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Interview with Georgios Spanos

From St. John the Baptist to St. John University to Mineola Portuguese, Georgios Spanos has accomplished a lot throughout his soccer career. Throw in some apprearences with the U.S. Youth National teams and and youth soccer with the East Meadow Soccer Club and you have one of the best players to come out of Long Island over the last several years. Recently, Georgios took the time to reflect on his career and share his thoughts about soccer on Long Island. DH: How has the season been going so far with Mineola Portuguese in the LISFL? GS: We have got off…


Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club, 2010-Present

2009/10: The Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club continued its momentous run from 2009 into 2010, setting a few milestones along the way. The MPSC repeated its 2008/09 run by winning the Division 1 League Championship for the 6th time in team history. In addition the team won the Eastern Division, came up as finalists in the Tony Cangero Super Cup, and finished as semi-finalists in the NY State Manning Cup. One of the highlights for the players was their back-to-back Gil Beanland Sportsmanship Award, signifying that the club received the least amount of bookings during the past year. The club also brought…


Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club, 2000-2009

The hall-of-fame coach from the "old guard" had since retired, but his contributions to the history and culture of the club lived on through his son, Marco Dafonte. The team would reestablish themselves as the descendants of the legendary Mineola teams of the 1980's. Mineola had a few teams scattered through the 90's, but no team could sustain more than a couple of years before folding. Marco officially registered the team under its current form in 2007, as the Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club. The team was an instant success, winning the second division league undefeated and indoor tournament in 2008.…


Mineola Portuguese Americans, 1990-1999

With the players from the 1980 dynasty aging, Mineola would see its largest faction, with 3 team represented in the league, during the 1990's. Two new Portuguese clubs, Mineola-Alheirense and the Lusitano Soccer Club, would divide the newest class of Portuguese players. The team changed its name for the third time in 1990's to the Mineola Portuguese-Americans, in order to distinguish itself from the other two clubs. In 1992 MPA coach John Pereira was duly honored with life membership in the LISFL and had the division 2 trophy named in his honor. The club would recognize Mr. Pereira's honor by…


Mineola United, 1980-1989

After a relative absence in the 1970's, thought to be in part due to the massive emigration of Portuguese to the United States that caused displacement among players, the team returned again in the 80's. New on the scene was present M.P.S.C. Hall-of-Fame Coach Jack Dafonte. The second dynasty had emerged under the name "Mineola United", and in the first year of the decade raised the bar yet again. During the 1980/81 season Jack Dafonte led the reinvented team to its first New York State championship, winning the Eastern New York Manning Cup. By the end of the year Mineola…


Mineola Portuguese Americans, 1970-1979

Although not much was accomplished during the 1970's, outside of a 4th division title in 1979, the Mineola Portuguese Americans did record a friendly match in Mineola against a 2nd Division team from the Portuguese "Liga de Honra", Beira-Mar Athelic Club on September 7th, 1976.


Mineola Soccer Club, 1960-1969

It is unknown how the great team of the 50's declined to the third division, however 8 years passed since the team would again hoist a trophy. In 1964 Mineola S.C. finally escaped the 3rd division by winning the Fred Edwards Cup. After the league underwent restructuring in 1965 the team was again placed in the first division and spared no time in winning the league division 1 championship for the third and forth times in '65 and '66. It was also in 1965 that the team reached new heights in winning the "LISFL Major Division" championship, a league version…


Mineola Soccer Club, 1950-1959

1953/54 LISFL Theodore Jospe Trophy Winners (from left)J. Texeira, L. Carvalho, F. Vinho (mgr.), F. Appis, F. Pinto, L Chisholm, P. Sinclair, J. Pereira (capt.), D. Sinclair, J. Ploeger, T. Camara, A. Cambria (vice president) D.Rostang, FR. de Neufille, S. Lopez, B. Rodrigues (president) The Mineola Portuguese Center has had many clubs, known by many names, over many years since its inception in 1936. Although the exact date of the inaugural season of "Mineola Soccer" is not know, the "Mineola Soccer Club", coached by LISFL life member John Pereira won their first championship, the Theodore Joseph Memorial Trophy (Div 1),…


After 30 Years, Mineola Portuguese Soccer Wins New York State Title

MPSC takes their fourth New York state amateur championship in 5-3 win over NY Pancyprians. The hundreds of Portuguese gathered at June 12 to had even more to cheer about this year after the Mineola-Portuguese Soccer Club claimed the New York State Amateur Championship for the first time in 30 years. The last time the club won the ENYSSA Manning Cup was in 1981, when Coach Jack DaFonte led the club to its last state championship. In 2011 DaFonte’s son, Marco, who along with team captain and VP George Spanos and VP Gabriel Marques, sought redemption for a state finals…


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