Salvador Sobral Eurovision 2017 Portugal UEFA Euro 2016 victory win

He’s the hipster man-bun sporting singer, who won over Portugal with his cool classic ballad and the intensity of his artistry. And now, by twist of fate, Salvador Sobral might be a shoe-in for victory in Kyiv and it all starts with a little bit of football at last year’s UEFA European Championship

Rewind 13 years to Euro 2004. Greece took the title, winning 1-0 over Portugal at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon in front of over 62, 000 football fans. Fast forward one year to the final of Eurovision 2005 and Greece were the winners again. Helena Paparizou matched the national football team’s success and beat Malta to take home gold.

What does that have to do with Salvador?

That means it’s in the stars for Portugal to take the win in Kyiv in May, after it won Euro 2016. For added starcrossed symmetry the contest also falls in Ukraine this year. Moreover, when Greece beat Portugal in 2004, they beat the home nation and last year Portugal beat France who were hosting the competition. You can’t deny logic when it’s in the stars y’all!

Do these curiousities ever mean anything?

You may question the logic of linking Eurovision to soccer, but you can’t claim the logic of two consecutive Eurovision wins. And in the case of Sweden and Denmark, it seemed Copenhagen had cast a spell over the contest that meant it won the contest every year Sweden hosted.

That started back in Stockholm in 2000, when the Olsen Brothers won with “Fly On The Wings Of Love”, following Charlotte Perrelli’s 1999 win in Israel. Denmark followed that up by winning again in 2013, when Emmelie de Forest followed Loreen’s win for Sweden in Azerbaijan. Of course that spell was broken last year, when Lighthouse X crashed out of their semi-final and left dreams of a hat-trick for Denmark in tatters. So perhaps it’s time for a new celestial curiosity to take centre stage.

What do you think? Is Salvador’s victory set in the stars or is this curiosity in cloud cuckoo land? Let us know in the comments below!

Shout out to @NinniLumi for looking into her crystal ball and spotting the curiosity in the first place.

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4li3n
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4li3n

YAS

VF
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VF

How funny it is to read this now!

You didn’t understand that it wasn’t only about winning the Eurocup and Eurovision the following year. It was about winning the Eurocup defeating the host nation (Portugal in 2004, France in 2016) in the final and winning Eurovision the following year in Ukraine. So, the expectation is now on France. The prophecy says they’ll win the Eurocup by defeating the host in the final and will win Eurovision the following year in Ukraine. hahaha

CH
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CH

It rings of Engelberts song in 2012. It was a beautiful song but not for Eurovision (and singing first didn’t help of course). I love the Portugal song but people wont remember it unless it is visually stunning too. It is a different contest these days and too many countries in the final in my opinion.

Guðrún Karlsdóttir
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Guðrún Karlsdóttir

@Denis OGAE fans are the same as eurovision fans, they can’t stand this type of songs, they prefer diva ballads or cheap pop songs. Portugal 2017 will appeal to many people in Europe, this is just non-eurovision friendly song (which is a good thing).

Bravo
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Bravo

@Denis
It’s true he isn’t and this is not good news. But then again, are the votes from OGAE very representative of the wider public and jury? I have my doubts.

Bravito
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Bravito

Do you really believe in OGAE?! HAHAHA

Denis
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Denis

Would love to hear how his defenders think about his OGAE result. For a supposed fan favourite he isn’t doing to well.

Aaron GR
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Aaron GR

The fan community always favors shiny pop thrills, it’s just their thing. Some years the shiny pop number wins, but sometimes it doesn’t.

“Amor pelos dois” and Salvador are very different from the mainstream trends, and for a lot of us that is brave and refreshing. It’s a beautiful song that stops you in your tracks, and it makes the other songs look shallow and disposable by comparison. If Portugal scores well this year, and I hope it does, it’ll be well deserved.

tilo
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tilo

In the eighties and nineties Portugal was the underdog of Football. In 2016 they won the Euro cup, whether you like it or not. I think Portugal will not win this time. As beautiful as it is, the language is unfortunately a barrier for many ESC viewers. But it might be the start of a new era for Portugal in the ESC if they keep up the effort. Peace and love from Germany
@Bravo
I agree with you. Let’s support someone different this time.

