The Portuguese media revealed on Monday the top earners in the domestic game last season. Ricardo Quaresma, then at FC Porto but now at Inter Milan, heads the list. There were five Porto players in the top ten:
Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto), 2,135,224.91 euros
Nuno Gomes (Benfica), 2,040,711.78
Lucho González (FC Porto), 1,652,882.23
Liedson (Sporting), 1,571,888.68
Lisandro Lopez, (FC Porto), 1,380,489.03
Hélder Postiga (FC Porto), 1,360,320.41
Katsouranis (Benfica), 1,327,186.68
Helton (FC Porto), 1,231,515.63
Anderson Polga (Sporting), 1,196,172.88
João Moutinho (Sporting), 1,002,313.68
As the end of the year approaches, Romanian website Onlinesport has reported on the number of foreigners playing in the domestic league: 186. Of those, the biggest group, with 31 players, is … Portuguese. There are 28 Brazilians.
Vietnam are South-East Asian Champions after drawing 1-1 at home to Thailand; they had won the first leg 2-1. Vietnam are coached by the Portuguese Henrique Calisto, 55, who has won titles with the Vitnamese club Dong Tam and in Portugal coached teams such as Boavista, Académica and Leixões.
The Spanish Football Federation officially announced on Tuesday its intention to stage the 2018 World Cup jointly with Portugal.
The Public Prosecutor is to investigate a report from the stock exchange that Benfica's share price was manipulated in July 2007 when a Chinese consortium was reported to have made a bid for shares in the club at a price which caused the actual value of the shares to go up.
Estrela da Amadora's players have been paid two months' salary and have called off their strike, which would have affected the club's Liga match against Paços de Ferreira this weekend.
Egyptian side Al Ahly have won the sixth African Champions League, four of them, including this one, under Portuguese coach Manuel José, 62. They drew 2-2 at Cameroonian side Cotton Sport, but had won the first leg 2-0 in Cairo. Manuel José has won 17 titles in total with the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th (and 101st) goals for Manchester United on Saturday as his team beat Stoke City 5-0 at Old Trafford. "I feel proud and very happy," he said.
The Estrela da Amadora squad have officially given notice that they will strike if salaries are not paid to them. The president of the club, António Oliveira, promised them the payment of one month's salary (out of at least four months, although some players are owed more) on Friday – a total of 142,000 euros for 41 professionals. But the money did not appear and the squad filed notice of a strike with the Players' Union. Meanwhile, the club has issued a press release saying that one month's salary will be paid on Monday, and that it could not be paid on Friday merely because of administrative constraints. Estrela will play Benfica on Sunday (five days' notice is needed for a strike) but will not play the games against Paços de Ferreira on 30 November or Sporting on 7 December unless they are paid what is due to them. Their game against FC Porto, originally scheduled for 23 November, has already been moved to 17 December on Estrela's request.
The Estrela squad, including coach Lito Vidigal, gave a press conference on Friday to highlight the difficulties they are having to cover the most basic of personal expenses and to threaten a walk-out if a solution is not found. Some players of Estrela da Amadora are owed seven months' salary. The Players' Union is to make 100,000 euros available to the players from its Salary Guarantee Fund. The president of the Union, Joaquim Evangelista, has pointed out that the club was only permitted to compete in the top flight this season, like all clubs, after it produced a declaration from a chartered accountant that all salaries were paid up, which, he said, "was false".
Director of Football Rui Costa has been appointed as a Director of Benfica SAD, the administrative arm of the club.
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.
Manuel Tulipa has replaced Toni Conceição at the helm of rock bottom Trofense, newly promoted to the top tier. Toni, who brought the club up from the Liga de Honra, was sacked after three straight defeats. Tulipa was until now coach at Honra side Estoril Praia.
Belenenses' president Fernando Sequeira resigned on Monday in response to protests from fans following the club's poor start to the season.
In a crazy two-week period, midfielder Danny has been transferred from Dynamo Moscow to Zenit for 30 million euros, a Russian record, he has been selected for the Portuguese squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Denmark, and on Friday he scored the winner and was voted Man of the Match as Zenit beat Manchester United to take the European SuperCup in Mónaco.
Benfica's Chinese striker Yu Dabao has fractured a toe in training and will be out of action for three months. The player was due to be loaned out this season.
Former Boavista midfielder Rui Bento has been named successor to coach Jaime Pacheco, who resigned on Tuesday. Bento was in Boavista's title-winning side under Pacheco in 2000/01. He has recently been coach of Penafiel.
