Day After

The goals and records; great victories and heavy defeats. How are the greatest sports events reported by the media, after the final of the competition? The day after the sports show.


«England in Final of World Cup», announced the headline of The Daily Telegraph, on July 27 of 1966.

England exulted; the host country of the World Cup of 1966 had defeated the Portuguese Selection and stamped the passport to the final.

Accompanying the article, the newspaper published the image of an …. opponent player?

«Eusébio in tears after 8 goals in 5 games», could be read.

Eight goals in five games, which had become Eusebius in the big figure of the World Cup.

In such a way that, at the time of victory, was his photography that The Daily Telegraph decided to published.

Not an image of the goals of the victory, not the winning team; Eusébio, The Black Panther, that has shown himself to the world in the World Cup of 1966.

The day after the semi-final, the Portuguese press woke up with a completely different spirit that was lived in England; the disappointment.

The cover picture, this was exactly the same.

The tears of the national hero reflected the sadness of the Portuguese fans.

"The class and panache of the National Selection proven in Wembley", has published  Diário de Notícias.

The victorious walk of the Portuguese in his first participation in a World Championship has only been waged by the momentum of the host team.

A feat that the press hasn’t failed to point out.

"Losing with shine", claimed O Século, praising the «breath» and «quickly» legs of the English training.

Jornal de Notícias pointed the blame of the defeat. "We lacked the luck and the strength to the most beautiful dream of Portuguese football," wrote the newspaper.

A very different highlight was given by  Diário de Lisboa.

In the first page, mostly dedicated to international news, the national team was referred in the «Nota do Dia», a text with a clear agenda.

"It is fair, therefore, that [the players of the Selection] have the prize of their effort and that that, in their return to Lisbon, the population dispense them the enthusiastic welcome they deserve. But it shouldn't be here the expression and the amount of the reward".

When the newspaper A Bola went out, the wounds of the defeat had already begun to heal.

The sport's journal only was published on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and so, the first edition after the semifinal only went to the stalls two days after the game against England.

"Portugal has saved the World Cup", was the headline chosen, praising the deed of the "Magriços" in lands of His Majesty.

The report of the special envoy, Carlos Pinhão, underlined that «our game with England restored the reputation of the proof».

Proof that was approaching to the end.

On July 28th, Portugal faced and won the U.S.S.R., winning the third place of the World Cup.

This was the event that the Record chose to highlight in the first edition published after the defeat by the English.

The newspaper only went out on Tuesdays and Saturdays, so only four days after the semi-final, the Portuguese could read the cover of Record.

The defeat passed almost unnoticed among the much more flattering praise for the conquering of the third place, "A place that was not dreamed", wrote Amadeu José de Freitas.

A spirit of praise and common surprise to Portuguese news coverage, of one of the darkest days of the Portuguese sport's history, immortalized in the media system by the tears of Eusébio.


"Trapattoni will sign today", it could be read in the headline of A Bola, on July 5th, 2004.

On the background of the first page, almost unnoticed, it could be seen a crestfallen Luís Figo, going away from the European Cup that eluded the national team squad.

The European Football Championship, organized in Portugal, ending with a 1-0 defeat against Greece.

A result that has bring the fans to their knees.

The competition had involved the Portuguese in an unprecedented campaign to support the National Team.

And the "boys" of Scolari had responded, reaching the final.

It was the first appearance of the team in a final of an international competition, and the Portuguese believed.

Another goal of the Greek striker Charisteas silenced the stadium of Light and dictated the end of national aspirations.

"It lacked courage", accused O Jogo.

In the journal's cover, the Portuguese defeat also has share its attention with the hiring of new red coach.

"Greece are The European Champion and Portugal have to be content with the fact that it was the last to lose. But as had already been the first... there's more blame than sorry", criticized the newspaper.

An opposite approach to the its rival, Record. «Portugal is proud of you», declared the sports daily.

Cristiano Ronaldo, then with nineteen years-old, and her tears, did the cover of the Record, accompanied by the apprehensive expressions of Pauleta and Miguel.

"Now comes the time when the party gives way to sadness, an unexpected outcome that few would bet", wrote the newspaper.

Also  Público was laudatory of the Portuguese performance.

"It was worth it," was the expressive headline, who topped a picture of a disconsolate Rui Costa.


The Portuguese number 10 was also the central figure of the covers of Diário de Notícias and Jornal de Notícias.

From back, head down, and surrounded by the symbols of the Greek party, Rui Costa was comforted by the technical team.

