Salvador Agra Returns for Braga


Salvador Agra - Braga preseason 2013-2014

Salvador Agra

Academica to Braga (loan return)

After half of a season at Academica, Salvador Agra will return to Braga next season. Owned by Spanish side Real Betis, Braga arranged a two-season loan contract at the beginning of this season. The beginning of his Braga career did not go according to plan, as both he and the team struggled. Only half of a season and 8 appearances later, Agra was loaned to Academica, where he hit form under coach Sergio Conceicao. Fast forward to present day and Sergio Conceicao is now the new Braga coach, and recalling Salvador Agra is one of his first moves.

Transfer Round-up – 1/26/14


Pedro Mendes - SassuoloPedro Mendes

Parma to Sassuolo

After a limited amount of playing time so far for Serie A side Parma, Pedro Mendes has sealed a free transfer to league-strugglers Sassuolo.

Hugo Vieira - BragaHugo Vieira

Braga to Gil Vicente (loan)

After moving to Braga from Benfica this summer, Vieira has found playing time hard to come by this season. In the opportunities he was given at Braga, Vieira failed to impress. Now, Vieira will join the club where he made his start seasons ago.

Betinho - Vitoria SetubalBetinho

Sporting to Vitoria Setubal (loan)

After impressing this season for Sporting B, scoring nine in 17 games, Betinho will now have his first opportunity at playing in the Liga Zon Sagres, joining Vitoria Setubal on loan until the end of the season.

Salvador Agra - AcademicaSalvador Agra

Real Betis to Academica (loan)

Salvador Agra has joined Academica on loan until the end of the season after a disappointing loan spell at Braga during the first half of the season.

Andre GomesAndre Gomes

Benfica to ?

Benfica announced today that Andre Gomes has been sold to an unnamed team for 15 million euros. After a promising start to his Benfica career, Gomes has found playing time very limited, and although Matic has departed the team for Chelsea, it does not appear that Gomes will see more playing time. Liverpool have been touted to make a move for the midfielder, and Anfield could very well be where Gomes ends up at the end of the day.

Ones to Watch – Liga Zon Sagres 2013/2014


Portugal’s Liga Zon Sagres has formed a reputation for being one of the best formative leagues in Europe. With a seemingly endless conveyer-belt of talent flowing out of the league, it is no wonder that so many young players choose Portugal over other countries. Players such as David Luiz, Fabio Coentrao, Di Maria, Joao Moutinho, Hulk, and Falcao (among others) have all spent their formative years in the Iberian country, only to make multi-million euro moves abroad to some of the finest teams in the world.

This season, there are many young Portuguese talents who will be hoping to emulate the likes of Coentrao and Joao Moutinho; with hopes to earn a big move abroad; with hopes to be noticed by Paulo Bento and be selected for the national team. Regardless, there is much hope, both for the players and the spectators. At the root of all of this is a single hope: that Portuguese football may grow.

In this segment, Portugal Football is highlighting 25 under-22 Portuguese players from across the Liga Zon Sagres. These players are certainly players to watch for. Some are already proven players, while some are yet to showcase their talents on the big stage. So, without further ado, the ones to watch.

Academica

Anibal Capela - Academica

NAME 

AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
 Anibal Capela  22  Center Defense  29

Belenenses

Tiago Silva - Belenenses

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Tiago Silva  20  Attacking Midfield  46

Benfica

Andre Almeida - Benfica

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Andre Almeida  22  Midfield/Wingback  40

Andre Gomes

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Andre Gomes  20  Center Midfield  27

 

Braga

Luis Silva - Braga 2013-2014 preseason

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Luis Silva  20  Center Midfield  44

Rafa - Braga 2013-2014 preseason

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Rafa  20  Attacking Midfield  47

Salvador Agra - Braga

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Salvador Agra  21  Winger  23

Estoril

Leandro - Estoril

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Leandro  21  Forward  36

Gil Vicente

Luis Martins - Gil Vicente

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Luis Martins  21  Left-Back  33

Maritimo

Danilo Pereira - Maritimo

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Danilo Pereira  21  Defensive Midfield  31

Nacional

Miguel Rodrigues - Nacional

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Miguel Rodrigues  20  Center Defense  19

Jota - Nacional

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Jota  20  Midfield  20

Olhanense

Pele - Olhanense

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Pele  21  Defensive Midfield  5

Pacos Ferreira

Sergio Oliveira - Pacos Ferreira

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Sergio Oliveira  21  Midfield  36

Porto

Tiago Rodrigues - Porto

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Tiago Rodrigues  21  Midfield  42

Ricardo - Porto

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Ricardo  19  Winger  37

Rio Ave

Luis Gustavo - Rio Ave

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Luis Gustavo  20  Midfield  24

