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Portuguese Liga

 By Lee Roden

When Sporting meet Benfica, historical rivalry leads to new tensions

The Portuguese capital Lisbon came to a halt on Monday as legendary footballer Eusebio was laid to rest.
The Estadio Jose Alvalade, home to Sporting, was the scene for the latest meeting of two of Portugal's biggest clubs.

In the latest edition of ESPN FC's derbies series, which features eyewitness insights into some of the biggest rivalries in world football, Lee Roden went to Lisbon for the clash between Portuguese giants Sporting and Benfica. 

ESPN FC'S DERBIES SERIES

- River Plate vs. Boca Juniors, by Sam Kelly
- Man City vs. Man United, by Iain Macintosh
- Celtic vs. Rangers, by Chris Jones
- Benfica vs. Sporting CP, by Lee Roden
- Apr. 2: Everton vs. Liverpool, by Jeff Carlisle
- Apr. 16: Olympiakos vs. Panathinaikos, by Michael Yokhin
- Apr. 30: Schalke vs. Borussia Dortmund, by Uli Hesse

LISBON, Portugal -- At 5 p.m the Benfica supporters start to march from their own stadium into the enemy's heartland. It's Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. They have been gathering outside the Estadio da Luz for around two hours. Once the number of red shirts reaches 2,500, the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Real Madrid target Danilo 'happy' with link as talks over deal continue

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe believes there is a high probability that Barcelona will drop points before season's end and afford Real Madrid an opportunity to win La Liga.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down Barcelona's four point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno weighs in on Real Madrid's inability to capitalise on their scoring opportunities against Barcelona.

Porto defender Danilo has said he is "happy" to be linked with Real Madrid, with AS reporting that negotiations over a move had reached an advanced stage.

But the Brazil international told AS he was "thinking only about this season... then we'll talk about the future."

He said: "I'm having a great time at Porto, and it's natural that there is speculation and talking linking my name with big clubs.

"So I'm very happy to be associated with big clubs like Real Madrid, but right now I'm focused on something...

Porto's Danilo has agreed Real Madrid move, says Barcelona transfer advisor

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti examines the pressure that Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti is facing after conceding the top spot to Barcelona in La Liga.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he will stick by his usual formation against Schalke on Tuesday, despite 'Los Blancos' struggles in front of goal recently.
The ESPN FC crew debate Carlo Ancelotti's future with Real Madrid and whether or not the MLS should use a relegation system.
Barcelona's talisman Lionel Messi has tied Cristiano Ronaldo in most scored goals in La Liga after completing a hat trick against Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique says there is room for improvement, and the real aim is to finish first at the end of the season.

Sought-after Porto right-back Danilo is joining Real Madrid this summer, Barcelona's new transfer advisor Charly Rexach has said.

Local media speculation claimed Barca had targeted the Brazil international as the long-term replacement for right-back Dani Alves, who looks set to leave the Camp Nou when his contract ends in June.

However, more recent stories in the Madrid-based press have said Los Blancos have agreed a 30 million-euro deal with Porto, with a six-year contract that would triple...