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Official FC Porto 2007/08 Domestic Thread(League, Cups)

Well, the time is upon us again. Time to go for three straight championships. Many squad changes but we have looked good in pre-season with 7 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss. Of course, it's just pre-season so we can take it with a grain of salt but it seems the team is coming together well.

This Saturday we face the 2nd place team from last year and Portuguese Cup champions, Sporting, for the Supertaca.



Saturday, August 11, 2007
21:00

Let's start the season off with a bang!
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post #2 of 446 (permalink) Old August 8th, 2007, 17:33 Thread Starter
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Lucho is working hard in training to get caught up to speed so he can start on Saturday against Sporting.

Many reports indiciate Jesualdo will go with a starting XI featuring none of the new signings as he wants the chemistry to be at a high for this game.

Helton
Bosingwa - Pedro Emanuel - Bruno Alves - Fucile
Paulo Assuncao
Lucho Gonzalez - Raul Meireles
Lisandro Lopez - Adriano - Ricardo Quaresma

That will most likely be the line-up provided nobody gets hurt and Lucho is up to par physically and tactically.

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with a few of our key players leaving in the off-season and still some rumours about Quaresma and Lucho, a win against Sporting will give us a massive boost for the new season. Sporting have also lost Caneira and Nani, so they're probably in the same boat as us. time for Bruno Alves, Meireless, Lisandro and Assuncao to really establish themselves.

very important match.
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pun, you've forgotten one of the main reasons Sporting came so close to us and that is Ricardo. Stojkovic is a good keeper and I admit I don't know enough about him to go in-depth, but Ricardo was the best keeper in our league and I can't help but feel they've downgraded there.

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By the way, here are the squad numbers for this season. Helder Postiga is not registered which is a clear indication his sale is being negotiated. Tarik makes the team after a fantastic pre-season, and the most curious part... the #10 jersey left open. Now, there are strong rumours we are close to capturing Carlos Eduardo from Gremio, an extremely highly ranked youngster, even moreso than Leandro Lima. He would likely get the #10.

Here they are:

1 Helton
2 Bruno Alves
3 Pedro Emanuel
4 Milan Stepanov
5 Marek Cech
6 Paulo Assunção
7 Ricardo Quaresma
8 Lucho Gonzalez
9 Lisandro Lopez
11 Mariano Gonzalez
12 Bosingwa
13 Jorge Fucile
14 Joao Paulo
15 Lino
16 Raul Meireles
17 Tarik Sektioui
18 Mario Bolatti
19 Ernesto Farias
20 Leandro Lima
21 Luis Aguiar
24 Hugo Ventura
25 Przemyslaw Kazmierczak
26 Andre Castro
28 Adriano
29 Edgar
30 Rui Pedro
33 Nuno Espirito Santo

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Jesualdo has decided Lucho is not in form yet and has not included him in the team selection. The big absentee is Stepanov. I have no idea why Jesualdo did not include him.

Goalkeepers: Helton, Nuno

Defenders: Bosingwa, Bruno Alves, Marek Cech, Fucile, Joao Paulo, Pedro Emanuel

Midfielders: Bolatti, Kazmierczak, Leandro Lima, Paulo Assuncao, Raul Meireles

Forwards: Adriano, Edgar, Lisandro Lopez, Mariano Gonzalez, Quaresma, Tarik

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pun, you've forgotten one of the main reasons Sporting came so close to us and that is Ricardo. Stojkovic is a good keeper and I admit I don't know enough about him to go in-depth, but Ricardo was the best keeper in our league and I can't help but feel they've downgraded there.
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What's so amusing, Filipe? I did not insult or give any unfair opinion. I voted for Ricardo as best keeper in our league in the votes we did. He's a great keeper in my mind. It remains to be seen what Stojkovic does in Portuguese football. For now you would have to give the nod to the guy who perennially owned his position in our league.

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What's so amusing, Filipe? I did not insult or give any unfair opinion. I voted for Ricardo as best keeper in our league in the votes we did. He's a great keeper in my mind. It remains to be seen what Stojkovic does in Portuguese football. For now you would have to give the nod to the guy who perennially owned his position in our league.
All this because of a simple laughter? Chill out man...I know you're nervous about tomorrow and plus Real keeps playing crap but you don't need to get so edgy.

