Turning Japanese

As the transfer window was closing, Portimonense reinforced their squad with two rather exotic signings in order to turbo-charge their promotion drive.

Twenty-four-year-old Japanese international midfielder Mu Kanazaki arrived via German Bundesliga club Nürnberg, while Tokyo-born 18-year-old Theodorus Ryuki K. Panagopoulos aka Theo is on loan from Porto. Both men saw their first Algarve action last weekend when their new side took on and beat top division Olhanense thanks to a solitary Ricardo Alves strike.

Portimonense were back in league action against Beira Mar yesterday (Thursday) and take on Sporting B at their municipal stadium next Wednesday (October 18). There then follows a second round League Cup tie away to Boavista on Sunday, September 22.

Meanwhile, fellow second division Algarve club Farense have parted company with their manager Mauro de Brito following their disappointing start to the season. A successor is expected to be in place by the time Viseu come to visit this Sunday morning (September 15). Skip Bandele