“If necessary, I’ll come and clean the boots.”
(Defender José Fonte, 34, asked if he’ll be giving up international football.)


“We gave our lives for the country and the Seleção.”
(Defender José Fonte after the 1-2 defeat to Uruguay that put Portugal out of the World Cup.)


“The most important thing was to get through, and we managed it, thank God.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 1-1 draw against Iran that put Portugal through, but only in second place in Group B.)


If you want to win, sometimes you have to play violin, other times the big bass drum.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos.)


“We need to do more than this; we have to raise the bar.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 1-0 win over Morocco in the second Group B game at the World Cup.)


(Seleção coach Fernando Santos’ grading out of 10 of his side’s performance against Spain, which finished 3-3.)


“If you want to blackmail by threatening to terminate your contracts, terminate now because you’ll never win in court and I’ll never give in to blackmail.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, addressing disgruntled players and their agents.)


“I’m grateful for the invitation, but I can’t accept it.”
(Luíz Felipe Scolari, offered the vacant coach’s job at Sporting.)


“Be what you are, because if you are what you are, you'll be the best of the best.”
(The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, addressing the Seleção.)


“I want to leave everything on the pitch to win every game and give my life here.”
(Benfica’s new signing, Chilean forward Nicolas Castillo.)


“No one wants to play against us.”
(Iran coach, the Portuguese Carlos Queiróz, on the difficulty in finding opposition for friendlies ahead of the World Cup; Iran are in Group B with Portugal.)


“Obviously we’re not totally prepared yet.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 0-0 draw with Belgium in Brussels.)


“We’re not favourites but we have a clear objective, which is to win and be champions.”
(Seleção central defender José Fonte.)


“I’m not very happy with this.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 2-2 draw with Tunisia.)


“They’ve dropped an atomic bomb on Sporting.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after a General Assembly was called for 23 June to remove him.)


“We’re not favourites, but we are candidates.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos ahead of the World Cup.)


“It was like a horror film.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after a week of great turmoil at the club, culminating in a 1-2 defeat to Desportivo das Aves in the final of the Taça de Portugal.)


“It’s annoying, but crime is a part of everyday life.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after 50 hooligans entered the club’s training ground and beat up players and staff.)


“I’m dead.”
(Coach José Couceiro after saving Vitória de Setúbal from relegation and announcing his departure from the club.)


“I hope it’s the first of many more.”
(FC Porto’s Sérgio Conceição after his first title as a coach.)


“We came from last place and ended up challenging for 5th.”
(Chaves coach Luís Castro after closing the season with a 3-2 win at Aves.)


“This shows you can do competent work without shouting about it.”
(Rio Ave coach Miguel Cardoso after securing a [possible] Europa League place with one game left.)


“The demands were such that even the hotel caught fire.”
(Sérgio Conceição, coach of newly- crowned champions FC Porto; the squad had to move hotels on the eve of the game against Feirense [2-1] after a fire started in the underground garage.)


“I’m not an easy coach ... Thank you to the players for putting up with me.”
(Sérgio Conceição, coach of newly- crowned champions FC Porto.)


“If my wife let’s me see the game ...”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira, asked about the Sporting v Benfica clássico.)


“For the football we play, we’ve deserved more, but games are won with goals and points are made by winning games.”
(Estoril coach Ivo Vieira after losing 1-0 at Aves, a result that keeps them bottom and looking a good bet to go down.)


“Things are talked about after they happen, not before.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, not being drawn on whether they will be champions, even though they need only one point from the last two games.)


“What happened was cruel.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 2-3 home defeat to Tondela that makes the title very difficult.)


“Ronaldo, the best player in the world, is whistled in Madrid.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach José Peseiro on Paolo Hurtado, whistled as he was subbed on against Moreirense; he would later score the winning goal.)


“I dedicate this result to our president.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 5-1 home defeat of Vitória de Setúbal on the 36th anniversary of president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa coming to power at the club.)


“Boavista didn’t have a single shot on goal - it’s unheard of!”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after SCP’s 1-0 home win.)


“We thrashed them 2-1.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the win at Estoril in which Benfica missed many clear chances.)


“We haven’t been taking sedatives, nor hugging or holding hands to see whether things improve.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, insisting that it’s hard work that will turn things around for Benfica in the Liga run-in.)


“This team has a very big heart.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after they qualified for the final of the Taça de Portugal, beating FC Porto on penalties in the semi.)


“I’ve heard that I must be mad or have depression. Only people without scruples would say things like that.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“He’s a great man, a great professional and a great captain.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on Mexican Héctor Herrera, who scored the only goal that beat Benfica in the vital clássico.)


“I’m tired of being treated like this. It’s revolting.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro has a dig at the refereeing after the 1-1 draw at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“We’re the team that plays the best and creates the most in Portugal.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after the 5-1 win at Paços de Ferreira that puts them provisionally third in the Liga.)


“53 games is a lot ... some of the players are starting to fall over.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid - not enough to put SCP through to the semis of the Europa League.)


“Ingratitude and a short memory are a part of Sporting’s culture.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on the attack after widespread criticism of his handling of the crisis at the club post-Atlético Madrid.)


“Until they’re arrested, this is going to be the same old clown show.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication Francisco J Marques after Benfica beat Vitória de Setúbal with a penalty in added time.)


“I’m fed up of the attitude of spoilt kids who don’t respect anything or anyone.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after suspending 19 players for speaking out
against his criticism of them following the 2-0 Europa League defeat at Atlético Madrid.)


“It had to be today!”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the two mistakes by normally trustworthy defenders Coates and Mathieu that gifted Atlético Madrid their goals in the 2-0 Europa League quarter-final first-leg win.)


“Cristiano Ronaldo can now abandon Earth and play against Martians.”
(Álvaro Arbeloa after the overhead kick that helped Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.)


“It’s difficult now, but it still depends only on us.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 2-0 defeat at Belenenses that hands the leadership to Benfica.)


“Never fight with a pig, because you get dirty, and especially because the pig likes it.”
(Braga president António Salvador, referring to his Sporting counterpart Bruno de Carvalho after a week of exchanged insults, ending in a 1-0 win for Braga on the field.)


“We’re not out of the title race, but it’s very difficult.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-0 defeat at Sporting Braga.)


“In Portugal there are two games - one on the pitch and the other off it, which is communication.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of Braga v SCP, wounded by sniping from both sides.)


“They said I couldn’t keep the ball.”
(Vitória de Setúbal striker Edinho after scoring all four goals in the 4-1 win at Aves; an Aves official took the match ball off him after the game.)


“It’s my fault.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 0-3 defeat in the pre-WC friendly to Holland.)


“Once again the team showed that they don’t accept defeat.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 2-1 win over Egypt, with two Cristiano Ronaldo goals in added time.)


“In my opinion I’m the best - there’s no one better than me, but I show it on the pitch.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“The pitch doesn’t excuse the mistakes we made.”
(Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes after the 1-2 defeat at Viktoria Plzen that was enough to put SCP into the quarter-finals of the Europa League.)


“It’s easy to give penalties against Sporting.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-1 win at Chaves; the hosts were given what looked like a valid penalty in added time.)


“I don’t like losing, but it was incredible.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, complaining about time-wasting after losing the first league game this season at Paços de Ferreira.)


“They can’t beat us because of our competence, so they try to dirty the name of the club.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira reacts to accusations of corruption and criminal activities at the club.)


“The first line of defence is our forwards. The first line of attack is our keeper.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel after the 3-0 win over Moreirense.)


“Sometimes we may irritate the fans.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-0 Europa League win, which could have been by more goals, over Viktoria Plzen.)


“I haven’t seen the news - the net was very bad in the hotel.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on the news that Benfica’s legal adviser has been arrested in relation to the investigation of corruption at the club.)


“We have to defend the history of the best club in Portugal.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição ahead of the Champions League Last-16 2nd leg in Liverpool; FCP are 0-5 down from the 1st leg.)


“More even societies. Fairer societies.”
(The back of the shirts of Vitória de Guimarães players in the match against Belenenses had various slogans to commemorate International Women’s Day. The game ended 0-0.)


“In the break, I told the players to pretend that it was 0-0.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos after the 5-0 defeat at Benfica; it was 4-0 at half-time.)


“Sporting are not out of the title race.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after beating Sporting 2-1 and leaving them eight points behind, with nine game left.)


“Ok, so we’ve been caught out.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication Francisco J. Marques after it was revealed that Estoril received €784,000 from FCP in the week before the postponed 2nd half of their game [0-3 on the night]. Marques said the money was to pay off a debt.)


“Aves are still favourites, but we’re alive!”
(José Vala, coach of 3rd-tier side Caldas da Rainha, who lost the first leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-final at Desportivo das Aves... but only by 1-0.)


“The difference between us and the Big Three is less than between the rest and us.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after the 1-0 win over Tondela that consolidates their 4th place.)


“Of the three teams on the field, we were the worst.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the 4-0 defeat at Boavista.)


“This isn’t how I want it yet.”
(Belenenses coach Silas after the 1-0 win over Feirense.)


“Everyone has been trying to prevent Benfica winning the Penta [5 straight titles].”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira.)


“I finished Bas Dost off.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus, regretting not subbing his top scorer in the Europa League game against Astana; Dost would suffer a muscle injury.)


“The ref and the VAR were right: it wasn’t an offside ... it was three! Crying works.”
(Sporting’s official Twitter feed after FC Porto beat Estoril 3-1, their first goal clearly offside.)


“Even Sportinguistas feel ashamed about this victory, achieved with extraterrestrial powers!”
(Tondela assitant coach José Sá after Sporting win 2-1 with a goal on 98 minutes.)


“It’s time to say ‘enough’!”
(Vitória de Guimarães president Júlio Mendes after the 0-5 home defeat to regional rivals Sporting Braga; he was talking about refereeing, not his team.)


“Football’s ironic.”
(Belenenses coach Silas after beating Estoril 2-0, with a performance that wasn’t as good, according to him, as that in some of the games the team lost.)


“It’s fundamental that we don’t think we’re in Asterix’s village.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the Portuguese clubs’ showing in Europe.)


“Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn. It’s a defeat that’s going to teach us a lesson.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after losing 3-0 at Marseille in the Europa League.)


“Porto weren’t as bad as the result makes it seem.”
(Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp being diplomatic after the 5-0 drubbing of FCP in the Champions League Last-16, 1st leg.)


“No one wants to play FC Porto.”
(Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp ahead of the teams’ Champions League Last 16, first leg.)


“The team misses Bas Dost.”
(Sporting forward Fredy Montero on the absence through injury of the club’s top scorer.)


“When I told him he was coming on, he was shaking all over the place.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the debut of Rafael Leão, 18, who came on as sub in the 2-0 win over Feirense.)


“Emotion overcame reason.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach João Henriques after the 0-2 defeat at home to Tondela.)


“At 20 I did things I can’t any more.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo at 33. The end approaches?)


“I played for Benfica, in a stadium with 65,000 people, but playing in the Sclessin is something else.”
(Former Benfica forward Mehdi Carcela, now at Standard Liège.)


“One of the great enemies of players is narcissism.”
(Belenenses coach Silas after the 3-0 defeat at Vitória de Setúbal, following the draw with
Benfica last week.)


“Both teams played for 45 minutes with the wind.”
(Estoril coach Ivo Vieira, responding to Sporting coach Jorge Jesus’ complaints about the wind in Estoril’s 2-0 win.)


“We’re like Juventus.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-0 win at home to Vitória de Guimarães, the winner coming on 84 minutes.)


“I was confused. I thought it was a goal. Now I’m happier. The ball hit me in the face and I went a bit dizzy.”
(Moreirense keeper Jhonathan after a late FC Porto goal was disallowed for offside; the game finished 0-0.)


“My team is more pragmatic - like the Italian ones.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)


“It’s the second half of the dream.”
(Striker Gonçalo Paciência, re-called to FC Porto after his successful loan spell at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“The prophets of doom are going to have their throats full of toads.” [Portuguese equivalent of ‘eat their words’]
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after winning the Taça da Liga.)


“In Portuguese football, there always has to be a clever dick.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication, Francisco J Marques, on the presence of Sporting’s goalkeeping coach, Nélson, behind the goal during the penalty shoot-out [4-3 to Sporting] in the Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“Champions are made of this.”
(Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes after beating FC Porto on penalties in the Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“We need to be much better in the Final.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the unimpressive win over Oliveirense in the
Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“You complain about being criticised? Change profession!”
(Boavista midfielder Fábio Espinho on referees.)


“I live each game as if it were the last of my life.”
(Sporting full back Fábio Coentrão.)


