Benfica captain, Simão, responds to heckling from onlookers at a Benfica training session: "We're human beings! Keep calm - respect us!"
Marítimo coach Mariano Barreto responds to criticism from his predecessor Manuel Cajuda, now at Beira-Mar: "Opposite my house there's a great big field with a donkey grazing in it. If it lives to be 150, it'll
never be a racehorse."
Sporting coach José Peseiro, still optimistic after losing to Porto: "We were eight points adrift, now it's six, which means we've been worse off."
Sporting's Hugo Viana on scoring a wonderful goal against Panionios just days after being involved in a serious car accident: "I thank God that I'm still here."
Luís Figo still keeping the door open for a possible return to the national team: "I'll never be able to say 'never again'."
Beira-Mar's Paraguayan defender Alcaraz gets it a teensy bit wrong: "João Paulo [Estoril] isn't going to have the chance to celebrate any goals today." (Estoril put five past them.)
Benfica's Brazilian international defender Luisão on the referee of Benfica v FC Porto: "I've never seen anything like it!"
Carolina Salgado, wife of FC Porto president Pinto Da Costa, banned from Benfica's VIP section following an incident in the corresponding game last season, watched the Benfica v Porto game on the terraces from behind
a banner alluding to Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira's infamous auricular attributes: "Big Ears! I'm over here!"
José Mourinho avoids beating about the bush at Chelsea: "It's difficult to get on with my ego ... but the players are going to have to live with it."
Gil Vicente coach Luís Campos at the TV flash interview following Gil's fifth defeat from six at home to Braga: "I'm only here so that I don't pay another fine. It's impossible to speak after a game like that.
Good night everyone."
Sporting coach José Peseiro seems hopeful after a series of poor performances and results: "I feel able to continue."
Chelsea coach José Mourinho suppresses a smirk as his side dispatch his former club FC Porto 3-1: "We beat the Euopean Champions."
Benfica Director of Football José Veiga welcomes Argel and Everson hacking bits out of each other in training Monday: "It's a good sign - it's a sign that they're training aggressively, in the good sense of the
Portugal coach Felipe Scolari, asked if he might call up Brazilian Derlei once the FC Porto forward is naturalised: "I only speak about Portuguese players."
Manchester United assistant coach Carlos Queiróz has a dig at the Portuguese Football Federation over the use of Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal's internationals: "When I use a hire car, I don't normally worry much
about holes in the road because if the car breaks down, someone will pay for the damage."
Sporting Braga president António Salvador on the crowd trouble at the Braga v Guimarães game: "Football is a festa, not a war."
Sporting's Chilean striker Pinilla on the Sporting crisis: "The fans don't know the word 'patience'."
Sporting president Dias da Cunha responds to protests from the crowd at the team's 0-1 home defeat to Marítimo: "While I'm president of the club, Sporting will not be governed from the terraces."
Benfica coach Giovanni Trapattoni gets cagey before the UEFA trip to Bystrica. "'Favourite' is not in my vocabulary. 'Favourite' is a very dangerous word."
Sporting coach José Peseiro ahead of his team's 0-2 defeat at Vitória de Setúbal: "I'd rather win 5-4 than 1-0."
Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco on forward João Pinto after he was sent off in the second game of the season: "Now that he doesn't play for Sporting or Benfica ... he's going to be a martyr."
Estonia coach Dick Pijpers flatters Portugal after his team found themselves on the wrong end of a 0-4 drubbing: "We were playing against the strongest national team in Europe."
Portugal coach Luís Felipe Scolari; it was 0-0 against Latvia until the game was stopped by a streaker. Five minutes later, Portugal were two-up: "The key moment was when that young woman came on and stopped the
game ... but seriously though ...."
Portugal coach Luís Felipe Scolari after Portugal win their first World Cup qualifying game 2-0 against Latvia: "Portugal took an important first step today. There are eleven steps left to qualify for the Finals."
National team coach Felipe Scolari reacts to pressure from, among others, Manchester United, who wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to be relieved of international duty for two World cup qualifying games: "I don't interfere
in the the work of others - but others won't interfere in my work either, and that has to be made clear."
Coach Trapattoni's analysis of Benfica's failure to qualify for the Champions League against Anderlecht: "We lacked energy and personality."
FPF president Gilberto Madaíl's rationale for the possibility of FC Porto's Brazilian striker Derlei, soon to be naturalised, being picked for the Selecção: "We live in a world of globalisation, so why not,
in times of need, resort to those that speak the same language as us, have the same mentality and even like bacalhau and potatoes?"
