Portugal tasked with overcoming Turkey and Italy to get to Qatar World Cup 2022

Tough World Cup playoff draw for SeleçãoEver since the Seleção failed to win their World Cup qualifying group and were relegated into the playoffs, the overriding feeling was that avoiding Italy was paramount. But Portugal’s strange propensity to land the toughest possible draw struck again, as Fern

Dany Mota: Portugal U21 star finding form in Serie B talks training with Ronaldo, growing in Italy…and which Portuguese club he supports

Dany Mota is in a good run of form in Italy’s Serie B with Monza, and the Portuguese youth international spoke to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport early this week.Born in Luxembourg, Mota has been a regular for Portugal at U21 level, where he has scored 7 times from 16 appearances for Rui J

Sensational Rúben Amorim continues to work his magic

In less than two years as a top-flight head coach Rúben Amorim has won the league cup at Braga, led Sporting to their first championship triumph in 19 years (in addition to winning the league cup again) and has now steered the Lions into the Champions League last 16 for only the second time in the c

Long Ball Futebol Podcast: Portuguese Cup special

It’s a Taça de Portugal special on this week’s episode of Long Ball Futebol, as Albert and Barney discuss some of the best moments from a weekend of cup football.There’s a strong focus on Leça and USC Paredes, the two Campeonato de Portugal (fourth tier) clubs who progress to the next round, with Le

Sporting fire into Champions League last 16 while defeat versus Liverpool leaves Porto on hold

Sporting have made it into the round of Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after defeating ten-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at the Alvalade.The Lions cruised into half-time with a two-goal lead, courtesy of a Pedro Gonçalves double before a straight red card from Emre Can set the hosts on their way t

“An incredible feeling” – André Silva follows Ronaldo’s lead with Champions League strike [video]

Two of Portugal’s top marksmen were on-target in the Champions League this week, with André Silva joining Cristiano Ronaldo in showing his best form in Europe’s premier club competition.Ronaldo was again decisive on Tuesday as manager-less Manchester United booked their place in the knockouts with a

Europa League: Rui Vitória defeats Spalletti again as handshake drama takes new turn [video]

Spartak Moscow 2-1 NapoliUnder-pressure Spartak Moscow coach Rui Vitória led his side to an impressive 2-1 victory over Italians Napoli in the Russian capital on Wednesday, giving Spartak genuine hope of progressing from a tough group in the Europa League.Vitória has seen question marks over his fut

Will Portugal make it to the 2022 World Cup finals?

The recent international break was more important than usual, because they were the final games in the group stages of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. A number of teams have already booked their place at the tournament, such as Brazil, Argentina, England, Spain, Netherlands, and host nation Qatar

Who have been the best Portuguese performers in the English Premier League?

Whether we’re talking any time in the last two decades or just this season, there has been a plethora of talented footballers from Portugal in the Premier League with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho and Nani to name a few legendary Portuguese players. That there are many incredibly

Bitter-sweet draw for Benfica in Barcelona

Barcelona 0-0 BenficaBenfica put in a fine performance to earn a goalless draw against Barcelona in a match played under torrential rain in Catalonia yesterday.Despite the lack of goals there was no lack of excitement. Each team had a goal ruled out on marginal decisions, both goalkeepers made fine