UEFA Draws Made For Benfica, Paços and Santa Clara

The draws for the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League were made today in Nyon, with Portuguese interest in two of the three competitions. With Sporting (UCL), Porto (UCL) and Braga (UEL) already qualified for the group stages of their respective competitions, the potential qualification of Benfica (UCL), Paços (UECL) and Santa Clara (UECL) could see SIX Portuguese … Continue reading UEFA Draws Made For Benfica, Paços and Santa Clara

Fans Set To Return To Stadiums In Portugal

Liga Portugal have announced in a statement that stadiums at the professional level in Portugal will start at 33% capacity next season. “The General Directorate of Health will soon publish all the rules and conditions for public access to the stadiums, agreed today with the Liga Portugal, highlighting that professional competitions will start with the possibility of 33% capacity in the venues, Ticket holders must … Continue reading Fans Set To Return To Stadiums In Portugal

“No Longer Part of The Squad” Tarantini Leaves Rio Ave After 13 Years

Club captain Tarantini has left Rio Ave after 13 years at the club. “This was not the expected outcome or one that I ever imagined” In an announcement on his social media page, Tarantini confirmed that his departure from the club was due to being told by the club’s president that he was not considered an option for the squad for the upcoming season. Rio … Continue reading “No Longer Part of The Squad” Tarantini Leaves Rio Ave After 13 Years

NINE Portuguese Players Nominated for Golden Boy 2021

The list of the 100 nominees for the 2021 edition of the Golden Boy award has been released by Italian newspaper TuttoSport. The winner is voted for by a panel of sports journalists who work at newspapers across Europe. The newspapers included in the voting are L’Equipe (France), ABOLA (Portugal), Marca (Spain), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), The Times (UK), Sport Express (Russia), France Football (France), Bild … Continue reading NINE Portuguese Players Nominated for Golden Boy 2021

Liga 3 Participants Confirmed

The teams that will participate in Liga 3, the new third tier in Portuguese football, are now known! We recently published a piece on Liga 3, giving you everything you need to know about this new division and the wider repercussions it will have on the structure of Portuguese football, you can read this here. The division, which sits below Liga SABSEG (second division) and … Continue reading Liga 3 Participants Confirmed

Sporting CP – Primeira Liga Champions 2020/21

Sporting CP are officially champions of Portugal!Rúben Amorim’s side ran out 1-0 victors over Boavista courtesy of a Paulinho goal. It is the club’s first Primeira Liga title since the 2001/02 season, ending a 19 year Liga drought. As things stand, Sporting are on course to complete an invincible season as they remain unbeaten (25 won 7 drawn) with two Jornada’s remaining. It is also … Continue reading Sporting CP – Primeira Liga Champions 2020/21

Everything You Need to Know About LIGA 3

The Portuguese pyramid system is changing from the 2021/22 season, with the integration of a new division, LIGA 3. Read on for a full explanation of the Liga, how promotion and relegation works and everything else you need to know. LIGA 3, a brand new league which will sandwich itself between the current second (Liga SABSEG) and third (Campeonato de Portugal) tiers of Portuguese football, … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About LIGA 3

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 season has been no different. Nuno Mendes, Gustavo Assunção, Manuel Ugarte … Continue reading Into The 21st Century – The Numbers Behind The Youth Talent in Liga NOS

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 half under Rúben Amorim, have been noted for how many chances … Continue reading Four Portuguese Players in GOAL NXGN Top 50 Wonderkids List

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). Even better possible news is that, if the cases in Portugal … Continue reading Portuguese Government Announce Return to Stadium Plans

Futebol Feminino – On The Rise!

Many facets of women’s football in Europe’s most western country are on the rise. In this debut piece for Próxima Jornada, I will analyse various areas of improvement in the women’s game.  Attendances, the new league format and the development of the Seleção Feminino (Portugal’s National Womens Team) are all on the agenda. This rise has, of course, been halted by the Coronavirus crisis. However, the improving state of women’s … Continue reading Futebol Feminino – On The Rise!

Estoril Praia – On Their Way Up

Seven seasons ago this small club from Estoril, a town 15 miles east of Lisbon, finished in fourth place in Portugal’s top-flight under the tutelage of Marco Silva, making it the clubs highest ever Primeira Liga finish. Just four years later, they finished rock bottom in the Liga and dropped once more to the Segunda Liga. For the last two seasons, the club attempted to … Continue reading Estoril Praia – On Their Way Up