Madeleine v Vinte Cinco de Abril

It is 25th April 2018, the 44th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution on Vinte Cinco de Abril 1974.

This is the first anniversary of Revolution Day in which more than half the population of Portugal was born after the actual event took place.

The day is a holiday for most, though supermarkets and some shops are open, and certain people prefer to work. We have a German working on white washing an outdoor patio, and a Russian cleaning inside.

In Lisbon, the day is being celebrated with a solemn session of parliament, the opening of a new park, and a public procession along the Avenida da Liberdade. My sources suggest that locally, most Portuguese people will simply see it as a chance to eat, drink and enjoy the Algarvian sunshine in pleasant company.

Here is how Lagos looked on 25 April 1974.

Moving closer to 3 May 2007, when Madeleine McCann disappeared, a background pattern is replaying itself.

Last night (Tuesday), Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 in the first leg of a semi-final of the Champions League. Roma managed to overcome a 3 goal deficit to Barcelona in the last round, so there is much to play for. It could become Liverpool’s first appearance at a Champions League final since 2007.

Tonight (Wednesday), it was the first leg of the other semi-final of the Champions League. Bayern Munich v

Real Madrid. It ended Bayern 1 RM 2 in one of the oddest games for ages.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), it will be the Europa League first leg semi-finals – Marseille v Red Bull Salzburg

and Arsenal v Atletico Madrid.

The return legs will be played one week later on Tuesday 1st May, Wednesday 2nd May and Thursday 3rd May.

By coincidence this day and date pattern for return legs is identical to what happened in 2007.

And as we leave Revolution Day behind and head towards the 11th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance, the next key date is Saturday 28th April, the same in 2018 as 2007.

On 28 April 2007, Madeleine McCann would arrive in Luz at the Ocean Club.

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