Tag Archives: Nani

Portugal vs Ireland: Analysis & Player Ratings

This article first appeared on Soccerly.com Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny   Cristiano Ronaldo’s return and the dismantling of Ireland provided a much-needed psychological boost for Portugal. After underwhelming in their previous friendlies against Greece and Mexico, the Portuguese showed just how much of a threat they could be in the World Cup. With… Read More »

Portugal vs Greece: Analysis & Player Ratings

Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny This article first appeared on Soccerly.com Portugal’s first preparation game en route to Brazil served mostly to test out a new system, as well as some of the players who are vying for the last few spots in Paulo Bento’s starting eleven. One of those players could very well be… Read More »

Spots for Grabs: Portugal’s Provisional Squad

Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny This article first appeared on Soccerly.com Surprising may be too strong a word, but Portugal’s provisional World Cup squad certainly has its peculiarities. Gone are some of Paulo Bento’s regular “reserve” call-ups, such as Danny (Zenit) and Ruben Micael (Braga), and in their stead the manager has injected some… Read More »

The Federation, The Coach, Drugs, and Nani

The Portuguese Anti-Doping Agency (ADoP) has suspended Portuguese national coach, Carlos Queiroz, from coaching for six months. After an almost two month long legal battle, the agency found Queiroz guilty of obstructing the drug testing of Portuguese players prior to the world cup. The punishment also comes after the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) levied its… Read More »