The Centennial Stadium is one of the icons of South American football. Built in just 9 months for the 1930 World Cup, it is the seat of great definitions of football in history, especially South America. This stage, anchored in the capital of Uruguay, will be the stage where the Champion of the Copa Libertadores 2021 and the Copa Sudamericana 2021 will be known. One on November 6, the other on November 20. This is how it was established after the Conmebol Council today.
The Centenario had its first match in a Uruguay-Peru, on July 18, 1930. That same year it hosted the final of the Soccer World Cup, a privilege that it only shares with the Monumental Stadium, the National Stadium in Santiago de Chile and the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, the first final of the Intercontinental Cup was settled within it, between Peñarol and Real Madrid.
The Centennial was the home of Peñarol until the inauguration of the Champion of the Century, Nacional uses it sometimes and Uruguayan teams that wish to can play their big games there for International Cups if they rent it previously. Rentistas, for example, received Racing in the Centennial in this edition of the Copa Libertadores de América.
That the Libertadores is defined there is not something new for the Centennial, named for the 100 years of the Jura of the constitution of Uruguay. 14 finals of the maximum continental tournament have already been played there, but it only saw five champions, three of them Argentine. Nacional won the Cup in 1980 and 1988, Estudiantes de La Plata won it in 1970, and Independiente in 1973. In addition, Flamengo had won its first Libertadores cup here, in 1981 and Boca won the trophy in 1977, the first of the six that have.
In addition, the Centennial is the cradle of the great Uruguayan joys. Here Celeste won the 1930 World Cup, the 1942, 1956 and 1967 South Americans, as well as the 1995 Copa América.
Also the Centennial saw the first Argentine World Champion. There the third and final meeting between Racing and Scottish Celtic was played. Yes, the famous goal of Chango Cárdenas was in the bowels of the Centennial, the stadium that will once again host the definition of Eternal Glory and the Great Conquest.
Montevideo. Uruguay surpassed the 2,700 deaths from Covid-19 this Sunday after registering 55 deaths, at the worst moment of the pandemic in the country, according to the daily balance of the National Emergency System (Sinae).
This Sunday, a thousand 588 new cases of the disease were confirmed, the lowest figure in almost a month, bringing the total number of infections to 202 thousand 492 accumulated since March 13, 2020. 60 percent of the deceased of which it was verified in April.
The Sinae report, which handles data from the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), details that the number of people with the ongoing infection is 25,999 (1,490 less than last Friday).
There are 556 hospitalized patients in intensive care, which leaves the occupancy of critically ill beds throughout the health system at 77 percent.
The Honorary Scientific Advisory Group (GACH), which advises the government on the pandemic, warned in a report released Thursday that the country is in a “very serious” situation because the World Health Organization (WHO ) “are at their highest level.”
In addition, the GACH assured that although the vaccination plan is advancing at a “very good pace”, with almost 19 percent of the population that has already received two doses of an anti-Covid vaccine, that immunization in May will not yet be able to reduce “significantly ” the cases.
President Luis Lacalle Pou announced on Wednesday the gradual return of face-to-face classes from this Monday, May 3, with a first stage of reopening with smaller rural schools, but extended until May 16 other measures in force since April to stop the coronavirus such as the closure of state offices and gyms.
This store is part of the brand’s international expansion project and becomes the second of its kind in the region, after Brazil.
iPlace, Apple’s largest premium reseller in Latin America, will open its first store outside of Brazil. However, Argentina was not the country that will house the new store. Uruguay was chosen to start the international expansion project of the brand.
Its inauguration is scheduled for June 2021, in Montevideo. The brand already has 145 stores and is also present in 26 of the 27 Brazilian states.
Matheus mouth stick, CEO of iPlace, explained that the choice of the Uruguayan country was based on a vision in which Uruguay needs to have the opportunity to live an Apple experience never seen before.
Uruguay will have the opportunity to live an Apple experience never before seen in the country.
“In addition, we take into account the low supply of products, logistical proximity and the cultural aspect. We believe that the country has a high social level and economic stability that provides greater security to the investor. We believe that Uruguay will be the beginning of our international expansion project to other countries, “said the executive.
iPlace It is one of the 19 brands of the Herval Group that exceeded 60 years of history in Brazil. The Group operates in the most varied segments, from Industry, Retail and Services. “After more than 10 years of association with Apple in Brazil, we are taking an important step in Latin America and it may just be the beginning of a great journey into the future.“he explained José Agnelo Seger, Group president.
