european competitions - 2002/03



FINAL (Seville)

(21/05/03) FC Porto 3-2 Celtic

Semi Finals

(24/04/03 - Second Leg) Boavista 0-1 Celtic
(Agg: 1-2 - Celtic go through to the final)

(24/04/03 - Second Leg) Lázio 0-0 FC Porto
(Agg: 1-4 - FC Porto go through to the final)

(10/04/03 - First Leg) FC Porto 4-1 Lázio
(10/04/03 - First Leg) Celtic 1-1 Boavista

Quarter Finals/ Second Leg

(20/03/03) Panathinaikos 0-2 FC Porto (1-1 on agg, 1-2 aet)
(Agg: 1-2 - FC Porto go through)

(20/03/03) Boavista 1-0 Málaga (1-1 on agg., 1-1 aet, 4-1 on penalties)
(Agg: 1-1 - Boavista go through on penalties)

Quarter Finals/ First Leg

(13/03/03) FC Porto 0-1 Panathinaikos
(13/03/03) Málaga 1-0 Boavista

Fourth Round/ Second Leg

(27/02/03) Denizlispor 2-2 FC Porto
(Agg: 3-8 - FC Porto go through)

(27/02/03) Boavista 1-0 Hertha Berlin
(Agg: 3-3 - Boavista go through on 'away goals')

Fourth Round/ First Leg

(20/02/03) FC Porto 6-1 Denizlispor (Turkey)
(20/02/03) Hertha Berlin (Germany) 3-2 Boavista

Third Round/ Second Leg

(12/12/02) Lens 1-0 FC Porto
(Agg: 3-1 - FC Porto go through)

(12/12/02) Boavista 1-0 PSG
(Agg: 2-2 - Boavista go through on 'away goals')

Third Round/ First Leg

(28/11/02) FC Porto 3-0 Lens (France)
(26/11/02) Paris SG (France) 2-1 Boavista

Second Round/ Second Leg

14/11/02 FC Porto 2-0 Austria Vienna (Austria)
(Agg: 3-0 - FC Porto go through)

14/11/02 Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus) 0-1 Boavista
(Agg: 3-1 - Boavista go through)

Second Round/ First Leg

31/10/02 Austria Vienna (Austria) 0-1 FC Porto
31/10/02 Boavista 2-1 Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus)

First Round/ Second Leg

(03/10/02) PAOK (Greece) 4-1 Leixões
(Agg: 5-3 - PAOK go through)

(03/10/02) Partizan Belgrade 3-3 Sporting
(AET. Agg: 6-4 - Partizan go through)

(03/10/02) Boavista 4-1 Maccabi Tel Aviv
(Agg: 4-2 - Boavista go through)

(03/10/02) Polonia Warsaw 2-0 FC Porto
(Agg: 2-6 - FC Porto go through)

First Round/ First Leg

(17/09/02) Leixões 2-1 PAOK (Greece)
(19/09/02) Sporting 1-3 Partizan Belgrade
(19/09/02) Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 Boavista
(19/09/02) FC Porto 6-0 Polonia Warsaw

Preliminary Round

(15/08/02) Leixões 2-2 Belasica (Macedonia)
(29/08/02) Belasica 1-2 Leixões
(Leixões go through to the First Round proper)

Champions League

Third Preliminary Round (Second Leg)

(27/08/02) Inter 2-0 Sporting (Agg: 2-0)
- Inter proceed to the Group Stage of the Champions League.
- Sporting go into the UEFA Cup

(28/08/02) Auxerre 0-0 Boavista (Agg: 1-0)
- Auxerre proceed to the Group Stage of the Champions League.
- Boavista go into the UEFA Cup

Third Preliminary Round (First Leg)

(13/08/02) Boavista 0-1 Auxerre

(14/08/02) Sporting 0-0 Inter

Second Preliminary Round (Second Leg)

(07/08/02) Hibernians 3-3 Boavista (Agg: 3-7)
Boavista meet Auxerre in the third preliminary round

Second Preliminary Round (First Leg)

(31/07/02) Boavista 4-0 Hibernians (Malta)



Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa followed compatriots Paulo Sousa (Juventus) and Luís Figo (Real Madrid) in winning a Champions League medal when AC Milan beat Juventus on penalties in the final, played at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium Wednesday. The game finished 0-0 after extra time.




FC Porto became the first Portuguese club to win the UEFA Cup Wednesday when they beat Celtic 3-2 after extra time.

Before the final, Portistas and the Portuguese in general were perhaps getting a little over-confident about the powers of the new SuperLiga Champions, but José Mourinho was quick to dampen excesses of enthusiasm. On the eve of the final, he told the press conference that the chances of winning were only 50/50. And so it proved - FC Porto had much more difficulty in finally seeing off Celtic than most had expected.

But moments of inspiration finally won the day for the Portuguese side. Eventual Man of the Match Derlei put them ahead just before the break after the magical Deco had found Alenitchev at the back post, and his volley had been parried by Douglas.

Two minutes into the second half, the man Porto most feared, Henrik Larsson, who had scored the decider against Porto's neighbours Boavista in the Semi-final, looped a header over Vítor Baía to equalise. Back Porto came, and Deco once again threaded a pass through to Alenitchev on the left, and the Russian buried it from close range. that was on 53 minutes, but this Celtic side was proving a tough nut to crack, and Larsson it was again who headed them back in the game.

And so it went to extra time. The game was heading for the dreaded penalties when, with six minutes left, Douglas could not hold onto a through ball-cum-shot, it rebounded to Derlei and the Brazilian once again had the cool nerve and patience to find the right moment to plant the ball past Douglas and Thomson on the line.

Porto had won the UEFA Cup.

The heroes: Vítor Baía, Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa (Pedro Emanuel, 70 m), Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Valente, Costinha (Ricardo Costa, 8 m), Maniche, Deco, Alenitchev, Capucho (Marco Ferreira, 97 m), Derlei.

Just minutes after the game, the Avenida dos Aliados in the centre of Oporto was a swathe of blue and white as those left at home came out to pay homage to their team and simply fazer a festa . Hundreds were also expected to be at the airport in Oporto to meet the team off the plane.


Club president Pinto da Costa: "I didn't see the end of the game ... I'm fine now, but I felt a sharp pain. Now I've recovered and can celebrate the victory."

"I didn't think during the game that we could lose." Coach José Mourinho.

"This wasn't just another game for us - it was the game of our lives." Porto captain Jorge Costa.

"This is a unique moment - maybe the happiest of my life." Goalkeeper Vítor Baía.

"I dedicate the goals to the rest of the team, to my parents and family." Man of the Match Derlei.

"It would have been unjust, after all we've done, not to win the Final." Midfielder Deco.

"FC Porto and Portuguese football are to be congratulated ... but so are the fans of Celtic - for the way they supported their team, even in defeat." Portuguese Prime Minister Durão Barroso.




