SPORTING CLUBE DE Portugal are back on top for the first time since 2002, clinching their 19th league title with a 1-0 victory against Boavista. The fireworks were hitting the Lisbon night air from the start of the game – the … Continue reading This Sporting life suddenly looks grand in Lisbon
SEVENTY-NINE years ago, in Mozambique, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was born. It’s fashionable to liberally throw the word “legend” around, but very few footballers actually achieve that status in their lifetime, let alone when they pass from view and their … Continue reading Eusébio the great
WHEN Benfica hosted Glasgow Rangers in Lisbon on matchday three of the Europa League, it sounded like a game carved out of a distant, glorious past, twice-winners of the old European Cup against one of Britain’s greatest footballing names. If … Continue reading Benfica: Competing without the wealth of nations
BENFICA are to Portugal what Real Madrid and Juventus are to Spain and Italy. In other words, wherever you go in the country, fans of the club can be found, from Algarve villages to the biggest towns and cities. And … Continue reading Can Benfica ever join the elite?
THESE are troubled and uncertain times for Britain’s Jewish population. With accusations of anti-semitism aimed at the country’s biggest political party, the mere mention of which sends a shiver down the spine of anyone with knowledge of the Holocaust, there … Continue reading The Jewish influence is often overlooked
WITH Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in their autumn years and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a retirement tour, the football world is asking itself where is the royal line of succession? Kylian Mbappé is being touted as the greatest thing since … Continue reading Just how good is Atlético Madrid’s João Félix?