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27/01/03

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."

24/01/03

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 about Benfica?"

23/01/03

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 little..."

22/03/01

Benfica coach José Camacho learns fast: "Benfica is the club that has the most admirers ...and the club that has the most enemies."

21/01/03

Parma's Brazilian full-back Júnior, a possible reinforcement for Benfica, speaking of the new Portuguese national coach: "Scolari is like a father to me."

20/01/03

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."

16/01/03

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]."

14/01/03

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."

13/01/03

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."

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