The "maestro" had represented the national team squad for the last time and left slip through his fingers the European Title.

The cover of Correio da Manhã has highlighted another protagonist of the Portuguese team.

Luis Figo, bringing his hands to his head, an image that expressed the end of the Portuguese dream.

"It was a pity that the team hadn't played to the end with the determination of the last half an hour, period which created some opportunities and forced Greece to back down", lamented the daily.

The Portuguese discontent contrasted with the Greek party.

The Greek press painted up by blue and white to celebrate the conquest of Euro 2004.

Images of the celebrations filled the covers of newspapers, celebrating a victory that became even sweeter for being so unexpected.

The Greek National Team had never before won a European Championship.

Side by side with the players who had disputed the game, appeared other characters; the Portuguese who, throughout the world, had believed and suffered until the end with the national team squad.

Anonymous faces and voices coming up to the pages of the Portuguese press, representing the national hope in the first Portuguese title in an international competition.

On the field was more than a team; It was the belief of a country.

A country that remains not mentioning the most mediatic Portuguese football defeat.


Who came to the Portuguese newsstands on August 22 of 2008 would run into a rare sight.

Two of the leading sports daily had published covers where football had left, temporarily, of being the kings sport.

The author of the feat had a name... and a brand.

Nelson Évora, 17.67 meters.

The day before, the Portuguese athlete had won the gold medal in triple jump at the Beijing Olympics Games.

The Portuguese anthem had returned to sound in the Olympic arena; 12 years later, Portugal conquered again a gold medal.

A victory that designed, more than ever, Nelson Évora in the media arena.

The exception was the Record newspaper.

The journal chose to highlight Reyes, new Benfica strengthening, relegating the victory of Nelson Évora to the top of page

The footballing hegemony had not been eclipsed by the Olympic victory.

In general journals, the athlete's medal was the first page of issue.

Nelson Évora and its "golden 17,67" shared the cover of Jornal de Notícias with cover calls for political issues, society and... football.

In Diário de Notícias, a more successful image of Nelson Évora.

The paper has highlighted the "golden jump over pessimism" of the Olympic athlete.

Correio da Manhã published pictures of the competition that had worth the gold medal to the Portuguese athlete and pulled him to cover statements in the first person: "It's such a proud giving this joy to Portugal".

The words of the Olympic Champion have been produced by journals; to sports to general, the newspapers were making a detailed coverage of the competition, compiling the reactions of the victory.

The young man's journey of 24 years, which had become the fourth Portuguese Olympic Champion, was analyzed in detail by the national media.

A media attention had been extended to his family. Several media had reported how the family of Nelson Évora had followed the victory of the athlete.


An achievement that made him one of the Portuguese faces of the Olympic success.


«Will not have cover».

An ironic case, perhaps, unprecedented, certainly rare: a newspaper that refuses to giving news. On July 9 of 2014, o "Meia Horanão" had words for his readers.

There wasn't only a case: the Brazilian press was in mourning.

The day before, the National Team suffered the heaviest defeat in their history.

The German had trampled the canaries by 7-1 at Mineirão, a match counting for the semifinals of the World Cup. A competition - to aggravate the offense - organized by Brazil.

The nation that feeds the dream of the 'hexa' fell to his knees before the German team.

The press sympathizes with supporters.

The grief, shame, and embarrassment and humiliation. The lexicon was varied, but the feeling was the same.

The desolation had crossed all publication types and journalistic genres; It was a national and an inevitable theme.

The techniques used were varies, since black covers to the appeal to collective memory - not to the victorious past of the national team, but to the great defeats.

«Congratulations to the vice-champions of 1950, who have always been accused of giving the greatest vexation of Brazilian football», published the newspaper Extra.

«Yesterday, we have known what is real shame».

«Ohne Worte!», announced the Bild newspaper.

The images of the players broke into the first few pages. The extended result reinforced the confidence of the Germans, who left upwards to the end of the competition.

But not all newspapers had focused on the game.

A fact for which it wasn't indifferent the difference time between the two countries: when the game ended, it was late afternoon in Brazil. In Germany, it was night thick.

Very different schedules, constraining the pace of journalistic, the production and printing of newspapers.

With the advantage of time on its side, the Brazilian press was prepared to announce one of the most suffered defeats in all history of the national team.

Few were the newspapers which had put other issues on the cover page; more or less noticeably, the press seemed to suffer with the Brazilians.

Expressive photographs, compelling headlines, covers that ran the world.

The day after the defeat; the day on which the Brazilian press was forced to publish the news that no one wanted to read.