The flair and treachery of Luís Figo

A bustling café looks out onto a marina harbouring luxurious yachts and boats exclusive to the affluent. The enclosed water is calm and tourists visiting this shrine to the rich are serene, admiring the opulent decoration that adorns millionaire’s play-things. The sun serves only to heighten the palpable atmosphere of peace, yet it fails to…

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José Mourinho: the early years

“I was nine or 10-years-old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone range and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch.” José Manuel Mourinho Félix­ had enjoyed a successful…

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The Sporting CP Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way Few academies in world football that can boast a history brimming with illustrious names quite like Sporting CP’s. The Academia Sporting, located in the Portuguese municipality of Alcochete, has produced a roll call of superstars throughout the ages. From Luís Figo to Cristiano Ronaldo, Sporting’s academy is responsible…

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A Tale of One City: Lisbon

This feature is part of A Tale of One City John O’Shea’s grimace said it all. As a wisp of bleached hair flicked past his sweat-lined brow, it was all he could do to manhandle the virtually unknown boy to the ground to avoid being humiliated yet again. Despite having been crowned a champion of England months earlier,…

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