quotes - 2020



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“The goal has no age.”
(Moreirense’s Brazilian striker Nenê, 37.)


“The coach feels that he should have received €3m net.”
(Sporting director André Bernardo on the claims of Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic, who spent nine days at the club in 2018; SCP deducted 750k in taxes, and now UEFA is withholding European competition fees until that amount is paid to the coach.)


“I’d like to thank everyone that gave us the strength to reach the end with dignity, despite the nightmare we lived through.”
(Outgoing Aves coach Nuno Manta Santos after a turbulent season at the club.)


(Having the Champions League played in Portugal is UEFA recognsing our country and our Federation.”
(Ricardo Carvalho, chosen to carry the CL trophy to the official launch of the final stages of the 2019/20 competition, to be held in Lisbon.)


“Only one person [club president Luís Filipe Vieira] and one club could convince me to return to Portugal.”
(Jorge Jesus, presented as Benfica’s new coach.)


“The team today was the embodiment of the values of people from the north - that is: noble, humble and battlers.”
(FC Porto assitant coach Vítor Bruno after a 10-man FC Porto beat Benfica 2-1 in the 80th Final of the Taça de Portugal.)


“Cristiano Ronaldo is the Michael Jordan of football.”
(Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard.)


“Champions fall and they get up.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio after the Algarve side were relegated on the last day.)


“We have to know how to reflect, to see what are Portuguese football’s weaknesses.”
(Nuno Manta, coach of relegated Aves, after a hard season for the club on and off the pitch.)


“It was a very cruel game for my players.”
(Famalicão coach João Pedro Sousa after his team were pipped for a European place by Rio Ave in the dying minutes of their final games.)


“I’m not Santa Claus.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa insisting that youngsters Matchoi and Zé Oliveira deserved their debuts at Gil Vicente.)


“It was a way of calling attention to the problems of our football at this moment.”
(Aves coach Nuno Manta on the minute at the start of Aves 0-4 Benfica, when Aves players stood still in protest against unpaid salaries.)


“The only one who’s untouchable is Paulinho.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim on who might be transferred out in the close season; not the kit-man.)


“I’m prepared for that.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Ivo Vieira on the possibility of being sacked after a disappointing season in which VSC finished 7th and failed to qualify for Europe.)


“We’re not eating ice-cream with our foreheads.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio, refusing to be distracted by trouble behind the scenes at Aves - opponents on the final day - which threatens to affect PSFC in their fight against the drop.)


“They’re the ones that make this club big, that feel the colours and are passionate about them.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição dedicates the title to the fans.)


“I haven’t been looking at the table.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio after his team beat Boavista to climb out of the relegation zone.)


“If we did the classification after the return [from Covid lockdown], we’d be fighting for a Champions League place.”
(Marítimo coach José Gomes.)


“We’re in a fight that we weren’t invited to.”
(João Pedro Sousa, coach of Famalicão, suprisingly in the running for a European place.)


“If FC Porto are Champions, our players have to feel that celebration and that pain.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim ahead of the game at FCP; one point will give FCP the title.)


“Benfica never throw in the towel.”
(Benfica coach Nélson Veríssimo after the 1-1 draw at Famalicão that means FC Porto need only draw one of their last three games to be Champions.)


“It was about time we arrived home with a smile on our faces.”
(Nuno Manta, coach of relegated Aves, after the 1-0 home win over Vitória de Setúbal, their first in 12 games.)


“I like to see this concern [from journalists] about Sporting drawing, but there’s no drama.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim after the 0-0 draw at Moreirense.)


“Yes we wasted some time. But that’s not why Rio Ave lost.”
(Gil Vicente coach Vítor Oliveira after his team’s 1-0 win over the Vila do Conde side.)


“Losing like that is not unprestigious.”
(Boavista coach Daniel Ramos after the 3-1 defeat at Benfica.)


“It’s still mathematically possible.”
(Benfica’s new coach Nélson Veríssimo on the team’s title chances; they’re six points behind FC Porto with five games left.)


“Liverpool took a long time to get back to winning titles too.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim.)


“I’ve played in most divisions in England and I’ve never seen anything like it in my whole career - starting to re-build the team in the middle of the season. But it was what it was.”
(Yannick Bolasie as he leaves Sporting.)


“It doesn’t mean that I don’t have the quality or capacity to turn this round, as I’ve done before, but at this moment there are no conditions because it seems that everyone wants me to leave.”
(In the words of club president Luís Filipe Vieira ... what Benfica coach Bruno Lage said upon offering his resignation.)


“It’s a sign that here there are no enemies, only adversaries.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage, after FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição criticised his treament
by the press.)


“I continue to believe that it’s not because our opponents make more noise that they can influence the referees.”
(Carlos Pereira, president of struggling Marítimo.)


“Sometimes I think about who you’re touting to take my place or who it is that pays for your lunches, dinners and trips in order to take my place.”
(Benfica’s beleaguered coach Bruno Lage takes a swipe at journalists amid speculation on his position at the club.)


