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Expedition Europa continues: Our analysis of FC Porto!

Die Roten Bullen travel to the Estádo do Dragao | Vincent Aboubakar is FCP's top scorer with 13 goals | The Portuguese side are in the domestic title hunt | They're on the upswing after four years without a title

The next stage of our Expedition Europa is upon us! Die Roten Bullen are looking to beat Portuguese side FC Porto again in the return fixture and make a big statement in Europe.
 
We put the current Primeira Liga table-toppers under the microscope and complied the most important facts on the team.

Successful, but trophyless for four years:

FC Porto, founded in 1893, are one of the most successful Portuguese teams, along with Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.
 

Porto have 43 titles to their name:

  • 27 Portuguese league titles (most recently in 2013)
  • 16 Portuguese Cup titles (most recently in 2011)
  • 2 Champions League titles (1987 and 2004)
  • 2 Europa League titles (2003 and 2011)
Porto, despite their team being filled with star names, haven’t won a trophy in four years. The club finished in second place in the Primeira Liga last season behind Benfica.
 
They were knocked out of the Portuguese Cup by GD Chaves on penalties in the fourth round. They reached the round of 16 in the Champions League before being beaten 3-0 on aggregate by eventual champions Juventus.
 
The new head coach and former Portugal international Sérgio Conceição is hoping to help bring the club back to the success and titles they are used to.

 

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Vincent Aboubakar (left) scored twice in the game against AS Monaco.

Top of the table

League:
 
Porto are still unbeaten in the Primeira Liga and are leading after nine wins and one draw in the opening ten games. A dream start!
 
FC Porto are top of the table with 28 points, two ahead of current runners-up Sporting Lisbon. Benfica, the current Portuguese champions, are five points down in third place.
 
Champions League:
 

Porto kicked off their current Champions League campaign with a 3-1 home loss to Beşiktaş, but then managed to confidently beat AS Monaco 3-0 in their second group fixture. After Die Roten Bullen’s 3-2 win in the first leg fixture, FC Porto are sitting third in group G with one win and two losses. 

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Jean-Kevin Augustin scored the winning goal in the 3-2 first-leg win!
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Our starting XI in the first-leg game against FC Porto!

Players to watch:

Vincent Aboubakar:
The forward has already scored 13 goals for Porto this season – eight in the league, three in the Champions League and two in the Portuguese Cup. The centre forward has also helped out his team with two assists.
 
Moussa Marega:
The Frenchman mainly plays as an attacking midfielder and poses a real threat, with eight league goals this season. However, he has not yet scored in the Champions League this season.
 
Iker Casillas:
Iker Casillas is no stranger. The goalkeeper has won the Euros two times (2012, 2008) as well as the 2010 World Cup with Spain. The 36-year-old won the Champions League three times, La Liga five times and the Copa del Rey twice with Real Madrid. He has won the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper award five times.
 
Maxi Pereira:
The 33-year-old is one of three Pereiras in Porto’s squad (none are related) and competes for the right back position with Ricardo Pereira. He holds the record for most appearances made for Uruguay, with 120 appearances. He won the Copa America in 2011.
 

The coach:

Sérgio Conceição:
After Raphael Wicky (FC Basel) und Viktor Goncharenko (ZSKA Moscow), Conceição is the youngest coach in the Champions League. The 42-year-old Portuguese man played professionally for Porto from 1996 until 1998 as well as in 2004.
 
Conceição’s sons Rodrigo and Francisco are both under contract at rival clubs – Sporting Lisbon and Benfica respectively. Conceição scored all three goals in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Germany at the 2000 Euros.
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Legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas has played for the Portuguese club since 2015.

Club profile:

Founded:
28th September 1893
 
Club colours:
Blue and white
 
Record appearances:
Helton (332 games)
 
Record goalscorer:
Jackson Martinez (92 goals)
 
Stadium:
Estádio do Dragão
Opened in 2003
50,033 capacity

Pitch: 105x68 m 

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"The Special One" - José Mourinho won the 2004 Champions League with FC Porto 2004.
Champions League Matchday 4
FC Porto

Wed

1st Nov

RB Leipzig
20:45
Estádio do Dragão , Porto
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The number of league titles the Portuguese side have won
3
The number of times Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has won the Champions League

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