Simao Retires from National Team


Simao has seen his career with the Seleccao span to ten years. The Portuguese winger made his debut in 1998. Not only did he make his debut when he was 19, but he scored on it. Simao has seen the ups and downs of the national side. When he began, the Seleccao had just come off of a failed attempt to qualify for the 1998 World Cup, and were now shifting their attention to qualification for the 2000 European Tournament. Led by Luis Figo, the Seleccao qualified, and surprised the world by upsetting England at the actual tournament. Simao didn’t make the cut for UEFA Euro 2000, but he was involved in Portugal’s qualification for the 2002 World Cup, the first World Cup they had qualified for since 1986. Simao, however, missed the tournament due to injury. Meanwhile, at Benfica, Simao was becoming one the fan’s favorites because of his sublime skill and leadership qualities. Due to the fact that Portugal was hosting UEFA 2004, they did not have to deal with qualification. It was during this period(between the 2002 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004) that Simao became instrumental in the National Team’s game plan. Euro 2004 was where Simao showed his true worth to the Seleccao. Although he failed to score, he helped the team in other ways, such as assisting Helder Postiga’s goal in the quarter-final game against England. He continued his great form with the Seleccao, and was called up for the 2006 World Cup, where he was one of the star players in the side that reached fourth place. Simao was also an integral in the Seleccao’s leave-it-late qualifying campaign, and was also a member of the Portuguese side. With Cristiano Ronaldo established as one of the(if not the)best in the world, no one expected him to fail to score at all during Portugal’s 2010 World Cup Qualifying campaign. Further more, no one expected Simao to carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders by becoming Portugal’s top scorer throughout qualifying. Simao made appearances at the 2010 World Cup, scoring in a 7-0 romping of North Korea. So, all-in-all, Simao has made appearances at 2 European Championships and two World Cups. So, I, along with all of Portugal say, Obrigado Simao!

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