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post #1 of 214 (permalink) Old August 31st, 2005, 09:26 Thread Starter
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Liverpool have bid somewhere between 12 and 15 million euro's for Simao.

Seen him lay a few times but nowhere near enough to judge his form last season. How has he been playing since his return from Barcelona?
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post #2 of 214 (permalink) Old August 31st, 2005, 09:44
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He was by far our best player since he joined in 2001. Pacey and skillfull left winger with creativity and the ability to score goals, some if which very beatyfull. But the best thing about him is: he is willing to stick to his contract and stay with Benfica ... he just rejected Manchester some months ago as far as I'm informed.

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Left winger? Thought he was right sided?
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Left winger? Thought he was right sided?
He can play either side, I think he plays on the left for Benfica and Portugal but he is right footed so would have no problem playing on the right for us.

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Selling Simão on the last day of the market would cause a large scale earthquake in Portugal. Highly doubt it.
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Abola's website, one of highest selling sporting papers in the country, is having a huge demand because of these recent news and they're running with an Ultra light version. Total madness!
The board seems to be in desagreement, rumours have it that they are divided on this matter, but if Simão does leave Benfica, a bomb will blow up, no doubt about that.
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post #7 of 214 (permalink) Old August 31st, 2005, 11:42
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Well, you don't usually see players flying to England for physicals based on idle speculation...from www.maisfutebol.iol.pt:

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Oficial: Selecção libertou Simão para «testes médicos em Liverpool»
[ 2005/08/31 | 09:49 ] Redacção MaisFutebolA Federação Portuguesa de Futebol acaba de divulgar, no site oficial, um comunicado sobre a situação de Simão Sabrosa.

De acordo com a nota divulgada, «o avançado do SL Benfica, Simão Sabrosa, foi autorizado a ausentar-se, temporariamente, do estágio da Selecção Nacional - Clube Portugal para deslocar-se a Liverpool e realizar testes médicos. O Seleccionador Nacional acedeu ao pedido do jogador, estando previsto o regresso do internacional português a Portugal, na parte da tarde, a tempo de integrar o treino agendado para as 17h30».
For the Pool folks here - with the possible exception of Miguel, Simao has been Benfica's best player these past years, and certainly its most influential. Make no doubt about it, he is a left winger. Attempts to make him play on the right or middle have proven fruitless. When he's on, he's fast, creative and can create space and distance for himself. Some players aren't cut out for the EPL, but he can run all day. I don't know who you guys have on that side now, but he is certainly starter material. His PK technique will drive you nuts and he does have a tendency to dive for calls.

He was a starter for Portugal at WC2002, but injury and some guy named Cristiano Ronaldo relegated him as a bench player for Portugal going into Euro last year. Still, the English will remember his performance against them as a 2nd half sub vs. England at Estadio da Luz in the quarters when he set up the cross for Postiga's' gametying header.

For the Benfica fans here - this is a great move for Benfica. IMO - Simao was looking too much like the 2nd coming of JVP to me: a team icon who was deemed "untouchable" because of his iconic status and universal association with the club's image. The problem with being a poster boy is people tend to neglect a deterioration in overall skills or effectiveness. I'm not saying Simao's deteriorating now - he's still got some good years in him, but his value will never be higher than it is now. Karayaka isn't on Simao's level, but I can live with him as a starter if it means we have another 20 mil to spend on quality needs elsewhere on the squad. If Cisse comes in the deal, it's a no brainer; even if we can't use him this year in the CL.

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Been released by the Portugese FA to have a medical at Anfield but is expected to return to training later today.
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I hope Simão will stay with us but if things devellop differently I can't change it anyway ... one thing is for sure however: with Simão leaving we'd definately hand over this season's championship to our rivals for good.

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if simao goes, i wont step foot at Luz this year

who are we gonna replace him for now? jose das tascas?

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Where does he play in the national team?
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Where does he play in the national team?

he's a forward playing usually on the left wing, but he can play the right wing too.

"there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"

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if Liverpool's offer is 12M + cisse...i think we cant say no...

oh boy, we will be a lot weaker on the wings....but i guess miccoli might play behind the striker (cisse or nuno or mantorras), and karagounis figthing with geovanni for the right wing...that would leave karyaka in the left wing......

or miccoli on the wing, with karagounis behind the strikers....

oh well, lets see what happens

either way $ is not enough for simao, coz we dont have time to find another player now, and by december the title would be gone.....

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We won't offer Cisse.

The most I think we will offer is £12 million, what's that in Euros?

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Liverpools offer isn't 12 million and cisse.

It's just cash.
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12M + cisse!!??
Keep on dreamin, we're short on quality strikers
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£12M is about 18M euros, a lot lot of money

its a lot of money but imo, if we sell simao with no player in exchange , we will be doing a bad bad deal, coz its too late to get a player now.....


the 12M + cisse is whats rumoured in the papers here, but u know how papers are

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Benfica: saída de Simão para o Liverpool cada vez menos provável
[ 2005/08/31 | 13:37 ] Redacção MaisFutebolOs dirigentes do Benfica estão cada menos tentados a deixar sair Simão Sabrosa para o Liverpool.

De acordo com o que Maisfutebol apurou, nas últimas horas Luís Filipe Vieira fez novas exigências que o Liverpool não acompanhou.

Além disso, os responsáveis entenderam que por se tratar do último dia do mercado não teriam possibilidade de encontrar alguém que pudesse suprir a saída do capitão.

O fim das negociações ainda não é oficial, mas é o cenário mais provável e deverá ser confirmado nas próximas horas.



whats this mean please?

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Simao deal is off, Benfica have refused to release him.




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deal is off, fcuk sake.
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