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Monday, 26 May 2014 16:10

So who exactly is Julen Lopetegui?

A look at FC Porto’s new coach

julen-lopetegui-presentation.jpgPorto have made a habit of taking a gamble on their choice of head coach in recent years. Despite the spectacular success of José Mourinho and André Villas-Boas, many thought the abject failure of Paulo Fonseca would persuade president Pinto da Costa to go for an old head this time round.

None of it. Little-known Spaniard Julen Lopetegui has been handed the hot seat at the Estádio do Dragão. Spanish football expert David Cartlidge gives us his coaching background.
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 15:15

Julen Lopetegui appointed new Porto coach

“We’re going to get this club winning again”

julen-lopetegui-presentation.jpgFC Porto president Pinto da Costa today announced Spaniard Julen Lopetegui as the club’s new coach. The 47-year-old has signed a three-year contract and ex Porto striker Rui Barros will be one of his assistants.
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:20

Sevilla - the expert lowdown

An in-depth look at FC Porto's Europa League opponents

beto-sevilla-20140402.jpgIt may have been a hugely disappointing Liga campaign for Porto, but the Dragons are still very much alive in the cup competitions, including the Europa League. Spanish football expert David Cartlidge brings us the lowdown of La Liga outfit Sevilla.
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:29

Napoli - the expert lowdown

In-depth look at FC Porto's Europa League opponents

benitez-higuain-napoli.jpgLuís Castro will look to build on a positive start to his tenure as the new FC Porto head coach on Thursday. The Portuguese Champions go into the Europa League match against Napoli at the Estádio do Dragão on the back of a thumping 4-1 victory over Arouca. But Napoli are not Arouca. Italian football expert Jack Rathborn gives us the lowdown on the Italian outfit.
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Thursday, 06 March 2014 21:41

Paulo Fonseca: "I gave my all"

Coach axed by FC Porto, Luís Castro takes the reins

Porto.gifpaulo-fonseca-20131105.jpgWhat a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Paulo Fonseca's Paços de Ferreira were riding high in 3rd place in the table. The then 40-year-old coach was in the midst of masterfully guiding the Castores to their greatest ever season. Yesterday Fonseca was sacked by FC Porto after singularly failing to meet the different level of demands required of the leader of the Portuguese champions.
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