“We are very honored and grateful for all the support that the Uruguayan Government and its entities are offering to our teams day by day,” said the President.
Where the store will be located
The choice of the first store outside of Brazil is an emblem, a concept store of iPlace, with 300 square meters and will be in Punta Carretas Shopping. All the main Apple products will be available from the opening of the store in the country.
Stores will feature all Apple devices
“We will bring our entire ecosystem of existing services in Brazil. A complete mix of all Apple devices and accessories line-up on display for demonstration in a vast store on the iPlace concept model, Authorized Technical Support with 100% Apple Product Service, Custom Programming for Customers, and Certified Technicians by apple“, states Matheus.
One of the novelties that will bring iPlace, will also be the Buyback Program, where the Uruguayan customer can use their used iPhone as part of the payment when buying a new iPhone. In addition, the association with banks and telephone operators are already in advanced negotiations to offer exclusive conditions to Uruguayans.
One of the highlights of the concept store, according to Matheus, will be the service to the public. The executive says iPlace will provide a team of technical consultants with high knowledge of the Apple world and create a customer training room with free workshops on the tech giant’s universe.
In addition to the personalized service, having an iPlace store in the country will ensure that Uruguayans receive the latest launches in a much shorter period of time compared to the current scenario.
The brand will also have a high-tech website and logistics partner service with national coverage. Another great differential will be the personalized service for companies, with specialists in this segment to evaluate and facilitate their needs.
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During the second half of last year, Uruguay faced an economic recovery -after the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in March – V-shaped, that is, a recovery from the initial levels almost as fast as the fall.
However, despite this, now the estimated recovery has acquired “a square root form” due to the fact that growth in this first semester is expected to be “very meager or eventually there will be stagnation” and also because there is great heterogeneity in the world, the region and Uruguay at the sectoral level.
This was stated yesterday by the economist and partner-director of Vixion Consultores, Aldo Lema, within the framework of the virtual event of the business web channel of El País “2021: And now what? The region after the crisis ”in which a panel of experts analyzed the present and future of Uruguay and neighboring countries (see separate). With the support of Saceem and the Guyer & Regules studio, the event was followed by more than 2,000 people simultaneously through YouTube, Facebook and the El País website.
According to Lema, the heterogeneity that exists in the world between certain countries recovering rapidly, added to the heterogeneity of the countries of the South American region and that which exists at the local level between Economic sectors and different segments of the Uruguayan population, lead to an “alphabet soup”. That is, the recovery “has a lot” in a graphical form of K. What does this mean? It is a scenario in which some sectors, items and countries grow while others fall.
“Clearly as it happens with the trade in Uruguay and some services that are still in a situation of decline “compared to other” items with a very good performance “such as agriculture and construction (one of the first to resume activities after the stoppage in 2020), said Lema.
In terms of the world scenario, the economist pointed out that the global panorama “is very positive” compared to that of six months or a year ago, “with financial conditions very expansive ”and favorable prices of raw materials.
However, he said that this momentum is not reflected in the region and that it also contrasts with the uncertainty that currently exists at the development level and due to the ups and downs in activity associated with the problems of the pandemic in Uruguay during this first semester.
For his part, the sociologist and director of public opinion and social studies at Opción Consultores, Rafael Porzecanski, said that the Uruguayan government “is playing a race” in which it is betting that the vaccination process be fast enough so that the healthcare system doesn’t collapse.
According to Porzecanski, following the president’s press conference on Wednesday Luis Lacalle Pou, the president “once again shows that he is not risk averse as he was not at the beginning of 2020 when there was a very strong demand for a mandatory quarantine. He did not take that line, he followed another that gave him good results and now in a scenario of very different numbers of infections and deaths, he takes some measures but very far from what some sectors claim and also with some differences with the Honorary Scientific Advisory Group (ALL) ”.
In a new edition of the Business event, experts analyzed challenges in Uuguay at the worst moment of the pandemic. Photo; Youtube
What is the basis for this attitude? According to Porzecanski, what explains this decision is the government’s commitment to advancing with the vaccination rate in such a way that the health system does not collapse, and on the other hand, with an increase in the supply of beds in CTI, with the aim that “in May things start to improve”.
