1. 5 Key Fixtures for Atletico Madrid Fans to Focus on in 2016/17 La Liga Season

    The release of the 2016/17 Primera Division fixtures saw everyone, as usual, immediately look to see when the two Clasico fixtures were due to take place before looking for other key ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 3 days ago 1,711 reads 5 comments

  2. 5 Atletico Madrid Youngsters Who Deserve to See Playing Time in 2016/17

    With a transfer ban hanging over Atletico Madrid ever since January, there has been a greater emphasis placed on the club's large array of talented young players, some of whom we are more than likely to see at some point in 2016/17...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 4 days ago 1,422 reads 12 comments

  3. Who Will Be Atletico Madrid's First-Choice Right-Back This Season?

    Cast your minds back to before Euro 2016 took over our screens and to the last kick of Atletico Madrid ’s 2015/16 season. Some of you will never have left that moment, of course, and least of all Juanfran ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 6 days ago 1,321 reads 3 comments

  4. Portugal Should Enjoy Euro 2016 Win, but 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Will Be Tough

    The red and green ticker tape has long since been picked up from the grass of the Stade de France and the streets of Lisbon, and so what now for Portugal? Well, in short, rest...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 11 days ago 9,296 reads 47 comments

  5. Ranking Portugal's Players on Their Euro 2016 Performances

    They were the shock winners in France, but which of Portugal's players impressed the most during Euro 2016? During a tournament in which the obdurate Portuguese only led once after ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 12 days ago 2,636 reads 20 comments

  6. Why Portugal Are Deserving European Champions in Football's Year of the Underdog

    For a tournament where the drama was often centred on the moments and feelings around the football, and not the purity of the football itself, there was a fitting ending. That’s right, Portugal...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 13 days ago 28,399 reads 128 comments

  7. Why Euro 2016 Final Could See Nani Emerge from Cristiano Ronaldo's Shadow

    Even if all the previews will focus on one individual for Portugal, they had a pair of players who scored two crucial goals in the group stages and one in the semi-finals against Wales...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 15 days ago 2,108 reads 17 comments

  8. 3 France Weaknesses Portugal Could Expose in the Euro 2016 Final

    Now they've made it to Paris, albeit hardly thrillingly, Portugal need to focus on how they can pull off what would be one of the more unlikely European Championship successes on Sunday...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 16 days ago 10,384 reads 67 comments

  9. Why Euro 2016 Run Has to Be Seen as Just the Start for Beaten but Proud Wales

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were the eventual and deserving winners of the Euro 2016 semi-final in Lyon on Wednesday night, but for a beaten and emotionally drained Wales, there was the acknowledgement of a different kind of victory...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 17 days ago 1,034 reads 3 comments

  10. Why Portugal Are Seeking to Avoid Becoming Europe's Biggest Chokers vs. Wales

    Contrary to popular belief, Portugal are playing Wales in Lyon on Wednesday night, and not just Cristiano Ronaldo playing Gareth Bale ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 18 days ago 6,998 reads 51 comments

  11. How Renato Sanches Gave Portugal a Glimpse of the Present and Future vs. Poland

    Portugal seem to believe that playing the long game is the best route to Euro 2016 success. Now into the semi-finals in France, Fernando Santos’ team have yet to win a match in 90 minutes at the tournament...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 23 days ago 5,633 reads 25 comments

  12. Why Poland Clash Can Finally See Portugal's William Carvalho Hit the Big Time

    There are some players who are just drawn to the transfer rumour mill, seemingly locked in a loving embrace with it as they go around and around without ever actually making the moves that many have said are inevitable...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 24 days ago 10,655 reads 23 comments

  13. Why Jose Fonte's Long Road to the Top Can Be Euro 2016 Inspiration for Portugal

    It has been a Euro 2016 tournament in which the underdog stories have been the ones to savour, and Portugal were able to tap into one of their own during the long old slog that it took to beat Croatia in Lens on Saturday night...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 26 days ago 1,148 reads 2 comments

  14. Portugal Remain Unconvincing, but Croatia Win Can Be Their Tipping Point

    Nothing worth winning is won easily, and as Portugal suddenly find themselves in the last eight of Euro 2016 on Sunday morning, that theme will be running through the team’s training camp...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 28 days ago 8,372 reads 50 comments

  15. Why Underdog Status Will Help Portugal in Euro 2016 Clash with Croatia

    Eight have exited. Sixteen remain, but Portugal’s continued presence at Euro 2016 hasn’t got much to do with any intelligence they’ve displayed so far. It’s almost like they don’t know what they’re doing...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 30 days ago 5,627 reads 41 comments

  16. Why Hungary Proved Portugal Boss Fernando Santos Needs to Make Defensive Changes

    Portugal survived, and Cristiano Ronaldo was the man who saved them—no change there, then—but after escaping from what was supposed to be a fairly simple Group F, the questions for manager Fernando Santos are multiplying...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 3,644 reads 22 comments

  17. Why Renato Sanches Should Start Portugal's Must-Win Euro 2016 Match vs. Hungary

    Frustrated and more than a little deflated by events on Saturday night in Paris, Portugal coach Fernando Santos had a message. “The next game is a final and we’re going to win it...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 2,748 reads 4 comments

  18. Portugal and Fernando Santos Are Still Searching for a Euro 2016 Breakthrough

    As Portugal are finding out, the very nature of this extended European Championship is that it isn’t always about how you start but how you finish...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 1,057 reads 4 comments

  19. Cristiano Ronaldo Has Another Nightmare, but Portugal Teammates Have to Help Him

    Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty against Austria in Paris on Saturday evening, and there were laughs at his misfortune heard all over France and indeed the world...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 13,505 reads 70 comments

  20. Portugal and Austria Meet in Paris Desperate to Turn Euro 2016 Campaigns Around

    As far as Euro 2016’s Group F is concerned, both Portugal and Austria were left with the desire for a do-over on Tuesday evening...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 6,658 reads 30 comments

  21. Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal Fail to Impress on Their Opening Euro 2016 Night

    As opening nights go, Portugal’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Iceland in their first Euro 2016 match isn ’t one that has got the critics raving. In fact, they’ ve seen it all before...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 1,385 reads 10 comments

  22. Rebooted Portugal Prepare to Make a Fashionably Late Entrance to Euro 2016

    By the time Portugal begin their assault on Euro 2016 in Saint-Etienne on Tuesday evening, we’ll have seen what 22 of the 24 teams in France have to offer...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 7,475 reads 19 comments

  23. Why Portugal's Manchester United Target Andre Gomes Is Set for a Big Euro 2016

    There’s a bit in that new Nike advert featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, a gifted young footballer and the plot of Freaky Friday in which Andre Gomes scores a goal for Portugal...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 16,109 reads 17 comments

  24. Remembering Portugal's 3 European Championship Heartbreaks This Century

    In England, the buildup to Euro 2016 has largely centred on nostalgic throwbacks to the last time they were in France’s position—hosting the tournament and with a nation willing them on...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 4,626 reads 11 comments

  25. Why Nani's Place in Portugal's Starting XI Is Under Threat Ahead of Euro 2016

    We spoke about Ricardo Quaresma on these pages just a few days ago. The Portugal winger’s career has long been fodder for such discussions, of course...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 4,453 reads 12 comments