Olhanense strengthen defence

Former Vizela left-wing back Kaká has signed for SC Olhanense as new manager José Carvalho Araújo looks to strengthen the team cruelly denied promotion by the intransigence of the Portuguese Football Federation.

Kaká made eighteen appearances for Vizela last season as they gained promotion from the Campeonato Portugal to the Segunda Liga. The 27 year-old made one appearance for the Portugal U21 team against Scotland seven years ago.

Goalkeeper Rodrigo Moura, , who was on-loan from Vilafranquense and made twenty-one appearances for Olhanense last season, has returned to the Vila França club and will be hoping to establish himself in their first team who compete in the Segunda Liga.

Campeonato de Portugal restructure
The third level of Portuguese football is being restructured yet again, the third change in four years. From the current four divisions of eighteen clubs, Phase One of the new set-up will comprise of eight divisions of twelve clubs.

The top club in each division will then compete in two mini leagues of four and the winners of those mini leagues will gain promotion to the Segunda Liga. Clubs finishing in positions 2 to 5 (thirty-two in total) will split into eight mini-leagues of four with the top two in each forming a new Third Professional League – behind the Primeira Liga and the Segunda Liga.

Algarve clubs involved will include SC Olhanense, Louletano, Armacenenses and newly promoted Moncarapachense.

By Chris Wright