Porto Lose First Home Game In Five Years, Madness Ensues As Fans Revolt And Coach Offers Resignation

Chris Wright

24th, February 2014


By Chris Wright

Portugal Soccer

Ten-man Porto put in a collective wibble of a performance on Sunday evening and duly suffered their first home league defeat since 2008 as Estoril managed to snaffle themselves a 1-0 at the Estadio do Dragao courtesy of a late penalty.

Previously, Porto had gone an impressive 81 games unbeaten on home soil (last losing 3-2 to Leixoes in October, 2008) though that was before Evandro showed up and tucked away his 78th-minute spot-kick – duly putting the kibosh on his opponents’ all-conquering run.

The result left Porto third in the Primeira Liga table, two points behind Sporting in second and a mere four points behind Benfica at the top – you could hardly describe the situation as ‘perilous’ – but that didn’t stop their fans from flying off the handle, with the team leaving the pitch after the game amid a hail of angry jeers as several supporters made ‘white flag’ gestures as the players slouched back to the dressing rooms…

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Indeed, things were so super serious after the game that Porto’s coach, Paulo Fonseca, openly stated he would be considering his position despite only being in the job since the start of the season, saying during a touchline interview: “I’m now going to talk to the president.”

This led to the club’s aforementioned 76-year-old president, Jorge Pinto da Costa, having to jostle with frenzied reporters while live on air after being asked if Fonseca had tended his resignation one too many times for his liking…

As both angry fans and the media continued to swarm outside the stadium, Ricardo Quaresma then veered his car towards encroaching reporters as he made his getaway…

Hey! Porto! When you’re finished playing silly boggers can everyone just calm down a bit, yeah?

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  1. Eckpfosten says:


    As a supporter of a club, that lost most of his games this season, I am not pretty sure, if the Porto-“Fans” should call themselves fans.

  2. Miguel says:

    However silly the fan’s reaction is to all of this, it’s not a home defeat causing such reaction.. it’s a series of poor results against low end clubs, and an overall lack of attitude from the players and its coach.

    Portuguese League is not the Premiership, and the number of points lost by Porto so far, should be the maximum number of points lost through the whole season.

    Porto fans are demanding, and such lack of attitude is not easily taken by the supporters. You might lose 10 games in a row, if you leave every drop of sweat on the pitch trying to win. Failing to win against inferior clubs playing constantly with apathy and lack of lustre is not the way to go…

  3. Joe says:

    A bit like Man Utd falling out of the top four for the first time in 20-odd years, and their fans (and the media) calling it a crisis, you mean?
    It’s all relative, innit?

  4. el português says:

    Believe me pies, this is pretty normal behavior for portuguese fans and it’s very common for a manager to last only 3 games in charge of a big team around here, I even remember managers who only made the pre-season with the team.
    Besides, Porto will be 7 points from Benfica if Benfica wins tonight, this in a league where big teams rarely loose points, so it will be very hard for Porto to catch 1st place, the proof of that is that in the last 3 seasons Porto have a combined record of only 1 loss in the league.

  5. el português says:

    And that being said what I mean is we are crazy around here.

  6. Bruno says:

    Porto até now 7 points behind Benfica, thanks to this beauty!

  7. Anonymous says:

    The reactions has nothing to do with losing at home for the first time in ages. Its about the results and the playing level this team is showing.

    Dropping a lot of points in a 3 team league is a lot for Porto. 7 points behind Benfica is a lot. Especially considering no one has faith Porto can beat this team playing the way they are.

    Porto struggles badly against any of the big teams. Their season is filled with bad performances and barely scrapping by weak opponents. Heck, the team has 0 wins at home in Europe competitions this season.

    As for the manager. The guy has one season experience in the top division. He was a controversial pick to start with and now he’s getting poor results.

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