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Christian Schäfer - Der Professor

Can the librarian from Dresden revolutionise football?
Started on 3 April 2016 by Justice / First Post
Latest Reply on 25 June 2018 by Justice / Last Post
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tenthreeleader, well, I can't take all the credit... the players were fantastic :P
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3 yearsEdited

Brazil Crowned Champions After ET Thriller


Cebolinha Scored The Winner In A Dramatic Final To Give Brazil The Copa América

08/07/2023

In what will go down as one of the greatest Copa América finals in history, Christian Schäfer's Brazil claimed a 2-1 victory over Argentina in extra-time to give the Seleção their first major trophy in sixteen years. Substitute Cebolinha scored the all-important goal in a game where both sides played at their very best, giving each and every spectator a game to remember.

vs Argentina (08/07/2023)


Christian Schäfer made five changes to the side that beat Chile 4-0 in the semi-finals, with only one change being forced. Central defender Lucas Iago was suspended for the final, and he was replaced by Carlinhos (DC). Fernandes took the place of Ronaldo (DC), while Wendell regained his spot in the side ahead of Jorge (WBL). Casemiro was handed a start ahead of Bruno Paulista (DM), while Philippe Coutinho started the final ahead of Oscar (AMC). The main topic of conversation was Wesley Santos continuing his run of games in the starting line-up, keeping Cebolinha on the bench.

Argentina had the first clear opportunity of the game, and it was a chance which they should have taken. Midfield maestro Andrés Cubas lofted a through ball over the top of the Brazil defence for striker Jonathan Calleri to run on to. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Calleri looked certain to score, but his shot was matched by a spectacular save from the Brazilian shot-stopper Cajú.

Brazil made no mistake in converting their first opportunity of the game, and it came, as so many of their goals have this tournament, through a short-corner routine. Neymar and Coutinho linked up to pick out midfielder Mosca completely unmarked in the box, and the Brazilian had time to control the ball before firing his side in to the lead with a low shot.

Wesley Santos very nearly doubled Brazil's advantage in the final minutes of the first half. A spell of Argentina dominance was broken down by Casemiro and the creative Philippe Coutinho played a wonderful through ball in to the path of Santos, who was on his way to securing a comfortable lead for Brazil. However, the striker fluffed his effort with just the goalkeeper to beat, and the ball landed tamely in the stands.

Argentina began the second half like they did the first, and looked to fire their way back in to the game. Andrés Cubas was at the heart of their attacking play, and his lobbed ball was controlled well by substitute Cristian Pavón, who had just the goalkeeper to beat. However, much like in the first half against Calleri, Brazil goalkeeper Cajú was more than capable of denying Argentina a goal, parrying the shot to the side.

Argentina were stubborn in approach, however, and another one of Cubas' through balls found its way to Pavón. The striker looked to make amends for his missed opportunity but when one-on-one, much like last time, Cajú was more than capable of denying him a goal.

Cajú was beaten, however, with fifteen minutes remaining. Andrés Cubas' corner was not dealt with properly and Erik Lamela's flick-on found Leonel Cardozo at the back post. However, the Argentine's header bounced off the crossbar and gave Brazil a moment of relief.

The Argentinians were not to be denied their equaliser, and it came with less than five minutes remaining in the second half. Nicolás Bacolla's deep cross caught the Brazilian defence completely off-guard, and Cristian Pavón found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat. His initial effort clattered the crossbar, but the ball fell kindly for him to send the game in to extra-time, breaking the hearts of the Brazilian fans.

Both sides contained heavy legs following a long and tiring campaign, and this showed in extra-time with both sides struggling to muster attacks. But it was Brazil who had the last laugh in the end, and the men in yellow would bring the trophy home. The ever-dangerous Coutinho picked out Neymar in the box with a delightful pass, but the captain's effort was saved by goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli. But the ball fell in to the path of Cebolinha, who smashed his shot in to the top corner to give Brazil Copa América glory!

The game ended with the score at 2-1, and Christian Schäfer's men had written history once more!

Mosca (Brazil) 9.0


Christian Schäfer's Post-Match Interview:
"I am delighted with the win and I am happy for the players and the fans. We will remember this victory for a long while and I am sure that it will go down in history as one of the greatest football finals ever. I am delighted for Neymar to lift the trophy on his record-breaking appearance, he is now Brazil's all-time leading player in appearances. Congratulations to him, and to the rest of the players, they deserve this moment!"






Previous Update: #41 - Schäfer: We Found Our Killer Instinct
Next Update: #43 - Schäfer: Copa América Victory A Proud Moment
Congrats on a very close match, I bet you were nervous during it!!
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Congrats on winning the tournament
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Very nice win over a formidable opponent, bring on the World Cup then?
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Congrats on the win, are you going to stay with Brazil until the World Cup?
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Congratulations on winning the tournament! I knew you could do it but surely you have to stay and go on to the World Cup now!
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MJK46, thank you! I was a little nervous, but I knew that we only needed one chance to punish Argentina, and Cebolinha produced the goods!
mitch_0n_twitch, thank you!
C.J.Lippo, Griffo & mgriffin2012, we'll have to wait and see! :P
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3 yearsEdited

Schäfer: Copa América Victory A Proud Moment


Christian Schäfer Masterminded Brazil's Copa América Victory

09/07/2023

Christian Schäfer added the Copa América to his impressive trophy cabinet following Brazil's thrilling victory in the final yesterday over Argentina. Speaking to Miguel Rigdinho, Schäfer described how he felt about the competition.

