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)

Portuguese Abroad – 1/24/10

Hugo AlmeidaIt was a spectacular weekend for Portuguese players trying their trade abroad, especially the strikers…..


1. Siena 1-1 Cagliari – Goncalo Brandao played a full 90 minutes

2. Inter 1-0 Milan – Quaresma nowhere to be seen


1. Valladolid 0-3 Barcelona – Pele substituted in on the 73rd minute

2. Deportivo 3-1 Bilbao – Ze Castro surprisingly nowhere to be seen

3. Tenerife 0-0 Valencia – Manuel Fernandes nowhere to be seen, but Miguel played 77 minutes

4. Villareal 4-2 Zaragoza – Eliseu played the full match and Scored

5. Espanyol 1-1 Mallorca – Nunes nowhere to be seen, but Bruno China played the last 14 minutes

6. Getafe 1-0 Atletico Madrid – Simao played the full match, with Tiago playing the last half

7. Real Madrid 0-0 Malaga – Pepe still out injured, Ronaldo scored a brace, but was issued a red card on the 70th minute. Duda played the full match for Malaga.


1. Manchester United 4-0 Hull City – Nani played the full match and did not dissapoint.


1. Werder Bremen 2-3 Bayern Munich – Hugo Almeida played the whole game and scored.

2. Mainz 1-0 Hannover – Sergio Pinto started and played 60 minutes.

3. Wolfsburg 2-3 Koln – Ricardo Costa played a full match and scored, Maniche and Petit both started for Koln, with Maniche being substituted out in the 90th minute.

France(games on Wednesday)

1. Marsielle 2-1 Le Mans – Joao Paulo played a full match

2. Lens 0-1 Montpellier – Marco Ramos played a full match

3. Toulouse 0-0 Nancy – Paulo Machado started and played 73 minutes


1. Hibernian 5-1 Hamilton – Flavio and Marco both started for Hamilton, but Marco only played 69 minutes, with Flavio scoring a goal

2. Rangers 1-1 Hearts – Jose Goncalves and Pedro Mendes nowhere to be seen for their respective clubs.

3. Falkirk 1-4 Dundee – Lima and Pele both started and played a full match for Falkirk, with Pedro Moutinh0 playing the last half of the game and scoring

4. St. Johnstone 1-4 Celtic – Filipe Morais nowhere to be seen for Johnstone


Greece – 1. Olympiakos 0-1 PAOK – Edinho scored his first goal for PAOK.

2. Larissa 2-1 Iraklis – Daniel Fernandes played the full match for Iraklis

Turkey – Kayserispor 1-1 Genclerbirgili – Makukula scored for Kayserispor

OFFICIAL: Edinho Loaned to PAOK

Its official…..I think. Edinho has moved to PAOK, of Greece, on loan from Malaga until the end of the season. PAOK will have the option of buying the Portuguese international at the end of the season for around a million Euros, if they so choose. Once again, Edinho is searching to find more first-team playing time to catch the bus to South Africa this summer. Edinho will be playing alongside fellow Portuguese, Vieirinha, who has been explosive this season, playing 17 games and scoring 5. I think that this move will be beneficial for Edinho as he will have a greater chance of being selected by Quieroz if he is playing in Greece than if he was playing at Maritimo in Portugal.

Edinho Decides to Stay at Malaga

It looked as if Edinho’s loan deal to Maritimo was a done deal, but the Portuguese international has decided to stay at Malaga. I believe that he chose to stay because of the goal he scored against Getafe in the Spanish Cup. This may sound silly, but with the limited amount of playing time he has received at Malaga, a goal could come as relief, or even hope. He probably also realized that if he moved to Maritimo, that his chances of playing in the World Cup would be slim-to-none. Here’s the Goal:

OFFICIAL: Edinho Loaned to Maritimo

Edinho has been loaned from Spanish outfit Malaga to Portuguese outfit Maritimo. Edinho last played in Portugal for Vitoria Setabul in the 2007/2008 season, which saw the club win the Carlesberg Cup. From Setabul he moved to AEK Athens, where he was in great form. Due to his great form, Malaga snatched up the Portuguese forward. Edinho hasn’t really found his stride at Malaga, probably due to the limited paying time he has been given. He has managed a goal, though. So, in an attempt to gain some match experience(to salvage his World Cup ambitions), he has moved to Portuguese club Maritimo.