U-20 Quartet in U-21 Squad


Portuguese U-21 coach Rui Jorge has named the squad to face Moldova and France on September 1st and 5th, respectively. The Moldova game is the first game of Portugal’s Euro 2013 qualification campaign, so they will be hoping to improve on what has been some disappointing previous qualification campaigns. Freshly back from the U-20 World Cup, Nelson Oliveira, Cedric, Sana, and Mika have all been called for this game after their impressive performances for the U-20 team during the World Cup.

Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Cristiano (Valência), Mika (Benfica)

Defense: Cédric (Académica), Ivo Pinto (UD Leiria), João Pereira (Beira-Mar), Pedro Mendes (Real Madrid), Ruben (Marítimo), Vítor Bastos (Atlético)

Midfield: André Almeida (UD Leiria), André Martins (Sporting), Amado (Estoril), Diogo Rosado (Feirense), Josué (P. Ferreira), Saná (Valladolid), Ricardo Martins (Desp. Aves)

Forwards: Abel (Belenenses), Diogo Viana (Penafiel), Nélson Oliveira (Benfica), Rui Fonte (Espanhol), Wilson (Olhanense)

Roma Interested in Nelson Oliveira


Nelson Oliveira

Benfica to Roma?

Following his impressive performances for Portugal in the U-20 World Cup, Nelson Oliveira is at the end of some unsurprising interest from one of the finest European teams. Roma is pondering making a bid for the forward, who won the silver boot at the recent U-20 World Cup. Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has stated that he will leave the striker in the first team this season, along with Luis Martins and Mika, but Roma are lurking. Roma’s sporting director is reportedly quite fond of the striker, and a move may happen in the near future.

Arsenal and Liverpool Eyeing Danilo Pereira


Danilo Pereira, of Parma FC, is a transfer target for Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool, according to reports coming out of Portugal. Danilo was one of Portugal’s standout players in their 2nd place finish in this summer’s U-20 World Cup. The holding midfielder currently plays for Parma FC in Italy. He is set to return to the club after he was loaned last season to Aris, in the Greek league. Danilo’s performances have not gone unnoticed, however. Arsenal and Liverpool are now interested, and though a move is unlikely, it still makes for a good story. Clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool are not stupid in their interest in Danilo. He has shown signs that he will develop into a world-class defensive midfielder.

Portugal Fall in Extra Time


Portugal 2-3 Brazil

Portugal fell in extra time after a 111th minute strike from Oscar gave Brazil the advantage. Portugal were not favorites coming into this game, mainly due to their apparent lack of attacking prowess. Previous to the game, Portugal had only scored five goals in the entire competition. Attacking didn’t turn out to be the problem, however. Brazil ripped open Portugal’s defense on numerous occasions. The game started off on a sour note for the Seleccao when a deflected Oscar free kick wriggled its way into the back of the Portuguese net. Portugal responded quickly however, when Nelson Oliveira burst into the box and squared the ball into the onrushing Alex, who made no mistake with his finish. Portugal took the lead soon after. Nelson Oliveira blew past the Brazil defense, and finished from a tight angle to make the score 2-1 Portugal. The lead lasted for a little under 20 minutes, however. Oscar scored again to level the game at 2-2 and send the game into extra time. Oscar scored again and completed his hat-trick in extra time to give Brazil the victory in a game they dominated.

Mika, Cedric(Julio Alves), Mario Rui, Roderick, Nuno Reis, Danilo Pereira, Sergio Oliveira, Sana(Ricardo Dias), Pele, Alex(Caetano), Nelson Oliveira

HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Portugal Overcome France


Portugal 2-0 France

Portugal strolled to an easy 2-0 win over a strong France side to book a place in the final of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Portugal got off to a great start when Danilo towered over the French defense to head home an Alex corner kick. France had their opportunities, but Portugal’s solid defense stood firm. Portugal doubled their lead soon after, when Nelson Oliveira converted his penalty kick. The Seleccao never looked back, and came out with a 2-0 win, and their goals conceded tally stay at zero.

Mika, Cedric, Mario Rui, Roderick, Nuno Reis, Pele, Danilo, Julio Alves, Alex(Luis Martins), Sergio Oliveira(Tiago Ferreira), Nelson Oliveira(Rafael Lopes)

HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Portugal into the Semis


The Portuguese Under-20 team booked a place in the semi-finals of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup after a victorious penalty shoot-out with Argentina. The last time that Portugal advanced this far in a U-20 World Cup was back in 1995, when they achieved 3rd place in the competition. Portugal now have a realistic chance of equaling just that. Throughout this whole tournament, various player for Portugal have shown flashes of promise. These players will have to play very consistently well to overcome their semi-final opponent, France.

The game against Argentina was, for the most part, a largely boring affair. Neither team attacked with the ferocity that they are capable of. Argentina had scored six before this game and only conceded once. Portugal on the other hand, had only scored three and not conceded at all. In fact, Portugal are the only team in the competition that has yet to concede a goal, which is a testament to their defense. Both sides came close, with Argentina’s attacking movement mainly through Porto’s new signing, Iturbe. Portugal’s best chances fell to Caetano and Nelson Oliveira. Rafael Lopes also tested the opposition keeper on one occasion. After the score was still level after extra time, the game went into penalties. Argentina were up 3-1 on penalties, and the game looked finished. Mika then proceeded to save two penalties in a row, from Pirez and Ruiz. That, combined with Nelson Oliveira and Rafael Lopes scoring their penalties, sent the game into sudden death. Tiago Ferreira scored for Portugal, and Vuletic did likewise for Argentina. Sergio Oliveira then scored for Portugal. Then, Tagliafico stepped up for Argentina, and his shot was saved by Mika to send Portugal into the semi-finals.

