Portuguese League Cup semi-finals: Benfica and Sporting book a Taça da Liga blockbuster

Lisbon giants oust Boavista and Santa ClaraThis week’s Taça da Liga semi-finals saw the favourites win through against the underdogs to set up the expected final, on Saturday night, but neither Benfica nor Sporting had it all their own way. The Final Four phase of the competition, this season being

Long Ball Futebol Podcast: Braga beat Sporting, Porto excel and Vitória progress in the fight for Europe

In this week’s Long Ball Futebol podcast Albert and Barney discuss all the latest transfer news, including Kevin Mirallas joining his old manager Ricardo Sá Pinto at Moreirense, and talented midfielder Stephen Eustáquio reinforcing Porto’s midfield.We talk through all the Primeira Liga action from J

“Ronaldo didn’t act like a superstar” – Juventus stalwarts Chiellini, Bonucci praise Portugal captain’s humility

Long-serving Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have been discussing Cristiano Ronaldo this week, with the pair agreeing that the Portuguese has an off-field manner which would surprise many people.Ronaldo left Juventus last September after three seasons in Turin, where Bonucc

PortuGOAL Figure of the Week: Cassiano kickstarts Vizela revival

Another weekend of Portuguese Primeira Liga action saw a considerable shift in the title race as defending champions fell to another surprising defeat, allowing rivals Porto to open up a six point gap at the summit.Vitória Guimarães arrested some poor form to move into the top six, while Santa Clara

Portuguese Abroad goals round-up: Sérgio Oliveira hitting the ground running in Rome; Moutinho, Neves guide Wolves to victory; Danilo scores in PSG win; Carvalho continues to shine with Fulham

Sérgio Oliveira is enjoying a dream start to life in Italy with José Mourinho’s Roma. The Portuguese midfielder followed up his debut goal from last weekend with another – plus an assist – as the Giallorossi cruised to a 4-2 victory at Empoli on Sunday night.The other main headline makers this weeke

Porto go six clear following Sporting stumble as Benfica reunite with winning feeling

Sporting have conceded more ground in the race for the Primeira Liga title after their 2-1 loss at home to Braga was met by a FC Porto 3-1 victory at home to Famalicão.The Lions saw a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 defeat at the Alvalade after a late Jean-Baptiste Gorby goal for Braga, registering 'the Gr

Long Ball Futebol Podcast: Chiquinho joins Wolves, Porto thump B-SAD, and Marítimo show their ugly side

On this week’s Long Ball Futebol podcast Albert and Barney discuss the latest news from the January transfer window as Chiquinho joins Wolves from Estoril-Praia, and Jesús Corona joins Sevilla from Porto.We also get stuck into the action from this week’s Primeira Liga fixtures, as Porto come from be

Fábio Carvalho taking star role as Marco Silva’s free-scoring Fulham lead Championship

Fulham 6-2 Birmingham CityIt has been a remarkable start to 2022 for Marco Silva’s Fulham in the English Championship. Having successfully navigated the third round of the FA Cup, the Cottagers have a 100% league record in New Year – scoring an astonishing 19 goals in three matches so far since the

PortuGOAL Figure of the Week: Excellent Evanilson keeps Porto top of the Portuguese pile

The majority of Liga Bwin 2021/22’s eighteenth round of fixtures took place this weekend in a draw-heavy set of matches. In-form Boavista and Gil Vicente cancelled each other out to begin the action, while Benfica lost ground in the title race after being held by a newly-managed Moreirense.Marítimo

Portuguese Abroad goals round-up: Rafael Leão strengthens Portugal case; Bruno Fernandes back to form with double; André Silva keeps scoring in Bundesliga; Carvalho helps Fulham promotion push

Rafael Leão is pushing for a greater role in Portugal’s World Cup qualifying play-off after another goal for AC Milan in Serie A on Monday night. The former Sporting forward now has three goals and two assists in his last four matches for his team, and was regarded as the best player on the pitch de