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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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Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:41

porttugoalExclus12_08.gifJosé Semedo – the definitive interview

jose-semedo-20140731.jpgCristiano Ronaldo epitomises the astounding success of Portugal’s football exports over recent years. But further down the scale, a raft of Portuguese players have carved out a name for themselves abroad. A perfect example is Sheffield Wednesday cult hero José Semedo.
 
In an in-depth interview Semedo tells PortuGOAL why he is love with English football in general, and Sheffield Wednesday in particular, discusses his close friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo – including fascinating insight into CR7’s work ethic even as a young kid – as well as sharing his thoughts on the Seleção, Wednesday manager Stuart Gray, midfield partner in crime Kieran Lee and compatriot Rafael Floro.
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:22

Summer shakeup – How are the big three shaping up going into the new season?

Bookies make Porto favourites

league-cup.jpgAs the domestic season edges ever closer the squads of Portugal’s Big Three are being remodelled by the usual summer transfer tumult. We take a look at how the contenders are shaping up. Odds are supplied by betfair.com.
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:05

U19s give Portugal fans renewed hope

Seleção make final of the European Championship

portugal-u19-in-hungary.jpgPortugal reached the final of the 2014 European Championship being staged in Hungary yesterday, beating Serbia in a penalty shoot-out after the semi-final had finished goalless. Hélio Sousa’s side face Germany in the final on Thursday.
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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.

PortuGOAL rounds up the major deals involving the three perpetual title candidates.
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