Transfer Update 1/9/14


Happy new years everyone! Transfer stories in Portugal have been few and far between thusfar this transfer window, but here are the major moves.

Luis Silva - PortugalLuis Silva

Braga to Gil Vicente (loan)

Braga purchased Luis Silva in the summer after a highly impressive spell at Liga Orangina side Leixoes last season. The midfielder became a vital cog in Leixoes midfield, playing 38 games and finding the net seven times, while still only 20 years old. A big move beckoned for Silva, and Braga won the race to his signature, signing him for around 800,000 euros. Silva has found playing time hard to come by this season, however, and has only managed four appearances for the Arsenalistas so far this season. Silva will join Gil Vicente on loan until the end of the season.

Joao Mario - Portugal U-21Joao Mario

Sporting to Vitoria Setubal (loan)

After some impressive performances both last season and summer, Joao Mario will get his chance to play in the Liga Zon Sagres regularly, after Vitoria Setubal agreed to take the midfielder on loan until the end of the season. Joao Mario was one of the Portugal U20 team’s most important players at last summer, running the team’s midfield to perfection, leading the team to the second round of the competition. The midfielder has been playing for Sporting’s B team this season, despite his hopes of first team soccer this season. This move will give Joao a bigger stage to display his undoubted talent.

Quaresma - Porto 2014Ricardo Quaresma

Free Agent to Porto

Ricardo Quaresma has returned home. The winger’s time at the Estadio Dragao were the finest of his career, winning multiple league player of the season accolades. Quaresma was able to be signed for free after his contract was terminated at Al Ahli Dubai after less than one season. The winger has signed a 2.5 year deal, with many curious to see if he can reproduce the skill that made him so popular earlier in his career.

Rabiola Moves to Braga


Rabiola - Aves

Rabiola

Aves to Braga

Aves forward Rabiola has moved up a division to SC Braga. The striker currently leads the Liga Orangina scoring charts with 14 goals in 24 appearances, and has enjoyed a wonderful season thus far. Rabiola will most likely not appear for Braga’s first team, but instead will be inserted into the B team, which also plays in the Liga Orangina. His contract is valid until 2017.

Luis Martins Loaned to Gil Vicente


Luis Martins - Benfica

Luis Martins

Benfica B to Gil Vicente (Loan)

Benfica B’s left-back and captain Luis Martins has been loaned to Liga Zon Sagres side Gil Vicente until the end of the season. The defender featured briefly in Benfica’s campaign last season, making four appearances in the league, and one in the Champions League. This season, however, with the inclusion of B teams into Portuguese football, Martins was demoted to the B team, in the Liga Orangina, and made captain. His performances for the team have been stellar. From left-back, he has already scored two goals, and he has led the team to success in the league. Now, it is evident that his skills warrant playing in a higher league. Gil Vicente have come knocking, and Martins will likely be a fixture in the side for the remainder of the season.

Liga Orangina Youngster to Watch: Goncalo Silva


Goncalo Silva

Atletico CP

Player to Watch

Many young players who ply their trade in the Liga Orangina do so on loan from a Liga Zon Sagres club. This method is a proven way to develop young talent, by giving them playing time. One such player who has benefited from this is Goncalo Silva. Silva was picked up by Liga Zon Sagres side Vitoria Guimaraes from lower division side Barreirense. He immediately joined Lousada, playing in the third division, on loan from Guimaraes. He went on to make 28 appearances for the club, and catch the eye of the Guimaraes staff. This season, Vitoria opted to loan him again, this time to the Liga Orangina. Silva joined newlu-promoted Atletico CP on a season-long loan deal.

Despite having never played in the Liga Orangina and only being 20 years old, Goncalo Silva has established himself as an important peice of the Atletico CP puzzle. The center-defender has helped a young Atletico CP side to seventh in the Liga Orangina standings. He has appeared in all but one of the team’s matches, bringing his tally to 18 games thus far.

Given the fact that he was discovered relatively late in his youth career from a lower division club, it does not come as a surprise that Silva has yet to make a single appearance for any of the Portugal national youth teams. Still aged just 20, there is still time for Silva to make it into the Portuguese Under-21 team, and gauging on his performances this season, a call-up may not be far away.

Despite the limited time that Goncalo Silva has been on the footballing scene, he has already firmly established himself as a star for the future, whether its for Vitoria Guimaraes or the Portuguese National Team.

 

Liga Orangina Youngster to Watch: Miguel Rosa


Miguel Rosa

Belenenses

Player to Watch

Those who have followed the Liga Orangina over the past two seasons at all will know the name Miguel Rosa well. Rosa is currently on loan from Benfica at Belenenses, where he played last season, also on loan. Miguel Rosa is primarily a center-midfielder, who is just as adept at the attacking-midfield spot. Despite his sometimes deeper-lying position, Rosa has earned a goalscoring reputation. Last season, he contributed eleven goals for Belenenses, and this season he already has five.

Last season, Miguel Rosa was in red-hot form for Belenenses. As stated earlier, the midfielder contributed an impressive eleven goals for the team. His goalscoring exploits and overall stellar play earned him the Liga Orangina Player of the Year award. This feat did not go unnoticed by the club that, and does, own him, Benfica. The Portuguese giants announced that Miguel Rosa would join the first team for preseason training this season. Despite some promising performances, Benfica loaned out Miguel Rosa once again to Belenenses for the entirety of this season. The midfielder has continued his good form on a lesser scale, but there is still evidence that he is growing as a footballer.

