Tonel Returns to Portugal



Dinamo Zagreb to Beira-Mar (Free)

Dinamo Zagreb central defender Tonel has returned to the country of his birth to sign for Beira-Mar. The defender amassed more than 100 appearances for Sporting between 2005 and 2010, along with two for the national team. Tonel moved to Croatia to play for Dinamo in 2010, after it became evident that his starting role was no longer guaranteed. Now, still only 32, Tonel has much to give, and this signing will go down as a positive one for Beira-Mar.

Tonel Does Not Expect Return

Dinamo Zagreb central defender, Tonel, recently spoke to Maisfutebol, saying that he does not see himself returning to the Portuguese National Team anytime soon. Tonel currently plays for Dinamo Zagreb, in Croatia, and thinks that Bruno Alves, Pepe, and Ricardo Carvalho are doing a great job. “I think it will be difficult to be called back because Portugal is well served by central (defenders). Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe and Bruno Alves have done their job well. If called upon I will be satisfied. If not, I’ll wring out,” he explained. Tonel also believes that the team will make it to Euro 2012. Tonel moved from Sporting Lisbon to Dinamo last August, and has since enjoyed his spell in Croatia, winning last season’s Croatian League.

Tonel Signs for Dinamo Zagreb

Sporting center-back, Tonel, has signed for Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb. With the purchase and emergence of Nuno Coelho, and with Carrico having cemented his place in the starting eleven, Tonel would have found it hard to find playing time for the Lions. So, no doubt with some encouragement by Sporting coach Paulo Sergio, Tonel decided that moving was his only chance for playing time. Tonel pledged “hard work” and said: “I am eager to start training and playing”