João Félix: Golden Boy Winner 2019

João Félix today won the Golden Boy award, capping off his fantastic season with SL Benfica. He beat off competition from 2nd placed Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund and 3rd placed Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen. The award was created by Tutto Sport in 2003 and is awarded to the best U21 player in EuropeContinue reading “João Félix: Golden Boy Winner 2019”

UEFA Coefficient Rankings: Portugal overtake Russia

Following SL Benfica’s 2-1 victory over French side Lyon, Portugal has overtaken Russia in the coefficient rankings, jumping from 7th into 6th place. Thursday’s European fixtures sees FC Porto, SC Braga, Vitoria SC and Sporting CP all in action in the Europa League. Decent results from the Portuguese sides will see hopefully see Portugal strengthenContinue reading “UEFA Coefficient Rankings: Portugal overtake Russia”

FC Famalicão: A Positive Start

While it is still really, really early in the season, over the past couple of weeks I couldn’t help but watch with keen interest at the progress Famalicão are making and have made so far and ultimately thought it more than fitting to take a closer look at their start to the 2019/20 campaign. For FCContinue reading “FC Famalicão: A Positive Start”

Benfica Are Champions: Bruno Lage and How the Title Was Won

Benfica’s victory over Santa Clara today, confirmed the 37th Primeira Liga title for the Lisbon giants. However, this season has not always been plain sailing, Próxima Jornada looks at the 2018/19 campaign and how they managed to wrestle the league title back from rivals FC Porto. Turn back the clocks to Sunday November 11th, 2018.Continue reading “Benfica Are Champions: Bruno Lage and How the Title Was Won”

Florentino Luís: The Report

Following a fantastic breakthrough campaign for SL Benfica, Florentino Luís has sprung from youth football into the minds and mouths of football fans and journalists across the globe. Próxima Jornada looks closely at Florentino Luis and analyses his campaign thus far. Part of the illustrious Portugal age group that are current European U17 champions andContinue reading “Florentino Luís: The Report”

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”