Transfer Roundup – 9/3/12


It was an interesting transfer deadline day last Friday, with much happening in the world of Portuguese football. Joao Moutinho was at the heart of much of the news, with his transfer to Tottenham collapsing at the absolute last moment. Although Moutinho stole most of the limelight, there were still lesser-known transfers that were completed.

Tiago Pinto

Rio Ave to Deportivo

Deportivo added to their Portuguese contingent with the capture of Tiago Pinto from Rio Ave. The left-back will most likely play second or third fiddle for the club, behind first-choice Evaldo. Pinto’s move abroad comes as no surprise after two sold seasons at Rio Ave, where he established himself as an important player for the club.

Nuno Coelho

Benfica to Aris (Loan)

After making the move from Academica to Benfica at the beginning of last season, Nuno Coelho has found playing time at Benfica non-existent. In an effort to gain more playing time, he was loaned out to Beira-Mar, in the Liga Zon Sagres, and played well all season long. Now, with his situation at Benfica much the same, he has looked abroad for opportunities. The midfielder has joined Greek outfit Aris on loan for the entire season, and will hope that the experience will be a positive one.

Sana

Free Agent to Academica

Much was expected of Sana following his impressive performances for the Portuguese team at the 2011 U-20 World Cup, but an ill-fated move abroad in Spain has proved detrimental. Now, Sana has made the move back to Academica, as they attempt to bolster their squad ahead of their Europa League campaign this season. Surely, Academica will be a great place for Sana to continue his development and realize his potential.

Carlitos

Hannover to Estoril

While playing at Basel, Carlitos was being courted by some of the biggest names in Italy, including Roma and Fiorentina. He is now returning to Portugal to play for newcomers Estoril, after injuries hampered a two-season stay at Bundesliga side Hannover. His talent is undoubted, so he will surely add much to Estoril’s team.

Henrique

Academica to Blackburn

Blackburn have increased the number of Portuguese players in the team to six after their last-minute capture of Academica central-defender Henrique. After being purchased from Braga at the beginning of the season, Henrique was promptly snapped up by the English club, having only appeared twice for the Portuguese club.

Yannick

Benfica to Toulouse (Loan)

Yannick has found playing time at Benfica hard to come by, after completing his move there last season. The move to Benfica was surely a relief after his cancelled transfer to Nice, but competition has been fierce. Competing with the likes of Salvio, Nolito, Ola John, and Gaitan (among others), Yannick opted to go out on loan, to ensure playing time. He will play at Toulouse for the remainder of the season, with an option to buy.

Ukra

Porto to Rio Ave (Loan)

Porto winger Ukra has joined Rio Ave on loan for the entire season, as his options at Porto appear limited. The winger was in much the same situation last season, and joined Braga on loan for the entirety of last season. Though he was impressive when he played, he was injured during the majority of the time at the club. An undoubted talent, Ukra will surely shine for Rio Ave this season.

 

Sereno Loaned to Valladolid


Sereno – Porto to Valladolid (loan)

Porto central defender Sereno has been loaned to La Liga side Real Valladolid for the entire 2012-2013 season. Sereno did not fit into Vitor Pereira’s plans at Porto, and after a loan last season to Koln, another move this year was likely. This is Sereno’s second spell at the Spanish club, after he played for them a few seasons ago, before he was bought by Porto. Sereno, who has been on the fringes of the Seleccao, will hope to add to his reputation with this move.

Oliveira and Sana Dropped Due to Injury


Nelson Oliveira and Lassana Camara have both been dropped from the Portuguese Under-21 team, due to injury. Both Oliveira and Sana, as he is called, impressed for Portugal during this summer’s U-20 World Cup. They have more than earned their call-ups, but their U-21 debuts will have to wait. Pele, of Genoa, and Joao Silva, currently on loan at Vitoria Setubal from Everton, have been called up as able replacements. Joao Silva has been in fine form this season, already scoring twice this season. Pele has yet to play for Genoa, but like Sana and Nelson Oliveira, he was impressive in the U-20 World Cup.

Portuguese Settle For Draw


The Portuguese National Under-20 Team settled for a draw tonight against Uruguay. Both Portugal and Uruguay controlled the game from time to time and were, overall, even. Portugal showed more possession in the first half of play, but Uruguay stepped up their game in the second half and shackled Portugal’s play. Both teams came close at times, most notably when Sergio Oliveira hit the post with a marvelous free-kick, and when Uruguay’s captain, Diego Polenta, rattled the crossbar with a long-range effort.

Overall, Portugal played a defensive, possession-first game. The service to the forwards was not always the best, with Sana to be partially at fault. Danilo Pereira and Pele both excelled in their defensive midfield duties, but they would often leave Sana and Sergio Oliveira to do most of the creative attacking work in the midfield, due to their defensive approach. By far the most important aspect of the team was the defense. Nuno Reis and Roderick were water-tight, shutting down Uruguayan advances all night. The outside backs (Cedric and Luis Martins) were solid also.

