The Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAD) has dismissed Olhanense’s appeal and confirmed the promotion of Vizela and Arouca to the Segunda Liga, a decision taken by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) after the cancellation of the Portuguese Championship.
Olhanense, which led Series D of the Campeonato de Portugal, protested against the FPF’s criterion of rewarding the two clubs with the most points in the four series, when a play-off was being prepared with the top two in each series.
Olhanense appealed to the FPF Justice Council, which forwarded the case to TAD, which has now judged in favour of the federation by a majority verdict.
On the playing side, 25-year-old Ivo Braz, who last season scored nine goals for Oriental (Lisbon), has put pen-to-paper. Another exciting prospect is Portuguese youth international Tiago Dias. The 22-year-old was with Primeira Liga outfit Famalicão last season. In his formative years, he had experience at Sporting, Benfica, AC Milan and SC Braga.
Dias is a left-footed winger, who can also play in an attacking midfield role. Agile and quick, he is known for his dribbling, ball control, and shooting from a long range. Central defender Vasco Coelho, who switched from Fátima to Olhanense in January, has left the club.
By CHRIS WRIGHT