Preview: Portugal vs Argentina


Ronaldo could be the star of the show against Argentina

Ronaldo could be the star of the show against Argentina

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

Fernando Santos Revolution Already Paying Dividends for Portugal


Danny is one player who has returned under Santos. Photo: Getty Images

Danny is one player who has returned under Santos. Photo: Getty Images

After a less than compelling 2014 World Cup and a humbling 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Albania to start Euro 2016 qualifying one thing was certain: Paulo Bento needed to be relieved of his duties as manager of the Portuguese National Team. While Bento’s success rate with the national team wasn’t dramatically poor, his over reliance on star Cristiano Ronaldo to carry the team along with his lack of imagination when it came to tactics and squad selection was clear as day to most supporters and a new era needed to begin.

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Fernando Santos Ushers in a New Era


Fernando SantosNewly-appointed Portuguese National Team head coach Fernando Santos announced today the squad to face France and Denmark on the 11th and 14th, respectively. And it is quite a breath of fresh air. Formerly exiled/ignored players such as Jose Fonte, Adrien Silva, Danny, Quaresma, and Ricardo Carvalho under Bento have been given a call by Santos. That, combined with new players such as Cedric, Joao Mario, and Ivo Pinto, gives Fernando Santos’s Portugal a fresh feel.Bento’s so-called “old guard” appear to be on the way out. Players like Raul Meireles, Ricardo Costa, Joao Pereira, Helder Postiga, and Hugo Almeida were omitted from the squad, making way for younger, newer players. Continue reading

Fernando Santos: What Can We Expect from Portugal’s New Boss?


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Could we see Ricardo Carvalho back in the team?

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

Sereno and Danny Earn Calls to Ecuador Match


Portugal vs Northern Ireland - RonaldoNational team coach Paulo Bento announced today the squad that will face Ecuador in a friendly match to be held on Febrary 6th. While the core of the squad is similar to the past few call-ups, notable inclusions are Danny and Sereno. Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers – Beto (Seville), Eduardo (Istanbul BB), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders – João Pereira (Valencia), Miguel Lopes (Sporting), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Luís Neto (Siena), Bruno Alves (Zenit), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Sereno (Valladolid)

Midfielders – João Moutinho (FC Porto), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe), Miguel Veloso (D. Kiev), Custodio (SC Braga), Ruben Micael (SC Braga), Ruben Amorim (SC Braga)

Forwards – Nani (Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hélder Postiga (Zaragoza), Danny (Zenit), Eder (SC Braga), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Varela (FC Porto)

Danny, Silvio dropped, Vieirinha, Eliseu Called


Due to injuries, Silvio and Danny have withdrawn from the Portuguese training camp ahead of the team’s crunch play-off games against Bosnia. Silvio had been slightly injured while on duty for Atletico Madrid, and appears to not have recovered in time. Danny also has had similar problems, so he was also withdrawn. Called up as replacements for the attacking midfielder and the wing back are Vieirinha and Eliseu. This is Vieirinha’s first call for the Portuguese National team, and it is one that is thouroughly deserved. The winger/attacking midfielder has been a revelation in Greece over the past few seasons after leaving Porto. Many have called for his inclusion in the squad, so his inclusion is a welcome one. Eliseu’s inclusion is a welcome one too. The left winger-cum-left back has excelled in his new position, most notable during the team’s 5-3 win over Iceland, where he recorded one goal and two assists. Though neither of these players will most likely see playing time, they are assets for the team coming from the bench.

Squad for Bosnia Clash Announced


Paulo Bento has named a squad of 23 for Portugal’s upcoming Euro 2012 playoff matches against Bosnia. The Seleccao will play against Bosnia once at home and once away. Many are wary of the threat that Bosnia poses due to their players such as Dzeko and Pjanic, players that Portugal will certainly have to keep a tight reign on. Notable inclusions in this squad are the return of Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, and Danny, who were all injured for Portugal’s last two qualifiers. Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers: Eduardo, Beto, Rui Patrício
Defense: Bruno Alves, Fábio Coentrão, Sereno, João Pereira, Pepe, Rolando, Sílvio
Midfielders: Carlos Martins, João Moutinho, Miguel Veloso, Raul Meireles, Rúben Amorim, Rúben Micael
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Danny, Hugo Almeida, Hélder Postiga, Nani, Nuno Gomes, Ricardo Quaresma