Record (newspaper)

Type Daily sports newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Cofina SGPS, S.A.
Editor Alexandre Pais
Founded 1948 (1948)
Headquarters R. Luciana Stegagno Picchio
1549-023 Lisbon
ISSN 3577-0015

Record is a Portuguese sports newspaper, founded by Manuel Dias, published in Lisbon. Although it covers most sports, football is the focal point of it, and almost always is the only sport referred to on the cover.

History and profile

Record was founded by Manuel Dias. Dias was a newspaper vendor as well an athlete.[1] Dias participated the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.[1] In 1949, Dias would enter the national lottery in Portugal and would win 40 contos. Dias would use these funds to establish the Record newspaper. The first edition of the newspaper was published on 26 of November 1949 and was sold on a weekly basis.[1] Over the 63 years, Record have had a difficult times and gone through becoming a privatizied company to a publicly traded one.[1]

Before the Carnation revolution Record belonged to the Banco Borges and Irmão, a bank.[2] Then it was nationalized following the revolution.[2]

In 1988, Record was privatized and was acquired by the company Projectos e Estudos de Imprensa (PEI), which also became the owner of the paper Diário Popular the next year.[3] The company was headed by Pedro Santana Lopes, a member of the Social Democratic Party.[3] During the 1990s, Record began to be released on a daily basis from Monday to Sunday, and the paper was acquired by the Cofina media conglomerate.[4][5] In 2005, Record created an award called the Artur Agostinho Award in memory of Artur Agostinho; the award distinguishes the person of the year in sport.[1]


In 2007, Record was the third-best-selling Portuguese newspaper with a circulation of 74,000 copies.[6] The paper claimed it was the leading sport newspaper in Portugal with 62,245 copies in 2011, and was also the leading website in Portuguese sport newspapers, with 216 million page views recorded in May 2012.[1] Between September and October 2013 the paper had a circulation of 50,886 copies.[4]

Teams of the Year

Since 2012, Record has organised the Team of the Year award, which distinguishes the best eleven players of the calendar year of the Primeira Liga.[7]



GK Portugal Rui Patrício Sporting CP
RB Uruguay Maxi Pereira Benfica
CB Brazil Maicon Porto
CB Argentina Ezequiel Garay Benfica
LB Argentina Emiliano Insúa Sporting CP
DM Brazil Fernando Porto
CM Portugal João Moutinho Porto
RM Brazil Hulk Porto
RM Colombia James Rodríguez Porto
FW Paraguay Óscar Cardozo Benfica
FW Brazil Lima Benfica


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Record – A história". Record.
  2. 1 2 Helena Sousa (1994). "Portuguese Media: New Forms of Concentration" (Conference paper). University of Minho. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  3. 1 2 Nelson Michaud; Howard M. Hensel (28 April 2013). Global Media Perspectives on the Crisis in Panama. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 224. ISBN 978-1-4094-7642-9. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Portuguese Media". BPI Equity. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. "Battle for Media Assets Heats Up As BPI-Cofina Raises Bid for Investec". The Wall Street Journal. Lisbon. 2 September 1999. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  6. Anne Austin et. al. (2008). "Western Europe Market and Media Fact" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  7. 1 2 "Record elege o onze de 2012" [Record elects the eleven of 2012]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
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