Sergio Conceicao seems to have lost none of his infamous hot temper. A “friendly” against Chivas ended in chaos when Porto’s coach ordered his team not to take part in the penalty shoot-out after a heated argument with the referee.
Benfica’s 37-year-old Julio Cesar and Porto’s Iker Casillas, 36, were among the best keepers in the world at their peak. Time waits for no man, yet both have so far been excellent in Portugal.
After more than a decade in the shadow of local rivals Braga, last season saw Vitoria Guimaraes, under their astute coach Pedro Martins, better their neighbours to finish fourth. They now look to be best placed to challenge the “Big Three”.
Tondela made an astonishing escape from relegation in 2015-16, and pulled off another Houdini act last term, jumping out of the drop zone – where they had been all campaign – on the last day of the season.
Challenge... Vitoria guimaraes