Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Ilja Chochłow

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Ilja Chochłow

Rui Patrício, