Fernando Santos: What Can We Expect from Portugal’s New Boss?


Portugal Cyprus Euro 2012 Qual

Could we see Ricardo Carvalho back in the team?

The Portuguese Football Federation announced this week the appointment of Fernando Santos as the Selecao’s head coach. Santos has filled the position left vacated by the departure of Paulo Bento, the team’s previous coach. Bento was known for his stubbornness, which resulted in stagnant team selections, as well as some players being exiled from the team. With Santos now in charge, there is a natural hope for a renewed team; one that is open to any player deemed worthy to represent it. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from Fernando Santos, in terms of player selection and tactics. Continue reading

Orlando Sa Off the Mark


Fulham striker Orlando Sa has finally broken his goal drought on Saturday when he scored Fulham’s goal in the team’s 1-1 draw against Norwich. Sa was given the number nine jersey, a number that typically represents the goal-getter in the team, at the beginning of the season, but had yet to score this season up until yesterday. The goal surely comes as a relief to not only the player, but also Fulham boss Martin Jol. Orlando Sa was touted to be a star during his days at Braga, but injuries and an ill-advised move to Porto have stalled his development since then. His talent is undeniable, however, as is evidenced with his expertly taken goal.

Orlando Sa Shines on Debut


Fulham’s new number 9, Orlando Sa, made his debut in a Carling Cup clash with English giants Chelsea, which Fulham lost on penalties. Orlando Sa was handed a starting spot alongside Bryan Ruiz up front, and did not disappoint. Orlando Sa showed great control and movement throughout the game. It appears that the forward has formed a great partnership with Bryan Ruiz, which will certainly pay dividends in the future. Goal.com gave Sa a 7.5/10 rating, one of the highest of the game. Orlando Sa has surprisingly been given the number 9 shirt ahead of the likes of Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele, which certainly shows the faith that Fulham coach Martin Jol has in the striker.

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Fulham Snap up Orlando Sa


Orlando Sa

Porto to Fulham

Fulham FC have announced, via their website, the signing of none other than Orlando Sa. The Porto striker has found life quite hard at F.C. Porto, where he played for two seasons. Sa started off his career at Braga, rising up through the youth ranks. Soon after he was promoted into the first team at Braga, he earned his first call-up to the Portuguese Under-21 team. Orlando Sa really came of age during a U-21 friendly match against Spain. The striker, who was virtually unknown, scored an impressive hat-trick to help seal the 4-1 thumping. The scoring did not stop there however. Sa brought the scoring back to Braga, and though he was not nearly as prolific, he was making headlines. His performances both for Braga and the Portuguese Under-21 team were impressive enough for Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz to call him up to the Portuguese National team for a friendly against Finland. Sa was substituted on in the second half and won a penalty for his team. A number of clubs were soon interested in acquiring his services, most notably Chelsea, but F.C. Porto swooped in and sealed the deal in June of 2009. Sa has since found playing time hard to come by, only grabbing minutes away from Porto, on loan at Nacional.

This may prove to be a big step in Orlando Sa’s career. Aged just 23, the strike still has a career ahead of him. Whether that career is successful or not remains to be seen, although his body build is suitable to the Premier League.

“I am happy to have completed my transfer to Fulham and the Premier League today.

“This is an enormous opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to joining the team and entering the next phase of my development.

“It’s a wonderful challenge for me and I am keen to bring my qualities to Fulham and the Premier League.”

