Liga Portuguesa Review

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With 6 games played we can see that this season’s Liga Portuguesa already looks like one of the most competitive in a year.

Late Day Transfers :

Benfica –
Giorgios Samaris (Olympiakos)
Bryan Cristante (AC Milan)

FC Porto-
Aboubakar (Lorient)
Otávio (Internacional PA)

Sporting CP-
Nani (Man United)

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Benfica may have sold most of their star players (still managed not to sell the argentinian international and fan’s favourite Enzo Pérez) but the Champions are doing well in this year’s Liga Portuguesa leading the table 4 points ahead of their rivals FC Porto and 6 of Sporting CP getting 5 wins and 1 draw in the opening 6 games with the 20 year old brazilian new comer Anderson Talisca scoring 5 goals (3 of them in a single match giving him his hat-trick) . Jorge Jesus’ men have won more games than any other team but still far away from those stunning performances of the last couple of seasons.

On the other hand we have FC Porto, which after a good and promising start and a lot of supposed top star players (most of them spanish like their headcoach) in this campaign has just drawn 3 matches in a row after a 6-0 win over BATE Borisov for the Champions League, not what they were predicting. The last of these 3 matches was against all time rivals Sporting CP last weekend in Lisbon, 1-1 was the score in a game who had plenty of action and goal attempts for both sides. A result that beneficiates their rival and title holder’s Benfica.

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Sporting CP after getting Nani back on loan on the last days of football market (big signing) is at 7th place at the moment, with a lot of defensive problems, especially on the centre backs Sporting, which are not having the start they wanted with only 2 wins in 6 games. Still, they already played against Benfica and FC Porto which perhaps gives them good perspectives for the rest of this calendar year and their fans sure will want more.

Vitória SC (Guimarães) has started pretty well at this year’s Liga Portuguesa. They set in 5th place with more than 50% of their team formed in the club which is quite amazing for a side which has been troubled financially lately.

Take a look at CS Maritimo from Funchal, Madeira who also just got in 3rd place this weekend after a stunning home performance against Vitória (Guimarães), 4-0 was the final score.

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The newcomers and former Portuguese Champions (2000/2001), Boavista are doing quite well this season as they come from the 3rd League! and their exepectations are not as high as all other teams. The Porto’s side are giving it all they have as they drew on their rivals home FC Porto. This league is looking exciting this year, let’s see how it will run.

Miguel Forjaz
Born and living in Portugal but with a lot of family round South Africa, he’s a true football appreciator and above all says he has been «blessed» by his father for making him a Benfica supporter and member since the day he was born. Understands football as his mother understands knitting ;)

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