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June 29, 2010

Vasco da Gama FC gets behind Portugal in Cape Town

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will have big support from Cape Town’s Vasco da Gama FC when they take on Spain at Cape Town Stadium this evening. Photo courtesy DR.ZVLV

Vasco da Gama FC, the latest Cape Town club to join South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL), will be lending their support today to the country from which the club’s name has its origins: Portugal.

Portugal play Spain in the Round of 16 match at Cape Town Stadium tonight, in what is potentially the most exciting match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ so far. Portugal thrashed Korea DPR 7-0 in their group match at Cape Town Stadium last week and boast world-class talents such as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Vasco da Gama FC fans will meet at the team’s clubhouse in Parow today at 16h00 and travel to Cape Town by train to support Portugal in the match that kicks off at 20h30.

Vasco da Gama FC has its roots entrenched in the local Portuguese South African community and is named after CR Vasco da Gama football club in Brazil (which also has Portuguese links). Vasco da Gama was a famous Portuguese explorer who visited the Cape in 1497, more than 150 years before Europeans settled there.

Vasco da Gama FC Chairman Mario Das Neves is very excited about today’s match. “We are really looking forward to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ clash against Spain and can’t wait to get ready for the match,” he said. “We are passionate fans and are proud to travel to the city with so many South African Portuguese football lovers. It is two great sides and playing at an amazing stadium. May the best team win; we believe Portugal 2, Spain 1!”

Vasco da Gama FC secured promotion to the PSL when they beat Black Leopards 2-1 (aggregate score 3-2) in a thrilling promotional play-off at Parow Park on March 7, 2010. The current squad boasts several players of Portuguese origin, such as Roberto and Miguel Santo.

The club won the Vodacom League in 2008.

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