Euro 2004


European Competitions - 2002/2003



FC Porto drew Turks, Boavista Germans in the draw for the last sixteen of the UEFA Cup. Porto play at home first to Denizlispor, while Boavista are away to Hertha Berlin. The two legs of the ties are to be played on February 20th and 27th.


FC Porto
went through to the Fourth round of the UEFA Cup Thursday. They lost 0-1 at Lens but had won the first leg 3-0. Lens goal on the night was scored by the Cameroonian defender Song, who appeared to foul Porto ´keeper Vítor Baía from a corner and then prodded in the loose ball. The draw for the next round is in Zürich on Friday.

Porto will be joined in the draw by Boavista who beat PSG 1-0 in a pulsating match at the Bessa. Chasing a 1-2 deficit from the first leg in Paris, Boavista needed just the one goal and it came on 55 minutes. Silva was brought down in the box by PSG ´keeper Letizi and got up, brushed himself off and stroked in the spot kick. PSG came at Boavista after that and might have scored through sub Cardetti, but Ricardo was good enough.

Two minutes from the end, Luíz Claudio was sent off for a second yellow card, and it was all hands to the pumps as Boavista hung on desperately. They did so with an overall performance that smacked of the aggressive, coherent Boavistão of old, a performance in which the Argentinian defender Ávalos was quietly the star, doing as good a job of man-marking as invisible Ronaldinho is ever likely to see.

15/11/02 (II)

Both Portuguese clubs drew French opposition in Friday's draw for the UEFA Cup. FC Porto play Lens at home first, while Boavista travel to Paris St. Germain, where the Portuguese Hugo Leal and Filipe Teixeira play. The first leg is on Thursday November 28th, the return on December 12th.


FC Porto
and Boavista both go into Friday's UEFA Cup Third Round draw after winning their respective games Thursday.

Boavista put in one of their better performances of the season against humble Anorthosis Famagusta in Nicosia, but their attack was a little limp and there was always the chance that the 2-1 lead from the first leg at the Bessa would backfire on them; a single goal from the Cypriots would have given them the tie on the away goals rule. But Boavista controlled them well, despite occasional flashes from the veteran Ketsbaia and a late setback when Ico was sent off for a second yellow a quarter of an hour from the end. In added time at the end of the game, the Portuguese side put a cherry on the cake with a penalty from Silva after Cafú had been brought down by the ´keeper Panayiotou.

Boavista lined up: Ricardo, Rui Óscar, Jorge Silva, Éder, Erivan, Ávalos, Ico, Sanchez (Pedro Santos), Bosingwa (Cafu), Jorge Couto (Mário Loja), Silva.

FC Porto waltzed to a trouble-free 2-0 victory over Austria Vienna (1-0 in the first leg) with goals from Hélder Postiga on the half hour and Derlei in the dying minutes. Austria put up some resistance in the first half, but the second was pretty much one-way traffic, with ´keeper Vítor Baía a virtual spectator.

FC Porto lined up: Vítor Baía, Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa, Pedro Emanuel, Nuno Valente, Deco, Costinha, Maniche (Alenitchev), Derlei, Hélder Postiga (Jankauskas), Clayton (Capucho).

There were tussles between rival supporters before the game, and one Austria fan was taken to hospital with head injuries.

The Portuguese players João Tomás and Luís Boa Morte scored in the victories of their respective teams, Bétis and Fulham.


Former Sporting midfielder Hugo Viana was instrumental in Newcastle's fine 3-2 win at Feyenoord Wednesday that sees the English club through to the next phase of the Champions League. He put in an excellent display and scored on 49 minutes.


FC Porto's second-leg home game against Austria Vienna will not be televised in Portugal. The sums offered by TV companies were insufficient and the club wants to attract more people to the stadium. 25-30,000 are expected for the game. Porto go into it 1-0 up.

Meanwhile, Boavista have arrived in Cyprus ahead of their Second Round, second-leg game at Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus. Boavista take a 2-1 lead to Nicosia.

The squad:
'Keepers : Ricardo and William
Defenders: Rui Óscar, Frechaut, Erivan, Paulo Turra, Éder and Mário Loja
Midfielders: Avalos, Jorge Silva, Pedro Santos, Ico, Bosingwa, José Pedro, Jocivalter, Sanchez and Jorge Couto
Forwards: Silva, Cafu and Luiz Claudio.