Porto coach José Mourinho has revealed nine of his starters for the game. They are: Vítor Baía, Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Valente, Costinha, Maniche, Deco and Derlei. The other two players will be announced nearer kick-off.

Mourinho has criticised the state of the pitch at the Olympic stadium: "It's not an excuse, but this problem is going to prejudice FC Porto more than Celtic because of the way we play."

The Portuguese Parliament will be depleted Wednesday afternoon, many of the deputados having been invited to the Final. The business of the day is also expected to be cut short so that those who stayed can get home in time to see the game on TV.

President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio, who will be at the game, has sent a message of encouragement to FC Porto: "To all those responsible for the success of the club throughout the year, a word of recognition and a wish for an unforgettable night tomorrow in Seville. I hope that FC Porto can once again inscribe the name of Portugal in the history of European football. Good luck to all." British Prime Minister Tony Blair has sent a similar message to Celtic.

Oporto City Council will erect a giant screen in the centre of the city for all those who couldn't make it to Seville.

Travellers on the Metro (underground) in Oporto tomorrow evening will get regular updates on the game over the tannoy system.

The sports daily A Bola, in its on-line version, has been holding a poll on the result of the game, in which 40,000 voted. 72% believe that Porto will win.

Amidst all the euphoria, tragedy: a 17-year-old Porto fan, Nuno André Gonçalves Azevedo, drowned Tuesday as he and friends took a swim in the River Guadalquivir in Seville.


Real Madrid's Portuguese star Luís Figo missed a penalty on 66 minutes that would have made the score 1-2 against Juventus in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. That would have put the teams level on aggregate, but the Italians went on to win the leg 3-1 and go through to the final, where they will meet compatriots AC Milan.

FC Porto president Jorge Nino Pinto da Costa is worried about the blatant touting of tickets for the UEFA Cup Final against Celtic, in Seville next week: "There are Scots out there buying tickets for a sector that only Porto fans should be in. I ask you: who will be responsible if there are serious incidents?"

FC Porto and União de Leiria will respectively enter the Champions League and the UEFA Cup proper next season, the former for winning the league, the latter for being at least Cup Finalist. Benfica and Sporting, second and third in the league, will have to play a preliminary round of the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, respectively.


There were scuffles in the early hours of Thursday morning outside FC Porto's Antas Stadium as around two thousand fans were turned away without a ticket for the UEFA Cup Final . Some complained that people had been returning more than once to repeat their allowed quota.


The President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio, and the Prime Minister Durão Barroso will both be at the UEFA Cup Final in Seville. Someone who won't be there is the Mayor of Oporto, Rui Rio, who has had run-ins with the FC Porto president Pinto da Costa throughout the season.

Meanwhile, those who will actually have to pay for their tickets started queuing Monday at the Antas Stadium, camping out so that they could be the first up. The ticket office was scheduled to open Thursday, but given the fact that by Wednesday thousands were milling around outside the stadium (various estimates put the figure at between eight and ten thousand), the club decided to start selling the tickets at 14.00 on Wednesday. The 10,000 allocation was taken up by the time the ticket office closed late Wednesday night.


All the 52,142 tickets available for the UEFA Cup Final between FC Porto and Celtic have been sold out, UEFA announced Monday.


FC Porto and Celtic will each be allocated 17,500 tickets for the UEFA Cup Final, to be played on May 21st in Seville. Of the 58,000 tickets available, 13,000 have already been reserved on the Internet, and 10,000 wil be placed on the local market.

Meanwhile, the Cup itself has arrived in Seville from Rotterdam, taken there by officials of Feyenoord.


UEFA announced Saturday that the UEFA Cup final between FC Porto and Celtic will be decided by a 'Silver Goal' if it is drawn after 90 minutes. The first 15 minutes of extra time will be played out, and the team which is ahead at the end of that time will be the winner. If it is still a draw, then they will play the second period of extra time. Finally, the game will be decided on penalties if there is no outright winner after 120 minutes. The same rules apply to the Champions League final.

Helped principally by the inspired European campaigns of FC Porto and Boavista over the last couple of seasons, Portugal will have six clubs in Europe in the 2004-05 season , five via the SuperLiga and one via the Taça de Portugal.


There was a sweet and sour conclusion to the UEFA Cup semi finals involving the two clubs from Porto: FC Porto and Boavista.

FC Porto only needed to manage their 4-1 lead over Lázio, carried forward from the first leg, and they duly obliged, getting a 0-0 draw in Rome, helped by a penalty save by Vítor Baía.

Back at home, Boavista were sailing on to the final on the basis of the away goal scored against Celtic in the 1-1 draw in Glasgow two weeks ago. Then, an unlucky 13 minutes from the end, Larsson passed hopefully towards the edge of the area in the direction of Hartson, Felipe Anunciação intercepted it but could only nudge it back to Larsson, whose mis-hit shot fooled Ricardo, although the 'keeper did get a finger to it. The goal was enough to give Celtic a 1-0 win and take them through to the final in Seville against FC Porto.


Despite the fact that Boavista have cut dimplomatic ties with local rivals FC Porto, Boavista's president João Loureiro has sent the club a fax wishing them the best of luck in their semi-final second-leg game against Lázio in Rome.

FC Porto had their only training session on the Olympic Stadium pitch Wednesday afternoon, a brief affair and without a need for floodlights.

The team had an audience with the Pope at the Vatican. On his 21st anniversary in the presidency of the club, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa said he was "very proud".

Porto will be without defensive midfielder Costinha who suffered concussion in training Tuesday and had to be admitted to hospital under observation.

Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco gave an idea that his side would not be sitting back to defend the away-goal advantage they have from the first leg (1-1): "We're going to attack, and if that doesn't happen it will only be because the opposition is very strong." He has called up all the available players at the club for the home tie against Celtic, even though some are injured (i) or not registered for the competition (nr). The gesture was made to reward the players for reaching this far.

The squad:
Goalkeepers: Ricardo, William, Khadim and Laurentino (nr);
Defenders: Frechaut (i), Ávalos, Paulo Turra, Mário Loja, Éder, Rui Óscar, Erivan and Nuno Gomes (i);
Midfielders: Jorge Couto, Jorge Silva (i), Pedro Santos, Sanchez, Bosingwa, Pedrosa, Jocivalter, Alexandre Goulart, Filipe Anunciação and Viveros (nr);
Forwards: Duda, Martelinho, Luiz Cláudio, Cafú, Silva and Yuri.

Boavista issued 2215 tickets to Celtic, and they have all been taken up. The local police are also expecting there to be Celtic fans showing up without tickets, and will take the necessary security precautions to prevent possible trouble. There was a suggestion that the city council was going to set up a giant screen elsewhere for those without tickets, but the idea fell through because of cost.