Bravo
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Bravo

I think Portugal must be the nation that is more bashed by the ESC community. I know they have not necessarily contributed to the quality of the ESC especially in the last 15 years or so. But the bad comments, hate messages and surprise goes beyond what is normal for any nation. Even if they don’t win (and I hope they do) they really need a top 5 to boost their image. Guys let’s be more supportive

Bravo
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Bravo

@Runil
Excelent point about Harel. Also a great timeless song entirely sung in Hebrew. I just hope that Salvador has more luck…

Claudia is bae
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Claudia is bae

omg this article is soooo pointless

Paul D.
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Paul D.

@Efraim

except that both those songs are bad lol

Ariso Light
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Ariso Light

Also, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games were held in Greece and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games were held in Brazil, a Portuguese speaking nation.

Efraim
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Efraim

I’m so not buying this. If this association could be properly made, Spain would have won the ESC in 2009 (Soraya finished 23rd) and 2013 (El Sueño de Morfeo finished 25th).

Runil
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Runil

This year will be so surprising, among the favorites, Bulgaria and France have a chance, but not Italy and Portugal. Italy and Portugal will not even be in the first half (13/26). I remember 2010 when it was said that Harel Skaat-Israel will win and in the end he was 14. Last year not even Jamala could win jury and televote, and she had a song that in the first 15 seconds said all the message in english (and after that she could speak tatar as much as she wanted).

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

@Adrian Isaksson
Great comment! Finally said something intelligent and meaningful! I just might add another factor: In the Eurovisionworld site, where people can rate all the entries, the song has the highest rating of all the songs. This is a very good indication of how the jury might vote, because they have to rate every song. Cheers

Hi
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Im in chock! Portugal in 4th place. Its so many better Song this year. What happning.

Pink Pussycat
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Pink Pussycat

Sadly I am not sure if Portugal is even going to make it to the final. This is not a kind of a song that will get a popular vote. Let’s see

Runil
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Runil

Is not a bad song, but is effortless, something for the closing credits of a movie.

PJCC
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PJCC

Everyone has the right to an opinion and I respect everyone’s opinion as long as it makes sense, but… Some people here should read their comments before they post them cause they end up contradicting themselves…. I’ve seen in various posts people bashing the Portuguese song because “he shouldn’t be there cause he wasn’t the one that people voted for ” “he only came second on the televote ” “he doesn’t represent the majority of Portuguese people” “he wasn’t the first choice ” , etc etc BUT 95% of the people making this comments put Sueden in their #1 spot???… Read more »

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

A Top 5 finish is more likely since this entry stands out a lot. There’s no other entry this year like it. Kinda like when The Netherlands sent a country song in 2014 and ranked high with the juries. I really hope Portugal breaks their previous best result of 6th place.

Lua
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Lua

I don’t think so.
But I can see Salvador possibly entering the top5 and breaking the record for Portugal’s best place in the ESC (6th)
I think that Portugal can reach even the top3.
But I doubt if the Portuguese can win the contest this year though.
(It really looks by 99,9% that ITALY will win.)

Denis
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Denis

With this kind of statistic you can “conclude” everything. Sweden got 3rd 2011, win 2012. 3rd 2014, win 2015. If we get 3rd this year which looks like we might, it means we will win next year. Labour won UK Election 97 and UK won ESC few weeks later. UK voted Brexit, UK almost got last in ESC 2016
Ukraine had major political event in 2004, won ESC. Ukraine had another dramatic poliitcal event in 2015/16, won ESC..

Of course nothing of it makes sense. Neither does the article.

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Neil
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Neil

Here is another one – England (UK) won the World Cup in 1966…..UK won Eurovision in 1967 with an English singer.

Then again there is the opposite effect…..Germany won the World Cup in 2014….came joint last with 0 pts.

Gonzalo
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Gonzalo

Can some people be any more basic here? you dont need to make a gigantic list of euro winers and eurovision winners just to prove a point that this article doesnt make sense. Portugal and Greece have a lot in common, as countries and cultures, both countries were recently in the shoe of Europe thanks to the crisis. Greece gave humanity democracy, philosofy, olympics, and Portugal gave us the world, the globalization, the first cultural connection between East and West cultures. Both are im the south, corners of Europe, both the oldest countries in or Europe. Yes people that dont… Read more »

Adrian Isaksson
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Adrian Isaksson

It seems that the signs are favorable to Portugal (conclusion):

6) The portugueses official video has best “comments / views ratio”, which means that people CAN NOT be indifferent:

Portugal: 0,80%
Italy: 0.60%
Sweden: 0.31%
Bulgaria: 0.30%
Belgium: 0.29%

Racal
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Racal

That’s certainly something Sweden could never do: win Eurovision AND the Eurocup! 😀

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@Grande Amore
Who are the haters? None her. You sre the hatets, you canr accept that people dont have the same taste like you. Portugal gonna win, but not this year.

