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I agree. Coentrao was excellent and William put in a solid performance (but not quite at his best). We looked a bit rusty and disjointed in the first half probably because of the unfamiliar 4-4-2 diamond, but we looked much sharper in the second half when we switched to our usual 4-3-3.
I am a fan of the new home jersey, but I still half a soft spot for the old red shirt green shorts combination.
I'm pretty sure Lima is a naturalized Portuguese citizen, but he doesn't seem to part of Bento's plans. He is certainly a better option than Postiga, Almeida, and Oliveira.
Unless I am mistaken, Fernando has yet to receive FIFA's approval. Nevertheless, Bento has publicly hinted to calling him up when the naturalization process is all sorted out. Fernando would obviously be a huge upgrade from Veloso, but we also have the immensely talented William Carvalho who could very well force his way into the starting 11 during the pre-tournament friendlies.
I am more worried about our lack of depth at center-forward. Helder Postiga is currently out with a long-term injury, Eder has been battling injuries all season long, and Nelson Oliveira's form has dropped drastically after a promising start to the season at Rennes. This leaves Hugo Almeida as our only fit striker at the moment - yikes!
The good news is that Eder is scheduled to return from injury within the next couple of weeks, so I'm hoping and praying that he can stay fit and regain his form. When healthy, Eder is by far the best option we have at center-forward. Postiga, Almeida, and Oliveira are all mediocre.
Portugal certainly lacks the depth of Brazil, Spain, Germany, etc but our starting 11 has more than enough individual quality and big-game experience to make a deep run in the competition.
Our group is very difficult, but we should have enough to progress. A realistic aim is the quarter-finals, but anything is possible in football, especially when you have a certain Cristiano Ronaldo at your disposal.
Holla real madrid fans!
I agree. William Carvalho is almost guaranteed a spot on the world cup squad as long as he stays fit. He's a very exciting talent with plenty of potential. Could be a break out star of the world cup if he can wrestle a spot in the starting 11 from Veloso.
Paulo Bento publicly admitted that he is considering giving Fernando a call up, but Luiz Felipe Scolari has also announced that he may call up Fernando to the Brazilian national team to prevent him from representing Portugal.
I would love to have Fernando on the Portuguese national team simply because he is a world class defensive midfielder and an obvious upgrade from Miguel Veloso. Nevertheless it will ultimately come down to Bento and Scolari's player selections.