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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Porto's Fernando Gomes says third-party ownership ban will harm Portugal

Portuguese clubs will struggle to compete if FIFA's third-party ownership ban goes through, says Fernando Gomes.

Porto legend Fernando Gomes said FIFA's new regulation of third-party ownership of players will damage Portuguese football.

Last year, FIFA said third-party ownership would be abolished beginning in May of 2015 as football aims to bring an end to a system its critics say is corrupt, though the decision has been challenged in court.

Gomes, among Porto's greatest players and now a member of their board, said such a move to ban TPO would "create increased financial difficulties" for clubs in Portugal,...

Benfica's Jorge Jesus much more than Mourinho-lite, as title closes in

Benfica remain in control of the Primeira Liga after a 0-0 draw with nearest rivals Porto.

"Benfica ganhou 0-0" (Benfica won 0-0) was the headline in Monday's edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola, and it really felt like that. In terms of spectacle, the latest edition of O Classico with the capital club's eternal rivals FC Porto was one of the less electrifying of recent times. A relatively uneventful match -- coaches Jorge Jesus and Julen Lopetegui squaring up to each other on the final whistle was probably the biggest battle of the afternoon -- suited the reigning champions right down...