“The first time I saw a shower, I thought it was a telephone.”
(Belenenses’ new coach Silas.)


“I cannot subscribe to acts of this nature.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after fans invaded the training ground and traded blows with some players.)


“We will take all the measures that the regulations in force permit.”
(FC Porto press release after the suspension of their game at Estoril due to an unsafe stand.)


“Some clubs have 16 games until the end of the season; we have 24 in three months.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“Count on us - we’re here!”
(Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio after the 3-1 win at Braga.)


“After the funeral, life goes on.”
(Paços de Ferreira caretaker Filipe Anunciação on the exit of coach Petit.)


“FC Porto’s goals happened too early.”
(Moreirense coach Sérgio Vieira after the 1-2 Taça defeat to FCP.)


“Champions think about themselves, not others.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)


“We’re not going to beat anyone at this rate.”
(Belenenses coach Domingos Paciência, complaining about an offside for Boavista’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw.)


“I want to be a solution, not a problem.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Petit after the 1-1 home draw to Portimonense; Paços are third from bottom, two points above the drop zone.)
[He would resign later the same evening.]


“We’re in the fight for the title.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 2-0 win at Moreirense; SLB are 5 points behind top club FC Porto at the halfway stage.)


“If we’re cohesive, confident, if we have that inner strength that’s needed at certain moments, we can win any game.”
(Desportivo das Aves coach Lito Vidigal; Aves have three straight defeats going into the visit to Chaves.)


“A good result - we didn’t play at all.”
(Portimonense coach Vítor Oliveira after the 0-0 home draw with Belenenses.)


“We massacred Sporting.”
(Benfica midfielder Krovinovic after the 1-1 draw in the clássico.)


“I want everyone to know that we can walk with our heads held high.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira, responding to accusations of corruption that the club is facing.)


“Portuguese football isn’t three clubs.”
(Belenenses president Rui Pedro Soares.)


“I’m fascinated by the human species, by the cosmos, atoms, human existence.”
(FC Porto striker Aboubakar.)


“When we lost 0-4 to Porto last season, we weren’t accused of anything.”
(Tondela coach Pepa after accusations that his team made it easy for Benfica in the 1-5 Liga home defeat.)


“You have to be brave to play at the Dragão.”
(Rio Ave coach Miguel Cardoso after playing bravely... and losing 3-0 at FC Porto in the Taça da Liga.)


“We had the game practically under control, but that’s life.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after drawing at home to Portimonense in the Taça da Liga, a result that jeopardizes SLB’s chances of qualifying from their group.)


“We have to keep up this war.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the saga of Benfica’s e-mails, allegedly seeking refereeing favours.)


“Off the pitch, Portuguese football is disgusting.”
(Sheffield Wednesday’s Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal.)


“Best attack, best defence, best team.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication, Francisco Marques, after the 3-1 win over Marítimo.)


“It seemed like we were playing billiards.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-0 win over Portimonense.)


“We’ve had some mental imbalance during games.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória.)


“Our failure in recent seasons can be explained by the irregular control, on the edge of the law and regulations, that Benfica has over football.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the growing scandal of Benfica’s alleged behind-the-scenes influencing of referees, etc.)


“We believe that this could be Sporting’s year.”
(Sporting full back Cristiano Piccini.)


“People are free to think what they like. But tomorrow I’ll get up and, with much dedication, go to work.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after being knocked out of the Taça de Portugal by Rio Ave.)


“We’re talking about tactics worthy of the Mafia.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on alleged behind-the-scenes shenanigans by Benfica.)


“It’s in games like these that you win championships.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 5-0 win at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“It was one of my worst games, but I scored two.”
(Dutch striker Bas Dost, who helped Sporting to a 3-1 win at Boavista.)


“We’re not going to hide behind a curtain.”
(Estoril coach Ivo Vieira ahead of the visit to Benfica.) [Benfica would win 3-1]


“Everything’s possible when the will to win is greater than any obstacle.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after Braga qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League as top of their group.)


“We’re still dreaming, but the main objective is to be champions.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after clinching qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.)


“This game was a mirror image of the rest of the campaign, and the responsibility is mine.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 0-2 home defeat to Basel in the last CL group game; SLB lost all six of their games in this phase, scoring just one goal.)


“If I didn’t believe, I wouldn’t be here.”
(Ivo Vieira, coach of Estoril, after the 0-0 draw at home to Portimonense which keeps Estoril at the bottom of the table.)


“We’re ready and have our feet firmly on the ground.”
(Ivo Vieira, coach of Estoril - planted firmly at the foot of the table - ahead of the game against Portimonense.)


“Football is possible in the middle of so much confusion.”
(An official facebook post by Rio Ave; Tondela and Rio Ave appeared together at the press conference after the teams drew 1-1.)


“We’re going to be champions, against everything and everyone.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after controversial refereeing decisions in the 0-0 draw at home to Benfica, allowing Sporting to draw level with them.)


“The tentacles of this octopus are being rapidly uncovered.”)
(Sporting’s Director of Communication Nuno Saraiva on Benfica’s alleged interference with processes held by the Sports Tribunal.)


“It’s almost like ‘anything goes’ with the VAR.”)
(Paços de Ferreira president Paulo Meneses after the referee failed to check the video ref’s decision for Sporting’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Paços.)


“I’ll never be part of the problem but part of the solution.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the 6-0 defeat at Benfica.)


“What was missing? The referee giving us a penalty!”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after his team dropped two points at Desportivo das Aves.)


“The referees should identify who it is that’s threatening them. We feel offended by this generic accusation.”
(Belenenses president Rui Pedro Soares, responding to complaints from match officials about aggressive criticism.)


“Benfica have to talk about something, even if it’s the Spanish civil war. Do you think they can talk about football?”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, asked about Benfica’s accusation that FCP have tried to influence referees; Benfica have zero wins from five games in the Champions League.)


“FC Porto were unlucky.”
(Vitória de Guimarães vice-president Armando Marques on the draw for the 5th Round of the Taça de Portugal: VSC travel to the Dragão.)


“We can go through [in the CL], and you talk to me about a TV channel that I don’t watch, belonging to a team that has zero points in the Champions League?”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, asked about accusations directed at FCP by Benfica’s own TV channel, BTV.)


“They’re terrified of my posts.”
(Sporting’s controversial president Bruno de Carvalho, on his facebook activity.)


“There are 40 that could be called up, and only one’s certain.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos on the players he’ll be taking to Russia for next year’s World Cup.)


“Of course I like to drink a whisky, smoke a cigarette and dedicate myself to rock’n’roll, but not all my days are like that.”
(Retired Argentinian striker Dani Osvaldo, who had half a season - 2015/16 - at FC Porto.)


“We can’t have this behaviour - it’s unacceptable.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after losing 1-4 at home to second-tier Oliveirense in the Taça da Liga.)


“The interview I saw was given by a perfect idiot.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on an interview given to Benfica TV by his Benfica counterpart, Luís Filipe Vieira.)


“You may want a championship between three clubs, but you’re going to have to count us in.”
(Sporting Braga president António Salvador to the press after the 2-2 draw at Sporting.)


“Today I could have been worth more than 100 or 150 million euros.”
(Former Benfica striker Pedro Mantorras, 35, who had to give up his career early through injury.)


“I’m going to talk to the Board.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the 1-0 home defeat to Desportivo das Aves, leaving them provisionally 13th.)


“It was a European night like we haven’t seen for a long time.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after the 1-0 win over Marseille in the Europa League.)


“It’s inadmissible that we have to play on Saturday!.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after a tough CL game against Leipzig [3-1] , with less than 72 hours to recover before Belenenses in the Liga.)


“We have a door open in both the Champions League and the Europa League.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after another CL defeat, 2-1 at Manchester United; Benfica have scored one goal and lost all four group games so far.)


“They’re leaving here with nothing!”
(Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, asked what if Juventus knock on the door at Alvalade [CL] and say ‘trick or treat’.) [Sporting and Juventus drew 1-1]


“Anyone who sees a second half like that is going to change channels.”
(Estoril caretaker coach Filipe Pedro after the 1-0 defeat at Paços de Ferreira, riddled with


“I can’t make a woman give birth at five months.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado on his young team after another defeat - 3-0 at Belenenses - that keeps them struggling at the bottom of the table.)


“That’s how champions are made.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after a late goal by Bas Dost gives Sporting a slender win at Rio Ave.)


“I pay attention to all details and today there were things I didn’t like.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after drawing 0-0 in the Taça da Liga, at home to second-tier club Leixões.)


“I’m not competing with Messi.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after winning his 5th FIFA Player of the Year award.)


“We lost more than three points.”
(Chaves coach Luís Castro after losing 5-1 at Sporting.)


“We started the second half without ghosts.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after coming from behind to beat high-flying Marítimo 2-1.)


“If he had a boyish face and spots they’d forgive him.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on keeper José Sá, who fluffed for Leipzig’s opener in the CL Tuesday; the next night, Benfica’s 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar fluffed for Man United’s winner.)


“We have a creativity all our own that allows us to achieve historic results.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after a 2-1 defeat at Marseille, leaving VSC with just one point from three Europa League group games.)


“I’m mentally prepared for this.”
(Benfica 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar - the youngest in CL history - after a howler that gave Manchester United all three points at the Luz.)


“Casillas on the bench was a technical option.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 3-2 Champions League defeat at Leipzig; keeper José Sá was at fault for Leipzig’s opening goal.)


“If they feel I’m the right person, I’ll carry on here.”
(Estoril coach Pedro Emanuel after the 7th straight defeat in all competitions, this time in the Taça de Portugal at 3rd-tier Farense.)


“I didn’t feel there was a big difference between the sides.”
(Jefferson Encada, winger of 3rd-tier Olhanense, after the 0-1 defeat to Benfica in the Taça de Portual.)


“Hernâni didn’t celebrate the goal because he was very tired.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on his winger’s back-heeled goal to seal a 6-0 Cup win over Lusitano.)


“They can say that artificial pitches are the latest generation, but grass is grass and plastic is plastic.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after playing on Oleiros’ artificial pitch in the Taça de Portugal 3rd round, which finished 2-4.)


“The day after, it’s like the players have been hit with a stick.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on playing on an artificial pitch, ahead of the visit to Oleiros in the Taça de Portugal.)


“I’ll go to the end of the world with this team.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after clinching qualification for the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland.)


“We’re going through directly.”
(Seleção centre back Luís Neto on qualification for the World Cup finals, before Portugal’s decisive qualifier against Switzerland.)
[And they did, beating Switzerland 2-0 on 10/10/17]


“On Tuesday we have to win or win.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on Portugal’s decisive World Cup qualifier against Switzerland.)


“Every coach’s job is at risk.”
(Estoril coach Pedro Emanuel after a 5th straight defeat - 6-0 at Braga.)


“I told my players that we’re going to be Champions.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 0-0 draw at Sporting, keeping FCP top.)


“We played against a team that didn’t want to.”
(Rio Ave coach Miguel Cardoso after the 2-1 defeat of Vitória de Setúbal.)


“We’ve never bought a f*cking result!”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira, responding to rumours brought about by leaked e-mails.)


“First go and vote, and then watch the clássico.”
(FC Porto midfielder Danilo ahead of the Sporting v FCP clash on Sunday, the day of the municipal elections.)


“We don’t want to be seen as a half-empty glass.”
(Rio Ave coach Miguel Cardoso.)


“We’re not going to bury our heads in the sand.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 5-0 Champions League drubbing at Basel.)


“It’s normal that no one looks upon us as favourites.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the Champions League game at home to Barcelona.)


“I liked the draw because it’s good to play against a team you know.”
(Former FC Porto midfielder João Moutinho, now at Mónaco, ahead of the Champions League clash between the two sides.)
[probably not so happy after the result: 0-3]


“This is football, not ping-pong.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos after having centre-back Zainadine sent off for arguing with an opponent in the 2-1 defeat at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“The decisions of the match officials always went one way.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado, after the 1-1 home draw with Sporting, whose equaliser was preceded by a foul that that ref didn’t give.)


“The team spirit is top, top, top!”
(FC Porto forward Yacine Brahimi after the 5-2 win over Portimonense, in which he scored two goals.)


“I heard more applause than whistling.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 1-1 home draw against Braga in the Taça da Liga.)


“We took one step back and three forwards.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after drawing 0-0 at home to Marítimo in the Taça da Liga, but getting the opportunity to field some less-used players.)


“Today the football had logic.”
(Chaves coach Luís Castro after a good performance gave the right result over Moreirense [3-0].)