However, for the sociologist “that has a risk” given that the deaths in April will reflect the deaths of 15 or 20 days ago and that “it is very possible that these continue to grow.” In addition, he noted that “the president assumes a risk” by assuming that the vaccination “It covers us with the strains that are in the country and those that can enter.” Virologists “say that it is very difficult for the strains to be so different that the vaccines lose efficacy. How effective? It is not known, ”Porzecanski said.
That is why, he understands that the big question is how the population is going to react and who is going to assign responsibility for the death increase. “Is it going to be attributed to the fact that it is the people who do not follow the measures or that the government was not so restrictive? There a great question is installed thinking about the relationship between the government and public opinion ”, he indicated.
Economically and in relation to the possible economic measures to be announced by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Azucena Arbeleche, the economist Lema pointed out that “the most probable thing” is that the government “will maintain the approach developed so far of targeting and transitory support” with measures aimed at helping the most vulnerable sectors affected by the prolongation of the pandemic.
However, Lema warned that from the fiscal level “there is little space” and called to bear in mind that the country is in an evaluation sequence by risk rating agencies in the coming months and that therefore, “there is a risk evident that the fiscal situation deteriorates to the point that they end up lowering the rating ”to Uruguay.
In any case, the economist pointed out that “there are spaces for indebtedness” and said that “the government will probably issue debt in the coming weeks, taking advantage of the calming of global markets.”
For Lema, “there is a dilemma” in the current government in economic terms and that is to support vulnerable sectors in the short term such as commerce and certain services, but to do so temporarily, focused and with encapsulated spending “in a that when the pandemic is left behind, towards 2022 or 2023 it is reflected that the structural fiscal situation did not deteriorate any more than it has deteriorated in recent years ”.
According to the economist, that is “the dilemma in which the government is evidently” currently, although on the other hand, he pointed out that “there is some confidence” that the Economic sectors that today are showing greater dynamism, such as agriculture, construction, technological services and the communications sector “continue to act as the locomotive for the rest and that the measures focus on the most vulnerable sectors.”
In relation to the possible consequences of the pandemic in UruguayLema pointed out that this crisis is going to leave “scars” and “economic wounds” such as a labor market with problems, a deterioration in the financial situation of people and companies and the already existing inequalities, accentuated.
When asked about how optimistic the Central Bank is according to its latest statement from monetary politics in which he affirms that by the third quarter of the year the herd immunity and there could be a total opening of the economy, Lema pointed out that this is “the central scenario” and that confidence in vaccination and in achieving herd immunity “would allow a more normal functioning of the economy.”
However, he warned that although there are antecedents such as Israel, the United States or the United Kingdom in which immunity has been rapidly gained and therefore sectors of the economy that were closed until now have been opened, also “we have an uncertainty Regarding this central scenario, associated with the response of immunity to new strains that are not in these countries because none of them have Brazil on their side, ”Lema indicated.
Having the target population vaccinated as quickly as possible “has to be the main economic policy in the short term,” said the economist, given that although “perhaps it is not a sufficient condition, it is a necessary condition that tends to improve prospects.” . In the short term, “the outlook is complex,” said Lema.
Government reform agenda from here on in
During the past year, the government “had a parallel agenda” to the COVID-19 pandemic, but according to Porzecanski it was a “rather legislative agenda, of sowing the conditions that the government understood would give the country a springboard to do. reforms or improve some situation, but they were not structural reforms in themselves ”.
However, from now on the government faces multiple challenges, including accelerating the reforms already planned in the law of urgent consideration and the Budget, and also add other challenges to try to mitigate the consequences that the pandemic will leave.
On this point, Porzecanski said that the “great question of this period of government, which was not at the beginning and now is, is educational reform.” Due to the pandemic, “the country is paying a gigantic cost” in terms of education because digital does not equal face-to-face, said the sociologist and affirmed that “the more schools close, the more that cost will be paid.”
Therefore, although the government had an educational reform agenda prior to the pandemic, it must now “incorporate the social and learning costs” that the health crisis will leave to that original reform plan. “The question is: will it give the gasoline for that? When will the government be able to get out of an educational emergency situation? How are these costs going to be integrated into a reform plan? Is the government going to have credit to be able to carry out a reform that has been one of the most difficult to carry out in Uruguay? ”, The sociologist wondered.
For his part, Lema focused on achieving a economic growth “High and sustained” in order to “attenuate the scars” that remain from the pandemic. In addition, he indicated that the external insertion of Uruguay, the reform of social security and a greater promotion of investment should be the “main agenda” of the country in the next three years.
