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Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:02

How Portugal won over Polish hearts

Opalenica proves the perfect base for Portugal at Euro 2012

portugal-in-poland-euro2012.jpgAs well as an exhilarating performance on the field of play at Euro 2012, Portugal also made a positive impact off the pitch, winning plenty of friends among the populations of the host countries, especially in and around their Opalenica base in Poland.
 
Local resident Marcin Nowak, who made a point of sharing his memorable experience of “when Portugal came to town” with us, and Andy Brassell, who covered the Selecção at their training camp throughout the tournament, describe how the locals took to the team.
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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:49

Euro 2012: PortuGOAL's conclusions

The PortuGOAL team reflect on an unforgettable tournament

portugoal-square-logo.jpgWith Euro 2012 having now officially come to an end, PortuGOAL looks back on an unforgettable three weeks of football in Poland and Ukraine. Each member of the team has picked their favourite moment and standout player, as well as running the rule over Portugal’s campaign and choosing their overriding memory, their star man, and pondering what needs to be done in the future.
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Friday, 29 June 2012 12:03

Pedro Proença awarded Euro final

Portuguese referee to take charge of Spain vs Italy

pedro_proenca.jpgIt was today announced that Pedro Proença will take charge of the Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday night, an honour that rounds off a remarkable year for the Portuguese referee.
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Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:21

European press react to Portugal loss

Find out what the rest of Europe made of Portugal's narrow defeat

It may not have been a classic, but given the gripping intensity of the battle and heartbreaking way in which it was decided, it was certainly a game that will live long in the memory. Here's what some of the leading newspapers from around the continent had to say the morning after the night before.
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Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:27

Bento: “We played an extraordinary Euro”

Portugal v Spain post-match reaction

Paulo Bento comforts Fábio CoentrãoPortugal’s players spoke of their bitter disappointment but also their pride after the penalty shootout defeat to Spain in the Euro 2012 semi-final. PortuGOAL rounds up the post-match reaction.
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Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:47

Portugal 0-0 Spain tactical breakdown

POR-ESP Line-ups_1.jpgIt is seldom easy to be content, let alone happy, after a defeat. Regardless of one's efforts, there is a distinct feeling that one was found wanting. On the other hand, Phil Jackson, the former NBA coach who led different teams to 11 titles, once said that there were defeats that clearly built a team - the ones where the players had given their all and surrendered their egos on behalf of something bigger than them. Tonight was one of those times for Portugal.
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