Portugal Gain Deserved Win


Portugal are through to the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup after a 1-0 win over minnows Guatemala. Portugal were overwhelming favorites coming into the match, and although the scoreline isn’t that impressive, Portugal dominated the match. As has been the case throughout this tournament, Cedric, Caetano, Nelson Oliveira, and Sergio Oliveira were the most impressive for Portugal, although there were no disappointing performers. Portugal started the match well, with Nelson Oliveira coming close. Cedric Soares then then made a run into the box, only to be brought down. The referee awarded the penalty and Nelson Oliveira converted it to make the score 1-0. Portugal continued their dominance in the first half, coming close several more times. In the second half, however, Portugal seemed more content to leave the score at 1-0.

Portugal will now meet Argentina in the quarterfinal. Argentina defeated Mexico controversially 2-1. All three goals scored in the match were penalties, with Argentina’s especially controversial. Portugal have a legitimate chance of overcoming their South American opposition.

Mika, Mario Rui, Cedric, Tiago Ferreira, Nuno Reis, Ricardo Dias(Pele), Sergio Oliveira, Danilo Periera, Alex(Rafael Lopes), Caetano(Roderick), Nelson Oliveira

HIGHLIGHTS HERE

U-20s Record Back-to-Back Wins


The Portuguese Under-20 Team is through to the second round after two 1-0 wins over Cameroon and New Zealand each. Portugal’s overall play improved from their lackluster display against Uruguay in their opening match. The team added to their rock-solid defense a creative offense, and while it hasn’t gotten them goals, it has helped them just enough to reach the next round.

Portugal vs Cameroon

 

 

 

 

 

Portugal earned a deserved 1-0 victory over their African opponents on Tuesday. Nelson Oliveira scored the Seleccao’s only goal, which was enough to get them the win. Portugal controlled the majority of the match, and enjoyed much more success in their attack than they did against Uruguay. Their attack all payed off when two poor clearances from Cameroon’s defenders gave Nelson Oliveira a one-on-one situation. The Benfica man took his goal well, calmly lobbing it over the keeper to make the score 1-0. Portugal continued to control the match, but the game would end at 1-0.

Mika, Nuno Reis, Roderick, Cedric, Luis Martins(Mario Rui), Pele, Danilo Pereira, Julio Alves(Ricardo Dias), Alex, Nelson Oliveira, Caetano(Amidio Balde)

Portugal vs New Zealand

 

 

 

 

The Seleccao U-20 sealed their place in the second round with their 1-0 win over New Zealand. Mario Rui scored the only goal of the match, but that was enough to give Portugal a deserved 1-0 win. Many are wondering, however, how the score was not more than 1-0. Portugal had many opportunities, mainly through Nelson Oliveira, who enjoyed a splendid game.

Mika, Nuno Reis, Roderick(Tiago Ferreira), Mario Rui, Cedric, Pele, Danilo Pereira(Sergio Oliveira), Alex, Julio Alves, Nelson Oliveira, Caetano(Ricardo Dias)

 

The Portuguese Under-20 team will now face Guatemala in the Round of 16 of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Guatemala have not looked impressive at all, losing 6-0 to Saudi Arabia and 5-0 to Nigeria, so a comfortable win should be in the bag. The quality of this Portuguese team is evident, and will continue to grow as the team finds its feet in this competition. Nelson Oliveira and Caetano have already shown that they are destined for bigger things, and players such as Pele, Danilo Pereira, and our entire defense have shown what they are capable of. Portugal will go far in this tournament. Mark my words.

Portugal Maintain Eighth in the World


Portugal maintained their impressive, but accurate, status of eighth best in the world, according to the FIFA World Rankings. Portugal recently defeated Denmark and Iceland, both by a 3-1 scoreline, so I have to admit that I was quite disappointed when I saw that the Seleccao were only eighth. Spain maintained number one, with Holland coming in right behind them at second. Brazil overtook Germany for third spot, and the Germans got fourth. After the top four, I don’t know what FIFA is thinking. Argentina fifth? That’s silly. They should be more like eighth or ninth after their recent performances. England then came in as sixth. I agree that this English team should be in the top ten, but not sixth. Uruguay followed England for a well-deserved seventh place. Portugal, Croatia, and Russia the followed in that order.

Head on over to the National Team section to see the top ten.

Portugal Maintains FIFA Ranking


Portugal, somehow, stayed eighth in the September edition of the FIFA World Rankings. Even though the Portuguese National Team lost to Norway and infamously drew at home against Cyprus, FIFA have given us some sympathy. The Seleccao is in complete disarray after the firing of coach Carlos Queiroz. As for the deserved FIFA Ranking, I would have to say that 15th is only fair. The Seleccao must have paid FIFA or something, because Portugal are ahead of the likes of Chile and Croatia, who I feel confident could beat us right now.

Pepe Resumes Training


Pepe….with hair?

There was good news coming out of Portugal today as Pepe was declared fit-to-play for the World Cup. The center defender/defensive midfielder was injured late last year in a game for Real Madrid, and has taken a lengthy recovery period. He will now resume training with the Portugal squad as they prepare for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Portugal Attain Highest-Ever Ranking


Even Queiroz looks confunded abouth this ranking.

When I looked at the latest edition of the FIFA World Rankings, I definitely took at double-take. WE ARE 3RD IN THE WORLD!!! I firmly believe that this ranking is not accurate, but nevertheless we are ahead of the likes of Holland, Germany, Italy, Argentina, and England. In 2004, after we were almost European champions, our ranking was lower than it is now. It is blatantly obvious that we had a MUCH stronger team back then. But, having said that, I am still giddy at the fact that I can boast to my friend(who is a Germany fan) that Portugal are currently statistically better.

Portugal : 2010 World Cup Qualification


Portuguese World Cup Qualification Statistics:

Wins: 7

Losses: 1

Draws: 4

Top Goalscorers:

1.Simao (4)

2.Nani (3)

3.Liedson (2)

3.Bruno Alves (2)

3.Hugo Almeida (2)

6.Veloso (1)

6.Edinho (1)

6.Pepe (1)

6.Deco (1)

6.Meireles (1)

Goalscoring Statistics:

Total Goals Scored: 19

Total Goals Conceded: 5

Best Offensive Game: Malta 0-4 Portugal

Portugal 4-0 Malta

Highest Winning Margin: Malta 0-4 Portugal

Portugal 4-0 Malta

Worst Defensive Game: Portugal 2-3 Denmark

Clean Sheets: 9