Bento Names Squad for Euro Qualifier

Paulo Bento named a squad of 23 for Portugal’s upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Cyprus. The game is scheduled to be played on September 2nd, and many are hoping for a better result than that of last year’s game, which ended at 4-4. Bento’s squad include’s 4 players not called up to the last squad: Miguel Veloso, Eliseu, Paulo Machado, and Rolando.


Here’s the list:

Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Benfica), Quim (SC Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)
Defense: Bruno Alves (Zenit), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), Rolando (FC Porto), João Pereira (Sporting), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Sílvio (Atlético de Madrid)

Midfield: André Santos (Sporting), João Moutinho (FC Porto), Raul Meireles (Liverpool), Rúben Micael (Zaragoza), Miguel Veloso (Genoa) e Paulo Machado (Toulouse), Eliseu (Malaga)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Hélder Postiga (Sporting), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Varela (FC Porto)

Queiroz Releases 24-man Squad

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz released a 24-man squad for next month’s World Cup. Due to Pepe’s questionable fitness, Queiroz released a 24-man list instead of the official 23-man list, so that if Pepe is deemed unfit, he can drop him, or if Pepe turns out to be ready, Ze Castro or Ricardo Costa can be dropped. Surprise inclusions are Beto, Daniel Fernandes, Ze Castro, and Ricardo Costa. Moutinho was not included in the squad most likely due to his mediocre season.

Here’s the list:

Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Braga), Beto (FC Porto) Daniel Fernandes (Iraklis)

Defenders: Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Miguel (Valencia), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Bruno Alves (FC Porto), Ricardo Costa (Lille), Rolando (FC Porto), Pepe (Real Madrid), Duda (Malaga) Ze Castro (Deportivo)

Midfielders: Tiago (Atletico Madrid), Deco (Chelsea), Raul Meireles (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Sporting), Pedro Mendes (Sporting), Danny (Zenit St Peterburg)

Wingers/Forwards: Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid), Nani (Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Liedson (Sporting), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen)

Queiroz also released a list of 6 reserves, just in case any of the players in the squad of 23 get injured. Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Amorim, Manuel Fernandes, Eliseu and Makukula all have an outside chance of playing in the World Cup after being included in this list.

Portuguese Abroad – 1/31/10

It was an average two days for all of these Portuguese players. The highlights were Nani being Man-of-the-match vs Arsenal, and Duda scoring  a goal.


1. Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United – Nani started and was voted man-of-the-match. Arguably his best performance of the season, if not his United carrer. He was substituted off in the dying minutes of the game. Highlights.

2. Liverpool 2-0 Bolton Wanderers – Vaz Te nowhere to be seen, probably off playing for the reserves.

3. West Ham 0-0 Blackburn – da Costa nowhere to be seen, and Boa Morte still out injured

4. Burnley 1-2 Chelsea – No Portuguese in the starting eleven. Deco was substituted in (in the 76th minute). Carvalho, Hilario, and Paulo Ferriera were nowhere to be seen, with Bosingwa still out injured.


1. Deportivo 1-3 Real Madrid – Ze Castro nowhere to be seen for Deportivo, while Pepe is still out injured and Ronaldo is suspended for Madrid

2. Xerez 2-1 Mallorca – both Nunes and Bruno China started for Mallorca, but only Nunes played the full match, with China substituted out in the 81st minute.

3. Tenerife 1-3 Zaragoza – Eliseu played the first 59 minutes for Zaragoza.

4. Valladolid 1-1 Almeira – Pele played the full ninety minutes for Valladolid

5. Atletico Madrid 0-2 Malaga – Duda started for Malaga and scored a goal in the third minute. He was later substituted out in the 63rd minute. Simao and Tiago played a full match for Madrid.

6. Sevilla 2-1 Valenica – Miguel played a full match for Valencia, with Manuel Fernandes nowhere to be seen


1. Borussia 4-3 Werder Bremen – Hugo Almeida was substituted in in the 57th Minute

2. Frankfurt 1-2 Koln – Manich and Petit started for Koln, with Maniche scoring Koln’s first. Maniche was subbed out in the dying minutes of the game.


1. Lille 1-0 Lens – Marco Ramos nowhere to be seen for Lens

2. Le Mans 1-3 Toulouse – Joao Paulo nowhere to be seen for Le Mans. Paulo Machado started and scored a goal(couldn’t find the video). Machado was later subbed out in the dying minutes of the game.


1. Sampdoria 2-0 Atalanta – Costinha nowhere to be seen for Atalanta

2. Roma 2-1 Siena – Brandao surprisingly nowhere to be seen for Siena


Turkey – Makukula scored another goal

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: Eliseu Loaned to Zaragoza

After failing to properly adapt in Italy, Eliseu is going back to the league that gave him his start. Zaragoza, who were recently promoted from the Segunda Division, are currently sitting next-to-last in the La Liga standings. There is no doubt in my mind whether this move is going to be good for Eliseu. He showed us last year that he certainly was one of the most valuable Malaga players, if not one of the most desired La Liga players. He showed us that La Liga was the league for him. Eliseu, no doubt, would love to get in the Portugal squad for next summer’s World Cup, which is probably why he is moving back to the league that gave him his start. I expect that we will be seeing great things from the speedy winger.