“We don’t tiptoe around.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 2-1 win at Rio Ave that kept them top.)


“You don’t lose the title of tetracampeão overnight.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after losing 2-1 at Boavista.)


“I’ve got a team that’s completely destroyed.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after losing 1-0 at Paços de Ferreira; Vitória had a goal - the ball seemed in - not given.)


“Physically we gave everything ... and then some.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after their 1-1 draw with Salzburg in the Europa League.)


“It was the worst 90 minutes of my career.”
(Besiktas’ Ricardo Quaresma, returning to the Dragão, after his side beat FC Porto 3-1 in the Champions League.)


“The result is not a true one.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 1-2 defeat at home to CSKA in the first Champions League group fixture.)


“When I got home, the real prize was having my family waiting for me.”
(Benfica defender André Almeida, who scored the winning goal against Portimonense at the weekend.)


“Anyone who’s frightened of pressure should buy a saucepan.”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal after a fourth defeat from five games.)


“We started the game nervously and were what we aren’t.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Vasco Seabra after going behind 2-0 at Tondela before pulling back to 2-2.)


“Was it a penalty? It was a karate kick!.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the foul on Coates that gave SCP a very late 3-2 win at Feirense.)


“It wouldn’t be easy to fit Neymar in at FC Porto.”
(FCP coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“I’ll forgive him when he apologises to my country.”
(Former Benfica midfielder Rui Costa on referee Marc Batta, who sent him off controversially 20 years ago in a crucial qualifying game against Germany; Portugal failed the 1998 World Cup.)


“Let’s talk again when he scores 1,283 goals.”
(Pelé on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has just overtaken the Brazilian King’s international tally - 77/78.)


“After the sending-off, I don’t know what happened.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, not 100% happy with the performance after the 1-0 win against 10-man Hungary in World Cup qualifying.)


“More is required from the owner of a club than this intellectual pornography.”
(Sporting Director of Communication Nuno Saraiva on West Ham’s owner David Sullivan, after the absence - according to Sporting - of any offer for midfielder William Carvalho.)


“We had four finals, now we have just three.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 5-1 defeat of Faroe Islands in qualifying for the
2018 World Cup.)


“We left last Tuesday and we’ll be arriving tomorrow - a week later.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos on the busy start to the season for the Madeiran club.)


“I believe that in the end we’ll have one more point than the second-placed team.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“That left a sweet and sour taste, given what we did.”
(Rio Ave captain Tarantini after drawing 1-1 at home with champions Benfica.)


“A gifted young player in green, red or blue dismantles everything singlehandedly.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado insists on the inequality between the Big Three and the smaller clubs.)


“Good luck in your European campaigns, FC Porto and Benfica. Let’s make Portugal shine in Europe!”
(Sporting’s Twitter feed on the day of the Champions League group-stage draw; all three clubs are in the group stage.)


“We’re where the best are.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after beating Steaua 5-1 in Bucharest and qualifying for the Champions League group stage.)


“For that not to be a penalty, you’d have to cut the player’s arm off.”
(Vasco Seabra, coach of Paços de Ferreira, beaten by Feirense with a penalty in added time.)


“The little clubs are cannon fodder.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado after losing 3-0 at FC Porto, and after 5-0 wins for Benfica and Sporting.)


“I’m a happy coach.”
(Benfica’s Rui Vitória after a 5-0 romp at home to Belenenses.)


“I’m appalled at the news.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, following the terrorist attack in Barcelona.)


“The leadership won’t go to our heads.”
(Miguel Cardoso, coach of Rio Ave, equal top with Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting after two games.)


“It was so predictable that I’d already suspended myself.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after receiving a 6-month suspension for a tussle in the Alvalade tunnel with the Arouca president, November 2016.)


“Compliments don’t give us points.”
(Chaves coach Luís Castro after a second straight defeat.)


“I know Vitória de Setúbal and Desportivo das Aves better than Steaua.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the first leg of the Champions League playoff.)


“I’d never played in front of so many people.”
(Vitória de Setúbal’s André Pedrosa after his debut at Sporting.)


“We have a team that’s still fermenting.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado.)


“We’ve got a tight August, but in a good way.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus relishes a busy month in terms of number of games.)


“I didn’t want to start like this.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel takes a dig at the video ref after the 3-1 defeat at Benfica.)


“It doesn’t mean that there won’t still be errors.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on video refs.)


“We have all the conditions now to reach our objectives.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“We have to attack as if every game were the last of our lives.”
(Tondela coach Pepa.)


“Luisão serves as an example to the club’s future players.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the Supertaça win over Vitória de Guimarães, Luisão’s 20th trophy - a club record.)


“We were brave warriors.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel after beating AIK in extra time to qualify for the Europa League play-off.)


“In May, we’re going to be happy.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after a good pre-season augurs well.)


“If it was to build confidence, we wouldn’t be in this tournament.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after losing 2-5 to Arsenal in the Emirates Cup.)


“My time in Spain is over..”
(FC Porto’s Spanish keeper Iker Casillas.)


“At the moment, he’s here.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on Portuguese international midfielder Danilo, object of transfer rumours.)


“I want to keep the promise to be Champions.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“Germany also win without putting on a show.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, reacting to criticism that Portugal do not play attractive football.)


“If I have to bleed, I’ll bleed.”
(Brazilian central defender Bruno Viana on being presented as a Sporting Braga player.)


“I hit the ball and there it was in the back of the net.”
(Midfielder André Sousa after putting Belenenses ahead in the friendly against Sporting [1-1].)


“Portugal will always be a candidate to win the competitions they play in.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal beat Mexico to take third place in the Confederations Cup.)


“Chile were fair winners. Portugal would have been, too.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal went out of the Confederations Cup at
the semi-final stage, losing to Chile on penalties.)


“This club is better than Benfica.”
(Benfica midfielder Bryan Cristante, on loan to Atalanta.)


“Rest assured that this year we’re going to win.”
(Sporting’s Argentinian forward Alan Ruiz.)


“Chile and Germany are tricky opponents, but even if it’s against Germany, it could be this time that they fall ...”
(Seleção midefielder Danilo; Portugal through to the semis of the Confederation Cup to face Chile or Germany.)


“People may not like it, but with me it’s like that.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 1-0 Confederations Cup win over Russia.)


“There’s no point sounding the alarm - we still believe.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after the 2-2 draw against Mexico in the Seleção’s opening Confederations Cup game.)


“If it’s true, then the last four titles have to be taken away from Benfica.”
(Sporting Director of Communication Nuno Saraiva following FC Porto’s revelation of e-mails pointing to alleged attempts by Benfica to influence referees.)


“He’s a phenomenon, that’s all there is to say about the bloke.”
(José Fonte on Cristiano Ronaldo after he scored two in the Selecão’s 3-0 WC qualifier win in Latvia.)


“When Sérgio Conceição came up, I cut all other contacts.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the club’s new coach.)


“On an individual level, I’m very happy with the season I’ve had.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring two in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League Final.)


“It was Benfica that made me a man.”
(Former SLB keeper Ederson, transferred to Manchester City.)


“We began the season winning and we finish winning.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the Taça de Portugal win over Vitória de Guimarães.)


“I couldn’t turn down being coached by Guardiola.”
(Bernardo Silva, transferred from Mónaco to Manchester City.)


“Nuno Espírito Santo didn’t deserve the way it ended.”
(FC Porto midfielder Otávio on NES, sacked this week.)


“It’s time to sit down and talk to seek the best solution for all.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after a 3-1 defeat to Moreirense at the end of a disappointing season.)
[he was sacked 22/05]


“This is the recipe of Champions: to look within.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the last game of the season: a 2-2 draw at Boavista.)


“The time has come to abandon Facebook.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, who has used the social media site to spread his ideas.)


“I’m a bit sad but content with the career I’ve had.”
(Vitória de Setúbal’s retiring striker Meyong, who said goodbye to the Estádio do Bonfim with a 0-1 defeat to Boavista.)


“It was important for us to win a title again, but we failed. Congratulations to the Champions.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“Our name is going to go down in history.”
(Benfica keeper Ederson after beating Vitória de Guimarães 5-0 to clinch the title, SLB’s fourth in a row - the tetra.)


“I hope they’re champions and that they’re still celebrating when we play them in the Taça de Portugal Final on 28 May”
(Zungu of Vitória de Guimarães, who play Benfica in the penultimate Liga game - which could clinch the title for SLB - and then again in the Taça Final.)
[Benfica’s title clinched 13/05/17 with a 5-0 win over Vitória de Guimarães]


“We can only celebrate the tetra [4 straight titles] when it’s mathematically impossible for anyone [FC Porto] to catch us.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira ahead of the home match against Vitória de Guimarães, which could clinch the title.)
[title clinched 13/05/17 with a 5-0 win over Vitória de Guimarães]


“It was a depressing game - Sporting are not this.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after the 1-3 home defeat to Belenenses.)


“A disappointing result.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after dropping two points at Marítimo and virtually handing Benfica the title.)


“I don’t know if it’s the francesinhas [spicy sandwiches], the codfish or the port wine, but the truth is I’m feeling very good.”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas, enjoying one of the best seasons of his career.)


“This is a perverted league. This classification is a lie.”
(Sporting Braga president António Salvador after the 2-3 home defeat to Sporting; Braga are 5th, 8 points behind arch rivals Vitória de Guimarães.)


“I always said it would be a fight till the last day.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo; Porto trail Benfica by three points, with three games left.)


“Is nobody looking at this? We have to stop thinking and start acting.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the state of tension in the Portuguese game.)


“At Sporting I’m trying to create a culture of champions.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)


“We have the quality to fill the [senior] team with youngsters.”
(Benfica’s Nuno Gomes after the U-19s lost to Salzburg in the UEFA Youth Cup Final.)


“He’s a coward, hostage to illegal ultras.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on his Benfica counterpart, Luís Filipe Vieira, following an incident in which a Sporting fan died.)


“There are no title deciders.”
(Benfica midfielder Pizzi after the 1-1 draw at Sporting that put SLB provisionally four points clear at the top.)


“Victory in the derby won’t save the season.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the SCP v Benfica clássico; they drew 1-1.)


“We have to get at least ten points to stay in the Liga.”
(João de Deus, coach of equal-bottom club Nacional, after losing at home to Moreirense. Nacional have 20 points from 29 games; there are 5 games left.)


“We’re sad, but this isn’t over yet.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after drawing at Braga and dropping to three points behind Benfica at the top.)


“This game is the hardest because it’s the next one.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo ahead of the visit to Sporting Braga.)


“We were better in everything.”
(Marítimo assistant coach Tiago Aguiar after the 2-1 win over Chaves.)


“The way is long, with terrible battles.”
(Nacional coach João de Deus after the 1-0 win at Estoril that leaves his team one point from safety.)


“Offensively, the blanket was short.”
(Belenenses coach Quim Machado after the 3-0 defeat at FC Porto.)


“I was six years at Benfica, but I want to win points.”
(Petit, coach of Moreirense, who host Benfica in the 28th jornada.)


“For 30 million I’ll send William’s boot, without the studs.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on news of an offer by Manchester City for the midfielder, whose transfer clause is 45m.)


“It was a heavy blow.”
(Chaves coach Ricardo Soares after beating Vitória de Guimarães 3-1 in the second leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-final; they missed a penalty in the dying minutes and went out on away goals.)


“We went from heaven to hell.”
(Sporting Braga coach Jorge Simão after his side let a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 at home to Marítimo.)


“This draw means we’re still in the fight.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after the 1-1 draw at Benfica that keeps FCP just one point behind their rivals at the top.)


“Portugal are on another level.”
(Hungary coach Bernd Storck after losing 3-0 in the World Cup qualifier.)


“I want to stay at Benfica for many years.”
(Brazilian striker Jonas.)


“It’s an extremely appealing mission.”
(João de Deus, new coach at Nacional, rock bottom of the Liga.)


“At Sporting I’m in paradise.”
(Italian full-back Ezequiel Schelotto.)


“Before the game, I told the players that if we won and reached 40 points, I’d pay for the suckling pig.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos after beating Arouca 3-1 and reaching ... 40 points.)


“Frustration, sadness and disappointment are words that reflect our mood at the moment.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after dropping two points in the 1-1 home draw with Vitória de Setúbal, preventing his team from knocking Benfica off the top.)


“Our strategy? It was to try and score four goals in the first half.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Vasco Seabra after the 0-0 home draw with Benfica.)


“We’ve believed in the title since the very first day.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“I was born with a green heart.”
(Sporting midfielder William Carvalho.)


