Tim Sherwood takes offense to Jorge Jesus during Europa League loss

Thursday wasn’t a great day for Tottenham, having had their Europa League dreams essentially dashed by Benfica in a 3-1 loss.

The already-tense affair grew even more testy after Luisao scored his second goal of the contest. Benfica boss Jorge Jesus celebrated by throwing up three fingers, which appeared to be in the direction of the Tottenham technical area.

Spurs manager Tim Sherwood caught sight of it and took exception. At one point it looks as though Sherwood even squared Jesus up before thinking better of it.  The world’s tiniest fourth official then stood between the managers as they shouted at each other, and cooler heads finally prevailed.

After the match, Jesus pleaded his innocence, saying: “I was saying ’number three, Luisao. Number three.’ That’s his own problem if he felt like that.”

Sherwood was unamused and accused Jesus of lacking class. “I thought his team were very good and showed a lot of class. It’s just a shame their manager didn’t,” Sherwood said.

"Waving goodbye like that? It lacks class. Why would anyone do that? He’s got a good side, of course he has, but not for me thank you. I have no intention of speaking to him.”

We can’t wait to see what the second leg has in store next week at Lisbon.


Lisbon derby suspended due to damaged roof

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The derby between Lisbon rivals Benfica and Sporting has been postponed after loose pieces of roof padding at the Estadio da Luz began flying down toward the pitch due to high winds.Yes, this is the same Estadio da Luz that is scheduled to host this year’s Champions League final.

About 60,000 fans were sent home after a 30-minute delay. According to Benfica’s Twitter, the roof was damaged by bad weather:

Bing Translation: “The bad weather damaged the covering of the Estádio do Sport Lisboa.”

H/T KickTV and 101GG


Cristiano Ronaldo scores 400th career goal

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit yet another milestone today: he scored his 400th career goal for club and country. The Real Madrid and Portugal super star hit the mark in Los Blancos’ 3-0 win over Celta Vigo.

He’ll turn just 29 in less than a month, so with plenty of footballing years ahead of him, we have a slight hunch that number will be significantly higher when he eventually retires (yes, it will happen some day).

Update: Ronaldo also scored his 399th earlier in the match, and dedicated both goals to the late Eusebio, who was laid to rest today.

The Portuguese legend is certainly somewhere watching and smiling.


Eusebio’s final wish is granted

Portugal legend Eusebio had one last wish after he passed: a lap around Estádio da Luz before he is laid to rest.

Thousands of fans showed up at the stadium and thousands more lined the streets to bid farewell to their footballing hero.


In a touching moment, his coffin was placed at center field.

Rest In Peace, Black Panther.


Man Utd want Benfica defender Garay

Today’s newspaper’s have linked Manchester United manager David Moyes with a move for Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay. The Argentine international is also interesting Serie A outfit Napoli. It seems Garay has a release clause in his contract and United look set to attempt to trigger it. He would be a much needed addition for a defense that has conceded 13 goals in the league so far.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Gunners join race for PSG midfielder Pastore

Arsenal are already thinking about the January transfer window and one player they have in mind is Javier Pastore, whose game time at PSG has been limited to say the least. Liverpool were linked with the Argentinean last week but they face a battle of their own to sign Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, who is also wanted by Chelsea and Real Madrid.

We’ve got plenty more stories like these from the UK press so just click here for the latest goss.


Benfica manager Jorge Jesus in trouble after fending off police from pitch invader


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Benfica manager Jorge Jesus reportedly faces a possible three-year ban from the sidelines after wrestling with stadium police following his side’s 1-0 win at Vitoria Guimaeres on Sunday.

Security guards at Guimaeres were called into action after several overly-excited Benfica fans stormed the field to celebrate, but as police attempted to restrain the pitch invaders, Jesus decided to fight with his fans as opposed to encouraging them to clear the field (you know, like any other manager normally would).

Losing his cool, Jesus came to the aid of one particular fan who was being pinned down rather harshly by three guards. The Benfica boss was seen pulling and pushing the guards until finally being led away by several club officials.

Afterwards, Jesus remained defiant: “The fans came on the pitch and security tried to block one of them and I wanted them to leave him alone as he only wanted to look for a (player’s) jersey,” Jesus said.

According to Yahoo! Eurosport, Jesus was later arrested and questioned for interfering with police work. In addition to any minor criminal charges, Jesus could face a touchline ban of up to three years.

However, charges have not yet officially been filed against Jesus, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

H/T Yahoo! Eurosport UK


Lamela set to join Willian at Tottenham

Willian is reportedly close to signing for Tottenham but is Roma forwad Erik Lamela about to join him at White Hart Lane. certainly, the UK media seems to think so even though there are whispers in Italy that a deal is far from done because of differences in the valuation of the player. In fact, Arsenal are rumored to have entered the equation. We’ll see how this one transfers over the next week. We’ve also got the latest on Yohan Cabaye, plus some interesting gossip surrounding Thomas Vermaelen and Oscar Cardoza. Just click here.