The vision of journalists in the region.
José Del Río, content director of Grupo La Nación
“The Argentine government no longer has money”
In the case of Argentina, Del Río recounted the problems that his country has had to control the health and economic situation and said that this year will be “like a continuity of 2020” but with the difference that “the Argentine government no longer has money as well as to finance social policies ”as it did during the past year. Regarding the possible solutions to the crisis, he said that it is difficult due to the social gap that exists in Argentina and said that “from politics I do not see a symbol of union, on the contrary, I see the broken plates.”
Janaína Figueiredo, Latin America correspondent for O Globo
“A tragic scenario for Brazil in 2021”
The journalist said that in the last hours there has been a new record in the number of deaths in one day, in addition to a new variant of the virus, the P4 strain that would be more contagious than the previous ones. That, added to the “denialist policy” around the pandemic by the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, whose objective “is clearly to be re-elected and that the economy does not deteriorate”, make that according to Figueiredo Brazil awaits “a tragic scenario in 2021 ”.
After an escalation of coronavirus cases that shook the health system, Uruguay is in the midst of a serious health situation and the association that brings together intensivist doctors warned that the much-feared collapse of intensive care units could occur next Tuesday .
It is lived “a climate of war”, He alerted the newspaper The country the head of the Uruguayan Society of Intensive Medicine (SUMI), Julio Pontet.
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And he added: The collapse “is not only going to happen, but is going to advance”.
However, from the government of Luis Lacalle Pou they deny an imminent overflow and affirm that intensive care beds are being added to alleviate the situation, amid an advance in the circulation of the Brazilian strain known as P.1 or Manaus.
What the scientific community says
The Uruguayan Society of Intensive Medicine had been warning that the collapse would occur on April 4, but in a document released this weekend it warned that this picture has changed and the saturation of intensive care will occur earlier than expected.
According to a new projection, the collapse would be reached on Tuesday, March 30 if the trend of the last days is maintained.
Julio Pontet, head of the Uruguayan Society of Intensive Medicine
The collapse is not only going to happen, but it is going to be anticipated
There is currently an intensive care bed occupancy of 35.6% of coronavirus patients and a total occupancy of 69.3%. According to the entity, 35% of intensive care beds occupied by patients suffering from COVID-19 is the beginning of the “Red level” saturation of the health system.
Meanwhile, the Uruguayan Medical Union called for “a reduction in mobility in its maximum expression and the closure of all non-essential activities.” In a statement, he asked the government for “effective measures to decrease mobility and contact ”and thus avoid the“ imminent health catastrophe”.
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This Sunday, according to official figures, 1,530 new cases of coronavirus and 14 deaths were registered. The total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic amounted to 915.
What the government says
From the presidency of Luis Lacalle Pou the existence of a collapse is denied. The head of the State Health Services Administration, Leonardo Cipriani, said that the health system in the public sector is not saturated and asked the medical associations and scientific societies “to work together for Uruguay.”
“Today we do not have saturation of the health system. We ask scientific associations and societies to work together for Uruguay to confront this pandemic with this new P1 strain, ″ the official wrote on Twitter. In addition, he said that intensive care beds are being added from the sector.
What does the opposition ask for
From the opposition, the leftist Wide Front joined the doctors’ request for greater restrictions to avoid an imminent collapse of the health system.
”We share with the academic and scientific sectors that the only solution to avoid saturation and collapse of our health system is to reduce mobility at its best and the closure of all non-essential activities, both public and private, “said a statement.
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In addition, he requested that a space of multiparty dialogue with the participation of the scientific community and civil society organizations.
According to the left-wing coalition, this space would aim to “report in detail the serious situation we are experiencing and seek the best solutions to mitigate not only the health impact that this pandemic brings, but also the socioeconomic consequences in all its magnitude.”
France registered this Saturday the highest level of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units so far this year. Meanwhile, Turkey exceeded 30,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since the beginning of 2021 and in Uruguay the authorities reported that they have supplied the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to 15% of its population.
In the midst of the lack of vaccines around the world to stop the spread of Covid-19, most countries continue to live at the mercy of infections and restrictive measures imposed to block the spread.
To date, 126,409,918 people have been infected with the disease and 2,771,414 have died worldwide from the virus, according to an independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
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France records record numbers of patients in intensive care
4,791 people are currently in Intensive Care Units (ICU) in French territory due to the new coronavirus. This is the largest number of patients in critical conditions due to the disease so far this year.
