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PortuGOAL.net is a website packed with quality news articles, in-depth features and accurate statistics for fans of Portuguese football and Portuguese footballers.

We intend to inform visitors about all aspects of Portuguese football, at the same time as promoting Portuguese clubs, players and the national team.

PortuGOAL.net is registered in Portugal as an official media source with the Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social.





Portuguese football fans have a lot to get excited about these days:

Portugal’s superb runs to the final of the 2004 European Championships and semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup proved the ability of the national team to rub shoulders with the best.

Follow all the international team action at PortuGOAL.net.

Porto’s magnificent double conquest of the UEFA Cup and Champions League in successive seasons, followed by impressive results in Europe by Sporting and Benfica, has brought renewed confidence that the top Portuguese clubs can challenge for European silverware on a regular basis.

Follow the progress of Portugal's club sides in Europe at PortuGOAL.net.

Figo, Ronaldo, Deco, Tiago, Carvalho, Miguel, Pauleta, Meira, and so on and so on. An endless list of Portuguese talents are sparkling the length and breadth of Europe.

Follow the careers of Portugal's finest exports at PortuGOAL.net.

For a relatively small country Portugal has produced far more than its fair share of the world's top football players over recent times. Read detailed profiles of Portugal's top footballers as well as the best foreigners playing in the country.

Player profile section of PortuGOAL.net.

As a direct spin-off of Euro 2004, Portuguese football is far the richer for the seven outstanding new stadiums and three refurbished venues, completely overhauling the old facilities and providing superb conditions to play and watch football.

Follow all the domestic action at PortuGOAL.net.




Editorial Team

Tom Kundert was born and bred in England and has been based in Lisbon since 1994. Writes for The Guardian, FourFourTwo, ESPN Soccernet, Champions - The official magazine of the UEFA Champions League and a variety of other publications and websites as a Portuguese football expert. Now dedicates most of his time to informing the English-speaking world about Portuguese football with the help of an equally dedicated team.

Team: Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon)
Player: Liedson
Best Match: Sporting 4-1 Newcastle, Uefa Cup quarter-final, 2005
Worst Match: Sporting 1-3 CSKA Moscow, Uefa Cup final, 2005

Sean Gillen is based in England. He is a devoted Manchester United fan and a keen observer of the European game. Since joining PortuGOAL.net in February 2006, he has been mainly assigned to cover Portuguese footballers playing outside their home country.

Team: Manchester United
Player: Paul Scholes
Best Match: Juventus 2-3 Man Utd, Champs Lg semi-final, 1999
Worst Match: Man Utd 0-1 B. Dortmund, Champs Lg semi, 1997

Marco Pereira was born and bred in Toronto, Canada. He is extremely proud to be the son of Portuguese parents and speaks the language, although his parents tend to be his toughest critics and argue otherwise. An avid Benfica supporter, he yearns for the day the club will rule the Portuguese league like they once did. Has been with PortuGOAL.net since July 2006 and he aims to help make it the premier English-language Portuguese football site on the Web (if it is not already).

Team: Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Benfica)
Player: Team always comes before individual
Best Match: Any victory over FC Porto or Sporting
Worst Match: Any defeat against FC Porto or Sporting

Andy Brassell has written for Champions, When Saturday Comes, UEFA.com and The First Post as well as PortuGOAL.net, and is the European football expert on BBC Five Live’s Up All Night football phone-in. His book All Or Nothing; a season in the life of the Champions League was published in 2006. www.allornothingbook.com

Team: AFC Wimbledon
Player: Andy Thorn/Dennis Wise
Best Match: Wimbledon 2-1 Watford, FA Cup quarter-final, 1988
Worst Match: Never regretted going to a game, even the awful ones

Ben Shave is a London-based writer with an unhealthy level of interest in football, particularly that from Portugal (of course), which has fascinated him since Rui Costa shimmered onto his television screen wearing the purple of Fiorentina back in 1995.

