Portuguese Abroad: Rafael Leão on the goal trail; Pedro Neto makes Lazio bow; Rony Lopes recovery continues; vital wins for Gomes, Silva in England; Cardoso suffering in Spain

With many European leagues still on their winter break, the focus has largely been on some of the continent’s major countries as they navigate a packed fixture list, and as usual Portuguese involvement was strong again this weekend.Rafael Leão is becoming an important figure with Lille in France and

PortuGOAL Figure of the Week: Tiago Fernandes masterminds vital victory for Chaves

Liga NOS officially reached the halfway point this weekend in a round of matches that was ultimately a little short on goals and excitement. Sporting and Porto weren’t able to raise pulses too high in drawing their ‘Clássico’ 0-0, a result that Benfica were able to capitalise on by beating Santa Cla

Sporting and FC Porto settle for goalless Clássico at Alvalade

Sporting 0-0 FC PortoSporting and FC Porto failed to go beyond a 0-0 draw in their first meeting of the 2018/19 season, as the Lions welcomed the league leaders for a rare afternoon kick-off at the Alvalade.A very tight first-half with minimal chances set the tone for a disciplined outing from the t

Benfica see off Santa Clara to go second; Portimonense hold Braga

Benfica continue to benefit from the feel-good factor under interim coach Bruno Lage.The Eagles comfortably saw off Santa Clara, winning 2-0 in the Azores and moving up to second in the standings after Braga became the latest top side to drop points against Portimonense in the Algarve, a 1-1 draw en

Sporting v Porto preview

This weekend the Primeira Liga reaches the exact halfway stage, and the standout fixture takes place in the Portuguese capital on Saturday afternoon as Sporting Clube de Portugal host FC Porto.A win for the visitors will almost certainly extinguish Sporting’s hopes of ending their long barren spell

Pepe delight at Porto return

Portugal centre-back Pepe has returned to FC Porto, signing a contract until 2021 at the Estádio do Dragão. The 35-year-old won two championship titles, an Intercontinental Cup, a Portuguese Cup and two Super Cups in his first spell at the club, before moving to Real Madrid for €30 million euros.“It

Portuguese bosses: Rui Vitória heads to Saudi Arabia to renew Jesus rivalry as Mourinho to Real Madrid rumours grow

Rui Vitoria has wasted little time finding himself a new job after leaving Benfica last week. The Portuguese manager is set to sign an 18-month deal with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, in a move that will see him once again in direct competition with Jorge Jesus.Meanwhile, reports from Spain suggest t

PortuGOAL Figure of the Week: Tomané’s sensational strike stuns Sporting

Week 16 of Liga NOS produced some interesting encounters as Porto continued their remarkable winning streak with victory over Nacional, Benfica came from two goals down to defeat Rio Ave and Belenenses and Moreirense each picked up valuable wins to maintain their fine runs of form.The shock result o

Sporting stumble as Porto strengthen lead ahead of Clássico; Benfica’s new lease of life; Braga go second

FC Porto have pulled six points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga table after Tondela produced the upset of Matchday 16 with a 2-1 win against Sporting, formerly in second place.The Lions’ second consecutive away defeat saw them concede ground to the Liga NOS holders, who in response were able t

FA Cup: Rúben Neves the hero as Nuno’s Wolves beat Liverpool

Portugal midfielder Rúben Neves scored with a trademark long-range shot to put Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers into the next round of the FA Cup at the expense of Liverpool.Diogo Jota returned to action for Wolves and also made important contributions in the final match of the competit