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)

Portugal Announce Pre World Cup Friendlies


Portugal vs Northern Ireland 2013The Portugal National Team will face Cameroon and Greece in the months before this summer’s World Cup. Portugal are slated to face the United States, Germany, and Ghana in Group G, one of the toughest groups of the tournament. Typically, pre-tournament friendlies are scheduled based on tournament opposition. Portugal will face Ghana, so they have scheduled to face a similar team in Cameroon. Greece play a tough defensive style, which is very similar to Germany’s strong defensive backbone. There are still a couple of spots open for pre-World Cup friendlies, and one can expect a similar team to United States to be scheduled soon.

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.

Portugal Sweep Away 10-man Cameroon


Portugal finally look to be on track for the World Cup after an impressive 3-1 win over the no-so-indomitable lions. The star of the night was Raul Meireles, who enjoyed a spectacular evening, and had two goals to show for it. It comes as no surprise that he is courted by the likes of Marsielle. The Seleccao played a tougher, and prettier, style of play than they did against Cape Verde, just a week earlier. Portugal wanted to win. You could just tell.

The game started off with a bang. Within the first minute, Assou-Ekotto back-passed to Kameni, who screwed around with the ball too long, almost giving Liedson the chance to put it away, but it went out for a goal kick. Later on, Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o got the double yellow, first for protesting a call, second for a vicious tackle on Duda. That meant that Cameroon were down to ten-men, and without their captain and star player. The breaktrough came in the 32nd minute when some slick passing between Paulo Ferreria and Simao left the latter space to cross, which was hit first-time by Meireles into the back of the net. Meireles was then at the double when his lucky cross-shot fooled the Cameroon keeper. Cameroon took one back when Webo headed past a helpless Eduardo, but Nani squashed all hope of a Cameroon comeback with his delectable chip late in the game to make the final score 3-1.

Eduardo, Paulo Ferreira (Miguel, 45), Bruno Alves (Rolando, 63), Ricardo Carvalho, Duda (Coentrao, 63), Pedro Mendes (Ricardo Costa, 73), Raul Meireles, Deco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Liedson (Danny, 45), Simao (Nani, 45)

New Friendlies Lined up for Portugal


Today, Portugal announced(everything) some of their pre-World Cup opponents. First on May 24, Portugal play Cape Verde at home. This game won’t be any trouble for us. It will probably just merely be a team-building game. Next, on June 1st, we face Cameroon at home. This game is going to be tricky. Cameroon have just come off a very disappointing Africa Cup of Nations display, being eliminated by eventual – champions Egypt in the quarterfinals. Next, on June 8, while we are already in South Africa, we will face Mozambique, who came off an even worse  Cup of Nations display.