Apologies to our Portugese friends

Last updated : 23 July 2002 By Dave Burgess

Unfortunately we were wrong in our assessment of the capabilities of our 2nd opponents over in Portugal, Marítimo.

Steve unfortunately upset a Maritimo fan and so I will put the record straight with a little bit of help from our friend Carlo Ramos.

Marítimo are not a Second Division side, they are in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and have been there for about 15 years.

Marítimo have a very talented squad of players having finished in the top 6 of the league, reaching the cup semi-final, only to lose to Sporting Lisbon 3-2 after extra time (having been 2-1 up in the 87th minute).
Season 2000-2001 Marítimo reached the cup final only to lose to FC Porto 2-0.
Last season Maritimo played Leeds United in the UEFA Cup and won 1-0 at home (but lost 3-0 in the return leg)

Therefore as you can see the 1-0 defeat that Wolves suffered wasn't that bad with all the above considered.

Good luck to
Marítimo in this seasons domestic league and we hope to see you again in the Euro 2004 championships to be held in Portugal.