Benfica Director of Football José Veiga on the deplorable state of the Coimbra pitch ahead of the SuperTaça: "It's total incompetence - it's like we're in the Third World."
Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco after Sunday's bloodbath 'friendly' against FC Porto: "My team responded with belief, dignity and fighting spirit. That's how I want and like my teams."
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira takes a dig at his oppo at FC Porto, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, after coach Luigi del Neri was sacked before the season has even begun: "If it had happened at Benfica, I'd have
been called incompetent."
Sporting's Cameroonian forward Doaula is optimistic about the forthcoming season: "I'm going to explode!"
FC Porto 'keeper Vítor Baía on not being picked for Portugal: "I at least deserve to know why."
Benfica Director of Football José Veiga reacts to Real Sociedade's paltry offer for central defender Ricardo Rocha: "We're not in the sales!"
FC Porto president Pinto da Costa has some advice for Real Madrid coach José Camacho, who wants to take FCP defender Ricardo Carvalho to Madrid: "He should sit down while he's waiting so that he doesn't get
João Pinto on why he chose Boavista over a lucrative Middle Eastern contract: "There are more important things than money."
FC Porto president Pinto da Costa on Hélder Postiga, who has returned to the club from Tottenham. Postiga scored a cheeky chipped penalty at Euro 2004: "He's been practising taking penalties with his head."
The rejuvenating effect of being Benfica coach on Giovanni Trapattoni, 65: "I feel like I'm 20 again."
Chelsea coach José Mourinho on the Greece phenomenon:."Maybe football's changing."
Deco in confident mood ahead of the Euro 2004 semi-final: "We're better than Holland."
Czech Republic's Heinz on why he might consider the possibility of moving to Sporting: "Why not? The stadium's superb and the climate is nice."
Portugal coach Felipe Scolari tries to rein in the euphoria following the quarter-final victory over England: "We haven't won it yet."
Portugal's coach Felip Scolari on the whereabouts of Luis Figo after he had been substituted against England: "I heard that Figo was in the changing-room with an effigy of the Virgin Mary in his hand, watching the
Coach Felipe Scolari after Portugal qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2004: "Now I'm going home to give my wife a hug, because I don't know if I'll be able to manage anything else."
Portuguese Sports Minister José Luis Arnaut blames alcohol rather than football for the trouble in Albufeira: "It's not hooliganism."
Russian midfielder Mostovoi gets philosophical after being removed from the squad following his criticism of training: "Life goes on .. and so does football."
Sporting's new coach José Peseiro has some [possibly famous last] words to say about his new job: "When I leave Sporting, I'm leaving with a lot of titles."
President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio tries to take the pressure off the Selecção: "We're not going to make this a matter of life or death."
National coach Felipe Scolari sets himself a concrete target for Euro 2004. His contract ends on July 31st: "I don't think I can stay on if we don't get to the last eight."
FC Porto coach José Mourinho's hopes for the Champions League Final. He got his wish (but didn't seems so crazy with joy himself after the game): "We have to leave here crazy with joy!"
Rui Costa dreams of victory at Euro 2004: "It's worth dreaming."
FC Porto's Deco gives the Final of the Champions League against Mónaco its due importance: "This is the game of our lives."
Wishful thinking from Benfica coach José Camacho: "Next season we have to be as good as FC Porto and win everything."
Sporting president Dias da Cunha proves once again that he is on a different planet. "This game (v V. Guimarães) proved once again that Sporting are the best team in the Championship."
Derlei got some help to score the penalty against Coruña that put FC Porto into the Final of the Champions League. "I knew that God was with me."
Felipe Scolari on another game - vs Sweden - where the result depended on mistakes from his own team - an own goal and a 'frango': "Strange things have happened in these games."
FC Porto coach José Mourinho compliments Markus Merk on his display in the FCP v Depor CL semi-final first leg: "In ten or twelve years of European football, I've never seen refereeing like it."
FC Porto winger Maciel on the effort needed to keep in touch at the club."100% is not enough."
Sports daily A Bola highlights Vitória's improvement and attempt to escape from the relegation zone under the guiding hand of coach Jorge Jésus. "Just by coincidence and nothing else, this Easter has seen
the resurrection of Vitória de Guimarães, coached by Jesus."
Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco does not like what he sees at the club after returning from a spell with Mallorca. The team have lost four and drawn one of his five games in charge:
"I feel disenchanted and a little bit ashamed."
