Wolves Target Daniel Podence: A Player Profile

Over the last couple of hours/days, Wolves’ interest in Daniel Podence has gone from strength to strength, with the latest news being that the Midlands club are ‘close’ to securing a deal with Olympiakos for the 24-year-old attacker. Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada takes a closer look at Daniel Podence and what Wolves fans be getting, does he sign for Nuno’s side. Career Beginnings Born … Continue reading Wolves Target Daniel Podence: A Player Profile

The Resurgence of Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches, still at just 22 years of age, is currently playing some of the best football of his career. Dynamic, energetic, intelligent and technically proficient, he is putting in performances for Lille that are once again drawing widespread attention to the boy-wonder that lit up Europe as a 19-year-old. Renato Sanches is back and with a point to prove. Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada … Continue reading The Resurgence of Renato Sanches

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

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

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

CR700: Cristiano Ronaldo hits 700 career goals

Another match, another milestone met for Portugal’s top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo. Monday 14th October 2019 marks the date that Cristiano hit 700 career goals, with a penalty against Ukraine in a 2-1 defeat for his nation. An absolutely extraordinary feat, courtesy of an even more extraordinary talent. The man from Madeira continues to break records, even as he travels through his 30s. At 34, Cristiano is … Continue reading CR700: Cristiano Ronaldo hits 700 career goals

Gonçalo Cardoso: The Interview

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for Gonçalo Cardoso. Firstly, he was thrown straight into the Boavista first team to cover an injury which resulted in him playing 16 straight games in the Primeira Liga. Clubs around Europe began to take note of his performances at both club and youth international level, until one club in particular, West Ham United, came calling with an … Continue reading Gonçalo Cardoso: The Interview

The Portuguese Abroad: Where are they?

Portuguese football is forever expanding and Portuguese footballers are everywhere! Whilst the biggest concentration of Portuguese players is naturally in Portugal, Europe is also filled with Portuguese talents both young and established, internationally capped and uncapped. What league has the most Portuguese players? I have used the TransferMarkt official database to categorise all of the Portuguese players who are active in Europe’s top 10 leagues … Continue reading The Portuguese Abroad: Where are they?

The Jorge Jesus Revolution

With Flamengo currently perched atop of the Brasileiro Série A, Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada looks at the impact Jorge Jesus is having in charge of the Rubro-Negro. When the 65-year old Amadora native decided it was time to rejoin the managerial workforce, it was met with a raft of disconcertment, particularly from the Brazilian media. Questions were asked about whether it was the right … Continue reading The Jorge Jesus Revolution

Gonçalo Cardoso signs for West Ham United

Gonçalo Cardoso has today put pen to paper on a 5-year deal taking him from Boavista FC to the East End of London. Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada looks at who Gonçalo Cardoso is and gives West Ham supporters an insight into what they can expect from their new signing. Cardoso had his first taste of senior football in the 18/19 season, making his debut … Continue reading Gonçalo Cardoso signs for West Ham United

Bruno Jordão and Pedro Neto sign for Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday announced the double-signing of Portuguese duo Bruno Jordão and Pedro Neto! I was recently asked to answer a few, short questions on both players for an Italian based Lazio publication. I have transcriped the interview below to give any Wolves fans a quick idea of their new signings! 1.   What are your initial thoughts about the players? What kind of player are they? … Continue reading Bruno Jordão and Pedro Neto sign for Wolves