FC Porto
took a giant step towards the third round of the UEFA Cup Thursday when they beat Austria Vienna 1-0 at the Ernst Happel stadium. Brazilian forward Derlei got the only goal on 70 minutes, but such was FC Porto's superiority that it could have been more. Even so, Porto's task in two weeks' time at the Antas looks a comfortable one.

Boavista missed a chance to kill their tie with Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus when they let them get an away goal through Michalski five minutes from time. Silva had put Boavista in front on the half hour from a Sanchez corner, and central defender Éder had headed them into a two-goal lead on 50 minutes. The tie is still open, but Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco will be rueing the away goal conceded.


The Champions of the SuperLiga will have direct access to the Champions League next season, unlike this when Sporting had to get throught the final preliminary round. The runners-up will next year have to play the final preliminary round when this year Boavista had to play two.


Boavista play Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus and FC Porto meet Austria Vienna in the second round of the UEFA Cup. Boavista are at home first, FC Porto away. The first legs are on October 31st, the second on November 14th.


An apparent lack of coordination behind the scenes at Benfica produced an odd situation prior to Thursday's UEFA Cup games. The club, not involved in Europe for the second successive season, sent faxes wishing good luck to Sporting, Boavista and Leixões, but not to FC Porto, reflecting recent wars of words between the two clubs. However, Benfica SAD (Sociedade Anónima Desportiva), the financial and commercial arm of the club, did send a fax. FC Porto president Pinto da Costa was quick to jump on the gaffe: "It seems there are two Benficas," he said.


was split down the middle Thursday as far as Portuguese clubs in the UEFA Cup were concerned. FC Porto and Boavista go through, Sporting and Leixões fall by the wayside.

FC Porto travelled to Polonia of Warsaw with a hatful in the bag - six to be precise, from the first leg. But they didn't do Portugal any favours in terms of points needed to restore the country's qualification factor, used to determine how many teams from the Liga will qualify for the European competitions. The Portuguese club went down 0-2 from goals by Lukasziewicz after 66 minutes and Kus ten minutes from time. Porto were nowhere near being eliminated, but disappointed with the lack of quality of their play.

Boavista, on the other hand, put in one of their best performances of the season so far to wipe out (4-1) the grey time they'd had in Sofia two weeks ago, when they'd lost 0-1 to Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Israeli side proved that they were never really any match for the Portuguese sub-Champions, but although Boavista dominated pretty much throughout, there was a doubt hanging over the result until fairly late in the game.

Boavista cancelled the deficit from Sofia in the first five minutes, a cross by Bosingwa turned into his own goal by Strool. That put the two sides level on aggregate, but Boavista were to edge in front before the break, Jocivalter forcing his way past the 'keeper Strauber and nudging the ball in despite being on the ground.

Seven minutes into the second half, Serginho gave Boavista a 3-0 lead that looked quite comfortable, slamming home at the far post a cross from the right by Duda that Silva had been unable to meet. And on the hour, Strool completed a miserble personal exhibition with a second yellow that reduced Maccabi to ten. But they weren't going to simply lie down, and they pulled one back a quarter of an hour from time through Torjman, assisted by Bruno Reis.

This meant that one more goal from them would put them through, so suddenly the Boavista edifice started to shake a little. But they held out and Jocivalter provided the coup de grâce in added time, smashing home a short free-kick from Sanchez.

Sporting were perhaps the unluckiest of the Portuguese teams in the UEFA competition. They, like Boavista, put in one of their best performances of the season to reverse a seemingly impossible 1-3 deficit from the first leg against Partizan in Alvalade two weeks ago. Partizan were a shadow of the side that had strolled through the game in Lisbon and allowed Sporting to recoup two goals within the hour, through the excellent Toñito and Kutuzov.

This left Sporting needing just one goal to take the tie, but it seemed that Partizan had pulled it back when Delibasic headed home on 78. Sporting got themselves back in the frame just four minutes later, however, with man-of-the-match, the Chilean defender Contreras, tapping in a cross from Toñito.

It was all square and so the game went into extra time. Sporting had dominated, but the extra period put paid to Portuguese legs and souls and Partizan clinched the tie (3-3) with goals from Zivkovic and Cakar . Sporting fans watching on the TV (the game was played behind closed doors due to crowd disturbances by Partizan fans in the recent Champions League match against Bayern Munich) will, however, have been heartened with the spirited team performance from their players.

