In a sensational move, Bayern Munich today announced their capture Benfica’s 18 year old standout Renato Sanches, despite well documented interest abroad. Manchester United and Manchester City have made their interest in Sanches clear over the past months, but Bayern have swooped in to secure his signature for an up-front fee of €35 million, with the possibility of add-ons raising the fee further. A move for Sanches seemed on the cards, but few expected that one would be finalized before summer arrived. Continue reading
The Benfica-Porto rivalry is one that needs little introduction in the footballing world. Two of the country’s powerhouses over the past decade, Benfica and Porto have lately gone neck and neck for the Liga title. The fixture between the two is one to behold, and one that Mike Martyns can give us a glimpse into.
Following three successive wins, the Portuguese Under-19 team has qualified for the Elite Qualification round for next summer’s UEFA U-19 European Championship. Led by rising stars such as Renato Sanches, Gil Dias, and Goncalo Guedes, the team qualified with relative ease, which shows just how strong Portugal’s youth system is at the moment. Should Portugal qualify for next summer’s tournament, it will be the fourth year in a row that the team has managed an appearance in the competition. That statistic is encouraging, and with players such as Marcos Lopes, Bernardo Silva, Andre Gomes, Joao Mario, and Bruma in recent years, there is every reason that this current group of U-19s is destined for success. Continue reading
Sporting Lisbon’s Brazilian-born defensive midfielder Renato Neto is looking to gain Portuguese citizenship next year in a bid to play for the Seleccao. While the player is well-known in Europe, he is much less known in Brazil, which may be the main reason for the switch of allegiance. Neto joined Sporting’s youth setup in 2007, and developed into one of the most promising prospects at the club. In the 2010-2011 season, Neto got his first taste of first-team action when he was loaned to Cercle Brugge, which is a feeder club for Sporting. That season, he would appear in forty matches at Brugge, and established himself as a hugely important player. Another loan was arranged this season, and the midfielder continued his impressive form. Midway through the season, however, he was recalled by Sporitng, due to an injury crisis in the Portuguese club’s midfield. Since then, he has stepped in admirably, and has appeared in ten official matches. Still only aged 20, Renato Neto looks to have a solid future ahead of him, both at Sporting, and the Portuguese National Team.