2004: FC Porto knock Manchester United out the Champions League

It is March 2004 and FC Porto, managed by a sharp, young and up-and-coming Portuguese manager named José Mourinho are pitted against English champions Manchester United. Mourinho’s Porto finished second in Group  F, winning just 3 out of 6 games, scraping a 2-3 win against Marseille and drawing with Partizan Belgrade in the process. DespiteContinue reading “2004: FC Porto knock Manchester United out the Champions League”

The latest Portugal squad and what it means for the future

Today at 12:30, Fernando Santos announced his Portugal squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Ukraine and Serbia. Notable Inclusions Firstly, João Felix. His name was on the tip of everybody’s tongue before the announcement of the latest squad, “would he make it or wouldn’t he?” As it turns out, he has made itContinue reading “The latest Portugal squad and what it means for the future”

Three U23 Liga NOS talents from outside the Big 3

This article focuses on three players in Liga NOS, who are U23 and plying their trade for a club outside of the big 3. *Wenderson Galeno is contracted to Porto but is currently playing for Rio Ave Liga NOS is a league that is full to the brim with young Portuguese talent, with a largeContinue reading “Three U23 Liga NOS talents from outside the Big 3”

The Beginners Guide to Bruno Fernandes

Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes’ performances so far this season, have seen the 24-year-old Portuguese international linked with a whole host of elite European clubs, the latest club to be linked with Fernandes is Manchester United, who have apparently made ‘contact’ with the Portuguese club in relation to their captain. Fernandes spent his time as aContinue reading “The Beginners Guide to Bruno Fernandes”

The Bright Future of Benfica

SL Benfica’s terrific display at home against Galatasaray was important for a number of reasons, firstly it was the Lisbon sides first ever victory in Turkey. It was the perfect way to put their Champions League exit behind them, but perhaps most importantly, the match was significant because it highlighted just how bright the futureContinue reading “The Bright Future of Benfica”