Boavista will be without central defender Paulo Turra for their UEFA Cup semi-final return leg at home to Celtic Thursday. The Brazilian is suspended, but midfielder Pedro Santos returns after suspension. Right-sided defender/ midfielder/ winger Martelinho is doubtful.

Inter Milan's Portuguese midfielder/winger Sérgio Conceição will miss the upcoming Champions League game with Valencia due to a spat with coach Hector Cúper . Cúper substituted Conceição a minute before half-time in the Série A game against Brescia at the weekend, and he left the field visibly irritated and swearing (in Portuguese). Talk is in the Italian press that the Portuguese player's days are numbered at Inter, especially since Cúper's contract is until 2004, and that Barcelona may be interested in contracting him.


The FC Porto squad will be received by the Pope ahead of their UEFA Cup second leg game against Lázio in Rome Thursday. Porto go into the game 4-1 up from the first leg.


FC Porto coach José Mourinho has been suspended for one game by UEFA following the Semi-final first leg of the UEFA Cup against Lázio. Mourinho pulled Castromán's shirt as the player went to take a throw-in. The Porto coach will have to watch the return leg in Rome next week from the stands. He has also been fined 2,000 euros.


Seventy percent of voters in a survey on the official UEFA site believe that the UEFA Cup final will be between FC Porto and Boavista.

Shares in Lázio fell by 2.94% Friday, thought o be a direct result of Thursday's trouncing at FC Porto.


FC Porto and Boavista both managed excellent results Thursday in the first leg of the UEFA Cup semi-finals.

FC Porto went 0-1 down early on in their home tie against Lázio, Claudio Lopez the scorer, but Maniche stilled Porto hearts with a quick equaliser on ten minutes. And then it was one-way traffic, Porto taking the lead on 27 minutes through Derlei. The same player made it 3-1 on 50 and Hélder Postiga put the cherry on the cake on 62.

Porto lined up: Vítor Baía, Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Valente, Deco, Costinha, Maniche, Alenitchev (Tiago), Hélder Postiga (Marco Ferreira), Derlei (Jankauskas).

Boavista earned a valuable 1-1 draw in Glasgow against a Celtic side that seemed perplexed as to what to do with the scurrying style of the Boavistão. Celtic had the best of the first half in terms of possession, but rarely came within scoring distance of the Boavista goal. In the second half, it was Boavista who took the lead on 47 minutes, Filipe Anunciação crossing low from the right for defender Valgaeren to turn the ball past his own 'keeper. True to Portuguese form, Boavista lost their concentration momentarily in the euphoria and allowed Celtic to come back, Petrov touching the ball for Larsson to score from close range. The Swede had another great chance to score on 75 minutes, but Ricardo saved his spot kick.

Boavista lined up: Ricardo, Paulo Turra, Éder, Mário Loja, Erivan, Pedrosa (Rui Oscar), Filipe Anunciação, Ávalos, Martelinho, Luiz Cláudio (Cafu, Bosingwa), Duda.


Boavista's Bolivian midfielder Erwin Sanchez, recovered after injury, will not face Celtic Thursday because UEFA has refused to re-register him after the club had withdrawn him when he injured his knee.


Boavista are in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA Cup Semi-final first leg against Celtic Thursday. Boavista will have two training sessions Wednesday.

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Boavista have made 2,500 tickets available for Celtic fans for the second leg of the Semi-final of the UEFA Cup. Celtic wanted 10,000. The capacity of the Bessa stadium is reduced to about 15,000 because of work for the Euro 2004 tournament.

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The draw for the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup kept the two Portuguese (and Oporto) sides apart, leaving the possibility of an all-Portuguese final open. In the first leg, FC Porto travel to Rome to face Lázio and Boavista to Glasgow to face Celtic. The games are on April 10th and 24th. The final is on May 21st in Seville.

The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals pits Luís Figo's Real Madrid against Manchester United, whose assistant coach Carlos Queiroz launched Figo's career when they were both at Sporting.

FC Porto were greeted by a multitude at the airport in Oporto when they returned from Greece in the early hours of Friday morning after their triumphant victory over Panathinaikos. Porto's fans have a lot to celebrate: they are in the semis of the UEFA Cup and the Taça de Portugal, and they are running way with the SuperLiga.


It was a glorious, glorious night for Portuguese football Thursday. Both surviving teams went through to the UEFA Cup Semi-finals, the first time that Portugal has had two teams go this far in the competition.

Early in the evening, FC Porto kicked off at Panathinaikos trailing by 1-0 from the first leg and knowing that they had a job on their hands against the Greek side. But this FC Porto are a team apart - they are walking away with the SuperLiga and are favourites to win the Taça de Portugal - and so they showed. Brazilian striker Derlei was the hero of the night, levelling the aggregate score on 16 minutes with a cut inside from the left and a clipped shot low inside the near post. It went to extra time and it was Derlei again who settled it on 102 minutes, running strongly down the left and shrugging off challenges to poke the ball past Nikopolidis.

"We made history tonight", said coach José Mourinho - Porto have never reached this far in this competition. FC Porto president Pinto da Costa was beside himself: "This game was the international confirmation of this team, and, as if it was needed, of a great Portuguese coach, José Mourinho."

Later in the evening it was the turn of Boavista. Struggling through a less than famous domestic season, this was the chance to give their fans some kind of bonus. There was a 1-0 deficit to claw back from the away game at Málaga, but Boavista are expert at this - they've done it on more than one occasion already this season. And so it proved once again. They had most of the possession, more attacks and more shots on goal throughout the game, but left it until the 82nd minute to equalise over the two games, a fabulous free kick into the top right-hand corner of the goal by Brazilian striker Luiz Claudio doing the trick. And so the game went to extra-time, and Boavista could have settled it on 106 minutes when a speculative shot/cross from Silva on the left was held by Contreras, but the Málaga keeper clearly stepped back into the goal with the ball. The French referee turned a blind eye, and so it went to penalties. Strangely, it was Boavista's 'keeper and captain Ricardo who stepped up to take the first spot kick. It could have been suicidal psychology if he had missed and then had to try to save the five penalties to come, but he cracked his kick home, and Boavista were on their way. For Málaga, Leko missed and Bravo's penalty was saved by Ricardo. For Boavista, Ricardo, Luiz Claudio, Silva and finally Goulart all scored to put the Axadrezados into the Semis.

Now the Portuguese teams go into the last four, together with Celtic and Lázio who put out Liverpool and Besiktas, respectively.


Boavista have named the players called up for the decisive UEFA Cup tie with Málaga Thursday: goalkeepers: Ricardo and William; defenders: Bosingwa, Paulo Turra, Mário Loja, Éder and Erivan; midfielders: Pedro Santos, Filipe Anunciação, Pedrosa, Jocivalter, Jorge Couto, Martelinho and Alexandre Goulart; Forwards: Duda, Yuri, Cafu, Silva and Luiz Cláudio. Boavista are trailing 0-1 after the first leg. If they go through, it will be the furthest the club has gone in European competitions in its history.


