Fabio Faria Loaned to Valladolid


Fabio Faria has been loaned to Spanish side, Valladolid, until the end of the season. Faria was one of the standout players last season at Rio Ave, and his performances were more than enough to convince Benfica to sign him. He has since found first team opportunities limited at the club, and will be looking to gain some playing time at Valladolid. Valladolid are currently sitting in 12 place in the Liga Adelante, after having been relegated from the Liga BBVA last season. Faria will travel to Spain to finalize the deal tomorrow morning.

U-21 Squad Update: Orlando Sa Dropped


Nacional striker Orlando Sa has been forced to withdraw from the Portuguese Under-21 Team due to injury. Sa underwent a medical evaluation upon meeting with his fellow Under-21 players and was deemed unfit. He will be out of action for both of Portugal’s remaining two qualification matches. Meanwhile Bebe, Joao Silva, and Fabio Faria all spoke of the importance of the two games. Bebe stressed the importance of winning all three points, saying: “We need to win, but England also need to win and we’ll play in front of our audience.” Fabio Faria spoke of the squad’s determination, saying: “We will work hard for that on Friday we can win”

Transfer News – 5/19/10


It has been a busy few days in terms of Portuguese player transfers. So, lets get started, shall we….

1. Ricardo Costa – Lille to Valencia

The Portuguese international, who was recently included in Portugal’s World Cup squad, has enjoyed a decent half-season for French powerhouse Lille, where he moved to from Wolfsburg in January. He will join Valencia on July 1, although if Portugal make it far enough in the World Cup, he may be joining them later. Costa will be the third Portuguese player on Valencia’s books, the others being Manuel Fernandes and Miguel.

2. Maniche – Koln to ?

Portuguese midfielder Maniche recently rescinded his contract with German outfit Koln, who he joined lat summer after having been released by Atletico Madrid. Since joining, he has enjoyed varying degrees of success, but overall has had a season to forget. His reason for leaving? Besides the German media pouncing on every mistake he commits, his kids don’t enjoy their school. So, Maniche looks to move back to Portugal, namely Sporting, to rediscover what happiness feels like, and if you look at how he played for Porto, this move may be VERY good for him.

3. Fabio Faria meets up with Benfica

Portuguese U-21 international Fabio Faria has met up with the club that he will be representing next season, Benfica, for a tournament in Canada and the United States.

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4. Deco – Chelsea to Sporting?

Portuguese international Deco has recently stated that he looks to move back to his country of birth (Brazil) in order to finish his career where it started. Fluminese were said to be interested, but have opted out due to his high salary, so Sporting are now said to be interested in the midfielder. Although this move looks improbable, if Sporting actually do sign him along with Maniche and Ze Castro, both of whom they are linked with, then we may see a skilled team next season.

OFFICIAL: Fabio Faria to Benfica


Rio Ave fullback Fabio Faria is set to make a move to league hopefulls Benfica. The move will not begin in the 2009-2010 season, but instead Faria will be moving to the Eagles at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season. Surely this is a wise move for Faria, as the side back positions at Benfica are two of the most wide-open positions on the team. Having had a good run at Rio Ave this season, Faria was called up for the Portuguese under 21 side. Faria has played against the likes of Greece and England, so his experience level was probably on of the deciding points for Benfica. The fee for this transfer: 2 milion pounds. Not too shabby.