Jaime Pacheco has quit as Boavista coach just days before the new league campaign begins. He has been in coaching for 17 years, nine of which with the Panteras; taking them to their one and only title in 2000/2001. He has also been in charge at Vitória de Guimarães and at Spanish club Mallorca. Boavista the club is in dire straits financially and has been relegated to the second tier (Liga Vitalis) for alleged ref-rigging in the 2003/04 season.
Sporting beat FC Porto 2-0 on Saturday in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (between last season's Champions and Taça de Portugal winners) to make it two Supertaças and a Taça de Portugal that they have won over the northerners in two seasons. In front of 23,000 at the Estádio do Algarve, Sporting always looked the more composed of the two teams, but they also had their share of luck. Lucho González hit the post in the first half before Yannick Djaló took advantage of some slack defending to sweep a Romagnoli pass home on the stroke of half time. The same player found himself free in front of goal after some bumbling by Sapunaru on 57 minutes to make it 2-0. Porto had a chance to make a game of it on 73 minutes when Lucho González strode up to take a spot-kick after Caneira had handled in the box, but his low shot to the right of the goal was palmed around the post by Ru Patrício, who had earlier touched over a dipping shot by Raul Meireles and made several other top quality saves.
The teams lined up.
FC Porto: Helton, Sapunaru, Bruno Alves, Pedro Emanuel, Benítez, Guarín (Candeias 70), Raul Meireles, Lucho González, Lisandro, Rodriguez, Farías (Hulk 56).
Sporting: Rui Patrício, Abel, Tonel, Polga, Caneira, João Moutinho, Rochemback, Izmailov, Romagnoli (Miguel Veloso 68), Derlei (Postiga 82), Yannick Djaló (Pereirinha 90).
It was Sporting's seventh Supertaça, the first edition of which was in the 1979/80 season.
All the Finals (from Maisfutebol):
FC Porto-BOAVISTA, 1-2 (Romeu/ Júlio 2)
Sporting-Benfica, 2-2 (Jordão 2, 1gp/ Carlos Manuel, César)
BENFICA-Sporting, 2-1 (Nené, Vital/ Jordão gp)
Benfica-FC Porto, 2-0 (Nené 2)
FC PORTO-Benfica, 4-1 (Jacques 3, Costa/ Jorge Gomes)
Braga-Sporting, 2-1 (Jorge Gomes, Fontes/ Freire)
SPORTING-Braga, 6-1 (M. Fernandes 3, Jordão 2, Lito/ Vítor Oliveira)
FC Porto-Benfica, 0-0
Benfica-FC PORTO, 1-2 (Manniche/ Frasco, Vermelhinho)
Benfica-FC Porto, 1-0 (Manniche)
FC Porto-Benfica, 1-0 (Vermelhinho)
FC Porto-Benfica, 3-0 (Vermelhinho, Gomes 2)
Benfica-FC PORTO, 0-1 (Futre)
Benfica-FC Porto, 1-0 (Diamantino)
FC Porto-BENFICA, 0-0
FC Porto-Benfica, 1-1 (Gomes/ Rui Pedro)
Benfica-FC PORTO, 2-4 (Diamantino, Dito/ Madjer, Futre 2, Gomes)
Benfica-Sporting, 0-3 (Edmundo o.g., Silvinho, Paulinho Cascavel)
SPORTING-Benfica, 1-0 (Silvinho)
Guimarães-FC Porto, 2-0 (Décio, N'Dinga)
FC Porto-GUIMARÄES, 0-0
Benfica-Belenenses, 2-0 (Vata, Lima)
Belenenses-BENFICA, 0-2 (Macaé o.g., Magnusson)
E. Amadora-FC Porto, 2-1 (Miranda, Baroti/ Geraldão)
FC PORTO-E. Amadora, 3-0 (Paille, Semedo, Jorge Couto)
Benfica-FC Porto, 2-1 (Yuran, William/ Jaime Magalhães)
FC Porto-Benfica, 1-0 (Timofte)
(Coimbra) FC PORTO-Benfica, 1-1 aet (4-3 pens) (João Pinto pen/ Isaías)
FC Porto-Boavista, 1-2 (Kostadinov/ Marlon, Artur)
BOAVISTA-FC Porto, 2-2 (Tavares, Marlon/ Kostadinov 2)
Benfica-FC Porto, 1-0 (Rui Águas)
FC Porto-Benfica, 1-0 (Vinha)
FC PORTO-Benfica, 2-2 aet (4-3 o.g.) (Domingos, Secretário/ Tavares, César Brito)
Benfica-FC Porto, 1-1 (Vítor Paneira/ Rui Filipe)
FC Porto-Benfica, 0-0
(Paris) FC PORTO-Benfica, 1-0 (Domingos)
Sporting-FC Porto, 0-0
FC Porto-Sporting, 2-2 (Domingos 2/ Naybet, Ouattara)
(Paris) SPORTING-FC Porto, 3-0 (Sá Pinto 2, Carlos Xavier)
FC Porto-Benfica, 1-0 (Domingos)
Benfica-FC PORTO, 0-5 (Artur, Edmilson, Jorge Costa, Wetl, Drulovic)
Boavista-FC Porto, 2-0 (Ayew, Timofte)
FC Porto-BOAVISTA, 1-0 (Fernando Mendes)
FC Porto-Braga, 1-0 (Zahovic)
Braga-FC PORTO, 1-1 (Formoso/ Capucho)
