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Monday, September 7, 2015

Portugal Men's National Soccer Team News


September 7, 2015 - Miguel Veloso scores late winner over Albania
"Albania 0-1 Portugal. The visitors took a big step towards the finals as Miguel Veloso's added-time header proved the difference in Elbasan.... The visitors looked set to lose their perfect record in Albania as they headed into added time with Nani's effort against the woodwork the closest they had come. However, midfielder Miguel Veloso thumped in an unstoppable header in the 92nd minute to ensure Fernando Santos' men gained revenge for the matchday one shock in Aveiro." - UEFA

August 28, 2015 - roster named for France & Albania matches
  • Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Beto (FC Sevilla/ESP) 
  • Defenders: Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco/FRA), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe/TUR), José Fonte (Southampton/ENG), Cédric (Southampton/ENG), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg/GER), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient/FRA) 
  • Midfielders: Joao Mario (Sporting), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/FRA), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Danilo (FC Porto), Adrien Silva (Sporting), Andre André (FC Porto), Bernardo Silva (Monaco/FRA) 
  • Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Danny (Zenit St-Pétersburg/RUS), Eder (Swansea/ENG), Nani (Fenerbahce/TUR), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR), Silvestre Varela (FC Porto)
June 16, 2015 - Eder scores in win over Italy
"Eder's long wait for an international goal came to an end as Portugal won Tuesday's friendly in Stade de Geneve 1-0 to consign Antonio Conte to his first defeat at Italy coach. Portugal had to contend without talismanic captain Cristiano Ronaldo - who is reported to have been allowed to go on holiday rather than play in Switzerland - against Conte's side, but Eder's first goal for his country ensured they came out on top. The Braga striker had failed to find the back of the net in 17 appearances for Portugal since making his debut back in 2012, but he converted an exquisite cross from Ricardo Quaresma." - Goal

June 13, 2015 - Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick in win over Armenia
"Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick gave 10-man Portugal a 3-2 win at Armenia in a 2016 European Championship qualifier on Saturday. Marcos Pizzelli scored from a free kick for Armenia in the 14th minute, but Ronaldo converted a penalty to level before the half-hour mark The Ballon d'Or holder then added two more goals in the 55th and 58th to secure victory and keep Portugal top of Group I. Portugal's Tiago Cardoso was sent off with a second yellow card in the 62nd, and Hrayr Mkoyan scored the hosts' second goal 10 minutes later." - USA Today

March 29, 2015 - Ricardo Carvalho & Fábio Coentrão score in win over Serbia
"Portugal saw off Serbia in Lisbon to establish themselves at the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I after making it three wins in a row. Since beginning with a home defeat by Albania, Portugal have found their feet and their positive run continued as Ricardo Carvalho headed in an early opener. Nemanja Matić's spectacular volley brought Radovan Ćurčić's team momentarily level, but Fábio Coentrão decided matters moments later to give his side their first victory against Serbia at the third attempt." - UEFA

November 18, 2014 - Raphael Guerreiro scores in win over Argentina
"Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced off at Old Trafford, a friendly in which Raphael Guerreiro gave Portugal the 1-0 win over Argentina at the death.... The game was an anti-climax. It seemed certain to end in stalemate. Instead, two of Portugal's substitutes combined. Ricardo Quaresma crossed and Raphael Guerreiro plunged forward to score a diving header for the winner. This was a wonderful moment for him, on just his second cap, while Quaresma, albeit briefly, offered a reminder of why he was briefly deemed a brighter prospect than Ronaldo." - ESPN

November 14, 2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo scores in win over Armenia
"Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue as his late winner saw Portugal snatch a narrow 1-0 win over Armenia. In netting the winner, the Real Madrid forward became the all-time leading goalscorer in European Championship qualification and finals combined, his 23rd strike seeing him overtake Jon Dahl Tomasson and  Hakan Sukur. It was his 25th goal of the season for club and country, and settled a dour affair which offered little in the way of attacking quality.... The forward continued to pose a threat, and duly delivered the telling blow 18 minutes from time. Substitute Ricardo Quaresma brought a save out of Berezovski and after Nani stabbed the loose ball towards goal, Ronaldo was on hand to bundle over the line." - Goal

October 14, 2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo scores in win over Denmark
"Cristiano Ronaldo scored in injury time to give Portugal a 1-0 win over Denmark in a tense Euro 2016 qualifier in Group I on Tuesday. Ronaldo rose to meet Ricardo Quaresma's cross and bury his header past Kasper Schmeichel to claim all three points in the 95th minute. Denmark's best chance of the match came when Pierre Hojbjerg muscled his way through and fed Christian Eriksen, who teed up Michael Krohn-Dehli to fire in a shot that came back off the far post." - Daily Mail