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That's not edgy, I'm curious to know why you laughed. I also want to know why you would always praise Ricardo but are now saying Stojkovic is a better keeper and better for Sporting. That's a total joke and a slap in the face to somebody who helped your team get a massive accomplishment of 2nd place behind Futebol Clube do Porto.

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That's not edgy, I'm curious to know why you laughed. I also want to know why you would always praise Ricardo but are now saying Stojkovic is a better keeper and better for Sporting. That's a total joke and a slap in the face to somebody who helped your team get a massive accomplishment of 2nd place behind Futebol Clube do Porto.
You know how much I like Ricardo but I am not blind. I can remember the great saves he did while playing for us but I can also remember the flops that kept us out of the CL and gave the title to Benfica.

Being 2nd behind your gang is only a big accomplishment when looking at the budgets available for both teams to spend because in terms of class your boys still need to eat a lot of francesinhas to reach the heels of the mighty Lions.

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Did any of you guys figure out why Stepanov was left out of the squad for the Portuguese Super Cup match vs Sporting. Perhaps he got into an argument with the coach?
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Did any of you guys figure out why Stepanov was left out of the squad for the Portuguese Super Cup match vs Sporting. Perhaps he got into an argument with the coach?
The manager clarified that today and said he felt Shanghai wasn't really the best of opponents and didn't think Stepanov was ready yet. I personally disagree as he's no doubt a huge improvement on Pedro Emanuel while Joao Paulo is pretty good. We'll see what develops of this but I'm sure he'll be in the squad when the season starts against Braga.

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The manager clarified that today and said he felt Shanghai wasn't really the best of opponents and didn't think Stepanov was ready yet. I personally disagree as he's no doubt a huge improvement on Pedro Emanuel while Joao Paulo is pretty good. We'll see what develops of this but I'm sure he'll be in the squad when the season starts against Braga.
Thanks for the info. I guess the coach just thinks he's not match fit yet. It would be a shame if this is a sign of bad things to come becuase I and alot of other Serbian soccer fans have high expectations for Stepanov.
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So with Lucho's absence, Jesualdo has chosen the giant Kazmierczak in our midfield, and Pedro Emanuel will start, along with the usual other nine starters.

This will be our line-up according to OJogo:

Helton
Bosingwa - Pedro Emanuel(c) - Bruno Alves - Fucile
Paulo Assuncao
Raul Meireles - Kazmierczak
Lisandro Lopez - Adriano - Ricardo Quaresma

Subs: Nuno, Joao Paulo, Marek Cech, Mario Bolatti, Leandro Lima, Mariano Gonzalez, Edgar

I would have liked to seen Leandro Lima or Bolatti start instead of Kaz but Jesualdo has chosen to go with the more physical presence in the midfield. I also would have preferred Joao Paulo instead of Pedro Emanuel who I don't think is fully match fit yet after missing a full year of action.

None the less, I think we can win this game and will do just that and win our 16th Candido de Oliveira Super Cup.

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OJogo was wrong and it will be Marek Cech playing in the midfield instead of Kaz.

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0-0 at half-time.

We've had more of the ball in possession, more shots on goal, and have hit two posts so far, both from Quaresma. Unfortunate to be 0-0. Pedro Emanuel and Paulo Assuncao have yellow cards as well.

I hope to see Leandro Lima in the second half!

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Well, luck wasn't on our side today.

Despite hitting 3 posts(2 from Quaresma and 1 from Kaz), we couldn't score and Sporting won 1-0 off a magnificent shot from Izmailov. Congrats to them and let's hope the ball starts going on the right side of the post for us very soon.

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I really think playing Cech in midfield was a bad decision, good performance and unlucky. Congrats to Sporting. Also we really need a true stiker, I'm sick of below par Adriano all the time.
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risin up back on the field, we r just a group n our will to survive..risin up the challange for our respect!..we have a dream! NWO MOTHER****AS!!
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