Football Season Guide

Belenenses SAD


Guilherme Oliveira (gk) Louletano - return from loan; Henrique Buss (def) Al Ittihad Kalba, UAE; Samir Banjai (def) Oleiros; Bruno Ramires (mid) Feirense; Afonso Sousa (mid) FC Porto B; Cauê (mid) Albirex Niigata, JAP; Afonso Taira (mid) Hermannstadt, ROM; Miguel Cardoso (mid/att) Dynamo Moskow, RUS - on loan;


Hervé Koffi (r)(gk) Mouscron, BEL; Filipe Mendes (sp)(gk) Real SC; Ricardo Ferreira (def) end of contract; Show (r)(mid) Boavista; Nuno Coelho (k)(def) Chaves; André Santos (k)(mid) Grasshoppers, SWI; Nuno Pina (sp)(mid) Grasshoppers; Jonatan Lucca (mid) Farense; Licá (k)(att) end of contract; Alhassane Keita (att) released; Marco Matias (r)(att) end of contract;

Unsurprisingly, Belenenses had a difficult last season, but relegation contention expert Petit showed his quality in saving teams in difficult position, and drove Azuis into a safe position some weeks before the end. This next season should be no different. Azuis are expected to continue struggling, as their most important players from last season are gone and Petit will be left the job to rebuild the team. There were some important new signings, like winger Miguel Cardoso, midfielders Cauê, Ramires and Taira and renowned centre-half Henrique Buss. However, the success of the team will heavily depend on how well the youngsters will grow into firm first team options. Koffi in goal, Coelho at the back, André Santos in midfield and Licá in attack were last season's references, and they are all gone. Something that may be a blessing in disguise if the talent in the youngsters is a real thing. The likes of Calila, Tomás Ribeiro, Nilton, Semedo, Cassiera and Robinho have all fallen short of proving their quality, last season, and will have a second chance. They are the team's backbone for the season, and their failure in affirming will mean trouble for the rest of the team. It's questionable if Petit is the right man to bring the best out of those young talents.


Expected to struggle and be involved in relegation contention until the last rounds.