October 3, 2014 -  roster updates
"Portugal coach Fernando Santos started his makeover of the national team by naming five new players and recalling three veterans to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in his first squad selection on Friday.... As he did with Greece, which he led to the second round at the World Cup, the 59-year-old Santos placed his hopes on talented youngsters as he picked defenders Jose Fonte, Cedric and Ivo Pinto, and midfielders Adrien Silva and Joao Mario, who have never played for Portugal. He also recalled three players in their 30s — Tiago, Danny and Ricardo Carvalho. Santos coaxed Tiago out of his international retirement, while Danny and Carvalho had fallen out of favor with Bento." - Idaho Statesman

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/03/3407759_portugal-coach-santos-picks-5.html?&rh=1#storylink=cpy

June 26, 2014 - Boye & Ronaldo score in win over Ghana, but...
"Portugal knew only a win combined with a defeat for Germany or the United States in the other Group G fixture, plus a significant swing in goal difference, would take them through to the last 16. Germany won the group by beating the USA, who also qualified on goal difference over Portugal. Although Ronaldo netted his first goal of the tournament, the winner, it was his numerous misses that cost Portugal the sizeable victory they needed to make up for the 4-0 mauling they suffered by Germany in their first game. Portugal had taken the lead through a John Boye own goal before Asamoah Gyan equalised for Ghana." - Adelaide Now

June 22, 2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo to Silvestre Varela salvages draw with USA
"Cristiano Ronaldo set up Silvestre Varela for a late equaliser on a hot and humid night in the jungle Sunday to give the Portugal a 2-2 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup.Ronaldo, who has been playing despite a left knee injury, sent in a cross in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Varela scored with a diving header in the last seconds of the match. Nani had scored first for Portugal, shooting past a sprawling Tim Howard in the fifth minute, but the Americans responded in the second half as Portugal seemed to wilt in the stifling heat." - IBN Live

June 10, 2014 - Almeida doubles & Ronaldo returns in win over Ireland
"Hugo Almeida scored two first-half goals and Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the starting lineup as Portugal easily beat Ireland 5-1 on Tuesday. It was the team's final friendly before heading to Brazil for the World Cup.Ronaldo, sidelined with knee and thigh injuries since May 24 when he helped Real Madrid defeat cross-city rival Atletico for the Champions League title, took his first touch less than a minute after kickoff. He sprinted from midfield before hitting a low shot that Irish keeper David Forde easily handled....  Portugal scored a mere 121 seconds into the game when Silvestre Varela dribbled down the right and crossed to an unmarked Almeida, who easily headed it in from the edge of the 6-yard box. The Portuguese doubled their lead in the 20th when Ronaldo sent a ball wide left to Fabio Coentrao. His attempted cross struck the outstretched foot of Irish defender Richard Keough and looped over a hapless Forde before settling in the far side netting for an own-goal.... Portugal restored its three-goal lead on a counter in the 77th. Nani sent in a cross from the left that Vieirinha headed and Forde blocked. But the rebound came straight back to Vieirinha, who volleyed it in.Vieirinha set up another six minutes later, sending a ball to Coentrao, whose right-footed flick beat Forde past his left shoulder." - IBN Live

June 6, 2014 - Bruno Alves scores in win over Mexico
"Portugal went to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., without Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Meireles and Pepe and still came away with a 1-0 win over Mexico thanks to a stoppage time goal by Bruno Alves. The match looked destined for a draw, but a foul gave Portugal a set piece chance in the 93rd minute. Joao Moutinho stepped to the free kick and hit a beauty, and after Alves beat Maza Rodriguez to get free, he met Moutinho's ball with a perfect header right into the corner for the winner." - SB Nation

June 4, 2014 - Christiano Ronaldo injury update
"Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from tendinosis in the region around his left kneecap, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said in a statement on Wednesday. With the World Cup looming, the Fifa Ballon d'Or winner as best footballer of last year, had some bad news about his recent aches and pains. Ronaldo has a "muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitis," the Portuguese Football Association said in a report on his medical issues and those of stars Raul Meireles, Pepe and Beto. The FPF said that Real Madrid forward Ronaldo had undergone "specially adapted, individual" training on Monday but did not give any further details. The World Player of the Year missed last Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Greece with what the FPF described as a left thigh injury." - Emirates247

May 19, 2014 - final World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers:
  • Beto (Sevilha)
  • Eduardo (SC Braga)
  • Rui Patrício (Sporting)
Defenders:
  • André Almeida (Benfica)
  • Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe)
  • Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid)
  • João Pereira (Valência)
  • Neto (Zenit)
  • Pepe (Real Madrid)
  • Ricardo Costa (Valência)
Midfielders: 
  • João Moutinho (Mónaco)
  • Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev)
  • Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe)
  • Rúben Amorim (Benfica)
  • William Carvalho (Sporting)
  • Rafa (SC Braga)
Forwards:
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • Éder (SC Braga)
  • Hélder Postiga (Lazio)
  • Hugo Almeida (Besiktas)
  • Nani (Manchester United)
  • Varela (FC Porto)
  • Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)
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