Team: Olhanense
Player: Djalmir  
Best Match: Gondomar 0-1 Olhanense, 17 May 2009 - back to the Liga after 34 years 
Worst Match: The 2-1 loss to Oliveirense in the 2012 Taça still enrages me

Richard Cole is from Manchester, England has been following Portuguese football since Portugal dumped England out of Euro 2004. Since then he has adopted Sporting as his second team and runs the Sporting blog Leoes/Lions. You can find his other football writings at Enganche.

Team: Manchester United, Sporting Clube de Portugal
Player: Eric Cantona
Best Match:Manchester United 7-1 AS Roma, Champions League QF, 2007
Worst Match: Manchester United 0-1 Leeds Utd, FA Cup 3rd Round, 2009

Nathan Motz was born in California and raised in Texas. In 2006, on a whim, he watched the world cup and fell in love with the Portuguese brand of football. Since joining PortuGOAL he has covered club sides Real Madrid and Besiktas, and has also acted as a correspondent for the Portuguese National team.

Team: Real Madrid
Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Best Match: Olympiakos 2-1 AEK Athens
Worst Match: Anytime Barcelona beats Real Madrid

Vasco Mota Pereira was born and raised in Portugal. As far as football goes, he is a late bloomer and only understood what the fuss was all about when he attended one of the first Chamipons League matches in Portugal. His thirst for knowledge has never been quenched since then and he can most likey be found taking notes from some mid-table clash in the Italian League in the wee hours of the morning or coaching his football team. He dedicates most of his spare time running his blogs (aboladovasco.blogspot.com and combinationplay.blogspot.com) and writing for PortuGOAL and www.CoachingAdvancedPlayers.com.

Way, way, way past that
Player: Andrea Pirlo, hands down
Best match: Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid, Nov 29, 2010
Worst match: There have been some absolutely dreary ones along the line, but none of them deserves an honorable mention

Victor Ferreira was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has been an avid supporter of the game ever since he decided to finally listen to his father and sit down to watch Porto's magical Champions League triumph over Monaco. Currently, he is in the process of transforming his passion for the game into a career. Along with writing for PortuGOAL.net, Victor currently covers La Liga and the Liga Zon Sagres for Goal.com.

Team: FC Porto
Player: Vitor Baia / Ricardo Carvalho
Best Match: FC Porto 3-0 AS Monaco, 2003/04 Champions League final
Worst Match: Portugal 0-1 Greece, Euro 2004 final

Tom Clee is based in England where he studies Spanish and Portuguese in Manchester. A long-suffering Gillingham fan, he has spent time covering football in Argentina and Portugal and is currently writing his dissertation on the relationship between Spain and their national football team. 

Team: Gillingham FC
Player: Andy Hessenthaler 
Worst Match: Division Two Play-Off Final 1999: Gillingham 2-2 Manchester City (1-3 on penalties). The cruelest of introductions to life as a Gillingham fan 
Best Match: Division Two Play-Off Final 2000: Wigan 2-3 Gillingham (AET). The perfect riposte

Simon Curtis
was born and bred in the UK, splitting early days between the Isle of Man and Manchester, studied in Sheffield and has lived in Alkmaar, Valencia and since 1999 Lisbon. Writes for the blogs Down The Kippax Steps, Monument City, Bifana Bifana, as well as a column in the Manchester City Official Matchday Magazine, ManchesterCity Magazine, King of the Kippax Fanzine and has contributed to the websites Back Page Football, Topical City, The Guardian Fans Network for World Cup 2010 and Portugoal.net as a commentator on Manchester City affairs and the Premier League or as a Portuguese football expert.

Team: Manchester City / Sporting Clube de Portugal
Player: David Silva
Best Match: Gillingham 2 Manchester City 2 (3rd division play off final 1999)
Worst Match: Too many to mention (see greying hair)

Catalin Parfene is our Romanian correspondent on the PortuGOAL team. He writes for ProSport and his passion is represented by the foreign players in Romanian football, many of whom are Portuguese. Before his journalistic activity, he taught history.

Team: Dinamo Bucharest, Delta Tulcea
Player: Danut Lupu
Best Match: Dinamo 6-4 Steaua, 1990 / Steaua 2-4 Dinamo, 2007
Worst Match: Some accidents from his favourite team...

