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Press hail homeward bound Porto

Published: Thursday 19 May 2011, 11.30CET
FC Porto are flying back home "on the wings of Falcao" in the words of one Portuguese newspaper as UEFA.com wraps up the reaction to the UEFA Europa League final.
Press hail homeward bound Porto
Falcao seals Porto's UEFA Europa League success with a kiss ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 19 May 2011, 11.30CET

Press hail homeward bound Porto

FC Porto are flying back home "on the wings of Falcao" in the words of one Portuguese newspaper as UEFA.com wraps up the reaction to the UEFA Europa League final.

FC Porto and the footballing authorities in the Republic of Ireland have plenty to celebrate as the Dragons begin their first full day as UEFA Europa League winners.

Falcao's first-half goal at the Dublin Arena proved the difference between André Villas-Boas's side and brave near-neighbours SC Braga, with Record noting: "In the first all-Portuguese final, in Dublin, Villas-Boas's players were better than a battling Braga side, who were unable to make the best of the opportunities they created."

Record captions a picture of the Colombia striker celebrating his 17th goal in this season's UEFA Europa League – surely a record that will take some years to break – with the line "on the wings of Falcao", and he certainly helped his team take flight in Europe. O Jogo, meanwhile, dubs Falcao "the nation's hero" and quotes the forward as saying: "I want to savour every moment, because this has been my dream since I was a child."

A Bola leads its celebration of the Dragons with the headline "All Blue" and dedicates plenty of attention to Villas-Boas's achievement in becoming, at 33, the youngest coach to have won a major UEFA club competition. José Mourinho's one-time protege is nonetheless reported as saying "we could have played better".

The Irish Independent likes what it saw of the Porto boss, who can complete a domestic treble with Portuguese Cup success this weekend. "Titles and records are tumbling at his feet and where this all stops, no one knows," it writes. "But next year it will the Champions League, not the Europa League, which he will contest. Beware."

However, the newspaper is also glad to give the Irish capital its share of credit. "A healthy crowd presented a positive image of Dublin around the world," it observes. "This night was the culmination of several years of hard graft, with the logistics complicated by a well-documented state visit [of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II] which was taking place at the very same time."

Last updated: 19/05/11 22.56CET

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