The two Portuguese teams left in the UEFA Cup both lost 0-1 in the first leg of the quarter final stage of the competition Thursday.

FC Porto, almost invincible in domestic competitions and unbeaten at home all season, lost at home to Greek side Panathinaikos, the goal coming on 72 minutes from a header by Olisadebe after a cross from Kolkka. Porto were out-of-form across the board, midfield wizard Deco especially (and with Scolari watching), and missed many scoring chances, Postiga the main culprit. But the crowd at the Antas gave the team a standing ovation at the end, a sign of their appreciation for the brilliant season so far and of hope for the second leg.

Boavista lost 0-1 awaya to Málaga and of the two Portuguese teams seem to have the better chance of progressing. The goal came on 17 minutes, Dário Silva crossing from the right and the ball getting through for Deli Valdés to knock in at the back post, with Paulo Turra and Ricardo watching. Boavista contained Málaga well but were ineffectual in attack. Their Brazilian striker Silva will be back after Suspension for the return, and Boavista will be thinking that the result is reversible.


It was a glorious night for Portuguese football Thursday as both surviving teams went through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. It is the first time Portugal has had two teams through this far in the tournament, and it is the only country with two teams through.

FC Porto did no more than was expected by drawing 2-2 with Denizlispor in Turkey and going through 8-3 on aggregate. Derlei extended Porto's lead from the first leg just before the break, but Martin and Ozkan nudged the Turkish side in front on the night within ten minutes of the second half. It was left to Clayton to spare Porto's blushes and equalise in the final minutes.

The most excitement came from the Bessa, where Boavista needed to beat Hertha Berlin by at least one goal to go through after they had let the Germans in in the dying seconds a week ago to take a 3-2 lead to the Bessa. But the away goals were important, and Boavista played to them, containing Hertha throughout (although Ricardo had to make two fine saves in the seond half) and scoring five minutes from time, Paulo Turra heading a corner on to the back post where Argentinian defender Ávalos was waiting to head home.

There followed a punch-up where the otherwise excellent Hertha ´keeper Kiraly ran the length of the field and started laying into the people on the Boavista bench. He should have been sent off, as had Hertha's Dardai on 66 and Boavista's Filipe Anunciação on 81. In the event, it didn't matter - Boavista were through to meet Málaga in Spain on March 13th, and will get back together again with central defender Litos, heroic captain of Boavista's title-winning side of two seasons ago.


Bad weather
in Turkey is causing FC Porto serious headaches ahead of their second leg UEFA Cup game with Denizlisport Thursday. Snow caused Porto's plane to be forced to land at Izmir, 275 kms away, and there are fears that the game itself may be postponed, as the Turkish side's weekend league match against Fenerbahce was. This would mean that the game would be re-scheduled for Friday and Porto would return later to Portugal, shortening the preparation time for next Tuesday's vital SuperLiga game at Benfica.


FC Porto
crushed Turkish side Denizlispor 6-1 at home Wednesday in the UEFA Cup, leaving no doubt as to the final outcome of the tie. All the goals came in the second half: between the 48th and 73rd minutes, Capucho, Derlei, Ricardo Costa, Jankauskas and Deco sent the home crowd wild, Kratochvil got a consolation on 78 and Alenitchev put the cherry on the cake ten minutes from time. FC Porto coach José Mourinho was less than gracious in victory: "It's obvious that I didn't expect a result like this, but I feel that the result is down to FC Porto and not the weakness of the opponent. Now all I'm waiting for is to read tomorrow in the Portuguese press that FC Porto beat a weak team and that the merit of the victory is diminished ... but that's another story ... We're strong, we're the best team in Portugal and, under normal conditions, we'll be champions. Under abnormal conditions ... we'll also be champions."

Boavista came within a whisker of achieving a brilliant result in Berlin. They were drawing 2-2 with Hertha until the last half-minute of added time, but they let their concentration slip and let Hertha in to sneak ahead 3-2. Hertha's Alex Alves got two in the first half, Rui Oscar scoring between them, then Alexandre Goulart put Boavista level ten minutes from time. It seemed as though Boavista were going to bring a draw back to the Bessa, but Burik caught them out in the dying seconds. As president João Loureiro said after the game, this was "an excellent result" ... but it could so well have been an even better result.


Boavista have arrived in Berlin ahead of their fourth round tie against Hertha Thursday.


FC Porto drew Turks, Boavista Germans in the draw for the last sixteen of the UEFA Cup. Porto play at home first to Denizlispor, while Boavista are away to Hertha Berlin. The two legs of the ties are to be played on February 20th and 27th.


FC Porto
went through to the Fourth round of the UEFA Cup Thursday. They lost 0-1 at Lens but had won the first leg 3-0. Lens goal on the night was scored by the Cameroonian defender Song, who appeared to foul Porto ´keeper Vítor Baía from a corner and then prodded in the loose ball. The draw for the next round is in Zürich on Friday.

Porto will be joined in the draw by Boavista who beat PSG 1-0 in a pulsating match at the Bessa. Chasing a 1-2 deficit from the first leg in Paris, Boavista needed just the one goal and it came on 55 minutes. Silva was brought down in the box by PSG ´keeper Letizi and got up, brushed himself off and stroked in the spot kick. PSG came at Boavista after that and might have scored through sub Cardetti, but Ricardo was good enough.

Two minutes from the end, Luíz Claudio was sent off for a second yellow card, and it was all hands to the pumps as Boavista hung on desperately. They did so with an overall performance that smacked of the aggressive, coherent Boavistão of old, a performance in which the Argentinian defender Ávalos was quietly the star, doing as good a job of man-marking as invisible Ronaldinho is ever likely to see.

15/11/02 (II)

Both Portuguese clubs drew French opposition in Friday's draw for the UEFA Cup. FC Porto play Lens at home first, while Boavista travel to Paris St. Germain, where the Portuguese Hugo Leal and Filipe Teixeira play. The first leg is on Thursday November 28th, the return on December 12th.


FC Porto
and Boavista both go into Friday's UEFA Cup Third Round draw after winning their respective games Thursday.

Boavista put in one of their better performances of the season against humble Anorthosis Famagusta in Nicosia, but their attack was a little limp and there was always the chance that the 2-1 lead from the first leg at the Bessa would backfire on them; a single goal from the Cypriots would have given them the tie on the away goals rule. But Boavista controlled them well, despite occasional flashes from the veteran Ketsbaia and a late setback when Ico was sent off for a second yellow a quarter of an hour from the end. In added time at the end of the game, the Portuguese side put a cherry on the cake with a penalty from Silva after Cafú had been brought down by the ´keeper Panayiotou.