Beira-Mar-FC Porto, 1-2 (Fary/ Domingos, Esquerdinha)
FC PORTO-Beira-Mar, 3-1 (Jardel 2, Lobão o.g./ Óscar)
FC Porto-Sporting, 1-1 (Alenitchev/ Acosta)
Sporting-FC Porto, 0-0
(Coimbra) FC Porto-SPORTING, 0-1 (Acosta pen)
(Vila do Conde) FC PORTO-Boavista, 1-0 (Jorge Andrade)
(Setúbal) SPORTING-Leixões, 5-1 (Ricardo Fernandes 2, Niculae, Kutuzov, Carlos Martins/Antchouet)
(Guimarães) FC PORTO-U. Leiria, 1-0 (Costinha)
(Coimbra) FC PORTO-Benfica, 1-0 (Ricardo Quaresma)
(Algarve) Benfica-V. Setúbal, 1-0 (Nuno Gomes)
(Leiria) FC PORTO-V. Setúbal, 3-0 (Adriano, Anderson, Vieirinha)
(Leiria) SPORTING-FC Porto, 1-0 (Izmailov)
(Faro) FC Porto-SPORTING, 0-2 (Yannick Djaló)
F.C. Porto, 24 presences, 15 titles
V. Guimarães, 1/1
Sp. Braga, 2/0
U. Leiria, 1/0
E. Amadora, 1/0
Beira Mar, 1/0
V. Setúbal, 2/0
Boavista have been allowed to register to play in the Liga Vitalis (second tier), the only fully professional division after the Liga Sagres (top tier). The club was previously prevented from registering because of debts to the taxman and Social Security of around 15 million euros. It requested authorisation from the authorities to pay the debt off in instalments, and the request itself was enough to open the doors to registration with the Liga. Meanwhile, however, the request for phased payment was turned down by the authorities, but it is believed that the registration, allowed by the Liga merely on the basis of proof of request, will be difficult to reverse.
Nacional president Rui Alves has bee suspended for 75 days after sending an abusive SMS message to União de Leiria president João Bartolomeu.
Gil Vicente have been docked three points (from last season's tally) for one of their directors trying to bribe Olhanense midfielder Guga before a Liga de Honra (second tier) game in May.
Portugal won the 8th beach football Mundialito on Sunday, beating Brazil 5-4 in a thrilling final in Portimão, Algarve. Portugal's Madjer scored the winner, was top scorer in the tournament (eight goals) and was voted Player of the Tournament.
After being relegated for (still 'alleged' – the case is going through the common courts) match rigging by the Liga, Boavista have until 11 August to come up with a list of at least 12 senior players in order to be registered for the Liga Vitalis (second tier). The club has a debt of 15 million with the State (tax and Social Security), and does not therefore have a certificate from the authorities to say that they are paid up. Without the certificate they cannot register players. It is a Catch 22 situation which may see the historic club (105 years old) close at a professional level. Meanwhile, captain Mário Silva and midfielder Luís Loureiro have rescinded their contracts with the club, while João Tomás and Edgar are likely to follow suit.
Boavista have officially been relegated to the second tier, now called the Liga Vitalis (a brand of bottled water). A decision of the Liga Disciplinary Committee following alleged match-rigging was ratified by the Football Federation's Council of Justice, but the latter voted without the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council. The Federation asked statesman Freitas do Amaral for his legal opinion on whether the decision of said meeting was valid: he said "yes" and the Federation set the administrative wheels in motion to relegate Boavista (and incidentally ban FC Porto president Pinto da Costa for two years). Boavista's place in the top tier (Liga Sagres – a brand of beer) will be taken up by Paços de Ferreira, who were 'relegated' based on games played last season.
Vitória de Setúbal's change of shirt for the coming season, a bright pink number that had its début on Saturday against Trofense, was contested so vehemently by the fans that the club has decided to remove it from the market. It has also asked the two spectators who received the shirts from players after the game to return them. Vitória's traditional colours are green and white.