“There'll always be the doubt as to whether it would have been different without the red cards.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after going out of the Champions League to Juventus
at the last-16 stage, 0-3 on aggregate. Alex Telles was sent off in the 1st leg, Maxi Pereira in the 2nd.)


“The wind was more complicated than Paços!”
(Nacional coach Predrag Jokanovic after the 1-1 draw with Paços de Ferreira on a blustery mountainside in Madeira.)


“As for the game, speak to Tiago Martins.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins, incandescent at the ref after the 3-3 home draw against Estoril; Vitória had two players sent off.)


“I can do better.”
(Sporting’s Dutch striker Bas Dost after scoring all the goals in his side’s 4-1 win at Tondela.)


“Whoever slips up least will win the title.”
(FC Porto’s Danilo Pereira after their 4-0 win at Arouca which puts them provisionally top, two points ahead of Benfica.)


“I remember games like this as a child in Portugal.”
(Manchester United coach José Mourinho after the 1-1 draw in the Europa League on Rostov’s atrocious pitch.)


“Next year we’ll be back.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the aggregate 1-4 defeat to Dortmund in the Champions League last-16 tie.)


“Lindelof’s future? I can’t say anything ...”
(The Benfica centre-back’s Swedish national team-mate John Guidetti.)


“I’m not treated like the others.”
(Nantes striker Éder, convinced that the goal he scored in the European Championship Final means he’s being victimised in France.)


“There’s not much to say. Nothing went as planned.”
(Nacional midfielder Washington after the 7-0 defeat at FC Porto.)


“We have to be very careful what we say, and sometimes it’s better to be quiet..”
(Benfica cooach Rui Vitória on the growing controversy over the pressure put on referees.)


“A cat has seven lives, but the Panther has 14.”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal on reports that the club is going bankrupt.)


“The refereeing? I’ll talk when I have to.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória.)


“It’s very difficult to deal with this pressure.”
(Nacional coach Predrag Jokanovic after the 0-0 draw with Feirense that keeps his team in the drop zone.)


“It was a fair result, but it could have been by the odd goal.”
(Chaves coach Ricardo Soares after a dignified perfomance but a 3-1 defeat against Benfica at the Luz.)


“Referees influence results with these decisions.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo, unhappy that the ref sent off full back Alex Telles in the 0-2 Champions League home defeat to Juventus.)


“The strength of this group of players is the friendship that unites us.”
(FC Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira ahead of the Champions League tie with Juventus.)


“If we win all our games, we’ll be Champions.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.)


“I dream of being champion with Sporting.”
(Sporting keeper Rui Patrício after his 400th game, a terrific performance in a 1-0 home win to Rio Ave.)


“What happened wasn’t football.”
(Tondela keeper Cláudio Ramos on a penalty and a red card just before half time that set up FC Porto for a 4-0 win.)


“It’s an absolutely ridiculous result.”
(Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel after going down 1-0 to Benfica in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, after dominating throughout.)


“It will be hard for anyone to play 500 games for Benfica again.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on captain Luisão, who will play game 500 in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.)


“We haven’t thrown the towel in.”
(Adrien Silva, captain of Sporting, 10 points behind leaders Benfica with 13 games left.)


“It’s going better than I thought.”
(FC Porto’s Tiquinho Soares, with three goals in his first two games for the club.)


“I know nothing, and at this moment, I can’t confirm anything.”
(Arouca president Carlos Pinho on coach Lito Vidigal, a short time later confirmed as new
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach.)


“Maybe I’d like to have a go at coaching my Seleção.”
(Luís Figo, getting a little ahead of himself..)


“That's the first I've heard of it! I don't use social media.”
(Feirense coach Nuno Santos, asked about suspicious betting ahead of Feirense 2-1 Rio Ave.)


“We’re having trouble scoring.”
(Belenenses coach Quim Machado after the 0-0 home draw with Tondela; Belenenses have 13 goals in 20 games ...)


“It’s gratifying to play in a full stadium with this shirt.”
(Striker Jonas after his two goals help Benfica to a 3-0 win over Nacional at the Luz.)


“I told him that he won the game.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus reveals what he said to FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas after the 2-1 defeat at the Dragão.)


“I understand about 20 or 30% of what Jorge Jesus says.”
(Sporting’s Dutch striker Bas Dost on his coach.)


“It wasn’t just the wind that affected us ...”
(Braga coach Jorge Simão takes a sideswipe at the ref after the 1-0 defeat at Rio Ave.)


“At our club there are some words that aren’t in the dictionary, like pressure and euphoria.”
(Benfica assistant coach Arnaldo Teixeira after the 1-0 defeat at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“Shirts don’t win games.”
(Moreirense’s Francisco Geraldes, on loan from Sporting, after the 1-0 win over favourites Braga to take the 2016/17 edition of the Taça da Liga, the first trophy in the club’s history.)


“It’s only in ballet that you can’t step on people because the ballerina might fall over.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus bemoans a yellow for William Carvalho that sees him suspended from next week’s clássico at FC Porto.)


“When you believe, nothing’s impossible.”
(Estoril coach Pedro Carmona ahead of the visit of FC Porto.)
[Porto won 2-1, inflicting the seventh straight defeat on Estoril.]


“We could have scored more.”
(Moreirense coach Augusto Inácio after humbling Benfica 3-1 in the Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“We haven’t thrown in the towel.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus. The team are ten points behind Liga leaders Benfica.)


“For me there’s no such thing as a lost ball.”
(Brazilian striker Tiquinho Soares after moving from Vitória de Guimarães to FC Porto.)


“We have to define our play in the last third better.”
(Tondela coach Pepa after the 4-0 defeat at Benfica.)


“The draw doesn’t taste of very much.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos after the 2-2 draw at home to Sporting.)


“Jorge Jesus will not be my coach.”
(Candidate for president of Sporting, Pedro Madeira Rodrigues)


“We go out with our heads held high.”
(Leixões coach Daniel Kenedy after losing 6-2 in the Taça de Portugal quarter-final.)


“It was me who taught you how to win.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus, addressing the fans of his former club Benfica.)


“We weren’t humble enough.”
(Abel Xavier, currently coach of Mozambique, on why the ‘Golden Generation’ of players [Figo, João Pinto, Rui Costa, etc.] were not as good as the current Seleção.)


“There’s a lot of quality in the squad.”
(Pepa, new coach of bottom club Tondela.)


“We’re working to return the Panther to what it once was.”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal after the 3-3 draw at Benfica.)

“I want to play until I’m 50!”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas.)


“I’d just come from two months’ holiday in Morocco, and my mum’s a good cook.”
(Benfica forward Adel Taarabt, loaned to Génova, explains being overweight when he signed for SLB in 2015.)


“I’ve got a ‘B’ team full of good players!”
(Sporting Braga coach Jorge Simão takes a swipe at his ‘A’ team, despite their qualifying for the Taça da Liga Final Four after beating Marítimo 1-0.)


“I’m sure that we would have beaten them.”
(Arsenal’s German international Mesut Özil on Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph.)


“We should have had a penalty!”
(Moreirense coach Augusto Inácio still manages a dig at the ref, even though they beat Belenenses to move out of the bottom two.)


“The Panther’s alive!”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal after the 1-0 win over Vitória de Setúbal that leaves the team in the top half of the table.)


“You win games with goals.”
(FC Porto captain Hector Herrera after the 0-0 draw at Paços de Ferreira that left FCP six points behind Benfica at the top.)


“This is a lack of respect for Sporting.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus, sent off at the end of the controversial Taça de Portugal game at Vitória de Setúbal, who won with a last minute penalty to knock SCP out.)


“Is it always going to be like this?”
(FC Porto full back Miguel Layún after two FCP players were sent off in the 1-0 defeat at Moreirense in the Taça da Liga; Porto were knocked out.)


“It’s just as well that ridiculousness doesn’t kill.”
(Benfica presidente Luís Filipe Vieiria on his Sporting counterpart Bruno de Carvalho.)


“Winning the European Championship was an historic feat difficult to repeat.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos.)


“Money isn’t everything.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, reacting to a reported offer of €100m a year for the Real Madrid player to move to China.)

“2016 serves as motivation.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 1-0 win against Paços de Ferreira in the Taça da Liga, bringing the total wins for the year to 44 - equalled only by Barcelona.)


“We’ve come back well, we’ve come back strong.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo on the state of the team after the Christmas break [they drew 1-1 at home to Feirense in the Taça da Liga, 29/12].)


“It’s been an incredible year, and I’m very happy.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“[At Benfica] it took six years to get to what I wanted to build ...”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the team’s stuttering season.)

“At a certain point, Benfica didn’t want to play. And they say that it’s the weaker teams that sometimes don’t want to play football...”
(Rio Ave captain Tarantini after the 2-0 defeat at the Luz.)


“We’re first and FC Porto are second, four points behind*. And that’s what I’m concerned with.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked about Sporting.)


“It was a great display of character.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after a hard 2-1 win at home to Chaves.)


“The demands of the fans made some players anxious.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after losing 0-1 at home to Braga.)


“Thank You, God!!!”
(Benfica striker Jonas returns to action after four months out through injury.)


“Pressure? Pressure is not having enough money to buy Christmas presents for your kids, or having health problems.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória)

“It’s important not to concede stupid goals.”
(Moreirense coach Augusto Inácio ahead of the home game against Arouca [1-4].)


“[Sporting president] Bruno de Carvalho is going to continue with the same old fantasist spiel.”
(Sports fund Doyen after Sporting were ordered to pay them €12m plus interest in respect of Marcos Rojo, transferred to Manchester United in 2014.)


“We fell, but we fell standing up.”
(Vitória de Setúbal captain Vasco Fernandes after being knocked out of the Taça de Portugal by Sporting [0-1])


“If it’s just a question of sitting there, tell me - I know a load of homeless people who’ll go there and need the money more than those who are there.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho attacks the stewards at the Luz who did nothing to stop Benfica fans throwing things at him during the clássico [2-1 to Benfica].)


“It’s as if it were the first - a dream come true.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo lifts his fourth Ballon d’Or.)


“What was missing was for the ‘third team’ [match officials] to see the incidents in the game.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-1 defeat at Benfica in the SLB v SCP clássico.)


“Are we in a soap opera? Ask about the game!”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked about his Sporting rival Jorge Jesus ahead of the SLB v SCP clássico.)


“We’ve got half the points we need to stay up.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after beating Estoril 2-0. Vitória have 16 points.)


“I can’t criticise my team.”
(Braga coach José Peseiro after losing 2-4 at home to Shakhtar and crashing out of the Europa League.)


“We had a team to be in the Europa League.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after coming bottom of their Champions League group, beaten on the last day by Legia [1-0].)


“The important thing is that we guaranteed qualification.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the 1-2 Champions League Group B defeat at home to Napoli.)


“It’s a shame that I won’t be able to work more years with these players.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, admitting that a lot of his team will be leaving soon for greater things.)


“I don’t want us to be the winter champions - I want to be champions in May.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“Seven minutes added time is something else.”
(Braga captain André Pinto after they lost to a 95th minute goal at FC Porto.)


“We’re going to fight for the tetra [4th straight title] until the last drop of sweat.”
(Benfica captain Luisão after the 2-1 defeat at Marítimo, the club’s first of the season.)


“Nuno Espírito Santo is the least guilty in this whole situation. The problems [...] go much deeper.”
(Former FC Porto keeper Vitor Baía on the coach’s part in the club’s current slump.)


“The winner of the Taça da Liga should get into Europe.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side beat Arouca in their first T da L group game.)


“It would be unfair to think about myself at this moment - I’m thinking of the team.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo, asked if his job is at risk after the 4th 0-0 draw in a row - Belenenses in the Taça da Liga.)


“The first three goals were gifts.”
(Feirense coach José Mota after the 6-2 hammering at Sporting Braga.)


“My suitcase is always at the door.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Carlos Pinto after another defeat - 1-0 at Arouca - that leaves his team perilously close to the drop zone.)
[His contract was terminated the next day.]


“We scored an equaliser - I think everyone saw it.”
(Boavista defender Carlos Santos on a ball that might have gone over the line in the 0-1 defeat to Sporting.)


“The victory is as much Nuno Capucho’s as mine.”
(Rio Ave’s new coach Luís Castro gives a nod to his predecessor after the 1-0 win at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“We played to win, but it was important not to lose.”
(Sporting Braga striker Hassan after the 2-2 Europa League draw at Gent, postponing qualifying until the last group game against Shakhtar.)


“We ended up giving Besiktas the oxygen they needed.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after they let a 3-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 at Besiktas in the Champions League.)


