Wilson Eduardo Off to Croatia


Wilson Eduardo - Sporting

Wilson Eduardo

Sporting to Dinamo Zagreb (loan)

Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb announced today the capture of Sporting winger Wilson Eduardo on loan for the entire season, further adding to an already sizable Portuguese contingent at the club. Eduardo, whose brother Joao Mario will be on Sporting’s first team this season, will join on loan for the entire season, and can be purchased at any time by Dinamo. Eduardo will join fellow countrymen Eduardo, Paulo Machado, Ivo Pinto, Goncalo Santos, and Ruben Lima at the Balkan club, and will hope to gain more playing time than if he was at Sporting.

Always considered a prospect for the future, many will feel that Wilson Eduardo hasn’t really fulfilled his potential, though many will agree that he is still a handy player for most teams. After a prolific spell in Sporting’s youth teams, Eduardo was loaned to various teams in Portugal for the next four seasons. He found varied levels of success with top-flight clubs such as Academica and Olhanense, and as a result of these solid performances, he was recalled to a new-look Sporting side last season. Despite largely playing a bit-part role in the club’s success, Eduardo still managed 20 appearances and three goals. This season, Eduardo has been deemed surplus to requirements, most likely because of the emergence of Carlos Mane, who is much younger and has more room for growth. Now, Wilson Eduardo will fly away to Croatia, and who knows? Maybe this loan is exactly what he needs.

Joaozinho Loaned to Sporting


Joaozinho - Beira-Mar

Joaozinho

Beira-Mar to Sporting (loan w/ option to buy)

Following the departures of Emiliano Insua and Daniel Pranjic to Gremio and Celta respectively, Sporting has snapped up Beira-Mar left-back Joaozinho on loan until the end of the season. According to reports coming out of Portugal, Sporting chose to loan Joaozinho because he was one of the cheapest options available. Currently sitting in eight in the Portuguese league, Sporting are struggling this season, both on and off the field. The financial problems of the club have come to light recently, and this move was surely an attempt to cut-back at the club. At the end of the loan, the contract states that Sporting may purchase Joaozinho for 750,000 euros.

Tonel Returns to Portugal


Tonel

Tonel

Dinamo Zagreb to Beira-Mar (Free)

Dinamo Zagreb central defender Tonel has returned to the country of his birth to sign for Beira-Mar. The defender amassed more than 100 appearances for Sporting between 2005 and 2010, along with two for the national team. Tonel moved to Croatia to play for Dinamo in 2010, after it became evident that his starting role was no longer guaranteed. Now, still only 32, Tonel has much to give, and this signing will go down as a positive one for Beira-Mar.

Top 5 Transfers of January 2012


The transfer window was unusually quiet this winter in Portugal, as it was all around Europe. Despite the lack of activity, some potentially major moves did occur. These players all have the capability to be important players for their new clubs in the near future.

 

1. Yannick - Unattached to Benfica

Yannick had been without a club since his failed transfer to French club OGC Nice from Sporting Lisbon. The winger/striker’s skill is undeniable, but his consistency certainly is lacking, as he showed at Sporting. Yannick was reportedly close to a move to Porto and a trial at Aston Villa, but neither moves materialized. Benfica promptly snapped up the forward on deadline day, and he has already made his debut, in the League Cup.

 

2. Daniel Fernandes - Cluj to Twente

Daniel Fernandes has performed well when given the chance to succeed. When he played in Greece, he was extremely successful. His time more recently in Germany did not go as planned, and a move to Romania looked to increase playing time. Things did not go as planned once again, and after making just two league appearances for Cluj, Twente promptly snapped up the experienced goalkeeper on a free transfer. It may take a lot to dislodge the current Twente goalkeeper, but Daniel Fernandes will work through it, just as he has before.

 

3. Ricardo Vaz Te - Barnsley to West Ham

After his release from Bolton in 2010, Vaz Te looked set for a career in the lower leagues of Greece, Cyprus, or Romania. After two unsuccessful stints in Greece and Scotland, Vaz Te was signed on a free by Barnsley. Not much was expected of the striker, but after ten goals in twenty-two appearances, that all changed. West Ham, who look certain for promotion, promptly snapped up the striker from Barnsley, after Vaz Te had only spent half a season with them. The striker has already made his debut for the club, and looks set for a successful last half of the season with what is a very talented squad.

