Football Season Guide

Boavista FC


César (gk) Bahia, BRA; Ricardo Mangas (def) Bordeaux, FRA – return from loan; Chidozie (def) Alanyaspor, TUR – return from loan; Vincent Sasso (def) Servette, SWI; Róbson Reis (def) Santos, BRA; Bruno Lourenço (mid) Estoril; Masaki Watai (mid) Tokushima Vortis, JAP – on loan; Diego Llorente (att) El Ejido, SPA – return from loan; Roberto Bozenik (att) Feyenoord, NED – on loan; Salvador Agra (att) Tondela


Alireza Beiranvand (sp)(gk) Persepolis, IRN; Tiago Ilori (sp)(def) Paços de Ferreira; Jackson Porozo (r)(def) Troyes, FRA; Javi Garcia (sp)(def/mid) retired; Tomás Reymão (sp)(mid) Albacete, SPA; Fran Pereira (sp)(mid) Estoril; Petar Musa (k)(att) Benfica; Paul Ntep (sp)(att) end of contract; Gustavo Sauer (k)(mid) Botafogo

Boavista had a very promising start with João Pedro Sousa at the helm, collecting just 1 defeat from round 2 to round 9. However, a sequence of draws followed by 5 defeats in 6 rounds made the club sack Sousa and bring the home boy Petit. Usually suited for saving teams from relegation, Petit brought a competitive edge to the team, who was very hard to defeat. A 12th place in the end, but a promise for improvement with more time with current coach. An important new addition in goal, as Brazilian César arrived for the position. Having been out for long through injury, he may need some time to retain his best shape. Luckily, the eternal Bracali is still around, at 41. The back line seems considerably stronger, this season. Chidozie and Ricardo Mangas came back from loan spells (left-back position is now crowded with Mangas, Hamache and Filipe Ferreira); Porozo is gone, but Róbson arrived from Brazil and Sasso returned to Portuguese league. Nathan (linked with move out) and Reggie were kept and are great options for the right. The exciting Makouta and the reliable Vukotic and Perez were all kept, which is great news for Petit. Even better is hoping to see the skilful Miguel Reisinho back from very long injury. Bruno Lourenço and Salvador Agra are two very important new signing for the wings, while Robert Bozenik was signed to replace his fellow Slovak striker Musa, who left after a great performance last season. The biggest star of latter years, Gustavo Sauer had already left in April. Petit looks determined to add a more technical profile to his game, and there are hopes that this Boavista will be aiming for their best position since the return to top flight, back in 2014.


The team seems equipped to hold a top-10 position.