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  1. Road to World Cup starts in Lisbon for hungry Ronaldo

    Andy Brassell

    Even before Real Madrid pulverised Bayern Munich last month to secure a berth in the 2014 Champions League final, Lisbon was always destined to be a central part of the Cristiano Ronaldo story. Yet now here we are, at the biggest occasion in all of c...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  2. Benfica dedicated title to "men we lost"

    Andy Brassell

    It has been a while coming, but finally Benfica have their third Liga title of the 21st century and the 33rd in the club's history. This one, in this context, is especially poignant, as was evident at an emotional Estadio da Luz before, during and af...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  3. Castro's home comforts for Porto after Fonseca ordeal

    Andy Brassell

    Last Thursday, the day after FC Porto confirmed Paulo Fonseca had become only the fifth head coach in the club's history to leave his post mid-season, the sports newspaper O Jogo chose not his image for its cover but that of his immediate replacement...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  4. Portugal reveal strong hand in Cameroon demolition

    Andy Brassell

    It was a night of surprises, underpinned by the inevitable. Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal's outright all-time leading scorer -- ahead of Pedro Pauleta -- in the 21st minute, rolling Joao Pereira's cross around a bemused Nicolas N'Koulou before dr...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  5. Remembering Eusebio

    Andy Brassell

    The passing of Eusebio da Silva Ferreira at 71 years of age will be mourned with genuine feeling throughout the football world, yet that sentiment will be strongest in Portugal. He was more than just arguably the national team's greatest player. He d...

    Blog | January 05, 2014
  6. Magic Moutinho paves the way for Ronaldo

    Andy Brassell

    STOCKHOLM -- Few will remember that Portugal triumphed in Sweden on a chilly November night in years to come. It will simply be known as the night that Cristiano Ronaldo bested Zlatan Ibrahimovic in front of his own adoring public in Solna's Friends ...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  7. Portugal heroics cast Cristiano in his perfect light

    Andy Brassell

    Rarely can a high-stakes game have had its narrative so doggedly shaped around just two players. However, the focus on Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as individuals in the build-up to Portugal's World Cup qualifying playoff with Sweden is s...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  8. Ronaldo notches another milestone

    Andy Brassell

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- It was a historic night at Windsor Park, and Cristiano Ronaldo has always had a strong sense of history. As Northern Ireland prepared to get the bulldozers in and revamp their national stadium, Portugal's captain was a...

    Blog | September 07, 2013
  9. Resurgent Sporting eye derby glory

    Andy Brassell

    What a difference two games make. If it sometimes seems like an early-season derby is just a bit too soon, we can be sure that Sporting Clube de Portugal's fan base won't agree ahead of Saturday's Lisbon derby with Benfica. Just a few short mon...

    Blog | August 31, 2013
  10. Soccer: Preview of Euro 2012 qualifying matches

    Andy Brassell

    Euro 2012 will be the end of an era, as the final competition will expand from a 16- to 24-team tournament for the 2016 edition. All the more reason to enjoy the current qualifiers, writes Andy Brassell.

    Story | Conversation | October 06, 2010
  11. Soccer: 5 big questions heading into this week's Euro 2012 qualif...

    Andy Brassell

    Andy Brassell looks at the five big questions going into this week's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

    Story | Conversation | September 02, 2010
  12. 2010 World Cup: Ivory Coast-Portugal preview

    Andy Brassell

    In a group in which Brazil looms large, both Ivory Coast and Portugal will be desperate to take maximum points from their opener.

    Story | Conversation | June 14, 2010
  13. 2010 World Cup: Can Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal regain the titl...

    Andy Brassell

    He's no longer considered the world's best footballer. Can Ronaldo get the title back at the World Cup?

    Story | Conversation | May 31, 2010