Ivo Vieira, who managed Moreirense last season, is set to become the new manager of Guimaraes.

Guimaraes, who finished above Moreirense in the Primeira Liga standing last season by virtue of head-to-head record, are without a manager after the departure of manager Luis Castro.

Castro, 54, joined Shakhtar Donetsk this week after the departure of the highly successful Paulo Fonseca, who moved to AS Roma.

After a somewhat lacklustre performance against Switzerland in the semi-final, could we see Fernando Santos opt for changes in the final versus The Netherlands?

Santos selected a lineup that few would have complained with before kick-off, although Portugal still seemed to face difficulties when facing a tenacious and talented Swiss side; should they serve up a performance at a similar level to last time out, we could see Portugal falling short of lifting a trophy in their home nation for the second time, having lost to Greece in the Euro 2004 final.

Some things are certain about Portugal’s team though. While you could debate who starts in certain positions outfield, one thing is certain; Rui Patricio will start in goal.

The Wolves goalkeeper is set to become the most capped goalkeeper in Portuguese footballing history, preparing to earn his 81st cap in the meeting with Holland, surpassing the 80 caps amassed by former Porto star Vitor Baia.

The two centrebacks also seems a certainty - with Pepe out of contention for the match as a result of the shoulder injury he suffered in the semi-final, Portugal only have two out-and-out centrebacks to choose from - Ruben Dias, who is a regular starter for Portugal, and Jose Fonte, who will be the man that will replace Pepe in the starting XI.

Should one of those two get injured, Portugal would face a slight dilemma, and would have to play Danilo Pereira in the heart of defence as a makeshift centreback.

The fullbacks are harder to predict; Guerreiro had a mixed game against Portugal at left back, struggling defensively and requiring William Carvalho to help him deal with Swiss attacks down that right wing. You would still anticipate Guerreiro starting against The Netherlands, although it would be far from surprising if Santos brought Mario Rui into the eleven instead.

Right back is equally tricky to call, if not even harder. Nelson Semedo played the last match after Cancelo recovered from a minor surgery and performed to a very good standard. However, now that Cancelo has fully recovered, he will potentially replace the Barcelona right back in the lineup - which is what we predict will happen.

In midfield, not too much is expected to change. William Carvalho and Ruben Neves are both expected to retain their place in the starting lineup. However, Bruno Fernandes may not be so fortunate after a less than spectacular performance against Switzerland. Instead, one of Joao Moutinho or Pizzi could quite easily start the game instead of the Sporting star - and we predict that it will be the former.

Bernardo Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo are also certainties to start if they don’t pick up a minor injury in the little time between now and kick-off, although that final spot up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo is the big question mark.

Joao Felix failed to make a significant impact in the last outing and would be highly fortunate to get awarded another starting berth for the final. But, who will be in the starting lineup in his place? There really are a range of options, from the physical and powerful in Dyego Sousa to the small and skilful in Diogo Jota or Rafa Silva. While Goncalo Guedes is another incredibly suitable option for Santos to choose.

We would like to see Diogo Jota get the start this time; having still not made his Portugal debut, it is highly conceivable to think that Fernando Santos will hand out yet another debut, with the in-form Wolves striker fully deserving of being the latest one to be handed one.

Predicted XI: Patricio; Cancelo, Dias, Fonte, Guerreiro; Neves, William, Moutinho, Bernardo; Cristiano, Jota.

Lopetegui has been announced as the new manager of Sevilla. 

Having manager Porto between 2014 and 2016, Lopetegui left the Portuguese club having not won a single trophy.

The Spaniard then got the opportunity to take over his senior national team, leading Spain to the World Cup with ease and seeming to be one of the favourites to win the entire competition. 

However, after accepting the Real Madrid job just days before the World Cup locked off, Lopetegui was sacked as Spain boss in a shock turn of events. 

Lopetegui's disappointment was clear, though he stood by the fact that he couldn't turn down the chance to take on his dream job of being Madrid manager. 

That was an ill fated spell in the end though that ultimately ended just over 4 months after it had begun following a disastrous league campaign and a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona.

Now, however, Lopetegui is back in football, and will be hoping to lead Sevilla back to where they want to go - the Champions League.

The 52-year old will be hoping to build on the 6th place finish of last season. 


Andre Villas-Boas is set to return to the dugout, having not managed since 2017. 

The 41-year old coach, who has managed the likes of Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham, most recently managed Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG.

He left that managerial role 18 months ago to take up a career in Rally driving, a long held ambition of his.

But now he is ready to return to the dugout, with a new club already lined up. 

It is expected that Villas-Boas' next venture will see him move to France, where he will become first-team manager of Marseille. 

Negotiations between the two parties are underway, and it is expected that the Portuguese coach will soon be announced as the successor of Rudi Garcia.

Joaquin Caparros, the manager of Andre Silva's current club Sevilla, has gone on record to say that he hopes his striker is not in Portugal's Nations League squad next month.

Silva, who is only on loan at the Spanish outfit from AC Milan, has been struggling for game time at the La Liga club in recent weeks due to injury.

And Caparros believes that Silva should therefore be left at home for recovery.

He said "for the good of the Portuguese national team they should not call him up to play. It would be bad for him and his recovery."

If Fernando Santos were to ignore his requires, he has demanded UEFA to step in and take action, saying that if Andre Silva does get called up, "UEFA should intervene and listen to the medical report of the team that pays him."

"It would be an insult to football is he were called up."

It is still unclear whether Sevilla will take up their option to sign Silva permanently for 35 million euros this summer.

Should Andre Silva be left out of the squad, Portugal's other options to play up front would include Cristiano Ronaldo, Dyego Sousa, João Felix and Diogo Jota, although the latter two would likely need to play in a duo rather than as a lone striker; the same goes for Benfica star Rafa Silva.

Gonçalo Guedes would also be able to operate up front, while there could be a route back into the national team for the likes of Eder, Nelson Oliveira or Paulinho should Fernando Santos want a more physical out-and-out striker in the side.

Rafael Leão would seem the most suitable replacement, but because he's in the U20 World Cup squad, he will be unavailable for selection for Fernando Santos.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Nuno Espirito Santo was the unrivalled most beloved Portuguese football manager in England - but Jose Gomes is at least running him close. 

After overseeing a revival with Championship club Reading to take them out of the relegation zone and mathematically safe with two games to spare, Reading fans are paying tribute to their manager by celebrating what is referred to as "Portugal Day" on the final day of the season. 

There will be Portuguese cuisine sold outside the stadium for fans to sample before the game, while fans are vowing to be armed with Portuguese flags while also wearing the typical maroon colours of the Portugal national team to show that the work of Jose Gomes has not gone unnoticed.

The 48-year old has spoken of his pride at having such impressive support from the fans, with such a strong relationship between supporters and managers difficult to come by in this day and age. 

He said "When I saw this idea, it really touched me emotionally."

 "I'm grateful for how supporters are treating me. I feel at home."

Reading currently sit 20th in the league, which houses 24 teams in total, but could reach as high as 18th should they win their last match of the season against Birmingham.

His 27 points from 2 games in charge was sufficient to keep his club up and guide them out of the relegation zone, and the club chairman has already revealed that the former Rio Ave manager is going to be central to the rebuilding project at Reading.