Former portuguese player speak with Discoveryfootball.com
A great form of Portuguese football and of course Porto is Fernando Gomes. A great «performer» in his wits did not leave opposing nets that would not … flirt. Now dear Fernando, 63, is an Ambassador of Porto and gives his presence to almost every European Cup draw representing his team.
Gomes retired with Portuguese League totals of 404 matches and 320 goals. His nickname, «Bi-world», was given after the two European Golden Boots he received, in 1983 and 1985.
He remained the best goalscorer in national territory for more than two decades just behind Benfica’s Nene and later returned to Porto, going on to work with the club in an ambassadorial role.
It made sense since we stayed in the same hotel to take advantage of and talk to him as we have known each other for many years…
DF: Dear Fernando, what happened and Porto could not overcome the Krasnodar barrier while you had won 1-0 in Russia?
R/: «What to say. ‘It was a big surprise for us all. But one is certain. Our players, after a 1-0 away win, stayed there. They believed that the second game would be an easy match with some teams in our country. And of course, things in Dragao turned out badly for them and the world that couldn’t believe what he was seeing. So when they understood where things were headed, they tried to turn it around but it was too late. But what to do, this is football and we love it. We will now move on to the Europa League and battle again in Portugal to win the championship. Good luck to Olympiakos who managed and excluded the Russian team and now he will be in the UEFA Champions League. «
DF: Things in this year’s Champions League, how you see it. Will we have teams of surprises or will the usual suspect’s star again?
R/: «Yes I do not see any team able to compete with the existing strong forces. Liverpool as the owner will again be among the favourites. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester City will fight … «
DF: Paris Saint-Germain with Neymar who does various tricks and worries her fans and the administration what do you think she can do?
R/: «Paris like every year can and does spend a lot of money, of course wanting to someday be able to be the big champion in the Champions League. These actions of Neymar alone do him no good and of course, affect the whole team and the administration. Certainly in France again he is the first favourite for the title, but I do not know what he can achieve in the UEFA Champions League … »
DF: We saw Cristiano Ronaldo leading the Portuguese national team in the conquest of the newly formed League of Nations.
R/: «Cristiano is an amazing footballer and super professional. We need young players and everyone in general to set an example for him. «
DF: Will again claim the «Golden Ball» as the FIFA Prize obviously looks…
R/: «Yes, along with Messi and the Dutchman, Van Dijk are the two biggest awards for these two.»
DF: Many say and write that the young man, Joao Felix, will be Christian Ronaldo’s successor.
R/: «Joao is still small. He has a long way to go before he has to work hard to see how far he can get … «
DF: Are we going to Portugal, Porto and Benfica as the main contenders for the title?
R/: «To a large extent it is. They are quite powerful. Of course, Sporting has a very good team but it will be difficult for them to compete until the end .. «