Former politician Freitas do Amaral has given a legal opinion in which he states that the decisions taken at a recent meeting of the FPF's Council of Justice were valid. The meeting was held to ratify, or not, a decision made by the Liga's Disciplinary Committee whereby FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa would be suspended for two years and Boavista would be relegated to the second tier for alleged match-rigging in the 2003/04 season. At the CJ meeting, the chairman and vice-chairman ended the meeting but the other members of the council went on to make their own decision, which Freitas do Amaral has now said is valid. While the ex-politician's legal opinion is not binding, the FPF are to meet on Monday and are expected to use it to enforce the Liga Disciplinary Committee's original decision.
Commercial TV channel TVI have secured the rights to all of Portugal's qualifying games for the 2010 World Cup, as well as all friendlies, the first being against the Faroe Isles on 20 August.
Boavista have until 11 August to submit a list of at least twelve senior professionals to the Liga in order to be able to participate in this season's competition. The problem is that the club has a debt of 15 million euros owed to Social Security, and without clearing the debt, the club will not be able to register new players.
State channel RTP have won the rights to Liga games for the next two seasons, to be transmitted in conjunction with cable channel SportTv. RTP also has the rights to the European competitions. Commercial channel SIC will show the next two editions of the Taça da Liga.
'The Golden Boy' João Vieira Pinto has decided to hang up his boots at the age of 36. JVP started his career at Boavista, spent an unhappy time as a youngster at Atlético Madrid, moved back to Boavista, moved on to Benfica, switched to Sporting, returned to Boavista and ended his career at Sporting Braga. He will be remembered for good and bad things: the worst, the assault on the referee at the 2002 World Cup; the best, a hat trick for Benfica when they beat Sporting 6-3 at Alvalade before going on to win the Liga in 1994, and a sublime headed goal against England at Euro 1996. He played 476 games in the top tier in Portugal, scoring 117 goals.
Liga president and mayor of the northern town of Gondomar, Valentim Loureiro, has received a suspended prison sentence of three years and two months for, among other things, 25 counts of abuse of power. The sentence relates to the 2003/04 season and interference with the selection of referees for the games of local side Gondomar Sport Clube. Loureiro is to appeal against the sentence.
Juventus and Portugal central defender Jorge Andrade has undergone a second operation on his left knee and will be out of action for a lengthy period.
The appeals made by, among others, Boavista and FC Porto president Pinto da Costa, against their relegation and suspension, respectively, following alleged match-fixing, are hanging in the balance after confusion at a meeting of the FPF's Council of Justice on Friday night/Saturday morning. The chairman of the meeting claimed that one of the five members of the committee was ineligible to vote on the questions in hand and promptly closed the meeting, before the matter of the appeals had been heard. The five members then voted to suspend the chairman, and decided to reject the appeal. The question now arises: does the decision to reject the appeals have legal validity.
The FPF is due to pronounce on the matter on Monday, when the draw for the coming season's Liga games is to be made. It is not yet known if Boavista, Paços de Ferre ira (relegated and hoping for a reprieve), or both, will be in the hat.
The Estádio do Algarve will be the venue for this year's Supertaça Cândido Oliveira, the curtain-raiser for every season that pits the previous season's champions with the cup-winners, and will this season be between Sporting and FC Porto. The game is on 16 August.
FC Porto have announced the renewal of the contract ceding televisual rights to the company Olivedesportos until the 2013/14 season for around 52 million euros.
The draw was made on Thursday for the season's games in the second tier of Portuguese football, this year sponsored by Água Vitalis. The draw includes Paços de Ferreira, relegated at the end of the season from the top tier, but they may be replaced by Boavista, currently involved in disciplinary proceedings.
Jaime Pacheco will stay on at crisis-torn Boavista for at least another season, it was announced on Thursday. The club faces possible relegation for alleged match-fixing in the 2003/04 season, but instead may 'only' be docked nine points.
Various trophies which were shipped out to Angola to be on display during Benfica's mini-tour there in May have been held up in customs in Luanda awaiting clearance. They include the two European Cups won by Benfica in the early 60s.
Former FC Porto central defender Jorge Costa has been made coach of Algarve second tier club Olhanense. Costa had a less than successful spell at Sporting Braga in his first coaching job, which ended with a sacking early last season.
Hoaxer Sérgio Silva, who in April offered to lend Boavista 38 million euros, has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence.
José António Linhares has received a three-year suspended sentence for defrauding the tax authorities at the time he was president of Salgueiros.