Boavista lined up: Ricardo, Rui Óscar, Jorge Silva, Éder, Erivan, Ávalos, Ico, Sanchez (Pedro Santos), Bosingwa (Cafu), Jorge Couto (Mário Loja), Silva.

FC Porto waltzed to a trouble-free 2-0 victory over Austria Vienna (1-0 in the first leg) with goals from Hélder Postiga on the half hour and Derlei in the dying minutes. Austria put up some resistance in the first half, but the second was pretty much one-way traffic, with ´keeper Vítor Baía a virtual spectator.

FC Porto lined up: Vítor Baía, Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa, Pedro Emanuel, Nuno Valente, Deco, Costinha, Maniche (Alenitchev), Derlei, Hélder Postiga (Jankauskas), Clayton (Capucho).

There were tussles between rival supporters before the game, and one Austria fan was taken to hospital with head injuries.

The Portuguese players João Tomás and Luís Boa Morte scored in the victories of their respective teams, Bétis and Fulham.


Former Sporting midfielder Hugo Viana was instrumental in Newcastle's fine 3-2 win at Feyenoord Wednesday that sees the English club through to the next phase of the Champions League. He put in an excellent display and scored on 49 minutes.


FC Porto's second-leg home game against Austria Vienna will not be televised in Portugal. The sums offered by TV companies were insufficient and the club wants to attract more people to the stadium. 25-30,000 are expected for the game. Porto go into it 1-0 up.

Meanwhile, Boavista have arrived in Cyprus ahead of their Second Round, second-leg game at Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus. Boavista take a 2-1 lead to Nicosia.

The squad:
'Keepers : Ricardo and William
Defenders: Rui Óscar, Frechaut, Erivan, Paulo Turra, Éder and Mário Loja
Midfielders: Avalos, Jorge Silva, Pedro Santos, Ico, Bosingwa, José Pedro, Jocivalter, Sanchez and Jorge Couto
Forwards: Silva, Cafu and Luiz Claudio.


FC Porto
took a giant step towards the third round of the UEFA Cup Thursday when they beat Austria Vienna 1-0 at the Ernst Happel stadium. Brazilian forward Derlei got the only goal on 70 minutes, but such was FC Porto's superiority that it could have been more. Even so, Porto's task in two weeks' time at the Antas looks a comfortable one.

Boavista missed a chance to kill their tie with Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus when they let them get an away goal through Michalski five minutes from time. Silva had put Boavista in front on the half hour from a Sanchez corner, and central defender Éder had headed them into a two-goal lead on 50 minutes. The tie is still open, but Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco will be rueing the away goal conceded.


The Champions of the SuperLiga will have direct access to the Champions League next season, unlike this when Sporting had to get throught the final preliminary round. The runners-up will next year have to play the final preliminary round when this year Boavista had to play two.


Boavista play Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus and FC Porto meet Austria Vienna in the second round of the UEFA Cup. Boavista are at home first, FC Porto away. The first legs are on October 31st, the second on November 14th.


An apparent lack of coordination behind the scenes at Benfica produced an odd situation prior to Thursday's UEFA Cup games. The club, not involved in Europe for the second successive season, sent faxes wishing good luck to Sporting, Boavista and Leixões, but not to FC Porto, reflecting recent wars of words between the two clubs. However, Benfica SAD (Sociedade Anónima Desportiva), the financial and commercial arm of the club, did send a fax. FC Porto president Pinto da Costa was quick to jump on the gaffe: "It seems there are two Benficas," he said.


was split down the middle Thursday as far as Portuguese clubs in the UEFA Cup were concerned. FC Porto and Boavista go through, Sporting and Leixões fall by the wayside.

FC Porto travelled to Polonia of Warsaw with a hatful in the bag - six to be precise, from the first leg. But they didn't do Portugal any favours in terms of points needed to restore the country's qualification factor, used to determine how many teams from the Liga will qualify for the European competitions. The Portuguese club went down 0-2 from goals by Lukasziewicz after 66 minutes and Kus ten minutes from time. Porto were nowhere near being eliminated, but disappointed with the lack of quality of their play.

Boavista, on the other hand, put in one of their best performances of the season so far to wipe out (4-1) the grey time they'd had in Sofia two weeks ago, when they'd lost 0-1 to Maccabi Tel Aviv . The Israeli side proved that they were never really any match for the Portuguese sub-Champions, but although Boavista dominated pretty much throughout, there was a doubt hanging over the result until fairly late in the game.

Boavista cancelled the deficit from Sofia in the first five minutes, a cross by Bosingwa turned into his own goal by Strool. That put the two sides level on aggregate, but Boavista were to edge in front before the break, Jocivalter forcing his way past the 'keeper Strauber and nudging the ball in despite being on the ground.

Seven minutes into the second half, Serginho gave Boavista a 3-0 lead that looked quite comfortable, slamming home at the far post a cross from the right by Duda that Silva had been unable to meet. And on the hour, Strool completed a miserble personal exhibition with a second yellow that reduced Maccabi to ten. But they weren't going to simply lie down, and they pulled one back a quarter of an hour from time through Torjman, assisted by Bruno Reis.

This meant that one more goal from them would put them through, so suddenly the Boavista edifice started to shake a little. But they held out and Jocivalter provided the coup de grâce in added time, smashing home a short free-kick from Sanchez.

Sporting were perhaps the unluckiest of the Portuguese teams in the UEFA competition. They, like Boavista, put in one of their best performances of the season to reverse a seemingly impossible 1-3 deficit from the first leg against Partizan in Alvalade two weeks ago. Partizan were a shadow of the side that had strolled through the game in Lisbon and allowed Sporting to recoup two goals within the hour, through the excellent Toñito and Kutuzov.

This left Sporting needing just one goal to take the tie, but it seemed that Partizan had pulled it back when Delibasic headed home on 78. Sporting got themselves back in the frame just four minutes later, however, with man-of-the-match, the Chilean defender Contreras, tapping in a cross from Toñito.

It was all square and so the game went into extra time. Sporting had dominated, but the extra period put paid to Portuguese legs and souls and Partizan clinched the tie (3-3) with goals from Zivkovic and Cakar. Sporting fans watching on the TV (the game was played behind closed doors due to crowd disturbances by Partizan fans in the recent Champions League match against Bayern Munich) will, however, have been heartened with the spirited team performance from their players.

Leixões also disappointed. After a tremendous display in Matosinhos two weeks ago, the team travelled to Greece to defend a narrow 2-1 lead against PAOK. It was too narrow. Salpingidis , Okkas (2) and Koutsopoulos put the tie beyond the Portuguese Segunda B side before Pedras got a consolation ten minutes from time. But Leixões will admit that the tie was lost in Portugal, when a classic fighting perfomance should have produced more than the single goal lead.


UEFA have said on their official website that FC Porto are favourites to win the UEFA Cup. The team play Polonia of Warsaw away on Thursday in the second leg of their first round tie; they won the first leg 6-0.


