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Portugal World Cup Squad

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Squad List:

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Preliminary Squad: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais/France), Beto (Goztepe SK/Turkey), Rui Patricio (Sporting CP) Antunes (Getafe/Spain), Bruno Alves (Rangers/Scotland), Cedric (Southampton/England), Joao Cancelo (Internazionale/Italy), Jose Fonte (Dalian Aerbin/China PR), Luis Neto (Fenerbahce/Turkey), Mario Rui (Napoli/Italy), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona/Spain), Pepe (Besiktas/Turkey), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/Germany), Ricardo (Porto), Rolando (Marseille/France), Ruben Dias (Benfica) Adrien Silva (Leicester City/England), Andre Gomes (Barcelona/Spain), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/England), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), Joao Mario (West Ham United/England), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/France), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia), Rony Lopes (Monaco), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers/England), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William (Sporting CP) Andre Silva (AC Milan/Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Spain), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia), Gelson Martins (Sporting CP), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia/Spain), Nani (Lazio/Italy), Paulinho (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/Turkey)

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will be keeping an eye on Ricardo Pereira. We're apparently front-runners to sign him from Porto and a deal which I'm hoping will be done before the World  Cup. 

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Portugal is a lucky country. They have dropkicks that are horrible like Nani and Quaresma but the play at 200% capacity for Portugal.

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Surprised Renato Sanches is not even on the 35-men list.  I hope he can turn things around for the next World Cup cycle.

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2 hours ago, El_Loco said:

Surprised Renato Sanches is not even on the 35-men list.  I hope he can turn things around for the next World Cup cycle.

Not a surprise at all mate for those who have watched him this season.

Andre Gomes might not be going as well which could also be a surprise to some.

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Renato Sanchez has been in heavy decline since his Euro outing where everyone thought he had everything going for him so its no surprise to really see his exclusion. Whats the reasoning behind not taking Andre Gomes? Not enough playing time to make a call or just poor performance in general?

 

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1 minute ago, Mel81x said:

Renato Sanchez has been in heavy decline since his Euro outing where everyone thought he had everything going for him so its no surprise to really see his exclusion. Whats the reasoning behind not taking Andre Gomes? Not enough playing time to make a call or just poor performance in general?

 

He's genuinely shit. 

 

Ronaldo

Guedes---------Lopes--------B.Silva

Fernandes----Neves

Guerreiro---Fonte---Pepe---Semedo

Patricio

 

Portugal have genuinely one of the more exciting teams should they play their young players. 

 

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3 hours ago, Mel81x said:

@Machado you happy with those choices?

Not much to choose from unfortunately.

I'm more worried about the line up. Will be very frustrating if it's not something similar to what Cicero posted above, with Bruno Fernandes or Manuel Fernandes in the middle instead of Lopes. Maybe Guedes out for Andre Silva making it a 4-4-2, which will probably happen.

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1 minute ago, Machado said:

Not much to choose from unfortunately.

I'm more worried about the line up. Will be very frustrating if it's not something similar to what Cicero posted above, with Bruno Fernandes or Manuel Fernandes in the middle instead of Lopes. Maybe Guedes out for Andre Silva making it a 4-4-2, which will probably happen.

think you'll definitely have one of the better teams to watch at the tourney and you'll are in a group that is going to showcase one of the matches of the tournament for me. I'll be rooting for you'll in the Iberia Showdown. 

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22 minutes ago, Mel81x said:

Renato Sanchez has been in heavy decline since his Euro outing where everyone thought he had everything going for him so its no surprise to really see his exclusion. Whats the reasoning behind not taking Andre Gomes? Not enough playing time to make a call or just poor performance in general?

 

It's between Andre Gomes and Moutinho for the "last" place in the midfield. Don't really care as they shouldn't get many minutes if any. Far better players atm... in better form anyway.

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wouldn't surprise me if Gomes doesn't get in. He's been shite for Barcelona for ages.

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1 minute ago, El_Loco said:

@Machado , wasn´t Pepe injured? I think I read somewhere he was injured in a Besiktas match. 

He is but I also read that he will be fit for the world cup. Nevertheless it's worrying the lack of new centre backs in Portuguese football. There's Ruben Dias but he needs more experience. The ones that will be called are going because we have nothing better.

