Friday, February 28, 2014

Paulo Bento adds some fresh faces to Portugal squad for friendly

Paulo Bento has named his squad for Wednesday's friendly against Cameroon. The Portuguese skipper has added some fresh faces to the squad as he looks to see evaluate players for this upcoming World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Portugal roster:

Anthony Lopes (Lyon)
Beto (Sevilla)
Eduardo (Braga)

Silvio (Atletico Madrid)
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
Luis Neto (Zenit)
Miguel Lopes (Lyon)
Ricardo Costa (Valencia)
Joao Pereira (Valencia)
Antunes (Malaga)
Rolando (Inter Milan)

Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev)
Josue (FC Porto)
Ruben Amorim (Benfica)
Joao Moutinho (Monaco)
Raul Meireles (Fenerbache)
William Carvalho (Sporting)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Rafi (Braga)
Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica)
Varela (FC Porto)
Hugo Almeida (Beskitas)
Edinho (Kayseri)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Turkish sides back in the mix for Benfica's Cardozo

Turkish clubs Fenerbache and Trabzonspor are looking to land Benfica's Oscar Cardozo when the transfer window opens up in January. Cardozo was almost a member of Fenerbache in the summer but the club could not come to terms with the striker on terms.

The 30 year old Cardozo who has been a member of Benfica since the 2007 season has collected an impressive 111 goals in 167 appearances in the domestic league and 161 goals in 261 total appearances ranking Cardozo 10th in all time scoring only 5 behind Nuno Gomes for 9th

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sporting looking at Vasco da Gama striker


Sporting are looking a young Vasco da Gama striker Andre. The 23 year old is on loan at the club with the majority of his rights belonging to Atletico Mineiro. Sporting could make a move once the January transfer window opens again. Andre has scored 12 goals in 20 games for Vasco da Gama this season.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ruben Amorim could be out up to six weeks

Benfica's Ruben Amorim looks to be out up to six weeks after sustaining an injury in Saturdays Taca de Portugal encounter with Sporting. The 28 year old midfielder suffered a partial rupture of the internal lateral ligament in his right knee.

Amorim looks to be out until Christmas and will miss some important games for Benfica. The Eagles were hoping that the injury was a just a stretch which would have had Amorim back in the line up in a couple of weeks but test results came back not to the clubs or players likings

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fernando closing in on Portuguese Citizenship


Porto midfielder Fernando is in the final stages of obtaining Portuguese citizenship. The Brazilian has lived in the country since 2007 after being acquired from Brazilian club Vila Nova. Fernando has yet to dress for the National side of Brazil and this could open the doors for a call up to the Portuguese National Team.

The 26 year old, has always dreamed of wearing the Brazilian National Team jersey but does not look in the plans of current coach Scolari.
Portuguese citizenship will open more doors for Fernando as this would guarantee him free movement within the European Union

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

A look at the Portuguese League


The 2013/14 season is officially under way in Portugal and PSNL take a look at all clubs key additions and departures and what we can expect.

FC Porto- The defending champs are already out of the gate with a flying start winning three in a row, former Pacos Ferreira coach Paulo Fonseca has the team in form early and this could spell trouble for the other clubs in Portugal.

Key Additions: Lica (Estoril), Juan Quintero (Delfino), Josue (P. Ferreira)

Key Departures: Joao Moutinho, J. Rodriguez (Monaco), Atsu (Chelsea)

Where club will finish: Top 3 in Portugal

Benfica- Last seasons runner ups, our out of the gate slowly, earning 4 points in thier first three games, the Cardozo saga looks to be taking a toll on the club but with the transfer window closing the team needs to put this behind them and move forward.

Key Additions: Markovic (Partizan), Silvio (A. Madrid), Cortez (Sao Paulo), Djuricic (Heerenveen)

Key Departures: Melagarejo (Kubin)

Where club will finish: Top 3 in Portugal

P. Ferreira- Already have had a disappointing start to the season after being knocked out of Champions League, they will be hard pressed to repeat their performance from last season, start they season with 5 losses in a row in all competitions.

