Oceano Releases Squad List for U-21 Games

Oceano released today a list of 21 for the Portuguese Under-21 team’s upcoming games against England and Macedonia. The U-21s are set to play England on September 3 at home and Macedonia at home again on September 7. One surprise inclusion on this list of 21 was Manchester United’s new signing Bebe, who has the chance to shut the critic’s mouths if he performs well. Here’s the list:

Belenenses: André Almeida
Benfica: Fábio Faria
CD Nacional: João Aurélio and Orlando Sá
Everton FC: João Silva
FC Paços de Ferreira: Bura and David Simão
FC Porto: Castro and Ukra
Leixões SC: Rui Pedro
Manchester United FC: Bebé
Portimonense SC: André Pinto, Candeias, Pedro Moreira and Ventura
Rio Ave FC: Yazalde
SC Olhanense: João Gonçalves
Sporting CP: André Santos, Daniel Carriço and Rui Patrício
Vitória SC de Guimarães: Pereirinha

Oceano Releases List of 20 for Lithuania Clash

David Simao was a surprise inclusion in Portugal Under-21 coach Oceano’s list for their crucial Group 9 qualification clash with Lithuania. Currently, Portugal sit third in Group 9 behind England and Greece and need to win all of their three remaining matches to even hope to qualify. Oceano spoke of David Simao, saying: “We believe that this player [David Simao] as has happened with others in the recent past, he deserved the opportunity to be present in sub-21 and observed a step above.” New Everton signing Joao Silva was also included, having picked up his U-21 debut earlier this year. Here is the entire list:

Belenenses: André Almeida
Benfica: Fábio Faria
Everton: João Silva
FC Porto: Castro e Ukra
Leicester: Miguel Vítor
Leixões: Rui Pedro
Nacional: João Aurélio and Orlando Sá
Olhanense: João Gonçalves
Paços de Ferreira: Bura and David Simão
Portimonense: André Pinto, Candeias and Ventura
Sp. Braga: Pizzi
Sporting: André Santos, Daniel Carriço, Diogo Salomão, and Rui Patrício

U21 Match Report: Portugal 0-2 Sweden

Lately, the Portugal Under-21 Team has started to impress, most notably with their 2-1 win over Greece. I was quite optimistic about this game, and was getting more optimistic about the team. But, for some reason, the Portuguese youth teams somehow manage not to impress, even with the talent-packed teams they have. I rushed home today expecting to find a 1 or 2-0 win for Portugal. Oh how I was disappointed.

Portugal were on the front foot starting this game, with Fabio Faria and Adrien Silva both failing to capitalize on their chances. Soon after, Ukra created some space for a cross with a series of beautifully executed step-overs; however when he crossed it in, Bruno Pereirinha wasn’t able to keep his header down. Later, Pereirinha tried his luck with a right-footed shot, but the ball glided wide of the goal. Next, Ukra received the ball on the edge of the box and cut in, but his curling shot was just wide. Sweden broke the deadlock when Fejzullahu finished off a flawless cross. Candeias, trying to get Portugal back in the game, lifted his shot over the bar. Just after, Sweden made it two when Avdic headed in from the corner.

Portugal:Ventura(Diego Silva), Joao Goncalves(Candeias), Miguel Vitor, Andre Pinto, Fabio Faria(Ruben Lima), Adrien Silva, Castro(Pedro Moreira), Andre Santos(Rui Pedro), Rabiola(Diogo Salomão), Perierinha, Ukra(Yazalde)

Oceano Releases Squad for Sweden Clash

Oceano Cruz, the Portugal Under-21 team coach, released today a list of 18 players for the upcoming friendly against Sweden(on March 2nd).

Here’s the list:

Benfica: Miguel Vítor;
FC Paços Ferreira: Candeias;
Gil Vicente FC: Pedro Moreira e Rui Pedro;
Real Sport Clube: Diogo Salomão
Rio Ave FC: Fábio Faria;
SC Covilhã: Diego Silva;
SC Olhanense: Castro, João Gonçalves, Rabiola, Ukra, Ventura e Yazalde;
Sporting CP: Adrien Silva, Bruno Pereirinha e Daniel Carriço;
UD Leiria: André Santos;
Vitória FC de Setúbal: André Pinto.