"I still feel like a youngster", said Eusébio
as he blew out 65 candles Thursday. Confronted with a review of his career in a This-is-Your-Life-type TV programme, he said: "I can't watch this footage nowadays – I just start crying."
It was also the third anniversary of the death of Hungarian striker Miklós Féher, who collapsed on the pitch in a Benfica
game at Vitória de Guimarães. A Mass was held for him at Benfica and a wreath laid at his statue in the Luz by former club president Manuel Vilarinho.
Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madaíl has been voted onto UEFA's Executive Committee, on the day that Michel Platini became the new president of UEFA.
Atlético Madrid midfielder Maniche
has donated 5,000 euros to help a quadraplegic man. Pedro Freitas, who needs an operation, appeared on a Portuguese daytime TV show, and Maniche was moved to make his anonymous donation … which was later publicised by the TV channel SIC.
Coach Augusto Inácio, who began the season at Beira-Mar and lasted just two months at Greek club Ionikos, has joined Iranian club F.C. Foolad Khuzestan, bottom of the first division,
until the end of the season. Inácio is the first Portuguese coach to work in Iran.
Portuguese coach August Inácio has left Greek club Ionikos after just two months in charge.
Carlos Carvalhal has been replaced at Liga bottom club Beira-Mar by Spanish coach Francisco Soler. the club has signed a partnership agreement with Spanish company Inverfutbol,
under which the latter will cover the salaries of the coaching staff, including Soler, and players it selects. Soler led his first training session with the squad Tuesday. Carvalhal's last game in charge was a 6-0
drubbing of Santana in the Taça de Portugal Sunday.
It's the tenth change of coach in the Liga this season:
Pre-season. Co Adriaanse out, Jesualdo Ferreira in (F.C. Porto)
Pre-season. Jesualdo Ferreira out, Zeljko Petrovic in (Boavista)
2nd jornada: Hélio Sousa out, Toni in (V. Setúbal)
7th jornada: Zeljko Petrovic out, Jaime Pacheco in (Boavista)
9th jornada: Augusto Inácio out, Carlos Carvalhal in (Beira Mar)
9th jornada: Carlos Carvalhal out, Rogério Gonçalves in (Sp. Braga)
jornada: Rogério Gonçalves out, Fernando Mira in (caretaker), Mariano Barreto in (Naval)
13th jornada: Toni out, Carlos Cardoso in (V. Setúbal)
14th jornada: Carlos Carvalhal out, Francisco Soler in (Beira Mar)
Benfica midfielder Nuno Assis has received a one-year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, for the use of
prohibited substances. Discounted from the ban are 161 days already served. The club has vowed to appeal the decision to the Swiss Federal Court.
Football accounted for 13 of the top 20 television programmes shown in Portugal in 2006. The World Cup helped, with the game against France being watched by 82.3% of the population.
João Pinto was questioned for three hours by the Portuguese Fraud Squad Wednesday about the 'disappearance' of over three million euros at the time of his transfer from Benfica to
Sporting in 2000. The Sporting Braga player is alleged to have received the money through a side contract, the cash channeled through an English company called Goodstone.
Sporting are to replace the turf on the pitch at Alvalade XXI. Work will start on 9 January and is expected to be finished by 21 January, when Sporting may be playing at home in the Taça.
Barcelona fans have voted Portuguese international Deco
into the club's best team of all-time. The full team: Zubizarreta, Puyol, Koeman, Sergi, Guardiola, Deco, Maradona, Michael Laudrup, Cruyff, Romário, Ronaldinho.