quotes - 2020



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“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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