Cavaleiro and Rafa Earn First Senior Calls


Rafa - Braga Preseason 2013-2014Paulo Bento announced the squad today for the Portuguese National Team’s upcoming match against Cameroon, to be played on March 5th. With Helder Postiga and Eder both injured, Bento called on Edinho, currently on loan at Kayseri Erciyesspor from Braga. Should Edinho make an appearance for the Seleccao, it will be his first in almost 5 years. Bento also took the opportunity to call up Rafa and Ivan Cavaleiro, who have both impressed for the Portugal Under-21 team and Braga and Benfica, respectively. Other surprise inclusions were Miguel Lopes, who has enjoyed a successful season on loan at Lyon from Sporting, and Rolando, who has established himself as a starter at Inter, where he is on loan from Porto. Paulo Bento did not call up Rui Patricio, who is undoubtedly the team’s first-choice goalkeeper, instead opting to call up Eduardo, Beto, and Anthony Lopes, most likely to test out who the second-choice will be.

Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga)

Defenders: Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), Miguel Lopes (Lyon), João Pereira (Valencia), Pepe (Real Madrid), Neto (Zenit), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Rolando (Inter), Antunes (Málaga)

Midfielders: Josué (Porto), João Moutinho (Mónaco), Miguel Veloso (Dínamo Kiev), Rúben Amorim (Benfica), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), William Carvalho (Sporting).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Edinho (Kayseri Erciyesspor), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Rafa (Braga), Silvestre Varela (Porto)

Cedric and Almeida Earn Calls


Andre Almeida - BenficaCedric - Sporting

Cedric Soares and Andre Almeida have both earned call-ups to the Portuguese National team for the upcoming World Cup qualification matches against Israel and Luxembourg. With Joao Pereira, Miguel Lopes, and Silvio all out injured, Bento has called on Cedric and Almeida to serve at right-back for the team. Cedric has enjoyed a wonderful season for Sporting this season, most notably scoring the winning goal against Braga last weekend. Andre Almeida, on the other hand, has not enjoyed the same amount of abundant playing time that Cedric has. Used primarily in Champions League, Almeida has shown his worth in the team, capable of playing almost anywhere in defense and midfield. Bento also took the opportunity to recall Josue and Anthony Lopes, who were included in the last squad. Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilla), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Cedric (Sporting), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Pepe (Real Madrid), Neto (Zenit), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Antunes (Malaga), André Almeida (Benfica)

Midfielders: André Martins (Sporting), Josué (Porto), João Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dinamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Rúben Micael (Braga)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Hélder Postiga (Valencia), Nani (Manchester United), Nélson Oliveira (Rennes), Varela (Porto), Éder (Braga)

Bento Calls on Neto


Paulo Bento released a 23 man squad today for the Portugal National team’s upcoming World Cup qualifying fixtures against Russia and Northern Ireland. The biggest surprise on the list was the inclusion of Siena central-defender Neto in the squad. The defender has been impressive in Italy so far this term, and has earned his first call accordingly. Pizzi and Sereno were included for the second squad in a row, and both have yet to make their debut. Hugo Almeida missed out again. Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers: Beto (Braga), Eduardo (Istanbul BB), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), Sereno (Valladolid), Miguel Lopes (FC Porto), João Pereira (Valencia), Pepe (Real Madrid), Luís Neto (Siena)

Midfielders: Custódio (Braga), João Moutinho (Porto), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Raúl Meireles (Fenerbahce), Rúben Amorim (Braga), Rúben Micael (Braga)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hélder Postiga (Zaragoza), Nani (Manchester United), Pizzi (Deportivo La Coruña), Nélson Oliveira (Deportivo La Coruña), Varela (Porto), Éder (Braga)

Rui Jorge Calls on 20 for Ukraine Friendly


Portugal U-21 team coach Rui Jorge called on twenty players for the team’s upcoming friendly match against Ukraine. The team is currently sitting in second in their U-21 Euro qualification group, behind Russia, and will look to continue their good form and push for the number one spot, and will use this friendly as a springboard towards that goal. Four players who featured at last summer’s U-20 World Cup made the team, those being Danilo, Mika, Luis Martins, and Cedric.

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Mika (Benfica)

Defenders: Cédric (Académica), Ivo Pinto (U. Leiria), João Pereira (FC Sheriff), Luís Martins (Benfica), Pedro Mendes (Real Madrid), Ruben Ferreira (Marítimo), Vítor Bastos (Atlético)

Midfielders: Ludovic (Feirense), André Almeida (Benfica), André Martins (Sporting), Danilo (Parma), David Simão (Académica), Diogo Amado (Estoril), Josué (P. Ferreira)

Forwards: Abel Camará (Beira-Mar), Rui Fonte (Español), Salvador Agra (Olhanense), Wilson Eduardo (Olhanense)