Wilson Eduardo Off to Croatia


Wilson Eduardo - Sporting

Wilson Eduardo

Sporting to Dinamo Zagreb (loan)

Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb announced today the capture of Sporting winger Wilson Eduardo on loan for the entire season, further adding to an already sizable Portuguese contingent at the club. Eduardo, whose brother Joao Mario will be on Sporting’s first team this season, will join on loan for the entire season, and can be purchased at any time by Dinamo. Eduardo will join fellow countrymen Eduardo, Paulo Machado, Ivo Pinto, Goncalo Santos, and Ruben Lima at the Balkan club, and will hope to gain more playing time than if he was at Sporting.

Always considered a prospect for the future, many will feel that Wilson Eduardo hasn’t really fulfilled his potential, though many will agree that he is still a handy player for most teams. After a prolific spell in Sporting’s youth teams, Eduardo was loaned to various teams in Portugal for the next four seasons. He found varied levels of success with top-flight clubs such as Academica and Olhanense, and as a result of these solid performances, he was recalled to a new-look Sporting side last season. Despite largely playing a bit-part role in the club’s success, Eduardo still managed 20 appearances and three goals. This season, Eduardo has been deemed surplus to requirements, most likely because of the emergence of Carlos Mane, who is much younger and has more room for growth. Now, Wilson Eduardo will fly away to Croatia, and who knows? Maybe this loan is exactly what he needs.

U-21s Narrowly Miss Qualification


Poland 0-0 Portugal

2013 UEFA U-21 European Championship Qualification

The Portugal U-21 team will be disappointed to learn that they have narrowly missed out on qualification to next summer’s U-21 European Championship. A 0-0 draw with Poland today was not enough to qualify for the play-offs, with the team being overtaken in the standings at the last second, after Switzerland defeated Estonia.

The game started off quite lethargically, with nothing of note occurring until well into the first half. Some excellent wing-play from Andre Martins set up David Simao for a shot, but the midfielder uncharacteristically made a mess of it. Though the shot was missed, it was encouraging play nonetheless. The half ended with the scores level at 0-0.

Predictably, the second half was a much more lively affair. Poland had the first chance when a well-struck free-kick was put just over. Portugal responded well, with Andre Martins going close, and then Wilson Eduardo almost breaking the deadlock twice. As the time winded down, the game winded up. Anthony Lopes had to be on alert, as Poland were barraging the Portuguese goal with shot after shot. Last minute efforts from Wilson Eduardo and Salvador Agra were not enough to break the deadlock, and the game finished at a disappointing 0-0.

Anthony Lopes, Cedric, Ruben Ferreira, Nuno Reis, Pedro Mendes, Andre Almeida, Josue, Andre Martins(Fredy), David Simao(Wilson Eduardo), Rui Fonte(Abel Camara), Salvador Agra

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Albanian Goalkeeper Keeps Portugal at Bay


Albania 2-2 Portugal (U21)

A fine performance from the Albanian goalkeeper helped Albania to a 2-2 draw against Portugal in Group 6 of the 2013 UEFA U-21 Qualification. Portugal had the majority of the chances of the night, but the keeper held Portugal to just two goals. Portugal now sit at second in Group 6 with eight points, with qualification still a possibility. The team must win more matches if they hope to qualify for the tournament proper, as they are currently now ranked very highly on the second-place team ranking.

The game started with Portugal on the front foot. After just two minutes of play, Josue recorded the first shot of the night, after he lifted his shot well over the goal, not troubling the Albanian goalkeeper. Soon after, some excellent wing play from Wilson Eduardo was finished with a cross, which was met by a ferocious volley from Andre Martins. The Albanian goalkeeper reacted well to record his first save of the night, and keep the scores level at 0-0. Portugal continued to press and completely dominate Albania, and it all payed off. Ruben Ferreira whipped in a pin-point cross, which met the head of Josue, who tucked his header into the bottom corner. That was how the half ended: 1-0 in Portugal’s favor. The team looked worthy of the lead, as they were the only of the two to create any sort of chances.

The second half started in almost spectacular fashion. Wilson Eduardo’s run was picked out well by Andre Martins. Eduardo dribbled the ball and shot, only for the Albanian keeper to save. The rebound fell to the onrushing Andre Martins, whose shot was stopped by the leg of an Albanian defender. That save deflected the ball back out to just outside the box, where Pele was waiting. The midfielder had the presence of mind to send in a chipped shot. Once again, however, the opposition goalkeeper was on hand to make the save, this time an acrobatic fingertip save. Albania responded quickly with virtually their first chance of the game. A lofted ball was sent in by an Albanian defender. The pass was met by an Albanian, whose header was controlled by Sadiku, and shot first time. The ball flew past the Mika to give Albania a surprise goal and level the scores at 1-1. Portugal, however, responded also. A peach of a cross was sent in by Cedric, and Wilson Eduardo headed the ball smartly over the opposition keeper. The score was now at 1-2, but it wasn’t set to stay that way. Some lax defending from Portugal allowed Sadiku to shoot on goal, and score. Mika will be faulted for this goal, but in truth it was a poor defensive showing in general. That was how the match ended: 2-2.