This figure is close to the maximum peak registered in mid-November, during the second wave of infections in the country, although it remains well below the more than 7,000 patients in the ICU during the initial confinement in the spring of 2020.
Doctors warn that a saturation of patients in ICUs in the most affected regions could soon be seen and that the Government should take more rigid measures, beyond partial isolation.
French President Emmanuel Macron this week defended his decision not to impose a third national lockdown, but said more restrictions will likely be necessary.
The health emergency does not give up. The nation remains above 40,000 new infections every day. This Saturday reported 42,619 more cases, for an accumulated of 4,526,545 people who have contracted the disease in the country.
In addition, in the last 24 hours another 194 citizens died from Covid-19, for a total of 94,623 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count, in which France remains the fourth country most affected globally by the pandemic.
Turkey exceeds 30,000 infections in one day
In the last 24 hours, the Turkish Health Ministry confirmed 30,021 new infections, the highest rate of cases detected in the nation in a single day so far in 2021.
151 people died, for a cumulative 30,923 deaths. The increase in cases comes after authorities relaxed restrictions due to the pandemic this month.
This country launched its vaccination program last January with CoronaVac from the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac and has administered more than 14.6 million injections.
This week, the country also received approximately 1.4 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer and announced that it will soon begin immunizing people over 60 and their spouses.
Uruguay: about 15% of the population has received the first dose of the vaccine
15% of the population in Uruguay has been partially immunized against Covid-19. According to the Ministry of Public Health, as of this Saturday, 503,000 Uruguayans have received the first of the two doses of vaccines required against the virus. The country has a population of around 3.5 million people.
According to the health authorities, 95,194 injections from the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German ally BioNTech and 407,962 from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac have been applied.
For this Sunday, the first injection of the antidote is scheduled for another 201,007 people. Uruguay is currently experiencing an increase in cases, on average of more than 2,000 per day.
The country reports an accumulated 92,324 infections, of which 17,129 are active cases and 248 are in Intensive Care Units. In total, 875 people have died from the virus.
Four countries, six clubs and 500 goals. Luis Suárez has been drilling rival goals for 15 years. The Uruguayan international scored his first professional goal on September 10, 2005 in Nacional’s 5-1 win over Paysandú for the Uruguayan championship and, since then, he has not stopped winning matches or scoring goals.
Suárez scored 14 more goals for the club of his loves before making the leap to Europe and never looked back. He broke records in the Dutch Eredivisie, was a star in the Premier League with Liverpool and became Lionel Messi’s best partner during his six seasons at Barcelona. In addition, he has scored more goals than anyone (63) with the Uruguay shirt and, at 34 years old, he is the second highest scorer in La Liga after having scored 19 goals in 25 games with Atlético de Madrid.
The rojiblanco nine scored his 500th professional goal against Alavés to become the fifth active footballer to reach that figure after Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski.
Suárez has been the top scorer in each of the four leagues in which he has played and along the way he has won, among other titles, a Champions League, a Copa América, an Eredivisie and four Spanish leagues.
The Atlético de Madrid forward wanted to share the joy of his latest achievement by sending 500 balls to grassroots football clubs in each of the seven cities where he has played to inspire children who aspire to one day follow his Steps.
ESPN was also able to spend a few minutes with the Uruguayan to review that past full of successes and discuss his future, with the possible conquest with Atlético of his fifth Spanish league and the hopes of taking Uruguay to the top in the Copa América. to be held in the middle of the year.
Do you remember the first goal?
If I remember. It was against a team from Uruguay: Paysandú. I entered the 81st minute and after 4 or 5 minutes (I scored the goal). I touched a couple of balls and the second one I kicked into the goal, I made a Chilean half, one took it on the line, there was a rebound, he hit the third, I stayed there and I did it. That was the first.
What was the most important?
