Portugoal
01/14/2019

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

S Sean Gillen
01/12/2019

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

P Patrick
01/11/2019

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

T Tom Kundert
01/11/2019

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

T Tom Kundert
01/11/2019

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

T Tom Kundert
01/08/2019

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

J Jamie Farr
01/08/2019

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

S Sean Gillen
01/07/2019

Portugal’s “Game of the Year” in Lisbon’s bottom division

The “game of the year” happened in Portugal this weekend in Lisbon’s lowest division. Amadora's CD Estrela took on CF Os Belenenses at the Estádio José Gomes in a game that harked back to a simpler time in football.The match finished a goalless draw but the meaning of this game went much further tha

R Richard
01/06/2019

Rony Lopes makes long-awaited return for Monaco

Portugal midfielder Rony Lopes will be hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot more productive than 2018, after finally returning to action for Monaco this weekend after four months on the sidelines through injury.The former Benfica youngster, who missed out on Portugal’s World Cup squad last summer, wa

S Sean Gillen
01/04/2019

PortuGOAL Figure of the Week: Heriberto magic maintains Moreirense momentum

The first Liga NOS round of 2019 didn’t bring too many goals but rather a number of nail-biting encounters that saw a couple of expected victors in Porto, Sporting and Braga, as well as unlikely defeats for Santa Clara and Benfica at the hands of Tondela and Portimonense respectively.This edition of

J Jamie Farr
01/04/2019

Portuguese in England wrap: Ricardo, Bernardo shine as manager trio suffer

With no let up in sight across the English New Year fixture schedule, the Portuguese contingent in the Premier League and Championship remained in the thick of the action this midweek.The most recent round of fixtures started with Ricardo Pereira again playing a starring role as Leicester City infli

S Sean Gillen