FC Porto president Pinto da Costa gets the knife out for National Seleccionador Felipe Scolari: "What concerns me most is the fact that in a very short time, that exceptional empathy that existed between
the Portuguese and the Selecção has been destroyed."
União de Leiria's Edson claims divine inspiration for his goal against Alverca: "I believe I was illuminated ... It was a marvellous shot - a work of God."
Football Federation president Gilberto Madaíl doesn't want the final of the Taça de Portugal to be played at its traditional home: "The National Stadium is five-star ... but only sentimental ones."
Normally mild-mannered coach Toni reacts bitterly to being messed about by the Vitória de Guimarães president, who allegedly offered him the coaching job at the club, then said he had done no such thing: "For me,
Pimenta Machado is dead."
A fan, who ran onto the pitch during training for relegation-threatened Vitória de Guimarães Tuesday: "I'm 51 and I've never seen Vitória in the Second Division. Have some shame and work!"
FC Porto coach José Mourinho after his side beat Boavista 1-0: "Yesterday I said that we're nearly, nearly, nearly Champions. Today we're nearly Champions."
FC Porto hero Costinha, scorer of the vital Champions League goal against Manchester United, confesses to some splendid indiscipline: "I wasn't even supposed to be in that position!"
Comic strip 'Beard and Hair' in A Bola:
Customer: "Karadas, the Rosenborg forward wanted at the Luz, says that Benfica are a great team and above average in Europe."
"The things people will say to escape from the cold ..."
Boavista president João Loureiro sacks coach Erwin Sanchez: "This was the most difficult decision I've had to make as president."
Lisbon Mayor Pedro Santana Lopes responds to the controversy generated by McDonald's apparent exclusion of disabled kids from one of their promotions:
"On our own initiative, we're going to take kids with disabilites to the games ... with or without hamburgers."
FPF president Gilberto Madaíl wanders off on a peculiar flight of fancy: "At this moment, I compare the organisation of Euro 2004 to a big tent that has everything you need inside ... All we have to do now is
FC Porto coach José Mourinho ahead of the CL match with Manchester United. The game was to prove him wrong ... at least for the time being: "The Champions League was not made for Portuguese sides."
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson turns on the diplomacy ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash: "It seems like FC Porto buy their Portuguese titles in Tesco's."
Sporting president Dias da Cunha blames the referee after his side could only draw with Gil Vicente: "This was the system in all it splendour."
Jorge Cadete, former Celtic player on trial with Scottish side Partick Thistle, who play Celtic at the weekend: "It would be great to play against Celtic because the fans still adore me."
Sporting president Dias da Cunha on the authorities' insistence that all the Porto fans sit together at the Sporting v FC Porto game Sunday: "The security authorities dropped their trousers for Porto."
Ahead of Saturday's Sporting v FC Porto clash, Sporting full back Rui Jorge and his coach Fernando Santos didn't seem to be able to get their stories straight: (Rui Jorge)
"It's an important game, but not decisive." (Fernando Santos) "This is going to be the most decisive moment of the championship"
José António Linhares, president of Liga de Honra club Salgueiros, who deceased footballer Miklos Fehér represented for half a season. "Mikki is going to continue to score goals where he is."
Belenenses' new coach Augusto Ignácio after his side have two sent off against Sporting: "We shot ourselves in the head!"
Boavista's Martelinho reacts to suggestions that the team is basically a bunch of cloggers: "When Petit was at Boavista, he was considered a clogger. As soon as he went to Benfica, he had guts and spirit ..."
FC Porto coach José Mourinho, asked how long he will stay at FC Porto: "Things end."
Alverca coach José Couceiro hits back at abuse from the home crowd: "I can't be doing with some of the idiots and cowards in the stands."
FPF president Gilberto Madaíl appeals for solidarity from the Portuguese in the run-in to Euro 2004: "Everybody must understand that we all have to row in the same direction."
FC Porto's Benni McCarthy on new team-mate Maciel: "He's like a Ferrari up against an Opel Astra."
Portugal coach Felipe Scolari on Portugal's chances at Euro 2004: "I put Portugal among the great favourites, along with France, but we should watch out for Spain and Germany."
Sporting coach Fernando Santos, asked whether he would condemn striker Silva's dive for a penalty for Sporting's first goal in Sunday's Lisbon derby. He wouldn't. "I may be Santos, but I'm no saint!"