Key Additions: Bebe (Man United), Carlao (Braga)

Key Departures: Antunes (Malaga), Figueiras (Sevilla), Josue (FC Porto), L. Carlos (Braga)

Where club will finish: Top 10 in Portugal

Braga- Have already fallen out of European competitions this season, they club will now need to focus solely on play in Portugal, this should spell good news for their fans once they shake off the disappointing loss in the Europa League.

Key Additions: Eduardo (Genoa), Edinho (Malaga), Joaozinho (Beira Mar)

Key Departures: Ruben Amorim (Benfica), Hugo Viana (Al Ahli), Vinicuis (APOEL)

Where club will finish: Top 3 in Portugal

Estoril- Have shown impressive form in Europe and the league and will play in Group Stage of Europa League, there style of play keeps teams on their toes, look for a few surprises by this club this season.

Key Additions: Y. Tavares (Chievo), Balboa (Beira Mar), F. Goncalves (Moreirense)

Key Departures: Lica, Carlos Eduardo (FC Porto), Vitoria (Benfica)

Where club will finish: Top 5 in Portugal

Rio Ave- The club continues to win against its weaker sisters in the league and this should continue this season. The club could sneak into Europe with some key victories.

Key Additions: Ukra (FC Porto), Salin (Maritimo), Lionn, Edimar (Cluj)

Key Departures: Ivo Pinto (D. Zagreb), V. Gomes (Videoton)

Where club will finish: Top 8 in Portugal

Sporting- After an embarrassing campaign last season, Sporting looks to get back to the top of the league, they have no distractions with European games and have started the season in decent form, look for the club to move back where they belong this season.

Key Additions: Montero (Seattle), Jefferson (Brasil LTDA), Mauricio (Recife), Slimani (Belouizdad)

Key Departures: Wolfswinkel (Norwich), Ilori (Liverpool), M. Lopes (Lyon), Schaars (PSV)

Where club will finish: Top 5 in Portugal

Nacional- The club will need to win games, the only way to get into the top of the league, a middle of the pack team which shouldnt change this season. They will be happy finishing ahead of Madeira rivals Maritimo.

Key Additions: Djaniny (Benfica), Rafa (Penafiel)

Key Departures: Manuel Da Costa (Lokomotiv)

Where club will finish: Top 10 in Portugal

Guimaraes- The Taca de Portugal Champions, have a lot on their plate this season with European play and action in Portugal, lack depth to make a run towards top of league.

Key Additions: Moussa (Etoile),  A. Santos (Sporting)

Key Departures: Balde (Celtic), J. Ribeiro (Olhanense), Soudani (D. Zagreb)

Where club will finish: Top 10 in Portugal

Maritimo- One of the tougher clubs among minnows to defeat at home in Portugal, the will need this to continue if they are to have any chance of moving up the standings this season.

Key Additions: D. Pereira (Parma), R. Lindoso (Madureira)

Key Departures: Suk (Al Alhi), Salin (Rio Ave)

Where club will finish: Top 8 in Portugal

Academica- The club looks to continue its fall, losing some key players in the off season and not replacing their quality, the will have a hard time reaching the Top 10.

Key Additions: Buval (Vejle), Diogo Valente (Cluj), Manoel (Braga)

Key Departues: Eduardo, Cisse (Sporting), Edinho (Malaga), F.Ferreira (Malaga)

Where the club will finish: Bottom 5 in Portugal

Setubal- The club seems to hang in there in the first division but their there luck could run out this season, look for them to battle it out not to be relegated for most of the season.

Key Additions: Dani (Xanthi), Cohene (P. Ferreira), B. Sabino (Nacional)

Key Departures: Bruno Amaro (Arouca), Pedro Santos (Braga)

Where the club will finish: Bottom 5 in Portugal

Gil Vicente- Looks to be one of the more improved sides in Portugal and could easily be 3-0-0 to start the season if not for some bad luck, this will be the surprise team of Portugal much in the way Pacos was last season.

Key Additions: Diogo Viana, Gabriel (Penafiel), Paulinho (Trofense)

Key Departures: Luis Carlos (Zawisza), Paulo Jorge (Belenenses)

Where the club will finish: Top 5 in Portugal

Olhanense- Club will once again fight all season to stay in the top flight division of soccer, it will be a long season for the club and its fans.