Despite his good form for various clubs in the Portuguese second-tier, Rosa has appeared very infrequently for the youth national teams of Portugal. The midfielder only made four appearances for the Portugal Under-19 team, and despite scoring three goals for the team, he was never called to any higher youth setup. If Miguel Rosa can earn a spot in Benfica’s midfield next season, which looks unlikely, he could earn a spot in the Portugal National Team’s midfield. In an attempt to gain enough playing time, Rosa may have to cut his ties with Benfica, however.

Miguel Rosa has shown time and time again that he is too skilled to be playing in the Liga Orangina. Some would argue that he is the most talented player in the league at the moment, after it was confirmed that he was last season. Regardless, Miguel Rosa looks to be a solid player for seasons to come, whether it is in the Liga Orangina, the Liga Zon Sagres, or another league in Europe.

Liga Orangina Youngsters to Watch – Anibal Capela


Anibal Capela

Sporting Covilha

Player to Watch

Anibal Capela is one of the better known names in the world of young Portuguese players. Anibal’s primary position is in the center of defense, although he is adept at playing on either side of the defense. Like Dani Coelho, he has been loaned this season by Braga to Sporting Covilha.

Anibal shot to prominence in late 2010 when, at the age of 19, when he started a match for Braga against Beira-Mar. By that point, the defender had already appeared for the Portugal Under-20 team, and looked to be an asset for Braga for years to come. A little over a month after his debut for Braga, Anibal started, and played 90 minutes, in the team’s Champion’s League group stage match against Shakhtar Donetsk. Although the team lost, Anibal put in an admirable personal performance.

This season, at Sporting Covilha, Anibal has continued his form, and thus grown his reputation. Already having appeared in 11 league matches this season, it came as no surprise when Anibal was earned a cal-up from Portuguese Under-21 coach Rui Jorge. Anibal is already firmly established in the youth national teams in Portugal. He was a part of the U-20 squad at last summer’s Toulon Tournament, and would have been an integral part of the team at the following U-20 World Cup, if he had not been injured.

Anibal Capela is a certainty for the Braga first team in seasons to come. Already established as a star for the future, along with the likes of Nuno Reis and Roderick Miranda, Anibal’s future looks bright.

Liga Orangina Youngsters to Watch: Dani


Dani Coelho

Sporting Covilha

Player to Watch

Talented Portuguese right-backs are becoming more common than in recent years. Dani Coelho can easily be named as one of the most talented young right-backs playing in Portugal. Currently owned by Braga, he has spent two spells in the Portuguese Second Division B, which is the third tier in Portugal. He is playing his trade this season at Liga Orangina side Sporting Covlila, and has had a decent debut season in the league.

Dani first rose to prominence, more or less, when, at the age of 19, he was named on the bench for two of Braga’s games. He did not appear in either of those games, and has not yet made an appearance for Braga in the league. He has, however, been making appearances for lower division clubs. Only aged 22, Dani has already made 38 appearances in the Portuguese Second Division B, and ten in the Liga Orangina. Those are some impressive tallies for a player of his age.

Courtesy of his impressive performances for Estrela Amadora and Vizela, both in the Portuguese Second Division B, Dani earned a call-up to the Portuguese Under-21 team in early 2011 for a match against Sweden. He made his debut in that match, starting and playing until halftime. That was not to be his last appearance for the team, however. He has gone on to play for the team a further three times, and has been generally impressive.

Judging on his performances for Sporting Covilha and the Portugal Under-21 team, Dani is certainly a possibility for Braga’s first team next season. The defender is certainly a star for the future.

Liga Orangina Younsters to Watch: Abel Camara


The Liga Orangina, which is Portugal’s second division, has nurtured many young talents in Portuguese Football over the past years. These talents have gone on to lead successful careers. Players such as Carlos Martins, Beto, Bruno Alves, and Raul Meireles have all, at one point in their lofty careers, plied their trade in the Liga Orangina. More recently, players such as Rafael Lopes, who represented the Portuguese team at the recent U-20 World Cup, and Joao Silva, who’s scoring exploits in the Liga Orangina earned him a move to Premier League giants Everton, have impressed.

Now, we will take a look at the new crop of players who show promise in the Liga; players who we will certainly hear much of in the coming seasons. First up is Abel Camara, of Belenenses.

Abel Camara

Belenenses

Player to Watch

Liga Orangina side Belenenses has had a reputation for some time of their youth policy. Ruben Amorim, Goncalo Brandao, and Rolando all graduated from their youth academy, and the newest starlet to come through the ranks is Abel Camara.

Abel joined Belenenses at the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, and linked up with the youth team for the season. The following season, the striker was shipped away to Estrela Amadora, who was then languishing in the third division in Portugal. There, he enjoyed success, scoring six times in the season, still only aged 19. His performances caught the eye of Belenenses, who recalled him to the first team for the 2010-2011 season. He made his debut for the team on the opening day of the season against Aves, and marked it with a goal. He went on to score three more times that season, and also picked up a couple of appearances for the Portuguese Under-21 team, most notably scoring a screamer on his debut against Ireland.

Much is expected of Abel, not only for Belenenses, but also Portugal. The Portuguese National Team has lacked a true striker in recent years, and although that problem seems to be not as pressing as it once was, Abel could fit the bill. He is fast, has a tireless work rate, and has a men shot on him. He has already debuted for the country of his birth, Guiné-Bissau, but as his debut was in a friendly match, he has the capability of switching allegiances. In the meantime, the striker is appearing for Portugal’s U-21 team.