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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hulk Scores Spectacular Goal Against Sporting Lisbon

Hulk scored a brace against Sporting Lisbon in Porto’s last home game of the season, today. The Brazilian striker sent the Sporting keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute and then scored a spectacular goal in the 87th minute to punctuate yet another successful season in Portugal. As the game approached its final minutes, Hulk picked up the ball near center circle and then displayed his trademark explosive pace by bursting down the field, rounding the keeper and tucking the ball in to give Porto an insurmountable lead. Prior to today's match, the entire FC Porto squad collected their Primeira Liga medal before the match and celebrated their accomplishment by dyeing their hair in Porto’s blue and white colors.

Hulk’s composure at the penalty spot and his explosive power and pace make him an attractive candidate for the number 11 jersey in the Brazilian national team. Hulk can now claim three Portuguese Championship titles (2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012) although the rumor mill suggests he may well be on his way to the English Premier League next season. The burly Brazilian’s strength and shooting accuracy is sorely needed by the Selecao at a time when Neymar and Leandro Damiao represent the other options in a skilled but inexperienced Brazilian attack.

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