Key Additions: J. Ribeiro, Bastos (Guimaraes), Mehmeti (Palermo)

Key Departures: V. Fernandes (Platanis), Ivanildo (Academica)

Where the club will finish: Bottom 5 in Portugal

Belenenses- The one time Portuguese champs make their return to the top league in Portugal and will look to stay there, the club will need to find its form, losing the first three games of the season.

Key Additions: Miguel Rosa, Deyverson (Benfica), Paulo Jorge (Gil Vicente)

Key Departures: Salem (RC Arbaa)

Where the club will finish: Bottom 5 in Portugal

Arouca- The weak sister of last seasons promoted squads, the club will be in tough to not return, the club and fans should be proud of their achievement but it will be short lived.

Key Additions: Bruno Amaro (Setubal), D. Simao (Benfica), Romario (V de Gama)

Key Departures: None

Where the club will finish: Bottom 5 in Portugal

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Edinho joins Braga from Academica

Braga have made their first signing for the 2013/14 season, picking up Academica striker Edinho on a 2 year contract. The 30 year old scored 18 goals in all competitions this season and returns to a team he played for from the 2004 to 2007 seasons.

The Portuguese forward has made five appearances for the National side and joins a host of Portuguese National players on the Braga squad.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Paulo Bento's squad for World Cup Qualifiers

Portugal get set to continue their qualifying campaign for World Cup 2014 in Brazil and play Isreal on the road March 22 in a battle for second spot in the group, then return home to face Azerbaijan on the 26th. Paulo Bento has announced the following players will be part of the squad for the next round of games.

Goalkeepers

Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Beto (Sevilla)
Eduardo (Istanbul BB)

Defense

Pepe (Real Madrid)
Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
Silvio (Deportivo)
Joao Pereira (Valencia)
Bruno Alves (Zenit)
Luis Neto (Zenit)
Sereno (Valladolid)

Midfielders

Raul Meireles (Fenerbache)
Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev)
Joao Moutinho (FC Porto)
Custodio (Braga)
Paulo Machado (Olympiakos)
Carlos Martins (Benfica)

Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Helder Postiga (Zaragoza)
Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)
Hugo Almeida (Besiktas)
Danny (Zenit)
Varela (FC Porto)
Pizzi (Deportivo)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sporting set to launch own TV Channel


Sporting are set to launch their own TV channel following in the foot steps of Lisbon rival Benfica. Sporting's new TV channel should be on the air in August 2013, just in time for the start of the new season in Portugal. Sporting was looking to launch on its club anniversary date of June 1 but the launch was not able to be obtained by then.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Benfica's Lima would be honoured to win the Quinas jersey

Benfica striker Lima is pondering a call up by the Portuguese National squad, the 29 year old Brazilian is a dual citizen and has been applying his trade in Portugal since 2003.

The striker who moved to Benfica from Braga this season and has chipped in 8 goals in all competitions this season for the Eagles after scoring 28 last season for Braga. Lima would be honoured to get a call up to Portugal by head coach Paulo Bento.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Marseille looks at loan move for Benfica's Bruno Cesar


French club Marseille is looking at submitting a proposal to Benfica for midfielder Bruno Cesar come January. Benfica's price tag on the sale of the Brazilian is $15 million euros and it is said that the French side is more inclined to borrow the player then purchase him.

The 24 year old has seen his playing time diminish in his second season with the Eagles and has only started in two regular season games so far this campaign. Cesar chipped in 13 goals last season in all competitions and has failed to score this season.

