Musical Mondays: A Minha Casinha by Xutos & Pontapés

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I know most of you won’t know this song, but if you watched the game last night, this was the song playing when the Portugal National Team made its way to receive the trophy. 😀 It’s basically about missing home, which is kind of poetic.

As saudades que eu já tinha
Da minha alegre casinha
Tão modesta quanto eu.

Meu Deus como é bom morar
No modesto primeiro andar
A contar vindo do céu.

As saudades que eu já tinha
Da minha alegre casinha
Tão modesta quanto eu.

Meu Deus como é bom morar
No modesto primeiro andar
A contar vindo do céu.

As saudades que eu já tinha
Da minha alegre casinha
Tão modesta quanto eu.

Meu Deus como é bom morar
No modesto primeiro andar
A contar vindo do céu.

La ra la la la la la
La ra la la la la la la
La ra la la la la la

As saudades que eu já tinha
Da minha alegre casinha
Tão modesta quanto eu.

Meu Deus como é bom morar
No modesto primeiro andar
A contar vindo do céu.

…do céu.
…do céu.

EURO 2016: PORTUGAL, WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

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What a wild ride! I’m still high from all the emotions from last night, and I still can’t believe it… I’m ecstatic. WE WON!!! If you follow football (soccer) at all, you know by now: PORTUGAL IS THE NEW EUROPEAN CHAMPION!

I suffered a lot in 2004, I’ve been suffering a lot since then, but this European championship made me suffer for a lot more than our 23 player on the field. We saw a slander campaign against us. For a whole month we endured all criticism, people saying we didn’t deserve anything, French reporters saying that our game was disgusting. They belittled our people and the 2 million portuguese immigrants living in their country. We saw coaches from another huge national teams saying that we stood no chance. They wrote articles saying how bad Ronaldo was. There was an overall lack of respect and sportsmanship in regards to the Portugal National Team.

Because of this, I have to say that our win tasted all that better.

It’s true we didn’t play the most gorgeous football ever. Yes, we went through the group phase with only draws. We played more minutes than any other team on the competition too. We also used all our player (apart from the other 2 goal keepers) because we had injuries and our scheme wasn’t settled. We also had a coach that always believed! He said from the start that they would only be back to Lisbon on July 11th, and damn him, he was right :D. We had a group that wanted it more than anything, and that had a great chemistry and relationship. We had a huge cohesion and a group that worked always towards a common goal: go through to the next phase and the next. And we had an amazing group of immigrants in France, who never gave up, who were there all along for our national team, supporting our boys and making them feel like they were at home.

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Then we had such a tough game last night. The field was in the worst conditions ever, our captain, Cristiano Ronaldo was badly injured right at the beginning of the game, and he was in so much pain that he had to leave the game.

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We suffered through the 90 minutes of the game, where Pepe and Rui Patricio were heroes. Then 30 minutes more and we finally did it. Eder, against all expectations, scored and everyone went wild. And then we did it!

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WE WON! We’re the European Champions for the first time ever.

We have a Captain that is a TRUE CAPTAIN. Something has to be said about this guy, because his dream was to win something for Portugal, but he got injured and had to leave. He still did his job even outside the field. He supported them in the half time. And he was in the bench for all the last 30 minutes, supporting them, giving directions, helping his coach. He was motivating them! HE’S THE BEST CAPTAIN EVER! (and I might have cried when Nani gave him his Captain bracelet again).

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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (of Europe), and I’ll be happy for awhile! 😀 A huge congratulations to these boys, they deserve this :D.

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Musical Mondays: Hino Euro 2004 (Menos Ais) by Da Weasel

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We’re entering the last week of UEFA EURO 2016, and Portugal is – for the 4th time in the last 5 championships – in the semi-finals. I don’t care about the critics and stupid comments. We’re there, and even if we don’t go through to the finals, I’m still proud of this young group of players. This week Portugal will play with Wales on Wednesday, and on Thursday it’s France and Germany playing for the other place in the final. I’m wishing with all my might that we achieve at least what we did on Euro 2004 – a place in the final, so today I’ve decided to share a song done for that championship, when Portugal was about to head to that magical game (that we lost, btw). This song was sponsored by our national oil company and sang by Da Weasel. Watch the video to see our players from a decade ago (you might spot Cristiano Ronaldo when he was super young).

Está tudo pronto? Dá-lhe gás!

Três, dois, um, vai arrancar
uma espécie de hino em versão popular
sem coisas de mão no peito e ar pesado
Em 2004 o campeonato vai mudar o nosso fado
do coitado, do arrumado, do comido
Porque é que o país se queixa do que podia ter sido?
Mas nunca é. E a culpa nunca é nossa
é do árbitro, é do campo, é de quem nos deu uma coça.
Chega. Queremos mais, é um murro na mesa.
Um grito do Ipiranga em versão portuguesa.
Até hoje, quase marcámos, quase ganhámos, quase
fizemos…
Mas porquê quase? …Passemos à próxima fase.

Marca mais!
Corre mais!
Menos ais, menos ais, menos ais!
Quero muito mais!

O conceito é muito simples: não desistir.
Mas será que é esta atitude que acabamos de pedir?
É chato agora, acreditem no que digo:
nós jogamos em casa e contamos com o Figo,
o Rui Costa, o Deco, o Simão e o Pauleta.
Razões para querermos mais que um lugar que não
comprometa.
Será de mais pedir a taça?
Nada que um adepto com orgulho não faça.
Bonito, bonito, é dar o litro,
E não pôr culpas no gajo do apito.
Vá lá gritar noventa minutos, cento e vinte, o que
for
do princípio ao fim, por favor.
Vamos lá people afinem-me essa voz
No fim, só ganha um… e temos que ser nós.