Ricardo Costa was born and raised in Portugal, in the town of São João da Madeira 30km outside of Porto. He moved to New York, USA before his 9th birthday, and continues to live there with his family. As a devoted Portuguese supporter, he writes opinion based articles for PortuGOAL.net, and is planning to write his own blog in the future. His main objective is to continue PortuGOAL’s brilliant journalism for the English speaking world.

Team: FC Porto
Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Best Match: FC Porto 1-1 Manchester United, Champs Lg last-16, 2004
Worst Match: Euro 2004 Final, refuses to talk about it

Marcelo Carvalho was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he supported Portuguesa de Desportos until he moved to Portugal in 1988. Now he’s a Sporting Lisbon fan, and a close observer of football in all its aspects.

Team: Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon)
Player: Liedson
Best Match: Sporting 5-3 Benfica, Portuguese Cup semi-final, 2008
Worst Match: Portugal 0-1 Greece, Euro 2004 final

Luís Alves was born in Pinhal Novo, Setúbal, Portugal. He likes to watch all sports, but his great passion is football. As well as exercising his profession as a teacher, he pays close attention to sports news on all media outlets, above all when concerning the club of his heart, Benfica.

Team: Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Benfica)
Player: Pablo Aimar
Best Match: Benfica 1-0 Marseille, European Cup semi 2nd leg, 1990
Worst Match: Benfica 1-1 Anderlecht, UEFA Cup final 2nd leg, 1983



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Comments (20)
Great Website
20 Saturday, 09 August 2014 05:16
A Football Fan from Macau
Nice English website for ppl who like Portuguese football but not know the Portuguese language.
Portugal World Cup
19 Monday, 16 June 2014 16:35
Jeremy, USA
Somebody needs to tell Portugal's manager to try Nani as the center midfielder! He could literally change the entire game for Portugal by playing center midfielder, because he settles the ball so nicely, barely ever loses the ball, and passes nicely
Looking for agent
18 Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:50
I have player from Saudi Arabia, he plays for famous club and national team of Saudi Arabia, we are looking for an official soccer agent in Portugal to find good opportunity for him and the team because he is very skilled and just 21 years, anyone can help me on that plz email me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
January Transfer Window...
17 Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:34
Hi guys, just wondering if you're planning on writing an extensive article on the January transfer window with a detailed analysis of players who have come in and those that have left the Portuguese league? Has it been a good window for Portuguese football or has it weakened the quality of players?

Maybe also look at the % of Portuguese players who have come back or left our league, including a look at the increasing number of Brazilians returning to Brazil due to their growing economy? Has this meant an increase in young Portuguese players being given the chance to shine in 1st teams or does it simply mean that teams are looking elsewhere for affordable talent, such as Columbia, Uruguay and Argentina?

Anyway, food for thought?

Thanks for reading and for the quality of articles that you continually produce.
Portugal U17
16 Thursday, 20 December 2012 03:54
I live in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, US...and three weeks ago we witnessed the Portugal U17 team win the Nike Friendly Cup vs. USA at the Sports Campus. The score of that game was 4-3, one can never forget the amazing display of goals orchestrated by Jose Postiga (Helder's younger brother). This kid has a future.
I was deeply touched by the nice gesture, as the coaching staff while celebrating the victory took the time to recognize the small portuguese fans on location and greet them with team jerseys as souvenirs. We thank them.

Looking forward to visit Portugal in the Summer and have the opportunity to have my kid (Yazalde) tryout for a few clubs.
Keep up the great work!

Great Site
15 Friday, 12 October 2012 00:13
Amazing job!
Cant help but feeling a little disapointed that has no portuguese version of the texts...
In Portuguese
14 Friday, 10 August 2012 14:32
Any chance to this site have a Portuguese version?
Thank You
13 Friday, 01 June 2012 20:32
Thank you for this site, for all the hard work you do and most of all for the passionate articles you all write.

There is no site like this on the net, you are the only resource for portuguese soccer news.