Friday's press was pretty much in agreement about the Portuguese clubs' showing in the UEFA Cup Thursday: Porto had shone, Boavista had been pale and Sporting had been disastrous. A Bola 's headlines, for example:

'Another night not to forget'
'Only the skeleton of the Sporting that was Champion remains'
'The sum of eleven players does not always make a team'

'This time they painted the Panther pale yellow' (a reference to Maccabi's shirts and the vandalism of the Panter statue outside the Bessa two weeks ago)
'There was more safety in the stand than on the pitch'
'We have to score goals' (coach Pacheco)

FC Porto:
'A tourist ticket please, to Warsaw'
'Master strokes and touches by Jankauskas'
'The Poles were crushed!'


There were mixed performances and results for the Portuguese teams in the UEFA Cup Thursday. First the good news.

FC Porto thrashed Polonia of Warsaw 6-0 at the Antas in front of 21,000. Polonia had two attacks all game, and their first corner came in the last ten minutes, which goes some way to illustrating how one-sided it all was. Jankauskas and Derlei gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead going into the break, and Maniche, Jankauskas again and Hélder Postiga with two completed the half-dozen.

Oporto neighbours Boavista did not have so much luck, but neither did they deserve any. Playing in front of no more than a couple of hundreed people in the CSKA Sofia stadium in Bulgaria against what should have been accessible opposition in Maccabi Tel Aviv, they confirmed the bad spell of form they are going through in all competitions and went down 0-1 to a Degu goal on a Maccabi counter-attack. Boavista had most possession, but their finishing was woeful. However, they at least have the consolation of being able to take the slim margin to the Bessa on October 3rd where, if they play to their potential, they should have no problem going through.

Which is more than can be said of Sporting. They appeared to be surprised by the high quality of the Partizan Belgrade team and lost 1-3, this at home. The tie seems beyond them now, especially if Partizan play even half as well as they did in Alvalade. (See Match Reports).


The UEFA Cup home games of FC Porto and Sporting will not be televised on any channel in Portugal this season. FC Porto had already made the decision, and Sporting announced theirs Wednesday. While FC Porto blamed the low offers from TV companies, no reason was given by Sporting. Despite the news, the ticket offices at Alvalade were very quiet Wednesday ahead of their game against Partizan Belgrade; the weather has been very bad in Portugal (the stadium is uncovered), and Sporting fans may still be smarting from their humiliating 0-4 defeat at Paços de Ferreira at the weekend.( A Bola On-line)

Boavista's UEFA Cup game with Maccabi Tel Aviv, transferred to Sofia because of security precautions, is not exactly setting the Bulgarian city alight. Just 300 tickets were printed for the game, and by lunchtime Wednesday a mere 50 had been sold. (A Bola On-line)


Leixões of the Segunda B (third division) produced another magnificent display in the UEFA Cup Tuesday to beat Greek first division team PAOK 2-1 in the . The side from Matosinhos got off to a fabulous start, Brito finishing off an Abílio free-kick on three minutes. PAOK thought they might have turned it around on 25 when their best player, Kukielka , ducked to nod in a Feutchine corner.

But at half-time, Carlos Carvalhal brought on giant Brazilian striker Detinho and Leixões completely dominated the rest of the game. Detinho put the northern team in front on 51 with a neat diving header from a Marco Aleixo cross, but they will be rueing the fact that they didn't take a bigger lead to Greece in two weeks' time. Brito, Zamorano and Bruno China all missed clear chances, while Detinho and Abílio had shots that went just wide.

PAOK have an away goal and with their experience and on-paper quality must go into the second leg as favourites, but if Leixões can reproduce Tuesday´s fabulous performance, they can be optimistic.


Sporting's Romanian coach Laszlo Bölöni has been suspended for one European game by UEFA for comments made to the referee at half-time of the recent Inter-Sporting Champions League match. ( A Bola On-line)


The four Portuguese clubs that qualified for the First Round of the UEFA Cup all received theoretically accessible opponents in the draw made Friday in Monaco, with the possible exception of Leixões who will have to get past PAOK Salonica. First legs will be played on September 19th , second legs on October 3rd.

Leixões v PAOK Salonica
Sporting v Partizan Belgrade
FC Porto v Polonia
Maccabi Tel Aviv v Boavista


Segunda B (read 'Third Division') side õLeixes produced a minor miracle Thursday when they beat the Macedonians Belasica 2-1 away in the second leg of the UEFA Cup qualifying round. The aggregate score of 4-3 puts the club from Northern Portugal through to the UEFA Cup proper, the first round of which will be drawn Friday 30/08 and now involves four Portuguese clubs: Leixões, FC Porto, Sporting and Boavista. It's the first time a club from Portugal's third division has qualified for a European competition.

Captain and midfield organiser Abílio crossed from a free-kick for Brito to score the first on 33 minutes, and it was Abílio again who crossed for Nené to head home on 72 minutes, giving Leixões vital breathing space. Belasica came back at them in the last twenty minutes and pulled one back on 79 minutes through Baldovaliev, but it was to be Leixões' night in a week when their wealthier compatriots Sporting and Boavista could only bring home bitter disappointment.

õLeixes Website


Like Sporting the day before, Boavista did not manage to qualify for the Group Stages of the Champions League. They drew 0-0 at Auxerre Wednesday (0-1 on aggregate), and despite an impressive display, they couldn't put away any of the numerous chances they created, namely for Luíz Cláudio, Ico and Duda. Auxerre ´keeper Cool was also in form to keep Boavista out, and Auxerre were always dangerous on the counter, mainly through Cissé and Fadiga.

Coach Jaime Pacheco was pleased with the fight his players put up, but was not altogether happy with the referee Collina: "I'm not trying to make excuses, but I think that from what we've seen in these ties involving Portuguese teams, Portuguese football is suffering the consequences of what happened [in disciplinary terms] at EURO 2000 and the World Cup."

Club president João Loureiro was upbeat: "No problem, we're in the UEFA Cup, which will give us more breathing space in the championship. The year we were Champions [2000-2001], we also played in the UEFA Cup, so I'm not disheartened."

Controversially, the game was not televised in Portugal. State channel RTP had televised the Inter v Sporting match on Tuesday, and the Cable channel SportTV, which was expected to show the game, claimed that it was too expensive, putting on instead the game between Slovan Liberec and AC Milan (with Rui Costa). Boavista fans in Portugal had to listen to the game on the radio via Antena 1.

For the first time since its new format was introduced, Portugal does not have a representative in the Group Stages of the competition. Sporting and Boavista go into the draw for the UEFA Cup on Friday, along with FC Porto and possibly Segunda B side Leixões, who must beat Belasica in Macedonia Thursday.


