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Oriental Lisbon - One Step Closer

The journey of minnows Oriental Lisbon.
Started on 3 May 2014 by Walter
Latest Reply on 17 November 2014 by Feliks
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2014-06-17 21:04#180294 Josh_MU : Another great month, promotion is surely a must!

Let's not get ahead of ourselves! ;)

It's Ours For The Taking - Captain



Oriental Captain Hugo Grilo:
"We're in a strong position, now we have to take advantage. It's ours to take but it's ours to lose, as well. We mustn't get complacent, we must keep focus and maintain our form. Any slip up could be fatal and all the boys know this, we're doing everything to ensure that we retain this position.

We're a determined bunch, the training ground is a place of great energy and that's a credit to the coaching staff. They've got us all on our toes and motivated - everyone wants to win, whether it be on the training field or the real thing.

They say practice makes perfect, and for us it is. We just try and work on playing as a cohesive unit and playing an effective style of football that we know will win us games. We also like to keep our fitness up high, because the boss refuses to play someone who's not fit.

It's now about making it ours. We've really just got to keep playing our game, keep doing what we're doing because it's successful and we know it works. I don't think teams can beat us when we're all playing as a team like we have been."
He speaks the truth! Nice update.
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2014-06-17 21:55#180302 Josh_MU : He speaks the truth! Nice update.

Speaking the truth indeed, thanks Josh!

January: A Happy New Year


Oriental surged on to start off 2016 with style

January Results


The days went by quickly, and the blockbuster against Moreirense came. And in all honesty, it wasn't that much of a blockbuster... we shut them down but couldn't break through them either. A point is a great result, however.

10 days later we hosted Feirense and came away with yet another three points, extending our long unbeaten run. Pedro Monteiro, our young gem, was given a run on the field for the first time in his career, something he'll be very proud about. But it was a decisive strike from winger Franchi that gave us the win, his 51st minute effort enough to see us through.

An away game at Chaves is always difficult, and I'll admit to having a few butterflies in my stomach prior to the match - but in the end we won convincingly and never looked back, despite the match getting a little nervy at times. Stefano Franchi did not take his foot off of the gas as he fired a hat trick home while Balack and Cedric Omoigui added goals of their own.

Farense were a side we were all too familiar with. We beat them dramatically earlier in the season but they fought back in our clash against them in the Taça de Portugal, reigning victorious 2-0. It was different story yet again this time, as we beat them in the dying stages of the game.

Iago equalised for us after we went down 1-0 in the 10th minute, and before long Hugo Grilo stepped up to head home a goal to put us ahead. We went 3-1 ahead courtesy of ex-FCP B midfielder Francisco Ramos but Joãozinho pegged us back on the eve of half time to make it 3-2.

Concentration dropped off a little and some sloppy defending from a corner allowed Farense to tie things up, Cedric Omoigui getting the final touch, unfortunately. With time running out, Omoigui proved desperate to make amends, and he did so perfectly as his volley connected to give us another win!

The 'Carlos Salema was turning into a bit of a fortress of late and Franchi and Balack's goals gave us another home victory, this time over a struggling Leixões side who are down near the foot of the table.

January Table



Eight points clear! Our remarkable stretch of form has meant we have not only kept our position at the top of the table but we've extended the gap to eight points above Moreirense and a further 14 points ahead of Setúbal! Despite this, Moreirense have a game in hand meaning we cannot afford a slip up!

Player of the Month



Italian wide man Stefano Franchi was a shining star in a very impressive month. He hit a hat-trick at Chaves and also scored twice more in four other games. Additionally, he's provided several assists and sits in third for the league's highest average rating!

The Month Ahead


Next month is our breather. In every game bar the Setúbal one I'm more or less expecting a win, and defeat could see us lose our spot on top of the table if it causes a blip. We need to continue on and hope for the best!
Another great month! YOU MUST WIN THE LEAGUE.
If you slip up..
Josh We'll take it a game at a time :P

Pauk :))

Breno Joins Oriental



Oriental Lisbon can announce they have acquired the services of Brazilian left back Breno on a free deal after his contract at Brazilian Second Division outfit Paraná expired.

Breno is a young up and coming talent and is a player with great potential. The Brazilian is regarded as a pace merchant and is known to be able to easily beat him man. Breno also posseses great tackling and marking skills.

Manager Vitor Martins pulled off the deal well in advance of the January transfer window and the club are delighted that the day has come to proudly present the 25-year old as an Oriental Lisbon player.

In the two years Breno spent in his homeland with Paraná he only ever made two appearances due to competition. He picked up one assist in those two years before tieing up a deal with the Portuguese club.

Breno expressed his delight at joining the club, stating their rapid rise in recent years was enough to persuade him to join. "Oriental are making great steps in the world of football, it's something I want to be a part of," said Breno. "Vitor [Martins] is doing wonderful things here and he's someone I'd like to work under."

Vitor Martins said on his new signing, "He's got a great all round game. He's got the attributes to make a difference and improve, plus we've snapped him up on a free, which is a great deal for the club."

Reports are suggesting that Breno was brought in to take over the left back role from Rayro, a fellow Brazilian, who has performed below par this season. Rayro, a £6.75k signing from ABC, has not lived up to expectation so far and this new acquisition could be a wake-up call for Belém-born full back.

Nice signing!
I'm Walter's 400th reply, fk off josh
Nice signing Walt and congrats on 400 replies!
Thanks Josh, Pompey and Pauker.
Great update, great signing, and great run of form yet again
Great season so far Walt! Keep it up!
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