The editors of PortugalFutbol.net and FutebolFactory.com are proud to announce our annual list of 10 players to watch this season. After much deliberation, we whittled down the pool of talented domestic players to ten, but couldn’t help but add some honorable mentions. These are players who we believe have a realistic shot at making it to the senior Portuguese National Team by the end of the season. So, without further ado, here’s the 2016/2017 edition of “10 Players Who Can Break Out This Season.” Continue reading
Feirense to Braga
According to reports coming out of Portugal, Sporting Braga have signed Fabio Carvalho from Feirense. Carvalho, who is also known as Fabinho, will officially sign after he finishes his involvement with the Portugal U-20 side at the Toulon Tournament. Fabinho, whose primary position is attacking midfielder, managed 20 first team appearances and four goals this season, which was his debut season.
One can easily draw parallels between Fabinho’s first season and Braga’s signing from Feirense last season, Rafa. In his debut season for Feirense (2012-2013 season), Rafa played an even larger role than Fabinho did this season, appearing 41 times and scoring 10 goals from midfield. That’s not to say that Fabinho is less talented than Rafa. Numbers don’t always tell the truth. Braga will surely be hoping for another Rafa, who after just one season is already an established squad member at Braga, and was recently included in Paulo Bento’s 23 for the World Cup. All by the age of 21.
This could also signal Rafa’s departure from Braga. The midfielder’s impressive performances have caught the attention of clubs such as Southampton and Roma, both of whom were following Rafa very closely at one point or another in the season. One rumor that has persisted, and appears may turn true, is Benfica’s interest in Rafa. According to some sources, a deal is already in place; a deal that will not be announced until after the World Cup. So, Fabinho’s move to Braga can easily be assumed to be to fill the void that Rafa will leave once he departs.
The transfer window has been quiet up to this point, but it appears that things may be starting to heat up. Here are two stories, one a loan and one a permanent transfer. While these are most likely not huge stories, they are nevertheless interesting.
Porto to Braga (Loan)
Porto right-back Miguel Lopes is set to spend the remainder of the 2011-2012 season on loan at fellow Liga Zon Sagres outfit, SC Braga. Lopes has not played in a single competitive match this season for Porto, and this move will surely come as a relief for the defender. The right-back spent the entirety of last season on loan to then-Segunda Division side, Real Betis. Lopes was instrumental in the team’s promotion back into the Spanish topflight. On the last day of the summer transfer window at the beginning of this season, Zaragoza reportedly made a bid for Lopes. The offer was accepted, but eventually fell through due to the time constraint. Miguel Lopes will join up with his new teammates shortly and begin training.
Sporting to Genoa (end of season)
Diogo Rosado, once tipped to be a star for the future, is set to leave his homeland, according to reports coming out of Portugal. Currently on loan from Sporting at Liga Zon Sagres side Feirense, the winger has been impressing. A solid performance against Benfica earlier in the season was thought to be a sign of things to come. Unfortunately, playing time has not been ample for the 21 year-old. He has only managed four starts for the club this season. Anyhow, Rosado has been on the books at Sporting since 2001, but he looks to break that at the end of the season. His contract with the Lisbon-based club runs out at the end of the season, and Genoa either has, or shortly will, offer him a 5 year-contract.