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 hisContinue reading “Florentino Luís to Monaco: The Expert’s View with Julien Laurens”

Every Portuguese Player to Score in the Premier League

This article is from the 2020/21 season. The scoring tally will be updated weekly. With the likes of Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes and Pedro Neto starting the 2020/21 season strongly, Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada takes a look at every Portuguese player to score in the Premier League, with insight and clips of some ofContinue reading “Every Portuguese Player to Score in the Premier League”

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.Continue reading “Rúben Dias Joins Manchester City, Otamendi Goes the Other Way”

Diogo Jota signs for Liverpool FC

Diogo Jota tonight completed his transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Liverpool FC. The 23-year-old attacker has signed a five-year-deal at the Merseyside club for an initial £41 million, rising to £45 million in add-ons according to Liverpool FC journalist James Pearce. The Portuguese international initially signed for Wolves on a loan from Atlético Madrid. HisContinue reading “Diogo Jota signs for Liverpool FC”

Wolves target Vitór Ferreira: All You Need to Know

Just two days after their capture of FC Porto golden boy Fábio Silva, Wolves are once again shopping at the Dragão, this time for 20-year-old midfielder Vitór Ferreira aka Vitinha. The rumours are that Vitinha will join on an initial loan with an option to buy at the end of the season for just €20Continue reading “Wolves target Vitór Ferreira: All You Need to Know”

Wolves’ New Signing Fábio Silva: The Lowdown

Wolverhampton Wanderers have officially announced the signing of 18-year-old Fábio Silva for a club record fee rumoured to be €40 million euros. Here is the lowdown on one of the brightest young players in world football. The Lowdown 18-year-old Silva is a product of the FC Porto academy, playing for the junior Dragãoes since 2010,Continue reading “Wolves’ New Signing Fábio Silva: The Lowdown”

Eight Portuguese talents up for Golden Boy 2020

TuttoSport yesterday cut their 100 man shortlist for the Golden Boy 2020 award down to 60 players. The award was first launched in 2003 by the Italian TuttoSport, the winner of the inaugural prize was Rafael Van Der Vaart. Several newspapers across Europe participate in the voting, with ABola being Portugal’s representative. Portugal has experiencedContinue reading “Eight Portuguese talents up for Golden Boy 2020”

Bruno Lage to take over at Aston Villa?

According to reports from television channel SportTV in Portugal, ex-SL Benfica manager Bruno Lage is close to taking over the managerial position at Aston Villa. Sport TV’s source claims negotiations between the manager and the Midlands club are at an “advanced” stage. Dean Smith is currently at the helm at Villa Park and today guaranteedContinue reading “Bruno Lage to take over at Aston Villa?”

Joelson Fernandes: The Lowdown

The 17-year-old wizard has been drawing attention across Europe for well over a year now and for good reason. The latest club to show interest and perhaps the club whose interest is the most concrete to date, is Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. His release clause currently sits at €45 million, however, with his contract expiring inContinue reading “Joelson Fernandes: The Lowdown”

Pep Guardiola Delighted with João Cancelo Transformation

João Cancelo started and played 90 minutes for Manchester City yesterday, for just the twelfth time in the Premier League. Cancelo, who put in a terrific shift operating as a left-back, has often been a point of discussion this season particularly in regards to his lack of game time under Pep Guardiola and possible unhappinessContinue reading “Pep Guardiola Delighted with João Cancelo Transformation”

Heavy Portuguese involvement in Europa League draw

Despite there being no Portuguese teams left in this seasons edition of the UEFA Europa League, there is still serious Portuguese involvement in the competition in the form of both players and management. Shakhtar or Wolfsburg v Basel or Frankfurt Shakhtar Donestk, currently under the management of Luís Castro have recently won the Ukrainian PremierContinue reading “Heavy Portuguese involvement in Europa League draw”

Champions League Draw with a Portuguese Twist

The quarter finals for the UEFA Champions League were revealed earlier. With many Portuguese players still active in the competition and Lisbon being used as the destination for the quarter-finals onward. Manchester City (🇵🇹 Bernardo Silva & João Cancelo) or Real Madrid v Juventus (🇵🇹Ronaldo) or Lyon (🇵🇹 Anthony Lopes) RB Leipzig v Atléti (🇵🇹Continue reading “Champions League Draw with a Portuguese Twist”