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Portuguese international striker Hélder Postiga has completed a transfer to La Liga giants Valencia from Real Zaragoza.

The deal comes only days after Spanish striker Roberto Soldado moved to Tottenham Hotspurs. The Spanish club will rely on the 31 year old Portuguese to score goals this season.

Postiga scored 14 goals in 37 matches last year for Zaragoza but it was not enough for the club to avoid relegation. He joins fellow Portuguese international Ricardo Costa and Joao Pereira at Mestalla this coming season.

Valencia are reported to have paid €3 million for Postiga. Real Zaragoza will also retain 20 percent of the player’s rights. They are also entitled to another €375,000 if Postiga scores more than 15 goals this season.

Postiga is a product of FC Porto’s youth academy. He has spells with Tottenham Hotspurs, Sporting Lisbon and others prior to joining Real Zaragoza in 2011.

He is currently tied for sixth all-time in career goals for Portuguese national team with 26.

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Benfica earned a narrow 1-0 win over French side Bordeaux in the first leg of their Europa League match-up on Thursday night.

The only goal of the match came in the 21st minute when Benfica forward Rodrigo struck a long range shot from just outside the box. The shot hit the post and then deflected off Bordeaux keeper Cédric Carrasso into the goal for the own goal.

The Águias were noticeably not at their best on the night, often assuming a defensive approach that frustrated fans at the Estádio da Luz. key players such as Lima, Enzo Perez and Eduardo Salvio started the match on the bench.

Midfield stalwart Nemanja Matic also missed the match because of a yellow card suspension. Manager Jorge Jesus fielded a 4-3-3 rotation with Nicolas Gaitan and Carlos Martins in central midfield and former Portugal U20 defender Roderick Miranda in defensive midfield.

Jesus said after the match that his club reached its primary objective which was not to concede a goal at home against their French opponents.

“We did not play as well offensively as we would have liked, because we were facing a good club that also wanted to push us off-balance, therefore we had to defend,” Jesus told journalists.

“We played an intelligent game. We have gained some experience playing over two-legs and we will go to France in better conditions to advance then when we started,” he added.

Benfica will face Bordeaux in the second leg on March 14th.

Elsewhere in Europa League action, Former FC Porto manager continues to build on his growing reputation. His Tottenham side earned an impressive 3-0 win against Italian giants Inter Milan.

Man of the moment Gareth Bale opened the scoring at White Hart Lane. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen also scored for Spurs.

A very excited Villas-Boas praised his club’s amazing form after the match.”It was a full 90-minute performance with excellent attacking football. We tried to limit their chances and had so many opportunities. It was a great European night.”

Former Sporting Lisbon Bruno Pereirinha started at right-back for Lazio and helped to set up the first goal in the Italian club’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart.

Raul Meireles’ Fenerbahçe side beat Czech side Viktoria Plzeň 1-0. Meireles did not play due to a red card suspension.

But the results were not all positive for the Portuguese contingent on Thursday night. Portuguese internationals Danny and Luis Neto played in Zenit St. Petersburg’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Swiss club Basel. Neto received a red card in added time.

Oscar Cardozo’s goal in the 61st minute of play gave Benfica a deserving victory over one of the best clubs in this year’s Europa Cup competition.

The goal came as Jorge Jesus’ club came close to conceding a goal moments before. Andre Almeida who was playing right-back for the Águias crossed the ball into the box. Cardozo sought the opportunity, dribbled past a defender and slid it over Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno for the only goal of the game.

The Portuguese side have the added advantage of having an away goal going into the second leg on February 21st at the Estádio da Luz.

The news was not so good for Portuguese players on foreign clubs on Thursday. Fenerbahçe and Portuguese international midfielder Raul Meireles received a straight red in the 4th minute of play against Belarussian club Bate.

The former FC Porto player was dismissed after a hard tackle on former Stuttgart and Arsenal player Aliaksandr Hleb. Luckily, his Turkish club held on to the 0-0 draw going into the second leg in Istanbul, which Meireles will be ineligible for. But Meireles’ terrible first season in Turkey continues.

The result was not so good for Rolando, who is on loan at Italian club Napoli. Rolando received his first start for the club, playing in the middle of a three-man backline. But it was a match to forget for the Porto defender, as Napoli went on to lose 3-0 to Czech club Viktoria Plzeň.

Elsewhere Luis Neto and Danny started the match for Zenit St.Petersburg as they went on to defeat Liverpool 2-0. Former Porto attacker Hulk opened the scoring for the Russian club.

Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham side continued to impress with a 2-1 victory over French side Olympique Lyonnais. Gareth Bale scored both goals for the Spurs, the winner coming in the closing minutes of the match.

Portuguese midfielder Sergio Pinto’s Hannover 96 lost 3-1 to Russian side Anzhi. Olympiakos’ Paulo Machado could do little to prevent a 3-0 defeat by Levante in Spain.

Miguel Veloso’ Dynamo Kyiv drew 1-1 with Bordeaux in the Ukraine. Romanian club CFR Cluj started 5 Portuguese players but lost 2-0 to Inter Milan. Rodrigo Palacio scored both goals after coming on for his injured countrymen Diego Milito.

Former Portugal international Tiago played the entire match for Atletico Madrid who lost 2-0 to Rubin Kazan despite playing the entire second half with an extra man. Former Sporting player Bruno Pererinha was featured on the bench for his new club Lazio but did not play in the Italian team’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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Former Porto and Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas proved many of the doubters wrong after his Tottenham-side earned a well deserved 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

American international Clint Dempsey scored well into injury time at White Hart Lane to earn a draw for Tottenham, but Villas-Boas’ side were clearly the better team throughout the match.

Villas-Boas was thrust into the spotlight in 2011 when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovitch hired the young Portuguese manager to lead his ageing club after a recording breaking year at Porto. Villas-Boas was not able to turn the club around and he was fired in March 2012.

But Chelsea was never a good place for any young manager to go. Fact is, given Villas-Boas lack of experience, a club like Tottenham was always going to be a better fit for him.

Villas-Boas took charge of a talented team that played poorly for Harry Redknapp in the second half of last season and fell out of a Champions League spot.

Upon arriving, Villas-Boas began putting his stamp on the London club. He let Croatian international midfielder Luka Modrić leave for Real Madrid with an incredibly elevated price of nearly 50 million Euros.

Modrić had been linked with moves to Chelsea and Real Madrid for almost two years. Many fans began to suspect that the rumours were beginning to take a toll on the club’s on-field performance.

With Modrić gone, Villas-Boas set out to sign Clint Dempsey, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurðsson, and French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. These players have contributed greatly to Tottenham’s revival.

They also narrowly missed out on Portuguese midfielder João Moutinho, who Villas-Boas is very familiar with from his time in charge of Porto. They are widely rumoured to be pursuing him during this month’s transfer window.

Villas-Boas’ decision to use Dempsey as a winger and sometimes midfielder has greatly paid off in terms of production. He has also managed to get the best out of English striker Jermaine Defoe after a few bad years under Redknapp.

Currently standing in 4th position, Tottenham still have a lot of work to do to remain in a Champions League position for next campaign. Signing Moutinho and perhaps a left-back would go a long way.

But, Sunday’s draw with United in a snowy afternoon in London proved to many that Tottenham and Villas-Boas for that matter are a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.

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Unconfirmed reports from Spain suggest that Portuguese international Fabio Coentrão could move to the Premier League this month. Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly fed up with the 24-year-old and is ready to offload him.

Coentrão was recently fined by the club after arriving late to a training session. This issue was the latest in a series of disciplinary issues that have landed the left-back in trouble.

Coentrão has struggled to live up to the 30 million Euros transfer that brought him to the Spanish capital from Benfica. Coentrão was one of the best performers for Portugal at Euro 2012 but has failed to produce the same form with his current club.

Chelsea is reportedly looking to replace Ashley Cole who may want out of Stamford Bridge. Manchester City have used Gael Clichy and Aleksander Kolarov at the position this season, but might look at Coentrão as an ungrade. Tottenham have also shown interest in Coentrão.

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Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho is one of the marquee commodities on the market this January. Tottenham Hotspurs missed out of the Portuguese international in the remaining hours of the summer transfer window. There are many theories about why the deal fell through but the Spurs remain the frontrunner to land Moutinho.

Spurs Manager Andre Villas-Boas managed Moutinho at Porto during the 2010-11 when the Dragaos won the Europa Cup and went undefeated in the Liga Portuguesa. Moutinho is a deep-lying playmaker-type, similar to Andrea Pirlo who could play anywhere in midfield.

Tottenham are currently holding down fourth place in the Premier League and have played well lately after a slow start to the campaign. Villas-Boas is reportedly desperate to pull the deal off in his first season in the London club. After being fired by Chelsea a year ago, many believe that Villas-Boas has a lot to prove. Moutinho is likely to make Tottenham far better.