 

4. Joao Carlos - Sporting to Liverpool

At the age of just 18, Joao Carlos was called up to Sporting’s first team at the beginning of this season. He trained with the squad throughout the pre-season, but rejoined the Under-19 team, as did many players, once the season was underway. The center midfielder, who has been compared to Deco, was an integral part of the Sporting U-19 team that decimated all opposition in the group stage of the Next-Gen Series. One of his finest performances came when the squad travelled to Liverpool. The midfielder bagged a wonderful goal, and his performance must have caught the eye of Liverpool first-team manager, Kenny Dalglish, who promptly signed him at the next possible opportunity: the January transfer window. Joao Carlos will now join Liverpool’s reserve team, and hope to win a starting spot in Liverpool’s first team in the future.

 

5. Abel Camara - Belenenses to Beira-Mar

After multiple seasons of solid performances, Abel Camara finally made the step up from the Liga Orangina to the Liga Zon Sagres. Already a regular for the Belenenses team and the Portuguese Under-21 Team, Abel was a well-established striker in Portugal. Now, he has the opportunity to prove his skills on a bigger stage for Beira-Mar.

Trio Joins Beira-Mar


Beira-Mar have snapped up three promising players from the Liga Orangina today, as was announced in the Portuguese media. Abel Camara completed his move from Belenenses, Nuno Lopes joined from Oliveirense, and Tiago Cintra arrives from Leixoes. All three have showcased their talents in the Liga Orangina, and are now eager to do the same in the Portuguese topflight.

Abel Camara

Belenenses to Beira-Mar

Yesterday’s rumor has predictably turned into today’s reality. Abel Camara has joined the club from Belenenses, where he had previously spent the entirety of his senior career. Currently a regular for the Portuguese Under-21 team, Abel is due to join training at Beira-Mar as soon as Tuesday. The striker reportedly signed a four-and-a-half year deal, which will tie him to the club until 2016.

Nuno Lopes

Oliveirense to Beira-Mar

Nuno Lopes, who is Miguel Lopes’s twin brother, has joined Beira-Mar from Oliveirense. The right-defender had only been at the Liga Orangina club for a mere season and a half, but his performances have merited a move to the Liga Zon Sagres.

Tiago Cintra

Leixoes to Beira-Mar

Tiago Cintra looked like a star for the future when he broke into Leixoes’s first-team two seasons ago. That promise has diminished, but many would argue that some portion of it is still there. Cintra played for Leixoes for two and a half seasons, before Beira-Mar snatched him up today.

Andre Pires to Join Beira-Mar


Andre Pires

Belenenses to Beira-Mar (End of season)

Belenenses left-back Andre Pires is set to join Liga Zon Sagres side Beira-Mar at the end of the season, according to reports coming out of Portugal. Pires has been at Belenenses since 2008, when he joined the club’s youth setup. One season later, he was promoted into the first-team, and has practically been a regular ever since. Pires will be the second Belenenses player to leave the club after it is widely rumored that Abel Camara is also set to join Beira-Mar.

Transfer Rumors – 1/29/12


Thus far this transfer window has been quite quiet, but as the month continues and the transfer window begins to draw to a close, more moves are likely. Here are a few interesting, if unimportant, rumors that we will have to keep an eye on over the next three days.

 

Abel Camara

Belenenses to Beira-Mar?

Beira-Mar looks set to sign Abel Camara, who is currently on Belenenses’s books in the Liga Orangina. Abel has been a regular for both Belenenses and the Portuguese Under-21 team for some time now, so a move to the Portuguese top-flight looks inevitable. Though an official announcement has not yet happened, the move looks likely, and Beira-Mar could confirm it as soon as Monday.

 

Tiago Targino

Vitoria Guimaraes to Servette (loan)?

Vitoria Guimaraes winger Tiago Targino looks set for a loan move to Swiss side Servette, as his playing time at the Portuguese club has been limited this season. Much like Abel’s proposed move, this move looks very likely to occur very soon. Targino will join Servette on loan for the remainder of the season.

Rui Sampaio Signs for Cagliari


Rui Sampaio

Beira-Mar to Cagliari

Beira-Mar midfielder Rui Sampaio has completed a 600,000 euro move to Serie A side Cagliari Calcio. Sampaio, who had been at Beira-Mar since 2008, has joined up with his teammates for training. Sampaio played for a total of 85 times for Beira-Mar, and was arguably one of their most consistent performers last season, as the club succeeded in retaining top-flight status.