Sporting failed to make it to the Group Stage of the Champions League Tuesday when they went down 0-2 to Inter Milan at the San Siro, beaten 0-2 on aggregate. Sporting looked good early on, pushing Inter back and seeming in control. Then on 31 minutes, a corner from the left by Recoba was met by the head of di Biagio, who somehow managed to beat Sporting ´keeper Tiago to it. All was not over, and Sporting kept at it; a draw with goals would have given Sporting the tie. But on 44 minutes, the worst happened: Inter got a second, Morfeu crossing from the right for Recoba, unmarked at the far post, to head back across the goal and in, once again with Tiago looking at fault. It was the killer punch, and although Sporting plugged gamely away throughout the second half, their attack was terribly toothless and missed several chances to reduce the difference. How they missed Jardel ...

Portugal now rely on Boavista to beat Auxerre Wednesday to have a representative in the Champions League this season.

Leixões have announced their squad for the UEFA Cup preliminary round match against Belasica of Macedonia Thursday. The First Leg ended in a 2-2 draw:

Goalkeepers: Rui Marcos, Bizarro.
Defenders: Néné, José António, Barros, Rochinha, Marco Aleixo, Jorge Vilaça, Nuno.
Midfielders: Guerra, Israel, Besirovic, Abílio, Bruno China.
Forwards: Zamorano, Eduardo, Detinho, Brito, Pedras


Sporting play Inter Milan Tuesday in a do-or-die battle to see who goes through to the group stages of the Champions League, and who goes into the UEFA Cup. The first leg in Lisbon finished 0-0. Sporting take 22 players to Italy:

Goalkeepers: Tiago, Nuno Santos
Defenders: Beto, Hugo, Quiroga, Contreras, Rui Jorge, Valdir and César Prates
Midfielders: Rui Bento, Paulo Bento, Marcos Paulo, Ricardo Fernandes, Carlos Martins, Danny, Toñito, Pedro Barbosa, Quaresma and Luís Filipe
Forwards: Niculae, Kutuzov and Cristiano Ronaldo

Meanwhile, Boavista have named their squad to travel to Auxerre with a similar task, but this time chasing a 0-1 deficit. Notable absences from the squad are striker Silva and influential captain, Bolivian midfielder Erwin Sanchez, the former a technical choice, the latter through injury:

Ricardo, William Andem, Paulo Turra, Eder, Saná, Pedro Santos, Martelinho, Mário Loja, Saul, Duda, Jocivalter, Àvalos, José Pedro, Jorge Silva, Serginho, Bosingwa, Luiz Cláudio, Jorge Couto, Alexandre Goulart and Ico.


Segunda B side Leixões were back in European competitions Thursday after a break of 34 years, but the first leg of their UEFA Cup preliminary round against Macedonian side Belasica (2-2) could have gone better. They had most of the play and created a hatful of chances, but it was Belasica who went two up within two minutes, ten minutes into the second half, both goals scored by Ahmetovic.

Leixões showed admirable spirit, however and clawed their way back into the game, Anchoet hitting a superb goal on the hour after a one-two with Bruno China. Then just three minutes after that, Leixões were reduced to ten men after Sérgio was sent off for a second yellow. All credit to the Portuguese minnows, though, as within ten minutes of the sending-off they had equalised, Brito getting the minutest of glances to an Abílio free kick on the right. By the end, there was only one team in it, and Leixões might have gone ahead if Antchoet had taken any of his chances and the referee had given what seemed a clear penalty for a foul on the same player.

Leixões coach Carlos Carvalhal had mixed feelings about the outcome: "I'm not in any way satisfied with the result, but I am with the fact that we played à la Leixões. The team were physically and mentally strong and that's positive - the tie's still wide open." (A Bola On-line)

There was fighting between fans after the Sporting v Inter match on Wednesday ... but Inter fans were not involved. Some fans from the biggest Sporting claque, Juve Leo, attacked a group of fans from Vila Real de Santo António in the Algarve, up for the day to watch the match. The fans were wearing T-shirts given to them by a new rival claque of Juve Leo, Directivo Ultras XXI. (SIC TV)


Sporting wrung an honourable 0-0 draw out of their home tie against Inter Milan in the first leg of the final preliminary round of the Champions League Wednesday. But they now have to go to Italy in two weeks (probably Genova as the San Siro is undergoing work) and score. (See Match Reports)


Boavista's hopes of entering the Group Stage of the Champions League took a severe blow Tuesday when they lost 0-1 at home to Auxerre in the first leg of the final preliminary round. (See Match Reports).

Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco was visibly disappointed but remained hopeful. He was also critical of the referee: "Auxerre didn't surprise me: they came here to not concede goals, and they had one chance and scored ... About the penalty appeal [a handball by Auxerre defender Mexes], I can only say that if it had been up the other end, it would have been given ... I think a draw would have been fairer ...The battle is not lost. In two weeks' time we'll be fitter and more prepared, and I think we can swing it around. But at this point, Auxerre are favourites."

Auxerre coach Guy Roux disagreed: "Boavista are favourites. They are a strong side, and I believe this even more than before the game. But I was pleased with our team."


Boavista's squad for the first leg of the third preliminary round of the Champions League against Auxerre at the Bessa stadium on Tuesday is:
Goalkeepers: Ricardo and William;
Defenders: Paulo Turra, Rui Óscar, Éder, Mário Loja and Ávalos;
Midfielders: Jocivalter, Sanchez, Bosingwa, Jorge Silva, Alexandre Goulart, Ico and José Pedro;
Forwards: Martelinho, Duda, Silva, Serginho and Luiz Cláudio


Thomas Kurtner, a member of TEAM, gave Sporting's Alvalade stadium the green light Friday to host European games. The stadium will need work as part of it will be demolished to make way for work on the new stadium next door.

Sporting have registered 30 players for Euopean competitions:
Goalkeepers: Nélson, Tiago and Nuno Santos;
Defenders: César Prates, Quiroga, Beto, Contreras, Hugo, Paíto, Rui Jorge and Valdir;
Midfielders: Diogo, Rui Bento, Pedro Barbosa, Tello, Ricardo Fernandes, Paulo Bento, Carlos Martins, Custódio, Marcos Paulo, Danny and Toñito;
Forwards: Niculae, Kutuzov, Sá Pinto, Jardel, Luís Filipe, Quaresma, João Pinto and Cristiano Ronaldo


Boavista conceded a draw to Maltese club Hibernians Wednesday in the second leg of their second preliminary round of the Champions League. Jocivalter put them in the lead on 28 minutes, Mifsud equalised three minutes later but Luiz Cláudio and Paulo Turra made it 3-1 before the break. Boavista took their foot off the gas in the second half and allowed Hibernians back into the game. Chukunyere pulled one back on 52 and Mifsud got his second from the spot two minutes later to make the final score 3-3 (7-3 on aggregate). Coach Jaime Pacheco said that he was "happy with the performance, not the result." Boavista now meet French side Auxerre in the final preliminary round. (First leg next Tuesday).

