Hulk continues to monopolize Player of the Month award"Incrivel" voted top player of December/January
FC Porto forward Hulk has been elected the Liga Zon Sagres Player of the Month. This month’s award combines the league matches in December and January. Hulk was the clear winner with 31% of the vote, relegating Benfica pair Salvio (12%) and Saviola (10%) to second and third place respectively.
(picture was when Porto beat Benfica 5-0 this season in the league last year)
The poll is run by the official Portuguese Liga site and the voters comprise registered users of the site and the coaches in Portugal’s top flight. The award was instituted this season and the attribution of the trophy so far illustrates just how much one man has dominated the Portuguese football scene in 2010/11. The inaugural award for August and September was won by Hulk, as was October’s prize while the November Player of the Month trophy was attributed to… Hulk. With four months of the season remaining, what are the odds of the Brazilian phenomenon making it a clean sweep?
Just ignore the music in this video xD :
(So basically he is the best player in Portugal right now.. move over, Cardozo. Hulk's going to sit on your throne. For those who are wondering why his nickname is Hulk, it goes way back to his Tokyo Verdy days, his built is like a copy of the real Hulk plus their jersey is green.)
Liedson until the bitter endTears and goals at the Alvalade as Naval hold Sporting
An emotional night in Lisbon saw Liedson score his 172nd and 173rd goals for Sporting in his final match for the Lions, but it was not enough to earn victory as an enterprising Naval team grabbed a deserved 3-3 draw. The night ended with a tearful Liedson speaking to the crowd and being given a heartfelt standing ovation by his adoring public, many of whom were also bathed in tears as they watched Levezinho walk off the Alvalade pitch for the last time.
As Liedson took his place in the starting line-up against the side lying rock bottom of the Liga ZON Sagres, the scene looked set for the Brazilian goal-machine to sign off his brilliant career for the club with a goal or two in a routine victory. But nothing is routine about this Sporting side. Things actually started according to script, with Liedson in the right place to knock in the rebound after Postiga’s shot had been parried by Naval goalkeeper Salin.
However, Naval are a vastly improved team since Carlos Mozer took over in the winter break (one defeat in six games) and with forward duo Fabio Junior and Marinho buzzing around in lively fashion, the visitors looked threatening.
It would be an awful piece of defending from Evaldo however, that led to the equaliser. The left-back dawdled on the ball near his own goal-line, which was subsequently taken off him by Marinho, and when Evaldo tugged back the pint-sized striker as he was about to pull the trigger the referee had no option but to point to the penalty spot.
Junior hammered home the penalty, and moments later Naval sliced through the fragile Sporting defence with a swift passing move and Simplicio’s close-range finish gave the Figueira da Foz outfit a half-time lead.
Sporting equalised on the hour mark as Postiga scored the game’s second penalty after Camora had handled in the box, but Naval were playing the better football and went into the lead again soon afterwards as Patricio somehow let Godemeche’s less than fearsome curling effort slip through his hands.
With the crowd starting to direct their anger at coach Paulo Sergio, only a goal from Liedson could alter the ugly mood, and as usual, Levezinho was right on cue as he struck a late equaliser.
The final whistle was followed by a brief video on the big screens showing some of Liedson’s memorable moments, before the Brazilian was handed the microphone.
The number 31 has shown nerves of steel whenever facing opposition goalkeepers over seven and a half glorious years at Sporting, but he was unable to hold back the tears: “Thank you to everybody. I’ve cried two times in my life and one of them was today. I will never forget you.”
The emotionally charged moment brought tears to the eyes of plenty of grown adults, as can be seen in the video below:
Highlights of Sporting vs Naval (3-3):
and a tribute video:
(Bye Liedson, He will be missed in the liga and especially by Sporting fans - as he gave all he could for them. I've always admired his loyalty and his abilities as a football player, please don't retire from the NT soon :( )
The Selecção have arrived in Geneva!
A change to the NT:
Bit of news ahead of Portugal-Argentina: Ricardo Carvalho has been sent home with a thigh injury. Valencia's Ricardo Costa comes in.
Training session in Geneva today:
(According to this, 4000 fans showed up, also there are there are gifs here)
another one: Bruno Alves has better hair than X-Men's Rogue
A couple of pictures...
Cristiano and Quaresma will have a fashion showdown.. I can see it already xD
“I sincerely wasn’t expecting it. Especially as Portimonense is not having a great time.”
—Ventura on being called up for the Argentina vs Portugal match.
And here they are:
LOL pretty sure we'll see more of this, they love doing it (old photo)
Serious business first:
Or not.. I think there's a cocoon on Bruno's hair:
Only one thing I would have wanted is Bento to choose Sporting's captain Daniel Carriço over Ricardo Costa. I'm sure some people are scratching their heads on this as well, he's young, has been playing well and this would be a perfect opportunity for him to prove himself. Other than that the lineup is just fine.
Oh well... bring it on Argentina!
sources: 1 and 2