According to the Metro, Liverpool are keeping a watchful eye on Portuguese full-back Ricardo Pereira. The 23 year old Portugal international, who is experiencing his second loan spell with Ligue 1 outfit and high-flyers Nice, has scored three goals in 83 appearances for the French side. Pereira originally plies his trade for Portuguese giants Porto 

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Olivier Giroud had a European Championship campaign so outstanding — he was the second-joint top scorer — that it has prompted transfer requests from an array of European heavyweights. Although Arsenal have turned down the interested parties’ advances, he cannot, as evidenced by the 2015/16 campaign, wholly shoulder Arsenal’s striking responsibility. A striker is the 

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If you place a correct score bet in the 85th minute of a football match, you’ll typically receive odds of 1 to 2. Let’s say that Chelsea are playing Manchester United. With 85 minutes gone, the score’s still 0-0. If you bet £10 on the score remaining 0-0 and you’re right, you’ll receive your £10 

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The news broke late last week just before the Taça da Liga final that Nicolas Gaitan was close to joining Atletico Madrid. Rumours of his departure are nothing new. The Argentinian attacker had been linked with several clubs in the past but a move never materialized. But after Gaitan was subbed in the late stages 

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Renato Sanches has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his senior debut for Benfica only in late November. A series of impressive and consistent performances in the Primeira Liga and the Champions League caught the eye of many European clubs. Manchester United appeared to be the most likely destination for the 18-year-old. But early on 

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A lot of trust was put on the shoulders of Brazilian Anderson Talisca to revamp Benfica’s midfield when he signed for the club, but his contribution to the Portuguese giants has dwindled this season. However, 18-year-old Renato Sanches has stepped in, taken his chance and made the vacant position his own. The midfielder joined Benfica’s 

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Analysis of the Big Three after summer transfers and pre-season friendlies As ever, the summer transfer market has seen many of the Primeira Liga’s top players leaving Portugal in exchange for more high-profile leagues or a huge hike in their salaries, or for the exceptional few, both. As for the incomers, a mixed bag of 

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Over the course of the Portuguese football season you are guaranteed an abundance of sublime quality, along with the odd forgettable match and a considerable dose of controversy. Here we dwell on the first of the three aspects from a 2014/15 season that provided no shortage of memorable moments. Portuguese football expert Tom Kundert picks 

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When you dread seeing the leaves fall from the trees because it signals the start of football season, or cringe when the first crocus pops its head out of the soils because it means baseball is just around the corner, you may be a sports widow. Sports widows are women who feel that their life 

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Only close followers of Portuguese football are acquainted with him for now, but Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan Mahgoub, known in Portugal by his middle name, has a decent shot at becoming a household name in the game in the coming years. The tall Rio Ave marksman showed goal-scoring ability from the moment he was thrust 

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Ricardo Pereira is one of a number of young prospects who were thrown in at the deep end at Vitória Guimarães – and grew up fast. The northern club was in financial meltdown in 2011 when newly appointed coach, the aptly named Rui Vitória, decided to start from scratch, relying on largely unknown youth players. 

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Cédric Soares is the latest of Sporting Lisbon’s highly promising crop of young players to be linked with a lucrative move, either abroad or domestically. Contract talks with the Portugal right-back have stalled over several months amid rumours that both FC Porto and Benfica are keen on prising the 23-year-old away from their direct rivals, 

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  In the quarter finals of the Champions League and still very much in the race for the La Liga title after they thumped Granada 9-1 on Sunday, Real Madrid’s season is far from over. Form has fluctuated nervously to leave the future of manager Carlo Ancelotti in doubt, but the prospect of becoming the 

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Bought by FC Porto in the summer of 2013, Juan Fernando Quintero’s performances in pre-season friendlies, notably in the prestigious Emirates Cup tournament in London, and then early in the 2013/14 campaign, appeared to indicate the northerners had struck gold again. An exhilarating dribbler, powerful shooter – usually with his magical left foot – and 

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An extravagantly talented winger, Sporting Lisbon winger André Carrillo has at last added the missing piece to take his game to the next level – consistency. Carrillo arrived in the Portuguese capital still a teenager in the summer of 2011, and from the outset the Peruvian proved both an explosive and a mercurial performer. With 

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Fourteen new faces were brought in by FC Porto last summer to rebuild after a rare season of failure. The influx included big names from La Liga, such as Barcelona’s Cristian Tello and Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres and Adrian Lopez. But another Spanish-based player, Yacine Brahimi, has outshone them all. He was undoubtedly Porto best 

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Communication is key in any sport, especially team ones such as rugby and football, where the success of the club depends on effective management of large pools of talent. Keeping track of the well-being, health and fitness of each individual player is essential to manage your resources and ensure that the group on the pitch 

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Soccer Saturday is a football institution in the UK and Ireland and has been ever since its inception in 1992. Broadcast on Sky Sports, the premise of the program is simple in that there is a host and four studio guests that review the Saturday afternoon football matches that play as they happen. There are 

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There comes a time where we must all grow up. Young boys stop playing with little action figures and move on to games consoles, young girls stop wearing their mothers make-up and start wearing their own. We all go to secondary school, reach an age where an interest in the opposite sex grows and we 

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Football has long played a huge part in the lives of many people, and football players have left many memories for those who have witnessed their talents. Memories that can be passed on and kept alive for future generations. Having been born in 1995, I’d perhaps be considered part of the last generation to have 

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