30 March 2009

Right-backs (lateral-direito) of the Portugal team? Bosingwa, Ferreira, Miguel, Nelson, and ?

Will Paulo Ferreira's position as Portugal right-back still be secure by October 2009? I'm not so sure.

There's Bosingwa, Ferreira, Miguel, Nelson. Carlos Queiroz only called up two of them for Portugal 0-0 Sweden and Portugal v. South Africa. They were Bosingwa and Nelson. Bosingwa got injured in the Sweden game. That leaves Nelson for the Portugal v. South Africa game.

Which of 2 right-backs will Carlos Queiroz call up for Albania - Portugal, June 6, 2009?

If Miguel doesn't make it to the list again, Sp. Braga's João Perreira can.


João Perreira with the Portugal sub21 away jersey. Photo: fpf.pt

He's in the Selecção Nacional B today. He's preparing for the next game Portugal v. Romania, April 1, 2009. In today's Selecção Nacional B's press conference João Perreira spoke about wanting to be in the Portugal team.

João Perreira:
About eventually being called- up by Queiroz in the Portugal national team-- "I am completely prepared, but I know that it's hard and complicated to get there. There are plenty of great players like Miguel, Bosingwa, and Nélson. nevertheless, I'm working every day to one day accomplish the objective of arriving to the Portugal national team."

(Estou completamente preparado, mas sei que é difícil e complicado chegar lá. Há muito bons jogadores o Miguel, o Bosingwa, o Nélson… mas vou trabalhar, todos os dias, para conseguir, um dia, alcançar esse objectivo.)

About having Carlos Queiroz on the bench in the Portgal v. Romania on April 1, 2009-- "The job of this Selecção B is to prepare players to eventually get to the Portugal national team. It's important for him to be on the bench and personally observe our game."

(O papel desta Selecção B é preparar eventuais jogadores para a Selecção A e é importante que ele esteja no banco a observar, pessoalmente, o nosso jogo", frisou

About feeling the pressure -- "I don't think so. Any player has to feel motivated no matter who the coach is."
(acho que não, qualquer jogador tem de se sentir motivado em vir à Selecção, independentemente de qual for o treinador)

Pereira played in the Portugal sub21 in Holland in 2007. I'm looking forward for him to continue getting experience in the international stage.

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