Zeca and Pizzi Score First League Goals

It was a good weekend for Portuguese abroad, as Panathinaikos’ Zeca and Atletico Madrid’s Pizzi scored their first league goals. Both joined their clubs at the beginning of this season, and both have enjoyed varying degrees of success. This weekend, however, was a success for them both. First up is Zeca.


Olympiacos 1-1 Panathinaikos

After making the switch this summer from Vitoria Setubal to Greek giants Panathinaikos, Zeca has cemented his place in the starting eleven. Out of Panathinaikos’ eight games so far this season, Zeca has started all eight, and has usually played the full ninety minutes. It’s not hard to see that Zeca is an important piece to the Panathinaikos puzzle, and he proved that in Saturday’s derby against Olympiakos. After making a well-timed run into the box, Zeca received a pass from a teammate and poked the ball home. That goal made the score 1-0 and although Olympiacos would later score, the fans will forever be attached to Zeca. Panathinaikos are now sitting on top of the Greek league. Click here for the highlights from TvGolo.com.


Atletico Madrid 3-2 Levante

Switching peninsulas, Pizzi also scored his maiden goal for his new club. Pizzi is currently on loan from Sporting Braga to Atletico Madrid. Atletico have secured a season-long loan with an optional deal to purchase the player for 8 million at the end of the loan. After his performances on Sunday against Levante, Atletico may be getting their cash ready. Pizzi has made the majority of his appearances for Atletico off the bench, and Sunday’s match was no different. The winger was substituted in at half time, taking Tiago’s spot. A little over twenty minutes into the second half, a perfectly weighted ball from Jose Reyes found Pizzi’s run. The winger took a brilliant first-touch and coolly slotted the ball through the goalkeepers legs with his left foot. It was a simple enough looking goal because Pizzi did everything right. With Falcao out injured, maybe Pizzi can be the goal-getter that Atletico desperately needs. Click here for the highlights from TvGolo.com.

Zeca Delighted to Join Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos’s first Portuguese signing of the summer, Zeca, revealed his happiness after completing his move from Vitoria Setubal to Panathinaikos. Zeca was a revelation last season for Vitoria Setubal, after making his move from Casa Pia at the beginning of the season. Zeca is now reportedly delighted at the prospect of playing for the Greek runners-up. Zeca stated that he is very happy now that he is playing under Panathinaikos coach, and fellow Portuguese, Jesualdo Ferreira. Zeca hopes to learn much from him. It will be very interesting to see how Zeca will respond to such a big step up to the Greek League.

Fulham Tracking Zeca

Vitoria Setubal attacking midfielder Zeca is reportedly a target for English Premiership side Fulham. A representative from the English club was supposedly in the stands at the game against Sporting on Monday, checking out the 22 year-old. Zeca has been in fine form this season, most notably capped with a goal against Sporting in the cup. It’s not just Fulham. Other unnamed clubs have joined the race for his signature.