Date Set for Chile Friendly

It has been announced that Portugal will play Chile in a friendly match on the 25th of March, 2011. The president of the Chilean soccer federation also stated that a friendly after the 2014 World Cup is in the works. A bit strange to plan that far ahead, don’t you think?

Meireles Set to Sign for Liverpool

World Cup star Raul Meireles is set to sign from Portuguese side Porto to English Premier League side Liverpool. Meireles, who was one of the bright spots in Portugal’s largely disappointing campaign, has been linked with a host of top European clubs, such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Chelsea. He has yet to play for Porto this season, both in Europe and in the Liga Zon Sagres, which means that he is not cup tied, so if he happened to move to Liverpool, he could be a part of their Europa League campaign. Liverpool are struggling in the EPL currently, and with the probable departure of Javier Mascherano to Barcelona, Roy Hodgson sees Meireles as the ideal replacement. I think that this move could be a good one for Meireles. I am always excited to see Portuguese players of his caliber move abroad, especially to the English Premier League. I do think that staying at Porto would be more beneficial for him, though.

Dates Set for Euro 2012 Qualification

Uefa released today the schedule for the qualification matches for Euro 2012. Portugal were earlier drawn with Iceland, Denmark, Cyprus, and Norway. Here is the Seleccao’s schedule:

3 September 2010
7 September 2010
8 October 2010
12 October 2010
4 June 2011
2 September 2011
7 October 2011
11 October 2011

Aves Striker Set for Everton Move

19 year-old Joao Silva, currently Liga de Honra’s top goalscorer, has apparently reached a transfer agreement with English side Everton that would see him join them this summer. The Deportivo das Aves striker, who stands at 1.9 meters, has raised some eyebrows with his advanced goalscoring ability. Porto, Braga, and Nacional were all thought to have been following the young Portuguese striker. Everton, however, looks to have won the race for his signature, supposedly bringing him to Goodison Park this summer for a believed fee of around 0.7 million.