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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 20:59

FC Porto 2-0 Lille tactical breakdown

Dragons claim their place in Europe's top tier

FCP_LIL_Line_ups.jpgFC Porto have progressed to the group phase of the Champions League, successfully raising the number of Portuguese participants to three, after eliminating LOSC Lille over two legs.
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Sunday, 24 August 2014 22:43

Eliseu cannonball wrecks Boavista return

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Match report: Boavista 0-1 Benfica

Benfica ruined ten-man Boavista's homecoming at the Estadio do Bessa last night courtesy of a wonderful Eliseu strike on the stroke of half-time. 
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Monday, 25 August 2014 09:47

Weekend round-up: Mané saves Nani’s blushes, Jackson scores again

Rio Ave, V. Guimarães, Belenenses, Porto and Benfica lead the way

carlos-mane-arouca.jpgPorto, Sporting and Benfica all won 1-0 this weekend. Jackson Martínez (who else) scored for the Dragons at Paços de Ferreira, a last-gasp goal from Carlos Mané earned Sporting all three points at home to Arouca, while Eliseu’s fine strike gave Benfica victory on Boavista's artificial pitch last night (match report). 
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Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:48

Porto take big step towards Champions League groups

Lille 0-1 FC Porto

herrera-celebs-20140821.jpgPorto beat Lille 1-0 in France yesterday in the first leg of the Champions League play-off match. A second-half goal from Mexican midfielder Héctor Herrera put the Dragons in a strong position to join Benfica and Sporting in this season’s group stage of the world’s greatest club competition.
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:46

Nani makes sensational return to Sporting

Manchester United winger back in Lisbon on year-long loan

nani-sporting-return.jpgSporting yesterday completed the sale of central defender Marcos Rojo to Manchester United in return for €20 million and a season-long loan of Portugal winger Nani, whereby the English giants continue to pay the ex Alcochete academy player's wages.
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Monday, 18 August 2014 08:37

Debutant Ruben Neves shines as Porto impress in opener

Wins for Benfica and Braga as Sporting stumble

ruben-neves-herrera-20140815.jpgFC Porto kicked off the new season in front of a full house at the Estádio do Dragão on Friday evening, and did not disappoint the 50,000 crowd with an impressive display, beating Marítimo 2-0.

Benfica won their opener by an identical score at home against Paços de Ferreira, while Braga overcame returning Boavista 3-0 at the Quarry. Sporting conceded a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 against Académica in Coimbra.
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Monday, 18 August 2014 14:31

Cristiano. The Greatest?

ronaldo-goal-celebration-real-madrid.jpgIt’s the question that will be forever debated. Who is the greatest footballer of all time?

Pele? Over 1,000 career goals would suggest so. Maradona? The Goal of the Century certainly backs that up. George Best? Ferenc Puskas? Johan Cruyff? Ronaldo? Zidane? They all have a case.

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Friday, 15 August 2014 17:39

Fary still going strong and ready for Boavista’s comeback

fary-boavista.jpgIf you were one of the stalwarts dotted sparsely around Boavista’s Estadio do Bessa over recent years, you will probably need to pinch yourself come Sunday.
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Monday, 11 August 2014 15:52

Artur the hero as Benfica lift Super Cup

Much maligned Brazilian goalkeeper saves three penalties

benfica-supercup-2014.jpgIt may be a very different-looking team, but Benfica started the new domestic season in Portugal the same way they ended the previous one. Celebrating a trophy.

An entertaining game against Rio Ave ended goalless after 120 minutes. Benfica goalkeeper Artur saved three penalties in the shoot-out to give the Eagles victory in the Portuguese Super Cup, the traditional season curtain-raiser.
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:07

The curious case of Oscar Cardozo

Benfica’s all-time top foreign goalscorer leaves Lisbon club

oscar-cardozo.jpgLet’s face it, strikers are every football fan’s heroes, especially when prolific, right? Wrong, in the case of ex Benfica goal machine Oscar Cardozo. The 31 year-old has completed his transfer to Trabzonspor for a fee that could rise to €5.6 million. Despite an incredible record of 172 goals in 295 games over seven seasons in the Portuguese capital, the big Paraguayan marksman bewilderingly never became an uncontested favourite of the Estádio da Luz faithful.
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