Fernando Santos has announced the Portugal squad for the upcoming matches against Qatar (friendly) and Luxembourg (World Cup qualifier).

The main news is the debut call-up of Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes.

Also worthy of note are recalls for William Carvalho and Diogo Dalot. 

Matheus Nunes was born in Rio de Janeiro but has lived in Portugal since he was 13 years old. His impressive progression in Sporting’s first team attracted attention on the other side of the Atlantic, and Nunes was selected by Brazil in the previous international break, one month ago.

Nunes, who was eligible to play for Portugal or Brazil, declined the invitation from the country of his birth, and earlier this week revealed he had chosen to represent A Seleção portuguesa instead of A Seleção brasileira.

“I’ve made my decision,” said Nunes, ahead of Sporting’s Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund. “I spoke to both coaches (of Brazil and Portugal). After giving it a lot of thought with my family, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is best to play for Portugal. I think I’m going to be happier here.

“It was the hardest decision I’ve made in my career. I arrived in Portugal aged 13, I feel Portuguese, but when I received the call-up from Brazil it was a very proud moment. Having to decide between one or the other, I would end up gaining whichever I chose, but I think I’ve made the right decision.”

Just three days later, Nunes received news that he will have an immediate opportunity to gauge whether or not he made a sound decision, as Santos named him in Portugal’s 24-man squad. “Matheus Nunes has been knocking on the door of the Seleção for some time, and now that door has opened,” said Santos.

Curiously, Nunes replaces another Brazilian-born midfielder, with Porto midfielder Otávio missing out after picking up an injury in the Champions League encounter against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Both William Carvalho and Diogo Dalot have earned a recall. The Betis midfielder and the Manchester United right-back were part of the Euro 2020 squad, but neither player made the cut for Portugal’s matches earlier this month.

Portugal take on the World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar on Friday 9 October, then lock horns against Luxembourg in a Group A World Cup qualifier. Both matches will take place at the Estádio Algarve.  

Full Portugal squad

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Diogo Costa (Porto), Rui Patrício (Roma)

Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Domingos Duarte (Granada), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (PSG), João Palhinha (Sporting), Matheus Nunes (Sporting), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Mário (Benfica), João Moutinho (Wolves)

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), André Silva (Leipzig), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (Benfica)

 

 

U21 double-header in Euro 2023 qualification campaign

Portugal’s U21 team are also playing twice this international break, hosting Liechtenstein in Vizela on 7 October, then travelling to Reykjavik to play Iceland on 12 October.

Coach Rui Jorge called up 23 players for the two matches.

Portugal U21 squad

Goalkeepers: Celton Biai (Vitória), João Gonçalves (Boavista), Gonçalo Tabuaço (Estrela)

Defenders: Eduardo Quaresma (Tondela), João Mário (Porto), Nuno Tavares (Arsenal), Tiago Djaló (Lille), Tiago Araújo (Arouca), Tomás Tavares (FC Basel), Tomás Araújo (Benfica)

Midfielders: Afonso Sousa (Belenenses SAD), André Almeida (Vitória), Fábio Vieira (Porto), Paulo Bernardo (Benfica), Tiago Dantas (Tondela), Tomás Händel (Vitória), Vítor Ferreira (Porto)

Forwards: Fábio Silva (Wolves), Francisco Conceição (Porto), Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), Gonçalo Borges (Porto), Henrique Araújo (Benfica), Tiago Tomás (Sporting)

by Tom Kundert

 

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Good squad....waiting patiently for renato to be fit again!

William has been is superb form and playing for betis finally!

Matheus nunes offers athleticism and drive as an 8 which means with renato, Now we have 2 that are still young.

The only...

Good squad....waiting patiently for renato to be fit again!

William has been is superb form and playing for betis finally!

Matheus nunes offers athleticism and drive as an 8 which means with renato, Now we have 2 that are still young.

The only question I have is, where is Leao? Very good start to season, scored last night, plays outside on the left, big, powerful, quick and technical....should be ahead of guedes at the moment???

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Leao throw away his chance to get called up for the senior squad by showing an embarrassingly pathetic attitude at the sub 21 Euro. That was his own choice and now he gets the bill for it. I am not a fan of Santos but can 100% understand that he...

Leao throw away his chance to get called up for the senior squad by showing an embarrassingly pathetic attitude at the sub 21 Euro. That was his own choice and now he gets the bill for it. I am not a fan of Santos but can 100% understand that he prefers Guedes over Leao. Guedes does never complain when he does‘t play and when he does, he always shows dedication. Reliability and fit in the team dynamics is much better than a talented diva.

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My only issue is A.Silva over Leao. Then again, A.Silva has been somewhat reliable for Selecao and Leao is still young.

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Why is this coach still employed by the Portuguese National Team?

