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... that one of the nicknames of Académica, newly promoted to the SuperLiga 2002/03, is Os Estudantes, and that their kit is all-black? There is a famous university in Coimbra (Académica's home town) and the students there typically wear balck gowns.

... that the youngest referees for the 2002/03 season are both 27 (as at July 02): Jorge Sousa and Nuno Almeida?

... that FC Porto have not been out of the top three in the Primeira since the 1975/76 season, when they were fourth?

... that Sporting's home game against Inter Milan on 14/08/02 (Champions League, third preliminary round, first leg) was their 180th in European competitions? Their first was against Partizan Belgrade on September 4th, 1955 in the then Inter Cities Fairs Cup.

... that Portuguese clubs have won just five European trophies?: Benfica (European Cup 1961 [v Barcelona] and 1963 [v Real Madrid]), Sporting (Cup-winners Cup, 1964 [v MTK Budapest]), FC Porto (European Cup [v Bayern Munich] and European Supercup [v Ajax], 1987).

... that Leixões' last participation in a European competition was in 1968/69? (They are in the UEFA Cup preliminary round of 2002/03 as losing Cup finalists) The last club they met was Argesul Pitesti of Romania in the then Inter Cities Fairs Cup (today's UEFA Cup).

... that the oldest coach in the Primeira at the beginning of the 2002/03 season was Benfica's Jesualdo Ferreira (56)? Luís Campos of Vitória de Setúbal was the youngest (37).

... that Benfica have not won the title for eight seasons (as at July 2002 - 93-'94 was the last time), the worst run in their history?

... that Mário Jardel was top scorer in the Primeira for the fifth time (FC Porto x 4, Sporting x1) in the 2001/02 season. Other players who have been top scorer five times are: Peyroteo (Sporting, '30s and '40s), Águas (Benfica, '50s and '60s) and Gomes (FC Porto, '70s and '80s)

... that the stadium of newly-promoted Madeiran side Nacional is the smallest in the Primeira? The Estádio Engenheiro Rui Alves is built on a hillside and has just one stand that holds 2,500 people.

... that goalkeeper Moreira became the youngest ´keeper ever to play for Benfica when he came on as sub for the injured Robert Enke in the 0-0 home draw against Vitória de Guimarães 03/11/01. José Moreira was just 19.

... that a bad goalkeeping mistake (letting the ball slip through your hands, through your legs, etc) is called 'a chicken' in Portugal? The full expression is cometer um frango ('to commit a chicken')

... that when Boavista play well or get a good result, they are referred to as Boavistão ('Mighty Boavista')?

... that the last time FC Porto went two consecutive seasons without winning the title was in 82/83 and 83/84?

... that you pronounce 'Salgueiros' (in the Segunda as from the 2002/03 season) something like this?: /sal / (as in 'pal'); / gay /; /r/; /oosh / (as 'ouch' in 'touché'). Roll the 'r' a little. Put the emphasis on /gay/. So we get: /salgayroosh/

... that Luís Figo's full name is Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo?

... that Eusébio (who else?) is Portugal's top scorer at national team level with 41 goals? Nené is second (as at 01/03/01) with 22.

... that two Portuguese clubs have won European Cups?: Benfica twice (1960/61 and 61/62) and FC Porto once (1986/87).

... that the player who was top scorer in Portugal the second greatest number of times (after Eusébio, of course) was Fernando Gomes of FC Porto, six times between 1975 and 1985?

... that Vítor Baía's club number at FC Porto is 99, the year in which he returned to the Antas from Barcelona?

... that the country Portugal has played the most times at international level is Spain? (played 32, won 6, drawn 11, lost 15, 47 for, 70 against.)

... that supporters of clubs who pay annual (or monthly) fees are called sócios?

... that Sporting's main claque (fan group) is called Juventude Leonina ('Lion Youth'), or Juve Leo for short?

... that Sporting Braga are nicknamed 'Os Arsenalistas' because of their shirts - red with white sleeves?

... that FC Porto's shirt sponsor, Revigrés, makes bathroom tiles?

... that Eusébio played 715 games for Benfica?

... that the nickname of Boavista is As Panteras ('The Panthers')? They are also sometimes called Os Axadrezados ('The Chequereds') because of their chequered shirts.

... that the southernmost club in the Primeira is Marítimo ... from the island of Madeira?

... that the Liga is organized like this?: Primeira (I) Liga (18 teams) ..... Segunda (II) Liga (18 teams) ..... Segunda (II) Divisão B (3 regional divisions, 2 of 20 and 1 of 19 teams) ..... Terceira (III) Divisão (6 regional series of 18 teams, 1 series of 10 teams - Azores)

... that Benfica have won the most Taças de Portugal - 23 in fact? Sporting have won 12 and FC Porto, 10.

... that the oldest club in the Primeira is FC Porto? It was founded in 1893.

... and that the newest club in the Primeira is União de Leiria, founded in 1966?

... that the name of Benfica's biggest and most militant claque (fan group) is 'The No Name Boys' (with the 'N's reversed)?

... that Eusébio (Benfica) was the top scorer in Portugal seven times, five times in a row between 1963 and 1968? Fernando Gomes (FC Porto) was top six times in the late seventies/ early eighties.

... that the adjective for clubs normally has an -ista (pronounced like 'Easter') on the end, so we get Benfiquista, Sportinguista, Portista, etc?. This is also the name for the fans of the clubs. There are some exceptions, notably ... Boavisteiro.

... that you pronounce 'Guimarães' (as in 'Vitória de Guimarães') more or less like this?: /gee/ (as in 'geek'; /mer/ (as in Paul Merson); /ine/ (as in pine); /sh/ (as in 'sh'). so, it's /gee-mer-ine-sh/ (with the emphasis on the third syllable)

... that Eusébio's full name is Eusébio da Silva Ferreira?

... that Portugal has three national daily sports papers? They are A Bola and Record (published from the south) and O Jogo (published from the north)

... that Sporting Lisbon's official name is actually Sporting Clube de Portugal?

... that Benfica's official name is actually Sport Lisboa e Benfica?

... that the nicknames of the so-called Três Grandes ('The Big Three') of Benfica, Sporting and Porto, are respectively As Águias ('The Eagles'), Os Leões ('The Lions') and Os Dragões ('The Dragons')?

... that only two clubs, apart from 'The Big Three' of Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting, have ever won the league championship in Portugal? These were Belenenses in the 1945-46 season and Boavista in the 2000-01 season.