Pre-season warm-up

Football’s 2009/10 season is gearing up to explode into action with a host of ‘friendlies’ being played out all over Europe.

In Portugal, top tier Benfica and Olhão have been particularly active on the transfer market while a clutch of new Portimão signings finally began to show their worth during the latest 1-1 draw with Liga Vitalis rivals Feirense during their opening Carlsberg Cup first phase encounter.

Staying in the Algarve, both John Aldrige and Brian Kidd, regular visitors to the region, have been spotted enjoying the sunshine in Luz and Carvoeiro respectively.