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I wish I didn’t have to watch this current team play with this coach but I have no way of shutting off my obsession with this god damn team. Here watch, I’m going to give you guys an entire recap of the game with Qatar and Luxembourg right now....

I wish I didn’t have to watch this current team play with this coach but I have no way of shutting off my obsession with this god damn team. Here watch, I’m going to give you guys an entire recap of the game with Qatar and Luxembourg right now. Ok so I’ll start with the ball in Ruis hands, he’s going to roll it to Dias or Pepe, from there they’ll pass it to Cancelo or Raphael, then they’ll squeeze a pass to William or Neves, then they’ll play it out to Bernardo or Jota, then they’ll pass it backwards to Bruno, then he’ll force a pass to Ronaldo in the box. Eventually it will work and that’s plan A. Plan B will be some ridiculously lucky quick pass through the box that will only work on shitty teams like Qatar and Luxembourg. That’s all you’re about to see 90% of the time.


Where’s Leao, why is Guedes and Rafa still being called up? I’ve seen this Nunes guy play admittedly only from 3-4 YouTube highlight videos and he reminds me a lot of trincao. He’s not that fast and he’s not that strong but he’s skilled similar to trincao which isn’t a bad thing but it makes me wonder why trincao wasn’t called up instead of him. I don’t even really like trincao that much but he’s playing as well as possible for wolves and he’s starting consistently in a much more competitive league. Anyways, none of this matters, nothing will change until Santos leaves and we inject some speed and players with 1 vs 1 ability on the wings(Leao?). In the meantime, don’t forget to read my first paragraph so you don’t have to watch the game.

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Luxembourg at home should be pretty straightforward so anything less than a 2 or 3-0 win would be a let down.

Nuno Mendes is already one of the best left backs in Europe. He does not look out of his depths in the champions league and I feel he...

Luxembourg at home should be pretty straightforward so anything less than a 2 or 3-0 win would be a let down.

Nuno Mendes is already one of the best left backs in Europe. He does not look out of his depths in the champions league and I feel he is a better all around player than Guerrero, especially for a back four.

I hope Matheus gets some time. As others have mentioned, he's the only guy we have after Renato with genuine box-to+box characteristics.

We will likely continue to see Bernardo play out side in order to accommodate Bruno in the middle. Expect Cancelo to be our x factor in terms of creating any sort of imbalance in Luxembourgs defense.

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William? He has been so slow, and what about Felix or Pote? Are we done with them? Pote never got a chance.

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Pote is out injured. Joao Felix has just come back from an injury too, still trying to find consistency in his game.

If it were me, I would give Ricardo Horta a call up now. He has played some nice games at the start of this season.

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On Ricardo Horta, I definitely agree. Even though I don't know if he as at the level of the NT, he is a good player who seems committed to the team ethos.

The only way to see if he is good enough for the NT is to call him up and give him a...

On Ricardo Horta, I definitely agree. Even though I don't know if he as at the level of the NT, he is a good player who seems committed to the team ethos.

The only way to see if he is good enough for the NT is to call him up and give him a chance, even if it just a friendly such as Qatar.

As we have seen, players NT form doesn't always match the club form. Some players actually do better in their respective NT's than the clubs, for example Klose. He was a boss for Germany, and off and on for his clubs.

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I'd love to know why 4 defensive midfielders are being called up to face Luxembourg and Qatar. No width, no dynamic wide play, same Santos lack of creativity.

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No major objections on th team:

1. Unlikely to win anything else with the coach (sadly, I think we just had luck on our side in winning Euro 2016). Throughout Ronaldo's international career, I don't believe Portugal has had an out-and-out...

No major objections on th team:

1. Unlikely to win anything else with the coach (sadly, I think we just had luck on our side in winning Euro 2016). Throughout Ronaldo's international career, I don't believe Portugal has had an out-and-out expansive attacking coach. They have all been defensive based and not played to his strengths or the strengths of the team in general. The coaches in the mid to late 90's (with Figo, Rui Costa and all) - I believe would've accentuated Ronaldo's abilities, increased his goal count and gotten closer to winning titles.

2. In my view we still lack a solid goalkeeper (I don't have faith in Patricio - he is flappable in set-piece play and corners).

3. I don't believe Joao Mario should be in this side. 9 times out of 10, when he receives the ball he turns his back to the opposition goal and / or passes backwards. To me he lacks forward impetus and slows the play down.

4. Diogo Jota, needs to start firing and can be a little selfish in passing to someone better positioned them him to score. He had a great start to his international career but is going through a bit of a dip (as he is with Liverpool).

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“It was a spur of the moment thing. Ronaldo laughed, it was a joke. It showed the warmth and spirit of friendship we have in the squad.”

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(Portugal midfielder on his "Ronaldo" celebration after scoring for Portugal against Luxembourg) 

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