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the end of Conmebol Libertadores 2023 between mouth And FluminenseWhich will be held at the Maracana Stadium on November 4, has many spices. But for Jorge Nicolas Figal certainly has a very special personality.
The story goes that from his time in the lower divisions, Figal threatened to be one of the modern-day central defenders sought out by clubs around the world: the combination of his good physique and great technique, allowed him to be one of the best defenders in the world. Promises from Independiente’s subordinates.
But no Barriers They have featured in his career. The first was Red descentWhich created a complicated atmosphere at the club for a centre-back with an impressive start. Figal made his debut in B Nacional in 2014 with Omar De Filippi and He won the title when he returned to the top division with Jorge Almiron. “People’s anger was understandable at the time I had to make my debut. They were disappointed in us, and on the other hand I was a boy, I had never faced the demands that playing in the Primera de Independiente imposes,” he once explained in a media outlet. Note notes Nation.
With the arrival of Mauricio Pellegrino, he moved on loan to Olimpo in 2016, but returned with Gabriel Milito to settle into the team and now with Ariel Holan, he has established himself as a consistent piece in Rojo’s defence.
However, there is also He was hit very hard: After a 0-0 draw against Alianza Lima in the Libertadores de América in the first match of the 2017 Copa Sudamericana, He tested positive for a diuretic in an anti-doping test And CONMEBOL applied A Nine-month sentence.
This penalty prevented him from playing for the rest of the year., where Independiente came to play in the final of the tournament, which at that time was played in a two-legged match. The series started in Avellaneda with a 2 to 1 home victory and Revenge was at the MaracanãAfter a 1-1 draw, Independiente were declared champions.
clearly Nico Vijal was unable to play in either match, Neither do the two from South America Recopa Which the team lost to Gremio. After that final against the Gauchos and Hulan’s reform in defense, Figali regained his superior position in the Reds’ defense, until He was sold in January 2020 to Inter Miami of Major League Soccer.
Regarding these events, the current Boca defender once stated: “It helped me grow. Looking at everything from the outside and I learned to appreciate others. Which means being able to come to the facility to train, being able to do something.” Like.” He confirmed.
Now, that kid who “once played as a 10”: “I was addicted when I was a kid, in La Pampa. When I came to Independiente and we played in the lower leagues without a 10, I became 8 or 5. One day they lacked a centre-back, and they put me in.” “I played very well, better than midfield, and I stayed there,” the player himself admitted, He will get his revenge in an international final and at the Maracana. After almost 7 years.
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