With Vítor Pereira on his way to Al-Ahli SC (Jeddah), FC Porto was forced to appoint a new manager. Lacking the famous mystique within the squad, was with no surprise that we saw Jorge Costa being selected for the manager role.
Jorge Costa is the epitome of that mystique. He played almost his entire career in Porto. Among his trophies at FC Porto lies a UEFA Champions League (2003-04), UEFA Cup (2002-03), Intercontinental Cup (2004), several Portuguese Leagues, Portuguese Cups and Portuguese Supercups.
The club was founded in 1893 by a wine merchant, António Nicolau de Almeida. The original stadium still exists (the field of constitution), currently serving the formation of the club, under the name Dragon Force.
FC Porto's nickname, "Dragões" (Dragons), as well as the name of their stadium, Estádio do Dragão (Dragon's Stadium), is related to the club's coat of arms. Until 1922 the club's emblem was a blue football with the letters FCP in white. That year, one of the club's players thought of combining that emblem with the city of Porto's coat of arms at the time. These arms, given by Queen Maria II in 1837 (subsequently altered in 1940), had a quartered shield, showing in the first and fourth quarter the arms of Portugal, and in the second and third quarter the Virgin Mary holding the Child Jesus. The crest of the Royal House of Portugal was a dragon holding the motto "Invicta" (undefeated), surrounded by the collar of the Order of the Tower and Sword, Portugal's highest honour, bestowed on the city by the queen after the undefeated siege of July 1832 – August 1833. Still today the official titles of the city of Porto are: "Antiga, Mui Nobre, Sempre Leal e Invicta" (ancient, very noble, always loyal and undefeated), and to this date, the city is often referred to in Portugal as "a (cidade) Invicta" (the undefeated [city]). The colours of the club may likewise be inspired by the historical colours of Portugal: until the overthrow of the Monarchy in 1910, the Portuguese flag was blue and white (instead of the modern green and red) with the coat of arms of Portugal in the centre, crowned by a royal crown.
The Dragon The traditional symbol and crest of the House of Braganza is a green dragon, representing Saint George, patron saint of Portugal. Because of the use of the dragon in heraldry by the Braganza and Pedro IV's link with Porto, a dragon was added to the old coat of arms of the municipality of Porto and is still a part of F.C. Porto's coat of arms, who are nicknamed "the dragons".
Porto's home games are played at Estádio do Dragão (English: Dragon's Stadium) in Porto. Built in 2003 as a replacement for FC Porto's old ground, Estádio das Antas, and as a venue for UEFA Euro 2004, Estádio do Dragão has an all-seated capacity of 50,399. The stadium's name is derived from the presence of a dragon on the crest of the city of Porto during the Monarchy, which is also the nickname of Porto fans.
Designed by Manuel Salgado and built by the Grupo Amorim, it cost €97,755,318, of which €18,430,956 was supported by the Portuguese taxpayers. To support costs, each stand carries one or two sponsor names: EDP for the south end, TMN and SAPO ADSL in the east stands, PT and meo for the west stands, and finally Coca-Cola in the north stands. Away fans are placed in the left corner of the North stand, while Porto supporter groups ("Super Dragões" and "Colectivo Ultras 95") are at each end, although initially both groups were in the South stand.
A new multi-sport arena near the stadium was recently completed to harbour F.C. Porto's other sports such as the handball and basketball teams, which are regular contenders for the national titles and the roller hockey section, amongst the best in the sport worldwide. Supporters and players of the club are nicknamed Portistas or Dragões.
Super Dragões: they are the main supporting group of FC Porto, established in November 30, 1986. Super Dragões counts 5000 members, which makes them the biggest supporting group in Portugal. Colectivo Ultras 95: this group was created in 1995, by former members of Super Dragões who were not satisfied with questions about the management of that group. With the passage of time, Colectivo has acquired increasing prominence and now counts 3000 members.
I hope you guys follow my story and enjoy it! Keep in mind that this is my first story, so I will appreciate any advice from you guys.
This is my senior squad. At this moment I have 5 GK, this is, obviously, a problem for me. I would like to sell 3 of these GK and buy a hot prospect. That way I would have 3 GK.
I have 3 natural DC and 1 natural DM who can play DC too. 4 DC, that's the ideal for me. Diego Reyes can play DC but he is a natural DM, I think that he will perform well as a DC so I'm happy with the DC I have. Unless I have a great deal to sell someone, I will not make changes here. This is understandable if you know the philosophy of the club.
The fullback positions are a problem right now, if you follow Porto in real life you will know this. Right now I have 3 valid options for this positions but the ideal for me would be 4. Changes will, surely, be made in this positions.
3 natural DM is what I have for that position right now, so it is unlikely that I will make changes here.
Right now I have two CM. That's short, I would like to buy one hot prospect for this position, if possible.
I'm happy with the AMC I have too, I have 3 natural AMC in my squad. Quintero and Josué, to me, seem very capable of doing a good job.
Now, wingers are a position I would like to strengthen. A lot of players, in this squad, can play on the wing but they are not natural wingers and that's not the ideal for me. I would like to buy two wingers, if possible.
In this squad I have 4 natural strikers, this is a good number since Kelvin can play on the wings and that's where I want to play him. This leaves me with 3 strikers. I want to buy a hot prospect and sell one of my strikers, that's my plan.
If all goes as planned my squad will have 26 players. That's a good number, since we have 5 competitions to play.
Players on loan: Rolando (Inter); Abdoulaye (Vit. Guimarães); André Castro (Kasimpa?a); Tiago Rodrigues (Vit. Guimarães); Djalma (Konyaspor); Juan Iturbe (Verona); Walter (Goiás).
On their return I want to sell Rolando, Abdoulaye, André Castro, Djalma and Walter.
Players I want to sell: Sinan Bolat; Matos; Kadú; Jorge Fucile; Marat Izmailov; Kléber.
And I want to send Tozé and Ricardo to FC Porto B.
Possible transfer targets: Jan Oblak (Benfica); Jonathan Silva (Estudiantes LP); João Cancelo (Benfica); Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (FC Bayern); Zakaria Bakkali (PSV); Rodrigo Gómez (Argentinos).
This list might change. The market is very unpredictable so I might change my transfer targets.
2013-12-26 18:26#151315Jamesg237 :
A great choice of club that need to return to the European stage! Good luck with the rest of the story.
2013-12-26 18:44#151320Vidic92 :
nice start , like porto very much
what are you plans with quintero ?
if you looking for a good new defender i would keep my eye on doria
you can buy him and loan him back till next season f.e
Right now I'm thinking of keeping him on the bench, as I'll probably play with a DM rather than a AMC but we'll see what works better for me, this pre-season. Thanks for the Dória suggestion but right now I'm not looking for more DC.
CSKA Moscow 2 - 4 FC Porto
Played Fernando from the start, no goals conceaded. Substitued him for Quintero, conceaded two goals. It looks like a DM suits better my team.
Venezia 0 - 3 FC Porto
Same thing as the other game. Started with Fernando, no goals conceaded once more. Substitued him for Quintero, no goals conceaded and Quintero scores one. Solid game for Quintero but CSKA Moscow were a better opponent. Also, a note for my first signing Gastón Gil Romero, who I'm inclined to play instead of Herrera on my first eleven.
Tourizense 1 - 6 FC Porto
Easy game, easy win. No surprise at all. My team created a lot of chances, we could easily have won with more goals. We conceaded a goal with Quintero on the pitch and none with Fernando. Gastón Gil Romero with a great game, again.
Karabükspor 1 - 3 FC Porto
Martínez scores the first but we conceaded a goal, it was an error of Gastón Gil Romero but Martínez scoared again to put us on the front, again. We should have won by a bigger margin and we keep conceading goals, which is very frustrating.
FC Porto 1 - 1 FC Barcelona
We end our pre-season at home, against a great opponent, one of the best teams in the world. Licá soon got injured so we had to change our tactics, it turned out very well as we managed to score a goal. Too bad we conceaded a goal. In this game I could test my team with a DM and a AMC, with two CM, two strikers and no wingers.
Five games, five goals conceaded and seventeen goals scoared. Four wins and one draw. Not bad but it worries me that we concead goals almost every game. Good pre-season, now we have a Supercup final agains Vit. Guimarães to play.