″We live to win serious titles″

President of FC Porto leaves some “pins” in the editorial of Dragões magazine.

Pinto da Costa, president of FC Porto, resorted to the editorial of the magazine “Dragões” of the month of July, to say that he was “astonished” by some news and left some “needles” to rivals.

After talking about “abundant inequalities” between the North of Portugal and Lisbon, the leader of the “dragons” gave the example of football. “Sports clubs are like that too. (…) In practice, clubs are very different from each other. In the last few weeks I have been amazed by some news and by what they show me that has been said in the media. lie, a club celebrated the record of attendance in a football training”, started by “shooting”.

“The same club, some time before, had celebrated with cardboard trophies the defeat in two international finals. And a neighbor of that club, a few days ago, even announced that he had sold many annual seats and that this was the “first trophy of the season”. There are other titles that these clubs like to compete for: market champion and silly season, for example, which is very dependent, in fact, of champion in the distribution of panelists by the Lisbon media”, he continued, concluding afterwards to talk about FC Porto.

“At FC Porto, that doesn’t exist. For us there is only one type of trophy: those that we keep in the museum, made of metal, awarded by official institutions at the end of competitions to those who win them. We live to win serious titles. And , therefore, we are very happy because in 2021/22, among all the championships we played, we just didn’t win one. Because we ended the season, with all merit, winning the roller hockey championship and the European Club Cup billiards. At this point, we’re just looking at what’s to come with the same ambition: to keep filling our museum. We’re back to win real trophies.”

Check out the president’s page in full:

“All men are equal, regardless of race, nationality, gender and many other individual characteristics. We know that this is so in the eyes of God and the Law. Unfortunately, in practice, we also know that inequalities abound. the case of Portugal: a person born into a poor family in the most forgotten North, even if he has great abilities, hardly has the same opportunities in life as someone who is lucky enough to live in Lisbon, where the State concentrates a share absurdity of the resources it manages to extract from the entire country.

Sports clubs are like that too. Theoretically, they are all the same. Regardless of whether they are big or small, whether they serve a local community or have international projection, they always share common goals: improving the environments in which they operate through sport, contributing to the training of young people, winning games and providing joy to fans. But, as with people, this is the theory. In practice, the clubs are quite different from each other.

In the last few weeks I have been amazed at some news and what they show me that has been said in the media. Even though it’s a lie, a club celebrated the attendance record in a football training. The same club, some time before, had celebrated with cardboard trophies the defeat in two international finals. And a neighbor of that club, a few days ago, even announced that he had sold many annual seats and that this was the “first trophy of the time”. There are other titles that these clubs like to compete for: market champion and silly season champion, for example, which is very dependent, in fact, on champion in the distribution of panelists by the Lisbon media.

At FC Porto, that doesn’t exist. For us there is only one type of trophy: those that we keep in the museum, made of metal, awarded by official institutions at the end of competitions to those who win them. We live to win real titles. And, therefore, we are very happy because in 2021/22, among all the championships we played, we just didn’t win one. Because we ended the season, with all merit, winning the Roller Hockey Championship and the European Billiards Club Cup. At this point, we are only looking at what is to come with the same ambition: to continue filling our museum. We’re back to win real trophies.”

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