Próxima Jornada Player of the Week: Ryan Gauld

This weeks edition of Próxima Jornada Player of the Week is scooped by SC Farense’s Ryan Gauld! The 24-year-old Scottish attacker netted his first ever career hat-trick against Académico Viseu, helping his side to a 3-1 win which sees SC Farense sit 2nd, level on points with Nacional at the top of LigaPro, Portugal’s second tier. Gauld netted twice from the penalty spot and once … Continue reading Próxima Jornada Player of the Week: Ryan Gauld

UEFA Fifty for the Future: Portuguese Picks

UEFA today released their Fifty for the Future. Each year, UEFA asks its European correspondents to compile a list of 50 young footballers to look out for in the coming year. This years edition, as expected, features many Portuguese talents to keep an eye out for over the course of the second half of the 2019/20 season and the beginning of the 2020/21 season. Last … Continue reading UEFA Fifty for the Future: Portuguese Picks

A Decade in Portuguese Football: A Statistical View

From January 1st 2010 to December 31st 2019, Portuguese football has witnessed a lot and will go down as one of the most memorable in the history of this nation. Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada takes a statistical look at Portuguese football, both at domestic level and the national team. (All records and statistics are correct from January 1st 2010 to December 31st 2019) Primeira … Continue reading A Decade in Portuguese Football: A Statistical View

Gedson Fernandes: The Latest Gem from Seixal

(This article was first produced for Breaking The Lines by Aaron Barton (Proxima Jornada in March 2019) Gedson Fernandes: The latest gem from Benfica’s academy With recent transfer speculation linking Gedson Fernandes with several elite European clubs, let’s take a closer look at the man making waves for Benfica in Liga NOS. Yet another fine product of Benfica’s famed Seixal academy, the São Tomé and … Continue reading Gedson Fernandes: The Latest Gem from Seixal

4 Portuguese Teams Qualify: Europa League Roundup

A fantastic night tonight for Portuguese football and in particular the Primeira Liga sides. FC Porto’s progression into the Round of 32 means that they join SL Benfica (who have dropped down from the UEFA Champions League), SC Braga and Sporting CP in the knockout stages of the competition. SC Braga’s 2-4 victory away in Bratislava tonight means that they have won their group, finishing … Continue reading 4 Portuguese Teams Qualify: Europa League Roundup

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 Europe for their performances in the last calendar year. João becomes … Continue 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 strengthen its coefficient lead over Russia. Portuguese teams are at an … Continue 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 FC Famalicão, the club formed in 1931 in Vila Nova de … Continue 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. Benfica sit fifth in Liga NOS and have just lost … 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 and European U19 champion, Florentino is by no means a stranger … Continue reading Florentino Luís: The Report