Into The 21st Century – The Numbers Behind The Youth Talent in Liga NOS

The Portuguese top flight has long been a breeding ground for young talents, both for home-grown talent such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Luís Figo to name two, but also for foreign talents. The likes of Éderson, Angel Dí Maria, James Rodriguez and Jan Oblak all played in Portugal before they turned 21. The 2020/21 seasonContinue reading “Into The 21st Century – The Numbers Behind The Youth Talent in Liga NOS”

Seleção A Feminina On The Hunt For European Qualification: A Preview

After a successful week for the men’s under 21 side, winning all 3 of their European Championship Group games, and the senior men’s side kicking off their World Cup qualifying campaign with an unbeaten start (two wins and a draw), it is the turn of the Seleção A Feminina to have a successful international breakContinue reading “Seleção A Feminina On The Hunt For European Qualification: A Preview”

Nuno Mendes Becomes Fourth Youngest Portugal Player in 21st Century

Nuno Mendes tonight became the fourth-youngest player to play for Portugal in the 21st century. The defender, who started tonight’s match v Azerbaijan in Turin, earned his first Seleção cap aged at just 18 years, 9 months and 5 days old. This also makes him the youngest defender ever to play for Portugal, overtaking previousContinue reading “Nuno Mendes Becomes Fourth Youngest Portugal Player in 21st Century”

Four Portuguese Players in GOAL NXGN Top 50 Wonderkids List

Online football website GOAL has devised a list ranking the 50 best wonderkids in world football, entitled NXGN Top 50. The list ranks players born on or after January 1, 2002 from around the world. Interestingly, three of the four players play for Sporting CP, a club who over the last season and a halfContinue reading “Four Portuguese Players in GOAL NXGN Top 50 Wonderkids List”

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final – With A Portuguese Twist

UEFA today announced the quarter-final draw for the Champions League, with Porto the sole Portuguese representatives left in the tournament. Aside from Os Dragões, there are lots of Portuguese players plying their trade across Europe who still remain in the competition. Aaron Barton looks at some of the players to watch in the last eightContinue reading “UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final – With A Portuguese Twist”

Fernando Santos Announces Portugal Squad for March Fixtures

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos today announced his 25-man Portugal squad for the upcoming international break. The European champions will play three FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the end of March, kicking off against Azerbaijan on the 24th March (a game which has been moved to Turin, Italy) before playing Serbia in Belgrade on theContinue reading “Fernando Santos Announces Portugal Squad for March Fixtures”

Portugal U21 Squad for Euros Announced

Rui Jorge today announced his 23 man squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championships. This particular edition of the tournament is unique in that it will be played in two parts, the first being the group stages (24th to 31st March) followed by the knockout rounds of the competition (31 May to 6th June). PortugalContinue reading “Portugal U21 Squad for Euros Announced”

Portuguese Government Announce Return to Stadium Plans

Portugal Prime Minister António Costa has recently detailed the countries plans for the reopening of society, following the COVID-19 pandemic. Costa stated the scheduled date for the return of football supporters to stadiums is May 3rd and that the capacity of the stadiums will be chosen and authorised by the Direção-Geral de Saúde (DGS). EvenContinue reading “Portuguese Government Announce Return to Stadium Plans”

Scout Report #002 – Francisco Conceição

For the second instalment of The Scout Report Series, we have decided to go with someone a little less well-known on the world stage, a player with just two cameos to his name thus far for the Porto first team. However, those who have been following Francisco ‘Chico’ Conceição’s progress through the various Porto andContinue reading “Scout Report #002 – Francisco Conceição”

How Could Portugal Look Without Premier League Players?

Following the recent news that Premier League clubs will not be obliged to let Portuguese stars represent A Seleção during the international break in March, Aaron Barton looks at what Fernando Santos’ squad could look like for the World Cup Qualifiers v Azerbaijan, Serbia and Luxembourg. Why might clubs not allow their Portuguese players toContinue reading “How Could Portugal Look Without Premier League Players?”

“I Just Want to Leave” – André Villas-Boas Offers His Resignation

During today’s pre-match press conference ahead of Marseille v Lens, André Villas-Boas told journalists he has already submitted his resignation to the board and is waiting for their approval, citing the signing of Olivier Ntcham from Celtic as the last straw. It is the latest in a long line of dramatic events surrounding the FrenchContinue reading ““I Just Want to Leave” – André Villas-Boas Offers His Resignation”

Abel Ferreira Masterclass Sees Palmeiras Hammer River Plate

Last night, Abel Ferreira’s Palmeiras gave themselves a real chance of making their first Copa Libertadores since 2001 with a near-perfect performance. The Brazillian side ran out 3-0 winners in Buenos Aires over Argentinian heavyweights River Plate, despite coming into the game as underdogs. Rony, Luiz Adriano and Matias Viña the goalscorers for Verdão.  RiverContinue reading “Abel Ferreira Masterclass Sees Palmeiras Hammer River Plate”