Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Five new faces in Portugal's National Team
Ricardo Rocha, Carlos Martins, Quaresma, João Moutinho and Hugo Almeida were the five surprises revealed today by Portugal's National Team coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, for the friendly match with Denmark (September 1st) and for the game with Finland (September 6th), for the qualifying stage of the Euro2008.
The presence of Ricardo Rocha, Carlos Martins (his debut), Quaresma, João Moutinho and Hugo Almeida is part of the renovation process that the Portuguese NT manager wishes to introduce in the group that will fight for the qualification for the European Championship in 2008.
Figo and Pauleta, because both withdraw from international football, Miguel, injured, Hugo Viana, Maniche and Paulo Santos, by option, were out of Scolari's choices.
List of selected players:
Ricardo (Sporting) and Quim (Benfica).
Caneira (Sporting), Nuno Valente (Everton, ENG), Ricardo Costa (FC Porto), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea, ENG), Fernando Meira (Stuttgart, GER) Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea, ENG) and Ricardo Rocha (Benfica).
Petit (Benfica), Deco (Barcelona, ESP), Carlos Martins (Sporting), Costinha (Atlético Madrid, ESP), João Moutinho (Sporting), Tiago (Lyon, FRA), Simão (Benfica), Quaresma (FC Porto) and Luis Boa Morte (Fulham, ENG).
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, ENG), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen, GER), Nuno Gomes (Benfica) and Hélder Postiga (FC Porto).
transl. from A Bola
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”