The arrival of Salvio and Enzo Perez this season to Benfica has the Brazilian thinking a move may be in his best interests come January.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Liverpool turn their eyes to Benfica's Cardozo

Liverpool have turned their attention to Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo as a possible replacement up front, if Luis Suarez is sold by the northern English club. Cardozo already has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season and is signed with Benfica until the summer of 2014.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sporting looking at former Maritimo striker Baba

Sporting are said to be in talks with Sevilla for former Maritimo striker Baba. Baba who applied his trade with the Madeira club for 4 and a half seasons, is not getting the minutes he would like at the Spanish club, who are disappointed in the Senegal player's performance this season. Sporting are keen to add to their attack after a dismal start to the season, some sources say that Sevilla could be interested in Sporting's Daniel Carrico as part of any deal.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Paulo Bento squad for Portugal friendly against Gabon

Paulo Bento has named his squad for the upcoming friendly against Gabon on November 14/12. The national team coach will be looking at a new set of wingers for the encounter as both Nani and Ronaldo are sidelined for the encounter.

Portugal roster:

Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Beto (Braga)
Eduardo (Istanbul BB)

Silvio (Atletico Madrid)
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
Bruno Alves (Zenit)
Luis Neto (Siena)
Nelson (Real Betis)
Joao Pereira (Valencia)

Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev)
Paulo Machado (Olympiakos)
Ruben Amorim (Braga)
Joao Moutinho (FC Porto)
Custodio (Braga)
Ruben Micael (Braga)

Helder Barbosa (Braga)
Eder (Braga)
Helder Postiga (Zaragoza)
Varela (FC Porto)
Hugo Almeida (Beskitas)
Pizzi (Deportivo)

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Man U offer Chicharito for Porto's Rodriguez

Porto's James Rodriguez has caught the eye of Manchester United coach Alex Fergusen. Fergusen is determined to bring Rodriguez to United when the transfer window opens again in January and feels that Rodriguez would be the ideal replacement for Nani and to convince Porto to let Rodriguez go, Fergusen is offering Mexican Chicharito to any deal for the Porto star.

Monday, October 08, 2012

P.F.A announces Player of the Month for August/September

The P.F.A have announced the Player of the Month in the Portuguese League for the months of August/September and have named Porto's James Rodriguez to receive the award.

Rodriguez edged out Benfica players Salvio and Lima for the first monthly award of the season.

Paulo Bento announces squad for World Cu qualifiers


Paulo Bento has named his squad for the upcoming qualifiers for World Cup 2014, Portugal plays on the 12th in Russia and then receive Northern Ireland at home on the 16th.

Portugal roster:

Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Beto (Braga)
Eduardo (Istanbul BB)

Miguel Lopes (FC Porto)
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
Bruno Alves (Zenit)
Luis Neto (Siena)
Sereno (Valladolid)
Joao Pereira (Valencia)

Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev)
Raul Meireles (Chelsea)
Ruben Amorim (Braga)
Joao Moutinho (FC Porto)
Custodio (Braga)
Ruben Micael (Braga)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Nani (Man United)
Helder Postiga (Zaragoza)
Varela (FC Porto)
Nelson Oliveira (Deportivo)
Pizzi (Deportivo)

Monday, September 03, 2012

Paulo Bento announces squad for World Cup qualifier


Paulo Bento has named his squad for the upcoming qualifiers for World Cup 2014, Portugal plays on the 7th in Luxembourg and then receive Azerbaijan at home on the 11th.

Portugal roster:

Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Beto (Braga)
Eduardo (Istanbul BB)

Miguel Lopes (FC Porto)
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
Bruno Alves (Zenit)
Nuno Coelho (Braga)
Ricardo Costa (Valencia)
Joao Pereira (Valencia)

Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev)
Raul Meireles (Chelsea)
Ruben Amorim (Braga)
Joao Moutinho (FC Porto)
Custodio (Braga)
Ruben Micael (Braga)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Nani (Man United)
Eder (Academica)
Helder Postiga (Zaragoza)
Varela (FC Porto)
Nelson Oliveira (Deportivo)
Pizzi (Deportivo)

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Benfica showing interest in Malaga's Eliseu

Benfica have their eye on Portuguese International and Malaga winger Eliseu. The 28 year old has played 133 games for the Spanish side, scoring 16 goals and with Malaga suffering from financial woes at the moment the Eagles are hoping that they can land Eliseu at a discounted price.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Olhanense sign former Portugal International Ricardo

Olhanense has signed former Portugal international starting keeper Ricardo as the newest member of the club, the 36 year old is signed for the season and his leadership will be a boost for the Southern Portugal club.