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18 July 2014

Town take on Portuguese Segunda Divisao side

Huddersfield Town’s 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship preparations see them take on SC Portimonense on Saturday, 6pm kick-off.

The friendly will conclude the Terriers week long trip to Portugal, which has already seen them beat League 1 team Doncaster Rovers 3-1 (click HERE).

SC Portimonense is a Segunda Divisao side in Portugal managed by Vitor Masas, who took over the managerial duties of the Club last week following the departure of Lazaro Oliveira.

The Club’s highest ever finish was in 1985 when they finished fifth in the top Division; below is their brief history:

Division 1: 5th place (1984/85)
Division 2: Champions (1978/79)
II B Division – South: Winners (1992/93 and 2000/01)
Portugal Cup: Final Half (1982/83, 1986/87 and 1987/88)
League Cup: 3rd phase (2011/12)
UEFA Cup: 1st Round (1985/86)
Algarve Champions: (1937, 1950/51 and 1952/53)
Algarve Western Champions: (1935/36)
Winner of the Algarve Cup: (1935/36 and 2006/06)

Recent history:

League II: 7th (W19/D10/L13)
League Cup: 2nd phase
Cup of Portugal: 3rd round

League II: 6th (W17/D13/L12)
League: 1st stage
Cup of Portugal: 4th round

Like Town, they have so far made two additions to their squad for the 2014/15 season. Goalkeeper Ricardo Ferreira joined following a loan spell last season, whilst attacker Philipe Fidelis dos Santos signed a three year deal from Maritimo.

They join the likes of defender Ricardo Pessoa and Japanese midfielder Mu Kanazaki in the squad. Pessoa is SC Portimonense’s captain and right-back and has been with the Club since 2005. He has scored over 20 goals in over 200 appearances after signing from Vitoria Setubal.

Winger Kanazaki is a full Japanese international with the majority of his five international appearances coming in the 2010 season. He joined the Portuguese side in 2013 from German side FC Nuremberg and scored seven goals in his first season. In his homeland he represented Oita Trinita and Nagoya Grampus.

Fans in Portugal can watch the match for free on Saturday. The game will be played at the Estadio Da Nora on the Estrada Da Nora in Ferreiras, Algarve, 8200-559.

Following Town’s match with the SC Portimonense, they will travel back to Huddersfield before taking on Guiseley on Monday – click HERE for ticket information.

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