2013 UEFA Champions League: FC Porto
FC Porto, Porto or FCP, is a Portuguese multi-sports club from the city of Porto, which is in the northern region of the country. Founded in 1893, Porto is considered one of the big three football clubs in Portugal with SL Benfica and Sporting CP being the other two clubs. The club’s supporters are often called Portistas and Dragões (Dragons) and the club is sometimes called Azuise Brancos (Blues and Whites). Was one of the founding members of the country’s top-flight Premeira Liga in 1933 and has never been relegated to the First Division, winning the league a record five consecutive years from 1994-95 to 1998-99 and 26 times overall.
- Location: Porto, Portugal
- Stadium: Estádio do Dragão
- Stadium Capacity: 50,399
- 2011-12 Season: First in Primeira Liga, Group Stage of Champions League, Round of 32 in Europa League, Runners-up in UEFA Super Cup, Won domestic Super Cup and made it to the semifinals of the League Cup
- UEFA Coefficent: 7th
- UEFA Champions League – 1986-87 and 2003-04
- Intercontinental Cup – 1987, 2004
- UEFA Europa League – 2002-03 and 2010-11
- European Super Cup – 1987
- Premiera Liga – 26-time winners, most recently in 2011-12
- Portuguese Cup – 16-time winners, most recently in 2010-11
- Portuguese Supercup – 19-time winners, most recently in 2012
Current Players to Know:
- James Rodriguez, 21, attacking midfielder/winger who has scored 22 goals in 51 appearances for Porto and is considered one of the best young prospects in the world and a successor to Carlos Valderrama on the Colombian national team, which he’s appeared for 10 times, scoring twice. Some consider him the South American Crisitano Ronaldo and he’s earned the nickname El bandido (the bandit).
- Jackson Martinez, 26, striker who currently leads the Portuguese league in goals in his first season with Porto and has scored 6 times for Colombia in 15 appearances.
- João Moutinho, 26, midfielder who has made 48 appearances for Portugal since 2005.
- Lucho González, 32, midfielder affectionately known as El Comandante for his leadership skills. He represented Argentina in the 2006 World Cup and two Copa America tournaments and has been capped 44 times since 2003.
- Nicolás Otamendi, 24, centerback who represented Argentina at the 2010 World Cup and has earned 15 caps for his country since 2009.
Past Players to Know:
- Fernando Gomes, striker, all-time leading scoring in club history and hometown hero, scoring 289 goals for Porto in 342 appearances from 1974-80 and 1982-1989. Represented Portugal in a World Cup and European Championship, scording 13 goals in 48 appearances for his country from 1975-1988.
- Teófilo Cubillas, midfielder/forward who is considered Peru’s greatest player ever, scored 65 times for Porto in 108 appearances in the ’70s. Nicknamed El Nene (The Kid), he is one of only two players to have scored five goals in two different FIFA World Cups. He is the all-time leading scorer for Peru with 26 goals in 81 appearances from 1968-1982.
- Hernâni, midfielder who scored 127 goals in 253 appearances for Porto from 1950-52 and 1953-1964 and made 28 appearances for the Portugal national team from 1953 to 1964.
- João Pinto, defender regarded as one of the greatest Portuguese right defenders of all-time. Played his entire career with Porto, making 407 appearances from 1981 to 1997 and also represented his country 70 times from 1983 to 1996. Won 25 major titles as a Porto player, including nine league titles and the 1987 European Cup.
- Deco, attacking midfielder who was named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and UEFA Best Midfielder in Porto’s Champions League-winning season of 2003-04. Became one of only a few players to win Champions League with two different clubs when he won with Barcelona in 2006. Earned 75 caps for Portugal from 2003-10 and is still currently playing with Fluminese in Brazil.
FC Porto vs Malaga
First Leg: February 19, 2013
Estádio do Dragão, Porto - 2:45 ET
Second Leg: March13, 2013
La Rosaleda, Malaga - 2:45 ET