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

Player Ratings:

Mika: 7 : Benfica’s new signing certainly lived up to his reputation with an assured display. He always looked confident in his handling.

Nuno Reis: 7 : The pairing of Roderick and Reis complement each other well. The defense was one of Portugal’s strong-suits tonight, no doubt because of him.

Roderick: 7 : As stated above, Roderick performed well in his defensive duties, constantly breaking up plays. His range of passing was also a sight to behold.

Luis Martins: 6.5 : Martins had a solid game defensively, but I would have liked to see him attack more.

Cedric: 7 : Portugal’s number 8 had both a solid defensive and offensive game. His runs forward furthered Portugal’s attack and gave Uruguay headaches

Pele: 7 : Genoa’s new signing met all expectations. Pele is naturally a very gifted player, and it was shown tonight. He constantly got himself out of sticky situations using his skill. Along with Danilo Pereira, He anchored Portugal’s team and supplied the link between the defense and midfield.

Danilo Pereira: 7 : Much the same with Pele, Danilo fulfilled his role well, holding the midfield down with style. The only downside to his performance was his lack of attacking.

Sana: 6.5 : Virtually Portugal’s only creative midfielder, Sana was constantly on breakaways and feeding the forwards passes, only for them to make a mess of them. It must have been a frustrating night for him.

Sergio Oliveira: 6.5 : Apart from hitting the post in the second half, Porto’s midfielder didn’t do much. He hit many speculative shots, but could have helped Sana more in the midfield.

Nelson Oliveira: 6 : Overall, Nelson Oliveira did not play well. He did not play badly, but he just had a bad game. Missed an open opportunity when Sana put him through on goal in the second half,  but he missed his shot.

Rafael Lopes: 5 : A very dissappointing performance from the forward, who just couldn’t find his feet. The only thing he did was make Uruguay’s players angry. He was nowhere to be seen for large chunks of time in the game.

Substitutues:

Alex: 6.5 : The Santa Clara man came on for the ineffectual Rafael Lopes, and did better than his predecessor. He made some good passes and generally looked good on the ball. Would be a good replacement for Rafael Lopes in the coming games.

Julio Alves: 6 : Overall a very mediocre performance from Atletico Madrid’s new signing. Mind you, he did only have a handful of minutes at the end.

Tiago Ferreira: N/A : Not enough time on the field to give a rating.

Fabio Faria Loaned to Valladolid


Fabio Faria has been loaned to Spanish side, Valladolid, until the end of the season. Faria was one of the standout players last season at Rio Ave, and his performances were more than enough to convince Benfica to sign him. He has since found first team opportunities limited at the club, and will be looking to gain some playing time at Valladolid. Valladolid are currently sitting in 12 place in the Liga Adelante, after having been relegated from the Liga BBVA last season. Faria will travel to Spain to finalize the deal tomorrow morning.

Transfer News – 6/8/10


Even though the World Cup is at our doorstep, the world of soccer is still buzzing with activity. Here’s the latest:

1. Sereno to Porto

The Portuguese defender moved from Vitoria Guimaraes to Valladolid in the Winter after it was widely speculated that he had transferred to Porto. Sereno did relatively well at the Spanish outfit but, just like fellow countryman Pele, relegation was inevitable. So, frightened at the prospect of playing in the Liga Adelante, or something like that, Porto have snatched up the defender on a free transfer with a buyout clause of 30 million.

2. Bruno Gama to EPL?

Highly rated Rio Ave winger Bruno Gama is evidently on two English Premiership teams’ radars. The two teams were not specified. Gama is a former captain of the Portugal U-21 side, and has recently impressed for Rio Ave.

3. Orlando Sa loaned to Nacional

Portuguese U-21 international Orlando Sa will join Helder Barbosa at Nacional next season as they aim to earn a European spot for the 2011-2012 season. Orlando Sa has had limited playing time since arriving from SC Braga last summer, so the loan to Nacional was obviously done to increase playing time. Helder Barbosa, who also recently joined Nacional from Porto may combine quite well with Sa, and fellow U-21 international Joao Aurelio. Expect to see goals.

Sereno Debuts for Valladolid


Portuguese center-back Sereno finally made his debut for Valladolid yesterday in their league match against Deportivo. Sereno hadn’t even made an appearance for the Spanish outfit(since he moved from Vitoria in January), so it came as a surprise when he was named in Valladolid’s starting eleven. Not only did he start, but he played a full match, along with fellow compatriot Pele. Valladolid now sit just in the relegation zone, and it looks as if they are to be one of the three teams relegated into the Segunda Division.

Sereno Moves to Valladolid


Vitoria Guimaraes’s Henrique Sereno has moved to relegation-battlers Real Valladolid. Sereno won’t be the only Portuguese player at Valladolid, as young midfielder Pele also plays for the Spanish outfit. It was thought that Valladolid had previously failed in signing the promising defender, and that Porto had signed him. It now looks as if that was not the case, as the defender moved for a mere 150,000 euros.