U-21s Qualify in Rollercoaster Match


Portugal U21 - After Playoff with Netherlands for 2015 U-21 Euro qualification

Portugal 5-4 Holland

2015 U-21 Euro Qualifying Playoff Leg 2

The Portuguese Under-21 team defeated the Netherlands yesterday 5-4 in the second leg of a playoff for qualification to the 2015 UEFA U-21 European Championship. With the 2-0 victory in the first leg, Portugal qualified comfortably by a margin of 7-4. Goals yesterday came from Ricardo (2), Ruben Vezo, Ruben Neves, and Bernardo Silva, and although the scoreline appears close at 5-4, the match was much more one-sided (as was the case in the first leg). Continue reading

Fernando Santos Announced as New Portugal Coach


Photo: Getty Images Europe

Photo: Getty Images Europe

The Portuguese Football Federation announced today that Fernando Santos is the new coach of the Portuguese National Football Team, following the dismissal of Paulo Bento earlier this month. Santos had been a favorite for the job, but there was much speculation surrounding the open position, with the likes of Roberto Mancini and Vitor Pereira also touted for the job. Santos will take over the team immediately, but there are some uncertainties, as he is currently in the midst of an eight-match ban as a result of his antics while coaching the Greek National Team at this summer’s World Cup.  Continue reading

Paulo Bento Relieved of His Duties


Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

News came today that Portugal National Team head coach Paulo Bento had been fired/let go/relieved of his duties. Whatever you want to call it, Paulo Bento will no longer serve as the team’s head coach, following dismal displays both at this summer’s World Cup and last weekend against Albania. Many Portuguese fans will feel that this announcement is long overdue; that Portugal’s quality of play over the past two years has declined drastically as a result of Bento’s stubbornness. This brings an end of Bento’s reign, which lasted almost four years. Continue reading

Paulo Bento Names Squad of 20


Portuguese National Team coach Paulo Bento has released a list of 20 players to represent the Seleccao in their upcoming match against Argentina tomorrow. This game will be the mouthwatering showdown of two of the greatest living footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. This much-anticipated game will be held in Switzerland. Some surprise inclusions into the squad were Ricardo Quaresma, who has been enjoying a superb season in Turkey for Besiktas, and Hugo Ventura, who has been Portimonense’s first-choice goalkeeper for this season. Bento’s selection of Ventura has raised some eyebrows, but Bento stated that he was only choosing players who were playing reguarly, which Ventura has. Ricardo Carvalho was originally included, but has been replaced due to an injury. Ricardo Costa has been named as his replacement. Here is the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Genoa), Rui Patricio (Sporting), Hugo Ventura (Portimonense)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit St Petersburg), Bosingwa (Chelsea), Joao Pereira (Sporting Lisbon), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica), Rolando (Porto), Ricardo Costa (Valencia)

Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Benfica), Joao Moutinho (Porto), Raul Meireles (Liverpool), Paulo Machado (Toulouse), Miguel Veloso (Genoa)

Forwards: Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit St Petersburg), Helder Postiga (Sporting), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Quaresma (Besiktas)

OFFICIAL: Paulo Bento the Portugal Coach


Former Sporting boss Paulo Bento has taken over the Portuguese hot seat from Carlos Queiroz. His contract will run from now until July 2012. Hopefully, Bento will be able to revitalize the Seleccao, currently in quite a lackluster form. Paulo Bento stressed that the team needs to think of itself as one collective unit, not a collection of individual stars.“We have quality, willingness and motivation to achieve this, and I believe that the players will make it so. I am positive no player is even contemplating not being at Euro 2012,” said Bento. One possible positive that may help Bento be a greater coach than Queiroz is that Bento has experienced playing as a player on the field for the National Team. He will understand what is running through a player’s mind as he makes his debut, or as he appears at his first World Cup. This knowledge could prove invaluable. Apparently, former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre was interested in the job too.

Queiroz Sacked


Gone for good

Carlos Queiroz has officially be fired from his post os Portuguese National Team Manager, according to the Portuguese Football Federation. Queiroz is currently serving his six month ban after allegedly hindering pre-World Cup doing testing. The testers evidently came unexpectedly during the players’ downtime, which angered Queiroz. The favorite for the job as national team coach is former Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Bento , but others are being considered, such as Luis Aragones. Manuel Pellegrini would be my ideal choice for the job as he knows how to play Ronaldo to his fullest, but the federation most likely wants a Portuguese coach. Queiroz’s firing may have happened too late, with Portugal’s Euro 2012 qualification hanging in the balance after some abysmal coaching, or lack thereof.