Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’
Paul Pogba went into the tournament as the heir apparent to Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane, but L’Equipe newspaper dubbed the team the “Griezmann Generation” following the defeat of Germany. Griezmann is the first player to score six goals at a Euro since Platini, who netted nine times when France triumphed as hosts of the 1984 tournament. Ronaldo’s goal against Wales saw him equal Platini’s record of nine goals at Euro finals, but whereas it took the Frenchman one tournament to set his mark, it has taken the Portugal captain four to equal it.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann – the preening superstar and baby-faced poster boy – come face-to-face in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final, with both players capable of deciding the match. You can read my piece on their showdown here.
“DONETSK, Ukraine — Spain reached their third consecutive major tournament final after overcoming neighbours Portugal 4-2 on penalties in the first Euro 2012 semi-final in Donetsk on Wednesday.”
Read my AFP match report here. I’ve also written a piece on Spain’s problems in attack (Fàbregas penalty brings Spain full circle), and an article on how Portugal can be proud of their achievements at Euro 2012 (Pride and positivity as Portugal bow out).
“KHARKIV, Ukraine — The Netherlands’ players hinted that their Euro 2012 campaign had been undermined by changing-room disunity after their participation in the tournament ended with a 2-1 loss to Portugal.”
“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.
Even by modern standards, Fábio Coentrão is frighteningly skillful for a full-back.
The blond left-sided player began his career as a fleet-footed winger at hometown club Rio Ave, with whom he spent three years prior to joining Benfica in July 2007. He had to bide his time before making his first-team breakthrough though, enduring largely unfulfilling loan spells at Nacional and Real Zaragoza before returning to Rio Ave on another loan deal in January 2009, and it wasn’t until this season that he managed to pin down a starting place at the Estádio da Luz.