Christian, congratulations on winning the Copa América. I imagine you must be pleased with this success.

Christian Schäfer: "It has been a long campaign for myself and for the players and we are happy that our efforts have been rewarded duly. From the start, I felt that we had a great opportunity to win the competition and to come away with the trophy is a very proud moment for myself, for the players, and for the fans. All the work we have put in has paid off in the end and now we can celebrate in proper Brazilian fashion."

There was much talk of Cebolinha being on the bench at the start of the game once again, but he came on to score the winner. How important was his impact?

Christian Schäfer: "As you said, he came on to score the winning goal in the final and for that, he will forever be a hero to the fans. I decided to start with Wesley Santos up front because I felt that he is perhaps a little more creative with the ball at his feet, and we wanted to create as many chances as possible. Bringing on Cebolinha brought a huge change of emphases. He's much taller, he's quicker, and far more direct. His physical presence unsettled the Argentina defence, and he scored the goal when it mattered."

Two players who have received a lot of praise for their performances over the tournament are Mosca (MC) and Hulk (WBR). How good have they been, in your view?

Christian Schäfer: "They have shown fantastic commitment and great work ethic throughout the whole tournament. They worked hard for the team, and both scored very important goals throughout the tournament too. They are both quite young, both of them are twenty-four years old, and they have bright futures ahead of them. They gave a lot for their country in the last few weeks and they can count themselves as national heroes as a result."

Neymar broke the appearance record for Brazil, a figure which now stands at 144! Is he the best player you have ever worked with?

Christian Schäfer: "Yes, without a doubt. There is no question in my mind in regards to his footballing ability, he is simply one of the best. What he has achieved throughout his career is only a small show of what he contributes to Barcelona and, more importantly, Brazil. He is Brazil's best ever player in every possible way, and I predict him to go on to break even more records in the future."

The final itself was a terrific spectacle. How does this rank with other finals you have been involved in?

Christian Schäfer: "It's certainly up there. My last game as Dynamo Dresden manager saw us win a Champions League final in the dying moments of the game against our league rivals, Schalke, and that was a brilliant show of football. This Copa América final is certainly up there with that Champions League final in terms of how memorable it was, and I hope to be involved in more memorable finals in the future."



Previous Update: #42 - Brazil Crowned Champions After ET Thriller
Next Update: #44 - Neymar: My Greatest Triumph
Mr. Schäfer this is MJK from the SportingNews, Will you be staying with the natiomnal team for the long term or will you leave if a big club team comes calling?
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MJK46, I'll need to sit down with the Brazilian FA and discuss my future before making a statement.
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3 yearsEdited

Neymar: My Greatest Triumph


Copa América Victory Is Neymar's Greatest Ever Triumph To Date

09/07/2023

Neymar broke Cafú's appearance record for Brazil in style, winning the Copa América final on his 144th international cap. The Brazil captain was in a fantastic mood, having played a key role in breaking his nation's major competition jinx.

Neymar, you've finally done it! You have lifted a trophy for Brazil!

Neymar: "I have waited a long time to do this and I cannot be any happier right now! We have gone so long without international success but we can now sing with pride again after an incredible tournament. Winning a trophy for Brazil is my greatest triumph as a football player and I think only winning the World Cup would top this moment. It was something very special."

You are now thirty-one years old. Were you nervous that this might have been your last real chance to win something with Brazil?

Neymar: "I would be lying if I said I wasn't. I have played a lot of my career without international success, and I do not think I have too many years left in the tank. I will try to continue playing for as long as possible, but it was important for me to win the Copa América now, because I do not know if I will ever get another chance to do so again."


Cebolinha scored the all-important goal in the final. Is he the future of Brazilian football?

Neymar: "Yeah, I think so. He is only twenty-four but he is already scoring big goals in big games, like he did yesterday. I know that there a lot of clubs looking to take him to Europe, and he will be a big success wherever he goes. Him and Wesley Santos, who scored six goals between them throughout the competition, are the future of Brazil and I hope to see them score many more goals in the yellow shirt."

How much of an impact did Christian Schäfer have on your team's success in the Copa América?

Neymar: "I have nothing but good things to say about Christian. When he came to Brazil, we were without hope. We had just had yet another disappointing World Cup campaign. He came in and gave us new hope, showed us a new way to play. He got the best out of us and made us play like champions. Even more importantly, he made us believe in ourselves again. Our future as Brazil internationals was looking bleak but he reinvigorated us, and he masterminded this Copa América success. I hope he will stay on as Brazil manager, because he is the best we have ever had."

The World Cup comes back around in three years time. Will that be the time for Brazil to win it?

Neymar: "We are certainly a lot more positive about our chances now than we were twelve months ago, that's for sure. If we can continue to build on our success, I don't see any reason as to why we can't go to Mexico in 2026 and win it."



Previous Update: #43 - Schäfer: Copa América Victory A Proud Moment
Next Update: #45 - Copa América 2023 Awards Ceremony
Really cool interview and hopefully Neymar's shining success in a Brazil Shirt, unless he goes to the World Cup at the age of 34 :P
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Pretty incredible career.... amazing!
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Great COPA victory.... and you can win the WC too
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