Mika, Cedric, Luis Martins(Tiago Ferreira), Nuno Reis, Roderick, Sergio Oliveira, Pele, Danilo Pereira, Julio Alves(Sana), Caetano(Rafael Lopes), Nelson Oliveira

HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Portugal Gain Deserved Win


Portugal are through to the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup after a 1-0 win over minnows Guatemala. Portugal were overwhelming favorites coming into the match, and although the scoreline isn’t that impressive, Portugal dominated the match. As has been the case throughout this tournament, Cedric, Caetano, Nelson Oliveira, and Sergio Oliveira were the most impressive for Portugal, although there were no disappointing performers. Portugal started the match well, with Nelson Oliveira coming close. Cedric Soares then then made a run into the box, only to be brought down. The referee awarded the penalty and Nelson Oliveira converted it to make the score 1-0. Portugal continued their dominance in the first half, coming close several more times. In the second half, however, Portugal seemed more content to leave the score at 1-0.

Portugal will now meet Argentina in the quarterfinal. Argentina defeated Mexico controversially 2-1. All three goals scored in the match were penalties, with Argentina’s especially controversial. Portugal have a legitimate chance of overcoming their South American opposition.

Mika, Mario Rui, Cedric, Tiago Ferreira, Nuno Reis, Ricardo Dias(Pele), Sergio Oliveira, Danilo Periera, Alex(Rafael Lopes), Caetano(Roderick), Nelson Oliveira

HIGHLIGHTS HERE

U-20s Record Back-to-Back Wins


The Portuguese Under-20 Team is through to the second round after two 1-0 wins over Cameroon and New Zealand each. Portugal’s overall play improved from their lackluster display against Uruguay in their opening match. The team added to their rock-solid defense a creative offense, and while it hasn’t gotten them goals, it has helped them just enough to reach the next round.

Portugal vs Cameroon

 

 

 

 

 

Portugal earned a deserved 1-0 victory over their African opponents on Tuesday. Nelson Oliveira scored the Seleccao’s only goal, which was enough to get them the win. Portugal controlled the majority of the match, and enjoyed much more success in their attack than they did against Uruguay. Their attack all payed off when two poor clearances from Cameroon’s defenders gave Nelson Oliveira a one-on-one situation. The Benfica man took his goal well, calmly lobbing it over the keeper to make the score 1-0. Portugal continued to control the match, but the game would end at 1-0.

Mika, Nuno Reis, Roderick, Cedric, Luis Martins(Mario Rui), Pele, Danilo Pereira, Julio Alves(Ricardo Dias), Alex, Nelson Oliveira, Caetano(Amidio Balde)

Portugal vs New Zealand

 

 

 

 

The Seleccao U-20 sealed their place in the second round with their 1-0 win over New Zealand. Mario Rui scored the only goal of the match, but that was enough to give Portugal a deserved 1-0 win. Many are wondering, however, how the score was not more than 1-0. Portugal had many opportunities, mainly through Nelson Oliveira, who enjoyed a splendid game.

Mika, Nuno Reis, Roderick(Tiago Ferreira), Mario Rui, Cedric, Pele, Danilo Pereira(Sergio Oliveira), Alex, Julio Alves, Nelson Oliveira, Caetano(Ricardo Dias)

 

The Portuguese Under-20 team will now face Guatemala in the Round of 16 of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Guatemala have not looked impressive at all, losing 6-0 to Saudi Arabia and 5-0 to Nigeria, so a comfortable win should be in the bag. The quality of this Portuguese team is evident, and will continue to grow as the team finds its feet in this competition. Nelson Oliveira and Caetano have already shown that they are destined for bigger things, and players such as Pele, Danilo Pereira, and our entire defense have shown what they are capable of. Portugal will go far in this tournament. Mark my words.

Portugal Returns to Toulon


The Portuguese Under-20 Team will return to next years Toulon Tournament, which will be held between June 1st and 10th. Last time around, at the 2009 edition, Portugal narrowly lost their first two matches against Chile and France. Having already been knocked out of the tournament, Portugal had just pride to play for in their final group stage game against Qatar. The final score ended at 6-0 in favor of Portugal. It was quite a way to end a lackluster tournament for the Seleccao U-20. After not participating last year, it will be nice to see the team back in action, and the tournament will also serve as a warm-up for the U-20 World Cup, which begins on June 29. It was also announced that Portugal U-20 will also be playing Montenegro on the 15th June.

Portugal Draw With France in Friendly


The Portuguese Under-20 team drew 3-3 in a goal-filled game in France. France won the UEFA U-19 Championship this last summer, beating the likes of Croatia, Holland , and Spain in the process. That team was obviously no pushover. Many of the players that featured for France in last summer’s triumph played on Thursday. So, the fact that Portugal drew with them, while scoring three goals in the process, speaks wonders for this team. France were leading 2-0 at half-time, thanks to goals from Lacazzete and Bakambu. Portugal came out in the second half raring to go, scoring three goals to make the score 3-2 in favor of Portugal. Those goals were scored by Nelson Oliveira (2) and Alex (1). France scored their equalizer, however, through Grenier. That was how it ended. The Portuguese Under-20 team is currently preparing for next summer’s U-20 World Cup.