Benfica wins 5th Portuguese league title in 6 seasons

Sports 05/18/19, 15:07

Benfica has won its fifth Portuguese league title in six seasons after routing Santa Clara 4-1 on Saturday.Benfica lifted its 37th league trophy by finishing two points ahead of defending champion Porto, which defeated Sporting Lisbon 2-1.Benfica trailed Porto by seven points in January. It won four straight titles before ...

Casillas released from hospital, uncertain about future

Soccer 05/06/19, 10:10

A cheerful Iker Casillas was released from the hospital on Monday, five days after having a heart attack.The veteran Porto goalkeeper said he was thrilled with his recovery but didn't give any hints about whether he would keep playing professionally.The 37-year-old Casillas fell ill during a practice last Wednesday, was ...

Madrid sends ‘Stay strong’ message to former keeper Casillas

Soccer 05/05/19, 11:58

Real Madrid's players and fans took a moment before Sunday's 3-2 Spanish league win over Villarreal to send messages of support to former star goalkeeper Iker Casillas as he recovers from a heart attack.Players posed for a team photo wearing T-shirts that said in Spanish "Iker, we are all with ...

Doctor says too early to know if Casillas will keep playing

Soccer 05/02/19, 08:39

Iker Casillas is expected to fully recover from a heart attack but Porto's doctor says it's too early to know if the veteran goalkeeper will keep playing professionally.Casillas remained hospitalized on Thursday, a day after falling ill during a practice and undergoing a catheterization.Doctor Nelson Puga said the playing future ...

Casillas has heart attack but Porto says he is out of danger

Sports 05/01/19, 10:13

Porto says veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas has had a heart attack but is out of danger.The club says Casillas fell ill during a practice session on Wednesday. He remains hospitalized but the "heart condition has been resolved."The club says the 37-year-old Spaniard is "doing well" and is in stable condition.Porto ...

Liverpool beats Porto to return to Champions League semis

Soccer 04/17/19, 16:01

Liverpool returned to the semifinals of the Champions League after comfortably beating Porto 4-1 on Wednesday, with attacking trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino grabbing a goal each.Virgil van Dijk also scored for Liverpool, which advanced 6-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 at home.Porto started ...

Portuguese gas stations run dry amid truckers’ strike

Europe 04/17/19, 10:43

Gas stations across Portugal began to run dry Wednesday as a truckers' strike over pay and working conditions entered its second day.The ongoing walkout by some 800 truckers who transport hazardous materials prompted a rush to fill tanks has left hundreds of gas stations closed.Authorities have ordered the truckers to ...

Porto hopes veteran Casillas can lead team to a comeback

Soccer 04/16/19, 12:44

Porto didn't think twice when it saw an opportunity to bring in a veteran like Iker Casillas.The goalkeeper was gradually losing his starting place at Real Madrid, the team where he thrived for more than a decade, and Porto immediately grabbed the chance to lure him in to a new ...

Liverpool builds 2-0 lead over Porto in Champions League

Soccer 04/09/19, 15:56

Different round, same comfortable win. Porto must be sick of the sight of Liverpool in the Champions League.Liverpool built a 2-0 lead over Porto heading into the second leg of their quarterfinal thanks to first-half goals by Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino at Anfield on Tuesday.A year after beating Porto ...

Porto extends contract with Casillas for another season

Sports 03/20/19, 10:07

Porto says veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas will stay with the club for at least another season.The Portuguese club says Casillas' contract has been extended until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option for another one-year extension.The 37-year-old Spanish goalkeeper has been with Porto since signing from Real Madrid ...

Real Madrid signs young Brazilian defender Eder Militao

Sports 03/14/19, 06:40

Real Madrid has signed young Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Portuguese club Porto.Madrid says the 21-year-old player signed a contract until June 2025 and will join the squad next season.Militao had been playing with Porto since signing from Brazilian club Sao Paulo at the beginning of this season. He played ...

Porto beats Roma 3-1 to reach Champions League quarterfinals

Soccer 03/06/19, 17:49

Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Roma on Wednesday, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg.Telles converted the spot kick two minutes from time after Alessandro Florenzi had been penalized following a video review ...

FIFA fines Porto $50,000 for breaching transfer rules

Sports 02/19/19, 11:43

FIFA has fined Portuguese league leader Porto 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) for allowing an unnamed third party to influence the club's transfers.The governing body says its disciplinary committee determined that the entity was able to "influence on the club's independence" by entering into contracts.FIFA did not immediately respond to questions ...

Real Madrid enjoying winning run as Champions League returns

Soccer 02/10/19, 19:46

Three-time defending champion Real Madrid appears to have hit its stride again just in time for the return of the Champions League.The knockout stages begin Tuesday with Manchester United hosting Paris Saint-Germain and Porto going to Roma in the first leg of the round of 16 games.Madrid, confident after six ...

Special Once? Mourinho’s box-office career takes new twist

Sports 12/18/18, 10:28

He started off as a translator before becoming a self-styled "Special One," as close as it gets to being a guaranteed winner of titles. Now he's unemployed, with a philosophy seemingly unsuited to modern soccer.Jose Mourinho's firing by Manchester United on Tuesday is the latest chapter in a thrill-a-minute coaching ...

Porto wins 3-2 at Galatasaray to finish CL group unbeaten

Soccer 12/11/18, 15:02

FC Porto finished the Champions League group phase with an unbeaten record after earning a 3-2 victory at Galatasaray on Tuesday.Porto entered the match in Istanbul having already clinched first place in Group D, and will advance to the round-of-16 on a run of five consecutive victories.The Portuguese leaders got ...

England to play Netherlands in UEFA Nations League

Sports 12/03/18, 09:09

England will play the Netherlands and host Portugal will face Switzerland in the semifinals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.The Portuguese will play the Swiss on June 5 in the 50,000-seat stadium in Porto. The English will face the Dutch the next night in the 30,000-capacity venue in Guimaraes.The final ...

4 advance in Champions League, Liverpool risk early exit

Sports 11/28/18, 18:28

As four teams advanced to the Champions League knockout round Wednesday, last season's runner-up Liverpool edged closer to an early exit.A 2-1 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the night's marquee match was Liverpool's fifth straight away defeat in the competition, and sparked wild celebrations in Parc des Princes.Liverpool, whose only ...

Porto defeats Schalke 3-1 to win its Champions League group

Soccer 11/28/18, 17:06

Porto extended its winning streak by defeating Schalke 3-1 on Wednesday to secure first place in Group D of the Champions League.The Portuguese champions picked up their ninth straight win with goals by Eder Militao and Jesus Corona three minutes apart early in the second half at Estadio do Dragao. ...

Porto on verge of qualifying after beating Lokomotiv

Soccer 11/06/18, 18:02

Porto all but secured a spot in the Champions League knockout stages after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1 on Tuesday to end the Russian champion's qualifying hopes.After scoring at Lokomotiv last month, Hector Herrera and Moussa Marega both netted again to help put Porto on 10 points at the top of ...

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