“Fair play doesn’t exist - it’s bullsh*t.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after Real’s Kovacic feigns being hit to get SCP full back João Pereira sent off in the SCP 1-2 Real CL fixture.)


“Of course I’d like to train Ronaldo.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the CL group game against Real Madrid.)


“I understand the fans’ contestation.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Carlos Pinto after being knocked out of the Taça de Portugal 1-0 at third-tier Vilafranquense.)


“Besiktas is another story, but this game helped us to be more confident.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after thrashing Marítimo 6-0 in the Taça de Portugal, ahead of the Champions League visit to Besiktas.)


“One of the Big Three has fallen. The Final’s closer now.”
(Chaves coach Jorge Simão after knocking FC Porto out of the Taça de Portugal on penalties in the fourth round.)


“I owe everything to Jesus.”
(Sporting midfielder Bruno César grateful to coach Jorge Jesus.)


“The bell rang and the team reacted.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal allowed Latvia to equalise before going on to win their World Cup qualifier 4-1.)


“We have to break this cycle - it’s too long without winning any titles.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“Maybe when I’m past 41 I’ll come and help out a bit here.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on the possibility of returning to Sporting at the end of his career.)


“This game is going to leave us hurt.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after conceding in added time to draw 1-1 with Benfica.)


“The Panther’s beginning to roar!”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal after the 2-1 win at Rio Ave.)


“Just like in other areas of society, it’s easier to pick on the least powerful.”
(Chaves coach Jorge Simão, suspended for 10 days.)


“We’re going to face a wall.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Latvia.)


“Our main aim is to qualify from the group. It’s possible and we’re focussed.”
(Sporting keeper Rui Patrício after the 1-0 CL defeat at Dortmund that leaves them on 3 points, 5 behind Real, with two games left ...)


“We only relax when we go on holiday.”
(Benfica captain Luisão after the 1-0 Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev that puts
SLB equal top of Group B with Napoli.)


“Talk doesn’t win games.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked to comment on the club’s five-point lead at the top.)


“Second place is worth what it’s worth.”
(Sporting Braga coach José Peseiro after going equal 2nd with FC Porto - behind Benfica - following the 2-1 win over Belenenses.)


“Getting a point against these teams is as if it were a victory..”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the 0-0 home draw with FC Porto.)


“We lacked emotional equilibrium.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after dropping another two points, this time at Nacional, 0-0.)


“I need people to hate me, and I need my enemies.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“I want the tetra [four straight championships] and to stay hungry for titles.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira, voted in for a fifth mandate 27/10/16.)


“We’re going to be happy.”
(Sporting keeper Rui Patrício reassures the club’s fans about the season’s outcome.)


“It’s not easy to re-build a team and be in third place on the same points as Sporting.”
(Braga coach José Peseiro after the 1-0 win over Chaves.)


“When I don’t win, I don’t sleep.”
(Rio Ave coach Nuno Capucho after the 1-1 draw at Moreirense.)


“They played for time ... just like Borussia Dortmund did.”
(Sporting’s Bruno César after the 1-1 home draw with Tondela.)


“It’s our duty to break the cycle of not winning the championship.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“We might be lacking other things, but not attitude.”
(FC Porto central defender Ivan Marcano.)


“It’s difficult but we’re not going to give up.”
(Sporting Braga striker Hassan after his team could only draw at Konyaspor in the Europa League.)


“Congratulations, team, very happy. Glory to God.”
(Benfica captain Luisão on social media after the team won 2-0 at Dynamo Kiev on Day 3 of the Champions League.)


“Lately it’s hard for us to start games.”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas.)


The only solution was to score!”
(FC Porto striker André Silva, who got the added-time winner from the spot to beat Club Brugge for FCP’s first CL group win.)


“We don’t have any margin for error.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo ahead of the Champions League game at Club Brugge.) [FCP won 2-1 with a last-minute penalty]


“This victory wasn’t just a stroke of luck.”
(Costinha, coach of Segunda Liga side Académica, after they knock Belenenses out of the Taça.)


“We have great ambitions.”
(Sporting’s Serbian forward Lazar Markovic.)


“It’s a privilege for any player to score against Benfica.”
(Martim Águas, son of former Benfica striker Rui, on his goal in the 4th round Taça tie, Benfica beating 1º Dezembro 2-1.)


“The players were committed until the last drop of sweat and the last second.”
(Rui Silva, caretaker coach of Segunda side Famalicão, who gave Sporting a run for their
money in the 3rd round of the Taça but went out 0-1.)


“There’s no pillow more comfortable for sleeping on than a clear conscience.”
(Former Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez, sacked this week.)


“It’s with great honour and passion that I’ve embraced this project.”
(New Boavista coach Miguel Leal)


“I told the players that if we had the right attitude we’d win this game, and they interpreted that fantastically well.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 6-0 World Cup win in the Faroe Islands.)


“The artificial pitch can’t be used as an excuse.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos ahead of the World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands.)


“We suffer more pressure at home than away.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez takes a pop at the fans after his side go out of the Taça da Liga, 0-1 at home to Belenenses.)


“I know I’m an important player - like all the others are.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring four goals in Portugal’s 6-0 win over Andorra.)


“We lacked quality and intelligence.”
(Portugal U-21 coach Rui Jorge after his team dropped two points [3-3] in the European Championship qualifier in Hungary.)


“I’ll come back even better.”
(Sporting captain Adrien, out for 4-6 weeks after a knee operation.)


“I don’t have many years left - ten, more or less ...”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, opening one of his hotels in Lisbon.)


“We weren’t clever and crafty.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side let a 3-0 lead slip at Guimarães, the game finishing 3-3.)


“We have to improve and find greater emotional balance.”
(Erwin Sánchez, coach of struggling Boavista.)


“We can’t stay in ‘Champions’ mode.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, announcing his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and the Faroe Islands.)


“If there’s one thing I’m not it’s daft.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória defending changes he made to his side for the 4-2 CL loss at Napoli.)


“I know FC Porto well, and my job is to score goals.”
(Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, formerly of Sporting, after scoring the only goal in
the 1-0 CL win over Porto, his 7th in 9 games against them.)


“With this group I’ll go to the end of the world.”
(Belenenses coach Julio Velázquez after his side drew 1-1 at home to Arouca.)
[N.B. He resigned 10 days later.]


“If I talk about the refereeing, I’ll be here a long time.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, after the 2-0 defeat at Marítimo.)


“Reality spat in our face.”
(Chaves coach Jorge Simão after his saide went down 0-2 at home to Benfica)


“William’s pass had eyes.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on his side’s third goal against Estoril, which finished 4-2.)


“Not even Jesus Christ pleased everybody.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez responds to contestation from supporters.)


“The match officials did a good job.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, unusually generous after the 3-1 defeat at Rio Ave.)


“This is a war and we’ve lost a battle”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side slip up 3-1 at Rio Ave.)


“My players had to break loose ... and they broke loose.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Carlos Pinto after the 4-1 win at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“What should have happened was to have the support of our fans for the whole 90 minutes, because whistling doesn’t get us anywhere.”
(Braga coach José Peseiro after they dropped points at home to Gent in the Europa League.)


“I doubt whether we’d have lost this game if I’d been on the bench until the end.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus, sent off after an hour in the 1-2 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.)


“Why did I leave? That’s what I’d like to know, too, because I don’t.”
(Former Benfica midfielder Talisca after scoring an added-time equaliser in the CL group game Benfica v Besiktas.)


“We’re going to approach the Champions League with a lot of ambition.”
(Sporting midfielder Bryan Ruíz ahead of their opening CL group game at Real Madrid.)


“There’s a different glint in the eye of the players, the directors, the coach and the fans.”
(Brazilian midfielder Elias, returning to Sporting, after they beat Moreirense 3-0.)


“There were many things that were done badly in the past; it wasn’t only the relegation but everything involving the relegation.”
(Académica coach Costinha on the club’s relegation to the second tier.)


“If there’s one thing we don’t do it’s moan.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after strikers Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Jovic are ruled out of the game at Arouca through injury.)


“We went from 80 to 8 with tremendous ease.”
(After winning the European Championship, Seleção coach Fernando Santos bemoans Portugal’s slip-up in their first World Cup 2018 qualifier, 0-2 in Switzerland.)


“The banks to take half from the Lions.”
(Daily tabloid Correio da Manhã says that Sporting will keep only half of the proceeds of the sales of João Mário, Slimani and Adrien, the other half going to pay off debts.)


“The tactical change I made was decisive for the win.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus turns on the modesty after the 2-1 win over FC Porto.)


“We cooked up the goals for Benfica.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado after his team went down 1-3 to Benfica.”


“The first objective is to win the group.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on World Cup qualification.”


“Arouca dignified Portuguese football.”
(Arouca coach Lito Vidigal after his side went down honourably at Olympiakos in the Europa League play-off.)


“That’s football.”
(Rio Ave coach Nuno Capucho after his side conceded on 92 minutes to drop two points at Braga.)


“When a Big Club doesn’t win, the referee is under fire.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after his side drew 1-1 at Benfica, who were awarded a penalty near the end.)


“We have holes in the squad, injured players and in some positions players who have never played in Europe and aren’t competitive yet.”
(Estoril coach Fabiano Soares after going down 1-0 at FC Porto.)


“I’m Benfica and FC Porto’s best scout.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus refuses to reveal which players he’s looking to buy after being
burned by his rivals in previous seasons.)


“I had to do what captains have to do.”
(Nani on taking over from Cristiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 Final.)


“A lot of these players have never been in the top flight, but they’ve shown that
they’re here to stay.”

(Feirense coach José Mota after the 2-0 win at Estoril.)


“The market could mess with Rafa’s head.”
(Sporting Braga coach José Peseiro on his much coveted forward.)


“We’re in the market for a Pokémon.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the club’s search for a striker.)


“We can’t go another season without winning titles.”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas.)


“Cristiano cried like a child.”
(Portugal full-back Eliseu on the dressing-room after the Euro Final triumph.)


“At the end of the day, it’s a goal at the Olympic Games ...”
(Portugal goalscorer Gonçalo Paciência after the 2-0 victory over Argentina in the Olympic football tournament.)


“I’m sad, but the team showed soul and character.”
(Rio Ave coach Nuno Capucho after they went out of the Europa League to Slavia Prague.)


“I still feel sorry for the French.”
(Euro 2016 hero Éder upon returning to his club, Lille.)


“Podence exaggerates with the self-confidence.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the club’s young Portuguese winger.)


“Don’t ask me to swap winning with putting on a show, because I’m not able to.”
(Fernando Santos, Seleção coach.)


“Being a hotel-owner is still a bit strange to me.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo at the opening of the Hotel Pestana CR7 in Funchal, Madeira.)


“It’s been a hard start to the pre- season ... We’re a bit tired.”
(Sporting’s Bryan Ruíz after they lost 0-5 to PSV. Sporting have won only one of four friendlies, scored six and conceded 14.)


“It’s not good to concede so many goals.”
(Sporting centre-back Rúben Semedo after they lose 2-4 to Zenit - nine goals conceded
in three friendlies.)


“We want to be first, but above all, may Portuguese football win.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória)


“This time, don’t say that we won because of the other team’s demerit - I’m a bit
fed up with that.”

(Fernando Santos after Portugal beat France 1-0 to become European Champions.)


“Finals aren’t to be played, they’re to be won.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after Portugal beat Wales to reach the Final of the Euros.)


“We’re going to try to give the Portuguese some joy.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after Portugal beat Poland to pass to the Semi-finals of the Euros.)


“It was a game in which we were lucky ... but we deserved it.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after Portugal beat Croatia 1-0 to qualify for the
quarter-finals of the Euros.)


“Win the Euros just with draws? Where do I sign?”
(National coach Fernando Santos, ahead of Portugal v Croatia in the last 16.)


“It was a crazy game - we were out of the Euros three times.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after the 3-3 draw with Hungary that qualified Portugal for the last 16.)


“We’re going to get to the Final and we’re going to win it!”
(National coach Fernando Santos in pugnacious mood after another disappointing draw, 0-0 with Austria.)


“Ronaldo’s the best in the world, and that tells you how important he is for the Seleção.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos.)


“He’s fundamental, but the Seleção isn’t just Ronaldo.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos.)


“It’s not how it begins ...”
(Portugal forward Nani after a disappointing draw against Iceland in the EURO 2016 opener)


“Things are good, but let’s keep calm...”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 7-0 drubbing of Estonia.)


“Cristiano Ronaldo told me what we all wanted to know - that he’s fully fit. We’re going to have a Super Ronaldo!”
(Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa visits the Seleção’s training camp.)


