2017/2018 Portuguese Abroad: Germany


Raphael Guerreiro - Dortmund

As the summer transfer window dust begins to settle, European teams can finally nestle into their seasons with their filled out rosters. With 16 of the 23 members who made up Portugal’s Confederations Cup squad playing their trade outside of Portugal, it is imperative that the Portuguese abroad have a strong season as the team prepares for the World Cup next summer. For this third installment, Portuguese playing in Germany will be highlighted. To see an updated list of all Portuguese players playing abroad, visit out Portuguese Players Abroad page.


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Sereno Loaned to Valladolid


Sereno – Porto to Valladolid (loan)

Porto central defender Sereno has been loaned to La Liga side Real Valladolid for the entire 2012-2013 season. Sereno did not fit into Vitor Pereira’s plans at Porto, and after a loan last season to Koln, another move this year was likely. This is Sereno’s second spell at the Spanish club, after he played for them a few seasons ago, before he was bought by Porto. Sereno, who has been on the fringes of the Seleccao, will hope to add to his reputation with this move.

Transfer Rumors – 1/9/12


There almost always seems to be more rumors during the transfer window than actual deals. This season has not been an exception, and with the rumors flying in, here are some of the more notable ones.

Salvador Agra

Olhanense to Real Betis?

Salvador Agra has been nothing short of a revelation for Olhanense this season. The winger, who can also be deployed as a striker, joined Olhanense from Varzim at the beginning of the season. Not much was expected of him, at least not as much as he as shown. Though he has only scored once thus far this season, he has proved himself as a vital piece of the team through his lively and smart play. Other clubs have not ignored this. Real Betis look to be front-runners for his signature. Osasuna and Koln have all said to be interested recently, and Betis even had an offer rejected. Olhanense has stated that they do not plan to sell the winger, regardless of the price.

Varela

Porto to Roma?

Another winger that may be on his way out of Portugal is Silvestre Varela. Varela was in spectacular form last season, and was one of the reasons that Porto were as successful as they were. This season, under new coach Vitor Pereira, Varela has found playing time much too hard to come by. The arrival of Djalma from Maritimo in the off season has reduced his playing time further, and talk of winger Yannick Djalo joining the club may just be the last straw. Varela is fed up with sitting on the sidelines, which will undoubtedly hinder his chances of making the Portuguese squad for Euro 2012. Roma’s ears have perked up at all of this talk. The Italian giants are said to have made Varela their number one target.

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.

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.

Petit, Danny On Score Sheets


It was a terrific Saturday for Portuguese players trying their trade abroad. Petit scored his first of the season in attractive fashion after a pinpoint Maniche cross found him wide open. Here’s the Goal. Danny scored his second of the season, and with just two games under his belt for the season, that says a lot. A perfect through ball was sent to him, and the Portuguese forward made no mistakes in one-touching the ball past the keeper with his left foot. Here’s the Goal. Over in England, Nani put in a Man-of-the-match performance as United cruised to a crushing 4-0 victory. Paulo Ferreira and Deco also were involved in another slaughtering. This time 7-1. Chelsea surprisingly demolished Aston Villa with Lampard and Malouda grabbing hat-tricks.