Paulo Fonseca off to ‘perfect start’ in France with Lille
08/08/2022

Paulo Fonseca off to ‘perfect start’ in France with Lille

Lille 4-1 AuxerrePortuguese boss Paulo Fonseca admits he could not have asked for a better debut as coach in Ligue 1, after watching his Lille side hammer newly-promoted Auxerre at the weekend.Lille, who finished 10th last season, hosted Auxerre at the Venue Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday with Tiago

S Sean Gillen
Porto punish Marítimo 5-1 to make a winning start in the Primeira Liga
08/07/2022

Porto punish Marítimo 5-1 to make a winning start in the Primeira Liga

Porto made a promising start to their Primeira Liga title defence with a routine 5-1 win against Marítimo. Mehdi Taremi netted twice in the first half with Evanilson getting in on the act to establish a 3-0 lead at the break.The Madeiran club had a night to forget on the mainland with further goals

M Matthew Marshall
Vizela deservedly defeat Rio Ave 1-0 in the Primeira Liga
08/06/2022

Vizela deservedly defeat Rio Ave 1-0 in the Primeira Liga

Rio Ave’s return to the Primeira Liga ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Vizela. Nuno Moreira scored the match winning goal in the 66th minute to secure a well deserved victory for the visitors.The Vila do Conde club failed to fashion a shot on target, saw seven players booked, manager Luís

M Matthew Marshall
Benfica maintain positive momentum with 4-0 win over Arouca in season opener
08/06/2022

Benfica maintain positive momentum with 4-0 win over Arouca in season opener

The Roger Schmidt bandwagon rolls on. After 5/5 wins in preseason, Benfica followed up their 4-1 win over Midtjylland in the Champions League in midweek with a 4-0 drubbing of Arouca in the inaugural match of the 2022/23 Primeira Liga season.First-half goals from Gilberto, Rafa Silva and Enzo Fernán

T Tom Kundert
Renato Sanches joins PSG: “I’m sure I made the right decision”
08/05/2022

Renato Sanches joins PSG: “I’m sure I made the right decision”

Paris Saint-Germain announced the signing of Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches on Thursday, and the former Benfica man says many factors contributed to his choice to join the French champions.Sanches had long been tipped to join AC Milan until PSG entered the race earlier this summer, with new spor

S Sean Gillen
Porto snap up Estoril midfielder André Franco
08/05/2022

Porto snap up Estoril midfielder André Franco

FC Porto have bought André Franco from Estoril for €4 million. The 24-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract at the Estádio do Dragão.It is Porto’s third signing of the close season, after the purchases of David Carmo and Gabriel Veron. Franco began his career in the youth ranks of Spor

T Tom Kundert
Long Ball Futebol podcast: 2022/23 Primeira Liga season preview
08/04/2022

Long Ball Futebol podcast: 2022/23 Primeira Liga season preview

With the new Primeira Liga season about to kick off, Barney & Albert are back with another series of the Long Ball Futebol Podcast, and what better way to kick things off than with a Season Preview Show.In a marathon 3-parter, the boys cover every team from the Primeira Liga, assess their transfer w

T Tom Kundert
The big Primeira Liga kick-off!
08/03/2022

The big Primeira Liga kick-off!

The wait is almost over. The Primeira Liga kicks off on Friday night at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, as Benfica host Arouca in the inaugural match of the 2022/23 Bwin Liga season.Ten months from now, in what will be a highly unusual World Cup interrupted season, who will be crowned champions of Por

T Tom Kundert
Riga 1-1 Gil Vicente - Boselli brilliance in the Europa Conference League
08/03/2022

Riga 1-1 Gil Vicente - Boselli brilliance in the Europa Conference League

Gil Vicente’s European debut ended in a morale boosting 1-1 draw against Riga in the UEFA Europa Conference League third qualifying round first leg.The Latvian club deserved their half time lead after Douglas Aurélio’s opener, but the second half was a different story.The Gilistas dominated after th

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Gonçalo Ramos hits hat-trick as Benfica outclass Midtjylland
08/02/2022

Gonçalo Ramos hits hat-trick as Benfica outclass Midtjylland

Benfica 4-1 MidtjyllandIt was a highly satisfactory first competitive match of the season for Benfica who ran out 4-1 winners against Danish outfit Midtjylland in the first leg of the Champions League 3rd qualifying round in Lisbon tonight.Young Portuguese striker Gonçalo Ramos scored a hat-trick, A

T Tom Kundert
Champions League: Benfica v FC Midtjylland preview
07/31/2022

Champions League: Benfica v FC Midtjylland preview

It feels like a fresh start for Benfica. For the first time in nearly two decades the Eagles begin the season with a new president in place, the Luís Filipe Vieira era over, replaced by club legend Rui Costa. For the first time since 2008 the Lisbon club have a foreign coach in the dugout, with Germ

T Tom Kundert
Porto beat Tondela 3-0 in the Portuguese Super Cup
07/31/2022

Porto beat Tondela 3-0 in the Portuguese Super Cup

Porto added another trophy to the cabinet after a routine 3-0 win against Tondela in the Super Cup. Mehdi Taremi and Evanilson scored within three minutes to establish a 2-0 half time lead, Taremi bagging his brace in the 82nd minute to end a one sided contest.Danny Loader got a rare start for the D

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Pizzi makes discreet exit from Benfica
07/29/2022

Pizzi makes discreet exit from Benfica

The transfer of former Benfica captain Pizzi to Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates, coached by Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal, was confirmed yesterday.Although it comes as no surprise, the subdued exit and fraught end to Pizzi’s career at the Estádio da Luz feels unsatisfactory for both the p

T Tom Kundert
Can Fernandes get everybody talking about Bruno again?
07/29/2022

Can Fernandes get everybody talking about Bruno again?

Bruno Fernandes burst onto the scene at Manchester United in January 2020 with a flurry of goals and assists, finding the target on 12 occasions through 23 appearances while teeing up a further eight efforts for grateful team-mates.His role as a creative talisman for the Red Devils was quickly cemen

T Tom Kundert
Ronaldo’s longing for Old Trafford exit but struggling to get out the door
07/27/2022

Ronaldo’s longing for Old Trafford exit but struggling to get out the door

Cristiano Ronaldo’s romantic and nostalgic return to Manchester United last summer put the league on notice that the Red Devils meant business and was a sign that they were in the fight for the title. But it was not the fairytale story that United fans were hoping for.Since the momentous unveiling o

T Tom Kundert