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Falcao heads Porto to Europa glory

sports Updated: May 19, 2011 22:45 IST

Falcao fired Porto to Europa League glory as the Colombia striker capped a remarkable campaign by clinching his side's 1-0 win over Braga in the all-Portuguese final in Dublin on Wednesday.

Andre Villas-Boas' side arrived at the Aviva Stadium already crowned as Portuguese champions after a record-breaking domestic season and Falcao's latest heroics brought them an even greater prize.

It was fitting that Falcao's superb header just before half-time proved the decisive moment as he had smashed Jurgen Klinsmann's record for most goals in a Europa League campaign earlier in the tournament.

While Falcao's name is now etched in the history books, it may be that winning the Europa League is only the start of an even more memorable career for Villas-Boas.

At 33, he is the youngest coach to win a UEFA club competition and he has already surpassed some of the formidable achievements of his mentor Jose Mourinho — the last manager to win this event for Porto in 2003 when Villas-Boas worked as the club's opposition scout.

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The FIFA president said British newspaper 'The Sunday Times' has agreed to bring its source to meet senior FIFA officials, who must then decide hether to order a new investigation into alleged World Cup bidding corruption. "(The Sunday Times) are happy and agreed to bring this whistleblower here to Zurich and then we will have a discussion, an investigation of this," Blatter said.

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