“I have a dream of being European Champion.”
(Seleção midfielder João Mário.)


“Bruno Alves has already apologised to everyone.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after Alves was sent off on 35’ against England [0-1])


“It’s fundamental to get rid of this climate of apprehension.”
(New FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“I haven’t been approached by anyone from FC Porto.”
(Olympiakos coach Marco Silva on a mooted move back to Portugal - Nuno Espírito Santo was presented as the new FC Porto coach on 01/06/16.)


“I don’t know why we’re always talking about Ronaldo, or why you [journalists] say that we depend on him.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos.)


“I want to take advantage of the talent that God gave me.”
(Ricardo Quarresma, who scored the frst of Portugal’s goals in the 3-0 friendly win over Norway.)


“I always try to simplify - I’m like a compass.”
(Sporting midfielder William Carvalho.)


“This was our main objective.”
(Sporting Braga coach Paulo Fonseca after winning the Taça de Portugal Final against FC Porto on penalties.)


A tasty season. It was important to end it with a win.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after beating Marítimo 6-2 in the Taça da Liga Final.)


It’s hard for us to leave players out, but it’s important to arrive in France tuned up.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after announcing the squad for Euro 2016.)


“Being champions is a result of posture.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória.)

“It wasn’t the best team that won this championship.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)

“Down there in about 90th place in my attention is Sporting’s coach.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória)

“Vítor Pereira will have a shirt with the number 35 on it.”
(Sporting’s General Director Octávio Machado on the president of the Refereeing Council; 35 is the number of Benfica’s titles.)

“I’m expecting the Tetra and the Penta.”
(Benfica keeper Julio César.)

“Seeing and hearing the fans call my name, I wanted to cry, shout, laugh ...”
(Benfica keeper Paulo Lopes, given some minutes to be able to win a champions sash.)

“This season can’t be considered a failure.”
Paulo Fonseca, coach of Sporting Braga, 4th.)


“The relegation is unfair, cruel and hard. We’ve all taken a punch in the guts.”
(Norton de Matos, coach of União, relegated on the last day after losing 1-2 at home to Rio Ave.)


“Up until the last second, anything can happen.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, hoping for things to go the right way on Sunday -
title-deciding day.)


“We wanted to finish fourth.”
(Lito Vidigal, coach of Arouca, after they clinched fifth spot, the best in the club’s history.)


“We’ve had a lot of difficult games ... but they don’t kill us.”
(Benfica coach Rui Victória after a hard-earned 2-0 win at Marítimo.)


“I’ll have an almond stuck in my throat if we’re not champions.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)


“We have to believe until the last drop of blood.”
(Tondela coach Petit after the 4-1 win at Paços de Ferreira left them with chances of survival.)


“We hope you are not a victim of the revenge of the most powerful, as happened in other countries.”
(Boavista president João Loureiro congratulates Leicester City on winning the English Premier League. Boavista won the Portuguese Liga in 2001, but were forcibly relegated in 2008.)


“It was the mother of all victories.”
(União coach Norton de Matos after the 3-1 home win over fellow relegation strugglers Académica.)


“Sporting confirmed that they’re the best team in the championship.”
(Jorge Jesus, coach of Sporting, after they won 3-1 at FC Porto to keep their title hopes alive.)


“If we’d won any points at the Luz, Portugal would have collapsed.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição after the 1-0 defeat at Benfica.)


“I’ll only leave Portugal if it’s to go to a big club in Europe. To earn money I could go to Qatar or China, but I don’t fancy it much.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on his future.)


“We continue to believe.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, only three points from safety after looking well and truly buried.)


“Getting into the Champions League means we can be four years in the shade of the banana tree.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side guarantee a place in next season’s CL with a 2-0 win over União.)


“Slimani’s goal wasn’t offside!”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the controversial winner against Moreirense ... a week ago.)


“Why would I resign if we were still in all competitions?”
(Former FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, still bitter after all these weeks.)


“The Golden Boot? I don’t think about it.”
(Benfica striker Jonas, vying with Cristiano Ronaldo for the European top scorer award.”


“I don’t have Indiana Jones’ miracle water to be able to play my whole life.”
(FC Porto ‘keeper Iker Casillas, 34.)


“Benfica continue to hold several very useful records: fewest yellow cards shown, no players sent off, and their immunity with regard to penalties.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“We lost to an offfside goal.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal after Slimani, ‘clearly’ offside, scores the only goal in a 0-1 home defeat to Sporting.)


“I could talk about the refereeing, but as we lost 0-4, it’s not worth it.”
(Braga coach Paulo Fonseca after the defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League quarter-final.)


“We went toe-to-toe with Bayern.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 2-2 draw in the CL Quarter Final 2nd leg; Benfica went out 2-3 on aggregate.)


“Anyone who plays in Portugal and is lucky enough to triumph there can triumph in any league in the world.”
(Real Madrid defender Pepe, formerly of FC Porto and Marítimo.)


“We’re alive!”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, after a second straight win throws them a lifeline.)


“I didn’t know - and I don’t know - Benfica’s result.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus playing it cool in the race for the title.)


“We’ve hit bottom.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, disappointed with the team’s showing this season.)


“We’re going at them with tooth and nail.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória ahead of the CL tie with Bayern Munich.)


“Our rivals know that a new cycle has begun.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho)


“Why should I have to assume that we’re candidates for the Europa League when you lot don’t believe it.”
(Arouca coach Lito Vidigal fires on journalists after his side beat Académica 3-2)


“They’re going to crucify the players, but I’m the guilty one.”
(Sporting Braga coach Paulo Fonseca after his side go down 5-1 to Benfica at the Luz.)


“I’m going to pray to be among the 23 selected”
(Southampton centre-back José Fonte, quite keen to be in the Seleção for the EUROs.)


“Ronaldo is keeping the goals for the EUROs.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 0-1 home defeat to Bulgaria.)


“Football cost me dear.”
(Coach Quinito, out of football since the death of his son in 2009.)


“Losing like this is sad.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez after his side lost 0-1 to Benfica, the goal coming in added time.)


“What he thinks and says is worth zero - I’m the one in charge at Sporting.”
(Coach Jorge Jesus on striker Islam Slimani, peeved at being subbed on 60 minutes against Arouca.)


“Cristiano’s ambition alone is not enough - we need the ambition of everyone.”(Portugal coach Fernando Santos on the Seleção’s chances at EURO 2016.)


“Getting refereeing like this is a total frustration!”
(Fenerbahçe’s Portuguese coach Vítor Pereira after his side went down 4-1 to Braga in the Europa League, helped by a poor performance from the ref.)


“It’s becoming more and more difficut - but it’s still possible.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, 11 points from safety with just eight games left.)


“What game? There was no game - this was a disgrace!”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição, not pleased with the ref after the 0-1 home
defeat to Paços de Ferreira.)


“The team has built up a lot of pressure and stress.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after his side struggled to beat União 3-2.)


“It seemed like we were the ones at the foot of the table.”
(Marítimo coach Nelo Vingada after his side went down 0-3 at home to lowly Boavista.)


“It wasn’t the best decision, but I’d take it again.”
(FC Porto ‘keeper Iker Casillas on coming out 30 metres to allow Alan to score Braga’s third in the 3-1 away defeat.)


“I don’t care how far Benfica can go. I’m a portista!”
(André Villas Boas, coach of Zenit, knocked out of the Champions League by Benfica.)


“I saw them play - now I’m playing alongside them!”
(Benfica wunderkind Renato Sanches on his heroes.)


“Slimani is constantly suspended on a psychological level.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on the Liga’s delay in deciding on the Algerian striker’s suspension for elbowing Benfica’s Samaris in November.)


“Whenever there was a mistake [by the referee] it was against FC Porto!”
(FCP coach José Peseiro after his side went down 3-1 at Braga.)


“We’ve taken a big step, but there are still nine finals to go.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after his side beat Sporting 1-0 to go top of the table.)


“The public are entitled to wave white handkerchiefs.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Jorge Simão after his side let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with Marítimo. Paços haven’t won in eight league games.)


“Our dreams were broken by a non-existent penalty in the first leg.”
(Rio Ave coach Pedro Martins bemoans his team’s exit from the Taça de Portugal at the hands of Braga in the semi-final - 0-1 on aggregate.)


“I’m happy and you can see that on the pitch.”
(Benfica striker Jonas, top scorer in Portugal and Europe, after getting both goals in the 2-0
win over União.)


“We’re still smiling.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, after they won 2-1 at Moreirense.)


“I don’t want to put the cart before the oxen.”
(Estoril’s Brazilian striker Léo Bonatini on being asked about his future after scoring a hat-trick against Vitória de Setúbal.)


“Finally change has come. This is the beginning of a new era for FIFA.”
(Luís Figo on the election of Gianni Infantino as president of football’s governing body.)


“The goal was off-side - it stabbed us deep.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after his side went down 0-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund
and went out of the Europa League.)


“We’re allowed to dream.”
(Sporting Braga midfielder Josué after the 2-2 home draw with Sion that put Braga through to the last 16 of the Europa League.)


“Some players could give more.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sanchez not naming names after the 2-0 defeat at Sporting.)


“Being at the airport so many hours, waiting to see if there was a flight or not, going home, eating hamburgers and pizzas, sitting on sofas for hours - it’s not good for anyone, but the team did well today.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado. The team had been held back in Madeira ahead of the 1-1 draw at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“Owing to our situation in the table, it’s like the ball burns.”
(Filipe Gouveia, coach of second-to-bottom Académica, after the 0-2 defeat at home to Rio Ave.)


“With ugly ducklings you can’t fight for titles.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus defends striker Téo Gutiérrez, booed by fans.)


“We still have a chance - we’re not dead yet.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after his side went down 2-0 at Dortmund in the Europa League.)


“I don’t need kisses or hugs. We’re professionals.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, asked about his relationship with his teammates at Real Madrid.)


“It’s inevitable that Braga will be champions one day.”
(League president Pedro Proença, speaking at the gala evening of ... Sporting Braga.)


“This is not the football I like to be in.”
(Marítimo coach Nelo Vingada criticises the ref after the 1-3 home defeat against Braga.)


“Sporting have a different kind of material.”
(Manuel Machado, coach of struggling Nacional, after the 0-4 home defeat to the top team.)


“Hope is the last thing to die, and we have hope.”
(FC Porto’s Mexican captain Hector Herrera after the 2-1 win at Benfica that left FCP just three points behind them.)


“Nothing has ever been easy for me.”
(Sporting’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani.)


“I understand the fans’ displeasure, and they can demonstrate that they’re dissatisfied, but I hope that next time it’s at the end of the game.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after the 1-2 home defeat to Arouca.)


“Yesterday will be the base of my whole career.”
(Arouca’s Paraguayan forward Walter González, 20, after his two goals beat FC Porto at the Dragão.)


“Carrillo is a theme that’s not in my dictionary any more.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the Peruvian winger, recently signed by Benfica but on Sporting’s books until the end of the season.)


“I said absolutely nothing!”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição, sent off during the 1-1 draw at Tondela.)


“I can only apologise to the fans.”
(Belenenses captain Gonçalo Brandão after his side went down 0-5 at home to Benfica.)


“I hope the Restelo will be stained red.”
(Benfica coach Rui Victória ahead of his side’s trip across Lisbon to Belenenses.)


“If we get to the Final, I don’t want anyone to stay in Barcelos.”
(Gil Vicente president António Fiusa with a special invitation to burglars if his side get to the Final of the Taça de Portugal.)


“Imbula is a young player with quality.”
(Stoke City manager Mark Hughes after signing the midfielder from FC Porto for 24 million euros.)


“We shot ourselves in the foot again.”
(Tondela coach Petit after the 3-1 defeat at Nacional that leaves the bottom side eight points from safety.)


“We died on the beach.”
(Académica’s Rafa Soares after his side went down 3-2 at Sporting.)


“They didn’t let me say goodbye to the players.”
(Former FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, sacked by the club.)


“These players are worth more than this.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after his side go down 0-2 at second-tier Feirense and go out of the Taça da Liga with no points in the group phase.)


“The next game will obviously be different.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal after his side went down 1-6 at home to Benfica in the Taça da Liga.)


“Nothing is impossible in football.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, eight points from safety after losing 1-2 to Boavista.)


“The national team is a dream I have inside me ... In a bigger club, it would certainly be easier to get there.”
(Paços de Ferreira’s Portuguese striker Bruno Moreira, the Liga’s third top goalscorer with 12 goals.)


