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“It was a spur of the moment thing. Ronaldo laughed, it was a joke. It showed the warmth and spirit of friendship we have in the squad.”

João Palhinha Portugal midfielder on his "Ronaldo" celebration after scoring for Portugal against Luxembourg 12/10/21

“Matheus Nunes has been knocking on the door of the Seleção for some time, and now that door has opened.”

Fernando Santos Portugal coach gives the Sporting midfielder his debut call-up for the Seleção 30/09/21

“It was almost perfect. The team were superb both defending and attacking.”

Jorge Jesus Benfica coach, after 3-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League 29/09/21

“My players gave a truly fantastic performance tactically today. I am very proud to be working with such a group.”

Vítor Pereira Fenerbahce's Portuguese coach happy after his team go top in Turkey 26/09/21

“It’s very cold so I’m still trying to adapt! I think one more week and I will be fine! But talking seriously, the team is really good. We are building something good here and we will deliver the results.”

Jota Celtic’s Portuguese forward speaking after scoring his first goal for the Scottish club 23/09/21

“It’s the most beautiful goal of my life. I think you can score a goal like that just one time in your life.”

Rafaël Guerreiro Borussia Dortmund and Portugal left-back after his spectacular strike against Union Berlin 19/09/21

“Congratulations to Ajax; they were better than us. We have to learn from this defeat, especially the coach. We have to look at the match and understand what went wrong.”

Rúben Amorim Sporting coach after his team's thumping home defeat in their opening Champions League match 15/09/21

“Varane and Sancho sung, and I sung 18 years ago so last night I didn’t sing, but I gave a little speech to thank them for welcoming me and telling them we have fantastic potential to build confidence and be where Manchester deserves: step by step we have to win the Premier League.”

Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 describes his "second" initiation after returning to Manchester United 12/09/21

“We were a very consistent team at all times and played an excellent game, but there are a lot of things we must improve on.”

Fernando Santos Portugal coach after victory against Azerbaijan 07/09/21

“The Euro didn’t work out as we wanted, but there were positives. We have to rectify some things and maintain what we did well.”

Fernando Santos Portugal coach, ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Azerbaijan 26/08/21

“It was tough, but over the two games we were the better team.”

Jorge Jesus Benfica coach after beating PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League playoff 24/08/21

“We have not won the tie, but it is a historic victory.”

Jorge Simão Paços de Ferreira coach after victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa Conference League 20/08/21

“Benfica played a great game, better than I was thinking for this stage of the season. The team was very good, both attacking and defending.”

Jorge Jesus Benfica coach after 2-0 victory against Spartak Moscow in Russia in Champions League qualification 04/08/21

“Although it was only a one-goal difference, it was a far more convincing victory than any of our three wins over Braga last season.”

Rúben Amorim Sporting coach after victory in the Super Cup against Braga 31/07/21

“I am very happy to continue this adventure with LOSC. A big thank you to everyone, I will continue to give my all for Lille.”

José Fonte Portugal centre-back and Lille captain, after a signing contract extension with the French club 16/07/21

“I arrive here raring to go, full of determination and wanting to give 200% of myself at all times for the club.”

João Mário Former Portugal international after his switch from Sporting to Lisbon rivals Benfica 13/07/21

“There are players crying in the changing room. They gave it everything. Belgium had 6 shots, we had 29. But a defeat is a defeat. They scored a goal, we didn’t.”

Fernando Santos Portugal coach after defeat to Belgium knocks the Seleção out of Euro 2020 27/06/21

“The game against Germany served as a lesson.”

João Palhinha Portugal midfielder highlights the factor behind the huge improvement by Portugal in their final Euro 2020 Group F match against France 24/06/21

“We have learned from our mistakes. If it’s a Portugal-Germany final, Portugal will win.”

Fernando Santos Portugal coach confident his team can bounce back from the heavy group stage defeat against Gemany at Euro 2020 20/06/21

“The responsibility is all mine.”

Fernando Santos Portugal admits he got it wrong after 4-2 defeat against Gemany at Euro 2020 19/06/21

“We have to keep our feet on the ground and play even better (than against Hungary) to win this game.”

Rúben Dias Portugal centre-back ahead to the Group F match against Gemany 18/06/21

“Was the goal a relief? Yes, a big relief! It was a decisive goal, with a touch of luck, but I’m very happy to have scored and that afterwards we got two more goals.”

Raphaël Guerreiro Seleção left-back and scorer of the Portugal's first goal at Euro 2020 15/06/21

“I will go into Euro 2020 like it was my first European Championship. I feel as motivated, if not more, than in 2004.”

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal captain raring to go ahead to Euro 2020 10/06/21

“Since I became Portugal manager my thinking is that we go into every tournament to win it. I’m taking a suitcase for one month, and tobacco too!”

