Having narrowly edged Armenia on Friday, the Portuguese national team faces much stiffer competition at Manchester United’s home ground Old Trafford as the Seleccao are pitted up against World Cup finalists Argentina in an international friendly. Cristiano Ronaldo once again saved Portuguese blushes against Armenia and the spotlight will be on the Portuguese superstar as he competes with rival Lionel Messi to steal the show at a place he once called his professional home. Continue reading
Portugal 1-0 Armenia
Euro 2016 Qualification
In a tense affair at the Estadio Algarve, Cristiano Ronaldo proved the catalyst once again netting the only goal in a 1-0 Portugal victory. Continue reading
Fernando Santos named a squad of 24 today for Portugal’s upcoming games against Armenia and Argentina, giving calls to a number of either new or returning players to the team. The most notable of these was Bosingwa, who was famously exiled under Paulo Bento beginning in 2011. Initially an automatic starter under Carlos Queiroz, Bosingwa’s decline under Bento was swift. Now 32, Bosingwa is still a starter at Trabzonspor in the Turkish league, which is enough for Fernando Santos. Continue reading
The Portuguese Football Federation announced this week the appointment of Fernando Santos as the Selecao’s head coach. Santos has filled the position left vacated by the departure of Paulo Bento, the team’s previous coach. Bento was known for his stubbornness, which resulted in stagnant team selections, as well as some players being exiled from the team. With Santos now in charge, there is a natural hope for a renewed team; one that is open to any player deemed worthy to represent it. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from Fernando Santos, in terms of player selection and tactics. Continue reading
Bosingwa – Unattached to QPR
Mark Hughes’ QPR has signed experienced fullback Bosingwa on a free transfer after his release from Chelsea at the end of last season. Bosingwa was heavily favored at the beginning of last season under the tutelage of Andre Villas Boas, but gradually fell out of favor under Robert Di Matteo. Though he appeared 27 times for the blues last season, it was confirmed that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season. His last game for Chelsea was their stunning win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.
Mark Hughes spoke of his delight with the capture of Bosingwa, stating: “Jose has a lot of versatility which is something I like my players to have. He can operate right across the back and can also play the holding role in midfield.”
Soon after the Portugal-Bosnia encounter today, Paulo Bento made clear his reasons for not choosing Bosingwa in the recent squads. Back in February, when Argentina and Portugal squared off in a friendly, Bosingwa allegedly faked an injury. The coach went on and stated that he thought that Bosingwa played well for the team in their 4-0 drubbing of Spain, just three months earlier. When Bento was asked as to whether Bosingwa and/or Ricardo Carvalho could possibly make the team for Euro 2012, the coach responded humorously: “Just as spectators.” Paulo Bento has made his stance clear. The boss has spoken.
After comments from Portugal National team coach Paulo Bento regarding his exclusion of Bosingwa, the wing-back has hit back with comments of his own. Bosingwa has announced that he will never play again for the Portuguese National team while it is under the stewardship of Bento, much like Ricardo Carvalho stated recently. Bosingwa has enjoyed a wonderful season for Chelsea so far, so it came as quite a surprise when Bento failed to name him in the squad against Bosnia. Even when right-back Silvio was withdrawn due to injury, Bento called up Eliseu over Bosingwa, a move that must have prompted Bosingwa to make this statement.
“I cannot understand what the Portugal’s manager meant with emotional and mental questions in relation to me, because I believe it is difficult for a player who reached the level that I have achieved being weak in those points which he has mentioned,” said the player. “It is from the public’s knowledge that he is a conflictual manager with his players. As much as it costs me, for as long as he is the coach of the Portugal national team I will not wear the Portuguese outfit. I have said and I repeat: he is a distressed manager who, in my opinion, does not have the emotional and mental capacity to lead a group of men.”
Bosingwa’s days at Chelsea aren’t looking quite as numbered as they did six months ago. After receiving the blow that he was to miss the 2010 World Cup, Bosingwa’s usual starting spot at Chelsea seemed to be up for grabs under then-coach Carlo Ancelotti. That having been said, Bosingwa amassed no less than 20 appearances in the league last term. Many of those, however, were from the bench or involved him getting substituted out in the second half. Under new coach Andre Villas Boas, life has returned to Bosingwa’s play. The right back has made the right back spot his own this season. His contract is due to expire at the end of this season, but as a result of his stellar performances, Chelsea is eager to renew it.
Portugal National team coach Paulo Bento released a list of 23 for the team’s upcoming Euro 2012 Qualifying matches. With Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, and Hugo Almeida all out injured, many wondered who the coach would call up in place. Sereno, Ricardo Costa, and Ricardo Quaresma all earned the call. Some surprise exclusions are Quim, who has been in good form for a winning Braga team, and Bosingwa, who has earned a starting spot at Chelsea with his eye-catching displays. Here’s the full list:
Goalkeepers: Eduardo, Beto, Rui Patrício
Defenders: Bruno Alves, Eliseu, Sereno, João Pereira, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Sílvio
Midfielders: Carlos Martins, João Moutinho, Miguel Veloso, Paulo Machado, Raul Meireles, Rúben Amorim, Rúben Micael
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Danny, Hélder Postiga, Nani, Nuno Gomes, Ricardo Quaresma
Probable starting lineup:
Joao Pereira-Bruno Alves-Rolando-Silvio
Raul Meireles-Joao Moutinho-Ruben Micael
Chelsea full-back Bosingwa has thanked his new coach, Andre Villas Boas, for reviving his career. After making the move from Portuguese giants Porto to Chelsea after Euro 2008, Bosingwa initially impressed, easily winning a place in the starting eleven. In October of 2009, however, Bosingwa injured his knee, ruling him out for the rest of the season and of the World Cup. Upon his return, the right-back was not his usual attacking engine. He did receive playing time at Chelsea. He received enough to be called up for and play 90 minutes in Portugal’s 4-0 demolition of Spain. Bosingwa still didn’t look back to his best. After then Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti was replaced by Andre Villas Boas this summer, Bosingwa has seen a resurgence in his career, putting in some displays early in this season that suggest that the old Bosingwa is back. “The manager is important because he believes in me. If I don’t train well he won’t pick me to play but he has been very good for me because he trusts in me and is picking me,” Bosingwa said to the London Evening Standard.