As from next season, referees will have to mention in their match report any 'souvenirs' they receive from clubs. The move follows the match-fixing scandal ('Apito Dourado') involving, among others, FC Porto and Boavista, that has shaken Portuguese football to the core.
José Mourinho has officially been announced as Inter Milan's coach for the next three years, taking over from Roberto Mancini. Mourinho's assistants will be the same ones he had at FC Porto and Chelsea: Rui Farias, Silvino and André Vilas Boas.
Brazilian coach Lori Sandri will take over from compatriot Sebastião Lazaroni at Marítimo. In Brazil, the 59-year-old has been in charge at Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Goiás, Paraná, Sertãozinho and Internacional.
Lito Vidigal, brother of the Livorno player Vidigal, will be presented as Estrela da Amadora coach on Tuesday. Lito is still at Ribeirão of the second division.
Humberto Coelho, once Portugal coach, is to be appointed coach of the Tunisia national side on a three-year contract.
Casimiro Mior will be Belenenses' coach next season, taking over from Jorge Jésus, who has moved to Sporting Braga. Mior took Nacional to fourth in the table three seasons ago.
Quique Flores, 43, was presented as the new Benfica coach on Saturday and will, in principle, stay for two seasons. The Spanish coach, formerly at Getafe and more recently at Valência, said that he could make no promises, but that one of his objectives was "to make Benfica competitive again."
FC Porto had the best average attendance for Liga games last season, with 38,632 going through the turnstiles, according to the Liga de Clubes website, followed by Benfica and Sporting. Porto also had the highest attendance rate: 76%. Estrela da Amadora was the Liga club with the lowest total attendance over the season: just 23,449.
Two Portuguese players (Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani) and a Portuguese coach (Carlos Queiróz) were deliriously happy, three Portuguese players (Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira and Hilário) downcast on Wednesday: Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League Final in Moscow. Cristiano Ronaldo put Manchester United in front in the first half with a perfectly executed header, while Frank Lampard equalised just before half time. The match went to extra time and penalties: Cristiano Ronaldo missed his in the first round ("This could have been the worst day of my life!") but was saved from disgrace by a miss from John Terry and a Van der Sar save from Anelka. Nani scored his penalty in the second round.
Cristiano Ronaldo, with eight goals, was the top scorer in this season's Champions League.
Manchester United coach Carlos Queiróz said after the game that Cristiano Ronaldo will be remaining at the club next season.
Jorge Jesus, who took Belenenses to the brink of Europe, will be Sporting Braga's coach for the next two years.
Troubled Boavista and coach Jaime Pacheco have parted company.
Coach Manuel Machado has returned to Madeiran club Nacional from Sporting Braga, replacing Jokanovic..
Paulo Sérgio, formerly of Olhanense, Santa Clara and Beira-Mar, is to take over from José Mota at Paços de Ferreira, while José Mota moves to Leixões.
Pedro Alves, ex-coach of Gil Vicente, will be in charge of União de Leiria next year.
Ex-Estrela da Amadora coach Daúto Faquirá has been presented as Vitória de Setúbal's coach, taking over from Carlos Carvalhal, who has moved to Greece.
Sporting striker Liedson will be out of action for at least four months after undergoing surgery on his left knee.
Coach Daúto Faquirá is to move from Estrela da Amadora to Vitória de Setúbal on a two-year contract.
Paços de Ferreira have parted company with coach José Mota after the club came second to bottom of the Liga and was relegated to the second tier (subject to an appeal by Boavista against their relegation for interference with referees).
After failing to clinch promotion to the top division, Gil Vicente have parted company with coach Paulo Alves, who looks set to join União de Leiria, relegated from the top division.
Paulo Sérgio has resigned as coach of Liga de Honra side Beira-Mar, citing the disorganisation of the club as a reason.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Liga de Clubes announced on Friday its decisions in respect of the so-called 'Final Whistle' process, an off-shoot of the 'Golden Whistle' referee-bribing trial currently in progress in the criminal courts. The facts relate to the 2003-04 season and three clubs – FC Porto, Boavista and União de Leiria – who were accused of either bribing or putting pressure on referees and linesmen in return for favours on the pitch. All three clubs and their presidents, as well as a number of match officials, were found guilty.
