two goal lead going in to half time following some incredible passing on the right-hand side. Fabinho and Hulk combined to set Wesley Santos free on the goal line, and his low cross was turned in to the goal by Bolivia defender Juan Pablo Ovando. A moment of shame for the man in green, but a moment of delight for the Seleção.

Brazil would have one more clear chance in the game, and substitute Cebolinha made his impact on the game by taking it. Hulk's low cross to Neymar rebounded off a number of players inside the box before falling to Cebolinha, who secured an emphatic result with a composed finish. Brazil were on their way towards the semi finals!

Hulk (Brazil) 9.0

Christian Schäfer's Post-Match Interview:
"We stepped up our game for this fixture and the scoreline reflected this. I am proud of my players for holding strong in defence and producing great attacking instinct to score three goals. We are now in the semi finals of the Copa América, and we can begin to dream of bringing the trophy home."

Previous Update: #37 - Schäfer: Bolivia Deserve Respect
Next Update: #39 - The Incredible Hulk?
Really good result there
Told you Jussie... no issues at all!
Semi Finals, Brazil are coming for you! You're going all the way here!
A routine win, howay Brazil
MJK, Griffo, mgriffin2012 & ScottT, thank you for your comments and your continued support throughout the story, it is very encouraging to have such dedicated readers! :)

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