Mika, Ruben Ferreira(Ludovic), Pedro Mendes, Joao Pereira, Cedric, Andre Almeida, Andre Martins, Josue, Salvador Agra(Pele), Nelson Oliveira(Rui Fonte), Wilson Eduardo

Man of the Match: Wilson Eduardo

Crutch of the Match: Mika

U-21s Stutter in Russia


Russia 2-1 Portugal (U21)

The Portuguese Under-21 team, just like their senior counterparts, put in a lackluster performance against a skillful Russian team. Russia started out on the front foot, coming close twice with two decent headers, but not forcing Mika into a save. Slightly against the run of play, Portugal took the lead through Wilson Eduardo. A surging run from Sporting youngster Andre Martins was finished with an intelligent pass into space for Eduardo, whose shot was partially saved by the keeper, but still creeped in the goal. Russia’s play, however, was becoming more organized, forcing the Portuguese players into silly and costly mistakes. The first half ended with Portugal gaining the numerical advantage, but Russia looked the better team.

The second half started in spectacular fashion after Kokorin headed past Mika to level the scores. Mika will be disappointed with his defense on the play, and also with his lackadaisical attempt at a save. Soon after, Russia poured more salt on Portugal’s already stinging wounds. The corner was whipped in, and the ball fell to Smolov, who, after juking out the entire Portuguese defense, unleashed a deft near-post shot, which squeezed in just past the diving Mika. The goal was quite impressive, and clearly highlighted the frailties of the Portuguese defense. For most of the rest of the game, thing stayed pretty even, with most teams looking equally as dangerous, although Russia looked all the more organized. The final whistle blew and the game ended in a 2-1 favor of the Russians, which they fully deserve.

Mika, Cedric, Joao Pereira, Pedro Mendes, Mario Rui, Andre Almeida, Josue(David Simao), Andre Martins(Andre Martins), Sana(Diogo Viana), Wilson Eduardo, Nelson Oliveira

Man of the Match: Andre Martins

Crutch of the Match: Cedric/Mika

Youngsters Draw Poland


Portugal 1-1 Poland (U21)

The Portuguese Under-21 picked up an unlucky point against Poland in their second match of Euro 2013 qualification. The game started off perfectly for the home side, with Pedro Mendes heading in a Josue cross to give Portugal an early 1-0 lead. That goal was virtually the first thing of note to occur in the match. Instead of dropping back in intensity as we have seen much too often, the team pressed forward. Wilson Eduardo came close after a brilliant turn and pass from Sana set him up, but he lifted his shot above the goal. Portugal then came within a whisker away from doubling their lead. A curling cross from the left was sent in, and the youngster’s deft header clipped the crossbar as it bounced out. Poland then surprised everyone when they grabbed a goal to level the scores at 1-1. Some sloppy defending and some neat link-up play gave Poland a shock equaliser. Not at all put off, Portugal continued their charge forward. Wilson Eduardo was next to join the list of misses, and his was certainly the worst. After a blatantly errant back pass from a Pole, Wilson Eduardo was one-on-one with the opposition goalkeeper, only to be brought down by the keeper in the box. The referee made no hesitation as he showed the keeper red and pointed to the spot. Wilson Eduardo stepped up and struck the penalty, which hit the left-hand upright post and rolled agonizingly close along the goalmouth to the opposite side. Portugal continued their dominance, but luck was not on their side. Wilson Eduardo tried two speculative efforts, but they fizzed wide and high, respectively. After Diogo Viana’s well-struck free kick was saved by the Polish goalkeeper, Andre Almeida came agonizingly close to sealing the win for the Seleccao. A fine cross was sent in from the right, which picked up Andre Almeida’s run perfectly. The midfielder’s header cannoned back off the upright. That miss summed up the night for Portugal, who just couldn’t find Lady Luck. The final score: 1-1. Portugal may not have won, but the skill and understanding of the players is an encouraging sign. With some work, this team has the ability to be great.

Mika, Cedric, Pedro Mendes, Joao Pereira, Mario Rui, Andre Almeida, Andre Martins(David Simao), Sana(Nelson Oliveira), Josue, Wilson Eduardo(Diogo Viana), Rui Fonte

U-21s Edge France


The Portuguese Under-21 team picked up an impressive win over France today, in a U-21 friendly. The final score was 1-0, with Wilson Eduardo grabbing the only goal of the game. That goal was the first chance of note for Portugal in the game. A neat interchange between Rui Fonte and Diogo Rosado was cleared by a French defender, only for the clearance to fall for Eduardo, who volleyed with his right foot. That shot was saved, but the goalkeeper couldn’t keep out the forward’s acrobatic left foot shot. The rest of the game was largely uninteresting, with Portugal controlling the match.

Anthony Lopes (Cristiano), Cedric, Joao Pereira (Nuno Reis), Pedro Mendes, Mario Rui, Andre Martins (Salvador Agra), Diogo Amado (Pele), Diogo Rosado (David Simao), Josue (Julio Alves), Rui Fonte (Caetano), Wilson Eduardo (Joao Silva)

 

Manchester United Watching Wilson Eduardo


Sporting striker Wilson Eduardo, currently on loan at Beira-Mar is currently been the subject of interest from EPL side Manchester United. Eduardo has previously been linked to a move to England with Liverpool and Chelsea interested, so he is no stranger to transfer rumors. Wilson has a contract, tying him to Sporting until 2012 with a 20 million euro buyout clause. In theory, if Manchester Untited really want the youngster, they will have to dish out an absurd 20 million euros. Somehow, I don’t see that happening. Eduardo has developed quite nicely. Nicely enough to have pretty-much cemented his place in Beira-Mar’s starting eleven. He has also been called up to the Portuguese U-21 team. “I didn’t know about this until my brother rang me up and told me he had read the news on the Internet. Any player always likes to be observed by great clubs. It’s a sign that they are interested and like what we are doing. But in football there is a lot of talk. Today it’s this, tomorrow it’ll be something else. I’m going to continue working hard. Let’s see what comes of it,” Eduardo told Maisfutebol. Arsenal and Liverpool are thought to be interested too.