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23/05/20

“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.)

12/03/20

“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.)

08/03/20

“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.)

07/03/20

“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.)

06/03/20

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

05/03/20

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

04/03/20

“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.)

03/03/20

“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.)

02/03/20

“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.)

01/03/20

“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.)

29/02/20

“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.)

28/02/20

“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.)

27/02/20

“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.)

26/02/20

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

23/02/20

“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.)

22/02/20

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

21/02/20

“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.)

16/02/20

“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.)

15/02/20

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

14/02/20

“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.)

13/02/20

“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.)

12/02/20

“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.)

11/02/20

“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.)

09/02/20

“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.)

08/02/20

“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.)

07/02/20

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

04/02/20

“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.)

02/02/20

“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.)

01/02/20

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

31/01/20

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

29/01/20

“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.)

28/01/20

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

27/01/20

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

26/01/20

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

25/01/20

“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.)

22/01/20

“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.)

19/01/20

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

18/01/20

“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.)

17/01/20

“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.)

16/01/20

“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 ...)

15/01/20

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

14/01/20

“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.)

12/01/20

“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.)

11/01/20

“SPORTING DEFEAT SICK.”
(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.)

10/01/20

“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.)

09/01/20

“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.)

05/01/20

“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.)

02/01/20

“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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