From Porto, Portugal
Blue and white striped shirts, blue shorts, white socks
Ground Estádio do Dragão (Dragon Stadium) (52,948)
Manager/Coach Jesualdo Ferreira
Helton, Paulo Ribeiro, Vítor Baía.
Ricardo Costa, Ezequias, Jorge Fucile, Pedro Emanuel, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Marek Cech, Joao Paulo, Jose Bosingwa.
Ricardo Alan, Lucho Gonzalez, Barreto Ibsen, Paulo Assuncao, Anderson, Jorginho, Diogo Valente, Sektioui, Ricardo Quaresma, Raul Meireles.
Helder Postiga, Lisandro Lòpez, Tomislav Sokota, Adriano, Bruno Moraes, Vieirinha.
- Futebol Clube do Porto was said to have been founded in Porto in 1893 by a wine-salesman Antònio Nicolau de Almeida. He first had contact with the game of football in one of his trips to England.
- FC Porto play at the 53,000 Estádio do Dragão (Dragon Stadium). It was completed in 2003 in time to host Euro 2004. The stadium's name and the club nickname of "The Dragons" is derived from the dragon that sits on top of the club crest. The club are also known as "Azuis e Brancos" (Blue and Whites)
- Porto have never won away to an English team. They have travelled here on seven occasions but a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the 2003/04 Champions League first knockout round is the best they have managed.
- FC Porto have appeared in two European Cup finals, winning both. In 1987 Bayern Munich were beaten 2-1 in Vienna and in 2004 Jose Mourinho led his team to victory 3-0 over Monaco in Germany. Having won the UEFA Cup the previous year, Porto became the first club to win the two major European trophies in consecutive seasons.
- Porto failed to win away from home in last season's Champions League. They finished bottom in a group which also included Inter Milan, Rangers and Artmedia Bratislava. In fact, Porto have won only one of their last seven away matches in the competition, losing five and drawing one.
- Former Arsenal player Tommy Docherty managed FC Porto between 1970 and 1971. Former England manager Bobby Robson also had a spell in charge of 'The Dragons' leading them to back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996.
- The 21-time Portuguese champions have played 93 games in the Champions League, winning 35, drawing 25 and losing 33. They have scored 110 goals and conceded 107.
- Their game against Hamburg on October 17 will see the club reach the 250-match landmark in all UEFA club competitions. To date they have played 248, winning 114, drawing 53 and losing 81. They have scored 369 goals, which is exactly 100 more than they have conceded.
- FC Porto's biggest Champions League win came in March 1994 when they won 5-0 at Werder Bremen. Their heaviest defeat in the competition is 4-0, a scoreline they have suffered on two occasions, away to Manchester United in the Quarter Finals in 1996/97 and away to Real Madrid in the group stages the following season.
- As well as football, FC Porto also provide teams for basketball, billiards, boxing, chess, fishing, karate, roller-hockey and weightlifting.
European Cup Winners 2004
European Cup Winners 1987
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