U-20s Record Back-to-Back Wins


The Portuguese Under-20 Team is through to the second round after two 1-0 wins over Cameroon and New Zealand each. Portugal’s overall play improved from their lackluster display against Uruguay in their opening match. The team added to their rock-solid defense a creative offense, and while it hasn’t gotten them goals, it has helped them just enough to reach the next round.

Portugal vs Cameroon

 

 

 

 

 

Portugal earned a deserved 1-0 victory over their African opponents on Tuesday. Nelson Oliveira scored the Seleccao’s only goal, which was enough to get them the win. Portugal controlled the majority of the match, and enjoyed much more success in their attack than they did against Uruguay. Their attack all payed off when two poor clearances from Cameroon’s defenders gave Nelson Oliveira a one-on-one situation. The Benfica man took his goal well, calmly lobbing it over the keeper to make the score 1-0. Portugal continued to control the match, but the game would end at 1-0.

Mika, Nuno Reis, Roderick, Cedric, Luis Martins(Mario Rui), Pele, Danilo Pereira, Julio Alves(Ricardo Dias), Alex, Nelson Oliveira, Caetano(Amidio Balde)

Portugal vs New Zealand

 

 

 

 

The Seleccao U-20 sealed their place in the second round with their 1-0 win over New Zealand. Mario Rui scored the only goal of the match, but that was enough to give Portugal a deserved 1-0 win. Many are wondering, however, how the score was not more than 1-0. Portugal had many opportunities, mainly through Nelson Oliveira, who enjoyed a splendid game.

Mika, Nuno Reis, Roderick(Tiago Ferreira), Mario Rui, Cedric, Pele, Danilo Pereira(Sergio Oliveira), Alex, Julio Alves, Nelson Oliveira, Caetano(Ricardo Dias)

 

The Portuguese Under-20 team will now face Guatemala in the Round of 16 of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Guatemala have not looked impressive at all, losing 6-0 to Saudi Arabia and 5-0 to Nigeria, so a comfortable win should be in the bag. The quality of this Portuguese team is evident, and will continue to grow as the team finds its feet in this competition. Nelson Oliveira and Caetano have already shown that they are destined for bigger things, and players such as Pele, Danilo Pereira, and our entire defense have shown what they are capable of. Portugal will go far in this tournament. Mark my words.

Transfer News – 8/18/10


A lot has been happening lately involving transfers, and it seems that the more that happens, the less time I have to report on it. Here’s the brunt of it.

1. Pizzi loaned to Pacos Ferreira again

Portuguese Under-21 international Pizzi has been loaned from Braga to fellow Liga Zon Sagres Pacos Ferreira. The 20 year-old was on loan to Pacos for half of last season, and after some intense negotiations, Braga have decided to loan him out again, this time for the entire 2010-2011 season.

2. Nelson Oliveira Switches Rio Ave for Pacos

Benfica starlet Nelson Oliveira has apparently swapped a loan move from Rio Ave to Pacos Ferreira. Originally, Oliveira was to play for Rio Ave for the 2010-2011 season, but it has now surfaced that the Portuguese Under-19 international will now be playing for Pacos de Ferreira instead. Why? I don’t know.

3. Sergio Oliveira Loaned to Beira-Mar

FC Porto youngster Sergio Oliveira will spend next season on loan to Liga Zon Sagres newcomers Beira-Mar. Oliveira was quite impressive in the recent UEFA U-19 championships, scoring against Italy.

4. Benfica Starlet Snapped up by Parma

Danilo Periera, who recently impressed with the Portugal Under-19 side at the UEFA Euro U-19 Championship, has recently been touted to move to Serie A, specifically Genoa and Parma. Parma somehow came out on top and Pereira is tied to them for the next 5 years. Supposedly he will be unveiled tomorrow.

5. Tiago Loaned to Atletico…again

Portuguese World Cup star Tiago has, once again, been loaned to Europa League champions Atletico Madrid from Juventus. Quique Flores, the Atleico coach, struggled to get Tiago again after an impressive spell last season.Tiago thoroughly approved the move, saying that Atletico is the only team he would consider moving to.

6. Meireles on Verge of United Move.

Raul Meireles was suprisingly left out of Porto’s squad for their upcoming Europa League match, further fueling the transfer speculation surrounding him. Sir Alex Ferguson is apparently searching for a replacement for the aging Paul Scholes. After he failed at his bid for German midfielder Ozil, Sir Alex has now shifted his attention to Raul Meireles. Meireles was one of Portugal’s bright points at this summer’s World Cup, and Chelsea were apparently on the verge of signing him this summer, but the deal fell through.