Leixões also disappointed. After a tremendous display in Matosinhos two weeks ago, the team travelled to Greece to defend a narrow 2-1 lead against PAOK. It was too narrow. Salpingidis, Okkas (2) and Koutsopoulos put the tie beyond the Portuguese Segunda B side before Pedras got a consolation ten minutes from time. But Leixões will admit that the tie was lost in Portugal, when a classic fighting perfomance should have produced more than the single goal lead.


UEFA have said on their official website that FC Porto are favourites to win the UEFA Cup. The team play Polonia of Warsaw away on Thursday in the second leg of their first round tie; they won the first leg 6-0.


Friday's press was pretty much in agreement about the Portuguese clubs' showing in the UEFA Cup Thursday: Porto had shone, Boavista had been pale and Sporting had been disastrous. A Bola's headlines, for example:

'Another night not to forget'
'Only the skeleton of the Sporting that was Champion remains'
'The sum of eleven players does not always make a team'

'This time they painted the Panther pale yellow' (a reference to Maccabi's shirts and the vandalism of the Panter statue outside the Bessa two weeks ago)
'There was more safety in the stand than on the pitch'
'We have to score goals' (coach Pacheco)

FC Porto:
'A tourist ticket please, to Warsaw'
'Master strokes and touches by Jankauskas'
'The Poles were crushed!'


There were mixed performances and results for the Portuguese teams in the UEFA Cup Thursday. First the good news.

FC Porto thrashed Polonia of Warsaw 6-0 at the Antas in front of 21,000. Polonia had two attacks all game, and their first corner came in the last ten minutes, which goes some way to illustrating how one-sided it all was. Jankauskas and Derlei gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead going into the break, and Maniche, Jankauskas again and Hélder Postiga with two completed the half-dozen.

Oporto neighbours Boavista did not have so much luck, but neither did they deserve any. Playing in front of no more than a couple of hundreed people in the CSKA Sofia stadium in Bulgaria against what should have been accessible opposition in Maccabi Tel Aviv, they confirmed the bad spell of form they are going through in all competitions and went down 0-1 to a Degu goal on a Maccabi counter-attack. Boavista had most possession, but their finishing was woeful. However, they at least have the consolation of being able to take the slim margin to the Bessa on October 3rd where, if they play to their potential, they should have no problem going through.

Which is more than can be said of Sporting. They appeared to be surprised by the high quality of the Partizan Belgrade team and lost 1-3, this at home. The tie seems beyond them now, especially if Partizan play even half as well as they did in Alvalade. (See Match Reports).


The UEFA Cup home games of FC Porto and Sporting will not be televised on any channel in Portugal this season. FC Porto had already made the decision, and Sporting announced theirs Wednesday. While FC Porto blamed the low offers from TV companies, no reason was given by Sporting. Despite the news, the ticket offices at Alvalade were very quiet Wednesday ahead of their game against Partizan Belgrade; the weather has been very bad in Portugal (the stadium is uncovered), and Sporting fans may still be smarting from their humiliating 0-4 defeat at Paços de Ferreira at the weekend.( A Bola On-line)

Boavista's UEFA Cup game with Maccabi Tel Aviv, transferred to Sofia because of security precautions, is not exactly setting the Bulgarian city alight. Just 300 tickets were printed for the game, and by lunchtime Wednesday a mere 50 had been sold. (A Bola On-line)


Leixões of the Segunda B (third division) produced another magnificent display in the UEFA Cup Tuesday to beat Greek first division team PAOK 2-1 in the . The side from Matosinhos got off to a fabulous start, Brito finishing off an Abílio free-kick on three minutes. PAOK thought they might have turned it around on 25 when their best player, Kukielka, ducked to nod in a Feutchine corner.

But at half-time, Carlos Carvalhal brought on giant Brazilian striker Detinho and Leixões completely dominated the rest of the game. Detinho put the northern team in front on 51 with a neat diving header from a Marco Aleixo cross, but they will be rueing the fact that they didn't take a bigger lead to Greece in two weeks' time. Brito, Zamorano and Bruno China all missed clear chances, while Detinho and Abílio had shots that went just wide.