Roderick - Rio Ave

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Roderick Miranda  22  Center Defense  16

Sporting

Tiago Ilori - Sporting

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Tiago Ilori  20  Center Defense  32

Cedric - Sporting

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Cedric  21  Right-Back  25

Vitoria Guimaraes

Paulo Oliveira - Vitoria Guimaraes

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Paulo Oliveira  21  Center Defense  43

Ricardo Gomes - Vitoria Guimaraes

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Ricardo Gomes  21  Forward  31

Cafu - Vitoria Guimaraes

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Cafu  20  Winger  23

Vitoria Setubal

Ricardo Horta - Vitoria Setubal

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Ricardo Horta  18  Forward  16

Miguel Lourenco - Vitoria Setubal

NAME  AGE  POSITION  2012-2013 APPS 
Miguel Lourenco  21  Center Defense  22

Transfer Deadline Day Deals


It was an uncharacteristically calm transfer deadline day across Europe, but the same cannot be said for Portugal. Though there were no huge deals, there were quite a few surprising ones. Here they are:

Diogo Rosado - BenficaDiogo Rosado

Blackburn to Benfica (loan)

Once touted as a star for the future, Diogo Rosado’s development has stalled slightly. Regardless, the midfielder earned a move to freshly-relegated English club Blackburn Rovers this summer. Since then, however, playing time has been scarce, and has necessitated a move back to his home country. Most likely destined for Benfica’s B team, Rosado will most likely not feature much for the club’s first team. If his performances are impressive enough, Benfica has the option to purchase Rosado at the end of the loan period.

 

Rolando - NapoliRolando

Porto to Napoli (loan)

Porto outcast Rolando has finally made a move away from the Estadio Dragao to the Italian peninsula. It had been almost a certainty that the center defender would move away from Porto, but the question was to what team. He joins Napoli until the end of the season, with an option to buy at the end of the deal.

Antunes - MalagaAntunes 

Pacos Ferreira to Malaga (loan)

Pacos Ferreira left-back Vitorino Antunes has joined La Liga high-flyers Malaga on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy. This move was most likely pushed through out of necessity. Nacho Monreal, Malaga’s first-choice left-back, was purchased by Arsenal today. Due to this, Antunes may win a starting spot.

Jorge Teixeira - ZurichJorge Teixeira

Zurich to Siena (loan)

One of the lesser known transfers that went through today is certainly Jorge Teixeira’s loan move to the Serie A. Teixeira has been plying his trade in Switzerland for two and a half seasons, and will now be in the thick of Siena’s relegation battle. He will join fellow countrymen Luis Neto and Salvador Agra at the club.

Agra Loaned to Siena


Salvador Agra - Portugal vs Albania - U-21

Salvador Agra

Real Betis to Siena (loan)

Real Betis have decided to loan out Salvador Agra to Serie A side Siena until the end of the season. Currently in last position in the Serie A, Siena are looking for reinforcements to help with the relegation battle. Real Betis, on the other hand, is flying high in La Liga, and is looking to consolidate their squad. Agra moved to Betis this past summer, after impressive performances for the Portuguese Under-21 team and for Olhanense. He has found playing time relatively plentiful, but has not quite adapted to the league. Now, he will join up with fellow countryman Luis Neto, who he played with in his earlier days at Varzim, and attempt to battle away for Siena.

U-21s Narrowly Miss Qualification


Poland 0-0 Portugal

2013 UEFA U-21 European Championship Qualification

The Portugal U-21 team will be disappointed to learn that they have narrowly missed out on qualification to next summer’s U-21 European Championship. A 0-0 draw with Poland today was not enough to qualify for the play-offs, with the team being overtaken in the standings at the last second, after Switzerland defeated Estonia.

The game started off quite lethargically, with nothing of note occurring until well into the first half. Some excellent wing-play from Andre Martins set up David Simao for a shot, but the midfielder uncharacteristically made a mess of it. Though the shot was missed, it was encouraging play nonetheless. The half ended with the scores level at 0-0.

Predictably, the second half was a much more lively affair. Poland had the first chance when a well-struck free-kick was put just over. Portugal responded well, with Andre Martins going close, and then Wilson Eduardo almost breaking the deadlock twice. As the time winded down, the game winded up. Anthony Lopes had to be on alert, as Poland were barraging the Portuguese goal with shot after shot. Last minute efforts from Wilson Eduardo and Salvador Agra were not enough to break the deadlock, and the game finished at a disappointing 0-0.

