Monday, November 30, 2009

Hot off the press

Here's some links to some different bits of news in Portugal.

Veloso has caught the interest of some more Italian sides, this time its Genoa who is keeping close tabs on him.

Most Sporting fans would not like this as they feel he should leave the club for a "big side" like Milan or Juve. I think otherwise, this would be a great move for Veloso, his style (not only fashion!) would fit right into Italy. The game in Italy is very tactical and technical. Veloso is quite good on the ball and playing in Italy would only help his tactical brain, this would have to be a positive both for his career and for our National Team.

Also in Italy, Quaresma actually played for Inter and looked quite good too! Even sparking praise from the Guardian! It was the best by far I have seen him play outside of Portugal. Mourinho even said this.
“I have never considered Quaresma a washout, but I don't think he's the best player in the world either. He played a great match, showed lots of aggression, and in the last fifteen minutes he had cramp, which was normal. I don't like doing it, but it's right that you talk about him and about the fact that he was very special today.”
O Cigano, is a player who has always frustrated me to bits. In terms of RAW ABILITY there are few men out there who can match him, he's a player that can make the impossible look simple and the simple look impossible. Quaresma is definitely a confidence player from what I can gather, when he feels right he can do no wrong, it's like he's still playing on the streets in his bairro in Lisboa, but when things go sour it looks like that is where he belongs and not on some of the most prestigious pitches in Europe.

Injuries to Luisao and Sidnei has forced Jorge Jesus to call up Roderick Miranda from the juniors for the Europa League squad that faces Bate Borislov tomorrow. This is a call up I like, even though he will most likely not play as I assume the center back pairing will be Luiz and Vitor.
I have watched Roderick a few times now (one of those times live here in Toronto) and have been impressed by him, he's a calm defender, that anticipates and tackles well, who is quite useful on the ball as well. All these attributes have gotten him comparisons to former Benfica and Brazil defender Mozer, one of which came from sporting director Rui Costa. They even look a like.

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