PAOK have an away goal and with their experience and on-paper quality must go into the second leg as favourites, but if Leixões can reproduce Tuesday´s fabulous performance, they can be optimistic.


Sporting's Romanian coach Laszlo Bölöni has been suspended for one European game by UEFA for comments made to the referee at half-time of the recent Inter-Sporting Champions League match. ( A Bola On-line)


The four Portuguese clubs that qualified for the First Round of the UEFA Cup all received theoretically accessible opponents in the draw made Friday in Monaco, with the possible exception of Leixões who will have to get past PAOK Salonica. First legs will be played on September 19th , second legs on October 3rd.

Leixões v PAOK Salonica
Sporting v Partizan Belgrade
FC Porto v Polonia
Maccabi Tel Aviv v Boavista


Segunda B (read 'Third Division') side õLeixes produced a minor miracle Thursday when they beat the Macedonians Belasica 2-1 away in the second leg of the UEFA Cup qualifying round. The aggregate score of 4-3 puts the club from Northern Portugal through to the UEFA Cup proper, the first round of which will be drawn Friday 30/08 and now involves four Portuguese clubs: Leixões, FC Porto, Sporting and Boavista. It's the first time a club from Portugal's third division has qualified for a European competition.

Captain and midfield organiser Abílio crossed from a free-kick for Brito to score the first on 33 minutes, and it was Abílio again who crossed for Nené to head home on 72 minutes, giving Leixões vital breathing space. Belasica came back at them in the last twenty minutes and pulled one back on 79 minutes through Baldovaliev, but it was to be Leixões' night in a week when their wealthier compatriots Sporting and Boavista could only bring home bitter disappointment.

õ Leixes Website


Like Sporting the day before, Boavista did not manage to qualify for the Group Stages of the Champions League. They drew 0-0 at Auxerre Wednesday (0-1 on aggregate), and despite an impressive display, they couldn't put away any of the numerous chances they created, namely for Luíz Cláudio, Ico and Duda. Auxerre ´keeper Cool was also in form to keep Boavista out, and Auxerre were always dangerous on the counter, mainly through Cissé and Fadiga.

Coach Jaime Pacheco was pleased with the fight his players put up, but was not altogether happy with the referee Collina: "I'm not trying to make excuses, but I think that from what we've seen in these ties involving Portuguese teams, Portuguese football is suffering the consequences of what happened [in disciplinary terms] at EURO 2000 and the World Cup."

Club president João Loureiro was upbeat: "No problem, we're in the UEFA Cup, which will give us more breathing space in the championship. The year we were Champions [2000-2001], we also played in the UEFA Cup, so I'm not disheartened."

Controversially, the game was not televised in Portugal. State channel RTP had televised the Inter v Sporting match on Tuesday, and the Cable channel SportTV, which was expected to show the game, claimed that it was too expensive, putting on instead the game between Slovan Liberec and AC Milan (with Rui Costa). Boavista fans in Portugal had to listen to the game on the radio via Antena 1.

For the first time since its new format was introduced, Portugal does not have a representative in the Group Stages of the competition. Sporting and Boavista go into the draw for the UEFA Cup on Friday, along with FC Porto and possibly Segunda B side Leixões, who must beat Belasica in Macedonia Thursday.


Sporting failed to make it to the Group Stage of the Champions League Tuesday when they went down 0-2 to Inter Milan at the San Siro, beaten 0-2 on aggregate. Sporting looked good early on, pushing Inter back and seeming in control. Then on 31 minutes, a corner from the left by Recoba was met by the head of di Biagio, who somehow managed to beat Sporting ´keeper Tiago to it. All was not over, and Sporting kept at it; a draw with goals would have given Sporting the tie. But on 44 minutes, the worst happened: Inter got a second, Morfeu crossing from the right for Recoba, unmarked at the far post, to head back across the goal and in, once again with Tiago looking at fault. It was the killer punch, and although Sporting plugged gamely away throughout the second half, their attack was terribly toothless and missed several chances to reduce the difference. How they missed Jardel ...

Portugal now rely on Boavista to beat Auxerre Wednesday to have a representative in the Champions League this season.

