Friday, June 30, 2006

Figo prepered for England

Luis Figo told reporters that they have been studying English players by watching videos of them in action and that they knew pretty well what Sven-Goran Eriksson's boys could do. He also added that his team was prepared for the game and for whatever the English side had to offer.

"We will treat them with respect. We know the English team well, we know the players one on one, we know the way they play and we are prepared for the game," told Figo.

The fact that Portugal put England out of Euro 2004 and that England hasn't between Portugal in a major competition for some 40 years is only contributing to make this an explosive game.

England only managed to beat Portugal 2-1 in the semifinals on its way to its only World Cup triumph in 1966. Since then, in all major competitions Portugal has always prevailed against England, winning 1-0 at the 1986 World Cup, 3-2 at the 2000 European Championship and the 6-5 on penalties in the 2004 European Championship quarter-finals.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

English press “ Portuguese team is insubordinate and violent"”

With only a few days until the much anticipated quarter-final match between Portugal and England things have already started heating up with some English press attacking Portugal's Players branding them the hooligans of the World Cup. Without the slightest remorse English press have taken up arms in a crusade against the Portuguese branding them the rough crowd of the tournament. Lively news headings like “Rooney ready for Portugal rough stuff” have been popping up regularly in what looks like an attempt to warn referees that Portugal is on its way. Portugal's players have been calm and chose not to respond to provocations choosing rather to wait for Saturday's match to show what they are worth.
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

FIFA Deco will not play

Deco Portuguese Midfielder will miss the quarter-final match against England after FIFA rejected the appeal made by coache Luiz Felipe Scolari. The teams coach asked Portugal's Football Federation to appeal against Deco's dismissal but FIFA communications director Markus Siegler promptly rejected this possibility.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Portugal moves on after brutal game against the Netherlands

Today's game between Portugal and the Netherlands is sure to make it to the history books. The action pack 90 minutes offered non stop soccer entertainment which included an amazing 4 red and 19 yellow cards. The match between Portugal and the Netherlands got of to a violent start when in the first two minutes Mark van Bommel was booked for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo. The game ended with Portugal winning 1-0 after midfielder Maniche scored the only goal in the 23rd minute.

The Russian Referee Ivanov sent off Portugal's Costinha and Deco and Dutchmen Khlaid Boulahrouz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst, while eight other players were booked with yellow cards.

Portugal moves on to the Quarter finals to face England in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Portugal to face the Dutch

Portugal beat Mexico 2-1 last night in an exiting game earning them the top stop of Group D. Argentina grabbed first place in Group C after last nights brutal match against the Dutch. This means that Argentina will take on Mexico on Saturday in Leipzig whilst Portugal will face the Dutch the following night in Nuremberg.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Portugal top of group D

Portugal managed to take the top spot in Group D today by beating Mexico 2-1 marking the team’s 10th successive victory. Portugal were already sure of a place in the second round while Mexico claimed second spot after Angola tied with Iran1-1. Portugal will play the runners-up in Group C, either Netherlands or Argentina, in Nuremberg on Sunday. Mexico must face the winners of that group in Leipiz on Saturday.

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Portugal through for first time in 40 years

For more than an hour Iran offered tuff resistance but in the second half Portugal’s midfielder Deco managed to score the first goal with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area. Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty kick 10 minutes from the end. This historic win guarantees Portugal's progress from Group D which last got so far in 1966.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Portugal failed to impress once again

Pauleta, scored his 47th goal for Portugal in the fourth minute, after captain Luis Figo sliced through the Angolan defence and drew out the goalkeeper. This was the only goal of the match and excitement died out shortly after. Portugal failed to impress through out the game limiting itself to some less than skilful attempts at scoring. Many fans were cheering the Angolans in the last minutes and protesting against Portugal’s lack of interest in the game. At least it won its World Cup opener, breaking their famous break downs in first games at major tournaments by hanging on against newcomer Angola for a 1-0 victory.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Angola vs Portugal

Undoubtedly tomorrows Group D game between Angola and Portugal will be an exiting one. The last time the two teams met in Lisbon for a Friendly tensions rouse and game was halted with four Angolan players being sent off and Portugal leading 5-1.

"The players have spoken about that match amongst themselves, it's always there, but what happened then isn't an issue now," said Angola football federation official Helio Russo.

The game promises to be an exiting one both for Portugal that doesn’t want to see a repeat of what happen to France embarrassed when beaten by former colony Senegal in 2002 and Angola that strives to start the tournament thrashing their former colonial rulers.

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Friday, June 09, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup kicks off today

The much anticipated 2006 FIFA World Cup will kick off today with Germany taking on Costa Rica. In Portugal the game will be broadcasted live at 16:00 (Lisbon time) on channel Sic. Portuguese soccer lovers will have to wait until Sunday to see their team perform. The match Angola VS Portugal will be broadcasted also on Sic at 20:00.
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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Portugal’s 2006 FIFA World Cup kit

There have been some minor improvements to Portugal’s 2006 FIFA World Cup kit although the Away Kit does not contain any of the traditional Portuguese colours which is a shame.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Teachers asked to resign in protest

The National Federation for Education and Investigation (Fenei) has asked all teachers from the administrate council to resigned in protest against the Education Ministers resent attacks to education professionals.

“There has never been in the history of Portugal similar attacks of incompetence, denigration, manipulation and impartialness like the one manifested by the Minister of education” communicated the Fenei.

According to the Federation the Education Minister is trying to manipulate public opinion against teachers resulting in further confrontations with parents and students.

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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Portugal wins against Luxenburg 3-0

After failing to score in the first half, Portugal surprised everyone in the second half with a 3-0 friendly victory over Luxembourg in Metz, France on Saturday evening.

Benfica forward Simão Sabrosa scored the first goal just moments after beginning the second half, and again in the 73rd minute from the penalty spot after Luis Figo went down in the area. Luis Figo scored the third goal just six minutes to the end of game.

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Portugal refuses to put military police under Australian command

Portuguese Foreign Minister Diogo Freitas de Amaral refused to put its contingent of 120 military police under the command of Australian peacekeepers in East Timor.

The minister says it’s a matter of principal that the Republican National Guard will never be subordinate to the operational command of a foreign country. Meanwhile there has been no reaction from the Australians regarding the announcement from Lisbon.

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Portuguese paramilitary officers depart to East Timor

The 120 paramilitary officers (GNR) will be departing this morning to East Timor in an attempt to help restore the order in that country. Instead of leaving on Thursday night the convoy was delayed due to operational reasons regarding the airport in Dili.

At the present moment some 2250 troops from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia have already been deployed to East Timor. Undoubtedly the generous offer of 120 paramilitary officers is more than needed in spite of the already presence well trained peace keeping forces from other countries.

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