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Shortest Press Conference Ever: No Questions For Porto Manager After Knocking Out Juventus


Shortest Press Conference Ever: No Questions For Porto Manager After Knocking Out Juventus

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao faced just a 50-second post-match press conference after his team knocked Juventus out of the Champions League.

Not one journalist asked the Porto manager a question, with repeated calls from the press officer being met by total silence from reporters present on Zoom.

So after sitting for a few seconds, Conceicao awkwardly got up and walked away.


This came after one of the greatest moments of Conceicao's career. His 10-man Porto may have lost 3-2 on the night in Turin in the last-16 second leg, but the 2-1 home result meant they knocked out the Serie A champions on away goals.

In the aftermath of the extra-time thriller, Conceicao sat down in the TV press conference and expectantly picked up the headphones.

His press officer then welcomed the media and said: "OK. Good evening for all of you following us through Zoom. Any questions?"


He was met by silence, so had another go: "For those of you following through Zoom, I would like you to pose your questions. I can't see any requests now."

"No Portuguese [journalists]?" asks Conceicao himself, probably well aware that the majority of the world's media will be waiting to quiz under-pressure Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo.

After a few more seconds of awkward silence, the press officer finishes: "That's it then, let's go." And the Porto coach gets up and walks away.


The 46-year-old, who's been in charge at Porto since 2017, had just led his team to a Champions League quarter-final.

However the big story on the night was the exit of Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo, the player they signed in 2018 in the hope that he could help them deliver the European trophy they crave.

Ronaldo has scored plenty of goals for Juve, but the team has not been past the quarter-final stage since he arrived.


On the night, Ronaldo and a game to forget and while Juventus came very close to winning the tie in normal time - Juan Cuadrado crashing a late shot off the underside of the bar that would have seen Juve through - it was Porto who prevailed thanks to Sergio Oliveira's free-kick.

So you'd think someone, somewhere, would want to ask Conceicao a question about his team's against-the-odds triumph. But apparently not.

Let's just assume it was a brief, worldwide internet shutdown. Not just the fact that journalists solely wanted to ask questions of Pirlo and focus on Juventus and Ronaldo's struggles on the night.

Topics: porto, Champions League

Alex Reid
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