Bosingwa Earns Recall


Sweden vs Portugal - 2008 - Bosingwa

Bosingwa playing for the team in 2008

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

Andre Gomes Earns First Call


Due to injury, Ruben Micael and Hugo Almeida have had to pull out of the Portugal squad ahead of the team’s upcoming match against Ecuador. Called to replace them is Andre Gomes and Nelson Oliveira. The inclusion of Andre Gomes is an interesting one from Portugal National Team coach Paulo Bento. Gomes has broken into Benfica’s first team this season, and a string of positive performances have even merited a starting spot ahead of other very talented midfielders in the team. Despite this, Gomes has never represented the Portugal U-21 team. This is quite a jump.

Pizzi Earns Maiden Call


Paulo Bento released a squad of 23 for the Seleccao’s upcoming games against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. Notable inclusions are Pizzi (who has enjoyed a great start to this season at Deportivo), Manuel Fernandes (who was omitted from the Euro 2012 squad), and Nuno Andre Coelho (who made the last call-up by the skin of his teeth). Rolando, Hugo Viana, and Hugo Almeida all miss selection. Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers: Beto (Braga), Eduardo (Istanbul BB), Rui Patrício (Sporting)
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), João Pereira (Valencia), Miguel Lopes (Porto), Nuno André Coelho (Braga), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia)
Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Benfica), Custódio (Braga), João Moutinho (Porto), Manuel Fernandes (Besiktas), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Raúl Meireles (Chelsea), Rúben Micael (Braga)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hélder Postiga (Zaragoza), Nani (Manchester United), Nélson Oliveira (Deportivo), Pizzi (Deportivo), Varela (Porto)

Nelson Oliveira Receives First Call


Paulo Bento released a squad list for the Portugal National Team’s upcoming friendly against Poland, and included some surprises. The most noticeable is his inclusion of Nelson Oliveira in the squad. Nelson Oliveira is only a fringe player at Benfica, and though he has shown his worth for the team in cup matches and in various youth levels of the Portugal National team, his call-up comes as a surprise. But with Nuno Gomes lacking match fitness, Paulo Bento was left with no other choice. Nelson, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, and Silvestre Varela all return to the squad after missing out on selection last time around.

Goalkeepers: Beto, Eduardo, Rui Patrício

Defenders: Bruno Alves, Coentrão, João Pereira, Pepe, Nélson, Ricardo Costa, Rolando

Midfielders: Carlos Martins, João Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, Miguel Veloso, Raúl Meireles, Rúben Micael

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Hugo Almeida, Hélder Postiga, Nani, Nélson Oliveira, Quaresma, Varela

Vieirinha Scores Yet Again


Vieirinha is continuing to set the Greek Leage alight, after he scored in PAOK’s 3-0 demolition of AEK Athens. The winger’s goal brought his tally to two goals in four games, which is an impressive return for a winger. Vieirinha has already been in impressive form for the Greek club this season, already having scored twice in the Europa League. His performances have gone largely unnoticed outside of Greece, however. A Portugal National Team call-up has been on the cards for some time now, but it always seems to not happen. With more performances such as this and against such opposition as Tottenham and Villareal, where he has been known to shine, a call-up may just be around the corner.

Nuno Coelho and Silvio Receive Call-Ups


The Portugal squad for their upcoming Euro 2012 qualification match on September 3rd has been released, and Nuno Coelho and Silvio both have the opportunity to make their international debut. Nuno Andre Coelho came as somewhat of a surprise, but Silvio’s call-up was expected and well worth it after scoring a spectacular long-range goal for Braga. Manuel Fernandes, who hasn’t featured for the Seleccao since 2008, also recieved a call-up. 20 players were called up, instead of the usual 23. THis is due to UEFA’s new rule only allowing 20 to be called up, with an additional three “stand-by” atheletes. I may be wrong, but that is what I could understand. Here’s the full list:

Atletico Madrid – Tiago
FC Porto – Beto, Rolando, Joao Moutinho, Varela
Genoa –  Eduardo, Miguel Veloso
Liverpool – Raul Meireles
Manchester United – Nani
Real Madrid – Ricardo Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo
Sporting CP – Nuno André Coelho, Liedson
SL Benfica – Fábio Coentrão
SC Braga – Silvio
Valencia – Miguel, Manuel Fernandes
Werder Bremen – Hugo Almeida
Zenit St Petersburg – Bruno Alves, Danny

Stand-by Players:

Besiktas – Ricardo Quaresma
Sporting – Rui Patricio
Toulouse – Paulo Machado