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Everything you ever wanted to know about Porto

Portuguese League champions 19 times:
(1935, 1939, 1940, 1956, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003)
Portuguese Cup winners 15 times: (1922, 1925, 1932, 1937, 1956, 1958, 1968, 1977, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001).
Portuguese Super Cup winners 12 times: (1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001).
European Champions Cup winners:1987.
European Super Cup winners:1987.
World Club Cup winners:1987.
  • In addition to their 19 official Portuguese league titles, a competition dating back to 1935, Porto also won the unofficial Campeonato de Portugal four times (1922, 1925, 1932, 1937) when that tournament was contested between 1922 and 1938.
  • Futebol Clube do Porto was founded in 1893.
  • It is one of the oldest and historically one of the most successful clubs in Portugal, with the two major Lisbon clubs.
  • Sporting, Os Leões (The Lions), have won 18 Portuguese league titles, but 17 Portuguese Cups too for a total of 35 major domestic trophies, compared to Porto¿s 34.
  • Benfica, As Aguias (The Eagles) lead the way with 30 league titles and 26 cup wins for a total of 56 major domestic trophies, but they have not won the league since 1994 and not even the cup since 1996.
  • In the last two seasons, Benfica have finished 6th and 4th respectively, thereby failing to qualify for Europe for the first times in club history.
  • Sporting and Benfica have more support at home and worldwide than Porto, but the northern Portuguese club of course holds dominion in that area of the country.
  • These big three clubs are sometimes referred to as the Santa Trindade ¿ Holy Trinity.
  • Porto were the first ever champions of Portugal and have won the Portuguese league and cup ¿double¿ three times, in 1956, 1988 and most recently in 1998.
  • They are also the only Portuguese club to have won the World Club Cup, beating Peñarol of Uruguay 2-1 after extra time in 1987.
  • In the 1990s, Porto were the dominant force in Portuguese football.
  • They won the Portuguese league crown eight times in that decade, denied only by Benfica in 1991 and 1994, and for five consecutive seasons between 1995 and 1999, an unprecedented feat in Portuguese football, called a Penta.
  • Sporting won a Tetra of four straight league championships between 1951 and 1954, but no-one had ever won five in a row before.
  • Under coach Bobby Robson, Porto at one point went undefeated for 53 league games on their way to the 1996 league title.
  • A lot of that Porto success in the last decade was down to one man, Brazilian striker Mário Jardel.
  • He was top scorer in the Portuguese league for four seasons between 1997 and 2000, with 30, 26, 36 and then 38 league goals respectively, when the next best Porto players had just 6 league goals.
  • Jardel left for Galatasaray in the summer of 2000, however, in a $14.5m transfer, going on to play for Benfica and then Sporting, for whom he scored 42 league goals last season in their double-winning campaign to win the European Golden Boot.
  • Jardel¿s record with Porto was an astonishing 130 goals in 125 league games.
  • After the turn of the century, however, Porto struggled to make such an impact on Portuguese football.
  • In 2000, they were deposed by Sporting, finishing second, four points behind, but did gain revenge by beating the Lisbon club in the cup final, 2-0 in a replay after the initial match had finished 1-1.
  • 2001 saw a similar story, with Porto finishing second in the league, a point behind city rivals Boavista, but gaining some consolation by defeating Marítimo from the island of Madeira in the cup final, after eliminating Sporting in the semifinals.
  • That triumph for Boavista (Os Axadrezados, the Chequers) was remarkable in that it was their first ever league crown, and they became the first club from outside Portugal¿s big three clubs to win the championship since Belenenses (also of Lisbon) in 1946.
  • Last season, Porto failed to pick up a single trophy for the first time in 13 years (since 1989).
  • Even worse, they finished third, seven points behind behind Jardel and double-winners Sporting (who beat 2nd Division Leixões in the cup final) and two adrift of second placed Boavista.
  • Porto had not finished as low as 3rd for 20 years, since 1982.
  • 1976 was the last time they finished 4th.
  • This year, however, under coach José Mourinho, Porto have had one of the best seasons in club history.
  • A 19th Portuguese league title (one more than Sporting) is already in the bag.
  • A fourth league and cup double should follow at Lisboa¿s Estádio Nacional on 15 June when Porto contest the final of the Taça de Portugal against José Mourinho¿s former club União Leiria (currently 6th in the SuperLiga).
  • Porto have also advanced to the UEFA Cup Final for the first time in club history and can equal Benfica¿s tally of two major European trophies by winning today.
  • The Treble is therefore on.
  • The Porto club president is Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, a 75-year-old businessman who has been in charge of the club for over 20 years now (since 17 April 1982) and has presided over an unprecedented period of success in the club¿s history.
  • Pinto da Costa was involved in a scandal in 1997, however, when it was alleged that he had bribed a Romanian referee before a European Cup game against Aberdeen in the 1980s.
