FC Porto coach José Mourinho explains his attitude to Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco after the FCP v Boavista derby. Both coaches had exchanged words in the week running up to
the game: "I don't shake hands with people I don't know."
Banner unfurled by the Benfica claque Os Diabos Vermelhos
at the Benfica v Ajax friendly. The club's Slovenian midfielder apparently said something incriminating on last weekend's trip to Marítimo. The answer to come at the next home match: "Do you know what Zahovic said
Portuguese referee Paulo Paraty hints that a referees' strike is a possibility: "Perhaps if people have a weekend without football, they'll have a chance to reflect a
Benfica coach José Camacho learns fast: "Benfica is the club that has the most admirers ...and the club that has the most enemies."
full-back Júnior, a possible reinforcement for Benfica, speaking of the new Portuguese national coach: "Scolari is like a father to me."
Vitória de Setúbal coach Luis Campos, critical of the
referee after the Boavista 1-0 Setúbal result: "Portuguese football is garbage ... The stadiums are empty because people don't believe in our football."
Minister of Sport José Luis Arnaut,
not completely satisfied with how Euro 2004 is being organised: "I have to admit that there's been some difficulty in having a dialogue with UEFA [over Euro 2004]."
FC Porto react to the
police charge on their fans after the Sporting v FC Porto match:
"The panic generated by the heavy-handed intervention of the police could have caused another Heysel, in the country which is going to stage Euro 2004."
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira
laments the circumstances of Vitória de Guimarães v Benfica: "I'm deeply concerned ... that a game between second and third in the table should be surrounded by an atmosphere from the third world."