Bento Releases Squad List of 23

Paulo Bento has released a list of 23 for Portugal’s upcoming games against Iceland and Denmark. This is Bento’s first set of call-ups since taking over the role of Portugal National Team Head Coach. Some notable inclusions are Joao Pereira (who has been impressing for Sporting Lisbon lately), Paulo Machado (who has made a name for himself this season for Toulouse), and Carlos Martins (who many feel should be a regular for the National side). One more notable inclusion is Helder Postiga, who has been revitalized under new Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Sergio (as evidence with the goal he scored yesterday). Here’s the full list:                             

Goalkeepers: Beto, Rui Patricio, Eduardo

Defenders: Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Joao Pereira, Ricardo Carvalho, Silvio, Rolando;

Midfielders: Carlos Martins, João Moutinho, Pepe, Miguel Veloso, Paulo Machado, Raul Meireles, Tiago;

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Danny, Helder Postiga, Hugo Almeida, Liedson, Nani, and Varela.

Probable Starting lineup:

Subs: Rui Patricio, Danny, Helder Postiga, Varela, Pepe, Rolando, Joao Pereira

Ilidio Vale Releases List for France Game

Portugal Under-20 coach Ilidio Vale has released a list of 18 for the upcoming friendly against France on October 7. The Under-20 team are preparing for next summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup, which Portugal are going to be a part of. Ruben Brigido, Rafael Dias, and Paulo Grilo are all new to the Portuguese National Team, never having played at all for any of the Seleccao’s youth teams. Here’s the full list:

Académica de Coimbra: Paulo Grilo
Amarante FC: Cláudio Ramos
Belenenses: Pelé
Benfica: Roderick
CD Santa Clara: Alex and Baldé
CD Fátima: Mário Rui
Cercle Brugge KSV: Nuno Reis
FC Paços de Ferreira: Nélson Oliveira
FC Sochaux: Rafael Dias
GD Tourizense: João Guerra and Ricardo Dias
Parma FC: Danilo
SC Beira-Mar: Sérgio Oliveira
SC Braga: Aníbal Capela
Sporting: Cédric
UD Leiria: Rúben Brígido
Varzim SC: Salvador Agra

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

Queiroz Releases Starting Lineup Against Cape Verde

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has released the starting lineup for the Portuguese National Team, who play Cape Verde later today. Queiroz has raised some eyebrows with his selection of Miguel Veloso and Fabio Coentrao in the starting eleven. Miguel Veloso has enjoyed an above average season, even though Sporting were abysmal. Fabio Coentrao, however, has enjoyed a spectacular season with Benfica, playing a major role in their championship success, which is why Real Madrid are currently courting him.

Here’s the lineup:

Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao
Pedro Mendes, Miguel Veloso, Deco
Nani, Liedson, Cristiano Ronaldo

Queiroz Releases 24-man Squad

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz released a 24-man squad for next month’s World Cup. Due to Pepe’s questionable fitness, Queiroz released a 24-man list instead of the official 23-man list, so that if Pepe is deemed unfit, he can drop him, or if Pepe turns out to be ready, Ze Castro or Ricardo Costa can be dropped. Surprise inclusions are Beto, Daniel Fernandes, Ze Castro, and Ricardo Costa. Moutinho was not included in the squad most likely due to his mediocre season.

Here’s the list:

Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Braga), Beto (FC Porto) Daniel Fernandes (Iraklis)

Defenders: Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Miguel (Valencia), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Bruno Alves (FC Porto), Ricardo Costa (Lille), Rolando (FC Porto), Pepe (Real Madrid), Duda (Malaga) Ze Castro (Deportivo)

Midfielders: Tiago (Atletico Madrid), Deco (Chelsea), Raul Meireles (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Sporting), Pedro Mendes (Sporting), Danny (Zenit St Peterburg)

Wingers/Forwards: Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid), Nani (Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Liedson (Sporting), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen)

Queiroz also released a list of 6 reserves, just in case any of the players in the squad of 23 get injured. Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Amorim, Manuel Fernandes, Eliseu and Makukula all have an outside chance of playing in the World Cup after being included in this list.

Queiroz Releases 50 “Possible” Player List

Carlos Queiroz released yesterday a preliminary list for the World Cup. Out of these 50 players, only 23 will make the plane to South Africa. I think that Queiroz chose wisely in this list. These are supposed to be the best Portuguese players in the world, and I think that he chose wisely, very wisely indeed. Some players, such as Ruben Amorim and Vieirinha, are up-and-coming stars that will probably make their debuts after the World Cup. One surprise was that West Ham’s Manuel da Costa was not included. da Costa has been enjoying some playing time in England, something he didn’t get in Italy.

Here’s the preliminary list:

Atletico Madrid– Simao, Tiago
Benfica– Carlos Martins, Cesar Peixoto, Fabio Coentrao, Nuno Gomes, Quim, Ruben Amorim
Braga– Eduardo, Hugo Viana
Chelsea– Deco, Hilario, Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira
Deportivo– Ze Castro
Inter Milan– Ricardo Quaresma
Cologne– Maniche, Petit
FC Porto– Bruno Alves, Beto, Raul Meireles, Rolando, Miguel Lopes
Guimaraes– Nuno Assis
Iraklis– Daniel Fernandes
Kayserispor– Makukula
Lille– Ricardo Costa
Malaga– Duda
Man United– Nani
PAOK– Edinho, Vieirinha
Real Madrid– Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe
Sporting– Joao Moutinho, Djalo, Carrico, Veloso, Pedro Mendes, Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Tonel, Liedson
Toulouse– Paulo Machado
Valencia– Miguel
Valladolid– Pele, Sereno
Werder Bremen– Hugo Almeida
Zaragoza– Eliseu
Zenit– Danny, Fernando Meira

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.

Queiroz Releases List of Seventeen

Carlos Queiroz released a 17-man squad list today for Portugal’s upcoming friendly match against China. Included in this squad is Porto playmaker, Varela, who has yet to make his debut for the Senior National Team. Varela has been prolific for Porto this season, scoring some wonderful and vital goals, so it came as no surprise when Queiroz called the winger up for the first time. Sporting duo Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso were surprisingly not included in this squad. Queiroz stated that players called up for the U-23 team, and not the Senior Team, still have quite a large chance at playing at the World Cup, saying:  For me the U23 team, together with the senior team, allows all players to obtain visibility and experience. Some will play against Wales, others against China. My decisions regarding these two squads were made jointly in preparation for the World Cup,

Here’s the full squad:

Atlético de Madrid: Simão Sabrosa e Tiago
Chelsea FC: Hilário, Paulo Ferreira e Ricardo Carvalho
Málaga CF: Duda
Manchester United FC: Nani
FC Porto: Bruno Alves, Raul Meireles, Rolando e Varela
Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo
Sporting: Liedson e Pedro Mendes
SC Braga: Eduardo
Valência: Miguel
Werder Bremen: Hugo Almeida