    Stadium Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal
  • A 48,000 capacity stadium that will be one of the major venues for the 2004 European Championships, hosting the opening match on 12 June.
  • It will go under a different name, however ¿ the Estádio do Dragão (Dragon Stadium, after Porto¿s symbol, also on the city¿s coat of arms).
  • This name change was announced by the club¿s board just last Thursday 15 May.
  • The new ¿100m Estádio do Dragão, with room for 52,000, should be completed by September and officially opened in October, following construction delays caused by political infighting over the funding of the renovation project and labour disputes.
  • On 29 March, Porto¿s stadium also hosted Luiz Felipe Scolari¿s first home game as the coach of the Portuguese national team.
  • Portugal beat Felipão¿s former charges Brasil 2-1 in that match with Porto¿s Deco scoring the winning goal on his international debut since acquiring Portuguese citizenship, against his former compatriots.
  • Porto used to play at the Campo de Constitucião before moving to the Estádio das Antas, which once held over 75,000, in the 1950s.
  • Please note that the name of the city is Porto, not Oporto.
  • This common error is due to English ignorance of the Portuguese language; ¿O¿, of course, is the masculine form of ¿The¿.
  • The city of Porto gained its notoriety largely through the English companies whose huge port (the drink, porto) warehouses are still a major feature on the tourist map.
  • It is known as a more working class city than the capital Lisbon, which has a reputation for hedonism.
  • Paços Ferreira and Salgueiros are the smaller clubs most prominent in Porto.
  • Blue and White
  • These are also the traditional colours of the Portuguese monarchy.
  • Porto¿s nickname is Os Dragões ¿ The Dragons.
  • They are also known as the azuis e brancos, after the club colours.
    Porto in Europe
  • Porto¿s greatest ever triumph came on 27 May 1987, when they came from behind to beat Bayern München 2-1 in the final of the European Cup in the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna, Austria.
  • Madjer and Juary were the Porto goalscorers in that match for coach Artur Jorge, after Kogl had given the Germans the lead.
  • Porto then beat Ajax 2-0 on aggregate to win the Super Cup in 1987.
  • Porto also reached the final of the European Cup Winners¿ Cup in 1984, but lost 2-1 to Juventus in Basel in that match.
  • This is Porto¿s 41st season in European club competition.
  • Bearing in mind that the European Cup started in 1956, that means that they have only been absent from the continental stage on seven occasions.
  • This is Porto¿s 16th UEFA Cup campaign but they have never reached this far before.
  • In fact, Porto¿s first UEFA Cup quarterfinal came as recently as two seasons ago, when they eliminated Partizan Belgrade, Wisla Kraków, Espanyol and Nantes before losing 2-0 on aggregate to eventual winners Liverpool.
  • They had dropped down into the UEFA Cup in 2000-01 after a shock loss to Anderlecht (1-0, Jan Koller the scorer) in the 3rd qualifying round for the Champions League.
  • The last Portuguese team to reach the UEFA Cup semifinals before this season was Sporting in 1991 (losing to Inter Milan).
  • This year, however, both Boavista and Porto made it, so Portuguese football is undoubtedly on the rise again in Europe.
  • The last time Portugal had two European semifinalists in the same season was in 1994, when Porto reached the Champions Cup semifinals and Benfica the last four of the Cup Winners¿ Cup, both losing.
  • No Portuguese team has even won the UEFA Cup, with only Benfica reaching the final, 20 years ago, in 1983, losing 2-1 on aggregate to Belgium¿s Anderlecht.
  • Besides, Porto, the only other Portuguese clubs to have won European club trophies are Sporting (Cup Winners¿ Cup in 1964) and Benfica (back-to back European Champions Cup wins in 1961 and 1962).
  • Sporting and Leixões were the other Portuguese clubs in the UEFA Cup this season, the latter having been beaten by Inter Milan in a Champions League qualifier.
  • Both crashed out in the 1st Round, however, to Partizan Belgrade (6-4 on aggregate) and PAOK Salonika (5-3) respectively.
  • Porto have been regular participants in the European Cup and its modern incarnation as the Champions League ¿ 17 times in total.
  • 1994 was their best recent effort in that competition, when Porto reached the semifinals before losing 3-0 to Barcelona.
  • In 1997, they reached the Champions League quarterfinals, but were beaten 4-0 by Man Utd at Old Trafford and could only draw their home leg 0-0.
  • In 1998 and 1999, Porto were eliminated at the first group stage of the Champions League.
  • In 2000, they again made it to the last eight, getting past two group stages before losing 3-2 on aggregate to Bayern München, who thereby got revenge for their 1987 European Cup Final defeat.
  • Jardel was joint top scorer in the Champions League that season with 10 goals.
