Académica has a new president: João Moreno
swept in Thursday with over 2,000 votes of the approximately 2,500 cast. Moreno has been president twice before. The club seems to be recovering on the field under Artur Jorge, but it is in a dire financial
state, and it will be one of Moreno's main worries to solve the club's financial problems.
Luís Campos resigned as coach of Vitória de Setúbal after Saturday's humiliating 2-6 home defeat to Benfica. The club has already nominated a successor: Diamantino Miranda, a former
Vitória player and most recently coach of Campomaiorense.
Portugal came third in the Beach Football World Cup, held in Rio de Janeiro. They were beaten by the eventual winners Brazil (who beat Spain 8-2) in the semi-finals but beat France 7-4
in the third-place play-off.
The man in charge of Argentina's youth teams, José Pekerman, was at Sporting's Football Academy Thursday, prompting rumours that he may be the one to take over from Laszlo Bölöni
as coach of the club next season. He was quick to deny any such plan: "I've come on a kind of know-how exchange, that's all," he said.
Portugal's Futsal (5-a-side) team beat Belgium 3-2 in the final group game of the European Championship
in Italy Thursday. Unfortunately, Spain beat the Ukraine 3-0 and go through to the next phase. The Ukraine finished top of the group.
Portugal's Beach Football side are through to the semi-finals of the 9th World Cup, being held in Rio. They beat Uruguay 3-1 Thursday.
Azores club Santa Clara are under investigation by the police for possible administrative irregularities, it was revealed Thursday.
FC Porto's Brazilian midfielder Deco
has had his application for Portuguese naturalisation accepted and should be a community player within the next fortnight. This will pave the way for the player to be selected by Felipe Scolari
for the Portuguese team for their next friendly against Brazil. It also gives FC Porto an extra slot for a non-community player in their squad.
Mário Jardel of Sporting has also acquired Portuguese citizenship. He cannot play for Portugal as he has already played for Brazil, but the change in status from foreigner to European Community
player will help him in the transfer market.
FC Porto have declared a press blackout in light of the suspensions handed down to Jorge Costa and Costinha, and the fine to Maniche, following the aggression on Simão Sabrosa
in the FC Porto v Benfica league match of last October.
Mário Jardel appears to be in yet more trouble with his club, Sporting. According to reports, he missed training on Thursday without justification, and was dropped from Saturday's game at Varzim
, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The official line is that he is suffering from physical fatigue, or physical and psychological fatigue, whichever source you listen to.
Sporting are preparing a defence for Mário Jardel, threatened with a ban for displaying advertising on his undershirt during his celebrations for his first goal against Paços de Ferreira at the weekend.
thye say that FC Porto's Lithuanian striker Jankauskas has been guilty of the same misdemeanor this season but received no penalty.
The board of Sporting Braga the club have resigned, following the same action taken by the board of the Sociedade Desportiva
(see 05/02). The president and the other directors are expected to continue in their posts until an alternative solution can be found.
The Vitória de Guimarães midfielder Guga has been suspended after leaking to the press that wages at the club are overdue.
Benfica are to sell off the pitch at their legendary Luz stadium when it is demolished, beginning at the end of March. Also to be sold are the seats.
Segunda B side Amora
need to find half a million euros by July to pay off tax and social security debts. The club is considering launching a scheme whereby for 2,500 euros fans can become 'management members', meaning that they can sit at board meetings, analyse the books or suggest players to buy. they will not, however, have the power to decide anything.
Former National Team Coach Humberto Coelho was officially presented as South Korea's coach Tuesday. He has promised to give the team "a Latin touch".
Manuel José has signed on as coach for Belenenses until the end of next season. He will begin work next Tuesday. He takes over from Brazilian Marinho Peres
, who resigned two weeks ago. Manuel José had one foot in the door as National Team Coach
after the World cup disaster, but the FPF finally opted for Scolari. He has previously been coach at Benfica, Sporting, Boavista and União de Leiria, among others.
The board of the administrative arm (Sociedade Anónima Desportiva) of Sporting Braga resigned en bloc Wednesday in the face of growing financial problems at the club. According to Rádio Renascença,
the players have not been paid for two months.
Former Benfica coach Toni is back in Portugal. He has brought his new team, Shenyang Ginde of China, to the Algarve for a period of training. Also in the Algarve at the moment are Dynamo Kiev
, fleeing the firece Russian winter.
The state TV channel RTP wants to sell its 33% share in the cable TV channel SportTV owing to rationalization. Eurosport
may be a buyer, but they will have to find around 33 million euros for the privilege. (Correio da Manhã)
FC Porto have been named the best club in the world for January by the IFFHS
(International Federation of Football History and Statistics). The club won its twelfth league game in a row Sunday, leads the SuperLiga by a mile and is still in contention for the Taça de Portugal and the UEFA Cup. Overall, however, Porto are in 36th (from 54th) in the IFFHS rankings.
Sporting are 68th (from 54th) and Boavista are 70th (from 68th). Benfica are not in the top positions. According to the same rankings, Manchester United are now the best club in the world.
The Portuguese Liga de Clubes, in charge of the organisation of the SuperLiga, Segunda Liga and all the divisions below that, is 25 years old today.
Television presenter Carlos Cruz, at the helm of Portugal's successful bid for Euro 2004, has been arrested in connection with the nationwide paedophilia scandal involving the Casa Pia
, a chartiable institution for orphans.
The General Assembly of the FPF voted Friday to restructure the top and second divisions in Portugal. In the new system, the so-called SuperLiga would be reduced from 18 to 16 clubs, while the Segunda
of 18 clubs would change its name to Primeira and would be divided into two groups of 16, north and south. The decision, however, is likely to be impugned by the Liga dos Clubes
as not being procedurally legitimate.