Pitchside Europe: Little local fare on Portugal’s menu

“The players playing for foreign clubs in 2004 tended to be globally recognised superstars like Luis Figo, Rui Costa or Cristiano Ronaldo, but the success they enjoyed overseas has made Portuguese players more marketable, in much the same way that Brazilian and Dutch footballers benefit from the status conferred upon them by their countries’ achievements on the international stage. A Portuguese passport opens doors these days, and the nation’s leading players have not been shy in walking through them.”

This week’s Pitchside Europe¬†blog, on the brawn drain that’s changing the face of Portuguese football, can be read here.

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