“I’ll always be a Dragon.”
(Spanish winger Cris
tian Tello as he leaves FC Porto for Fiorentina.)


“We want to be in the Final in Paris, and that’s why we have a reservation until that day; we believe we’re going to be here until 10 July.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos, visiting training camp facilities ahead of EURO 2016.)


“I hope that Peseiro helps to lift the club.”
(FC Porto caretaker Rui Barros on new coach José Peseiro after FCP crash out of the Taça da Liga with a 1-0 defeat at second-division Famalicão.)


“If the result were the other way round, it wouldn’t be a scandal.”
(João Barbosa, coach of second-division Oriental, after the 0-1 defeat to Benfica in the Taça da Liga.)


“The last good joke I heard? That Sporting were going to be champions.”
(Presidential candidate Marisa Matias)


“My parents were illiterate, but they passed fantastic principles on to me.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição, whose professionalism was questioned ahead of the game against FC Porto [1-0])


“Rúben Ribeiro is like me and Timofte.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez heaps praise on the club’s new midfield signing.)


“We made the game difficult - and so did the referee.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side dropped two points [2-2] at home to bottom club Tondela.)


“I know it’s a person - I just don’t know his name.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, asked who will be replacing sacked coach Júlen Lopetegui.)


“We’re surpassing all expectations.”
(Jorge Simão, coach of Paços de Ferreira, clear 5th in the Liga.)


“Today it was everything we weren’t expecting - it was a disaster.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal after his side went down 5-1 at Marítimo.)


“We have to do like the Indians do - attack.”
(Estoril coach Fabiano Soares ahead of the game against Belenenses.)


“I asked them not to call me up for those games any more.”
(Benfica’s Adel Taarabt, fed up of playing for the ‘B’ team.)


“We can’t change the direction of the wind. What we can do is set the sails to take better advantage of the wind, make it so that the wind that there is pushes all of us.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after recent contestation of his position at the club.)


“We have to be man enough to face the situation calmly.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez, who saw his team lose 0-3 to Moreirense and fall into the drop zone.)


“Sporting are a candidate for the title, not the candidate.”
(Jorge Jesus, coach of top club Sporting.)


“I’m convinced that we’re going to be Champions.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his side went down 2-0 at Sporting and lost the top spot to ... Sporting.)


“Not even God pleased everybody.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on not being universally liked.)


“The thinking in our football is to channel the means almost entirely towards the Big Three, leaving crumbs for all the rest.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado criticises the massive media deals struck by the Big Three [FC Porto, Benfica; Sporting])


“The clássico isn’t a matter of life or death.”
(Sporting midfielder João Mário ahead of a vital Sporting v FC Porto.)


“All stories have an ending. In this case we’re still at the beginning.”
Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after the club lost their dispute with Doyen at TAS.”


The coach has been contested since the very first day, just as Mourinho and Jesualdo Ferreira were.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the crowd booing coach Júlen Lopetegui during the 3-1 win over Académica, which took them to the top of the table.)


“I found João Afonso crying in the dressing room. He applauded a good decision by the referee and said ‘well done ref’ ... and he got sent off.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição after his side won 1-0 at Estoril; João Afonso is now suspended and misses the reception of Benfica on 02 January.)


We forget to talk about more serious things, like the fact that many players are unemployed, and that there are salaries overdue in many teams.”
(Sporting Braga captain Alan, asked about recent refereeing controversies.)


It doesn’t mean that José Mourinho isn’t the best in the world.”
(Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes after the coach was sacked by Chelsea.)


“No excuses ... but facts are facts.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho points to refereeing mistakes as contributing to his side’s exit from the Taça de Portugal, 4-3 at Braga.)


“If knocking Sporting out were an impossible mission, I’d call Tom Cruise.”
(Braga coach Paulo Fonseca ahead of the Fifth Round Cup tie.)


“If we don’t approach this game seriously, we could be surprised.”
(Braga coach Paulo Fonseca on the Europa League tie against Sion, theoretically a lesser team ...)


“I knew that he could miss, and indeed he did.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on letting Slimani take a penalty in the 3-1 win over Moreirense because he wanted the striker to notch up goals in the league’s top-scorer table; he followed up to score after the ‘keeper stopped the penalty.)


“Portugal are without doubt a fantastic team.”
(Hungary coach Bernd Storck after they were drawn in Portugal’s Euro 2016 group, along with Iceland and Austria.)


“I didn’t really want to talk about the match officials. I wouldn’t want them to talk about me.”
(New Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez after a dubious penalty and a penalty not given in the
1-1 draw with Estoril.)


“We’re not here to see the tulips!”
(Sporting Braga coach Paulo Fonseca ahead of their Europa League game against Groningen, which they drew 0-0 to top the group.)


“I hope to go to work tomorrow with the same strength and ambition.”
FC Porto coach Júlen Lopetegui after his side whimpered out of the Champions League with a 0-2 defeat at Chelsea.)


“We want to make history in England.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of the crunch CL game at Chelsea that they had to win ... [they lost 0-2 and were knocked out of the Champions League.])


“Bruno de Carvalho is a lizard who’ll never get to be an alligator.”
(Marítimo president Carlos Pereira on his Sporting counterpart.)


“Goals are worth a lot of money, and Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are expensive.”
(Fabiano Soares, coach of Estoril, 10 goals in 12 games.)


“We didn’t expect to be in this position at this time.”
(Jorge Jesus, coach of top club Sporting.)


“It wasn’t us that turned the loudspeakers on.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieiria has a dig at his Sporting counterpart Bruno de Carvalho, amidst growing bad-feeling between the clubs.)


“Ronaldo doesn’t deserve to be among the Golden Ball finalists.”
(Barcelona full-back Dani Alves)


“Luck? No - the culture of champions..”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side beat Belenenses with an added-time penalty.)


“Renato Sanches wasn’t in the starting line-up because I like dreadlocks but because he has quality.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the club’s new young ace.)


“As much as I like Boavista, I also like myself.”
(Petit resigns as Boavista coach, citing personal reasons.)


“We’re the only team in Europe that hasn’t been awarded a penalty.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui takes a swipe at referees.)


“If I have to put the ‘B’ Team out against Besiktas, I will.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on upcoming fixture congestion)


“We’ve taken a giant step towards finishing top of the group.”
(Portugal U-21 coach Rui Jorge after beating Israel 3-0 for their fifth straight win in EURO 2017 qualifying.)


“See you soon, Mr Spike. You’ll always be with us. I’ll never forget you, my baby.”
(Benfica’s Argentinian forward Eduardo Sálvio takes to social media to mourn his dog.)


“One club [Benfica] has 6.5m fans, the other [Sporting] has 3.5m. If that makes 10m, then it’s the whole population and we don’t have any fans.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.)


“The tension on and off the pitch caused our team to lose concentration for a moment.”
(Arouca assistant coach Neca after a turbulent last few minutes of the home game against Sporting, culminating in Slimani giving Sporting the three points on the stroke of full time.)


“This isn’t like yoghurts - on the 29th it’s within the sell-by date and after midnight it’s past it.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked why Raúl Jimenez is taking so long to settle in.)


“I heard that Luisão was finished.”
(Benfica captain Luisão hits back at critics; he scored the winner, 2-1, in the CL game against Galatasaray.)


“We have to have a perfect night.”
(Benfica captain Luisão ahead of the Champions League tie against Galatasaray. Benfica won 2-1.)


“Maybe for others Messi is the best. In my head, it’s me.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo)


“We will never give up!”
(Benfica forward Gonçalo Guedes; Benfica are 8th, eight points off the pace.)


What we have to do is react like champions do.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 0-3 home defeat to local rivals Sporting CP.)


“It was an atypical game”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 0-3 home defeat to local rivals Sporting CP.)


“We’re entitled to think about the European title.”
(FPF director João Vieira Pinto)


“It was the present that I wanted for my birthday.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos, 61 this week, on Portugal winning their seventh Euro group game in a row, 2-1 in Serbia)


“We’re not favourites - we’re candidates.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos after Portugal qualify for Euro 2016.)


“We’re not going to accept that Carrillo be treated as a slave or merchandise. He’s an employee!”
(Juan Baldovino, of the Peruvian Players’ Union, on the Sporting/Carrillo dispute.)


“The draw is actualy enough but we want to win.”
(Portugal midfielder João Moutinho ahead of the crunch EURO qualifier against Denmark.)

“The guy’s sick - I’ve never seen anyone train like him.”
(Former Portugal international Deco on Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“Our heads dropped and we got a bit tired, too.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after the 4-0 drubbing at FC Porto.)


“It’s the worst moment of my career.”
(José Mourinho on Chelsea’s bad form.)


“We had some funny refereeing.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto points a finger at Macedonian ref Stavrev after losing 0-4 at home to Fiorentina in the Europa League.)


“It was a night à Benfica.”
(Coach Rui Vitória, proud of his side’s 2-1 CL win at Atlético Madrid.)


“Maybe they’re already in Madrid for Benfica’s game tomorrow.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa finds it strange that there were no Portuguese Football Federation representatives to see the team’s excellent 2-1 CL win over Chelsea.)


“This team are going to turn things around.”
(Académica’s new coach Filipe Gouveia optimistic after their 6th defeat in the first six games, 1-0 at Rio Ave.)


“Sporting Braga lament the savage and cowardly acts of people who disgrace Vitória SC and the city of Guimarães.”
(Press release from Sporting Braga after their fans’ coaches were pelted with stones by Vitória fans following Braga’s 0-1 win.)


“You don’t have to be humble to be a ref - you need to have an ego the size of the world.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, unhappy at ref Artur Soares Dias’ handling of Boavista 0-0 Sporting.)


“But who are we playing against tomorrow? Carrillo or Boavista?”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus gets fed up with questions about the Peruvian winger, in dispute with the club.)


“Our chances are 0.01 per cent.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal ahead of the match against FC Porto.)
[The game finished Moreirense 2-2 FC Porto]


“Today it needed more than Sporting for Nacional to leave here defeated.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado takes a dig at the referee after his side go down 1-0 at Alvalade.)


“We made many more mistakes in this game than the referee.”
(Marítimo coach Ivo Vieira refuses to blame the ref for the 5-1 defeat at Braga.)


“There’s a long way to go for everybody.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after the 1-0 win over Benfica.)


“We responded fantastically well after the accident in the last game.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after his side drew 0-0 at Lech Poznan in the Europa League - an improvement on the 0-6 against Benfica.)


“I knew the team wouldn’t be as good as it’s been.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after making a lot of changes for the Europa League home game vs Lokomotiv ... and losing 1-3.)


For me, the ideal scenario would be to have Mourinho training Liverpool.”
(Former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard.)


“Académica played by far their best football of the season so far.”
(Coach José Viterbo after Os Estudantes, bottom of the Liga, went down 2-0 at Nacional.)


“We’re building a good team that’s going to win titles.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after the 3-1 win at Arouca.)


“We had a bad day.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after his side went down 6-0 at Benfica.)


“I hope the fans like my style.”
(Benfica striker Nélson Oliveira, on loan to Nottingham Forest.)


“The pause in the league was important to tighten some screws.”
(Benfica central defender Jardel.)


“Let’s take it easy with the celebrations.”
(Ricardo Quaresma advises caution after Portugal move a step closer to EURO 2016 qualfication with a 1-0 win in Albania.)


“The first good generation that came out of Seixal was burned.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira on the club’s youth scheme.)


“I want to be where they want me and where I feel happy.”
(Midfielder Pedro Tiba, slightly embittered, who has moved from Sporting Braga to Valladolid on loan.)


“I’m very happy to be here. It was a dream to play in England.”
(Benfica’s Dutch winger Ola John is loaned out to ... Reading FC.)


“I’m happy at FC Porto - I think you can see it in my face.”
(Porto’s Spanish international ‘keeper Iker Casillas.)


“Two penalties not given in Lisbon, a goal scored with the hand and a good goal disallowed. Even a blind man could see it.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus still unhappy about the refereeing in the CL play-off against CSKA Moscow.)


“We shouldn’t have been here today but yesterday.”
(Sporting director of football Octávio Machado bemoans the fact that the club was in the draw for the Europa League, not the Champions League.)


“Whoever intervenes in the game and steals has to be arrested.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho aims at the ref as Sporting fail to qualify for the Champions League after losing at CSKA)


“I only knew we were top when I got home.”
(Arouca ‘keeper Bracali after beating Benfica and going top.)


“The Eagle is confused.”
(A Bola’s front page after Benfica [‘The Eagles’] lost 1-0 at Arouca.)


“Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after constant whistling from Sporting Gijon fans.)


“I scored against Casillas!”
(Marítimo’s Edgar Costa after their 1-1 draw with FC Porto in Madeira.)


“The tie’s open - anything can happen.”
(Sporting striker Téo Gutiérrez after the 2-1 home win over CSKA in the first leg of the CL play-off.)


“There was no chemistry between me and the coach.”
(French central defender Michael Ciani moves away from Sporting - and coach Jorge Jesus - just weeks after arriving.)


“What’s scheduled for Zürich is not an election.”
(Luís Figo on the 29/05 election for FIFA president.)


“There were 11 puppets on the pitch.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Bruno Ribeiro after his side go down 0-5 at Braga.)


“I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders to the devil, then go on stage and compare those same people with Jesus Christ.”
(Luís Figo walks away from the FIFA presidency race.)


“I carry Sporting in my heart.”
(Nani on ending his loan spell at the club.)


“These players deserve it for their 11 months of work.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after they clinch the title.)

“Congratulations to all those who helped Benfica win the championship.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetgui.)


“These players deserved a different result.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Rui Vitória after Nacional 2-2 Vitória.)

“The fairest result would have been 5-2.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado after the same game.)


“I’m optimistic about my chances.”
(Luís Figo ahead of the elections for FIFA President.)


“This group has given everything it has ... and what it doesn’t have.”
(Rio Ave coach Pedro Martins after the 3-1 win at Belenenses; it’s been a long season for his team.)


“Are we going to renew with Petit? The answer to that question is obvious.”
(Boavista president João Loureiro on coach Petit after the team guarantee their Primeira Liga status.)

“The chances of staying up are very slim - like the Euromillions.”
(Carlos Brito, coach of bottom club Penafiel.)


“We’re top because we’re the best.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus.)


“Lopetegui? I only get names wrong when I want to.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus on the on-going controversy about his playing with the FC Porto coach’s name.)


“Lopetegui lost his head because he felt he’d lost the championship.”
(Former FC Porto player António Sousa after the FCP coach was involved in a tussle with his opposite number Jorge Jesus following Benfica 0-0 FC Porto, which left Benfica close to the title.)


“FC Porto were the only team that played to win.”
(Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his team drew 0-0 at Benfica.)


“It was no fun at all.”
(FC Porto’s Dutch defender Martins Indi after FCP went down 1-6 at Bayern.)


“I’d never advise a player to take injections.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, responding to Bayern’s Guardiola, who accused FCP striker Jackson Martínez of doing just that for their CL quarter-final first leg.)


“Boavista are a pleasant surprise.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva praises their opponents ahead of the Liga game.)


“We have the best coaches in the world.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus)


“Referee Carlos Xistra did an excellent job.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus on the Marítimo 2-1 FC Porto Taça da Liga game, after which Porto coach Julen Lopetegui criticised the ref.)


“Doing cute stuff is not enough.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 0-2 defeat to Cape Verde.)


“Our objective is to stay up, and that’s been guaranteed for ages.”
(Belenenses coach Lito Vidigal after his team went down 0-1 at home to Paços.)


“It’s not a day for maths.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, asked if Porto can make up the four-point deficit to Benfica, after FCP beat Sporting 3-0.)


“I don’t want to be part of the problem.”
(Estoril coach José Couceiro after his side go down 0-6 at Benfica.)


“Referees are always the excuse for the failure of those who didn’t have a good team or the best coach.”
(Former FC Porto ‘keeper Vítor Baía.)


(Front-page headline of sports daily O Jogo following Nani’s wonder goal for Sporting against Gil Vicente.)


“Ronaldo’s problem is that he’s spoiled us.”
(Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.)


“The game ended on 60 minutes.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal on the red card, with the score at 1-1, that made it easier for Benfica to go on and win 1-3.)


“I cried before going on.”
(Sporting midfielder William Carvalho on his debut in August 2013.)


“God is great! Justice has been done!”
(Young Benfica winger Sancidino Silva, cleared in England of rape.)


“The referee was on target.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after three key players see a yellow card against Vitória de Gumarães and miss next week’s derby at Boavista.)


“We were sitting on top of happiness and we couldn’t take advantage of it.”
(Penafiel coach Rui Quinta after they let a 1-0 lead slip in the dying minutes at Paços de Ferreira.)


“I consider that Paços de Ferreira enrich Portuguese football.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his side thrashed Paços 5-0.)


“This game is a part of our growth.”
(Boavista coach Petit after his team went down 0-3 at Benfica.)


"I look at FIFA's reputation at this moment and I don't like what I see."
(Luís Figo announces that he’ll run for the FIFA presidency.)


“We haven’t thrown the towel in.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his team go down 1-0 at Marítimo.)


“I’m happy and proud to be a part of the history of the club.”
(Captain Luisão on completing his 440th game for Benfica, equalling Eusébio.)


“I’m not from another planet.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, after Real went out of the Copa del Rei against Atlético.)


“I didn’t offend anyone!”
(Sporting Braga coach Sérgio Conceição, ordered from the bench during Braga’s 0-1
home defeat to Sporting.)


“Mourinho is a genius.”
(Thierry Henry)


“I hope one day to be part of this club’s history again.”
(Zenit coach André Villas Boas, formerly of FC Porto.)


“It’s an award for the whole of the African continent.”
(FC Porto’s Algerian forward Yacine Brahimi after being named the BBC African
Player of the Year.)


“It seems like I’m dreaming!”
(Benfica’s Anderson Talisca after being called up to the Brazil squad.)


“We scored two goals, more than enough to win.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva claims a disallowed second goal in their 1-1 home draw with Paços.)


“Sporting out of the race? It’s November, for the love of God.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui on Sporting falling eight points off the pace.)


“We don’t give each other many kisses or pats on the back.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui on the team’s concentration ahead of the next match against Estoril.)


“You can’t criticise these players.”
(Rio Ave manager Pedro Martins, after his side drew 2-2 at home to Moscow Dynamo.)


“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel - before the game it was all turned off.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-0 CL win over Mónaco.)


“There’s always a first time.”
(Mónaco’s Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim ahead of his team’s visit to Benfica’s Luz, where he’s never won as a manager.) [and he didn’t this time, either: Benfica 1-0 Mónaco]


“Terrible exhibitions which did not dignify our club.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after the B team go down 0-5 at Atlético, following the A team’s 0-3 defeat at Guimarães.)


“Let that be a lesson to us.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva after poor defending led to a 0-3 defeat at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“Half a dozen eagles continue to eat ten million ducks.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado conflates Portugal’s situation with that of the Big Three.)


“Some of those nominated have done less than me.”
(Benfica's Jorge Jesus, referring to FIFA's short-list for Coach of the Year.)


“The Liga doesn’t belong to the president but the clubs.”
(Luís Duque, voted in as new president of the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional.)


“I didn’t notice the handkerchiefs.”
(Estoril coach José Couceiro, contested after another defeat.)


“We have to fight till the last drop of blood.”
(Sporting Braga forward Rafa ahead of their Liga game against Benfica.)


 “In World Cup years, the winner of the Ballon d’Or should be someone who
shone at the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t shine, Portugal didn’t shine.”
(UEFA president Michel Platini on CR’s chances of winning the Ballon d’Or this year.)


“This team is under pressure from when they wake up until they go to sleep.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after FCP lose 1-3 at home to Sporting in the Taça.)


“I missed playing with Quaresma.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, scorer of the winner against Denmark in the Euro 2016 qualifier, from a cross by Quaresma.)


“If we play like that against Denmark, we’re convinced we’ll win.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 1-2 defeat against France.)


“The players don’t all have to be friends with each other.”
(National coach Fernando Santos)


Portugal are guaranteed to get through with this system of qualification.”
(Former Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz, optimisitic about the Seleção’s Euro 2016 chances.)


“Hearing 40 thousand chanting my name is a moment to remember.”
(Benfica forward Talisca, who scored the first of Benfica’s goals in a 4-0 home win over Arouca.)


“We lasted 70 minutes.”
(Penafiel coach Rui Quinta after Sporting scored four in the last twenty minutes to win 4-0.)


“Dreams feed life.”
(Estoril coach José Couceiro after the 2-0 Europa League home win against Panathinaikos.)


“A Europa League Final is better than getting to the quarter-finals of the Champions League”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after a second straight defeat in the CL: 1-3 at Leverkusen.)


“Rui Patrício wanted to ruin my evening!”
(Chelsea coach José Mourinho on Sporting’s ‘keeper, after he’d kept the score to 0-1 in their CL meeting.)


“My criterion is to look for those who best serve the team at a given moment and who are the fittest.”
(New national team coach Fernando Santos on selecting his squads.)


“I hope the moaning about the refereeing doesn’t bear fruit in the future.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva, in response to FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui - unhappy about a penalty not given in Sporting 1-1 FC Porto.)


“It’s better to be first than second.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus)


“We’re growing day by day.”
(Boavista coach Petit after drawing 0-0 at FC Porto.)


“We need a victory with some urgency”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva - they won their next game 4-0 at Gil Vicente.)


“Jorge Mendes never at any moment had any type of interference [in the Seleção]”
(Former National Team coach Paulo Bento)


“Sadly, people have a short memory ... but football’s like that.”
(Miguel Veloso defends former national team coach Paulo Bento.)


“We're moderately satisfied.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after a 6-0 hammering of BATE Borisov in the Champions League.)

"I played for Benfica's greatest rivals [FC Porto], but that doesn't mean that I hate Benfica."
(Zenit's former FCP forward Hulk after a fantastic display by him and a 2-0 win for his team at the Luz in the Champions League).


“They knew Talisca as well as I know D’Artagnan.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus responds to José Mourinho, who says that the Benfica
player was being tracked by many European clubs before he went to the Luz.)


“With you on your feet and in your heart.”
(Ana Paula, wife of Benfica’s hat-trick hero Talisca in their 5-0 win at Setúbal, on Instagram. He wore boots with her name on them.)


If a person loves what he does, he doesn’t lose his hair. But look at Guardiola …”
(José Mourinho)


“If Guardiola is Mozart, Mourinho is Salieri.”
(Former Argentina international Jorge Valdano in his book ‘The 11 Powers of a Leader’)


“It’s difficult to turn over the World Cup page because the media are always talking about it.”
(Portugal defender Pepe after the shock 0-1 home defeat to Albania.)


“We made a lot of mistakes. It could have been much better.”
(Coach Giovanni de Biasi after Albania’s historic 1-0 win against Portugal.)

“The game didn’t go well for us in terms of the result.”
(Portugal coach Paulo Bento after Portugal’s 0-1 defeat to Albania.)


“We have the obligation to be better than Albania.”
(Portugal coach Paulo Bento ahead of the opening Euro 2016 qualifier.)


“Do I appreciate Pinto da Costa? No, in fact I don’t.”
(Sporting president Bruno Carvalho on his FC Porto counterpart.)

“I’m very lucky to have changed clubs.”
(Midfielder André Gomes, who swapped Benfica for Valência and got the call-up to the Seleção for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania.)

“Cristiano Ronaldo is my biggest idol - I love to imitate him.”
(Galatasaray winger Bruma.)


“I came back to Sporting to be happy.”
(Nani, returning home from Manchester United.)

“The World Cup wounded us ... but it didn’t kill us.”
(Nani, ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier with Albania.)


“I want to smile again.”
(Portuguese international striker Hélder Postiga, signing for Spanish side Deportivo La Coruña.)

“It’s difficult to find top players in Portugal.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on why the Seleção never win anything.)

“We owe the fans a good season.”
(FC Porto full back Alex Sandro.)


“The team’s under construction.”
(Coach Petit after Boavista’s third straight defeat, with no goals scored.)


“We’re used to winning - especially against Sporting.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after the Lisbon Derby, which finished 1-1.)


“José Mourinho changed the mentality of coaches in Portugal.”
(Marco Silv
a, coach of Sporting - who meet Chelsea in the Champions League group stage.)


“It was the most accurate mis-hit of my career”
(Rio Ave forward Esmael, whose winner against Elfsborg put Rio Ave into Europe for the first time in the club’s history.)


“In my head, I’m the best.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, asked to compare himself to Messi, just for a change.)


“We’ll have to be perfect.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Lille.)
[It ended 2-0, 3-0 on aggregate; FCP qualified for the CL Group stage.]


“We wore our overalls.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after a hard-fought 1-0 league win at Boavista.)


“Friends, Porto is my club, this is my home.”
(Ricardo Quaresma tries to pour water on speculation that he’s unhappy at being left out of the squad for Paços de Ferreira.)





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