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 Corinthian released a set of 12 figures in the Portuguese national strip, a set which; over time, has become very collectable.

 

 The set was released in Septmeber 1998 and was distributed by a company called 'Concentra' the same company which distributed the Portugal club side figures.

 

 The set differed from the other national sets Corinthian released under the Headliners banner, as no goal keeper was included in the line-up instead 12 outfield players were selected

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 From the 12 figures releasd 4 of those have never again been released by Corinthian, those 4 are

 Beto, Fernando Couto, Sa Pinto, Dominguez. All are great sculpts, 3 of which were intended to be released as part of the Portugal club range of figures but sadly the figures were pulled from the range, only the unreleased master models exist. Fernando Couto has been released by Corinthian subsequently but the sculpt is entirely different and was part of 'Prostars series 28-Demon Defenders.'

 

 A further 5 of these figures were mere repaints of figures previously released in their club kits. 4 of these repaints had been released in the Portuguese club range of figures, those 4 being Oceano Cruz and Pedro Barbosa, both released in the colours of Sporting Lisbon, Jorge Costa who was released for FC Porto and Joao Pinto who was released in the famous kit of Benfica. Making up the repaints was Cesar Manuel Rui Costa, previously released for Fiorentina in the 1st series of Italian Superstars.

 

 The remaining 3 figures were all first time sculpts and all have been released by Corinthian again. Paulo Sousa was going to be released in the club colours of Juventus but he secured a move to German side Borussia Dortmund before the figure could be released, making this the only figure of him released in the Headliner range, however, he has been released a few times in the Prostars range. Sergio Conceicao was another first time sculpt and the only version of him in the Headliners range, although he was intended to be released for FC Porto but the figure was pulled from the range once the player secured a move to Italian side Lazio in 1998, only the unreleased master model remains.

 

 The crown in this set is without question Luis Figo, this was the very first release of such a legendary player, he has been released many times by Corinthian since this figure was released and the same sculpt was used for Prostars series 5 and for the club gold release, all of those figures are still very hard to find today.

 

 This was considered to be Portugals 'golden generation' and it is hard to believe that this team won no honours during it's time, however Corinthian immortalised them by releaseing such a fine and detalied set of figures.

 

 All of these figures are still very difficult to find today and are highly sought after. Originally released in Portugal, Corinthian did manage to acquire a very limited number of these blister packs and sold them at the convention and some even found their way to the official collector centres but the stock was very swiftly snapped up by savvy collectors.

 

 A very hard set to value as they very seldom appear for sale on the secondary market but i would value each figure loose at about £15-25, the only exception would be Luis Figo who would fetch nearer the £50 mark, perhaps more. The blisters are worth much more and again it is Figo who commands the most money and has traded hands for around the £100 mark. A full set of loose figures would cost around £300 and a blister set nearer £400.

 

Format wise, only the single blister pack was used, no 4 player packs were produced and Corinthian decided against producing a 12 player box set, shame really as that would have beem a very nice collectors piece.

 

 Each figure came issued with a collector card and also a collectors information file which displayd the full rane of figures available.

PORTUGAL NATIONAL

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 Oceano Cruz

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR001

 Pedro Barbosa

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR002

 Jorge Costa

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR007

 Joao Pinto

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR013

 Ricardo Sa Pinto

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR036

 Jose Dominguez

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR038

 Paulo Sousa

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR039

 Cesar Manuel Rui Costa

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR040

 Luis Figo

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR041

 Fernando Couto

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR042

 Beto

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR045

 Sergio Conceicao

Portugal

Home Kit 98

POR046

OFFICIAL RETIREMENT DATES

 To the right are the Official retirement dates for the Portugal national figures.

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 Please click the Portugal national emblem to the right to view more information about this release.

POR BARBOSA POR BETO POR CONC POR COUTO POR DOMIN POR FIGO POR JORGE POR OCEANO POR RUI POR SAPINTO POR SOUSA por joao pinto