Francisco Conceição comes on for his Champions League debut
17 February 2021 – FC Porto

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Gonçalo Peixe

What was the best thing about Porto’s game against Juventus? This fan reporter cherished a moment that went above and beyond the final score

Us younger Porto fans never saw manager Sérgio Conceição play, but he was described as a beast on the pitch. He was determined to make the best possible situation of every single game, sweating to the very last drop of sweat. It’s even said that he could be angry after winning 5-0 because the team could have scored a sixth.

This week he must have been happy that FC Porto scored in the second minute of the match against Juventus, going on to win 2-1. That was a great result in itself, but the most beautiful moment arrived at the end, when the fourth official signalled for injury time. The game was already won when the Porto coach decided to send on a couple of substitutes – and one of them was a very talented 18-year-old who happens to be his son.

Francisco Conceição made his debut against Boavista in the league last Saturday. In that game he showed his dribbling talent, not to mention his passion for wearing the club colours. After his involvement in a late goal that would have won the match, he ignored his team-mates and ran straight to his father. They shared a passionate hug; Francisco, unable to control himself, was in tears. Unfortunately VAR cancelled that goal but the moment couldn’t be taken away.

After Francisco was named among the substitutes for the game against Juventus, word started to spread. Fans started to wonder: might this up-and-coming Portuguese star end up on the same pitch as Cristiano Ronaldo? As the final whistle drew nearer, that question had an answer: Francisco was taking off his tracksuit.

Porto fans are very happy to see that Francisco is on the rise. And that’s because they hope for the same thing from every player who passes through the club: the determination and willpower that his father had.

Our Champions Journalist winner:
Gonçalo Peixe
Gonçalo cherishes the memory of Porto’s Champions League quarter-final home leg against Liverpool in 2019. Porto lost 4-1 that night, but he will never forget the spectacle of the whole stadium singing “Estou sempre a teu lado, a ganhar ou a perder” – meaning “I am always by your side, whether we win or lose.” A self-styled football addict since receiving his first shirt and scarf on his tenth birthday, he had no choice but to follow his father and uncles and become a Porto supporter. As for his favourite player, that’s João Moutinho for his phenomenal ability to read the game.
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With thanks to our Champions Journalist winner
Gonçalo Peixe
Champions Journalist is an annual competition that gives fans a chance to write about their club for Champions Journal.