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 By Tom Kundert

Benfica continue to set records in Portugal, here's how they're doing it

Coach Rui Vitoria was on the verge of being fired in 2015 but has turned Benfica around in the past year.

On Sunday night Benfica made the short trip to Belenenses, winning 2-0 to break the all-time record for consecutive away victories in the Portuguese top flight. It was the 16th straight triumph for the Eagles on the road, toppling a record that had dated back to Jimmy Hagan's Benfica side of 1973, a team powered by goal-scoring extraordinaire Eusebio who had 40 league goals in that campaign. Today's Benfica has no Eusebio but their level of dominance, especially against the weaker sides in the...

 By Tom Kundert

Andre Silva proves that Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph is just the beginning

Andre Silva was the star of the match for Portugal, scoring a hat-trick early in their 6-0 domination over the Faroe Islands.
Former Barcelona and Portugal star Deco reflects on Portugal's recent run of success, highlighted by their Euro 2016 triumph.
Andre Silva's incredible first half continues as he puts in goal number three for Portugal.

As usual, Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines in Friday's 6-0 win over Andorra. He joined the select group of Eusebio, Nuno Gomes and Pauleta by scoring four goals for the Seleção in a single match. More significant, though, was the 86th-minute strike by Porto centre-forward Andre Silva.

It was the 20-year-old's first international goal in just his second start, and it served notice that Silva is not interested in being dislodged from the starting lineup any time soon. Three days later, on Monday,...

 By Chris Wright

Cristiano Ronaldo tries to teach Portugal teammate Pepe a new trick

Having schooled himself in the dark and destructive side of the game over the years, Pepe was keen to learn a new skill during Portugal's recent training session.

Thankfully, the grizzled centre-half just so happens to be good friends with one of the most fleet-footed players in the world in the guise of Cristiano Ronaldo.

During the warmup, Ronaldo attempted to teach Pepe a flashy new trick while the pair juggled the ball back and forth.

The results, it might not surprise you to learn, were not...

 By Chris Wright

Portugal hero Cristiano Ronaldo scores stunning rabona in training

Along with the rest of his international cohorts, Cristiano Ronaldo spent his Wednesday limbering up for Portugal's upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header against Andorra and the Faroe Islands.

Despite having not made an international appearance since the culmination of Euro 2016, the Real Madrid superstar looked to be in fine form as he thwacked shot after shot into the back of the net during a finishing drill.

In fact, things were going so swimmingly that he even started showing off -- we...

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Trending: Marcus Rashford scores hat trick, Portugal lose in Switzerland

ESPN FC's Brian McBride assesses Christian Pulisic's performance and upside following Team USA's 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

ENGLAND: Marcus Rashford grabbed a dream hat trick on his under-21 debut as Gareth Southgate's side moved a step closer to Euro 2017 by beating Norway 6-1. Rashford was praised for his "humility" by Southgate.

- The Football Association fears that Britain's exit from the European Union will make it harder for England to win bids to host major tournaments.

- Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has said England are not under pressure to...

Portugal and France suffer Euros hangover; Kosovo and Lukaku shine

The ESPN FC crew reacts to France's scoreless draw against Belarus in World Cup Qualifying.

The 2018 World Cup is only two years away and the first qualifiers have happened. We asked Iain Macintosh to summarise how things went in an international football edition of Heroes & Villains.


Congratulations to Kosovo, the newest member of the FIFA family, who picked up their first ever point in their first ever game on Monday. Valon Berisha, who won 19 caps with Norway before the governing body approved his switch to the country of his parents, struck a decisive penalty on the hour...