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Busy times at SC Olhanense

It is a race against time as earth movers and diggers work around the clock to get the ground ready for the start of Olhanense’s first game back in the Premier League after 34 years.

Off the field, life is no less frenetic. Jorge Costa has only half a squad but the first signing of the summer, defender Carlos Fernandes from Marítimo, will bring experience to the side. The 31-year old, who started his career at local side Farense, has played for Belenenses, Boavista and Sp. Braga.

Captain Rui Duarte has also signed a new two-year contract and negotiations are still on going with a number of loan signings, mainly from FC Porto.

Last weekend, a party was held at the stadium and recently re-elected President, Isidoro Sousa presented a signed commemorative Champions Shirt, used only for the last game of the season, to the British supporters who now number more than 60.

He went on to thank the Algarve Resident for its support and exposure during the season.

Supporters wishing to apply for membership should do so as soon as possible. There are now more than 5,000 socio-members.

For further information and details on how to become a member, please contact Emily Richardson at neilandem@sapo.pt (tel. 939 486 870) or christopher.wright@hotmail.co.uk (tel. 916 504 903)

Fixtures and pre-season tournament

The league fixtures are announced on July 6 and, 10 days later, the prestigious Guadiana Tournament takes place at the Municipal Stadium in Vila Real Santo António.

Matches are Thursday July 16, Benfica v. Atletico Bilbao, KO 9.15pm, Friday July 17, SC Olhanense v. Anderlecht, 9.15pm and Saturday July 18, 3rd/4th play-off final, 7pm and the final at 9.15pm.