Paulo Machado Moves to Croatia


Paulo Machado - Olympiakos

Paulo Machado

Olympiakos to Dinamo Zagreb

(4.5 million euros)

For a fee of around 4.5 million, Paulo Machado is swapping Greece for Croatia. According to multiple reports, the Portuguese midfielder has signed for Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, where he will join fellow compatriots Ruben Lima and Ivo Pinto. Machado joined Olympiakos in 2012, and has enjoyed success at the Greek Club, twice winning the Greek SuperLeague title. In and out of the national team setup, it will be interesting to see how this move affects Machado’s playing time for the Seleccao. My first thought is that it will do more harm than good.

Machado and Silvio Earn Portugal Call


Paulo Bento named a 23 man squad today for the team’s upcoming game against Gabon, on November 14th. Two surprise inclusions were Paulo Machado, who has been impressive for Olympiakos both in the Greek Superleague and the Champions League, and Silvio, who has found playing time hard to come by at Atletico Madrid. Bento has overlooked Eliseu for the second time in a row, which has baffled many supporters of the team, as the winger is in arguably the form of his life at Malaga. Another surprise exclusion is that of Manuel Fernandes, who has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in Turkey. Nani was originally called, but has been replaced by Helder Barbosa, due to an injury. Here’s the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Eduardo (Isanbul BB), Beto (Braga)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Neto (Siena), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Silvio (Atletico Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Nelson (Real Betis)

Midfielders: Custodio (Braga), Joao Moutinho (Porto), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Paulo Machado (Olympiakos), Ruben Micael (Braga), Ruben Amorim (Braga)

Forwards: Nani (Manchester United), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Braga), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Helder Postiga (Zaragoza), Pizzi (Deportivo), Varela (Porto)

Paulo Machado Makes Greek Switch


Paulo Machado – Toulouse to Olympiakos

Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado has made the move from Ligue 1 side Toulouse to Greek SuperLeague side Olympiakos. Machado has been an integral part of the French team ever since he joined them from Porto in 2009. His performances have been solid enough to merit multiple call-ups by Paulo Bento to the Seleccao. He has gone on to make four appearances for the team. News coming out of Portugal suggest that the move was worth 2.7 million pounds, which is a steal for an international-caliber midfielder. Machado will be wearing the number 5, and will certainly become an integral part of Leonardo Jardim’s team, as they participate in the Champions League this season.

Martins, Varela Dropped Due to Injury


Carlos Martins and Silvestre Varela have both left the Portugal National team squad due to injury. Martins was injured in Grenada’s match against Osasuna, while Varela was injured in today’s match between Porto and Feirense. Paulo Machado has been called as a replacement for Carlos Martins, but there will be no replacement for Varela, as it is too short-notice.

Bento Names Squad for Euro Qualifier


Paulo Bento named a squad of 23 for Portugal’s upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Cyprus. The game is scheduled to be played on September 2nd, and many are hoping for a better result than that of last year’s game, which ended at 4-4. Bento’s squad include’s 4 players not called up to the last squad: Miguel Veloso, Eliseu, Paulo Machado, and Rolando.

 

Here’s the list:

Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Benfica), Quim (SC Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)
Defense: Bruno Alves (Zenit), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), Rolando (FC Porto), João Pereira (Sporting), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Sílvio (Atlético de Madrid)

Midfield: André Santos (Sporting), João Moutinho (FC Porto), Raul Meireles (Liverpool), Rúben Micael (Zaragoza), Miguel Veloso (Genoa) e Paulo Machado (Toulouse), Eliseu (Malaga)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Hélder Postiga (Sporting), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Varela (FC Porto)

Paulo Machado’s Season Off to a Flyer


Playing at Saint EtienneThe French league officially began today, and Toulouse and Portuguese National Team midfielder, Paulo Machado, started on a high note. Machado currently plays for French side Toulouse, and was impressive in their win against Ajaccio. Machado had some good runs, but the best was saved for last. The Portuguese midfielder picked up the ball on the edge of the box and unleashed a ferocious shot into the upper right hand corner of the net. That goal sealed the win for Toulouse as they aim for a Europa League spot this season.

Click here for the goal.

Veloso, Machado Added; Coentrao, Varela Dropped


Due to an injury picked up during training, Paulo Bento has announced that Fabio Coentrao will not feature for the Seleccao during Wednesday’s friendly match against Spain. This comes as a blow for the team, as Coentrao was a live-wire at left-back. He is a hard player to replace. Genoa midfielder Miguel Veloso, who can also play at left-back, was called in to replace the Benfica man. Elsewhere, Paulo Machado was also added to the squad. Bento gave no reasons for his belated inclusion, but it is thought that he was brought in to strengthen a depleted midfield. Also, Silvestre Varela was dropped from the team due to injury. A replacement player has not been announced. Portugal face Spain in Portugal on Wednesday the 17th of November.

Call-up Not Expected by Machado


Toulouse midfielder Paulo Machado did not expect his call-up to the Portuguese National Football Team, according to the player. “Do not expect to be called, the last time I was waiting to be summoned and I was a little upset that I did not choose, even with two injured players. This time I decided I would not even see the call because he thought it would not be summoned,” said Machado. Machado has attributed his recent club form to his call-up.

Ronaldo Out, Quaresma In; Varela Questionable


Quaresma will replace the injured Cristiano Ronaldo for the Seleccao’s upcoming Euro 2012 qualification matches. Portugal will face Cyprus first (at home), then Norway (away), and they will have to do it without their captain. Quaresma, who was one of the three reserves, has been called into action to replace the injured captain. Ronaldo was injured in Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Mallorca in the Spanish League on Sunday and is expected to be out for up to three weeks. Meanwhile, Silvestre Varela was withdrawn from the Porto-Rio Ave game due to an injury. The Porto medical staff says that they’re still assessing the extent of his injury. In the event that he is withdrawn from the squad, Paulo Machado will be his replacement.

Ukra and Castro to Play for Dragons


Castro in foreground, Ukra in back

Olhanense starlets Ukra and Andre Castro have been told that they will be part of F.C. Porto’s main team for the 2010-2011 season, not be loaned out again. Ukra, who has recently been courted by Newcastle and Fulham, has enjoyed an absolutely spectacular season, along with fellow compatriot Andre Castro. These two players were the backbone of the team.

FC Porto has a number of promising young players that they loan out every season. They have created a flawless system: If a player begins to show promise at a young age, they buy him for cheap and loan him out to gain experience and grow as a player. When has shown his worth as a player, they can sell him for the big bucks, or recall him to the main team.

Prime examples:

Vieirinha at Porto

Playing at Saint Etienne

1. Vieirinha – was loaned by Porto to Greek outfit PAOK. He enjoyed so much success in that season, that he was sold to the Greek team. Last season, still playing for PAOK, he was voted “Most Valuable Player” by the fans.

2. Paulo Machado – The former Portugal U-21 international was loaned out to Saint-Etienne for the 2008-2009 season. He held down a starting spot and impressed enough to be sold by Porto to another French team, Toulouse, for the 2009-2010 season. He has since thrived at his new team.

Andre Castro and Ukra are prime examples of the flawlessness of Porto’s youth cycle. Being regulars on the Portugal U-21 team, I have no doubt that these two players will thrive at Porto. Expect to see them soon.