Leixões have announced their squad for the UEFA Cup preliminary round match against Belasica of Macedonia Thursday. The First Leg ended in a 2-2 draw:

Goalkeepers: Rui Marcos, Bizarro.
Defenders: Néné, José António, Barros, Rochinha, Marco Aleixo, Jorge Vilaça, Nuno.
Midfielders: Guerra, Israel, Besirovic, Abílio, Bruno China.
Forwards: Zamorano, Eduardo, Detinho, Brito, Pedras


Sporting play Inter Milan Tuesday in a do-or-die battle to see who goes through to the group stages of the Champions League, and who goes into the UEFA Cup. The first leg in Lisbon finished 0-0. Sporting take 22 players to Italy:

Goalkeepers: Tiago, Nuno Santos
Defenders: Beto, Hugo, Quiroga, Contreras, Rui Jorge, Valdir and César Prates
Midfielders: Rui Bento, Paulo Bento, Marcos Paulo, Ricardo Fernandes, Carlos Martins, Danny, Toñito, Pedro Barbosa, Quaresma and Luís Filipe
Forwards: Niculae, Kutuzov and Cristiano Ronaldo

Meanwhile, Boavista have named their squad to travel to Auxerre with a similar task, but this time chasing a 0-1 deficit. Notable absences from the squad are striker Silva and influential captain, Bolivian midfielder Erwin Sanchez, the former a technical choice, the latter through injury:

Ricardo, William Andem, Paulo Turra, Eder, Saná, Pedro Santos, Martelinho, Mário Loja, Saul, Duda, Jocivalter, Àvalos, José Pedro, Jorge Silva, Serginho, Bosingwa, Luiz Cláudio, Jorge Couto, Alexandre Goulart and Ico.


Segunda B side Leixões were back in European competitions Thursday after a break of 34 years, but the first leg of their UEFA Cup preliminary round against Macedonian side Belasica (2-2) could have gone better. They had most of the play and created a hatful of chances, but it was Belasica who went two up within two minutes, ten minutes into the second half, both goals scored by Ahmetovic.

Leixões showed admirable spirit, however and clawed their way back into the game, Anchoet hitting a superb goal on the hour after a one-two with Bruno China. Then just three minutes after that, Leixões were reduced to ten men after Sérgio was sent off for a second yellow. All credit to the Portuguese minnows, though, as within ten minutes of the sending-off they had equalised, Brito getting the minutest of glances to an Abílio free kick on the right. By the end, there was only one team in it, and Leixões might have gone ahead if Antchoet had taken any of his chances and the referee had given what seemed a clear penalty for a foul on the same player.

Leixões coach Carlos Carvalhal had mixed feelings about the outcome: "I'm not in any way satisfied with the result, but I am with the fact that we played à la Leixões. The team were physically and mentally strong and that's positive - the tie's still wide open." (A Bola On-line)

There was fighting between fans after the Sporting v Inter match on Wednesday ... but Inter fans were not involved. Some fans from the biggest Sporting claque, Juve Leo, attacked a group of fans from Vila Real de Santo António in the Algarve, up for the day to watch the match. The fans were wearing T-shirts given to them by a new rival claque of Juve Leo, Directivo Ultras XXI. (SIC TV)


Sporting wrung an honourable 0-0 draw out of their home tie against Inter Milan in the first leg of the final preliminary round of the Champions League Wednesday. But they now have to go to Italy in two weeks (probably Genova as the San Siro is undergoing work) and score. (See Match Reports)


Boavista 's hopes of entering the Group Stage of the Champions League took a severe blow Tuesday when they lost 0-1 at home to Auxerre in the first leg of the final preliminary round. (See Match Reports).

Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco was visibly disappointed but remained hopeful. He was also critical of the referee: "Auxerre didn't surprise me: they came here to not concede goals, and they had one chance and scored ... About the penalty appeal [a handball by Auxerre defender Mexes], I can only say that if it had been up the other end, it would have been given ... I think a draw would have been fairer ...The battle is not lost. In two weeks' time we'll be fitter and more prepared, and I think we can swing it around. But at this point, Auxerre are favourites."

Auxerre coach Guy Roux disagreed: "Boavista are favourites. They are a strong side, and I believe this even more than before the game. But I was pleased with our team."