Boavista lined up:
Ricardo, Rui Óscar, Éder, Paulo Turra, Mário Loja, Jocivalter (Bosingwa), Ávalos, Alexandre Goulart, Duda (Martelinho), Luiz Cláudio (Cafu) and Serginho.


Sporting are to register Mário Jardel to play in the Champions League, even though they do not know whether the striker will play for the club again; he is currently on 'psychological leave' (until Friday) after the break-up of his marriage and has said that he cannot play again in Portugal. Sporting play Inter Milan in the third preliminary round of the CL on August 14th and 28th.


Boavista took a giant step towards qualifying for the third preliminary round of the Champions League Wednesday when they comfortably swept aside the vastly inferior Hibernians of Malta by 4-0. Brazilian striker Silva started as he would wish to go on with two goals, one a penalty, while campatriot Goulart got another before the break. Argentinian Ávalos headed the fourth minutes from time.
Boavista lined up: Ricardo; Rui Óscar, Éder, Ávalos and Mário Loja; Jorge Silva, Jocivalter (Pedro Santos) and Alexandre Goulart; Cafu (Bosingwa), Duda and Silva (Luíz Cláudio).


Sporting will play the first leg of their third preliminary round of the Champions League against Inter Milan at the Alvalade stadium on August 14th at 21.00, the club announced Monday. The second leg will be in the San Siro, Milan, on August 27th, time to be announced.

Meanwhile, Boavista released Monday the list of players called up for the first leg of the second preliminary round of the same competition against Hibernians of Malta, to be played Wednesday July 31st. Absent are habitual first-teamers Fréchaut, Sanchez and Martelinho, all through injury. The full list is:
'Keepers: Ricardo and William;
Defenders : Rui Óscar, Paulo Turra, Éder, Mário Loja and Erivan;
Midfielders: Jorge Silva, Bosingwa, Pedro Santos, Ávalos, Jociválter, Alexandre Goulart and Rui Lima
Forwards : Duda, Silva, José Pedro and Luiz Cláudio.


Boavista's influential midfielder and captain Erwin Sanchez is ruled out through injury from the first leg of the second prelinary round of the Champions League against Hibernians of Malta this week. Also out until September is Portuguese international left back Fréchaut, still recovering from a leg operation.


Sporting and Boavista got the short straws Friday when the draw was made for the third preliminary round of the Champions League: Sporting got Italy's mighty Inter Milan, with Toldo, Ronaldo and Vieri amongst a constellation of other stars, while Boavista got the difficult Auxerre of France, although this is assuming that they can get past Hibernians of Malta in the second preliminary round in the next two weeks. Both play at home first, on August 13th or 14th, and away on the 27th or 28th.


Boavista will meet Hibernians of Malta in the second preliminary round of the Champions League after Hibs beat Irish club Shelbourne 1-0 in the second leg of the first preliminary round, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate. Boavista play at home on July 31st and in La Valetta on August 7th. The draw for the third preliminary round, which also involves Sporting, will be on Friday.


All three Portuguese teams are now out of the Intertoto Cup. União de Leiria were already out from the first round, and now Santa Clara and Belenenses have gone the same way. Santa Clara lost the second leg of their game with FK Teplice 1-4 Saturday, having already lost the first leg away 1-5. João Pedro got the sole goal for the Azores club who thus bow ignominiously out of their first ever European experience.

Belenenses failed to turn around a 0-2 first leg deficit when they met Slaven Belupo at the borrowed Alvalade stadium (home of Sporting). This time they went down 0-1 from a goal by Dodik on 52 minutes.


Santa Clara crashed to a 1-5 defeat in their Intertoto Cup second round first leg match at FK Teplice Sunday. Grosse put the Czechs in front on ten minutes, but there was no more score until the last twenty-five when Santa Clara collapsed. João Pedro made it 1-4 on 82 minutes but Verbir added another for Teplice before the end.

The other Portuguese club still left in the Intertoto also lost Saturday; Belenenses went down 0-2 at Slaven Belupo of Croatia. With União de Leiria also out in the first round after a registration mix-up, things are looking black for the Portuguese teams in this competition.


Santa Clara are through to the next round of the Intertoto Cup after they drew 3-3 with Shirak Gyumri in Armenia Sunday, winning 5-3 on aggregate. João Pedro scored all three Santa Clara goals on 32, 38 and 48 minutes. They now go on to meet FK Teplice of the Czech Republic in the next round.

Meanwhile, Belenenses now know their opponents in the next round: Slaven Belupo of Croatia, who beat Trencín (Slovakia) 6-3 on aggregate.


União de Leiria beat Levadia Maardu 2-1 in Estonia Saturday but go out of the Intertoto Cup after they were deemed to have lost the first leg 0-3 (although they won 1-0). The Cameroonian winger Douala had not been properly registered (the fault apparently of the Liga portuguesa).


União de Leiria have been punished by UEFA with a 0-3 defeat in their Intertoto first leg match against Levadia Maardu. UDL actually won the game 1-0 . UEFA picked up on the fact that Cameroonian winger Douala was not properly registered for the tournament. The club have until Saturday to appeal the decision. President João Bartolomeu was livid: "Whoever is responsible for this will have to pay," he said. The mix-up seems to have occurred through a misunderstanding between the club, the Federação and the Liga. Douala needed permission from his previous club, Gil Vicente, to play, and this did not get through to UEFA. Meanwhile, the squad left Portugal Thursday bound for Estonia ... with only fourteen fit players available. Douala and Brazilian Maciel were left at the airport because they didn't have visas for Estonia. (A Bola On-line)


Two Portuguese teams were in Intertoto Cup action Saturday. União de Leiria met, dominated but beat by only a single goal the Estonian of Levadia Maardu. The UDL goal was scored on 77 by Silas . Meanwhile, Santa Clara of the Azores beat the Armenian team Shirak 2-0 , the goals from João Pedro and Brandão, both in the second half.


Boavista will play either the Irish team Shelbourne or Hibernians of Malta in the second preliminary round of the Champions League (dates below). These two teams will meet in the first preliminary round.

Meanwhile, surprise Taça finalists Leixões will face Balasica of Macedonia in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup. The first leg is on August 15th.


Boavista will find out on Friday who they will be playing in the second preliminary round of the Champions League. The games will take place on July 30th and August 7th. Sporting, who begin at the third preliminary round, will know their fate on July 26th, with games played on August 13/14th and 27/28th. (A Bola On-line)


Sporting will have to get through the last preliminary round of the Champions League next season. Boavista will have to get through two preliminary rounds. This is a result of Real Madrid's win over Bayer Leverkusen in the final of the competition Wednesday. If Leverkusen had won, Sporting would have qualified directly, and Boavista would have only had to play one qualifying round.


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