Atletico Madrid to Deportivo (Loan)
Atletico Madrid right-back Silvio has joined fellow La Liga side Deportivo on loan until the end of the season. The defender has been in and out of Atletico’s first team this season, but more times than not, he has missed selection. In an effort to gain playing time, he has joined Deportivo, which is ranked last in La Liga at the moment. A likely contributing factor to the move is the recent appointment of Domingos Pacienca, who Silvio played under at Braga during the 2010-2011 season.
Paulo Bento named a 23 man squad today for the team’s upcoming game against Gabon, on November 14th. Two surprise inclusions were Paulo Machado, who has been impressive for Olympiakos both in the Greek Superleague and the Champions League, and Silvio, who has found playing time hard to come by at Atletico Madrid. Bento has overlooked Eliseu for the second time in a row, which has baffled many supporters of the team, as the winger is in arguably the form of his life at Malaga. Another surprise exclusion is that of Manuel Fernandes, who has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in Turkey. Nani was originally called, but has been replaced by Helder Barbosa, due to an injury. Here’s the full squad:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Eduardo (Isanbul BB), Beto (Braga)
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Neto (Siena), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Silvio (Atletico Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Nelson (Real Betis)
Midfielders: Custodio (Braga), Joao Moutinho (Porto), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Paulo Machado (Olympiakos), Ruben Micael (Braga), Ruben Amorim (Braga)
Forwards: Nani (Manchester United), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Braga), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Helder Postiga (Zaragoza), Pizzi (Deportivo), Varela (Porto)
Due to injuries, Silvio and Danny have withdrawn from the Portuguese training camp ahead of the team’s crunch play-off games against Bosnia. Silvio had been slightly injured while on duty for Atletico Madrid, and appears to not have recovered in time. Danny also has had similar problems, so he was also withdrawn. Called up as replacements for the attacking midfielder and the wing back are Vieirinha and Eliseu. This is Vieirinha’s first call for the Portuguese National team, and it is one that is thouroughly deserved. The winger/attacking midfielder has been a revelation in Greece over the past few seasons after leaving Porto. Many have called for his inclusion in the squad, so his inclusion is a welcome one. Eliseu’s inclusion is a welcome one too. The left winger-cum-left back has excelled in his new position, most notable during the team’s 5-3 win over Iceland, where he recorded one goal and two assists. Though neither of these players will most likely see playing time, they are assets for the team coming from the bench.
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
Portugal succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Norway as Silvio made his debut for the Seleccao. It is not a stretch to say that the Seleccao’s performance was even more uninspired than their previous game against Cyprus. An embarrassing blunder from Eduardo gave the hosts the deserved win. Portugal’s only good chances fell to Manuel Fernandes and Raul Meireles. The latter was clear through on goal, but shot well over and wide. Overall, it was a very discouraging performance from the Seleccao, reminiscent of Portugal’s friendly against Estonia last year. With the Portuguese coaching job in chaos, and Oliveira obviously not able to coachas well as required, the future looks grim for the Seleccao.
Eduardo, Silvio, Ricardo Carvalho, Bruno Alves, Miguel Veloso, Tiago(Danny), Manuel Fernandes, Raul Meireles, Nani, Hugo Almeida, Quaresma(Liedson)
The Portugal squad for their upcoming Euro 2012 qualification match on September 3rd has been released, and Nuno Coelho and Silvio both have the opportunity to make their international debut. Nuno Andre Coelho came as somewhat of a surprise, but Silvio’s call-up was expected and well worth it after scoring a spectacular long-range goal for Braga. Manuel Fernandes, who hasn’t featured for the Seleccao since 2008, also recieved a call-up. 20 players were called up, instead of the usual 23. THis is due to UEFA’s new rule only allowing 20 to be called up, with an additional three “stand-by” atheletes. I may be wrong, but that is what I could understand. Here’s the full list:
Atletico Madrid – Tiago
FC Porto – Beto, Rolando, Joao Moutinho, Varela
Genoa – Eduardo, Miguel Veloso
Liverpool – Raul Meireles
Manchester United – Nani
Real Madrid – Ricardo Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo
Sporting CP – Nuno André Coelho, Liedson
SL Benfica – Fábio Coentrão
SC Braga – Silvio
Valencia – Miguel, Manuel Fernandes
Werder Bremen – Hugo Almeida
Zenit St Petersburg – Bruno Alves, Danny
Besiktas – Ricardo Quaresma
Sporting – Rui Patricio
Toulouse – Paulo Machado