Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's Pepe are the only two Portuguese players on the list of 30 nominated for the Golden Ball, awarded by the magazine France Football
for the best player in Europe last season. The trophy has previously been won by Eusébio (1965) and Luís Figo (2000). The award will be announced on 2 December.
Former Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco has been appointed coach of Belenenses, replacing Casemiro Mior, who was sacked at the weekend. Pacheco left Boavista at the beginning of
this season. His contract with the Lisbon club will be initially until the end of the season.
Boavista of the Liga de Honra (second tier) have an average attendance this season (Liga and Taça da Liga) of just 3,331, but this is still greater than eight teams in the top
division. Trofense (2,789), Vitória de Setúbal (2,762), Académica (2,621), Paços de Ferreira (2,377), Belenenses (1,826), Naval (1,162), Nacional (1,025) and Estrela da Amadora (913) all have lower averages.
Top of the table are Benfica with an average of 56,728 (although from the clássicos against Sporting and FC Porto), while Porto have 36,512. Sporting are third with 29,502, followed by Vitória de Guimarães (16,259), Sporting Braga (10,242), Marítimo (5,299), Rio Ave (4,920) and Leixões (4,491).
Estoril of the Liga de Honra are the professional club with the lowest average: just 379. (See the Liga's
attendance table). Source: Liga/Maisfutebol.
Belenenses have sacked Brazilian coach Casemiro Mior after the team's poor performances from their opening five games won just two points.