Carlos Queiroz raised some eyebrows with his choice to leave out Quim from the 24-man squad. Instead, Porto stopper Beto was given a surprise inclusion, along with Iraklis shot-stopper Daniel Fernandes. So, here is my explanation for each player as to why they were chosen to go to the World Cup:
Eduardo – The Braga number 1 has been just that, number 1. He has had an exemplary season with the arsenalistas, and is currently being courted by a number of different clubs. During World Cup Qualification, Eduardo was part of our defense that only conceded five goals during qualification, so lets hope he can keep up his amazing shot-stopping ability going for the World Cup!
Beto – The 28 year-old keeper was arguably the best keeper playing in Portugal in the 2008-2009 season, so it came as no surprise that Porto snatched him up. Since then he has mostly appeared in cup matches, but recently, in the last part of the season, has won a place in the starting XI. He, almost single-handedly kept last June’s Portugal-Estonia match tied 0-0, with a string of superb saves.
Daniel Fernandes – Fernandes loves, and thrives in, Greece. PAOK was the first place he got noticed, and after making a move to Germany, with Bochum, he wasn’t quite the same. Realizing that he needed playing time if he wanted to play in the World Cup, Fernandes was loaned to mid-table Iraklis (of Greece). There he has rediscovered his heroics, enough that Queiroz found him worthy of a World Cup call-up. He is no stranger to the National Team, with 2 appearances under his belt. He has also been called-up quite a few times, which means that he knows the other players well, which could prove invaluable.