Adrian Isaksson
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Adrian Isaksson

It seems that the data/signs/stars are favorable to Portugal: 1) Consistently in the TOP5 of the bets; 2) 85% ratio of likes in the official video; 3) It has the best result of ALL the videos in the likes / views relation. Which means that in the first time that people listen, it’s the song that pleases the most! To the point of leaving a like / vote !!!!!!! The same will happen in Kiev because the magic of thge song and charisma of Salvador are remarkable! – Portugal: 2.11% – Italy: 1.90% – Bulgaria: 1.79% – Belgium: 1,10% –… Read more »

Hebbuzz
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Hebbuzz

So Katrina & The Waves won after Labour won the UK elections, so what?

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Portugal will win, so ESC 2018 is going to be organized in Funchal

Chicken kyiv???
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Chicken kyiv???

This story would have a bit more weight if Spain had won in 2009 or 2013! 😛

skeim
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skeim

He will be the most voted by the jury, 100%.

Yyy
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Yyy

This year most of the songs are bad so nowonder if this wins. Only Belgium, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Norway have good songs.

Grande Amore
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Grande Amore

I hope he does so he can shut all haters’ mouths.

Charles
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Charles

Are we really supposed to take this headline serious? Am I supposed to believe the real housewives of God knows where exist because the global warming exist? Seriously? #b****please

Pipo
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Pipo

Chillax guys. This post was fun and I’m guessing you guys should lift your spirits and stop being so annoyed by everything and everyone. Of course it’s just small coincidences. BTW, Greece won in Kiyv that year 😛 😛 😛 loooooove the t-shirt also

Denis
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Denis

Well, if people want to believe these two things have any correlation then fine. If people wants to blindly believe bookies and odds even though they too are wrong then fine. If people want to believe Portugal stands any actual chance of winning then fine. If people want to believe anything that isn’t “cheap Swedish pop” is a masterpiece even though it’s not then fine. But don’t be surprised if nothing happens with the song. All I can say is if you still in 2017 lay all your faith to polls and bookies as if they predic the actual outcome… Read more »

Filioe
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Filioe

watch my video of this masterpice!!! https://youtu.be/6tuNtjfiKAU !!!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

There is absolutely no correlation between these two things.

M_K
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M_K

*after they had won

M_K
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M_K

For the records: winner Euro 1960: Soviet Union – winner ESC 1961: Luxembourg winner Euro 1964: Spain – winner ESC 1965: Luxembourg winner Euro 1968: Italy – winner ESC 1969: UK, France, Netherlands, Spain winner Euro 1972: Germany – winner ESC 1973: Luxembourg winner Euro 1976: Czechoslovakia – winner ESC 1977: France winner Euro 1980: Germany – winner ESC 1981: UK winner Euro 1984: France – winner ESC 1985: Norway winner Euro 1988: Netherlands – winner ESC 1989: Yugoslavia winner Euro 1992: Denmark – winner ESC 1993: Ireland winner Euro 1996: Germany – winner ESC 1997: UK winner Euro 2000:… Read more »

PP
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PP

Salvador have chance to bring Portugal best result in Eurovision, but I don t thik have chance to be in TOP 3. Why don t have chance 1. In Portugal , he didn t won televote, televote won Viva la Diva with song Nova Gloria, and chance to win televote Eurovision is so small. 2.How juries wili react to his song (he won juries votes in Portugal) and vote for his song. If they react good he have chance to be in TOP 5 with juries, but if they thinks that song is outdated , he can be in Bottom… Read more »

Eve
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Eve

@ God-emperor ”Salvador isn’t your superficial artist without personality. ”

shhh, don’t say that, there are so many divas and queens who slays, lol 😀

JohnUK
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JohnUK

Best song this year, I’m going to vote a lot for this song. I love it, it’s not junk pop, it’s pure art. I never thought I’d say it more Lisboa 2018 please.

Sandro
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Sandro

Lovely song. I think it will be in the top 5

Comi
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Comi

People actually believe that Portugal will win in May? Okay, now I’ve seen everything
Just because it’s not Swedish ‘cheap pop’ doesn’t mean that it’s a masterpiece, when it’s clearly NOT.

No Name
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No Name

@Matt

maybe that’s the fate of Portugal, other people saying we don’t deserve to win international competitions. I think you’re going to be very sad again in May

Qoo
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Qoo

One of my favoite song . I wish the song with wonderful staging ,lighting and camera angles in IEC.
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