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Published 18/05/2011 | 07:50

Porto

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Founded:1893

Stadium: Estadio do Dragao

Capacity: 50, 399

Honours: European Cup / ChampionsLeague 1987, 2004; UEFA Cup 2003; Portuguese League (25) 1935, 1939, 1940, 1956, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011; Portuguese Cup (15 times); Portuguese Supercup (17 times); European Super Cup 1987.

Portofact: Irish striker Mickey Walsh lined out for Porto in the 1980s and is part of an elite group of people from these shores to have played in a European final. He was a sub for the Porto team which fell to a 2-1 defeat to Juventus in 1984’s Cup Winners Cup decider. The victorious Juve side were managed by Giovanni Trapattoni. Walsh, who is now a football agent, is a pal of current Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas.

If Porto were a Premier League club they’d probably be: Manchester United

Braga

Founded:1915

Stadium: Estadio AXA

Capacity: 30, 154

Honours: Portuguese Cup 1966; FPF Cup 1977; Intertoto Cup 2008; Portuguese Second Division 1947, 1964; Highest league placing: 2nd, 2010

Bragafact: They are nicknamed Os Arsenalistas, although there are two versions on why they adopted the moniker and changed their kit to model the London club. One is that a coach in the 1940s was influenced by Arsenal’s style of play and looked for the colours to change from green to red. The other is that Braga's then President had business connections in London and was an Arsenal fan. Either way, the legacy remains.

If Braga were a Premier League club they’d probably be: Stoke City

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