March 29, 2023

Luis Figo: “I’m sure Cermiti will give Sporting a lot of joy” – Sporting

Former Lions player sees ‘another product of the great set-up’ the club has in Alcocete

• Photo: Reuters and Luís Manuel Neves

Former Sporting footballer and ex-Portugal international Luis Figo predicted this Tuesday that 18-year-old striker Cermiti will bring a lot of joy to the leonine club in the future.

The opinion about the athlete that he showed in Sunday’s duel with FC Porto, won at the Estádio José Alvalade (2-1), was given after the signing of the collaboration protocol between the Luís Figo Foundation and the Egas Moniz School University of Health. and Scienc, in Monte de Caparica, in Almada. “It’s another product of the excellent training that the club has. Every youngster has his stage and his years of development, so it’s good that at such a young age he already has that experience and the opportunity to play in the first team. He will certainly he brings a lot of joy to Sporting,” he said.

With Sporting’s performance this season, the 50-year-old former player believes it is inevitable that players will leave for clubs with greater financial resources. “This year is more difficult since Sporting won the championship title [em 2021]. It’s always complicated for a club to form [jogadores] compete with the big clubs in Europe. I think a good job has been done in sporting terms, combined with financial needs. So we have to continue to be optimistic,” he said.

Asked how Leonine president Frederico Varadas manages the club in terms of departures and arrivals in the squad, Luis Figo acknowledges the difficulty in maintaining a balanced policy during the process.

“The hardest thing in life is the damn balance and what happens in sports and in Sporting, I think, is that you work with the conditions you have, the raw materials and the financial needs,” he said, stressing the importance of the next. round of the Europa League with Danish club Midland. “It is always important to continue in a European competition, not only in terms of prestige, but also from a financial point of view.”

On what Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, chosen to succeed Fernando Santos as national football coach, can bring to Portugal, the former captain of choice is compelling. “Let’s hope he gives us a lot of joy. He did a good job in Belgium, I wish him the best and that he manages to integrate and adapt to the Portuguese culture, the players, the national team and our country. As an ardent supporter of our national team, I hope it’s as successful as possible,” he said.

The protocol signed between the Luís Figo Foundation, of which he is president, and the Egas Moniz School of Health and Science University, aims to implement measures to promote healthy living habits in the school context, as part of a new project of the foundation. in the fields of health, education and sports, in the educational institution, university campus.

“Today we took the first step, after many talks with Egas Moniz University, to start a joint project in which, in the second part, I hope, we will sign a protocol with the Ministry of Education and Health, if possible, in the fight of childhood obesity”, he emphasized on the occasion, in which he was accompanied by José João Mendes, president of the board of directors of Egas Moniz University.

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