The PortuGOAL podcast is back. In the 101st edition of the show we look at three young players who are making a name for themselves, despite not playing for Portugal’s traditional Big Three. Portuguese football coach and journalist Tiago Estêvão runs the rule over Diogo Jota, Iuri Medeiros and Otávio.

In part two we focus on the Europa League as we analyse the chances of Braga, FC Porto and Sporting in their second-leg matches against Sion, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Guest - Val

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great pod guys.

    I miss Vasco but its always great to hear a new voice, especially one with the passion of Tiago's. Well done.

    I don't know if you guys watched the Braga-Guimaraes game but in normal speed the Otavio dive looked like a clear foul. It wasn't until the slow-motion replay that you saw how horrible the dive was....I hope that young player knocks that off, he doesn't want to be known as a diver. I have seen refs ignore players once they get a reputation, regardless of how many legitimate fouls they get.

    Paulo Fonseca has done very well and again I agree. His time at Porto really coloured him in a negative light. He seemed lost and overwhelmed with it all. His work with Pacos and now Braga is nothing short of amazing. Check the stats, Braga are almost equal to Porto in all but points. They score highlight reel goals every night and they have a fantastic mix of veterans and youth not to mention quality pickups like Josue who puts out 2 assists and 1 goal in 2 games for Braga. They are fun to watch and a quality side that can upset anyone. ALAN is still going strong, how old is that guy now?

    As a young Portuguese player I would avoid any team coached by JJ but that's just my opinion. I hope the power of BdC and the legendary Sporting academy trumps the JJ-Portuguese-player-hate or we could have another 5 years of fantastic talents lost or wasted because the coach refused to play them.

    Thank goodness for Rui V and Leonardo Jardim, we need more coaches with vision and respect for the future of Portuguese football, which they both have in spades and less ego maniacal stubborn glory mules who chase paycheques and take all the accolades when they win and blame everything under the moon when they lose.

    Cant wait for the next pod! Thanks guys.

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  • Guest - Chris

    Great podcast gentlemen. I wish Vasco well on his endeavour and hope he still makes it to a podcast from time to time. Really enjoyed Tiago's breakdowns and opinions.

    Spot on about everything from JJ and his bad attitude (you know I had to), Paul Fonseca getting the ole "right there Fred" when he was at Porto and deserving better treatment, to Josue being a great pickup.

    I also enjoyed the young player analysis, especially about Iuri Medeiros since I remember seeing a news piece about him on RTP Acores (in Canada) when he was a kid and signed for Sporting. It was a big deal to the Azorean community, since the only other Azorean on a prominent team at the moment is Eliseu.

    Always been impressed by Iuri and hope he continues to develop. Watching him reminds me a lot of James aka "Rrrrrraaaaaaamis" when he was at Porto. A left-footed right winger who cuts inside and is very creative in his play-making.

    Will you guys be talking about the management situation in the Liga on the next podcast? Would be a great conversation. I'm not a Benfica fan but I have been thoroughly impressed by Rui Vitoria, considering he was written off by everyone and he has been handed the lowest quality Benfica team of the last 10 years.

    Also, the Peseiro switch at Porto would be a good discussion. Many are underwhelmed by his appointment but I like him and think he could do some great things there.

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