The penalties are as follows:
- Fine of 180 thousand euros
- Docking of six points from this season's total (2007/08)
- Fine of 150 thousand euros
União de Leiria:
- Docking of three points from this season's total (2007/08)
- Fine of 4 thousand euros
Pinto da Costa (president of FC Porto):
- Two years' suspension
- Fine of 10 thousand euros
João Loureiro (ex-president of Boavista):
- Four years' suspension
- Fine of 25 thousand euros
João Bartolomeu (president of União de Leiria):
- One year's suspension
- Fine of 40 thousand euros
Referee Augusto Duarte:
- Six years' suspension
Referee Jacinto Paixão:
- Four years' suspension
Referee Martins dos Santos:
- Three years' suspension
Linesmen José Chilrito, Manuel Quadrado and Bernardino Silva:
- Two and a half years' suspension
All of the decisions are subject to appeal to the Football Federation's Council of Justice. Boavista are to appeal against their relegation, while FC Porto and União de Leiria will not appeal since the points to be docked relate to this season; Porto have a 20 point advantage at the top and União are already relegated anyway. However, all the presidents involved are to appeal against their penalties.
If Boavista are relegated, their place in the top flight will be taken by Paços de Ferreira or Leixões, one of which would otherwise be relegated along with União de Leiria.
The Board of Directors of Boavista FC resigned following the decision to releagte the club. The Board of Boavista SAD (the financial face of the club) resigned in the week in the light of the awful financial difficulties the club is going through.
Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira, accompanied by soon-to-be Director of Football Rui Costa and legal consultant Paulo Gonçalves were in Manchester on Wednesday to try to convince Mancester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson to take over as coach at the club. The Swede was at Benfica from 1982-84 and from 1989-92. During his spells at the club he won three Portuguese titles (1982/83, 1983/84 and 1990/91), a Taça de Portugal (1983) and a Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (1989), and took the Eagles to the Final of the UEFA Cup (1983) and the European Cup (1990). Meanwhile, according to the English press, Portugal coach Luíz Felipe Scolari is favourite to take over from Eriksson at City.
Cluj clinched the Romanian title for the first time in their history Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Universitatea on the last day of the season. The winner was scored from the spot by Portuguese centre back Cadu on the hour. Cluj also fielded the Portuguese emigrants Tony, Dani and Semedo, with Manuel José coming on in the second half. Other Portuguese players currently on Cluj's books are Nuno Claro, Fredy and André Leão.
Other Portuguese exports were also on target: in Italy a goal from Pelé helped Inter Milan to a 2-0 win over Lázio and the consequent passage to the Final of the Italian Cup; and in Germany, a goal from Hugo Almeida in a 1-0 win over Hamburg took Werder Bremen up to second in the table.
The board of Boavista SAD (the financial arm of the club), led by president Álvaro Braga Jr., resigned on Tuesday after meeting with the players and confirming that it was impossible to pay them their wages in arrears: March and 60% of December.
Vitória de Guimarães fans, returning north after their game at Belenenses on Sunday, chose two service stations to allegedly stone coaches with Leixões fans (including children), also returning north after playing in Setúbal. Several Leixões fans needed treatment.
Sporting's star striker Liedson is expected to be out for the rest of the season after twisting a knee against Marítimo at the weekend; the Brazilian may have to undergo surgery. Also out for the same reason are Wesley and Paulo Sousa of Paços de Ferreira. Wesley especially will be sorely missed by Paços in their fight against relegation.
Benfica's veteran midfielder Rui Costa is to be awarded a gold medal by the City of Lisbon as he nears the end of a long career; he will hang up his boots in ten days' time. During his time at Benfica, Fiorentina, AC Milan and Benfica again, Rui Costa won an U-20 World Cup, a Portuguese title, a Taça de Portugal, an Italian title, three Italian Cups, and Italian Supercup, a European Supercup and a European Cup. He made 94 appearances for the Portuguese national team, scoring 26 goals.
Former Benfica great Carlos Mozer has been sacked as coach of Angolan club Interclube, who were champions last season but are stuck in 12th spot this. There have been rumours that the Brazilian may be returning to the Luz in some capacity.
Varzim of the Liga de Honra (second tier) won the first Liga Intercalar Wednesday, beating Sporting Braga 2-1 at Trofense's stadium. João Tomás put Braga in front on 38 minutes, but Malafaia equalised from the spot on 69. The game went to extra time, with Candeias, on loan from FC Porto, getting the winner for Varzim.
The Liga Intercalar was a competition organised by the Porto Football Association to allow squad players to get a run out in competitive games. Entrance to games was free, and the competition was a modest success.
The Portuguese international and former Lyon, Chelsea and Benfica midfielder Tiago, now with Italian giants Juventus, has been voted the worst signing in the Italian league this season by readers of Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
Former FC Porto, Sporting and Beira-Mar striker Mário Jardel has confessed on a Brazilian TV show to having been addicted to cocaine, which he says he has now quit. Former team-mate at Jardel's first club Grêmio, Paulo Nunes, has said that the striker picked up the habit while he was at FC Porto, the separation from his wife Karen compounding the problem.
