U21 Euro squad also announced

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has announced a 25-man squad for Portugal’s first set of qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup, against Azerbaijan, Serbia and Luxembourg.

Sporting’s superb season is reflected in the debut callups of left wing-back Nuno Mendes and holding midfielder João Palhinha, while Arsenal right-back Cédric Soares is recalled after a long absence. Eintracht Frankfurt striker André Silva and Benfica winger Rafa Silva are also recalled. 

Ambition

“This is not a time for experimentation,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “This is the start of qualifying for the World Cup, it’s a fundamental triple-header, in a competition that Portugal have never won and which, as I’ve said several times, we are aiming to win.”

The ambitious nature of Santos’ approach to the Qatar World Cup was further emphasised when he was asked about Ronaldo’s state of mind ahead of the resumption of international football. “Ronaldo always has extra motivation when he represents the national team and he has a big dream which is to help us win the World Cup.”

In relation to the two debutants, Santos said: “it’s important to me to evaluate João Palhinha given the positive season he’s had, especially as he has not played much for the Portugal youth levels and he plays in a different system for his club.

“Nuno Mendes also plays in a different system but for the Portugal U21s he plays in a four-man defence and he is a quality player who will have no problem adapting. Our full-backs usually contribute to our attack, and Nuno can do this.”

Portugal start by playing their “home” match against Azerbaijan in Turin on Wednesday 24 March because of travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Three days later they lock horns with Serbia, in Belgrade, and then play Luxembourg away on 30 March.

Full Portugal squad

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patrício (Wolves), Rui Silva (Granada)

Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Cédric Soares (Arsenal), Domingos Duarte (Granada), Pepe (FC Porto), José Fonte (Lille), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Nuno Mendes (Sporting)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (PSG), João Palhinha (Sporting), Rúben Neves (Wolves), João Moutinho (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Lille), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto)

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Pedro Neto (Wolves), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Rafa Silva (Benfica), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt)

 



 

U21 Euro squad announced

Meanwhile, yesterday Portugal U21 coach Rui Jorge selected the squad who will represent the Seleção at the Under-21 European Championship 

Portugal are in Group D and will play Croatia (25/03), England (28/03) and Switzerland (31/03). All three matches will be played in Slovenia.

The Seleção need to finish in the top two positions to make the final stage of the championship which will be played in June.

Portugal are aiming to win this competition for the first time in their history. Should they do so, it would be the perfect way for Rui Jorge to crown 10 years in his post as U21 coach. 

Portugal U21 squad for Euro 2021

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), João Virgínia (Everton), Luís Maximiano (Sporting)

Defenders: Diogo Leite (FC Porto), Diogo Queirós (Famalicão), Diogo Dalot (Milan), Pedro Pereira (Crotone), Thierry Correia (Valencia), Tiago Djaló (Lille), Tomás Tavares (Farense)

Midfielders: Daniel Bragança (Sporting), Fábio Vieira (FC Porto), Filipe Soares (Moreirense), Florentino Luís (Monaco), Gedson Fernandes (Galatasaray), Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting), Vítor Ferreira (Wolves)

Forwards: Dany Mota (Monza), Trincão (Barcelona), Francisco Conceição (FC Porto), Jota (Valladolid), Rafael Leão (Milan), Tiago Tomás (Sporting)

by Tom Kundert

 

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I’m not going to type all day over here because god knows I certainly could. I’ll just say this, there’s absolutely no point in bringing Joao Moutinho to this team anymore, we don’t need his “leadership” so he’s just taking up a roster spot....

I’m not going to type all day over here because god knows I certainly could. I’ll just say this, there’s absolutely no point in bringing Joao Moutinho to this team anymore, we don’t need his “leadership” so he’s just taking up a roster spot. Which leads me to my next issue, that spot should 1000% go to Rafael Leao, I don’t watch the Portuguese league regularly because I live in New York and I don’t have RTPI, so I can’t comment on Rafa Silva’s consistency during the year. What I have absolutely no doubt about is that Rafa Silva from what I’ve seen offers nothing that guys like Neto and Jota already offer though so what’s the point? I don’t really think Andre Silva serves a purpose because he’ll always be on the bench if Ronaldo plays. However, I recognize that he’s having a great year and Ronaldo should play sparingly at his age right now. Basically keep Ronaldo healthy enough and let him score easy goals to get the record and sub in Andre Silva in the 65th minute. I truly hope that Santos realizes that what Leao offers us isn’t something you can easily find, we’re not France where we have 10 wingers just sitting around like Leao.

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Justin, IPTV dude. Its 15$ a month and you get all Portugal channels and they actually work. You can even order a pre-loaded android box with it. I use the stbEMU app for my IPTV but there are hundreds. Try different ones out and see which works...