Anthony Lopes, Cedric, Ruben Ferreira, Nuno Reis, Pedro Mendes, Andre Almeida, Josue, Andre Martins(Fredy), David Simao(Wilson Eduardo), Rui Fonte(Abel Camara), Salvador Agra

HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Free Kicks Give Portugal Win


Portugal 2-0 Ukraine

U-21 International

Two masterfully taken free kicks, one from Salvador Agra, and one from David Simao, earned the Portuguese Under-21 team a 2-0 friendly victory over Ukraine. The match was a promising one from the Under-21 team, with many opportunities in front of goal created.
The match started out quietly. The first chance of note came from the Portuguese side. Andre Martins juked out his marker, and played a wonderful through ball to the onrushing Wilson Eduardo. Eduardo could only shoot over, however. Portugal was dictating the play of the game, and although Ukraine had their chances, it was the Portuguese who looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Portugal did just that just before halftime. The team won a free kick about ten yards outside of the eighteen yard box. Salvador Agra, who had been a livewire up until this point, and Andre Martins were standing over the kick. Martins tapped the ball to Agra, who unleashed a wonderful shot that squeezed into the upper right-hand corner of Ukraine’s goal. It was a truly spectacular goal, and that was evident on Salvador Agra’s face. The teams went into the half with Portugal on top.

The second half was not nearly as interesting as the first half. As is the case with many friendly matches, Portugal Under-21 coach Rui Jorge made a number of substitutions, which disrupted the natural flow of the game. Luis Martins and Danilo Pereira, who both featured for the Portugal U-20 team at last summer’s U-20 World Cup, were both substituted in during the second half to make their debuts. As I stated earlier, the second half was dull, and the first chance for Portugal was a goal. Ludovic was brought down just outside the box. David Simao curled the ensuing free kick into the upper left hand corner to double Portugal’s lead to 2-0. That was how the game ended. The performance was that of confidence, and the team will surely try to build on this impressive performance.

Anthony Lopes(Mika), Cedric(Ivo Pinto), Joao Pereira, Pedro Mendes(Vitor Bastos), Ruben Ferreira(Luis Martins), Andre Martins(Danilo Pereira), Andre Almeida, Josue(Abel Camara), Salvador Agra(David Simao), Rui Fonte(Ludovic), Wilson Eduardo(Diogo Amado)

HIGHLIGHTS

Salvador Agra Signs for Betis


Salvador Agra

Olhanense to Real Betis (end of season)

It is finally official. Olhanense winger Salvador Agra has signed for La Liga side Real Betis. There had been speculation as to whether or not the deal had actually gone through, but all doubts were vanquished whan the Olhanense president confirmed the transfer. Agra won’t meet up with his new teammates just yet, however. The winger is poised to finish the season with the Portuguese club. Real Betis grabbed the winger for a fee of 200,000 euros, and Olhanense still hold 10% of his rights.

Agra Passes Medical at Betis


Salvador Agra

Olhanense to Real Betis (almost)

Olhanense winger Salvador Agra has reportedly passed a medical ahead of a move to La Liga side Real Betis. Betis had been interested in the player, and had had two bids rejected. Now, however, the Spanish club has had an offer accepted. The amount of the transfer remains unclear. One outlet reports 200,000 euros, while another reports 500,000. It also remains unclear whether or not the U-21 international will join Betis immediately, or remain at Olhanense for the rest of the season. Regardless, Salvador Agra has passed his medical and is excruciatingly close to completing a move to Real Betis.

Transfer Rumors – 1/9/12


There almost always seems to be more rumors during the transfer window than actual deals. This season has not been an exception, and with the rumors flying in, here are some of the more notable ones.

Salvador Agra

Olhanense to Real Betis?

Salvador Agra has been nothing short of a revelation for Olhanense this season. The winger, who can also be deployed as a striker, joined Olhanense from Varzim at the beginning of the season. Not much was expected of him, at least not as much as he as shown. Though he has only scored once thus far this season, he has proved himself as a vital piece of the team through his lively and smart play. Other clubs have not ignored this. Real Betis look to be front-runners for his signature. Osasuna and Koln have all said to be interested recently, and Betis even had an offer rejected. Olhanense has stated that they do not plan to sell the winger, regardless of the price.

Varela

Porto to Roma?

Another winger that may be on his way out of Portugal is Silvestre Varela. Varela was in spectacular form last season, and was one of the reasons that Porto were as successful as they were. This season, under new coach Vitor Pereira, Varela has found playing time much too hard to come by. The arrival of Djalma from Maritimo in the off season has reduced his playing time further, and talk of winger Yannick Djalo joining the club may just be the last straw. Varela is fed up with sitting on the sidelines, which will undoubtedly hinder his chances of making the Portuguese squad for Euro 2012. Roma’s ears have perked up at all of this talk. The Italian giants are said to have made Varela their number one target.