From the home of Mourinho, Ronaldo and Xavier
Hi folks, there's a new blog in town.
From Oporto to the world, 'The Portugeezer' will provide you with a genuine insight on the often-overlooked world of Portuguese football.
I won’t try to deny that Liga Sagres (the official name of the domestic league) belongs to the European second tier. Nonetheless, I am willing to bet there are many facts that might surprise you.
For instance, did you know that SL Benfica are the football club with the largest number of paying supporters worldwide with a total of 171,000?
Or that FC Porto, along with Barcelona and Manchester United, have been in the Champions League more times than any other team?
Or even that Sporting CP are responsible for nurturing the likes of Futre, Figo, Simão, Quaresma, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani?
Luis' look before the invention of hair gel
Maybe now I’ve grabbed your attention but there’s more, much more to come.
We’ll discuss Portuguese teams, players and competitions.
Naturally, more focus will be but on the so-called 'Big Three' – Porto, Benfica and Sporting – but whenever something interesting arises, I’ll be here to talk about it.
As the league is due to begin on August 16, the next posts will analyse the squads of the big three, the perennial title contenders.
If you have any questions you’d like to ask or any comment you’d like to make, please feel free to do so.
Catch you all later!
I wouldn't boast about Sporting nurturing the talent of Quaresma!
And I'd like to hear more about Marinaldo Cícero da Silva of Leixões, more commonly known as Chumbinho, why the frick is he called chumbinho? And what does it mean?!
Hi, great to see this new blog here.
I hope you will feature on other clubs as well as the the 'Três Grandes' of Benfica, Porto and Sporting (which is how I envisage the table finishing this year).
I have a slight (odd?!) soft spot for Rio Ave and try to follow their scores each week. How do you think they'll fare this year?
About Chumbinho...well, you see, lead (the material) in Portuguese is called "chumbo". That nickname was given to him after he was born; apparently his mother used to say he was "as heavy as lead" (common expression used here to say something is very heavy). "Chumbinho" is a diminutive of "chumbo" and hence how he got that strange nickname. He is not expected to feature for Leixões this coming season though due to some conflicts with the club and coach.
Nice to see a Rio Ave fan around here and I will try not to forget the "smaller clubs"!
As for Rio Ave, they are usually on my favourite list of teams expected to go down, but this year however they did some good signings; Ricardo Chaves, Valdir, Bruno Gama and João Tomás are quite good additions to the side and base on that I think they can do better than last year. We'll see how things start!
Nice, a portuguese blog! I will be sure to follow this, hopefully I will catch more of the chupaliga this year than usual.
Nice finally a blog on Portuguese football. I usually listen to a podcast. This will be my first season actually watching games and I decided to follow SC Olhanense. How do you think they will do this season? All those loanees from Porto should have a good impact. Also is Zequinha still a rising talent?
Very neat. Through an odd series of events I became a Sporting season ticket holder last season, so I guess Sporting is now my team to follow!
I've heard of Porto. Never Oporto. Is that next to Olisboa or Ocoimbra?
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