Boavista's squad for the first leg of the third preliminary round of the Champions League against Auxerre at the Bessa stadium on Tuesday is:
Goalkeepers: Ricardo and William;
Defenders: Paulo Turra, Rui Óscar, Éder, Mário Loja and Ávalos;
Midfielders: Jocivalter, Sanchez, Bosingwa, Jorge Silva, Alexandre Goulart, Ico and José Pedro;
Forwards: Martelinho, Duda, Silva, Serginho and Luiz Cláudio


Thomas Kurtner, a member of TEAM, gave Sporting's Alvalade stadium the green light Friday to host European games. The stadium will need work as part of it will be demolished to make way for work on the new stadium next door.

Sporting have registered 30 players for Euopean competitions:
Goalkeepers: Nélson, Tiago and Nuno Santos;
Defenders: César Prates, Quiroga, Beto, Contreras, Hugo, Paíto, Rui Jorge and Valdir;
Midfielders: Diogo, Rui Bento, Pedro Barbosa, Tello, Ricardo Fernandes, Paulo Bento, Carlos Martins, Custódio, Marcos Paulo, Danny and Toñito;
Forwards: Niculae, Kutuzov, Sá Pinto, Jardel, Luís Filipe, Quaresma, João Pinto and Cristiano Ronaldo


Boavista conceded a draw to Maltese club Hibernians Wednesday in the second leg of their second preliminary round of the Champions League. Jocivalter put them in the lead on 28 minutes, Mifsud equalised three minutes later but Luiz Cláudio and Paulo Turra made it 3-1 before the break. Boavista took their foot off the gas in the second half and allowed Hibernians back into the game. Chukunyere pulled one back on 52 and Mifsud got his second from the spot two minutes later to make the final score 3-3 (7-3 on aggregate). Coach Jaime Pacheco said that he was "happy with the performance, not the result." Boavista now meet French side Auxerre in the final preliminary round. (First leg next Tuesday).

Boavista lined up:
Ricardo, Rui Óscar, Éder, Paulo Turra, Mário Loja, Jocivalter (Bosingwa), Ávalos, Alexandre Goulart, Duda (Martelinho), Luiz Cláudio (Cafu) and Serginho.


Sporting are to register Mário Jardel to play in the Champions League, even though they do not know whether the striker will play for the club again; he is currently on 'psychological leave' (until Friday) after the break-up of his marriage and has said that he cannot play again in Portugal. Sporting play Inter Milan in the third preliminary round of the CL on August 14th and 28th.


Boavista took a giant step towards qualifying for the third preliminary round of the Champions League Wednesday when they comfortably swept aside the vastly inferior Hibernians of Malta by 4-0. Brazilian striker Silva started as he would wish to go on with two goals, one a penalty, while campatriot Goulart got another before the break. Argentinian Ávalos headed the fourth minutes from time.
Boavista lined up: Ricardo; Rui Óscar, Éder, Ávalos and Mário Loja; Jorge Silva, Jocivalter (Pedro Santos) and Alexandre Goulart; Cafu (Bosingwa), Duda and Silva (Luíz Cláudio).


Sporting will play the first leg of their third preliminary round of the Champions League against Inter Milan at the Alvalade stadium on August 14th at 21.00, the club announced Monday. The second leg will be in the San Siro, Milan, on August 27th, time to be announced.

Meanwhile, Boavista released Monday the list of players called up for the first leg of the second preliminary round of the same competition against Hibernians of Malta, to be played Wednesday July 31st. Absent are habitual first-teamers Fréchaut, Sanchez and Martelinho, all through injury. The full list is:
'Keepers: Ricardo and William;
Defenders : Rui Óscar, Paulo Turra, Éder, Mário Loja and Erivan;
Midfielders: Jorge Silva, Bosingwa, Pedro Santos, Ávalos, Jociválter, Alexandre Goulart and Rui Lima
Forwards : Duda, Silva, José Pedro and Luiz Cláudio.


Boavista's influential midfielder and captain Erwin Sanchez is ruled out through injury from the first leg of the second prelinary round of the Champions League against Hibernians of Malta this week. Also out until September is Portuguese international left back Fréchaut, still recovering from a leg operation.


Sporting and Boavista got the short straws Friday when the draw was made for the third preliminary round of the Champions League: Sporting got Italy's mighty Inter Milan, with Toldo, Ronaldo and Vieri amongst a constellation of other stars, while Boavista got the difficult Auxerre of France, although this is assuming that they can get past Hibernians of Malta in the second preliminary round in the next two weeks. Both play at home first, on August 13th or 14th, and away on the 27th or 28th.


