Thursday, July 06, 2006

The next day…

Today many Portuguese woke up to the sad reality that Portugal will not be playing in the finals after last night’s loss against France. Although the dream of becoming World Champions was harshly stolen from them there is still a little room for redemption, third place.

While third place isn’t all that's cracked up to be, Portugal still hopes to give its fans one final World Cup celebration Saturday in its match against Germany. Last time Portugal fought for this spot it was in 1966 when Eusebio's team beat the Soviet Union to capture third place, representing Portugal’s best finish up to date.

"We're proud and happy to be in the best four of the 32 teams that started this tournament," Scolari said. "It's an historic achievement."

Although third place isn’t has clamorous as the finals it is always better than fourth.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Portugal’s dream is over

The World Cup dream is over. Thousands of Portuguese fans were left distressed today after their golden boys 1-0 loss to France in the semi-final. Portugal played very well but at the end it wasn’t enough to beat the French.

Many crowds had gathered all around Portugal to watch their Team play but this time instead of cheers and excitement only tears and sadness were felt by the many fans.

Despite the loss Portugal will make one more appearance when they travel to Stuttgart to face Germany on Saturday for the third-place World Cup playoff.

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Portugal beats England

It won't be this time that England beats Portugal, it has been this way for some 40 years. After England lost David Beckham to an injury and Wayne Rooney to a red card, Portugal won a shootout 3-1 following 120 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Ricardo, Portugal's goalkeeper, was definitely the one responsible for the victory when he spectacularly saved three out the four penalty kicks. Portugal will now progress into the semi-finals to face France on Wednesday in Munich.

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Victory to Portugal

Portugal is victorious once again. We are proud to say that Portugal won against England. Today's game represents the first time Portugal makes it to the semi-finals in over 40 years. Both teams put on a good show but in the end Ricardo brought the victory to Portugal by defending three penalty kicks. Very well do to Portugal.