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Trás os Defensores

Two hours or so inland from the city of Porto lies the northeastern Portuguese province of Trás-os-Montes, or Behind the Hills.  I drove that route nearly 30 years ago but recalled it this week because Arsenal will have been working on some clever ways of getting in behind the Porto defenders to prevent a recurrence of […]

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Embed from Getty Images Mikel Arteta unsurprisingly went with an unchanged side from the one which won 5-0 at Burnley on Saturday and 6-0 at West Ham the weekend before –Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli; Subs: included Ramsdale, Smith-Rose, Viera, Nwaneri, Sweet and Heaven. For Porto, manager Conceição had […]

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Hic sunt dracones

And so into the Dragons’ den. The time: Wednesday evening. The occasion: the Champions League Round of 16 first leg against FC Porto. The location: a sold-out Estádio do Dragão. The 50-000 seater stadium, the third largest in Portugal, was built for the 2004 Euros. Porto moved in the year before, travelling a few hundred […]

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Embed from Getty Images My Spanish is very poor (like my Italian, German, French, and Dutch) but I could swear that drifting over from the Sevilla supporters was the refrain “Six times champions of Europe, you’ll never say that”. Frankly if that was what they were singing it sounded as ridiculous in context as the […]

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Lest you get the idea that the title refers to the tactics of the Spanish Inquisition, I must nip that notion in the bud immediately [nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! — eds.]. That is to say, early-harvest extra virgin olive oil is made this time of year from Andalusian olives that are harvested as they […]

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