Nacional have won the Liguilla 2008 in a play off against Defensor Sporting as they both finished the mini league in first place. It’s a competition set up with only 6 teams to see which teams qualify for the Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.
Before this so called final between Defensor and nacional the teams had already been decided as to who qualifed. Defensor qualified to la Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Peñarol qualifed for a play off to La Copa Libertadores and River Plate qualified for La Copa Sudamericana.
My belief is that the winner of the Apertura (Defensor Sporting) and the winner of the Clausura (Peñarol) should automatically qualify for La Copa Libertadores. As these tournaments are a competition with 16 teams. Then the winner of the Annual Table should qualify for La Copa Sudamericana. The second spot for La Copa Sudamericana could also be decided on the best position in the Annual Table.
So there really wasn’t any point to this final as no one was really interested in who lifted the trophy. nacional celebrated as if it was the only trophy they have ever won. Oh, it was the only trophy they lifted this year!
Peñarol won the Clasicos 4-2 and 2-0 gainst nacional. 2-0 against the winners of La Liguilla 2008. So why not develop a trophy for the winner of El Clasico? You have a full stadium with passion and it’s a table between 2 teams, instead of 6!!!!!
Watching the final between Defensor Sporting and nacional showed the lack of technical ability, futbol style and intensity. I drank 10 cups of coffee trying to stay awake. I also drank 3 V drinks and needed to take 6 asprins as my headache was getting stronger as the game progressed. I also needed eyedrops as my eyes were going red with the luck nacional was having as Defensor hit the post quite a few times.
Now is a time for rebuilding as most of Peñarol’s players are going to Europe and Saralegui is preparing a new squad. As for nacional they also will need to rebuild but not so much from players leaving overseas but from the retirements of players like El Chengue.
Gracias Chengue you have brought so much joy to all Manyas around the world including a very rich Manya who will receive $100,000.00 pesos (Australian $5,327.0980 AUD) (USA $5,181.7499 USD) for a piece of your shirt. Thanks for making history and don’t worry because you will always be remembered.
All Uruguayan Futbol Fans are keeping a keen eye on the sale of one of the many pieces of the shirt thrown into the crowd by Richard Morales (El Chengue). As the picture above demostrates the odour that will occur from the possesion of such an item has prompted a health advise to put it in a glass frame and use silicon to make the item totally air tight.
The item for auction will complete on the 30/07/08 at 10:30am Australian Time. So be quick and put your bid in.
With the news that Richard Morales (El Chengue) will retire from nacional,
you have to ask yourself
¿ Is it time for nacional to retire from futbol all together?
Nacional look to convince Richard Morales to stay at the club. After the
announcement that he will retire from nacional after his expulsion in the
clasico by referee Robert Silvera, el Chengue proceeded to throw his shirt
to the sector of the America Stand where there were partisans of Peñarol.
Noticeably sore and distressed by the defeat El Chengue asked the fans of
Peñarol to excuse him because it is not right to throw my shirt in the stands.
El Chengue said: “It happens that we are human, we have blood in the veins
and sometimes one is affected by the things that they shout to you from
outside of the field. I know clearly that I am the captain of the Team and
must be an example. I am very upset and hurt and I have spoken with all
my fellow team mates. I feel we have failed the fans because this can not
be happening. I sincerely don’t have the strength to continue as I feel weak
and must retire from nacional.”
Teams like Napoli have retired the number 10 shirt so why not
retire a whole futbol club. If the Captain is weak and can no longer continue,
what is that really saying about the Club. Sometimes there comes a time when you
need to retire as you can no longer perform at the same level you once tried to
achieve. The results speak for themselves and the time has come.
Retire nacional, do the right thing for the fans and the Uruguayan Futbol
Association. The Time Has Come.