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Just now, Machado said:

He is but I also read that he will be fit for the world cup. Nevertheless it's worrying the lack of new centre backs in Portuguese football. There's Ruben Dias but he needs more experience. The ones that will be called are going because we have nothing better.

That's the only thing that would worry me about your squad is your CB's. I think you have some top quality in midfield and up top, genuinely believe you can do quite well here.

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Just now, Chaaay AFC said:

That's the only thing that would worry me about your squad is your CB's. I think you have some top quality in midfield and up top, genuinely believe you can do quite well here.

Think they are fine there for now. Their defence won them Euro 2016 after all. Fonte and Pepe have loads of experience 

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24 minutes ago, Cicero said:

He's genuinely shit. 

 

Ronaldo

Guedes---------Lopes--------B.Silva

Fernandes----Neves

Guerreiro---Fonte---Pepe---Semedo

Patricio

 

Portugal have genuinely one of the more exciting teams should they play their young players. 

 

Loved watching Guedes for Valencia whenever I've seen them this season. Hope he performs this tournament. Portugal (and PSG) lucky to have him!

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Goalkeepers - Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

Defenders - Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cédric Soares (Southampton), José Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mário Rui (Napoles), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders - Adrien Silva (Leicester City), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), João Mário (West Ham), João Moutinho (Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards - André Silva (Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

 

Nelson Semedo and Ruben Neves out for Cedric, Adrien and Moutinho, the manager's darlings 😂

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Adrien Silva :D :D

 

Very surprised Ruben Neves isn't there 

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Will these defenders be able to carry Portugal to another trophy with Ronaldo getting all the plaudits?

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2 minutes ago, Stan said:

Adrien Silva :D :D

Very surprised Ruben Neves isn't there 

I agree.

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Just now, 6666 said:

He is there...

he isn't...

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Just now, Stan said:

he isn't...

Why are you misquoting me?

I was looking at the original post. My bad. 

:dam:

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1 hour ago, Machado said:

Goalkeepers - Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

Defenders - Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cédric Soares (Southampton), José Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mário Rui (Napoles), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders - Adrien Silva (Leicester City), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), João Mário (West Ham), João Moutinho (Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards - André Silva (Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

 

Nelson Semedo and Ruben Neves out for Cedric, Adrien and Moutinho, the manager's darlings 😂

Nelson Semedo still hasn't nailed down his first team place at Barça properly so I understand him not making the squad from that perspective. Although he would've made a great 'B' option in that position because of his dynamism.

I can't wait to see Guedes perform at the World Cup though.

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On 15/05/2018 at 19:41, Stan said:

Loved watching Guedes for Valencia whenever I've seen them this season. Hope he performs this tournament. Portugal (and PSG) lucky to have him!

 

Just now, SirBalon said:

 

I can't wait to see Guedes perform at the World Cup though.

JOIN THE QUEUE MOFO

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2 minutes ago, Stan said:

 

JOIN THE QUEUE MOFO

Mofo?  How date you!  What's one of those anyway??? O.o

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Just now, SirBalon said:

Mofo?  How date you!  What's one of those anyway??? O.o

mother fucker xD 

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André Gomes could be a magnificent player, just not for Barcelona. He is a dribbling midfield carrier, something that just will never work for Barcelona. He definitely isn´t a DM, too. Ciao Mário shouldn´t be anywhere near the team, if Gomes isn´t.

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Just now, Stan said:

mother fucker xD 

Hahaha xD

You into rap bro?!? B|

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Some positives and negatives about this squad.

Positives: The main core that won the Euro is there. Added by the presence of Bernardo, who missed the tournament in France due to an injury. 

Offensively, we look better on paper this time around.

Negatives: 3 of our 4 CB's are too old. The other one is too young, with no experience at this level. Some players who were key two years ago are unfit (Adrien, Raphael). The Sporting players will, no doubt, be affected with what his happening at their club.

I think we are perfectly capable of doing a very good tournament. As European champions, we have no excuse to be knocked out before the QF's. 

Our defense, which has been our best sector in the last years, is not quite as good this time and, in a short tournament, any mistake will cost you greatly. 

Winning the World Cup will, probably, continue to be just a dream, for now.

We'll finish our campaign in the semis. 

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