Ribeiro and Sa Called Up Early


Portugal National Team coach Paulo Bento has called up Joao Ribeiro and Orlando Sa early for the Seleccao’s upcoming game against Spain. Joao Ribeiro has been in top form for Vitoria Guimaraes, attracting the attention of clubs like Fulham and CSKA Moscow. Orlando Sa, who is currently on loan at Nacional from Porto, has also been impressing in the Liga Zon Sagres. If you will recall, Orlando Sa scored a hat-trick three years ago for the Portugal U-21 team against Spain. Maybe Bento is hoping for more of the same. Portugal face Spain in a friendly match on November 17 in an effort to strengthen their joint 2018(I think) World Cup bid. Vieirinha and Andre Santos are two other player who I think deserve call-ups, just in case you guys were wondering…

U-21 Squad Update: Orlando Sa Dropped


Nacional striker Orlando Sa has been forced to withdraw from the Portuguese Under-21 Team due to injury. Sa underwent a medical evaluation upon meeting with his fellow Under-21 players and was deemed unfit. He will be out of action for both of Portugal’s remaining two qualification matches. Meanwhile Bebe, Joao Silva, and Fabio Faria all spoke of the importance of the two games. Bebe stressed the importance of winning all three points, saying: “We need to win, but England also need to win and we’ll play in front of our audience.” Fabio Faria spoke of the squad’s determination, saying: “We will work hard for that on Friday we can win”

Transfer News – 6/8/10


Even though the World Cup is at our doorstep, the world of soccer is still buzzing with activity. Here’s the latest:

1. Sereno to Porto

The Portuguese defender moved from Vitoria Guimaraes to Valladolid in the Winter after it was widely speculated that he had transferred to Porto. Sereno did relatively well at the Spanish outfit but, just like fellow countryman Pele, relegation was inevitable. So, frightened at the prospect of playing in the Liga Adelante, or something like that, Porto have snatched up the defender on a free transfer with a buyout clause of 30 million.

2. Bruno Gama to EPL?

Highly rated Rio Ave winger Bruno Gama is evidently on two English Premiership teams’ radars. The two teams were not specified. Gama is a former captain of the Portugal U-21 side, and has recently impressed for Rio Ave.

3. Orlando Sa loaned to Nacional

Portuguese U-21 international Orlando Sa will join Helder Barbosa at Nacional next season as they aim to earn a European spot for the 2011-2012 season. Orlando Sa has had limited playing time since arriving from SC Braga last summer, so the loan to Nacional was obviously done to increase playing time. Helder Barbosa, who also recently joined Nacional from Porto may combine quite well with Sa, and fellow U-21 international Joao Aurelio. Expect to see goals.

Orlando Sa Brace Helps Portugal to Victory


Two goals from Porto striker Orlando Sa, and one from Candeias were enough to give the home side a 3-1 victory over a skilled Dutch team. Portugal are trying to salvage their quest to qualify for the 2011 Uefa U21 Euro. In their group are the likes of England and Greece, so they are trying to emulate the difficulty of those games by playing the Netherlands. Anyway, Portugal got off to an amazing start, scoring two goals in the first ten minutes, both of which came from Orlando Sa, who looked too good for his opponents. Candeias then scored over twenty minutes later, inflicting more pain on Holland, making the score an unheard-of 3-0. The dutch fought back, however, with Siem de Jong at the end of most, if not all, of their chances. Soon, he got his goal, but it was little more than a consolation goal, making the final score 3-1. Joao Silva, who was recently transferred from Desporto das Aves to Everton, made his debut for the U-21 team, coming on for Orlando Sa, who will miss the next game due to injury.

Ventura, Pereirinha, Andre Pinto (Bura), Daniel Carrico, Andre Pinto, Ruben Lima, Andre Santos (Pedro Moreira), Castro (Pizzi), Rui Pedro (Andre Almeida), Candeias, Joao Aurelio (Wilson), Orlando Sa (Joao Silva)

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Orlando sa Makes his Debut for Porto


Finally, after a long injury spell, Orlando sa has made his long-awaited debut for Porto. sa was in the starting lineup in Porto’s 2-0 win over lower-level Oliveirense. It was not his greatest performance, but coming back from a lengthy absence and playing immediately in the starting eleven isn’t easy. His inclusion in the starting eleven just after absence shows that Ferreira may have faith in this kid. I hope he does have faith in him, because with a little bit of work, and a lot of patience, we could have ourselves the next Pauleta, which Portugal desperately needs.