Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Bodegas of Stockwell

With Arsenal and Manchester United both facing Portuguese sides in crucial European Championship times tonight, it seems to me that Stockwell is the place to be in London.

According to a report in the Guardian last year, there are some 27,000 Portuguese in this part of London - the largest community outside Portugal.

Santos's cafe on South Lambeth Road is a shrine to Benfica, and round the corner, on Landor Road, is the headquarters of FC Porto's official London supporters' club.

I wonder if Mr Mourinho will be out with his countrymen for a drink, a laugh and a bite to eat?

Probably not. On a more sombre note it also explains why a lusophone Brazillian Jean Charles de Menezes might have been doing there before he was shot.

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