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Official FC Porto 2009/10 Summer Report (NOT transfers)

This marks the beginning of the pre-season for the back-to-back-to-back-to-back Portuguese champions.

Here are the squad numbers announced at the presentation game against Monaco:

1, Helton
2, Bruno Alves
3, Raul Meireles
4, Milan Stepanov
5, Nelson Benítez
6, Freddy Guarín
7, Fernando Belluschi
8, Diego Valeri
9, Radamel Falcao
10, Cristián Rodríguez
11, Mariano Gonzalez
12, Hulk
13, Jorge Fucile
14, Rolando
15, Alvaro Pereira
16, Maicon
17, Silvestre Varela
18, Nuno André Coelho
19, Ernesto Farías
20, Tomas Costa
21, Cristian Sapunaru
22, Miguel Lopes
24, Beto
25, Fernando
29, Orlando Sá
33, Nuno Espirito Santo

Belluschi takes the #7 that was vacant all of last season. Valeri gets Lucho's #8. Falcao gets Licha's #9.

The big one is Raul Meireles honouring Pedro Emanuel by changing to his #3. Great gesture.

A VENCER DESDE 1893

Oh lampião, levaste 5 no Dragão, nunca te esquecerás desta grande humilhação!

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We beat Tourizense 3-1 in our first warm-up game. Hulk was the start with 2 goals, and Mariano added another one. Lots of players were missing and haven't arrived yet as they had internationals to play.

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Second game of the pre-season going on right now.

We're up 1-0 at half-time on Leixoes. Dominated the first 45 minutes, and to no surprise, Hulk and Belluschi were the best players on the field. Belluschi with the goal, Hulk with the assist, and they're causing problems for Leixoes all over the field.

This was the starting XI:

Nuno
Fucile - Nuno Andre - Maicon - Cissokho
Fernando
Belluschi - T.Costa
Mariano - Hulk - Varela

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2-0 now. Raul Meireles in the 48th minute, smashes one home with the left foot. Bunch of subs came on at half time.

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Leixoes scored on a penalty after Tomas Costa hacked some dude down. Now Mariano just scored off a Raul Meireles pass.

3-1 for us in the closing minutes.

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3-1 final, same score as our first game. Looking good, especially Hulk, Belluschi, Raul Meireles, and Nuno Andre Coelho.

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Falcao and Valeri will both join up with the squad tomorrow.

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Saw the highlights and Hulk was the most impressive. His speed and strength was unmatched. Coleho did well, so Maicon's got some competition to be Rolando's partner for the upcoming season (if Bruno leaves).

Varela was a bit disappointing.

Cissokho is world class.
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Kick off against Monaco for the presentation game to the fans.

Belluschi got the #7, Valeri got the #8, and Falcao for Licha's #9. Falcao got the biggest ovation of all 10 new players. Raul Meireles took Pedro Emanuel's #3 in a great gesture to honour the now retired Porto legend.

Line-up:

Helton
Fucile - Rolando - Bruno Alves - Pereira
Fernando
Belluschi - Raul Meireles
Mariano - Hulk - Varela

Bench: Nuno, Maicon, Nuno Andre, Benitez, Guarin, Tomas Costa

Farias, Sapunaru, Miguel Lopes, and Orlando Sa are all injured. Beto not called. Valeri and Falcao just arrived so they won't play yet. Huge indicator of Bruno Alves maybe staying as last year, Quaresma did not play in this presentation to the fans game, meanwhile Bruno has started and is the captain. He got the biggest applause of all players.

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Belluschi with a ridiculous chip shot that beats the keeper but hits the post, then Mariano is 1 on 1 alone and is stopped by a beautiful left hand save.

We're all over them right now. Raul Meireles and again Belluschi just controlling the game. Hulk's yet to get into the action really.

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Just as I say that, Hulk has a free-kick stopped by the keeper for a corner kick.

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1-0 for us. Own goal, lol. Alvaro Pereira crosses it in after some nice build-up play in the midfield, and some Monaco defender lobs it into the corner of his net. Nice finish, to be honest!

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And there's the 2-0 now. Well deserved. Varela beats a couple of guys on the right, crosses it in and Mariano knocks it into the open net.

We're looking like a well oiled machine. Everything going through Raul Meireles and Belluschi in the midfield, using the wings well, and we're defending flawlessly. Fernando is covering everything in front of the back four.

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We've switched into our orange jerseys for the second half, Monaco switched to their white ones.

Official attendance for the game is 38,211.

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Subs for the 2nd half so far:

Helton off for Nuno, who's now the captain
Bruno off for Maicon
Fucile off for Tomas Costa
Raul Meireles off for Guarin

Benitez and Nuno Andre Coelho still to come in.

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Last two subs... Benitez and Nuno Andre for Mariano and Rolando.

Playing like this for the last 20 minutes:

Nuno
Tomas Costa - Nuno Andre - Maicon - Benitez
Belluschi - Guarin - Fernando - Pereira
Varela - Hulk

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Guarin smashes a free-kick home. 3-0.

We're cruising.

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3-0 Final. All business and we looked very good. We've scored 3 goals in each of our three games so far.

I can't wait to see Falcao, Valeri, and the injured Cebola integrate with this squad.

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Highlights from yesterday's ownage:



What an audacious lob by Belluschi at the beginning there. Our orange jerseys are pretty funky, but I won't be getting one. I'll get the blue and white.

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Porto will surely win the league after defeating Monaco in a pre season match.
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