José Mourinho has hinted that he's ready to return to work. speaking at the opening of a hotel in which he has invested, he said: "Now that the championships are reaching the end, we'll see if there is some country or club that motivates me enough and will be motivated, and if so, I'll be working in the pre-season ... But it's not part of my career plan to work in Portuguese football, either at clubs or with the National team."
Sporting Braga coach Manuel Machado has resigned after a third straight win that has left the club in ninth position and severely jeopardised the team's chances of qualifying for Europe. Saturday's 1-4 defeat in Madeira against Marítimo was the last straw. António Caldas, who took over briefly when Jorge Costa was sacked earlier in the season, will resume the caretaker function until the end of the season.
The online version of the national weekly newspaper Expresso suggested that FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa was in hospital. The club issued a press release to say that the news was "completely false and fabricated."
João Vale e Azevedo, former president of Benfica, is to be tried for the alleged crimes of embezzlement, money laundering and forgery related to the transfer of Scott Minto (to Benfica), Gary Charles (to West Ham), Amaral (to Fiorentina) and Tahar (to Southampton) in the 1999/2000 season. Vale e Azevedo is alleged to have misappropriated four million euros in the deals.
Romanian coach Laszlo Bölöni, who won a title with Sporting, is set to take over from Manuel Machado at Sporting Braga at the end of the season. His contract will initially be for two seasons.
Sports daily A Bola has reported that coach José Mourinho is in Milan with his agent Jorge Mendes, negotiating a contract to join Inter Milan for the coming season.
The same newspaper has also reported that Manchester United's Assistant Coach, Carlos Queiróz, is in line for the vacant Benfica job, although Alex Ferguson has said that he doesn't expect the Portuguese coach to leave the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in Manchester United's win over Bolton Wednesday for his 32nd and 33rd official goals of the season, beating George Best's 32 in 1967/68. To definitively enter the annals of United's history, CR will have to beat the players below:
Denis Law, 46 goals (1963/64)
Van Nistelrooy, 44 (2002/03)
Denis Law, 36 (1964/65)
Van Nistelrooy, 36 (2001/02)
Tommy Taylor, 34 (1956/57)
The USA beat Denmark 2-1 in the Final to win the XVth Mundialito of Women's football, held in the Algarve. Portugal finished 10th after losing to China on penalties.
Carlos Brito has been sacked as coach of struggling Leixões. Sunday's defeat at Naval was the last straw for the board of Directors, especially after fans staged demonstrations calling for Brito's head. António Pinto, assistant to Brito, will take charge as caretaker. Brito is the seventh Liga coach to leave his club this season.
Fernando Chalana, caretaker at Benfica after José António Camacho's resignation on Sunday, will stay in charge until the end of the season, assisted by another former Benfica great Shéu Han.
FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa has said that although nothing has been signed, the club will extend coach Jesualdo Ferreira's contact for another season.
Paulo Duarte, sacked by União de Leiria in November, is the new coach of Burkina Fasso, 109th in the FIFA rankings.
Vitória de Guimarães have offered to pay for the damage caused by the club's fans to Sporting's team coach after Sunday's Liga match, which Vitória won 2-0. Three teenagers were arrested following the stoning of the bus.
José António Camacho has resigned as coach of Benfica after the 2-2 draw at home to the Liga's bottom club União de Leiria. "I believe it's better for the team," he said. "The motivation that I see in the players isn't normal. We've drawn seven games at home and lost one. I've spoken to the president and told him that maybe the situation wasn't going to get better. Benfica needs more, and that depends on the reaction of the players; I hope they'll produce more with another coach." Fernando Chalana will sit on the bench as caretaker for the upcoming games.
Belenenses have had to forfeit their win earlier in the season over Naval in which the striker Meyong scored a penalty. Meyong had already played for two other clubs this season and was thus prohibited from appearing for another club. Apart from the three lost points (which go to Naval), Belenenses have been docked a further three as a penalty. The club are to appeal the decision
União de Leiria have suspended players Maciel and Alhandra. Allegedly, the former was involved in trouble in discoteque in the early hours of Sunday, while the latter was spotted in the early hours in a striptease club on 11 January.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined around 11,000 euros by Manchester United for using his mobile phone during training.
Meanwhile, Valência have fined midfielder Manuel Fernandes and full back Miguel a reported 25,000 euros each following a night out in January to celebrate Miguel's birthday. There was a disturbance at the night club they went to, and Manuel Fernandes, now at Everton, was arrested and spent the night in jail for assaulting a bouncer.
