I was asked a couple weeks ago to contribute to The Elastico
for their year in review for the Portuguese Liga.
It just came out today, and it was my first official post for someone else. I'm pretty proud of it (despite the grammatical errors in it), it took me about 40-50 hours to translate and look around and make sure I wasn't missing too much.
I'm sure I am, and I'm sure some people will disagree with things I've said, but if you're inclined, please check it out here!
if this isn't allowed, I'm sorry! :)
Portugal Prepares For Norway Rematch
Cris feeds a stunned little boy.
Here we go again! Portugal faces Norway today in their second matchup of the Euro 2012 qualifiers. You may recall that we lost 1-0 last fall, but to be fair, we didn't have a real coach! And, well, let's hope Eduardo's gotten that
out of his system
or we play Rui
. One thing's for sure: it's a tight race. At 10 points, Norway currently leads the group, with Portugal and Denmark following close behind with 7. Our goal difference is identical to Norway's, so a win would put us on top. Not going to lie; back in September, I didn't think we were going to enter June with a chance of taking the lead, but there's a competent coach and motivated players for you. Fingers crossed! I have faith in our boys.
The match is at 22:00 CET (21:00 GMT and 16:00 EST) and will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com for those of you in the US.Squad list:Goalkeepers:
Eduardo (Genoa), Rui Patricio (Sporting) Ventura (FC Porto).Defenders:
Joao Pereira (Sporting), Bruno Alves (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Rolando (FC Porto), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica), Silvio (Braga).Midfielders:
Andre Santos (Sporting), Raul Meireles (Liverpool), Ruben Micael (FC Porto), Duda (Malaga), Carlos Martins (Benfica), Joao Moutinho (FC Porto), Paulo Machado (Toulouse).Forwards:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Helder Postiga (Zenit), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Varela (FC Porto).( A word from our captain.Collapse )
( You want pictures? I've got pictures!Collapse )
171 goals later...
This isn't strictly a Portuguese NT post, but Sporting's game against Naval today (20:15 GMT/WET; 9:15am EST) will probably be Liedson's last game in the Portuguese Liga, in anticipation of his return to Corinthians in his native land of Brazil. It will also likely be the end of his short, but important spell at the NT. Regardless of what (if any) Portuguese club you root for, there's no denying that this man is a legend and has positively influenced the sport:
The bald figures are as follows:
Liédson has scored 171 goals in 312 games for Sporting, which equates to a strike rate of approximately 0.5 goals per game.
He was Sporting's top goal scorer for all seven of his full seasons, from 2003-2009.
At 63kg (138 pounds), he was the top scorer in the league in 2004/2005 and 2006/2007.
He scored two crucial goals in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, including one that saved the NT from the brink of elimination against Denmark.
He sits 6th on the club's list of all-time goal scorers, with only two players from the modern era (Manuel Fernandes and Rui Jordão) ahead of him.
Following the departure of João Moutinho in the summer of 2010, Liédson stood alone as a symbol of Sporting, at a time of upheaval. His slender frame meant that those long-rumoured offers from Europe's elite never materialised, yet in Portugal, he stands amongst the modern greats. And after Friday's home game with Naval, he'll be gone. He will be acutely missed.
( Obrigado, Levezinho.Collapse )
Portugal squad: Machado and Veloso in, Varela and Coentrao out Goalkeepers:
Eduardo (Genoa), Rui Patricio (Sporting)Defenders:
Bruno Alves (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Bosingwa (Chelsea), Joao Pereira (Sporting), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Pepe (Real Madrid)Midfielders:
Carlos Martins (Benfica), Joao Moutinho (FC Porto), Manuel Fernandes (Valencia), Paulo Machado (Toulouse), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Raul Meireles (Liverpool)Forwards:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Helder Postiga (Sporting), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Nani (Manchester United)source: http://www.portugoal.net/index.php/national-team/18505-portugal-call-ups-for-machado-a-veloso
( Congrats to Danny and Bruno Alves! Collapse )
Zenit crowned champions in Russia( Congrats to Danny and Bruno Alves! Collapse )
Real had been in the hunt for a left-back prior to the season starting, but no move ever materialised, however when asked about international team-mate Fabio Coentrao and the possibility of him moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, the former Manchester United winger welcomed a move for him.
He said: “Why not? He is a great player, he is having a great season like he had last year, he had a good World Cup and he is playing really well. Why not?
“As I said, Fabio Coentrao is a great player but there are more quality players in Portugal, not only to play at Real Madrid, but also at other top clubs, like Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. Portuguese football has great quality and many, many quality players.”
The 25-year-old also discussed the possibility of eventually accomplishing success at international level with Portugal, under newly-appointed head coach Paulo Bento.
He concluded: “Of course I would like to win something with the Seleccao. It is not too soon, nor too late, and we should have the ambition to win something important. We have been very close before, but I think we must keep dreaming. We have great players, a great coach and we have to think big. I think it is possible; we also have to have luck, among other things. I am hopeful that we will soon win something for the country."
“The team has improved a lot and that was seen in the last two matches. I will not say that one coach is better than another, because they are different people. But the truth is that Paulo Bento has arrived and he is showing he is a great coach, he has a good character, just like he did when he was a player. We have to continue, because nothing has been won. The qualification is hard, but things will get better.”Full article!
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Deco: "Queiroz never a great coach."
The increasingly bitter war of words between Carlos Queiroz and Deco has resumed, after the ex-Seleccao star insisted that the recently departed former Portugal boss has achieved little as a first-team coach.
The public feud between the pair developed in the aftermath of the World Cup, following an apparent clash after Portugal’s opening group game with Ivory Coast. Deco publicly criticised Queiroz’s decisions during the game, and the midfielder has since suggested that the Portugal boss attempted to remove him from the squad during the tournament.
Earlier this month, Queiroz labelled Deco “a former player still in activity” and the 33-year-old, who is now back in his native Brazil with Fluminense, responded by questioning whether Queiroz has ever had any credentials worthy of presenting himself as a genuine senior football manager.
“I don’t see Queiroz as a coach. As an assistant, he won a few things, but there’s never been any evidence that he’s a great coach,” Deco said.
“It’s certain that today I am not the same player as I was a few years ago, but I can look back into the past and see good things I have achieved, unlike Queiroz who, as a coach, has never won anything.
“Carlos Queiroz did not have to call me up for the World Cup; he could have left me off his list. I do not see why I should apologise to anyone, because I am not a player to cause problems. The coach is the one who chooses and he does not have to pick anyone. So after calling me up, he should not have taken the attitude he did.”