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Monday, 21 July 2014 20:42

Transfer frenzy leaves Portuguese title impossible to predict

Wholesale changes at Benfica and Porto, Sporting strengthen

markovic-lob-20140224.jpgThe Portuguese Primeira Liga has again proven to be a popular shopping place for some of Europe's biggest clubs. With seven weeks still to go until the summer transfer window closes, Benfica and FC Porto have a radical new look to their squads, while Sporting's remains relatively unscathed - so far.

The transfer activity in Portugal has been unceasing this close season, especially since the World Cup came to a close. PortuGOAL rounds up the major deals involving the three perpetual title candidates.
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Monday, 21 July 2014 22:10

2014 World Cup Games

brazil-world-cup-logo.jpgThe World Cup in Brazil was considered a roaring success. Thousands of people attended the games, millions watched at home, and many logged on to Facebook and Twitter to talk about them. During, and after the games, the conversation would often turn to who knew the most about football, and the World Cup, and people are always excited to test their friends’ knowledge of World Cup facts.

With that in mind, here is a list of some of the best online World Cup games around for you to enjoy!
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Friday, 11 July 2014 15:50

Putting the Past Behind

With the World Cup drawing to a close, a new era is surely dawning for Portuguese football in time for the start of Euro 2016 qualifying in September. Or is it? Nathan Motz reflects on Portugal's short tour in Brazil and looks ahead to how Paulo Bento can revitalize the Seleção.
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Sunday, 29 June 2014 16:00

Where did it all go wrong for Portugal?

Ten reasons behind the poor showing at Brazil 2014

ronaldo-despair-germany-world-cup.jpgThe Seleção arrived in Brazil with high hopes of adding to their impressive record of three semi-finals and one final in major tournaments in the 21st century. The first match against Germany was an unmitigated disaster, and Portugal were never able to recover. In no particular order Tom Kundert lists ten reasons explaining the failure.
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 19:28

Portugal exit World Cup despite 2-1 win

Positive result insufficient to qualify

Ronaldo.jpgAs Ghana seemed to fall into disarray during the past few days, the hopes of a Portuguese miracle started growing. Germany ended up doing their part, but the slender margin of Portugal's 2-1 win means the Selecção are now headed home.

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Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:02

Last Chance Saloon

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The Seleção go into their final group stage as heavy underdogs even though the official FIFA rankings might suggest otherwise. Nathan Motz is once again on hand to set the stage for Portugal's win-big-or-go-home match against Ghana.
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Sunday, 22 June 2014 21:20

Late equaliser keeps Seleção alive in World Cup - just

Portugal 2-2 USA

varela-diving-header-usa.jpgAn equaliser in the dying seconds by substitute Silvestre Varela salvaged a 2-2 draw for Portugal against USA on a hot and humid night in Manaus. Nani had given the Seleção an early lead, but Jermaine Jones and Dempsey turned it around in the second half for the Americans, before Varela powered in his late header from a Ronaldo cross.  
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Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:18

Showdown in the Jungle

Portugal v. USA Match Preview

In less than 48 hours, Portugal face the United States in Manaus. The stakes could not be higher. Seleção expert Nathan Motz provides the backdrop for Sunday's highly anticipated encounter in the Group of Death.
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Friday, 20 June 2014 11:24

Portugal: The truth behind the numbers

Will Sunday bring some much-needed good news?

images_3.jpgThe Euros that saw "football coming home" to England in 1996 marked a revolution for Portuguese football. After that tournament, Portugal were present at every major competition with the exception of the 1998 World Cup in France (the start of a trend), with the Golden Generation taking centre stage.

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Monday, 16 June 2014 18:22

Ten-man Portugal crash to heavy defeat in World Cup opener

Portugal 0-4 Germany

ronaldo-head-down-germany-game.jpgThe Seleção made a nightmare start to the Brazil 2014 World Cup, getting thumped 4-0 by Germany. A Thomas Muller hat-trick and a Hummels header did the damage for a Portugal side who were completely overrun. Pepe's red card and Fábio Coentrão's injury added to a disastrous afternoon for Paulo Bento's men.
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