Portugal defeat Turkey 2-0

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: International, UEFA | Tags: , , , |

So Portugal defeated Turkey a couple of days ago in the second match of the Euro 08 competition. It was a well-balanced game even though Portugal held most of the possession. Turkey played well, especially Kazim Kazim who was always a headache down that right flank however Tuncay wasn’t effective at all and needs some bench time. Also there were a few dives which the ref really should have acted on as it’s the part of the game that needs to go.

In the end Real Madrid’s Pepe made a great run through the middle and finished a nice one-two to open the scoring and then Portugal made it two at the death to put the match beyond doubt. I’m still not sure why Quaresma didn’t make an appearance or even start. I guess Simao is very important because of his set-piece ability but Quaresma is a better winger. Towards the end of the match it made sense to add more defensive players to maintain the score I just hope he gets to play in the next match.

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Porto win league again in style

Posted on April 7, 2008. Filed under: Video | Tags: , , |

With five weeks still left of the Portuguese league, Porto have wrapped up their third straight title at home against Estrela Amadora. They unleashed a 6-0 drubbing on their visitors to really kick off the celebrations. Check out the highlights below, great stuff!

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Italy vs Portugal 3-1

Posted on February 7, 2008. Filed under: International, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

Italy defeated Portugal 3-1 last night in Zurich and although it was a friendly, they proved that they mean business for this coming Euro as they chase the double which only France has managed so far in 1998 and 2000.

The first goal came right before half-time as Toni converted a Grosso cross. Soon after the restart, Pirlo found the net through a deflected strike. Quaresma was able to pull one back on 76 minutes but no sooner had the celebrations ended that Italy had restored it’s two goal advantage through Quagliarella. Check out the action in the highlights below.

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UEFA Champions League Oct 3 wrap

Posted on October 4, 2007. Filed under: UEFA, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Apart from Liverpool’s lackluster match against Marseille, the rest of the fixtures for groups A,B,C and D played out as follows…

Real Madrid and Lazio battled their way to equal points and a 2-2 draw. A brace from Van Nistelrooy took the prolific striker to 56 champions league goals but Pandev had a brace of his own for Madrid. The defensive ability of the great club was brought into question yet again as they were left exposed on various occasions. They were lucky to take any points away from this trip to Italy.

AC Milan traveled to meet Celtic in Glasgow and weren’t up to the task of defeating the “hoops” at home. The club with few wins in serie A of late can’t even turn to their usually good performances in Europe at the moment as Celtic took all points with a 2-1 win. McManus headed in from a corner to make the score 1-0 and Milan leveled after Kaka’ put away a penalty awarded for a foul on Ambrosini. Celtic made it 2-1 at the death after another Dida blunder that allowed the Aussie striker, McDonald, to slot away the rebound.

Olympiacos beat Werder Bremen, 3-1 after an amazing second-half come back to leave the German hosts with a sour taste in their mouths. Almeida was able to put away at least one of his many chances during the night to put Bremen in the lead, 1-0 but it wasn’t to last as Olympiacos came back to put 3 goals away in the second half. An amazing second goal from Patsatzoglu found the back of the net with a little help from a deflection.

Schalke defeated Rosenburg 2-0 with goals from Jones and Kuranyi making a successful roadtrip. Shakhtar were also able to upset their hosts, beating Benfica 1-0 in Lisbon. Continuing the tradition of wins on the road, this time it was Benfica’s league rivals, Porto, that were able to take 3 points from Besiktas in Turkey. The brilliant Quaresma waited until the 92nd minute to put the only goal of the match away.

Finally it was Chelsea that were also able to defeat their Spanish hosts proving that they’re not in crisis just yet after Mourinho’s departure. But it was David Villa that opened the scoring for the home side with a bit of luck allowing the ball to fall in a good position for him. Drogba combined well with Malouda, allowing the later to play the ball across the 6-yard line for Joe Cole to tap in and level the scores. Finally Drogba calmly placed a shot towards the far post and allowed Chelsea to go home 2-1 winners over Valencia.

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Posted on August 30, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

I still find it hard to believe that Ricardo Quaresma isn’t playing for one of the big clubs in Europe (not to say Porto isn’t a good club but it isn’t thought of as a Madrid or Liverpool or Milan, etc.). I guess he did have a good chance to really take the world by storm when he was younger and Barcelona purchased him but he never really made an impact there. Maybe it was too much expectation, maybe the style of play was difficult to adapt to, Maybe Rijkard and him had some real issues or perhaps any number of the common reasons that players can struggle when changing clubs and leagues.

It’s not that he’s that old (24) but it does seem like he’s been around a while now. Recently he’s regained the form that attracted such interest in the first place. He is a powerful, fast winger with incredible technique and vision and in my opinion, very much the same player as Christiano Ronaldo. Both share almost all the same qualities and with these wingers on the Portuguese national squad, any defence would be nervous. Portugal just needs a striker that can keep up with these guys! Interestingly they both used to play at Sporting Lisbon at the same time for a brief period.

I can’t quite understand why the last couple of transfer seasons haven’t attracted a great number of suitors… Perhaps Porto have him on quite a contract or he is happy to remain there for now. There have been rumors that his personality is hard to deal with but this is the case for many players and he seems to be doing just fine at Porto. I read that Chelsea tried to sign him with little luck but also that Inter are after him as Figo’s successor… I sure hope so! Anyways, check out the clip, he’s definitely one of my fav players.

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