Squad announced for upcoming friendlies
(In this photo.. Nuno asks who is Alexis Sanchez anyway?)
Portugal coach Paulo Bento has announced the 23-man squad for the friendly internationals against Chile and Finland at the end of the month. No new faces are on the list, although Braga full-back Silvio and Porto pair Ruben Micael and Silvestre Varela come back into the squad after being overlooked for the recent Argentina friendly.
Portugal play Chile on Sunday 26 March in Leiria and Finland three days later in Aveiro. Bento will be keen to build on the Seleccao’s encouraging displays since he took over from Carlos Queiroz.
Portugal’s next Euro 2012 qualifying match is on 4 June at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon against current Group H leaders Norway.
Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Genoa), Hugo Ventura (Portimonense), Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit), Fabio Coentrão (Benfica), João Pereira (Sporting), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Rolando (FC Porto), Silvio (Braga)
Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Benfica), João Moutinho (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Paulo Machado (Toulouse), Raul Meireles (Liverpool), Ruben Micael (FC Porto)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Helder Postiga (Sporting), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Silvestre Varela (FC Porto)
Chile NT squad:
(In this photo: Alexis Sanchez answers back with "You're not even called up for your own NT!")
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad, España), Miguel Pinto (Atlas, México), Raúl Olivares (Colo Colo)
Defenders: Gonzalo Jara (West Bromwich, Inglaterra), Waldo Ponce (Cruz Azul, México), Pablo Contreras (PAOK, Grecia), Osvaldo González (Toluca, México), José Rojas (U. de Chile)
Midfielders: Marco Estrada (Montpellier, Francia), Gary Medel (Sevilla, España), Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen, Alemania), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta, Italia), Mauricio Isla (Udinese, Italia), Matías Fernández (Sporting Lisboa, Portugal), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras, Brasil)
Gonzalo Fierro (Flamengo, Brasil), Jean Beausejour (Birmingham, Inglaterra), Felipe Seymour (U. de Chile), Felipe Gutiérrez (U. Católica)
Forwards: Humberto Suazo (Monterrey, México), Alexis Sánchez (Udinese, Italia), Héctor Mancilla (Tigres, México), Mauricio Pinilla (Palermo, Italia), Fabián Orellana (Granada, España), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Carlos Muñoz (Wanderers)
It's not really who has better tactics, technique etc... it's basically the battle of the 2 epic videos, judge for yourself:
(Isla, Sanchez, Orellana)
I'm interested in the Chile NT, watching Udinese particularly Sanchez and Isla helps.. so I hope they play well but not win :P. Watch out and be amazed by what Sanchez can do, I'm sure you've heard of him already but what he does at Udinese in every game is just amazing, will leave you wanting to have him in your beloved team.
Very happy for Silvio, glad Bento has called him up again, I do think he should strenghten the midfield, the only consistent players we have there recently is Moutinho and Meireles (though they did disappear at times vs Argentina but come on!) aside from Carlos Martins who else can step up when needed? Also the striker position, maybe this time he should let Postiga play more than Almeida? We really have more wingers than the positions we really need. Hope Varela plays of course. We don't have Bosingwa for these friendlies but I'm sure Pereira or Silvio can fill his shoes like they did in the Euro qualies.