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Portuguese shoe industry invites 14 companies to Milan show to ‘consolidate business’ – Observer



Portuguese shoe industry invites 14 companies to Milan show to 'consolidate business' - Observer

Forty-one Portuguese footwear companies are participating from Sunday to Tuesday at the industry’s premier international fair in Milan, Italy, determined to “consolidate business” after record exports hit in the first half of this year.

The delegation that will travel to MICAM will be joined by a group of more than 35 Portuguese companies – 13 shoe factories and 22 tanneries, one of the “largest Portuguese delegations ever” – with a prominent presence at Lineapelle, the most important international exhibition. dedicated to leather, accessories and shoe components, the 100th edition of which takes place from Tuesday to Thursday, also in Milan.

“MICAM is the main exhibition of the industry and is very relevant for national companies, as it gathers the largest players industry at a global level,” emphasizes the president of the Portuguese Association of Manufacturers of Shoes, Accessories, Leather Products and Substitutes (APICCAPS), which organizes Portugal’s participation in the events quoted in the statement.

According to Luis Onofre, the presence of the Portuguese at the fair “is of paramount importance for business consolidation at a time when the Portuguese industry is showing signs of vitality in international markets” and when he is convinced that 2022 will be “a year of strong confirmation”. Portuguese footwear in foreign markets”.


In the first half of this year, Portugal exported 40 million pairs of shoes worth 957 million euros.which represents an increase of 22% and 27.5% respectively in quantity and value compared to the same period in 2021 and stands out as “the best result ever”.

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Compared to 2019, before the pandemic, Portuguese footwear exports grew by 12.2%.

This is the best result in the history of Portuguese footwear in foreign markets.even surpassing the all-time high of 2017,” notes APICCAPS.

According to the association, Portuguese shoes are “growing in almost all of the most important markets.”

“In Europe, growth reached 26.2%, with a focus on growth in Germany (up 17% to 218 million euros), France (up 31% to 185 million euros) and the Netherlands (up 31.2% to 146 million euros). Similarly, the good performance in the United Kingdom continues with a 34% increase to 55 million euros,” he explains.

However, the “biggest event” is the growth of Portuguese footwear in non-Community markets, namely the US, where the year-on-year growth was 66% up to June, to 55 million euros.

Also worth mentioning are increases in sales to Canada (up 32% to €13 million) and Japan (up 45% to €5 million), which according to APICCAPS means “excellent performance.”

“The data for the first half of 2022 confirms that the Portuguese footwear has done its job during the pandemic and is therefore gaining momentum compared to its closest competitors,” says Luis Onofre.

However, the association’s leader warns to be on the lookout for external signals, arguing that “the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and inflation are more than enough reasons to do business cautiously.”

The national delegation present at MICAM will host on Sunday, the first day of the fair, the visit of the Minister of Economy and the Sea, António Costa e Silva, and the Secretary of State for Economics, João Neves.

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Aiming to present the “great trends” of the spring-summer 2023 season, among the main novelties of this 94th edition of MICAM is the “extensive program” of lectures organized by the international consulting company WGSN in the MICAM X zone, “a stage for the most innovative high-tech proposals and will serve as a meeting place companies and speakers from all over the world.

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CBF congratulates Cruzeiro on the title, but makes a mistake with the “Portuguese” Pezzolano



CBF congratulates Cruzeiro on the title, but makes a mistake with the "Portuguese" Pezzolano

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) made a “gaffe” when congratulating Cruzeiro on the Brazilian Serie B title won last Friday (30) after the failures of Grêmio and Bahia. While congratulating the heavenly team, the entity “managed” to change the nationality of coach Paulo Pezzolano, identifying him as Portuguese.

“Until the 32nd round, the team under the leadership of the Portuguese Paulo Pezzolano had 71 points, eighteen more than Gremio, which is currently in second place. Organization website.

Cruzeiro fans are already “heavy” because of the CBF, because the organization does not issue the Cruzeiro Cup in next Wednesday’s (5) fight against Ituano at the Mineirana. The trophy will only be delivered in the last round of the competition, scheduled for November 6th.

The main bet of the Ronaldo leadership is to start the process of “reconstruction” of Cruzeiro, Pezzolano is a Uruguayan born in Montevideo on April 25, 1993.

The coach’s employment contract was duly registered in the CBF Daily Newsletter (BID). It states the correct nationality, such as Uruguayan.

In addition, when he was still a player, Pezzolano also played in Brazilian football, defending Atlético-PR.

Now off the field, Pezzolano became the foreign manager with the most appearances, ahead of Cruzeiro (52), and also the most victorious.

He was the only foreigner to win the title for Cruzeiro. His “predecessors”, the Uruguayan Ricardo Diez (1953), the Argentine Filpo Nunez (1955 and 1970) and the Portuguese Paulo Bento (2016), spent less time in Rapos and could not lift a single trophy.

In 52 games under Pezzolano Cruzeiro won 33, drew nine and lost 10 (69.23% profit). In these matches, the heavenly team scored 85 goals and conceded only 39.

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A moment of silence in Portuguese football over the tragedy in Indonesia



A moment of silence in Portuguese football over the tragedy in Indonesia

The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced this Sunday a minute of silence at the competitions it organizes, namely the Portuguese Cup, in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred in Indonesia.

“The Directorate of the Portuguese Football Federation announces a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred at the football stadium in Indonesia. The official website of the organization.

In the same note, FPF President Fernando Gomes says that “with great surprise and a feeling of deep pain, but also indignation” he learned “of the tragic scale of the events that have taken place in the stadium. in Indonesia”.

“It is with great sadness that I deplore the dramatic consequences of this tragedy, which resulted in the death of more than 170 fans, including many children. A football stadium should be a stage for celebration and joy, not for violence and death,” he said. concluded.

A moment of silence will be observed at the competitions organized by the FPF, namely the Portuguese Cup, the second stage of which will take place this weekend.

Indonesian authorities said 174 people were killed in unrest at the end of a football match in East Java, but acknowledged that the number could rise as many of them were critically injured.

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The tragedy, one of the worst in the history of football, occurred on Saturday evening when about 3,000 fans took to the field after Arema’s home team lost 3-2 to rivals Persebay Surabaya.

Police fired tear gas to try to contain the angry supporters, but their actions caused panic and thousands of people rushed to the exit.

Many people were trampled to death in the chaos of the stampede. At least two police officers were killed in the unrest that spread outside the stadium.

The Indonesian league was suspended and the authorities ordered an investigation into the incidents.

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New serious injury of the player of the national team of Portugal



Extremo português oferecido ao Manchester United Lesão Pedro Neto

An injury forces Pedro Neto to be substituted in the Wolves game.

Bad news for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Pedro Neto. The Portuguese received a new injury, and, according to Bruno Lage, it could be serious.

Away to West Ham, where the Portuguese lost 2-0, Pedro Neto was replaced in the 24th minute by Adama Traore, and after the match, the Wolves coach said that the injury could be “ugly”.

Wolves are now in the Premier League relegation zone, and Pedro Neto may be left with no hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.

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