Keep up the excellent work!!
12 Monday, 14 May 2012 02:37
Great site. THank you for the information. I am sorry if this seems dumb but we are coming to Portugal to visit my husbands family and I wanted to surprise him with going to a game. The problem is I don't know how to find the schedules of any of the teams. Can any help? We will be there mid to late July 2012. THank you so much.
food donations
11 Wednesday, 01 February 2012 01:16
Bravo to Antonio Salvador for his incentive on trading food items for tickets, what a great man, he has a heart of gold, hopefully there will be others who will follow his good deed.
Thank you Mr. Salvador.
10 Monday, 28 November 2011 04:59
Hey Guys! Was hoping you can help me out....I was looking to arrange some sort of blood drive in NYC, USA for Carlos Martins son Gustavo....Since I work near the Portuguese Consulate in NYC I was going to stop in and see what they can do..But I'm reaching out to everyone to see if they can help. If you have any connections in this region, please advise....
9 Tuesday, 15 November 2011 16:16
Hello there ,

I have a question about portugal training top witch is blue nike pants with the gray sweater , where can i buy them or where can i find them ?
please reply as soon as you can

this is my email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Site development
8 Friday, 11 November 2011 16:50
Retro look? How dare you! :)

Thanks for the kind words about the site. Would love to make it flashier but it's a question of $$$ and as you know not too much of that sloshing around in Portugal at the moment so don't hold your breath.

It IS on the "to do" list though.

Keep the great comments coming.
Thank you.
7 Friday, 11 November 2011 16:40
Just a quick message to thank you all for your great work with this site. Since i first found out about it a couple of years ago I have been hooked. It offers by far the best English language coverage of Portuguese football and has really helped me develop a greater appreciation for Portuguese soccer in general. The writing is often very insightful and always interesting. Keep up the great work.

Ivo Coimbra - born in Vale de Cambra municipality, in Aveiro, Portugal, raised in Toronto area Canada.

P.s. While i love the retro look and simple layout of the site, have you guys thout about updating the look at all? I think the comment fields, front page etc are good, clean and easy to use to use and should stay that way, but it would be cool to have a slightly flashier and forward thinking look too. Just a thought :)
6 Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:34
Hi Portugoal.

Hi Portugoal, I follow you and twitter and visit your website. I was wondering if you would like another view on portuguese superliga/seleccao from the west coast of North America. I am honest and will admit that I am Benfiquista (born and raised) but can still provide insight regarding the big 3 (or i guess 4 because i think Braga has earned their place.) I would love to contribute to your site and please feel free to ask questions. Marco (Vancouver, Canada)
Please provide video for highlights.
5 Thursday, 27 October 2011 22:37
Hey Portugoal.net, love the site, it always keeps me informed on whats happening with Portugal and our players in english.
Why don't you guys provide videos for your topics/highlights so we don't have to go to other sites to see what it is that you guys are talking about? I use eurorivals.com to view all football video highlights, why can't you guys do the same?
Ricardo Quaresma's exclusion from Team
4 Friday, 02 September 2011 10:24
Truly magnificent when he plays,yet alas his exclusion from the
team comes as a surprise.......Having just one the Turkish cup
with his current side and being recently named man of the match in his last Portugal cap seems very strange that other
more inexperienced players are included.....just go to goal.com
and see the people's reaction to his exclusion I hope some Portugal team reads this and reconsiders his being left out...
Artur Soares Dias... beware of
3 Thursday, 28 July 2011 19:16
Maccabi Haifa : Maribor

I've never seen penalty like this for Haifa against Maribor in CL. Without any reason. This refery must be baned from field for ever. Everybody in Haifa admit, it was present from referee and there was not penalty (see forums).

That is not all, in second half Artur Soares Dias didn't give penalty for foul on Volas for NK Maribor, wich was 1000000% more obvious than penalti for Haifa.

Thief, Thief...
2 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 08:51
its like o found the holy grail, in english!!
You guys are great
1 Sunday, 26 September 2010 04:25
Just wanted to thank you for the great work. Wanted to email you directly but didn't kno how. I'm a college student so it's hard to keep up with everything in the liga but thanks to you I can

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