“I thought of finishing my career differently, but that’s football.”
(Sporting’s French central defender Jérémy Mathieu, 36, retires after suffering a serious knee injury in training.)


“Whoever scores four goals in the Luz has to win.”
(Santa Clara coach João Henriques after his side’s 4-3 win over Benfica.)


“I don’t answer idiotic questions. Next!”
FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, asked if it would have been better if the game with Boavista had been postponed since FCP have five players on the yellow card limit, with a tricky trip to Paços de Ferreira coming up.)


“Today is the most important day of my life. Welcome to the world, my son Bryan.”
(Real Bétis and Seleção midfielder William Carvalho, getting his priorities right.)


“The biggest sickness in Portugal is called acute clubitis.”
(Famalicão’s Fábio Martins, responding to the abuse suffered by Rio Ave’s Nuno Santos following the game against Benfica.)


“It’s not Benfica that pays my bills.”
(Rio Ave’s Nuno Santos after being sent off against Benfica and accused of being bought by them; he played for the SLB youth teams.)


“In Portuguese football, nothing suprises me anymore.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal after he had two players sent off in the 2-1 home defeat to Benfica.)


“We know that we’re not going to win everything, but we’re going to fight to win everything.”
(Fernando Santos, renewing as Seleção coach until 2024.)


“Benfica haven’t won for several games either.”
(Gil Vicente coach Vítor Oliveira after losing 2-1 at Marítimo, their 3rd straight defeat.)


“He’s not playing on Wednesday - I don’t like bootlickers.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal after Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi scored the winner against Moreirense and sprinted to the touchline to thank CC for his mentoring.)


“Bruno Fernandes spoke to me before the game and motivated me. He’s an example, and this goal is for him.”
(Sporting winger Jovan Cabral after scoring the winner against Paços de Ferreira.)


“The virus of fanaticism is just as dangerous as the Covid virus.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, asked to comment on the reent attack on the Benfica bus.)


“It was an opportunity to see the sea, and speak to the president.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage on his conversation with club president Luís Filipe Vieira ahead of the 2-2 draw at Portimonense, which puts Lage’s job in danger.)


“Two things are certain: I’m fit, and I haven’t got a label saying ‘sales’ tattooed on my body.”
(Ricardo Quaresma, the subject of transfer speculation in Turkey.)


“We conceded a goal worthy of Disney.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 2-3 home defeat to lowly Paços de Ferreira.)


“We wanted to win the game and Moreirense, with all due respect, came here to fish.”
(Boavista coach Daniel Ramos after dominating their visitors but losing 1-0.)


“We won 6-0, Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t score, and he was furious in the changing room after the game.”
(Rafael Van de Vaart on CR’s attitude when at Real Madrid.)


“It was a good game - it was just the fans that were missing.”
(Vitória de Guimarães central defender Frederico Venâncio after the 2-2 home draw with Sporting, played behind closed doors because of the Covid pandemic.)


“I called my wife, my brother, my sister and my mother and started to cry.”
(Bruno Fernandes on his reaction when he learned a move to Manchester United was on.)


“All countries have colossuses [...] In Portugal, I experienced that at Benfica.”
(Sven-Goran Eriksson.)


“Sometimes I had to tell him: ‘Careful! I’ve only got one knee.’ ”
(Pedro Mantorras, injury-prone star of Benfica in the mid-00s, on team-mate Ricardo Rocha.)


“The Portuguese Liga has determined the immediate and indefinite suspension of the professional football competitions of the Liga NOS (top tier) and the Liga Pro (2nd tier).”
(Official press release in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The Liga was to stay suspended for 12 weeks.)


“It’s lucky we didn’t commit more fouls.”
(Aves coach Nuno Manta Santos; his team were reduced to nine men after just 20 minutes against Sporting, and after having committed just three fouls up to that point.)


“We had more than enough chances ... including a penalty the size of the Torre dos Clérigos that wasn’t given.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição uses a Porto landmark to take a dig at the ref after the 1-1 draw with Rio Ave.)


“Paying €10m for a coach is crazy.”
(Former Sporting star Luís Figo on the signing of Rúben Amorim from Braga.)


“Today is the start of the 2020/21 season.”
(Sporting president Frederico Varandas at the presentation of new coach Rúben Amorim.)


“I’m tired of slogans and banners just to look good.”
(FC Porto forward Moussa Marega, two weeks after the racist abuse he suffered at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“A great coach is coming, but he’s going to need everyone’s help.”
(Sporting coach Silas after the 3-1 defeat at Famalicão; he’s to be replaced by Braga’s Rúben Amorim.)


“My family suffers with this - the savagery and the lack of respect for people.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on the climate in Portuguese football.)


“We had nerves of steel..”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after the 3-1 win at Aves, which puts a 6-point space between Paços and the drop zone.)


“I’d prefer to not lose to Benfica and lose all the other games.”
(Giorgi Makaridze, keeper of Vitória de Setúbal, ahead of the VFC v Benfica game in the 24th jornada; he later apologised for the comment.)


“We’re going to get the points necessary to stay in the top flight.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio after the 0-0 draw to Vitória de Setúbal; PFC are 2nd from bottom, provisionally three points and a possible six points from safety.)


