The view from Portugal

Shaky start for Portugal's big guns

August 21, 2012
By Andy Brassell
When assessing a new Liga season in Portugal, it is always worth remembering that only twice in almost 80 years of competition have the winners come from outside os tres grandes (the big three) of Benfica, Porto and Sporting. So this was a curious start to the new campaign. None of the trio - or indeed the newly-established fourth grande, Braga - managed to begin 2012-13 with a win on the season's opening day.

In the end it was Braga that came out of the openers with the most credit, plucking ...

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