Simao – Unattached to Espanyol
Experienced winger Simao has signed for La Liga side Espanyol for two seasons after his release from Besiktas at the end of last season. Simao has had much experience playing in Spain, after two highly successful spells in the country, one with Barcelona, the other with Atletico Madrid. Simao, who had been a stalwart for the Portuguese National Team, will surely lift the quality of Espanyol’s play.
Portugal 2-0 Ukraine
Two masterfully taken free kicks, one from Salvador Agra, and one from David Simao, earned the Portuguese Under-21 team a 2-0 friendly victory over Ukraine. The match was a promising one from the Under-21 team, with many opportunities in front of goal created.
The match started out quietly. The first chance of note came from the Portuguese side. Andre Martins juked out his marker, and played a wonderful through ball to the onrushing Wilson Eduardo. Eduardo could only shoot over, however. Portugal was dictating the play of the game, and although Ukraine had their chances, it was the Portuguese who looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Portugal did just that just before halftime. The team won a free kick about ten yards outside of the eighteen yard box. Salvador Agra, who had been a livewire up until this point, and Andre Martins were standing over the kick. Martins tapped the ball to Agra, who unleashed a wonderful shot that squeezed into the upper right-hand corner of Ukraine’s goal. It was a truly spectacular goal, and that was evident on Salvador Agra’s face. The teams went into the half with Portugal on top.
The second half was not nearly as interesting as the first half. As is the case with many friendly matches, Portugal Under-21 coach Rui Jorge made a number of substitutions, which disrupted the natural flow of the game. Luis Martins and Danilo Pereira, who both featured for the Portugal U-20 team at last summer’s U-20 World Cup, were both substituted in during the second half to make their debuts. As I stated earlier, the second half was dull, and the first chance for Portugal was a goal. Ludovic was brought down just outside the box. David Simao curled the ensuing free kick into the upper left hand corner to double Portugal’s lead to 2-0. That was how the game ended. The performance was that of confidence, and the team will surely try to build on this impressive performance.
Anthony Lopes(Mika), Cedric(Ivo Pinto), Joao Pereira, Pedro Mendes(Vitor Bastos), Ruben Ferreira(Luis Martins), Andre Martins(Danilo Pereira), Andre Almeida, Josue(Abel Camara), Salvador Agra(David Simao), Rui Fonte(Ludovic), Wilson Eduardo(Diogo Amado)
Benfica to Academica (loan)
Benfica midfielder David Simao has joined fellow Liga Zon Sagres outfit Academica on loan until the end of the season. Simao had been promoted to the first team this season at Benfica, but has found playing time non-existent. The midfielder has only managed two appearances for the club so far this season, and both have been in the Taca de Portugal, which is the cup competition. Now, David Simao will join high-flying Academica on loan for the rest of the season, in an effort to gain playing time.
Following their Euro 2013 qualifier on Thursday, Portuguese U-21 coach Rui Jorge made some changes to the squad that is set to take on France on September 5th. Mario Rui, Nuno Reis, Julio Alves, David Simao, Caetano, Salvador Agra have all been called up in place of Ivo Pinto, Vitor Bastos, Andre Almeida, Diogo Viana, Ricardo Martins, and Abel Camara. Of the players drafted into the squad, David Simao is the only one who has any sort of experience with the U-21 team. The remaining five are just off Portugal’s best display at a U-20 World Cup for a long time.
Due to the recent injury of Bebe, Besiktas are now looking at Braga’s young winger, Pizzi, as his replacement. Bebe joined Besiktas on loan from Manchester United, where he had failed to make the grade, but a recent injury has ruled him out for six months. Besiktas now move their attention to Pizzi, who shone for Pacos Ferreira last season. Pizzi is now with Braga’s first team, with a starting spot likely. According to reports in Portugal, the required fee is around 5 million euros. If the move does materialize, Pizzi will join up with fellow Portuguese players Simao, Bebe, Hugo Almeida, and Manuel Fernandes.
It is official. Hugo Almeida will ply his trade in Turkey at Besiktas. Almeida has been surrounded with speculation regarding his future. Real Madrid, Juventus, Besiktas, and Lazio have all stated their interest, but in the end, Besiktas have come out victorious. Besiktas have announced the signings of Manuel Fernandes, and Simao, all of whom will join Quaresma in the Turkish capital. Almeida signed a 3 and a half year contract, for a fee estimated around 2-3 million euros.
Besiktas have announced the signing of Portuguese winger, Simao, from Atletico Madrid. There has been speculation over Simao’s future at Atletico, and Besiktas have silenced that with a 900,000 Euro deal. He will join on a two-and-a-half year deal, which will keep him at the club through the 2012-2013 season. Simao joined Atletico from Benfica in 2007, and has enjoyed great amounts of success at the Spanish team, easily being one of their most consistent performers. Simao has a Europa League and a UEFA Super Cup to his name, so he will now join fellow Portuguese Quaresma at the Turkish capital. No more news has come out of the Manuel Fernandes deal to Besiktas. Although he has passed his medical, it has not officially been announced. Simao will no-doubt keep up his level of performance from Atletico, and since the Turkish league is less competitive than the Spanish league, his level of performance may be raised.
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!
The Portugal Under-21 Team fought a well-organized Lithuania team today, and came back victorious. Ukra was the star of the night, unlucky to score only once. Ukra had the majority of the shots, and he was eventually rewarded. A corner kick was swung in and Ukra jumped in front of the Lithuanian net-minder to head in the the net. Portugal lost their rhythm in the second half, and Lithuania could have staged a dramatic comeback if it wasn’t for the heroics of the Portugual goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who twice denied Lithuania scoring opportunities. Overall, it was a very promising performance from an inexperienced side.
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