The Coach
Born: 22.07.58
Charismatic, bristling with enthusiasm, tactically astute and a born leader, he has worked miracles since arriving during the 1997-98 season and looks a good bet to be next boss of Portugal.

Pacheco was a bright, busy central midfielder, the influential skipper of Portugal, Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto and Vitoria Setubal, and he has demonstrated the same authority and motivational abilities as a manager. Previously coached Pacos Ferreira, Rio Ave, Uniao Lamas and Vitoria Guimaraes.

KHADIM Faye (Sen)
Towering back-up from Senegal (1.97m) bought from Portuguese Second Division side Felgueiras last summer. Previously with Uniao Montemor.

RICARDO Alexandre Martins Soares Periera
Ex-Portuguese Under-21 who took over as Boavista No 1 from William six games into this season and has played a huge part in making his team’s defence best in the country. Very confidentafter four games without conceding a goal at the turn of the year, he claimed he should be in the senior national squad and duly got his wish.

WILLIAM (Bassey William Andem) (Cam)
Lithe, spectacular keeper who arrived from Brazilian side Bahia in 1997. Boavista’s first choice for the next three years, notably featuring in the club’s qualification for the 1999-00 Champions League. But he lost form early this season and was relegated to third choice.

ERIVAN Nascimento de Lima (Bra)
Accomplished left-back who many feel has been the club’s best player this season. Combines defensive solidity with intelligent attacking forays, though it is still far from certain he will keep his place now first choice Quevedo is back after injury. Arrived in December 1999 from Second Division Freamunde.

FRECHAUT (Nuno Miguel Frechaut Barreto)
The former Portuguese Under-21 has not been an automatic choice since signing from Vitoria Setubal in April 2000, but he has looked the part when selected. Frechaut can play in a variety of defensive positions as well as in midfield. Invaluable.

JORGE SILVA (Luis Jorge Pinto da Silva)
The talented Oporto-born central defender missed 10 weeks of the season with knee trouble, but when fit has been most solid. Rumoured to be interesting several English and Spanish clubs. Joined Boavista shortly after helping Uniao Leiria win the Second Division in 1998.

LITOS Carlos Manuel Oliveira Magalhaes
Inspirational captain, tower of strength in central defence and a major threat in the air at set-pieces. In his fifth year with Boavista after joining from Rio Ave, and in the best form of his career. Has been linked with Benfica. Won his third cap for Portugal in the March World Cup tie against Holland, though his performance in the draw came in for some media criticism.

PEDRO EMANUEL dos Santos Martins Silva (Ang)
Angolan stopper who dovetails perfectly with Litos. Authoritative, good in the air and has a keen sense of anticipation, though he lacks pace. Signed from Penafiel in 1997.

Frenchman rated best left-back in Portugal in 1997-98 and 1998-99, but forced to miss all last season with knee trouble and is still feeling his way back to full fitness. Began at Montpellier then loitered around the lower reaches of French football with Rodez and Valence. Moved to Portugal in 1996, first with Second Division Moreirense, then to Boavista the following year. Speedy, has great energy and is a good crosser.

RUI OSCAR Neves de Sousa Viana
First-choice right-back signed last summer from Maritimo. A former Portuguese youth international, he began his career at FC Porto and also played for Uniao Lamas. Full of athleticism and aggression.

GOUVEIA (Antonio Filipe de Sousa Gouveia)
Had an unhappy spell in the French First Division with relegated Montpellier and following a move to Boavista last summer has rarely been off the bench. Formerly with Belenenses and Farense.

JORGE COUTO (Jorge Antonio Pinto do Couto)
Arrived from FC Porto in 1996 and became a permanent fixture on the right. Lost his spark early this season and was dropped, but he returned in spring and looks much sharper. Scored in Portugal’s win over Nigeria in the 1989 World Youth Cup Final and has six senior caps.

MARTELINHO (Joaquim Pereira da Silva Martelinho) 19.11.74 Attacking midfielder in outstanding form. A former youth international, his surname means ‘Little Hammer’, an appropriate tag for someone whose pace punches holes in defences. Formerly with Feirense.

PEDRO SANTOS (Pedro Jorge Santos dos Santos) (Ven)
Came to the fore last season when inspiring unfashionable Gil Vicente to an outstanding fifth-place finish.Joined Boavista last summer, and while not a regular first-teamer, he has still provided much creativity and drive on the right.

PETIT (Armando Goncalves Teixeira)
Bought from Gil Vicente last summer, the left-sided midfielder has proved one of the season’s revelations. His neat approach work, selflessness and fighting spirit deservedly earned him a national team call-up. His nom de plume is no homage to French midfielder Emmanuel; rather, it refers to his short build and the fact he lived in France for several years.

RUI BENTO (Rui Fernando da Silva Calapez Patricio Bento)
Has extensive experience as a defender, but is now used to great effect in midfield, where his tactical acumen, ball-winning ability and neat passing are put to good use. A member of Portugal’s 1991 World Youth Cup-winning side and has five senior caps. Linked with a move to Benfica, his first club.

Bolivian international playmaker who appeared down and out 18 months ago. Spent 30 months on the fringes at Benfica until rescinding his contract over lack of pay. But on returning for a second spell at Boavista, he has rediscovered the form that made him an idol there between 1992 and 1997. The brains of midfield and a consistent scorer.

DEMETRIOS Montanini (Bra)
Seemed a guarantee of goals while with Campomaiorense, but has found life infinitely more difficult since signing for Boavista in January 2000. Only a half-dozen appearances this season and no goals tell their own sad story. Portuguese career began at Rio Ave.

DUDA (Carlos Alberto Eduardo Ventura)
The only ever-present this season and scorer of seven League goals by early April. Speed is his principal asset, and his finishing can, at times, be careless. With Benfica, Rio Ave and Alverca before moving to Boavista last summer.

ROGERIO (Jose Rogerio de Melo) (Bra)
Fast and skilful forward at his best on the left, though he can also play as wing-back. Persistent injury troubles have undermined his great promise since arriving from Brazilian side San Marino at the start of 1998-99.

SILVA (Elpidio Pereira da Silva Filho) (Bra)
Notched 21 goals in two seasons for Sporting Braga, but has been found wanting since joining Boavista last summer and has lost his place.

WHELLITON (Augusto da Silva Whelliton) (Bra)
Signed from Corinthians in summer 1999, and has adapted well to Portuguese football. Hit 11 goals to finish his first season as Boavista’s top scorer, and is again impressing.