2017/2018 Portuguese Abroad: Spain


Ruben Vezo - Valencia

As the summer transfer window dust begins to settle, European teams can finally nestle into their seasons with their filled out rosters. With 16 of the 23 members who made up Portugal’s Confederations Cup squad playing their trade outside of Portugal, it is imperative that the Portuguese abroad have a strong season as the team prepares for the World Cup next summer. For this first installment, Portuguese playing in Spain will be highlighted. To see an updated list of all Portuguese players playing abroad, visit out Portuguese Players Abroad page. Continue reading

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Helder Postiga Leaves Valencia


Portugal vs Sweden - Helder Postiga

Helder Postiga

Valencia to Deportivo

Valencia striker Helder Postiga has sealed a move to Deportivo on a one-year deal. The striker rescinded his contract with the Spanish outfit prior to signing for Deportivo, reports from Portugal claim. Postiga was signed by Valencia at the beginning of last season, but only managed three goals in 15 appearances before moving on loan to Lazio in January. His time in Italy was not a happy one. In the six months he was at Lazio, Postiga only made four appearances, as he battled with indifferent form and injuries.

At the beginning of this season, new Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo made it clear that Postiga did not enter into the team’s plans this season, and that he was free to search for a new club. Since that time, the striker has been linked with moves to Sporting, Braga, and Benfica, though none materialized. Postiga will likely be Deportivo’s first-choice striker, but will face competition from Toche and Lucas Perez.

 

Josue Joins Bursaspor on Loan from Porto


Photo: Bursaspor.org.tr (Bursaspor's official website)

Photo: Bursaspor.org.tr (Bursaspor’s official website)

It has been clear for some time that Porto did not intend to keep Josue this season. With the arrivals of Oliver Torres, Casemiro, Brahimi, and Evandro, little space has been reserved for Josue. After being absent at the official squad presentation, it was clear that Josue would not be at Porto this season, but the question remained as to where he would be playing his football.

After being heavily linked to newly-promoted French side Metz, as well as Deportivo, Napoli, Lazio, and Eskisehirspor, Josue has joined Turkish side Bursaspor on a season-long loan. Bursaspor is a club which has found success in recent years, cementing itself as an upper-mid-table team in the Turkish league. The team has not finished below eighth-place since the 2007-2008 season, and more recently won the league during the 2009-2010 season. Though a title challenge is most likely on the cards, Josue is joining a stable club, where he has the opportunity to play regularly alongside the likes of Fernando Belluschi, Taye Taiwo, Sebasitan Frey, and Jimmy Briand.

Ivan Cavaleiro Joins Deportivo on Loan


Ivan Cavaleiro - Portugal U21

Ivan Cavaleiro

Benfica to Deportivo (loan)

After days of intense speculation, it was announced yesterday that Benfica’s Ivan Cavaleiro had agreed to move on loan to La Liga side Deportivo for the season. Cavaleiro had been closely followed by Pacos Ferreira, Maritimo, and Academica after Benfica coach Jorge Jesus made it clear that the winger would not feature in his plans this season. Cavaleiro will now join the newly-promoted Spanish side until the end of the season, and will hope to build on a positive 2013/2014 season, which saw him debut both for Benfica’s first team and the Portuguese National Team. He will join fellow countrymen Diogo Salomao, Henrique Sereno, and Luisinho.

Transfer Roundup – 8/4/2014


With the transfer window to close shut in a little under a month and with managers looking to complete their squads as quickly as possible, there is no lack of transfer news. Here’s the latest:

Josue - Porto presentation 2013

Josue to leave Porto, but where to?

After spending only one season at Porto, Josue looks set to leave after it was revealed that he does not fit into Julien Lopetegui’s plans. A departure looks likely, with the midfielder not even present at the squad presentation. Porto are looking to sell the player, with a fee of 6 million euros reported to be their asking price. Lazio and Napoli are both said to be interested in the midfielder, but more recently, newly-promoted french side Metz are touted to be his destination.

Frederico Venancio - Vitoria Setubal

Sunderland interested in Frederico Venancio

Following Vitoria Setubal’s 0-0 pre-season draw with Premier League team Sunderland, Frederico Venancio gained the praise of the English team’s coach. Gus Poyet said after the game that he was impressed with Venancio, who is entering his third full season in Setubal.

Tiago Ilori - Liverpool U-21 2013Deportivo looking to build a Portuguese contingent

Newly-promoted La Liga side Deportivo are reportedly very interested in taking both Tiago Ilori and Ivan Cavaleiro on loan from Liverpool and Benfica, respectively. Ilori appears to be surplus to requirements at Liverpool this season, especially since the arrival of Croatian defender Dejan Lovren. Cavaleiro is also set to be loaned, with Pacos Ferreira, Academica, and Maritimo all interested in the winger’s services.

Hugo Almeida - BesiktasHugo Almeida still without a club

Following his release from Besiktas, Hugo Almeida is still without a club. The experienced Portuguese striker, who has found success in both Germany and Turkey, will surely find a club, but the question remains as to which one. Eintracht Frankfurt and Galatasaray have both been touted as possible destinations, and West Ham is the latest club to show interest in the striker.

Lica - Rayo VallecanoLica joins Rayo Vallecano on loan for the season

Rayo Vallecano has taken Porto winger Lica on loan for the entire season after he was deemed to be surplus to requirements under new coach Julien Lopetegui. Much like Josue, Lica’s future at Porto looks increasingly dim, and it comes as little surprise that this loan was arranged.

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.

Roderick Recalled from Deportivo Loan


Roderick

Roderick

Deportivo to Benfica (loan return)

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has recalled Roderick Miranda from his loan at La Liga side Deportivo, after the defender only made four official appearances for the club this season. The loan was originally set to last the entire season, but due to a lack of center-defenders at the club (Miguel Vitor, Luisao, Garay, and Jardel), Roderick has been recalled. Roderick is now in contention for a rotation role in Benfica’s first team, most likely to play second-fiddle for Garay and Luisao.

Silvio Loaned to Deportivo


Silvio - Atletico Madrid

Silvio

Atletico Madrid to Deportivo (Loan)

Atletico Madrid right-back Silvio has joined fellow La Liga side Deportivo on loan until the end of the season. The defender has been in and out of Atletico’s first team this season, but more times than not, he has missed selection. In an effort to gain playing time, he has joined Deportivo, which is ranked last in La Liga at the moment. A likely contributing factor to the move is the recent appointment of Domingos Pacienca, who Silvio played under at Braga during the 2010-2011 season.

Pacienca Takes Deportivo Helm


Domingos Pacienca

Domingos Pacienca has been named Deportivo la Coruna’s new head coach, following the sacking of Jose Luis Oltra. Pacienca becomes the club’s first Portuguese manager in their 100+ year history, and much is expected of him. Deportivo currently sits rock bottom of the La Liga table, with only twelve points in 17 games. His contract runs until the end of the season, and the Portuguese manager, who most famously led Braga to 2nd in the Liga Zon Sagres in the 2009-2010 season, faces a monumental task. Deportivo currently has seven Portuguese players on the books, and fans hope that he can get the most out of his fellow countrymen.