GROUP H - SPORTING BRAGA

txt by WORLD SOCCER, October 2016

OVERVIEW
The Arsenalistas have made steady progress in recent years, with European football now a regular attraction at the Estadio Municipal (30,000), which is chiselled out of a local quarry.

HONOURS
2 Portugal Cups

COACH
Jose Peseiro, temporarily in charge at Porto last season, succeeded Paulo Fonseca this summer.

HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Last season Braga won the Portuguese Cup – 50 years after their first triumph – to gain direct entry to the group stage.

TACTICS
Braga lost defender Willy Boly (Porto) and forward Rafa Silva (Benfica) to late transfer deals but Peseiro is likely to stick with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

KEY PLAYERS
  • Ricardo Horta, highly regarded forward on loan from Malaga.
  • Centre-back Andre Pinto
  • Alan, veteran Brazilian winger and club captain.

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