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Portugal - Argentina official squads

Geneva, Switzerland ~ 9th February 2011 ~ 8PM GMT

Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Genoa), Hugo Ventura (Portimonense), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit), Fábio Coentrão (Benfica), José Bosingwa (Chelsea), João Pereira (Sporting), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Rolando (FC Porto)

Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Benfica), João Moutinho (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Paulo Machado (Toulouse), Raul Meireles (Liverpool)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Hélder Postiga (Sporting), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)


Portimonense goalkeeper Hugo Ventura is the biggest surprise in Paulo Bento’s Portugal squad for the friendly match against Argentina on 9 February. There is a return for winger Ricardo Quaresma but no place in the squad for striker Liedson.

Bento has enjoyed an excellent start to his tenure as Portugal’s head coach, winning two Euro 2012 qualification matches before steering the Selecção to a spectacular 4-0 friendly win over World Champions Spain.

It is therefore unsurprising that he selected a largely unchanged squad for the game next week. In stark contrast to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s infamous “I won’t talk about non-selected players” attitude, Bento was happy to justify his choices, explaining that the fact Liedson was not called up does not necessarily mean the striker’s international career is over.

“The non-selection of Liedson is down to the fact we have selected two strikers, Hugo Almeida and Helder Postiga. Taking into account their performances, we want to keep a stable squad and endow the team with an identity. Liedson’s not on the list through option, like he wasn’t against Spain. He’s going back to Brazil but he will continue to be analysed and observed,” said the former Sporting boss.

Bento also answered questions about the call-ups of Quaresma and Ventura. “Quaresma is selected for the first time by me because in the previous squads, especially the first, he got injured in the lead-up. He has talent, he’s in good form and he’s playing regularly so I don’t think he can be considered a surprise.

“As for Ventura, we want to pick goalkeepers who play regularly, as is the case with Eduardo and Rui Patricio. We’re looking for another goalkeeper that fits this criterion, and Ventura has played regularly and he has experience in the top flight and for Portugal at younger age groups. For this game we have picked the three goalkeepers that best serve the interests of the Seleccao”

The match, originally scheduled for London, has been switched to Geneva with kickoff time of 8pm GMT. 
 


Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Javier Garcia (Boca Juniors)

Defenders: Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Nicolas Pareja (Spartak Moscow), Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid), Marcos Rojo (Spartak Moscow), Nicolas Otamendi (Porto), Gabriel Milito (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht), Jose Sosa (Napoli), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Ever Banega (Valencia), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Cristian Chavez (Boca Juniors)  

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Diego Milito (Inter), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica), Juan Manual Martinez  (Velez).



 


Sources: Here and Here 
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