Fernando Santos Portugal coach looks ahead to Euro 2020  07/06/21

“I’m a Sporting player and I’m going to continue to be.”

Nuno Mendes Sporting and Portugal left-back dismisses intense transfer speculation linking him with a big-money move away from Alvalade 31/05/21

“I’m motivated and confident after the season I had.

André Silva Portugal striker looking forward to the European Championship 27/05/21

Never could I have imagined that one day I would lift a trophy with Braga, the club I’ve followed since I was born. Today is the most emotional day of my career.

Carlos Carvalhal Braga coach after guiding his team to a Portuguese Cup final triumph over Benfica 23/05/21

“Will this be Ronado’s last Euro? With Ronaldo it’s tough to make that judgement, he’s a machine. He takes really good care of himself. Will be play the Euro after this one? We can’t rule it out.”

Fernando Santos Portugal coach after announcing the squad for the 2020 Euro 20/05/21

“I have had two good months. I’m happy.”

Gonçalo Guedes Valencia forward hitting form just in time for the Euros  16/05/21

“A squad came together where there were no superstars.”

Rúben Amorim Sporting coach explains one of the reasons he was able to make his team Champions of Portugal 11/05/21

“Jorge Mendes eventually convinced me, and now he says, ‘See how I was right all along?!’”

Diogo Jota Liverpool and Portugal forward talks about the decision to go from Portugal's top flight to England's second tier by joining Wolves 08/05/21

“When José became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time.”

Tiago Pinto Roma's sporting director speaking about the appointment of José Mourinho as head coach starting from next season 05/05/21

“It was another day where Sporting fans had to suffer, but all ended well.”

Rúben Amorim Sporting coach after late goals were again required to give the Portuguese league leaders victory, this time against Nacional 01/05/21

“I scored 32 goals at Sporting [in one season] so I expect to pass that mark! My target every time is to do better and better.”

Bruno Fernandes Manchester United midfielder after brace against Roma took him to 26 goals so far in 2020/21 29/04/21

“We are in first, with four games to go, but this is not over yet. We have to be strong in every game.”

José Fonte Portugal centre-back as he attempts to captain his Lille team to the Ligue 1 championship 28/04/21

“I cannot stress more strongly UEFA and the footballing world are united against the disgraceful, self-serving proposals fuelled purely by greed. This idea is a spit in the face for all football lovers and our society.”

Alexsander Ceferin The UEFA president gives a bruising appraisal of the people behind the European Super League project 19/04/21

“Of course I’d like him to come back to Portugal. But I want to see Cristiano happy, that’s the most important thing. And I think he is happy in Turin.”

Pepe FC Porto and Portugal centre-back pours cold water on rumours suggesting Ronaldo may return to Sporting 16/04/21

“I’m extremely proud of my players. I think it was one of the best games we’ve played in Europe.”

Sérgio Conceição FC Porto coach after his team beat Chelsea 1-0 but bowed out of the Champions League 13/04/21

“There are eight games left. It’s going to be fun.”

