João Pereira and the dillema of lungs versus brain

Paulo Bento, the Portuguese national coach, recently caused dismay in some quarters when he persisted with João Pereira as his first choice for the right back spot in the Selecção. The Lisbon native’s career has had too many ups and downs for all and sundry to accept his place, particularly with Sílvio and Bosingwa as […]

Sporting and the Lourinhã dream

It is surely a dream of many non-league supporters. To wake up one day and have their little-known team stuffed full of bright young prospects from one of the most acclaimed academies in the world. It might not happen often, or almost never. And I say almost, because it happened once. In Lourinhã, a small […]

Artur Pinheiro, o ginasta guarda-redes

Artur Pinheiro terá sido dos mais jovens guarda-redes a estrear-se na Primeira Divisão, decorria a época de 1951-52, num Salgueiros – Barreirense disputado na cidade do Porto. Mas a sua paixão pelo futebol começou bem mais cedo. Na “moderna vila industrial e operária” do Barreiro, no início dos anos 40, Artur Pinheiro era um dos […]