Portugal: Review of the Year 2010

Covilha, Cristiano and the championship

December 27, 2010
By Andy Brassell
(Archive)
It has been a year of sharp contrasts for Portuguese football that can be best described via a trio of major bones of contention; Covilha, Cristiano and the championship. Covilha is a small city in central Portugal, around 300km to the north-east of Lisbon, hitherto seldom pinpointed as a key spot in Portuguese football's rich tapestry. It was there, however, that the bumpy and awkward reign of national team coach Carlos Queiroz started to inexorably fall away at the seams. While Portugal had ...

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