Sporting have announced that Romanian coach Laszlo Bölöni will definitely not be in charge of the team next season. Despite winning the title, the Taça de Portugal and the Portuguese SuperTaça in his two seasons at the club, Bölöni's stock has plummeted in recent months following poor displays from his side that have let local rivals Benfica in to grab second place in the SuperLiga and the corresponding second Champions League slot. Former FC Porto coach
Fernando Santos looks a possibility to take over the job.
Former Belenenses, Campomaiorense, Alverca and Seixal player Bruno Silva has died from a brain tumor, aged just 27.
Deloitte & Touche published Tuesday their annual report on the state of Portuguese football, referring to season 2001/2002, and it doesn't make happy reading. Liga president
was quick to criticise the clubs for their irresponsibility, saying that "There are clubs paying twice what is possible [in salaries]." Payroll expenses ate up, on average, 78% of the clubs' revenue in that season. The SuperLiga clubs
Sporting, Vitória de Setúbal, Beira-Mar, Santa Clara and Sporting de Braga were all technically bankrupt by the end of the season.
União de Leiria coach Manuel Cajuda
is to leave the club at the end of the season. The two sides could not agree on the terms of the renovation of Cajuda's contract, although the coach says he wanted no more money than he is already getting. He has taken the club to the top reaches of the SuperLiga and to the final of the Taça de Portugal.
UDL have also qualified for next season's UEFA Cup as at least losing finalists (the other finalists are FC Porto, certain winners of the league title).
Manchester United will be the guests for the inauguration of Sporting's Alvalade XXI Stadium on August 6th.
With a 1-1 draw at home to Mafra, Estoril Praia guaranteed their return to the Segunda from the Segunda B (South) Wednesday.
Portugal is going to apply to stage the fifth Women's World Cup in 2007. Applications have to be in by May 31st, and the result will be announced on December 31st.
Carlos Manuel has been sacked as coach of Segunda club Salgueiros after a run of bad results that has made it difficult for the club to gain promotion to the SuperLiga.
Luís Norton de Matos has been appointed the new coach.
Former Leixões coach Carlos Carvalhal has protested the fact that he was promised the coaching job at Sporting Braga, but Former Benfica coach Jesualdo Ferreira
has been appointed. Braga's next game is against Benfica. Benfica need points to confirm their second place in the SuperLiga, and the consequent place in the Champions League. Benfica and Sporting Braga signed a protocol of mutual co-operation this weekend.
Ferreira took his first training session with the team Monday and was promptly floored by a rocket of a shot by captain and resident free-kick taker Barroso
that hit him on the head. He needed medical attention.
Former Benfica coach Jesualdo Ferreira will take over from Fernando Castro Santos at Sporting Braga. The Spaniard has recently been relieved of his post at the northern club.
Leixões guaranteed their return to the Segunda Divisão Saturday with a 2-0 win at home to Freamunde.
Farense of the Segunda have decided after all to show up for their game at Alverca
at the weekend. There was a danger that they would call a strike and refuse to play in the wake of problems with payment of salaries.
FC Porto have ended their press blackout that has lasted months.
The players of Segunda club Farense of the Algarve have warned that they may go on strike this weekend, meaning that the game against top of the table Alverca will be affected. The Liga administration have said that in the event of a strike, Farense will lose the three points and be fined. Salaries to the players are up to five months behind, while other members of staff are owed up to fifteen months' salary.
The official UEFA site has paid tribute to the work done by coach José Mourinho at FC Porto; they are calling it "Mourinho's Perfect Year"
Former Benfica president João Vale e Azevedo, still in prison for embezzlement of club funds, told TSF Radio Thursday that he is a creditor of the club and is taking it to court for the £4.5m
he says he is owed.
Sporting Braga coach Fernando Castro Santos
has been suspended indefinitely. The precise reasons are not known as the club has initiated disciplinary action against him. The club has yet to name a possible replacement.
Carlos Cardoso has been named coach of Vitória de Setúbal until the end of the season, replacing Diamantino Miranda, who left the club Tuesday after barely a month in the job.
Benfica president Manuel Vilarinho was hospitalised Wednesday with chest pains. He will remain in hospital for two or three days for checks.
Algarve club Farense of the Segunda Divisão are in deep financial trouble, with several months' salary owed to players and staff. As a protest, the playing staff have threatened not to show up at their forthcoming match with Segunda leaders
Diamantino Miranda has left bottom club Vitória de Setúbal after just a month in charge. He took over from Luís Campos
(now of Varzim) after Vitória had lost 2-6 at home to Benfica and Campos had been shown the door. Diamantino managed two league defeats and two draws during his time in the post, but refused to accept blame for the club's perilous position. Former ´keeper
Conhé takes over on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement can be found.
Sporting striker Mário Jardel
appears to be finishing the season where he started: in trouble. The club has inititated disciplinary action against him for incidents that allegedly took place in a Lisbon hotel Monday night.
Paulo Futre, who recently quit as Director of Football at Atlético Madrid, has denied that he has been invited to perform the same function at Benfica, despite having met with SAD president
Luís Filipe Vieira.
The Portuguese department of Social Security is going to take 60 players
from the second and third divisions to court. They have been found to be claiming umemployment and other benefits while taking wages from their clubs. The offences could mean a prison term of up to three years.
The 'Luís Figo Foundation', aimed at helping underprivileged youngsters to have an opportunity to do sports, has just been officially formed and will shortly be presented publicly by its president, Luís Fiigo.
Former FC Porto coach Fernando Santos is at the top of the list of possibles to take over from Romanian Laszlo Bölöni at Sporting at the end of the season. (A Bola)
The bulldozers have moved in and started to demolish Benfica's old Luz Stadium. Demolition is expected to be completed by August.
FC Porto stalwart Paulinho Santos
has decided to retire at the end of the season, aged 32. Santos, a no-nonsense midfielder, has been involved in various controversial situations over the last few years, not least an incident in an FC Porto v
Benfica match when Santos broke João Pinto's jaw.