There was little movement (54 entries) in the Portuguese transfer market during the January transfer window. The Liga (top tier) now has 438 players registered to play from 39 different nationalities. Foreigners and Brazilians make up 56.5% and 34.7% of the total number, respectively. Nineteen of the 54 incoming players are from Portuguese clubs, while 26 are from Brazil; there are now 152 Brazilian players in the Liga, around two thirds of all foreigners. There are 190 Portuguese players registered. Other nationalities include Argentina (13), Serbia (8), Angola (7), Uruguay (6), Cameroon (6) and Senegal (5)
Total players: 438
Portuguese: 190 (43,4%)
Foreigners: 248 (56,6%)
Brazilians: 152 (34,7%)
Africans: 34 (7,7%)
Europeans (non-Portuguese): 33 (7,5%)
South Americans (non-Brazilian): 25 (5,7%)
- Portugal: 190 players
- Brazil: 152
- Argentina: 13
- Serbia: 8
- Angola: 7
- Uruguay, Camaroon: 6
- Senegal: 5
- France: 4
- Holland, Poland ,Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Nigeria: 3
- Spain, Slovakia, Austria, Montenegro, Congo, Paraguay: 2
-Germany, Greece, Romania, Sweden, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Russia, Ghana, Morrocco, Guinea-Bissau, Algeria, Mali, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, USA, South Korea, Qatar: 1
O Emplastro is possibly Portugal's most famous fan – whenever there's an outside broadcast with a reporter talking to camera, there will be O Emplastro standing behind him, grinning. For once, however, ía SIC Notcias reporter has got his own back.
Benfica have been asked to pay 3,000 euros for the roughly 200 seats destroyed by their fans in the weekend's game at Vitória de Guimarães.
Vitória de Setúbal coach Carlos Carvalhal, sent off during the weekend's Liga game at Nacional, has been suspended for 20 days and fined 2,500 euros.
According to an international study just published (Viewer Track), last season's Champions League game between FC Porto and Chelsea was the most watched TV programme of the year in Portugal (4.6 million viewers).
Born 66 years ago in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) in the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique, éEusbio da Silva Ferreira is universally regarded as the greatest Portuguese player of all time. When he was 18, the 'Black Panther' or 'King' moved to Portugal and Benfica where he stayed until almost the end of his career (he also played for Beira-Mar). In the season after his arrival, he helped Benfica to win their second European Cup in consecutive seasons, against Real Madrid in the Final. He played 64 times for Portugal and was the star of their 1966 World Cup campaign where they came third.
Happy Birthday, Eusébio!
Estrela da Amadora cancelled training Thursday after the club found it impossible to pay the players their two months' salary that is overdue.
Following the mix-up with the situation of Cameroonian striker Meyong, who played illegally for Beleneneses at the weekend and will probably cause the club to lose six points, the player has returned to Levante. Meanwhile, the football director Carlos Janela, ultimately responsible for the signing, was assaulted by angry fans outside Belenenses' stadium on Tuesday evening. In the aftermath of the fiasco, Belenenses president Cabral Ferreira has resigned.
In the on-going 'Golden Whistle' corruption scandal, the ex-girlfriend of FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, Carolina Salgado, told the court Friday that she saw him give referee Augusto Duarte a 2,500 sweetener before the Beira-Mar v FC Porto game in the 2003/04 season. Salgado also claimed that Pinto da Costa tried to bribe her to keep quiet after they had separated in 2006.
Estrela da Amadora's Tiago Gomes was voted top young player for December by the Players' Union. Last week, Boavista's Peter Jehle was voted top senior player.
Former FC Porto coach Co Adriaanse has been ordered by FIFA to pay FC Porto 1.15 million euros in compensation for unilaterally terminating his contract just days before the 2006/07 season began. His assistant Jan Olde Riekerink will pay 146,250 euros. The Dutch coach had won the Portuguese title for Porto the season before.
Benfica's Katsouranis faces a suspension and fine from the Liga for his behaviour in the game at Setúbal on Saturday in which he faced up to team-mate Luisão and was seen to direct an obscene gesture at him. The Greek midfielder can also expect diciplinary prodeedings within the club. Luisão is expected to be merely be fined by the club for his part in the incident.
Coca Cola have extended their partnership deal with FC Porto until the end of the 2010/11 season. The partnership began in 1999.
Boavista are reported to have 173 cases against them currently going through the courts. Debtors include former players, coaching staff, employees, agents and the tax office (owed 1.18 million euros).
A new law prohibiting smoking in enclosed public spaces has come into force in Portugal. The ban affects bars, restaurants and clubs, but not football stadiums ... except for concourses and the executive and directors' boxes.