Manchester United winger, Bebe, has been nominated by the Italian newspaper, Tuttosport, for their annual “golden boy” award. Players such as Wayne Rooney, Alexandre Pato, and Cesc Fabregas have won the prestigious award, and favorites to win this year are Balotelli and Bojan, just to name a couple. Bebe, who unexpectedly moved from Vitoria Guimaraes to Manchester United this summer, has settled in nicely. His first goal in the Champions League came very recently against Buraspor, even though it counted as an own goal. The real thing to take out of this is that Bebe has gone from a homeless vagrant to a sub for one of the finest teams on this planet. It is quite remarkable, you see.
Portuguese Under-21 international Bebe has finally made his debut for the Manchester United first team. Manchester United defeated Scunthorpe United 5-2 yesterday evening in a very easy Carling Cup tie for United. Bebe was substituted in for park Ji-Sung, who was having an excellent game. Bebe enjoyed a superb debut, constantly running at defenders and causing problems for Scunthorpe. Even though he only played for 15 minutes or so, it was enough to impress fellow Red Devil, Chris Smalling, who Bebe had played against during the Portugal vs England U-21 showdown earlier this month. “Since he’s come in, he’s become sharper every day,” said Smalling. “He’s really improving and working on his fitness. Tonight he really caused their full-back problems, coming in from the wing, and hopefully we’ll see him produce that kind of form in many games to come.” Manchester United assistant manager, Mike Phelan also spoke of Bebe’s debut, saying: “The scoreline gave us the opportunity to give Bebe a little look at what Manchester United’s all about. I thought he responded very well.”
It looks as if Bebe is finally fulfilling his potential as a 7 million pound signing for United. If he keeps working hard, and with Valencia now out injured, we may see a lineup with Bebe on one side of the midfield and Nani on the other.
Nacional striker Orlando Sa has been forced to withdraw from the Portuguese Under-21 Team due to injury. Sa underwent a medical evaluation upon meeting with his fellow Under-21 players and was deemed unfit. He will be out of action for both of Portugal’s remaining two qualification matches. Meanwhile Bebe, Joao Silva, and Fabio Faria all spoke of the importance of the two games. Bebe stressed the importance of winning all three points, saying: “We need to win, but England also need to win and we’ll play in front of our audience.” Fabio Faria spoke of the squad’s determination, saying: “We will work hard for that on Friday we can win”
Oceano released today a list of 21 for the Portuguese Under-21 team’s upcoming games against England and Macedonia. The U-21s are set to play England on September 3 at home and Macedonia at home again on September 7. One surprise inclusion on this list of 21 was Manchester United’s new signing Bebe, who has the chance to shut the critic’s mouths if he performs well. Here’s the list:
Belenenses: André Almeida
Benfica: Fábio Faria
CD Nacional: João Aurélio and Orlando Sá
Everton FC: João Silva
FC Paços de Ferreira: Bura and David Simão
FC Porto: Castro and Ukra
Leixões SC: Rui Pedro
Manchester United FC: Bebé
Portimonense SC: André Pinto, Candeias, Pedro Moreira and Ventura
Rio Ave FC: Yazalde
SC Olhanense: João Gonçalves
Sporting CP: André Santos, Daniel Carriço and Rui Patrício
Vitória SC de Guimarães: Pereirinha
Sir Alex Ferguson has raised some eyebrows with his latest signing, Bébé, from Vitoria Guimaraes. The attacking midfielder/forward was completely unknown until Guimaraes signed him at the beginning of this transfer period from Portuguese Second Division side Estrela Amadora. Bebe grew up on the streets of Portugal, and was raised in an orphanage, where he nurtured his street soccer skills. He was invited to play at the 2009 European Street Football Festival, where he allegedly scored 40 goals in 6 games. He was soon after signed by Amadora, where he enjoyed a good amount of success. After Estrela Amadora failed to pay his wages, Vitoria Guimaraes signed him this summer on a free transfer and immediately slapped a 9-million euro release-clause. Throughout pre-season, Bebe scored five goals in six games for Guimaraes, alerting the big guns. Real Madrid came knocking, but Manchester United stepped in front after a tip from Portuguese National Team coach Carlos Queiroz to Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex also confirmed that Bebe will not be loaned out, but will instead stay at Old Trafford, learn English, and fight for a spot on the wing against the likes of Nani and Valencia.
So, you have it there. From the streets to Old Trafford. If there ever was such an inspiring story, this would be it. Bebe spoke of his dream transfer, saying: “It’s a dream come true” and “I am very happy. I had the dream of playing, one day, for a major club. That dream has come true,” he said. “Football can change lives, very much”