Fernando SantosWe’ve had an excellent response to the launch of our book on the history of the Seleção entitled The Thirteenth Chapter – from Eusébio to Ronaldo, Portugal’s 50-year journey from football minnows to European Champions.

Ten days are left to purchase the book at the discount price of £14 via our Kickstarter campaign page. The campaign also gives Seleção fans the opportunity to be part of a public letter of support to Fernando Santos and the Seleção.

In exchange for a modest additional pledge towards the project, you may write a 50-word missive on what winning Euro 2016 meant to you, your favourite moment of the tournament or simply a message of support and/or gratitude to Fernando Santos.

The texts will be collated and published on PortuGOAL.net. The page will then be printed and delivered to Fernando Santos at the FPF headquarters. You can send the messages in English or Portuguese. We will translate the English ones into Portuguese and vice-versa to make the page bilingual.

Here is a flavour of some the terrific messages we have so far received:

“Thank you for finally giving the country what it deserved with all your passion, organisation and skill. It was a pleasure to watch and I even cried like a child when Ederzito scored!” (David Coelho – Connecticut, USA)

“This was a victory for a nation brought up believing second place was the best achievable. Fernando Santos and his team changed the way of thinking and mentality of the Portuguese forever. Thank you, Portugal will never be the same again!” (Toni Correia – Rotterdam, Netherlands)

“I still feel great joy about the team's victory in Euro 2016. I will always remember celebrating that fantastic win with my daughters in front of the television. Good luck in future tournaments. Força Portgual!!!” (Steve Berkwitz, Missouri, USA)

“I was in Portugal in 2004 when we lost the Euro final. When Eder scored that game-winning goal, I ran around the house reverting back to my twelve-year-old self. I was never more proud and excited for the team! Congratulations on leading the team to victory. Força Portugal!” (Daniel Henriques – New Jersey, USA)

For full details of how to be part of this public letter of support and a full description of The Thirteenth Chapter, click on this link.

By Tom Kundert

The Thirteenth Chapter


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“The plan was to create a system to help Bernardo cut inside. The problem is we don't play by ourselves and Ukraine packed the midfield to counter this.”

Fernando Santos
(Portugal coach after 0-0 draw at home to Ukraine)