Justin, IPTV dude. Its 15$ a month and you get all Portugal channels and they actually work. You can even order a pre-loaded android box with it. I use the stbEMU app for my IPTV but there are hundreds. Try different ones out and see which works best in your area. I use an Nvidia Shield as my android box.

If you lived close by I could show you but, lol.

KODI is ASS, dont believe anyone telling you different. Pic stinks, consistency stinks. Just my warning as you will get friends pushing this trash!!

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I can’t say that I’m completely surprised with the call-ups. Palhinha and Nuno Mendes getting much deserved spots for the senior team. I think it’s time that Palhinha takes over the ever-important holding midfield role. Disappointed that Pedro...

I can’t say that I’m completely surprised with the call-ups. Palhinha and Nuno Mendes getting much deserved spots for the senior team. I think it’s time that Palhinha takes over the ever-important holding midfield role. Disappointed that Pedro Gonçalves has been left out, I’m not sure what else he has to prove given his form this season.

Cedric’s bench performances and rare starts for Arsenal have seemed to be enough to warrant a spot on this team. Understandably, Ricardo has been injured but would have made more sense to call up Manafa or Semedo.

For the first time in a long time (I’m talking like since we had Couto or prime Ricardo Carvalho) I’m confident in our defence. Pepe and Dias are world-class. Seeing how Guerreiro and Cancelo adapt to sitting a little further back rather than flying-forward with their respective clubs will be interesting, but the talent is undoubtedly there.

Força Portugal!

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For the Senior squad, overall a good squad, I would replaced Neto with Ricardo Horta ( he deserves a call up).
For the U21 squad; I would have Neto in there; and would investigate if Angel Gomes (from Boavista) would be interested to represent...

For the Senior squad, overall a good squad, I would replaced Neto with Ricardo Horta ( he deserves a call up).
For the U21 squad; I would have Neto in there; and would investigate if Angel Gomes (from Boavista) would be interested to represent Portugal, and replace either Vítor Ferreira or Fábio Vieira due to lack of playing time

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the U21 team looks really well

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In the under 21s why is no fabio silva and david carmo, they are the future of selecao

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Carmo is injured with an ankle fracture. And personally, I rate Tomas and Leao over Fabio Silva at the moment. Tomas is a regular for Sporting, who is top of the league, and Leao is a starter for Milan, who are challenging for the title.

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To all who think Joao Moutinho doesn't deserve a call-up anymore.

If anyone remembers the last game with France, Portugal showed up confusion in midfield.

Moutinho entered the pitch with 25 min remaining in the second half.
For 25 min...

To all who think Joao Moutinho doesn't deserve a call-up anymore.

If anyone remembers the last game with France, Portugal showed up confusion in midfield.

Moutinho entered the pitch with 25 min remaining in the second half.
For 25 min straight, France never saw the ball until the end of the game.

Expertise is always needed.

He is past his prime in athleticism, but second to none in the national team, regarding tactical knowledge.

All things considered, I think that this team, barring injuries, is a serious contender for the EURO's this summer.

It is too early to talk about the World Cup.

Portugal is a top 4 in Europe today and a top 10 team globally.

Always and forever, FORCA PORTUGAL!

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Hey Will, how is Portugal top 4 in Europe and top 10 team globally? Europe is much, much better than the rest of the world. Portugal is currently way better than Argentina, and still better than Brazil. Which teams out of Europe are supposed to...

Hey Will, how is Portugal top 4 in Europe and top 10 team globally? Europe is much, much better than the rest of the world. Portugal is currently way better than Argentina, and still better than Brazil. Which teams out of Europe are supposed to tower over Portugal, Germany, Spain, England, Belgium etc, from maybe, Brazil? Mexico? Colombia? Chile? Japan? Korea? Australia? Cmon man, not hating on World Cup, but Portugal is top 4 in Europe, and top 4 in the World as well...

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I actually only put France ahead of Portugal at this point and not by much

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Hey Jimmy. I took into consideration how Portugal tends to struggle with the aggressive style of Latin American teams like Chile and Uruguay. Portugal is certainly a better team than Argentina and a better organized team than Brazil.

I think...

Hey Jimmy. I took into consideration how Portugal tends to struggle with the aggressive style of Latin American teams like Chile and Uruguay. Portugal is certainly a better team than Argentina and a better organized team than Brazil.

I think Portugal is a role model in football investment today. Considering they have won trophies in futsal, football and beach football, shows a constant growth and love of the game. As well as a modern infrastructure for developing players.

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Overall a quality selection! Im a bit suprised by cedric's call up given ricardo is back playing after injury and semedo plays regularly amd his form is back. I also agree wih the other poat in that rafa is a wasted spot in that he doesnt score...

