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Madeira airport renamed after island son Ronaldo

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Lisbon (AFP) – The airport of Madeira, the Atlantic Ocean island birthplace of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, was renamed in his honour on Wednesday.

“To see this airport bear my name is a very special thing,” said Ronaldo, who skippered Portugal to victory in the European championships last year.

Madeira airport renamed after island son Ronaldo

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Lisbon (AFP) – The airport of Madeira, the Atlantic Ocean island birthplace of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, was renamed in his honour on Wednesday.

“To see this airport bear my name is a very special thing,” said Ronaldo, who skippered Portugal to victory in the European championships last year.

UEFA football boss vows transfer system reform

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Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed on Wednesday to reform the transfer system to stem the talent flow towards the richest clubs.

“We’ll develop something akin to tax on luxury goods or limits on squad size,” Ceferin said on the sidelines of a UEFA congress in Portugal.

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

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Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Porto hosted Juventus, the beaten 2015 finalists, looking for their first win in four meetings between the sides - and confident in their chances after a recent six-game winning run.

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

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Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Porto hosted Juventus, the beaten 2015 finalists, looking for their first win in four meetings between the sides - and confident in their chances after a recent six-game winning run.

Expanded World Cup ‘more competitive’ says Portugal coach

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Lisbon (AFP) FIFA's expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 will make football's showpiece tournament "more competitive", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Thursday.

"We must avoid being too dramatic," Santos said. "If this expansion meant an increase in the number of games (played during the tournament) things would be more complicated, but as it's not the case, I'm clearly in favour of it.

Ronaldo ‘confident’ of Ballon d’Or after wiping smile off French faces

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo says he feels confident of winning a fourth Ballon d'Or title after a stellar year in which Portugal wiped the smiles off French faces at Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old Real Madrid striker said in an interview published in Tuesday's edition of France Football that 'Les Bleus' "thought they were going to easily win" and "smiled a lot" before the final in Stade de France last July.

Ronaldo ‘confident’ of Ballon d’Or after wiping smile off French faces

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo says he feels confident of winning a fourth Ballon d'Or title after a stellar year in which Portugal wiped the smiles off French faces at Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old Real Madrid striker said in an interview published in Tuesday's edition of France Football that 'Les Bleus' "thought they were going to easily win" and "smiled a lot" before the final in Stade de France last July.

Belgium rampant, Portugal survive scare in World Cup qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) Belgium hammered Estonia 8-1 to go clear in Group H, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal survived a scare before overcoming Latvia 4-1 in World Cup qualifying on Sunday.

There were braces from Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens as Belgium ran rampant with further goals from Thomas Meunier, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco and an own goal to make it four wins from four.

Ranieri and Coleman take on super-coaches for FIFA title

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Zurich (AFP) Leicester's Claudio Ranieri and Wales boss Chris Coleman are on a FIFA shortlist for coach of the year against the managers of Europe's major club and international sides.

Fernando Santos, who guided Portugal to their upset victory over France in the Euro 2016 final, also makes the 10-man list released ahead of the start of voting on Friday.

Pogba fires France as Belgium, Portugal run riot in World Cup qualifying

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Amsterdam (AFP) A searing first-half strike from Paul Pogba handed France a 1-0 win in the Netherlands as Belgium and Portugal clocked up 6-0 wins and Christian Benteke grabbed a slice of World Cup qualifying history.

Criticised by coach Didier Deschamps for his performance in Friday's 4-1 win over Bulgaria in Paris, the world's most expensive footballer emphatically replied with a towering display for Les Bleus in Amsterdam in the most eye-catching fixture on Monday.

Portugal’s Nani ruled out of Faroe Islands clash

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Lisbon (AFP) Valencia forward Nani has been ruled out of Portugal's World Cup qualifier away against the Faroe Islands on Monday due to injury, the Portuguese Football Federation said.

Nani, 29, who played a starring role in Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph, already missed Portugal's 6-0 defeat of Andorra at home on Friday because of a muscle strain in his right leg.

Four-goal Ronaldo targets perfect run-in to Russia

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Aveiro (Portugal) (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo marked his international return with four goals in a 6-0 mauling of hapless Andorra on Friday and then demanded eight more wins to guarantee Portugal a place in the 2018 World Cup.

The Real Madrid superstar took his Portugal career tally to 65 goals in 134 games but his team, the European champions, are only third in Group B, a point behind minnows Faroe Islands and three back from leaders Switzerland.

International football

Uncanny: New Cristiano Ronaldo Bronze Bust Unveiled At Madeira Airport Is Laughably Awful (Photos)

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The good people of Madeira have paid homage to the Portuguese island's most famous son by renaming their international airport in honour of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Indeed, Ronaldo himselfreturned home to accept the tribute in person from Portugal president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who also unveiled a magnificent bust of the Real Madrid superstar on the concourse outside.

Sporting Lisbon Fined £650 After Rowdy Fans Throw Packet Of Beans At Opposing Goalkeeper

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In what surely must be unprecedented, Sporting Lisbon have been fined after their fans hurled a bag of beans at their opponent's goalkeeper.

According to O Jogo, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have beenstung after a packet of lupini beans were thrown in the direction of Maritimo 'keeper Charles during the 2-2 draw between the two teams on Saturday.

Liverpool

Moussa Marega linked with Spurs and Liverpool

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Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are both keen to sign Malian striker Moussa Marega, according to The Sun. Marega has scored 12 goals in 21...

