The Portuguese Under-20 team was unfortunate to bow out of the 2015 U-20 World Cup at the hands of Brazil on Sunday. The team’s level of play throughout the tournament was of a high standard, so much so that many touted them as potential victors. Unfortunately, luck was not on their side, as they were narrowly defeated by Brazil on penalties in the quarter-final. Despite this disappointing end, there are many positives to take away from Portugal’s encouraging run. Continue reading
Portugal 0-0 Brazil (1-3 Penalties)
2015 U-20 World Cup Quarterfinal
In an entertaining encounter, the Portuguese Under-20 team was defeated on penalties by Brazil in the quarterfinal of the 2015 U-20 World Cup. The defeat sees Portugal exit the tournament, despite some excellent performances earlier in the tournament. Brazil was the most difficult opposition Portugal had faced in the tournament thus far, and if this match was anything to judge off of, Portugal could have progressed further. Continue reading
A goal in the first minute of the match and two goals in the dying minutes were enough to push the Portuguese Under-20 team past Senegal in the Seleção’s opening match of the 2015 U-20 World Cup. Martins scored 26 seconds into the match, but Portugal would have to wait until the last minutes of the match to add to their tally. Substitute Nuno Santos first assisted André Silva, and then scored a wonderful attempt of his own. Continue reading
In a little over a week, the Portuguese U-20 Team will kick off their much anticipated U-20 World Cup campaign with their first match against Senegal. The U-20’s participation in this summer’s tournament will be the third consecutive finals appearance, after a runners-up finish in 2011 and a second round exit in 2013. Expectations are high for the Portuguese, with many of the players included in the squad touted to be stars of the future. But, as has been the case with Portugal’s involvement in the U-20 World Cup, many players are not as well-known as some of their older counterparts. So let’s take a look at the team: Continue reading
Liga Sagres runners-up Sporting Braga have made yet another reinforcement ahead of their Champions League campaign this season. Hugo Viana, who spent last season on loan to the Arsenalistas, was Braga’s ideal purchase due to the player’s superb form last season. Viana was in great form for Braga last season, most notably scoring a free-kick against Benfica, in their historic 2-0 win. Meanwhile, in Spain, Jose Nunes is supposedly being closely followed be Sevilla FC. With Squillaci having departed to Arsenal, the Seville-based club are looking to fill his void. Nunes has apparently met with club officials to negotiate his departure. Mallorca(Nunes’s current team) finished an impressive fourth in the Liga BBVA last season, with Nunes at the heart of their defense.