Boavista will meet Hibernians of Malta in the second preliminary round of the Champions League after Hibs beat Irish club Shelbourne 1-0 in the second leg of the first preliminary round, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate. Boavista play at home on July 31st and in La Valetta on August 7th. The draw for the third preliminary round, which also involves Sporting, will be on Friday.


All three Portuguese teams are now out of the Intertoto Cup. União de Leiria were already out from the first round, and now Santa Clara and Belenenses have gone the same way. Santa Clara lost the second leg of their game with FK Teplice 1-4 Saturday, having already lost the first leg away 1-5. João Pedro got the sole goal for the Azores club who thus bow ignominiously out of their first ever European experience.

Belenenses failed to turn around a 0-2 first leg deficit when they met Slaven Belupo at the borrowed Alvalade stadium (home of Sporting). This time they went down 0-1 from a goal by Dodik on 52 minutes.


Santa Clara crashed to a 1-5 defeat in their Intertoto Cup second round first leg match at FK Teplice Sunday. Grosse put the Czechs in front on ten minutes, but there was no more score until the last twenty-five when Santa Clara collapsed. João Pedro made it 1-4 on 82 minutes but Verbir added another for Teplice before the end.

The other Portuguese club still left in the Intertoto also lost Saturday; Belenenses went down 0-2 at Slaven Belupo of Croatia. With União de Leiria also out in the first round after a registration mix-up, things are looking black for the Portuguese teams in this competition.


Santa Clara are through to the next round of the Intertoto Cup after they drew 3-3 with Shirak Gyumri in Armenia Sunday, winning 5-3 on aggregate. João Pedro scored all three Santa Clara goals on 32, 38 and 48 minutes. They now go on to meet FK Teplice of the Czech Republic in the next round.

Meanwhile, Belenenses now know their opponents in the next round: Slaven Belupo of Croatia, who beat Trencín (Slovakia) 6-3 on aggregate.


União de Leiria beat Levadia Maardu 2-1 in Estonia Saturday but go out of the Intertoto Cup after they were deemed to have lost the first leg 0-3 (although they won 1-0). The Cameroonian winger Douala had not been properly registered (the fault apparently of the Liga portuguesa).


União de Leiria have been punished by UEFA with a 0-3 defeat in their Intertoto first leg match against Levadia Maardu. UDL actually won the game 1-0 . UEFA picked up on the fact that Cameroonian winger Douala was not properly registered for the tournament. The club have until Saturday to appeal the decision. President João Bartolomeu was livid: "Whoever is responsible for this will have to pay," he said. The mix-up seems to have occurred through a misunderstanding between the club, the Federação and the Liga. Douala needed permission from his previous club, Gil Vicente, to play, and this did not get through to UEFA. Meanwhile, the squad left Portugal Thursday bound for Estonia ... with only fourteen fit players available. Douala and Brazilian Maciel were left at the airport because they didn't have visas for Estonia. (A Bola On-line)


Two Portuguese teams were in Intertoto Cup action Saturday. União de Leiria met, dominated but beat by only a single goal the Estonian of Levadia Maardu. The UDL goal was scored on 77 by Silas. Meanwhile, Santa Clara of the Azores beat the Armenian team Shirak 2-0 , the goals from João Pedro and Brandão, both in the second half.


Boavista will play either the Irish team Shelbourne or Hibernians of Malta in the second preliminary round of the Champions League (dates below). These two teams will meet in the first preliminary round.

Meanwhile, surprise Taça finalists Leixões will face Balasica of Macedonia in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup. The first leg is on August 15th.


Boavista will find out on Friday who they will be playing in the second preliminary round of the Champions League. The games will take place on July 30th and August 7th. Sporting, who begin at the third preliminary round, will know their fate on July 26th, with games played on August 13/14th and 27/28th. (A Bola On-line)


Sporting will have to get through the last preliminary round of the Champions League next season. Boavista will have to get through two preliminary rounds. This is a result of Real Madrid's win over Bayer Leverkusen in the final of the competition Wednesday. If Leverkusen had won, Sporting would have qualified directly, and Boavista would have only had to play one qualifying round.


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