Marca mais!
Corre mais!
Menos ais, menos ais, menos ais!
Quero muito mais!

Joga mais!
Sua mais!
Menos ais, menos ais, menos ais!
Quero muito mais!

Nem custa tanto assim imaginar a vitória
no fundo, é só uma soma de momentos de glória.
Era bonito… Um abraço aqui, um abraço ali…
Abraço toda a gente, abraço quem nunca vi.
Vamos lá transformar isto numa grande festa
Sem pressão, Selecção, és a esperança que nos resta
Por isso, escuta: não te esqueças que a sorte protege
os filhos da luta.
Não levem a mal a exigência
Mas pr’a empates e derrotas não há paciência.
Queremos mais, muito mais, menos ais
Scolari, já vimos do que cê é capais.
Cê sabe que para ganhar é preciso ter fé.
E a bola no pé.

yo…querem mais?

Então baza lá, vamos lá outra vez
Quem não salta agora aqui não é português
Sempre com o desejo de cantar na final
“levantai hoje de novo o esplendor de Portugal”.
Tudo a postos,
vamos ter fé uma vez na vida
e acabar o europeu de cabeça e de taça erguida.
Se temos saudade, temos vontade, temos saúde, temos
atitude
Se temos tudo, de que é que o português se queixa?
…Era esta a vossa deixa.

Marca mais!
Corre mais!
Menos ais, menos ais, menos ais!
Quero muito mais! 

Joga mais!
Sua mais!
Menos ais, menos ais, menos ais!
Quero muito mais!

Musical Mondays: Tudo o que eu te dou #Somos Portugal by Pedro Abrunhosa

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Today I’m doing something a bit different. In case you don’t know by now, I’m a huge fan of football (or soccer, if you’re from the USA), and right now the Euro 2016 in France is in full swing. Portugal is having its first game tomorrow, Tuesday, so I’m sharing our official support song today. This music has been around for over 20 years, but has been adapted to support our national team. the first video is the cut version that runs on TV, while the second one is the complete song.

Eu já sei
Que mais podemos ser,
Hoje ser rei,
É esse o teu poder.
Somos mais fortes
Coragem, ambição,
Voamos mais alto,
O meu nome é Seleção. 

Eu já sei
Que mais te posso dar,
A minha voz
Como um rugido de mar,
Gritos de dor,
Gritos de prazer,
Que um Homem também chora
No momento de vencer.

Foram tantas as noites sem dormir,
Tanta dor, tanta glória, suar e cair
E a cada vitória
Uma certeza no ar
E logo ali eu sei, 

Que tudo o que eu te dou,
Tu me dás a mim,
Tudo o que eu sonhei,
Tu farás por mim
Tudo o que nos dás,
Nós damos-te a ti,
Somos Portugal!

Enquanto houver caminho
Passo a passo lá chegamos,
Ninguém joga sozinho
Tu entregas, nós cantamos

Mais, peço-te eu,
Já nos sinto a conquistar
Levanta, Desafia
Há milhões a acreditar,

Todos somos um,
Neste mar que se abriu,
Há vitórias, Descobertas,
E o que a História construiu,
Há vontade de conquista,
Há saudade e coração,
Há jogadas de loucura,
Futebol e Paixão,
Hmm, essa força
Leva-me à Final,
Mata-me de Amor,
Viva Portugal!
Deixa-nos cantar, voar, enlouquecer…

Que tudo o que eu te dou,
Tu me dás a mim,
Tudo o que eu sonhei,
Tu farás por mim
Tudo o que nos dás,
Nós damos-te a ti,
Somos Portugal!
Tudo o que eu te dou,
Tu me dás a mim,
Tudo o que eu sonhei,
Tu farás por mim,
Tudo o que nos dás,
Nós damos-te a ti,
Somos Portugal! 

Somos Portugal!
Leva-me à Final

Football and Feelings (and why I’ll be planted in front of my tv tonight!)

Well, as you might have guesses by my last few posts, I love Word Cup season! That said, I was really mad when I wrote my last post, so much in fact, that I wrote it in Portuguese, which, in fact, is something that I hadn’t done so far, so, that should give a clue as to the level of my madness!

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If you don’t read Portuguese (shame on you =P), it was basically about how disappointed I was (still am) with the people of my country. Contrary to what you may think, and although I was extremely sad about it, I’m not or ever will be disappointed with my national football team. I’m confident that they give their best anytime they’re representing their country, even when they don’t get the results we wished they would. People should stop criticizing everything and start supporting more! ‘Cause it’s not normal that a random, probably not portuguese Tumblr user is more supportive of our player than us!

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That said, I’m happy to read that our coach doesn’t plan on quitting, regardless of the results achieved. I’m happy about it because I think blaming everything that goes wrong in a couple of weeks on the coach is a bunch of bullshit, and I would like to see him get our team classified for the Euro 2016.

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And because Portugal plays today, and even though our chances are really slim, they still exist, and I believe in the “Selecção das Quinas”! GO PORTUGAL! #IBELIEVE #EUACREDITO #SOMOSSELECÇÃO #SOMOSPORTUGAL

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