Paulo Bento has released a list of 23 for Portugal’s upcoming games against Iceland and Denmark. This is Bento’s first set of call-ups since taking over the role of Portugal National Team Head Coach. Some notable inclusions are Joao Pereira (who has been impressing for Sporting Lisbon lately), Paulo Machado (who has made a name for himself this season for Toulouse), and Carlos Martins (who many feel should be a regular for the National side). One more notable inclusion is Helder Postiga, who has been revitalized under new Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Sergio (as evidence with the goal he scored yesterday). Here’s the full list:
Goalkeepers: Beto, Rui Patricio, Eduardo
Defenders: Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Joao Pereira, Ricardo Carvalho, Silvio, Rolando;
Midfielders: Carlos Martins, João Moutinho, Pepe, Miguel Veloso, Paulo Machado, Raul Meireles, Tiago;
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Danny, Helder Postiga, Hugo Almeida, Liedson, Nani, and Varela.
Probable Starting lineup:
Subs: Rui Patricio, Danny, Helder Postiga, Varela, Pepe, Rolando, Joao Pereira
The news just keeps pouring in, so here’s the latest.
1. Helder Barbosa: Porto to Nacional – The Portuguese winger has been owned by Porto ever since he started to play football professionally, but like other players (such as Andre Castro, Ukra, and Candeias) has showcased his skills at other teams. I have no idea how much the transfer was worth, but I am going to venture a guess and say that Nacional didn’t go cheap.
2. Marsielle strongly linked with Raul Meireles – The Portuguese midfielder has been linked with Sevilla and Fiorentina in recent days, but Marsielle has started to show more interest. Meireles, however, will move for no less than 8 million pounds, according to FC Porto.
3. Aston Villa Chasing Valencia’s Miguel – Valencia right-back Miguel has enjoyed a decent season for the Los Che, which is why Aston Villa are looking to bolster their squad with him.
4. Malaga Eyeing Quim – The Portuguese international goalkeeper is currently being courted strongly by Spanish side Malaga CF. Quim has played an integral part in Benfica’s recent Portuguese Championship campaign, so it comes as no surprise that other clubs will be following him.