Overall a quality selection! Im a bit suprised by cedric's call up given ricardo is back playing after injury and semedo plays regularly amd his form is back. I also agree wih the other poat in that rafa is a wasted spot in that he doesnt score much, he is way down pecking order to even play and given that Santos mentioned expermintation, pedro goncalves and leao, one of whom would fit those comments and frankly, offer more given their respective seasons. Possibly, Rui Jorge has begged Santos not to take them.

Danilo will have to up his game because palhinha is his direct conpetition. Nuno mendes is a great foil for teams with more pace on the left.

David Carmo is unlucky with that injury or he might have received his first call up.

Looking forward to the upcoming matches it the key is to play the best players in the their best positions....or they become ineffective!! If i see bruno out wide and not as a no10 im going to lose the plot-his output is far too high to play him out of position. The same goes for everyone else.

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@will

The problem with your argument about Joao moutinho in that France game is you’re missing the context. Our midfield in that France game was Joao Mario, Adrian Silva and Renato. Joao Mario and Adrian Silva combined aren’t as good as Bruno...

@will

The problem with your argument about Joao moutinho in that France game is you’re missing the context. Our midfield in that France game was Joao Mario, Adrian Silva and Renato. Joao Mario and Adrian Silva combined aren’t as good as Bruno Fernandes. We still have Renato(better today) and neves, palhinha, Danilo, oliviera etc. We also have guys like Bernardo Silva on this team that will retain the ball all day. My point is not so much that I think moutinho isn’t good enough, it’s more about how we have depth where he is. If it’s up to moutinho taking a spot or Leao I really don’t even think it’s close at this point.

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You got it all wrong here. Will was talking about Portugal's last match with France in the Nations League, not the Euro or World Cup. And in that last match, there were no Joao Mario, Adrian Silva or Renato Sanches. You're the one who is missing...

You got it all wrong here. Will was talking about Portugal's last match with France in the Nations League, not the Euro or World Cup. And in that last match, there were no Joao Mario, Adrian Silva or Renato Sanches. You're the one who is missing the context.

Portugal started the match with William Carvalho, Danilo and Bruno Fernandes in midfield. They were totally outplayed by Rabiot and Kante. Bruno Fernandes had little impact in that game. Just like Will said, it was only after Joao Moutinho came in that Portugal's game started to look better.

Bruno Fernandes has never showed up at national level. Still, I would like to see him start every match just because of his namesake and for his huge impact at club level. But having Joao Moutinho as backup is always the ideal choice and Santos knows that.

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You are correct, France did over run the midfield. There is no like for Kante though, guy is a beast. But the way Portugal looked was dreadful. Essentially Moutinho is a deep lying play-maker, almost a DM with huge passing and shooting range but...

You are correct, France did over run the midfield. There is no like for Kante though, guy is a beast. But the way Portugal looked was dreadful. Essentially Moutinho is a deep lying play-maker, almost a DM with huge passing and shooting range but without the grit. He makes up for it with positioning and a deadly transition game. I can see Santos using him or Neves against teams with a less deadly midfield.

Rafa offers little, no clue why he is there compared to Neto (game changer) and Leao (another game changer). If we need somone to dribble into the corner kick flags and miss open nets, Rafa is the guy! I am guessing he is the token Benfica crony to appease the lunatic fans.

Perhaps Sergio O is the answer. Hard, strong, gritty but with a good passing range and can score. Bruno plays very timid for Portugal but with Man U he is the main man. I think he needs to take charge and not be afraid to piss some people off by doing so. Portugal need Bruno at his best to win, I dont see them doing so without him at the top of his game.

Fernando Santos just said this isnt the time to experiment so we know what that means (i disagree with him on this but who the f am I?).

Hope it works out but Portugal wont be at their full potential under this setup. I think Santos should go Man City at the WC and just replace Man City players for like playing Portuguese players. Why do in again with the same plan that didnt work last time?

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@Dhazer How about we leave the clubism out of NT bud. I too do not think that Rafa has been in good enough form to be called up but to say to appease the Benfica lunatic fans is a little uncalled for, not to mention, if you look at the roster,...

@Dhazer How about we leave the clubism out of NT bud. I too do not think that Rafa has been in good enough form to be called up but to say to appease the Benfica lunatic fans is a little uncalled for, not to mention, if you look at the roster, you will see that there are a few more Benfica players on it. This is NT. This is above our clubs.

Guys, we will never agree 100 % with the call ups any coach makes. NEVER. Sometimes coaches do not just called up the most talented players, he also calls up players that he feels will fill a needed role.

All the players being mentioned that should be called up and have not do have merit in being called up, no question, its just a case that we are stacked. There is only so much room.

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