Ricardo Carvalho Retires from International Duty

Portuguese mainstay Ricardo Carvalho allegedly stormed out of the training camp ahead of their must-win qualifier against Cyprus. It is speculated that coach Paulo Bento had informed Carvalho that he was not included in the starting eleven for the Cyprus game. This enraged the defender, and he stormed out. Bento has made it clear that there is no turning back for Carvalho, and has allegedly received the backing of Ronaldo, who stated that he believes that no one is guaranteed a starting spot in the team. The team are behind Bento, and it seems that the morale is still high, as it should be. The lingering thought in the back of Paulo Bento’s mind must be disappointment, now that he has lost one of the finest defenders this sport has ever seen.

Tiago Retires From National Team

Atletico Madrid midfielder, Tiago, has unexpectedly announced his retirement from the Portuguese National Team. Tiago has featured for the senior squad since his debut in 2002, and has since appeared over fifty times, while scoring three goals. Tiago’s reasoning for his retirement? Here’s what he had to say: “I’m retiring for personal reasons but also because I believe it’s the end of a cycle concerning my contribution to the Seleccao. I also believe the moment has arrived to give the opportunity to new talents of Portuguese football, just like I had eight years ago.”

Tiago said it well, although not many would have expected him to retire at such a young age as 29. Possibly the highlight of Tiago’s international career came this summer in Portugal’s World Cup group stage match against North Korea. The center-midfielder scored two goals in the Seleccao’s 7-0 annihilation of the Koreans. Not only did he score two, but he was a bright spot in an otherwise muddy campaign for the team.

Current Portugal National team coach, Paulo Bento, also had something to say on the matter: “I respect Tiago’s decision, but naturally I lament it. He’s a good player who could still do positive things for the Seleccao. He has a rich past in the national team. I thank him for what he did for the Seleccao.”

Official: Miguel Retires from Portugal

Miguel has officially retired from the Portuguese National Team. The Valencia right-back was evidently pondering retirement before the Seleccao’s games against Cyprus and Norway, but has now made the announcement official after the games. Miguel has appeared over 50 times for Portugal, scoring one goal, and has now made room for Bosingwa, Silvio, and Joao Pereira. Ever since he made his debut in 2003, Miguel has appeared at every major tournament since Euro 2004.

Paulo Ferreira Retires From International Football

Chelsea right-back has joined Simao and Deco in calling it quits for Portugal after eight years with the Portuguese National Team. Ferreira has played at two World Cups and two European Championships. Most likely, Ferreira saw that his chances of playing for the Seleccao will become fewer and farther between because of the emergence of Silvio and Bosingwa on the right and Fabio Coentrao on the left. Paulo has been a regular fixture on the many call-ups that have occurred since 2002, so join me in wishing Paulo Ferreira the best of luck in the rest of his career!

Simao Retires from National Team

Simao has seen his career with the Seleccao span to ten years. The Portuguese winger made his debut in 1998. Not only did he make his debut when he was 19, but he scored on it. Simao has seen the ups and downs of the national side. When he began, the Seleccao had just come off of a failed attempt to qualify for the 1998 World Cup, and were now shifting their attention to qualification for the 2000 European Tournament. Led by Luis Figo, the Seleccao qualified, and surprised the world by upsetting England at the actual tournament. Simao didn’t make the cut for UEFA Euro 2000, but he was involved in Portugal’s qualification for the 2002 World Cup, the first World Cup they had qualified for since 1986. Simao, however, missed the tournament due to injury. Meanwhile, at Benfica, Simao was becoming one the fan’s favorites because of his sublime skill and leadership qualities. Due to the fact that Portugal was hosting UEFA 2004, they did not have to deal with qualification. It was during this period(between the 2002 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004) that Simao became instrumental in the National Team’s game plan. Euro 2004 was where Simao showed his true worth to the Seleccao. Although he failed to score, he helped the team in other ways, such as assisting Helder Postiga’s goal in the quarter-final game against England. He continued his great form with the Seleccao, and was called up for the 2006 World Cup, where he was one of the star players in the side that reached fourth place. Simao was also an integral in the Seleccao’s leave-it-late qualifying campaign, and was also a member of the Portuguese side. With Cristiano Ronaldo established as one of the(if not the)best in the world, no one expected him to fail to score at all during Portugal’s 2010 World Cup Qualifying campaign. Further more, no one expected Simao to carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders by becoming Portugal’s top scorer throughout qualifying. Simao made appearances at the 2010 World Cup, scoring in a 7-0 romping of North Korea. So, all-in-all, Simao has made appearances at 2 European Championships and two World Cups. So, I, along with all of Portugal say, Obrigado Simao!

Costinha Retires and Appointed D.O.F at Sporting

Former Portuguese international midfielder Costinha recently rescinded his contract with Atalanta, and today it was announced that he will become the new director of football at Sporting Lisbon. The former director of football for the Lions was Sa Pinto, but due to an altercation involving him and Liedson, he left the post. Costinha was a long time member of the Portuguese National Team, representing them at World Cup 2006 and Euros 2000 and 2004. He has also played in five different countries during his 16 year career, such as Atletico Madrid, AS Monaco, and FC Porto(where he won the Champions League and UEFA Cup). Hopefully with all of this experience, he will be helpful to Sporting, as they desperately try to salvage their dismal season.