  • Last season, Porto again advanced to the second group stage of the Champions League, finishing behind Juventus but ahead of Celtic and Rosenborg in the first phase.
  • They finished bottom of their group in the second phase, however, behind Real Madrid, Panathinaikos and Sparta Prague, with Boavista also exiting the competition at that juncture.
  • This season is only the third time in the last 11 years that Porto are playing outside the Champions League.
    Porto's results in the Portuguese SuperLiga
  • October, at which time they had drawn three of their first eight league games this season, Porto have been utterly dominant in the Portuguese SuperLiga.
  • On 4 May, with four rounds of games left to play, the inevitable happened, when Porto claimed their 19th Portuguese league championship, and first since 1999, with a 5-0 home win against Santa Clara.
  • That victory put them 14 points ahead of nearest challengers Benfica.
  • The gap is now 13 points (and 23 clear of defending champions Sporting in third place), following only a second defeat of the league campaign, 1-0 in a derby at Paços Ferreira on 11 May.
  • The decisive victory in what was left in the race for the title came on 4 March, when a 36th minute Deco goal saw Porto beat Benfica 1-0 at the Estádio da Luz.
  • That put José Mourinho¿s side 13 points clear, when defeat would have cut the gap to 7 points.
  • Porto¿s previous defeat came on 15 February, 2-1 at Marítimo.
  • That was their first loss domestic competition this season, an amazing streak that featured 13 consecutive league victories at one point.
  • They had won 7 of 8 SuperLiga games, and 11 of 15 matches in all competitions, with 3 draws and a UEFA Cup quarterfinal first leg defeat to Panathinaikos, since the loss in Madeira, before the defeat to Paços Ferreira (when Porto played with an under-strength team).
  • Porto again rested key players against Varzim on Saturday, but won 3-2 on this occasion.
  • Porto have the best attack and defence in the SuperLiga this season.
  • They have won 15 of their 16 league games at the Estádio das Antas this season
  • The only time they failed to win was on the opening day of the campaign, 25 August 2002, when Belenenses held them to a 2-2 draw.
  • 11 wins from 16 league games on the road isn¿t bad either.
  • In the Portuguese Cup (Taça de Portugal) this season, Porto beat Trofense, Gil Vicente, Vitória Guimarães and Varzim (7-0) to get to the semifinals, then disposed of 2nd Division Associação Naval (who had shocked Sporting in the quarterfinals), 2-0 with goals from Derlei and Deco.
  • That Deco goal was the 100th Porto had scored this season; they have now taken their tally to 111 in 49 games in all competitions.
  • They had won just 1 of their last 4 games, however, failing to score in two of those matches, including the second leg of the UEFA Cup semifinal at Lazio, before beating Varzim at the weekend.
    Porto's results in the UEFA Cup
  • Porto have got past Polish, Austrian, French, Turkish, Greek and Italian opposition to get to their first ever UEFA Cup Final, usually getting the job done in the first leg and then coasting through the return.
  • Denizlispor had actually held Porto to 0-0 at half-time in Portugal in the 4th Round before conceding six second-half goals.
  • The quarterfinal victory was the most remarkable, with the SuperLiga leaders having been beaten by an Emmanuel Olisadebe goal for Panathinaikos at the Estádio das Antas.
  • Porto then took the Greens to extra time in Athens before Derlei¿s 103rd minute goal inflicted on them a first European defeat at the Apostolis Nikolaidis stadium since returning there in 2001.
  • The home loss to Panathinaikos was Porto¿s first in European play this season, having scored 21 goals to just 2 in reply in winning their other five UEFA Cup games at the Estádio das Antas this year.
  • Denizlispor¿s Roman Kratochvil was the only player to have scored at Porto¿s ground in Europe this season before Claudio López put Lazio into a lead that would not last long.
  • Porto have not been so impressive on the road in Europe this season, however, with just 2 wins in 6 away UEFA Cup games, 2 losses, only 5 goals scored and 5 conceded.
    UEFA Cup disciplinary situation
  • Porto have had 1 red card and 18 yellow cards in 12 UEFA Cup games this season.
  • Unfortunately, the red card came in the second leg of the semifinal against Lazio, with Hélder Postiga, along with the opposition¿s César, sent off shortly before halftime by French referee Gilles Veissière
  • The decision was harsh to say the least, but the young striker is ruled out of today¿s final as a result.
  • Porto¿s European bookings this season have been distributed between Paulo Ferreira (3), Deco, Tiago, Jorge Costa and Costinha (all 2) plus Vítor Baía, Pedro Emanuel, Nuno Valente, Mário Silva, Maniche, Edgaras Jankauskas and Dimitri Alenitchev (all 1).
    About Porto coach José Mourinho
    Born: 26 January 1963, in Setúbal
    Age: 40
  • Young coach, full name José Mário Santos Mourinho Félix, known as Zé to his friends, who has made a stunning impact in his first full season in charge at the Estádio das Antas.
