Win a copy of “The Thirteenth Chapter”

As we approach the European Championship where Portugal will be defending the trophy they won in 2016, a special bumper episode of the Seleção podcast asks the following question: Which is the greatest Portugal team not to win a major tournament?

Host Danny Pinto is joined by the authors of The Thirteenth Chapter, Tom Kundert, Simon Curtis and Nathan Motz, as we chronologically go through the Portuguese national teams that came close to glory at World Cup 1966 (semi-finals), EURO 1984 (semi-finals), EURO 2000 (semi-finals), EURO 2004 (runners-up), World Cup 2006 (semi-finals) and EURO 2012 (semi-finals) and try to decide which is the greatest team of the “nearly men”.

We also run a competition to win a copy of The Thirteenth Chapter, the book that chronicles the 50-year journey of the Portuguese national team at World Cups and European Championships, starting in 1966 and culminating in the triumph at Euro 2016. 

 

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Win a copy of The Thirteenth Chapter

Competition question: In the show the authors mention several Portugal players who were interviewed for the various chapters of the book. Name the two Seleção players who were interviewed for the World Cup 1966 chapter and the Euro 2000 chapter.

To enter the draw to win the book, send the name of the two players to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Saturday 15 May, midday Lisbon time. The winner will be announced in an update to this article. Good luck!

Article update

Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition. Congratulations to Anthony Costa from Toronto who won the draw and will receive a copy of the book. The correct answer was António Simões and Nuno Gomes. 

 

 

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Without a shadow of a doubt in my opinion, it was the Euro 2000 team. That remains by far the best Portugal national team I've ever seen. It was the golden generation of Figo, Rui Costa, João Vieira Pinto, Paulo Sousa, Fernando Couto, Sergio...

Without a shadow of a doubt in my opinion, it was the Euro 2000 team. That remains by far the best Portugal national team I've ever seen. It was the golden generation of Figo, Rui Costa, João Vieira Pinto, Paulo Sousa, Fernando Couto, Sergio Conceicao etc etc. And they played in the true Portuguese style, or at least the style that represents our particular football the best: full on attacking with flair and skill and artistry, and above all entertaining play!

We were by far the best team at that tournament and should have definitely won it, we just lacked that little bit of luck in the semi final against France, and we went out to a suspect penalty. But what a team! Still haven't seen anything close to that particular Selecao team in all the years that have followed.

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I haven’t listened to the podcast yet , but
It’s probably the 1966 team I would think !

Maybe the 2004/2006 team.
Euro 2000 was a great team but defensively I don’t think they were all that competent.

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Whenever you revisit memory lane with the national team.. it's a very special moment. Enjoyed listening to you all share your favorite memories of the Selecçao. 2004 is the year for me if we could choose to rewrite history. Not only the...

Whenever you revisit memory lane with the national team.. it's a very special moment. Enjoyed listening to you all share your favorite memories of the Selecçao. 2004 is the year for me if we could choose to rewrite history. Not only the culmination of the Golden Generation, being the host nation, the buzz and enthusiasm surrounding the whole country. Almost every goal was unforgettable. Nuno Gomes' swiveling strike, Postiga header, Rui Costa wonder goal, Ricardo saving a penalty and scoring the match winner in a remarkable sequence. C.Ronaldo bursting on to the international stage and the fact that Portugal were still under the radar, backed by a tiny population and we were proud and loved our team. These days too many Ronaldo fan boys and general bandwagoners who don't know our history or appreciate the Portuguese culture want to call themselves Portugal fans and that is the honest truth.

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