Rúben Amorim Sporting’s young coach apparently not feeling the pressure after his team’s lead at the top of the table is cut to six points following 1-1 draw at home to Famalicão 11/04/21
“This week there was all sorts of chaos created with this incredible lie, the idea that the players confronted me and we had some meeting before training. It’s all a lie, it’s not right.” Paulo Fonseca Roma coach unhappy with the Italian press treatment of his team, speaking after 2-1 away victory against Ajax 08/04/21
“This season he seamlessly picked up where he left off last season when he was scoring all the time. It’s good for him and for us that he scores so much, but he also does an incredible amount of work for the team” Adi Hütter Eintracht Frankfurt manager delighted with the prolific André Silva 04/04/21
“It was a very special moment. I’m happy because of the goal, but even happier because of the victory. Is this the best moment of my career? Possibly, but I believe the best is yet to come.” João Palhinha Portugal midfielder after scoring his first goal for the Seleção, against Luxembourg 30/03/21
“After seeing the images on TV the refeee called me to him and apologised for the mistake.” Fernando Santos Portugal coach after 2-2 draw v Serbia when the officials erroneously ruled out a last-second Cristiano Ronaldo goal 27/03/21
“It’s a really good sensation to be able to play next to elite players. I’m very happy to be here.” Nuno Mendes Portugal left-back, after making his debut for the Seleção against Azerbaijan 24/03/21
“This sends out a message. For youngsters who are undecided about which club to join, they know the door of opportunity will be open for them at Sporting.” Rúben Amorim Sporting coach, after giving a first-team debut to Dário Essugo, at the age of 16 years and one week 20/03/21
“We know the DNA of our team, our culture, and we will be up for the challenge of a tie of this magnitude.” Vítor Baía FC Porto vice-president reacts to the Champions Leauge quarter-final draw, where Porto were paired with Chelsea 19/03/21
“Ronaldo always has extra motivation when he represents the national team and he has a big dream which is to help us win the World Cup.” Fernando Santos Portugal coach confides his captain's dream, as qualifying begins for the 2022 World Cup 16/03/21
“Believe me, this story is still far from over.” Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal captain after scoring a hat-trick for Juventus to surpass Pele's record for official goals 14/03/21
“FC Porto played a brilliant tie that helped improve Portugal's ranking. I want to congratulate Porto for an achievement which enhances Portuguese football.” Jorge Jesus Benfica coach magnanimous in his praise of fierce rivals FC Porto after the Dragons knocked Juventus out of the Champions League 12/03/21
“This is the true DNA of Porto.” Sérgio Conceição FC Porto coach after the epic elimination of Juventus in the Champions League 09/03/21
“It was for my friends and I told them to shut up because they are always telling me that I don't score and I don't play well.” Gonçalo Guedes Valencia's Portuguese forward explains his ‘shush’ celebration after scoring spectacular winner against Villarreal 06/03/21
“I've run out of words to praise my players. We played an absolutely fantastic match.” Carlos Carvalhal Braga coach after victory in the Portuguese Cup semi-final against Porto 04/03/21
 “He never took free-kicks in training.” Nélson Semedo Wolves, Portugal and former Barcelona defender Nélson Semedo with a remarkable revelation about Lionel Messi 02/03/21
“Sérgio Oliveira? He was annoyed, he was speaking in the heat of the moment, we aren't going to take his words to heart.” Rúben Amorim Sporting coach plays down Sérgio Oliveira's flash interview after Porto 0-0 Sporting, when the Porto midfielder said Sporting always celebrate winning a point at the Estádio do Dragão as if they had won the Champions League 28/02/21
“João is an amazing player. I played with him for seven years for Benfica and we’re from the same generation. He’s having a great season and I’m so happy for him.” Bernardo Silva Portuguese midfielder on his Manchester City teammate João Cancelo 24/02/21
“He's 20 years old, he's a kid and he can't have the responsibility of carrying Boavista on his back all alone.” Jesualdo Ferreira Boavista coach after another decisive contribution by Angel Gomes gives his team 3 crucial points against Moreirense 19/02/21
“What a player is all I can say. Everything he does, he does incredibly well.” Pep Guardiola Manchester City coach expresses delight at his Portuguese maestro Bernardo Silva 18/02/21

“The players interpreted our plan perfectly. Given the solidity of our performance it was a bitter pill to concede the goal.”

Sérgio Conceição Porto coach after Dragons beat Juventus 2-1 in the Champions League.  17/02/21
“This lead means nothing. Look at Liverpool, European champions then Premier League champions. They have taken nine points from ten games. If this can happen to Liverpool and Klopp, it can also happen to Sporting.” Rúben Amorim Sporting coach warns against overconfidence as his team go 10 points clear at the top of the table 15/02/21
“It was the worst first half of my coaching career. It's not enough to have a contract to be a Porto player. We must do more.” Sérgio Conceição FC Porto coach expresses his disappointment in no uncertain terms after 2-2 draw at home to Boavista 13/02/21
“I don’t forget that when my father died, he called.” José Mourinho Tottenham Hotspur manager opens up about his relationship with Pep Guardiola 12/02/21
“For me it was a very special match. This week I lost a friend, a brother, and it's been tough. Thank you for all the support I have received in recent days.” Sebastián Coates Sporting captain after scoring two late goals to give the Liga NOS leaders a comeback victory over Gil Vicente 10/02/21
“The spirit of my teammates helps me a lot. They have all congratulated me for the goal.” Francisco Trincão Portuguese winger after scoring his first goal for Barcelona - the winner against Real Betis 08/02/21
“Today we were conned! Today we were robbed!” Sérgio Conceição FC Porto coach expresses his fury at the officiating after Porto are held to a goalless draw against B-SAD 06/02/21
“I went ahead with my resignation because I do not agree with the club's sports policy. I don't want anything from Marseille, I don't want money.” André Villas-Boas Now ex-Marseille coach explains why he left the French club  04/02/21
“Paulinho is the best No.9 in Portugal. He's a player in the image of Sporting and our squad.” Rúben Amorim Sporting coach expresses his delight at the acquisition of the Braga and Portugal striker 03/02/21
“I want to thank the players in a special and loving way. There are no good coaches without good players, without good men.” Abel Ferreira Portuguese coach praises his Palmeiras players after winning the Copa Libertadores. 31/01/21

 

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“It was a spur of the moment thing. Ronaldo laughed, it was a joke. It showed the warmth and spirit of friendship we have in the squad.”

João Palhinha
(Portugal midfielder on his "Ronaldo" celebration after scoring for Portugal against Luxembourg) 

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