I think it is difficult to stay with one. Yes you remember all the goals but it is difficult to keep one. The first one is very important in your career, in your country, in the box you are a fan of, in the box you dream of playing in … It is very important that I do the National of Uruguay. The first one you do with the selection of your country is very important too. With the first goal you make in Europe I fulfilled one of my dreams, which is to reach Europe and be able to score a goal. Being Ajax captain and scoring a goal with the Ajax captain tape was incredible. Scoring goals for Liverpool to fight for a Premier … In fact, the first game in which I debuted with Liverpool I scored a goal. It was something dreamed of. Playing a Champions League final and scoring a goal for Barcelona is unforgettable. Playing the Classic of the classics from around the world, a Barcelona-Real Madrid, scoring a goal and winning it with your goal is unforgettable. Playing with Atlético de Madrid and the first game, a few minutes later, converting, is unforgettable. They are very many and it is difficult to stay with one. The final of the Copa América with Uruguay also scoring is something incredible, like in the World Cups.
Do you keep one?
It is difficult, but I would choose two. Obviously, scoring in the final of the Copa América and getting a title with my country, with Uruguay, is the dream of any Uruguayan. Scoring in a Champions League final will always remain in my memories and in the memory of football people.
Which goalkeeper made it more difficult for you?
It is an anecdote, but it is a goalkeeper against whom I played several games and could never score a goal: Kameni.
And defenses. Do you remember any that made you suffer especially?
A defender that cost me and that I have played several times against him was Thiago Silva. I always scored it both when I played for Ajax and when I played for Liverpool. He is a very experienced player. Now there is the possibility of being able to play against him in the Champions League. He is an admirable defender that I have always liked because of the difficulties he generates for you.
Is it better to score with a club or with Uruguay?
It is different. They are different sensations. In the club you have many more possibilities because you have more skills. In the national team it is every so often and you live it much more passionate because there are few possibilities that it gives you, that you generate, but the expectations are many.
Where did we see the best Suarez?
I think I have had many stages in which I have enjoyed, but my time with Ajax, a year in which I think I score 50 goals, was spectacular to keep growing and wanting to get where you want, which is the best in football. And then, the last season I did at Liverpool was unforgettable because apart from the fact that everything worked out for me, I felt very good and people motivated you, and having the possibility of winning a Premier with Liverpool at that time when nobody I wanted to go play in Liverpool, it would have been incredible and we were there. Then it was my dream year: I arrived at Barcelona, I got the treble the first year and the next I was the top scorer. In addition, winning the Golden Boot in the world where everything was Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo … Seeing my name in the middle was something that I will never forget because it was thanks to all the great teammates I had there at Barcelona during that season.
He is the fifth active scorer to exceed 500 goals. What is the next challenge?
The truth is that when we started talking to Puma last year about the 500 goals, which could be a possibility, it was a long way off. And for me it was a long time ago, but everything happens so fast … You are getting things that you don’t realize. And the objective is to enjoy and try to score goals, which is what a striker wants, but at the same time to achieve goals at the group level, which is what we want.
The chances of Fernando Muslera to save again in Uruguayan football seem to disappear after the goalkeeper renewed his contract with Galatasaray of Turkey until 2024, for three more seasons, when he will be 37 years old.
The player who arrived in Istanbul in 2011 from Italy’s Lazio, became captain and idol at the club where he has already spent a 10-year career and is well-loved, as well as in the Turkish country.
“I am 15 thousand kilometers from my country, but here I feel as if it were my home,” said Muslera during the signing of his new contract, in an act that was broadcast live on television. “It is a life choice that we made with my family to stay in Turkey,” said the goalkeeper, who recalled that his children are Turkish and that “fills him with pride.”
“I feel that I am in the right place to continue my sports career and in a great country,” he added. “Feeling so well loved and supported is worth much more than what a new sports contract means,” he added.
Muslera with the president of Galatasaray
For the renewal, the club negotiated a reduction in his salary, which in previous seasons was US $ 3.6 million per season, although no further details were given in this regard.
With his new contract, the goalkeeper will receive US $ 2.9 million per season.
“Muslera is a great name,” club president Mustafa Cengiz said at the signing. “It is a name that everyone, local, foreign, knows and respects,” he added.
At the event they highlighted that the goalkeeper is the foreigner with the highest number of matches played in the Turkish league, with a total of 303 matches played wearing the Galatasaray jacket, one of the greats of Turkey together with Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
In his time at the club, he has won five Turkish leagues, four cups and five super cups.
The love of the country
Muslera’s renewal follows an unfortunate 2020 season in which the tibia and fibula were fractured in June during a game. For that reason, he was off the court for six months.
But the break left him a lesson, that of the affection that the Turks feel for him.
“When I fractured my leg and was in the hospital, not only the club managers came to visit me, but many others who did not know me, which shows the love they have for me in this country. Thank you “, commented Muslera about that moment.
