Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

UEFA: FC Porto win Europa League title

Posted in European Football by peterbein on May 19, 2011

The constant stream of comparisons between current FC Porto coach André Villas-Boas and his mentor José Mourinho are set to continue following the Portuguese club’s UEFA Europa League triumph over compatriots Sporting Braga. Radamel Falcao claimed the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time to secure FC Porto their second success in this competition, adding to the UEFA Cup won with Mourinho in 2003. In truth the game was far from a classic but Braga did miss a glorious chance to restore parity early in the second half when Mossoró was through on goal following a defensive mistake but Porto keeper Helton kept him at bay. With chances few and far between in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium the team from Portugal’s second city held out in a tight contest.

Now the future of Porto coach Villas-Boas, who at 33 years old is the youngest coach to guide a team to a European club title, will certainly be the subject of much speculation after he guided his team to an unbeaten Portuguese SuperLiga triumph as well as last night’s piece of continental glory. Now “Mourinho Lite” has the chance to complete the treble this Sunday as Porto meet Vitória de Guimarães in the Portuguese Cup final.



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