Lisbon duo into Europa League last 16 after draws: Atalanta and Rangers awais
02/23/2024

Benfica 0-0 Toulouse; Sporting 1-1 Young BoysFirst-leg wins proved decisive as Benfica and Sporting both negotiated the second leg of their playoff ties to make it through to the next round of the Europa League tonight.Benfica missed several chances to take a first-half lead in France, then survived

Braga’s Europa League campaign ends despite a 3-2 extra time win against Qarabag
02/22/2024

Braga have been eliminated from the Europa League after a thrilling 3-2 extra time win against Qarabag.Down 4-2 after the first leg, the Warriors were given a helping hand in the 57th minute when Elvin Cafarquliyev was sent off.The Portuguese club made it count, Roger Fernandes controlling and conve

Was João Félix really worth €126 million?
02/22/2024

In 2019, a teenage football prodigy left his home team in a record-breaking transfer. Of course, we’re talking about João Félix, the Portuguese sensation who danced through defences with the grace of a seasoned maestro. He made headlines 2019 when he moved from Benfica to Atlético Madrid in exchange

Late Galeno strike sees Porto beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Champions League
02/21/2024

Porto have the advantage in the Champions League Round of 16 after beating Arsenal 1-0 at Estádio do Dragão.The Gunners asserted their authority on the ball early on but failed to do anything meaningful with it. Galeno hit the post in the 21st minute before sending the follow up wide.The Dragons con

Disrupting the elite: Jose Mourinho’s success as FC Porto Manager
02/21/2024

In the annals of football history, certain managerial tenures stand out as being genuinely transformative. One such moment in time was Jose Mourinho’s reign at FC Porto. Tasked with leading a major Portuguese club - one that had not succeeded in Europe in almost fifteen years prior to his arrival -

Long Ball Futebol Podcast: Pressure mounts on Sérgio Conceição and Artur Jorge
02/21/2024

Albert & Barney are back to discuss Jornada 22 of the 2023/24 Primeira Liga season.Whilst it was wins all round for the top four, all is not as it seems for Braga and Porto who both have clouds hanging over them and their managers, whereas down in Lisbon things are sunnier as Sporting and Benfica co

Fulham admit talisman João Palhinha could transfer for the right price
02/21/2024

Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has been discussing the future of inspirational Portuguese international João Palhinha, as speculation again mounts over a big move for the midfielder at the end of the season.Palhinha has been in tremendous form again for Marco Silva’s side in the Premier League this

Portugal legend Rui Patrício to leave Roma on a free transfer – report
02/21/2024

Veteran Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patrício will be a free agent this summer as he comes to the end of his three-year contract with AS Roma.36-year-old Patrício has recently lost his starting spot at Roma following the departure of José Mourinho, with new boss Daniele de Rossi switching his preferenc

Early goals see Sporting ease past Moreirense to go back top
02/20/2024

Moreirense 0-2 Sporting A strong first-half display and a near perfect defensive performance resulted in a 2-0 victory for Sporting at high-flying Moreirense.Hidemasa Morita and Pedro Gonçalves put the Lions two goals up midway through the first half and a dominant Sporting could have increased thei

In-form Portugal forward Jota struck by injury; not at risk for Euros – report
02/19/2024

Diogo Jota has been cruelly stopped amid sensational recent form at Liverpool by an injury to his knee, but early reports suggest the forward hopes to play again this season.Jota suffered the damage when Brentford midfielder Christian Norgaard landed on his leg after the pair tussled for possession