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Abel Ferreira at PSG

According to Spain’s CNN, French news print, L’Équipe says that Brazilian Palmeiras coach, Mr. Abel Ferreira is scheduled to take over at Paris St Germain (PSG) football club next season. That’s August, 2023!

In the running, three coaches include José Mourinho from Portugal, the Brazilian Thiago Motta who is a now an Italian national, and the Argentinian Marcelo Gallardo, and have been considered by the directors of Paris Saint-Germain.

The leaders of PSG continue to ruminate on the ideal profile that they would like to see heading the team in the 2023/24 season, according to the news outlet.

PSG are currently in first place in the French League after thirty-six matches and eighty-four points, having won twenty-seven games, drawn three, and lost six. So, one may ask, why would a new manager (coach) be considered?

Christophe Galtier (born 23 August 1966) is a French professional football manager and former player who is the current head coach of the Paris Saint-Germain club, after joining the club in July 2022.

He has been accused by Julien Fournier, the former football director of Nice Football Club, of making racist remarks during the coach's time at the club during the 2021/22 season.

PSG showed their distaste for the drama because the accusations and emails leaked presenting issues with former Nice coach presented by Fournier stated damaging remarks about "black and Muslim" players, and those willing to respect the Muslim faith and Ramadan period seemingly made by Galtier.

The fight between Fournier and Galtier escalated at the beginning of April after an email citing racist remarks made by Galtier leaked.

A few personalities from the football world took little time to go in defense of Christophe Galtier although there is no real clarity at this point about whether or not the manager is to blame because of those remarks as they have not yet been proved to be true.

According to the content of the email, Galtier complained about having "too many black and Muslim players in the team."

Furthermore, after Vinny Junior’s discrimination by Spanish fans, the Brazilian player at Real Madrid’s persecution has led to international uproar.

Due to such dire circumstances justly coming at a time when racist remarks are frowned on, the current leader of the Parisian team, Christophe Galtier may encounter difficulty.

Executive director at PSG is Luis Campos, a Portuguese member is in favor of contracting Abel Ferreira to replace him. A report from L’Équipe says that Campos has followed the development of the young and brilliant trainer from Palmeiras” in recent years.

Abel has a contract with Palmeiras until the end of 2024 and the Brazilian club has shown interest in renewing the term, giving the coach a further three-years contract and world top-10 level salary.

The management of ‘Verdão’ the Green want to repeat long-term contracts like that of Alex Ferguson who used to manage Manchester United for over 20 years.

Furthermore, after Palmeiras 3-0 away win against Cerro Porteño in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 24th May, 2023, Abel has equaled Felipão’s coaching record of the most victories by Palmeiras in the Libertadores championship.

Additionally, Abel Ferreira has already won eight titles in three years at Palmeiras, including two Libertadores, a Brazilian Championship and a Brazilian Cup.

Have a great day!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Ruminate (v) = ponder, reflect, contemplate, think over, chew over

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