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General News - January 2003


28/01/03 (II)

The president of the General Assembly of FC Porto, Sardoeira Pinto, is gathering support for a move to change the name of the club's new stadium from As Antas (the same name as the old one) to O Estádio Pinto da Costa, after the current president of the club. Pinto da Costa has presided over FC Porto's most glorious years.

FC Porto and Sporting have been fined 2,100 euros and 800 euros respectively by the Liga's Disciplinary Commission.for incidents at the recent Sporting v FC Porto SuperLiga game at Alvalade.

Vitória de Guimarães president Pimenta Machado, recently accused of embezzlement, has been re-elected for an eleventh term at the club. He won 67% of the sócios' votes in the battle with rival Manuel Rodrigues. Machado has said that this will be his last term.

There was uproar Sunday at the Estádio do Bonfim, the home of Vitória de Setúbal. Vitória had just had a clean goal disallowed and Manoel scored the winner for visitors Gil Vicente in the dying minutes. The home crowd went wild, threatening journalists and throwing various objects on the pitch, including ... a crash helmet!

Meanwhile, in the Algarve local derby between Portimonense and Farense (1-2) of the Segunda, members of the Farense claque The South Side Boys were involved in clashes with police and two fans were taken to hospital with dog bites.

Sporting may be struggling to keep in touch with FC Porto and Benfica at the top of the SuperLiga , but it's a different story with their Junior side. They beat Sernache 24-0 Saturday, with Yannick Djaló, 17, netting nine!

However, their futsal (five-a-side indoor football) team could manage no more than a 3-3 draw with eternal rivals Benfica Saturday. Benfica lead the national table, with Sporting in third, six points behind. There were fights outside between fans of the two clubs before the game.


It's all change at some of the top clubs. After Friday's defeat to Académica (1-2), Belenenses' Brazilian coach Marinho Peres put his job at the disposal of the board ... and they agreed that it was time for the club to find a solution to a terrible run of just two points from seven games. Former Boavista, Benfica and União de Leiria coach Manuel José is at the top of the list of possible replacements. Meanwhile, however, assistant coach to Peres, Nené, will take over.

On Sunday, Vitória de Setúbal lost at home to Gil Vicente by the odd goal and saw themselves descend into the bottom three, the relegation zone. Coach Luís Campos immediately placed his job at the disposal of the Vitória board. They are expected to accept his resignation.


midfielder Kenedy, sent home from the World Cup before it began for failing a doping test, has finally had his suspension set by the FPF: 13 months. This will mean that he will be able to resume playing at the beginning of next season.


Portuguese referees may call a strike if pressure on them continues. The president of the Referees' Association Vítor Reis and international referee Paulo Paraty have both mooted the possibility of this extreme response to incessant pre-match pressure and post-match criticism of the men in black from all quarters, notably the press and the directors of clubs. "The wear is becoming apparent in practically all the Portuguese referees ... Perhaps if people have a weekend without football, they'll  have a chance to reflect a little," said Paraty.

Portuguese International Pauleta scored two Wednesday in Bordeaux's 4-2 win over Guincamp. This takes his season's tally to 13, making him top scorer in the French League so far.


Superfute, the company owned by players' representative José Veiga and involved among other things in representing players such as Luís Figo, Jardel and João Pinto, are looking to buy a club in Mozambique. One of the clubs on a list of possibles is Maxaquene, formerly Sporting Clube de Lourenço Marques, Eusébio's first club. The idea is to find and nurture local talent and prepare them for the move to Europe.


Shares in FC Porto have risen in value by 42% since the beginning of the year. Monday they rose by 6.82% in relation to Friday's closing value, with 164,500 being exchanged during the session. The final value was 4.7 euros. The buoyant nature of the shares is a direct reflection of the team's magnificent campaign so far; they are 11 points clear at the top of the SuperLiga.

Boavista have arranged a loan of 15 million euros to finish off the new Bessa stadium. The loan will be repaid over ten years. The total cost of 40 million euros will thus be met by 15 million of Boavista's own capital, ten million from the state and these 15 million privately sourced. The new Bessa will be inaugurated in August to mark the 100th birthday of the club. It is one of the ten stadiums that will be used for Euro 2004.


Benfica have signed a 10-year deal with kit manufacturer Adidas that will be worth a minimum of 45 million euros for the club. Benfica are part of an elite, so-called 'A' Symbol group for the company that includes Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, River Plate and the national teams of France, Germany and Spain. Despite the fact that the club has not won a Portuguese title in eight years, "even without winning, Benfica sells more than all the other Portuguese clubs put together," according to Adidas' man in Portugal, Paulo Santos.


and Vitória de Guimarães will have to switch venues for their next home games. Vitória will play in Vila do Conde, 50 kms west of Guimarães on the coast, while Benfica will move to Torres Novas, 100 kms north of Lisbon. The measures come in the wake of the trouble at the match between the two teams at the weekend.

Boavista's Bolivian midfield star, Erwin Sanchez, will be out for up to six weeks with a knee innury contracted after a heavy fall in the game against Nacional at the weekend. Sanchez brushed himself off and continued to the end of the match, but an examination of the player confirmed the club's worst fears.

With a similar problem, Benfica's Hungarian striker Miklos Feher will be out for a month. Brazilian midfielder Roger, also of Benfica, has gone to Real Madrid for treatment on a knee problem, treatment that he hopes will obviate an operation.

Ajax beat Wolfsburg 1-0 Wednesday in the International Tournament of the Algarve, in Faro. Wamberto scored the goal. Wolfsburg had beaten Aberdeen 2-0 in the same tournament on Sunday. Ajax face Aberdeen next Sunday.

Humberto Coelho, this week appointed the new coach of South Korea, will earn a million dollars a year.


The former coach of the Portuguese national team, Humberto Coelho, has been appointed coach of South Korea. The contract is until August 2004 but may be extended to 2006 to take in the World Cup in Germany.

The Portuguese Football Federation issued a press release Monday reminding all concerned that it could legitimately enforce FIFA directives and temporarily close stadiums, deduct points or relegate clubs after a weekend of trouble in stadiums, the worst of which occurred during the Vitória de Guimarães v Benfica match: a firework thrown from the Benfica end injured a Vitória player and a member of the coaching staff, a police officer was injured by a seat thrown from the Vitória section of the crowd and journalists were intimidated by Vitória fans.

Benfica have cut all diplomatic ties with Vitória de Guimarães after what it considered shoddy treatment shown towards the club's directors by its Vitória counterparts at the same match.

FC Porto have sent an official complaint to the Portuguese Home Office after the police charged their fans following Saturday's match at Sporting. In apress release, the club said: "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."

Cash-strapped Segunda club Felgueiras, in the centre of a corruption storm over re-directed public money, may be forced to fold if the club's players, with several months wages overdue, go ahead and rescind their contracts, claiming justifiable cause.

The junior game between Lajense and Boavista of the Azores finished 47-0, meaning that Lajense would win the local championship. The local Association became suspicious, however, and set up an inquiry, finding that the score had been falsified. The game was replayed and Lajense won 17-0 ... but it was not enough to pip rivals Madalena to the title.


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