Arsenal have been dealt a massive blow in their chase for Jackson Martinez, and a striker in general, after it was revealed that the Colombian hitman will sign a contract extension at Porto. The 27 year old, according the Mirror, is set to sign a shiny new contract at Porto to end the interest of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Time is running out for Wenger to make a move for a new striker and any new players, so the Arsenal boss will be disappointed to have missed out on this potential signing. Especially as Arsenal could’ve have exploited the players £34 million release clause that is rumoured to be in his contract.
According the players agent, Luis Manuel Manso, his client will be discussing a contract renewal next week and there is already an agreement in place which should speed things along. “It is okay, I will travel to Porto… Continue reading →
Arsenal will begin a battle with Zenit St Petersburg for Benfica star, Rodrigo, who has been put up for sale by the Portuguese club as an attempt to raise funds. Any potential transfer fee is said to be in the region of £25 million or above as Rodrigo has a prestigious past, having come through the Real Madrid youth system, and is looking more and more like a world class striker with every passing game.
It was revealed, earlier in the window, that Rodrigo was set to sign for Zenit but the striker himself stalled the move to Russia. As a result, Arsene Wenger has spotted an opening and has taken full advantage as the 22 year old is now considering a move to the Gunners.
However, the only potential stumbling block in this deal is the fact that Arsenal want him on loan with a view to buy but… Continue reading →
Portugal and Benfica legend Eusébio da Silva Ferreira has died this Sunday at the age of 71.
Eusébio’s health condition had started deteriorating in June 2012, after suffering a stroke in Poland. He had received medical assistance twice at the Hospital da Luz after that occasion but never made a full recovery.
Eusébio was born the 25th of January 1942 in Mozambique and started playing professional football in 1959, in Maxaquene. He moved to Lisbon in 1960 and spent the following 15 years of his carreer wearing the red jersey of Benfica, where he won one European Cup (1961/62), 11 national Leagues and five Portuguese Cups.
In 1975, Eusébio crossed the Atlantic to play in the Major League Soccer (formerly known as North American Soccer League). There, he won the last trophy of his… Continue reading →
The year is almost over but the League Cup is only starting for some of the Portuguese top teams. Yesterday, Benfica made their first appearance in a competition they have won for four times over the last five seasons and Nacional ended up beaten once again by the Lisbon side.
The match was balanced, with Benfica displaying more determination during the first half and being rewarded with an own goal by Nacional’s defender Edson Mexer. Nicolás Gaitán worked a curling cross from the right and Mexer deflected the ball into his own net when attempting to head it clear of danger.
The second half revealed a more daring Nacional team, eager to find the way to Jan Oblak’s net but Benfica’s keeper kept his side ahead with a remarkable save with half an hour… Continue reading →
With the Portuguese League on hold until mid-January, the League Cup became the center of football fans’ attention during the weekend. And for a good reason, too: Sporting Lisbon and FC Porto met last night at Alvalade, in Lisbon, and the current form of both teams was raising all expectations for the match.
The outcome, though, was not as glamorous as most guesses predicted. Despite being a competitive match, with good chances for both sides, the goalless draw persisted and Lions and Dragons shared the spoils. The result was the same as in the opening game of the group, between Marítimo and Penafiel, which took place Sunday afternoon.
In group C, trophy holders Braga secured an important win by 2-1 at Estoril and will now wait at the top of the table for the clash between Belenenses and… Continue reading →