Ilídio Vale Named Squad of 23


Portuguese U-20 coach Ilidio Vale has released a list of 23 players to take part in training ahead of next summer’s U-20 World Cup. This is not the final list, mind you. These are just players who will take part in a team training for the coach to see who “fits the bill”. Some notable inclusions are Rafael Dias, who currently plays for Sochaux in Ligue 1. Dias has previously played for the French Under 16 and 17 teams, but it looks now as if he may change his allegiance to Portugal. Here’s the full list:

Amarante FC: Cláudio Ramos
A Académica de Coimbra: Paulo Grilo
Benfica: Roderick
Belenenses: Filipe Paiva and Pelé
Cercle Brugge KV: Nuno Reis;
CD Fátima: Mário Rui
CD Santa Clara: Alex and Baldé
FC Paços Ferreira: Caetano and Nélson Oliveira
FC Sochaux: Rafael Dias
GD Tourizense: João Guerra and Ricardo Dias
Leixões SC: Paulinho
Parma FC: Danilo
SC Braga: Aníbal Capela, Januário and Nuno Valente
Sporting: Cédric
UD Leiria: Rúben Brígido and Michael Domingues
Varzim SC: Salvador Agra

Pepe Resumes Training


Pepe….with hair?

There was good news coming out of Portugal today as Pepe was declared fit-to-play for the World Cup. The center defender/defensive midfielder was injured late last year in a game for Real Madrid, and has taken a lengthy recovery period. He will now resume training with the Portugal squad as they prepare for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.