The curious story linking the father of the Portuguese hero to a Brazilian footballer

The curious story linking the father of the Portuguese hero to a Brazilian footballer
The curious story linking the father of the Portuguese hero to a Brazilian footballer

The Portuguese national team secured a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic thanks to a last-minute goal from Francisco Conceição, son of former footballer and coach Sérgio Conceição

Portugal has a new hero: Francisco Conceição. The FC Porto winger scored the goal that gave the Czech Republic a 2-1 victory in the final moments of the match, earning three points in Euro 2024 Group F and cementing their status as contender for the Portuguese title.

For Francisco Conceição, making a name for himself in football has not been easy, being the son of former player Sérgio Conceição, who until recently was his coach at the Portuguese champions. It was his father who gave him the opportunity to make his first-team debut in 2021, and although that path to professional player status has been fraught with challenges, including a disappointing spell at Ajax, Francisco finally won last season with the Dragões.

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This story seems to be written in the family DNA. Sérgio Conceição did not find it easy to make a name for himself either. After spells at Porto and other Portuguese clubs, he transferred to Lazio in 1998 where he had a dream start: scoring a goal in a 2–1 victory over Juventus in the Super Cup final. of Italy.

At that time, during his first experience outside his country, he was so unknown in Italy that he was confused with Flávio Conceição, the former Brazilian midfielder who was then shining at Deportivo La Coruna and who later signed for the Real Madrid.

“I made my debut, I scored and I won my first Italian trophy. Nobody knew me, they even called me Flávio,” recalls Sérgio Conceição in an interview with Lazio Style 1900, the official magazine of the club from the Italian capital. “From that moment on, they knew my name. It was an unforgettable moment, I showed the whole world that I could achieve something important in Italy,” he added.

Sérgio went on to wear the jerseys of Parma and Inter Milan, among other teams. He was also part of the Portugal team at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

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