Chelsea confirmed the transfer of Paulo Ferreira during Euro 2004, a tournament hosted by his home country, Portugal.
He appeared twice, including as a substitute in the final when Greece amazed the hosts, so it was as a European champion with his club but not his country that Ferreira arrived in west London the day before the squad jetted off to Seattle for that summer’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Antonio Conte stated that he has a clear idea of the team he needs in order to compete in the Premier League next season.
He said that he has been preparing the team in the pre-season with an enlarged group and that it is now time for him to reduce the group to a more manageable size. He was speaking after the game that saw the London side beat Milan in a friendly match.
At the time when everyone is rejoicing in the victory of Portugal in Euro 2016 it might be time to look back at the names that helped the country achieve victory earlier in the game.
Paulo Ferreira is one such name that helped the country reach the finals in the Euro tournament of 2004. Hence, it is time to reminisce how these players had contributed to the country’s achievement and the way the present players have supported the country’s win this time.
Chelsea fans will never forget the contribution of Paulo Ferreira to the club.
He was brought in by Jose Mourinho when he took charge of the club in 2004 and quickly established himself as an important player for the team. More than his performance was the fact that he showed loyalty to the club despite interests from other sides.
Guus Hiddink was quite worried to see the complacency of a few players in the Chelsea squad when he came in as the caretaker boss.
It had gotten Hiddink thinking at that time that the team might have to play in the second tier next season.
The history has the examples of big teams getting demoted too and Hiddink believed Chelsea was not too far away from creating another such example.
But, thankfully for all those people who love the Blues, the situation did not worsen to that extent.
Juventus have a do or die match in the Champions League when they are against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last 16 round.
The Italian outfit are one of the most powerful across European football going by the last few months of results. However, they failed to hold onto a 2-0 advantage at home and ended up doing the match 2-2. The two away goals have given the huge advantage to Bayern ahead of the second leg. Still, the positive aspect for Juventusis that they need only a win away from home.Patrice Evraremains confident of achieving success in Germany.
A few years ago, Radamel Falcao was considered to be one of the top forwards in the world. The Colombian attacker really managed to make a name for himself and this was when he was performing with the Athletic Madrid jersey.
During the 2 years that Radamel Falcao spent as a player of Athletic Madrid, he managed to score league 52 goals in 68 appearances.
Falcao was so impressive with Athletic Madrid that As.Monaco were interested in signing the Colombian forward and splashed out around €60 million to secure his services.
Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 win against Valencia ensured that they remained in touch with Real Madrid and Barcelona after nine games.
Jose Mourinho is a very controversial coach who has a divided fan-base which certain supporters defending the decisions and actions that the Portuguese manager has done during his career but there are others who dislike Mourinho but the former Chelsea player Paulo Ferreira is one of those that supports the highly rated coach.
Thibaut Courtois was a major factor in Chelsea getting a 1-1 draw against Paris St Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 round.