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Liverpool working on deal to sign William Carvalho

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Liverpool have launched an attempt to sign Liverpool midfielder William Carvalho, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola. The publication claims...

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France

Chelsea open talks to sign Bernardo Silva

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Chelsea have initiated discussions over a deal to sign Monaco's Bernando Silva, according to The Times. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder...

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World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

Arsenal

Arsenal scouting £35.5 million Porto star

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Arsenal reportedly sent scouts to watch Porto's Danilo Pereira, according to reports from A Bola....

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Arsenal track Poro prodigy

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One of the most promising young strikers in Europe at the moment, Porto striker, Andre Silva is...

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Portuguese keeper signs first professional contract

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Arsenal under-18 'keeper, Joao Virginia has signed his first professional contract with...

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Manchester United

Man Utd won’t be bidding for Victor Lindelof

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Manchester United have not lodged a bid for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and will not be making one, according to the BBC. BBC journalist Simon...

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Man Utd star hints that Victor Lindelof is signing

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Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has hinted that Benfica defender Victor Lindelof is on his way to the club. The Sweden international has been...

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Benfica boss confirms he is preparing to lose Man Utd target Victor Lindelof

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Benfica coach Rui Vitoria has confirmed that the club are preparing for life without defender Victor Lindelof, who is tipped to join Manchester...

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Victor Lindelof’s stats in what could be his final Benfica game before Man Utd move

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A photo posted by Victor Lindelöf (@victorlindelof) on Dec 11, 2016 at 3:18pm PST Benfica defender Victor Lindelof played what is expected to be his...

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Man Utd target Victor Lindelof’s penchant for banned substance

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Smått panikslagen var jag imorse innan denna leverans kom. Stort tack @Hustlarkungen. #svensktsnus pic.twitter.com/PsO3TKL9eN Victor Lindelöf...

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Victor Lindelof set for final Benfica game before Man Utd move

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Enligt mina källor ska Vigge vara klar för Man U för €45 milj. Benficas president stängde affären igår kväll. Gör sin sista match imorgon. ...

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Man Utd close to €45m signing

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Manchester United are closing in on the €45m (£37.75m) signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, according to Portuguese newspaper Record. The Red...

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Photo: Man Utd starlets enjoy video call catch-up

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Talking to my friend Andreas Pereira!!! Falando com meu parceiro @andrinhopereira !!@ManUtd pic.twitter.com/jVJjnTn07U Joel Castro Pereira...

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Portuguese Football

Portimonense Sporting Clube

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Portimonense Sporting Clube are the major football team in Portimão, a fishing port and former sardine canning center on the Algarve coast of southern Portugal.



Founded in 1914 by students returning from England, Portimonense S C are presently in the second division of Portuguese football, the Segunda Liga, but are hoping for a return to their glory days of the 1980's when the team were a presence in the top flight and even competed in the UEFA Cup in 1985-86.

Os Belenenses

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Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses are very much Lisbon's third team after the big two of Benfica and Sporting.



Founded in 1919, Os Belenenses play their home games at the 19,000 capacity Estádio do Restelo in Belem in the west of the Portuguese capital, where crowds average a lowly 1,500 unless one of the big three Portuguese clubs, Benfica, Sporting or Porto, are in town.

Gerso Fernandes

Portuguese Media Reporting Gerso Fernandes Deal to KC Basically Done

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After the confirmation locally today that Sporting KC was indeed negotiating with Guinea-Bissau winger, Gerso Fernandes, reports out of Portugal tonight are reporting that it is a done deal. Zero Zero in Portugal, reporting on Fernandes' club's 1-0 loss to Sporting Club de Portugal today, reported that Belenenses coach, Quim Machado said that Fernandes is heading out on a transfer.

Silly Season Rumors: Sporting Chasing Winger Gerso Fernandes

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Ask pretty much any Sporting Kansas City fan what the club's biggest positional need is this offseason, and most would probably respond with winger. Sporting Kansas City's wings struggled greatly in the 2016 season, through injuries, lack of form, and lack of production. The team though has already started that make over with Cameron Porter and Graham Zusi as the only players that regularly played the wing on the roster right now.

Silly Season Rumors: Sporting Chasing Winger Gerso Fernandes

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Ask pretty much any Sporting Kansas City fan what the club's biggest positional need is this offseason, and most would probably respond with winger. Sporting Kansas City's wings struggled greatly in the 2016 season, through injuries, lack of form, and lack of production. The team though has already started that make over with Cameron Porter and Graham Zusi as the only players that regularly played the wing on the roster right now.

Union Academy

McGann, U.S. U17s take first in Nike International Friendlies

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U.S. U17s won all three matches against Brazil, Turkey and Portugal

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Rayshaun McGann and the U.S. U17 team won the 2016 Nike International Friendlies tournament in Florida with a resounding three wins over Portugal, Turkey and Brazil.

McGann, 16, was used as a substitute in all three games by head coach John Hackworth.

McGann called up to U.S. U17 team for Nike Friendlies

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The Union Academy defender and his former teammate C.J. dos Santos are in the squad

Rayshaun McGann will be rejoining the United States U17 team for the 13th annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida this week.

McGann was one of 20 players called into head coach John Hackworth's squad for matches against Portugal, Turkey and Brazil.