  • José Mourinho has Porto cruising towards a first Portuguese league title in four years, a third Portuguese Cup in the last four years, and into the UEFA Cup Final for the first time in club history.
  • His career in coaching had never really taken off before this job at Porto.
  • For six years from 1992-98, José Mourinho served as assistant to (Sir) Bobby Robson, now manager of Newcastle, first at Sporting, then at Porto and Barcelona.
  • Robson took over from Tomislav Ivic as Porto coach during the 1993-94 season, winning the Taça de Portugal in his first season, then back to back Portuguese league titles in 1995 and 1996.
  • António Oliveira then took over at Porto, with the Robson/José Mourinho team going on to win the Copa del Rey and European Cup Winners¿ Cup with Barcelona in 1997, then the Spanish league title in 1998 (by which time the elder man was Director of Football, rather than coach).
  • Louis van Gaal had instead become coach at Camp Nou, and José Mourinho stayed on as his assistant.
  • His first job as a head coach was very brief, being hired and fired by Benfica after three months of the 2000-01 season, in December 2000.
  • Chastened by that experience, José Mourinho instead took refuge at a smaller club, União Leiria, in the summer of 2001.
  • He had them up to third place in the table before Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa came calling on 23 January 2002.
  • It had been thought that José Mourinho would return to Benfica, but the Eagles, who had just fired António Oliveira, gave that job (briefly) to Toni¿s assistant Jesualdo Ferreira instead.
  • Jesualdo Ferreira was replaced at Benfica by former Spain national team coach José Antonio Camacho midway through this season.
  • Last season, José Mourinho got Porto qualified for Europe and he has built on that this season with a league title and possibly two cups to follow.
  • His initial contract runs until 2005, but may well soon be renewed.
  • The last Porto coach to have any success was Fernando Santos.
  • Also successful at a smaller club, Estrela Amadora, he replaced António Oliveira in the summer of 1998 and led Porto to an historic 5th straight league title in his first season in charge, and to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
  • In the next two seasons, however, Porto could only finished second (to Sporting and then Boavista), even if they did win the Portuguese Cup both years (2000 and 2001).
  • Fernando Santos resigned from Porto in June 2001 after their 2-0 Cup Final win over Marítimo, and then coached in Greece with AEK Athens and Panathinaikos.
  • Porto¿s new coach for the 2001-02 season was Octávio Machado, assistant coach to Artur Jorge when the club won the European Cup in 1987, but he managed just half a season before being sacked, with his team languishing in fifth place in the league, their worst position for 26 years.
  • José Mourinho achieved little in his playing career, with Belenenses and Rio Ave.
  • Coaching clearly suits him though, even if he has been called ¿cold and distant, meticulous and demanding¿.
  • It was in his blood even as a teenager, when he used to analyse teams¿ different playing styles.
  • The formation he favours is an attacking 4-3-3, with Deco in the pivotal creative role, backed by two midfield ball-winners. They have switched to a 4-4-2 shape in recent months though.
  • Organisation and hard work are the key to Porto¿s strength under José Mourinho, and they also have a habit of coming on strong late in matches.
  • The coach¿s own commitment to the cause was demonstrated when he was sent to the stands for over-vigorous protests during the first leg of the UEFA Cup semifinal against Lazio, leading to a one-game touchline ban.
  • José Mourinho is feeling confident about this final, however: ¿Every time I¿ve been to Seville (Sevilha in Portuguese), I¿ve never lost a match. I think it will be a fantastic game full of goals¿.
  • Assistant coach at Porto is Aloísio, 39 [born 16 August 1963], from Pelotas just outside beautiful Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil.
  • Aloísio was a central defender with Internacional back home, then played for Barcelona in Spain for two seasons (1988-90), then Porto for over a decade before retiring from the game in the summer of 2001.
  • The other assistants are Baltemar Brito, 52 [born 9. Jan. 1951 in Recife, Brasil], who was José Mourinho¿s assistant at União Leiria, and ex-Porto player António Santos, 45 [born 24 Dec. 1957].
  • Setúbal native and another former Porto player Silvino, 44 [born 5 Mar. 1959], is the goalkeeping coach.
    Team news/injuries/suspensions
    Edgararas Jankauskas, recently recovered from a minor injury (as has Nuno Valente), is favourite to replace the suspended Hélder Postiga. That will leave Clayton and César Peixoto to dispute a place on the bench as back-up striker, with the Brazilian¿s two goals the last time Porto played Celtic likely to get him the vote. The main injury concern is Costinha, who suffered a thigh strain at Paços Ferreira on 11 May, but he has been in training and should start. José Mourinho has been resting key players such as Deco, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Dimitri Alenitchev and Derlei in recent league games, so the team should be fresh going into today¿s match.

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