14 August 2008

No goalkeeper Ricardo in Portugal's call up list for friendly Portugal v. Faroe Islands, August 20, 2008! Your thoughts on the call up list?

On August 20, 2008 every big team is playing a friendly. I know Portugal's game won't be broadcast on TV yet. In case you want to know the call-up list for Portugal's next game, friendly, Portugal v. Faroe Islands:

See the starting lineups here

Surprises: -- No goalkeeper Ricardo!! Hallelujah. He's been out of shape even before the Euro 2008. Time for the new generation or those in better shape.

-- Goalkeeper Eduardo from Sporting

-- forward Danny, currenly Dynamo Moscow.

-- Cristiano Ronaldo not fit so absense not really a surprise.

-- Antunes!!! My rant on Antunes:


Defender, usually plays in the left, goes forward and crosses to the forwards in the area. Notably known for the missed penalty int he crucial Portugal 0-0 Italy (3-4) Olympic playoff game that eliminated Portugal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

From the Sub-21 team! I've been following him since the Under 21 tournament in Holland. Then got to see him in Under-20 World Cup too. He has had bad luck last season. Rumored in 2007 to go to a big club in the Serie A like Juventus. Turns out he signed with AS Roma and got the jersey #15. So far so good. Many weeks not even in Spaletti's call up list. Played about 4 matches in the end of 2007-2008. The few times he played, he did impress Roma fans. This season he moved to Lecce, another Serie A team. I'll be watching how many times coach Beretta includes him in the call up list.


Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz DID NOT announce the call up list in a press conference. Instead, he did it through a press release on the Portuguese FA's website. The site of the FPF.pt, Federação Portuguesa de Futebol. On to the list:


Daniel Fernandes (Bochum/ Germany),

Eduardo (Sporting Braga),

Quim (Benfica)


Bruno Alves (FC Porto),

Fernando Meira (Galatasaray/ Turkey),

Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea FC/ England),

Pepe (Real Madrid/ Spain),

Miguel (Valence/ Spain),

Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea FC/ England),

Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea/ England),

Antunes (Lecce/ Italy)


Deco (Chelsea / England),

Carlos Martins (Benfica),

Joao Moutinho (Sporting CP),

Manuel Fernandes (Valence/ Spain),

Raul Meireles (FC Porto),

Duda (Malaga/ Spain)


Danny (Dinamo Moscou/RUS),

Hugo Almeida (Werder Breme/ Germany),

Nani (Manchester United/ England),

Nuno Gomes (Benfica),

Simao (Atletico Madrid/ Spain).

- Which player were you glad to see on the call up list?

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