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

Ryan Gauld: The Interview

On November 8th, newly-promoted SC Farense secured their first win of the season, a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Vasco Seabra’s Boavista. The talisman for Farense that day and indeed for the last 18 months, Ryan Gauld. A player who was catapulted into the headlines at just 16-years-old and dubbed “mini-Messi” in his native Scotland, the 24-year-old talent has found his feet at Farense where he … Continue reading Ryan Gauld: The Interview

2020 Quinas de Ouro Winners Announced

The 2020 Quinas de Ouro winners were announced today by the FPF (Federação Portuguesa de Futebol). The awards ceremony recognises the work done by Portuguese athletes and coaches during the 2019/20 season and is organised by A Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF), do Sindicato dos Jogadores Profissionais de Futebol (SJPF) and da Associação Nacional de Treinadores de Futebol (ANTF). This seasons edition of the Quinas … Continue reading 2020 Quinas de Ouro Winners Announced

Six of the Best in Primeira Liga: The Top Performing U23 Talents So Far

As with any Primeira Liga season, we are seeing young gems come to the fore and impress with their performances. Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada looks at the top six under-23 performers so far this season based on their average WhoScored ranking. Key: Name – Age – Club – Nationality – Position – WhoScored rating out of 10. Pedro ‘Pote’ Gonçalves – 22 – Sporting … Continue reading Six of the Best in Primeira Liga: The Top Performing U23 Talents So Far

Portugal’s New Golden Generation

A Seleção, Portugal’s national team, is currently enjoying the best period in its 99-year history. Fernando Santos’ men are the current European champions, UEFA Nations League champions and have one of the best squads in world football both in terms of quality and depth. However, even after all of the glory and ecstasy of the previous four years, there is a strong feeling in Portugal … Continue reading Portugal’s New Golden Generation

Fans to Return for Porto, Braga and Benfica in Europe

The FPF (Federação Portuguesa de Futebol) today announced that there are to be pilot test games in the country this month. The Federation has held several meetings with the Ministry of Health and the Health Authority regarding the return of fans into stadiums and for the upcoming games, all three clubs could have a maximum of 15 percent of the capacity in the stadium. The … Continue reading Fans to Return for Porto, Braga and Benfica in Europe

Florentino Luís to Monaco: The Expert’s View with Julien Laurens

Earlier this month, midfield prodigy Florentino Luís left Benfica for AS Monaco on a season long loan. After a difficult 2019/20 season that saw him start just eight games, the U17 and U20 European champion arrives in France looking for an increase in his playing time in order to aid his development and fulfil his enormous potential. Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada caught up with … Continue reading Florentino Luís to Monaco: The Expert’s View with Julien Laurens

Primeira Liga Match Set to Have Fans in Stadium

CD Santa Clara v Gil Vicente is scheduled to be the first Primeira Liga match of the 2020/21 season to have fans in the stadium. It will be the first time supporters are permitted entry to a football stadium for a professional match since March and it will work as a pilot game. The Direção Regional de Saúde (DRS) approved the presence of the public … Continue reading Primeira Liga Match Set to Have Fans in Stadium

Rúben Dias Joins Manchester City, Otamendi Goes the Other Way

SL Benfica tonight officially announced the departure of 23-year-old central defender Rúben Dias. The Portuguese international joins Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City for an initial €68 million, with another €3.6 million in performance-based add-ons. The Seixal product all but confirmed his departure last night both in his goal celebration and his words in a post-match interview. Dias wore the captain’s armband for the night, a symbolic … Continue reading Rúben Dias Joins Manchester City, Otamendi Goes the Other Way

Europa League Play-off Draw | Sporting CP & Rio Ave

The UEFA Europa League Play-off draw took place earlier today, with Sporting CP and Rio Ave being the two Portuguese sides involved. The play-off is the FINAL qualifying stage in the Europa League and victory in this one-legged tie would see the side proceed into the group stages. There are already two Portuguese sides who are qualified for the group stages, SL Benfica and SC … Continue reading Europa League Play-off Draw | Sporting CP & Rio Ave