Introducing Lauren Jenks! is pleased to welcome the newest member of our writing team, Laruen Jenks. Lauren is a Sporting fan, and will certainly add to the content of the site. Here is her introduction:

Hi there, everyone.

I’m Lauren Jenks, the proud and latest addition to the Writers’ team.

I am someone who has had a complete life of football, something which began from a very early age and my love and passion for the sport just increased over time. But only in the last 2 years or so I started to develop a passion for writing about the sport and voicing my opinions in articles, and it is now something I do on a regular basis and something I can see myself doing long-term in the future.

Having read many of the articles on this website, and being a keen follower of Portuguese football, I soon developed a keen interest in writing for the site. Portuguese football is something I follow religiously, from the Liga to the Seleção.

My interest in Portuguese football developed around 5 years ago, and it was then that I basically fell in love with Sporting Clube de Portugal. Being an England-born follower of Portuguese football and an English Sporting fan, it is different as, in my view, you won’t find too many like me. But there is so much about this club that I love, from the academy to the supporters in the ground on a match day. It truly is a wonderful club to support, and in my view, the best club in Portugal. The Portuguese Liga only started being aired live in England at the start of the 2014/15 season, so the recognition it gets is rather limited, given that even now there aren’t many games that get shown on a weekly basis. Nonetheless, I never miss a Sporting match. I must add that it is an ambition of mine to visit the Estádio José Alvalade in my lifetime.

I have a very keen interest in the National Team, as well. My three favourite players, very conveniently, are all Portuguese. Those players being William Carvalho, Nani and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. Also, when it comes to the Seleção, I become rather opinionated on who the manager should pick, which player should play where and what system should be played in order to get the best out of the team, rather than just one player.

I am truly delighted to be a part of this team, and I thank Sam a lot for giving me this opportunity. I hope that within my articles, and can increase your overall interest in Portuguese football as a whole. I also hope to express my own perspective of certain issues with my own style of writing.

If ever you want to know more about me and hear my thoughts on certain subjects, then feel free to follow me on Twitter and send me a tweet anytime: @DiMariasChip

Introducing Alex Santos! is pleased to introduce Alex Santos as the newest member of our writing team. For his biography, visit our “About Us” page. Here’s his letter of introduction:


My name is Alex Santos and it is a pleasure to be a new addition to PortugalFutbol’s team to be able to express my passion for the ever-growing Portuguese football.

Born in England to a Portuguese family, Portuguese football has always been in the family and I have had the pleasure to watch both styles of English and Portuguese to know why it’s so special for us Portuguese.

Not the biggest of countries but the passion shown in Portugal, from the biggest to smallest teams is what football is really about. The celebrations of all the Benfica fans as they finally took back the title, all those Benfiquestas in the marques and that for me, is what football is all about.

Alex Santos

Introducing Igor Henriques! is pleased to announce that Igor Henriques has joined the site’s writing team. Here’s his introduction:


My name is Igor Henriques and I am very pleased to be the latest addition to team of writers. I look forward to being able to express passionately my views on the Portuguese national team and also the Portuguese league which is becoming one of the top leagues in the world.

As a Portuguese born citizen, I often tell people in my adopted home of Toronto, Canada that soccer runs through the veins of every Portuguese citizen both home and abroad, it is indeed part of our heritage and culture. To historic figures like the great Eusebio and Chalena to modern day titans like Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer has it’s share of heroes.

While a small country in terms of population size compared to some of Europe and Latin America’s elite, the Portuguese way of soccer with it’s flair and grace has won over many pundits over the years and made me a believer that one day a major world trophy at the senior international level will grace the streets of Portugal.

As for who I think will lead us there, I offer the quote below:

“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one”– Jose Mourinho

Igor Henriques

Introducing George Vieira! is pleased to introduce the newest member of our writing team, George Vieira! Here’s his introduction:

Greetings and salutations everyone!

My name is George Vieira and I’m your newest writer here on, a website that’s quickly becoming a go-to place for English language futebol coverage worldwide. Be it by covering the Portuguese National Team, Portugal’s youth teams, the Primeira Liga, Champions League, Europa League, or Portuguese talents making a mark all over the world, I’ll be using the journalistic skills acquired in university to educate and entertain you whenever possible.

Canadian born and raised, with familial roots taking me back to the Azorean island of Sao Miguel, sport, and in particular, soccer, has always played an important part in my life. I grew up with both my parents and grandparents under the same roof and it is from them that I learned to adore the beautiful game.

When it comes to a Selecao das Quinas, I fell in love the moment Luis Figo bulged the twine from a 30 yard strike against England at Euro 2000. That goal inspired a 3-2 comeback victory the likes of which I haven’t seen from Portugal ever since. And, it made me a die-hard supporter for life.

Over on the club side of things, my grandfather was devoted to Benfica and my father was loyal to Sporting, so, I chose to not pick sides and follow Porto instead. It turned out to be quite the serendipitous decision as Porto went on to win the UEFA Cup that year, and, the following season, went on to win the Champions League under this guy named Jose Mourinho.

I’m ecstatic to now be a part of a great team of writers and hope to not only share my unique perspective on the game, but, share my passion as well. I look forward to interacting with all of you both on site and off site, and hope to learn from everyone involved in the project. Thanks again to Sam for including me.

If you’d like to learn more about me and hear my thoughts on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, Portuguese football, feel free to follow me on twitter: @whatGVthinks