Muslera during his birthday when he was fractured
2020 was also marked by the death of his mother, whom he paid tribute to with heartfelt words and tears when he returned to the courts.
The current championship has not been easy for Galatasaray who had the loss of his goalkeeper and captain and also that of the scorer Radamel Falcao García.
After a difficult start, with the return of its two figures, the team recovered and today it is second in the table, two points behind Besiktas, when 28 of 42 dates are disputed.
Muslera, who returned to activity on January 20, has 11 games played by the Turkish Super League, all as a starter, six of them without conceding goals., with 10 wins, a draw and a loss.
The tribute for the 300 games
In addition, he had been called up again by the Uruguayan team for the qualifying matches in March that were later postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The return to Uruguay, difficult
When Muslera ends his contract with Galatasaray, he will be 37 years old. Will he tackle again in Uruguay? That possibility seems increasingly difficult for the goalkeeper trained in Wanderers and who later defended Nacional.
“I don’t know if I will play soccer in Uruguay again,” he said in June 2020, in an interview with the Turkish daily Sporx days after his fracture.
Regarding his time through the tricolor, he said at that time: “I really enjoyed playing at Nacional, but it was short. We will see what happens in the future, things may change ”.
“I have been with Galatasaray for ten years. I am more than a player, I have a network of friends here. They want me to retire here and continue working in the club, “declared Muslera at the time.
Among his closest ties in Turkey, as can be seen in his networks, he has the ex-goalkeeper of the Brazilian team Claudio Taffarel, who is the goalkeeping coach at the club. The 1994 world champion in the United States played two seasons in Galatasaray and then returned to serve in that role.
What’s more, Muslera has a great relationship with Fatih Terim, his technical director, a history of the club and Turkish football, whom this Tuesday thanked “for the support throughout this journey.”
For now, the goalkeeper of the Uruguayan team does not think about retirement, he said at the conference. “I don’t know what will happen in the future. I don’t like getting ahead of myself and I prefer to live day to day. Today I am happy with these three years, in which I am going to give myself to the fullest as always.”
El DT Conqueror Terim aplaude a Muslera
In addition, when asked what he will do when he leaves football and if he will be linked to the club, he indicated: “I don’t have in my head if I’m going to be a goalkeeping coach, a manager or if I’m going to go to the beach all day. Today I’m thinking about playing, moving forward, winning titles and representing this club, whose fans give me so much love ”.
“I am signing a contract in my house, in the place where I feel happy,” said Muslera. “For everyone the most comfortable place is home. I’m staying here and never doubted it. My priority has always been Galatasaray and today I am in the place that I think belongs to me ”.
The National Emergency System (Sinae) reported this Sunday that they registered 1,587 new cases of coronavirus which represents a record in Uruguay since the government declared a health emergency.
This Sunday 10,129 analyzes were carried out. Of the 1,587 new cases, 760 are from Montevideo, 159 from Canelones, 110 from Tacuarembó, 89 from Rivera, 75 from San José, 73 from Salto, 49 from Paysandú, 48 from Artigas, 43 from Cerro Largo, 41 from Río Negro, 33 from Durazno, 28 from Maldonado, 18 from Florida, 17 from Rocha, 17 from Treinta y Tres, 16 from Colonia, 6 from Lavalleja, 4 from Soriano and one from Flores.
Sinae added that there was 14 deaths with a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 in our country. This is a 91-year-old patient from Paysandú, one from Rocha, 47 years old, another from San José, 37 years old, two from Cerro Largo, 71 and 74 years old, and nine patients from Montevideo 62, 66, 68, 76, 78, 81, 83, 85 and 92 years. So far there are 712 deaths diagnosed with covid-19 in Uruguay.
Actually, there are 10,462 active cases, that is, people who are suffering from the disease, 124 of them are in intensive care, which also represents a record.
Of the total of confirmed positive cases, 3,777 correspond to health personnel. 3351 of them have already recovered, 419 are suffering from the disease and seven have died.
Today all the departments of the country register active cases.
The mathematician who is part of the Honorary Scientific Advisory Group (GACH) Marcelo Fiori told El Observador that “we are in the worst moment “of the pandemic.
“The number of cases has been increasing and it will hardly continue to rise for another week or two,” he said.
The Revenues to CTIs, which are also setting records, “will most likely keep going up for a couple of weeks.”