Pompey: Algarve trip sparks Portugal memories

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Pompey are heading back to Portugal today.

Blues boss Paul Cook is taking his new-look squad to the Algarve for a six-day pre-season training camp.

Pompey's travelling fans celebrate their Uefa Cup aggregate win in Guimaraes. Picture: Steve Reid

Pompey's travelling fans celebrate their Uefa Cup aggregate win in Guimaraes. Picture: Steve Reid

And the trip has sparked memories of Pompey’s European tour back in the 2008-09 campaign.

Harry Redknapp’s men took on Vitória de Guimarães in the Uefa Cup in October of that year.

An extra-time double from Peter Crouch ensured the Blues notched a 4-2 aggregate triumph over the Portuguese outfit – and booked their place in the group stages.

Pompey – and the Fratton faithful – returned to Portugal little more than a fortnight later to take on Braga in group E.

They went down 3-0 with goals from Luis Aguiar, Wason Renteria and Osorio Alan settling the clash before the Blues returned home to prepare for the memorable visit of AC Milan.

The Blues and their fans were such a hit in Portugal that Guimarães invited them back the following year for a pre-season tournament, which also included Benfica.

Rui Miguel and Custodio scored as the hosts ran out 2-0 winners that night – before the also claimed a 4-3 victory in a bizarre, post-match penalty shootout.

Take a look at our video slideshow from the trips to Portugal as the current crop of Blues prepare to fly out this afternoon.

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