“There are three things we can’t escape: death, taxes and being fired.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage, asked if his job is at risk after the Europa League exit to Shakhtar.)


“Football is a game of errors.”
(Benfica central defender Ferro.)


“We’re top and we don’t want to leave.”
(FC Porto left-back Alex Telles, who scored the only goal against Portimonenese to put FCP provisionally two points ahead of Benfica.)


“There are no victories without goals.”
(Marítimo coach José Gomes after the 1-0 defeat at Belenenses.)


“We played more with our hearts, less with our heads.”
(Aves coach Nuno Manta Santos after the 2-0 home defeat to Vitória de Guimarães that keeps them bottom of the Liga.)


“I’d just like to say to those idiots who come to the stadium to shout racist insults... fuck you.”
(FC Porto’s Malian forward Moussa Marega on social media after he left the field in FCP’s 2-1 win at Vitória de Guimarães, in protest at racist insults fired at him from the stands.)


“We want a president with charisma, which is not the case.”
(Sporting ultras Juve Leo on club president Frederico Varandas.)


“We’re going through a bad spell? We’re top of the league and in the Final of the Taça de Portugal.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage.)


“He’s mad! I laugh about it now, but at the time I cried.”
(Wolves winger Daniel Podence on Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus, when he was at Sporting.)


“We suffered a dubious penalty, but FC Porto’s victory is more than fair.”
(Académico de Viseu coach Rui Borges after losing 3-0 [agg. 4-1] in the Taça de Portugal Semi-final.)


“Famalicão had us on the ropes.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after the 1-1 draw at Fama in the second leg of the Taça de Portugal Semi-final; SLB go through 4-3 on aggregate.)


“This time, even a minor was insulted, spat on, humiliated.”
(Sporting press release condemning the violent action of fans outside the ground before the home game against Portimonense, protesting the current board; the daughter of a club official was one of those targeted.)


“It’s just three points.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição plays down the importance of the 3-2 win over Benfica that took FCP within four points of their rivals.)


“We asked for it.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after the 1-0 home defeat to Boavista.)


“It was a typical cup game, English-style.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after the 3-2 first-leg win over Famalicão in the Taça de Portugal Semi-final.)


“There was a lack of respect throughout the whole game.”
(Sporting centre-back Luís Neto takes a pop at the ref after the 1-0 defeat at Braga.)


“We weren’t good in any way.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Júlio Velásquez after the 4-0 drubbing at home to FC Porto.)


“Coaches always have their bags packed.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on speculation of his being replaced by Jorge Jesus.)


“I wasn’t a Lion from the cradle, but from now on I am.”
(Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes, on his way to Manchester United, vows eternal loyalty to Sporting.)


“Any club that wants to win needs everyone to row in the same direction.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Oliveira.)


“We got three points with blood, sweat and tears.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 2-1 win at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“We weren’t good at anything.”
(Tondela coach Natxo González after the 0-3 home defeat to Vitória de Setúbal.)


“There’s no union in the club.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição offers his resignation after the 1-0 defeat to Braga in the Taça da Liga Final.)


“We’re a big team, but we still have some groing to do.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Ivo Vieira after the 2-1 defeat to FC Porto in the Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“Neither team deserved to win.”
(Gil Vicente coach Vítor Oliveira after the 0-0 draw at Paços de Ferreira.)


“I’m no longer the coach of Portimonense.”
(António Folha falls on his sword after a 3-0 defeat at Aves that keeps Portimonense in the bottom two.)


“This is a lead that we recovered a year ago.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after a win at Sporting and FC Porto losing at home to Braga gave Benfica a 7-point lead over FCP at the top.)


“I believe we can reach the Final.”
(Rui Borges, coach of 2nd-tier Académico de Viseu, after beating Canelas 2010 in the quarter-finals of the Taça de Portugal; they meet FC Porto in the semis ...)


“A dream dies here.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after Famalicão put them out of the Taça de Portugal.)


“I can go to Brazil, Russia or China, as long as they come to an agreement with the club’s president.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal, in demand.)


“Good performances are no good if you don’t get points.”
(Belenenses SAD coach Pedro Ribeiro after the 2-0 defeat at Gil Vicente; it was reported that he was about to get the sack after three straight defeats.)


(CMTV caption after Sporting beat Vitória de Setúbal 3-1. VFC had asked for the game to be postponed after most of the club’s players went down with the flu ahead of their game, but Sporting refused.)


“I have a team of shit.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Julio Velásquez after most of his players went down with the flu ahead of their home game against Sporting, who refused to postpone.)


“I wasn’t well for six months in Portugal; I lost part of my essence.”
(Former Benfica striker Raúl de Tomás, transferred to Spanish club Español.)


“I heard them talking about me in the changing room and went to the bathroom to cry.”
(Atlético Madrid forward João Félix on less-than-happy times at Benfica.)


“Being at FC Porto is worth nothing if it’s not accompanied, on a daily basis, by passion and determination.”
(FCP coach Sérgio Conceição.)





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