Porto Pair to Leave?


With the arrivals of Magala and Defour from Standard Leige, central midfielders and central defenders are looking nervously at their possible playing time. Sereno and Ruben Micael are two of those players. Both found playing time hard to come by last season, and it looks less likely this season. 

Sereno to Koln?

Sereno was purchased by Porto in June of last year after a half-season stint with Real Valladolid. The central defender has had steep competition for playing time, in the form of Maicon, Otamendi, and Rolando, two of which are full internationals. Sereno only managed five starts in the league, with the Rolando-Maicon pairing often preferred. Koln’s sporting director is reportedly in Porto currently so that a deal can be struck between the two teams. Maybe Sereno can revitalize his career in Germany.

Ruben Micael Expected to Leave

Following the arrival of Defour to Porto, Andre Castro went out on loan to Sporting Gijon. Now, Ruben Micael is exploring similar options. Defour, who is a seasoned Belgian international, is likely to get the nod over Micael, who was used sparingly last season. According to reports coming out of Portugal, Spain is the most likely destination for the midfielder.

U-21 Friendlies Scheduled


Brand-new Portugal Under-21 team coach, Rui Jorge, has scheduled a set of friendlies for next year. The Portugal Under-21 team has struggled in the past few years, which has puzzled many fans of the team because the team has so much talent. There is new hope with Rui Jorge,who was a seasoned National Team veteran. The team will face Sweden on February 9th. Following that game, the team will face two back-to-back games against Romania and Denmark, on March 25 and 28, respectively. The team will then end the season with games against Germany on May 31 and Austria on June 3.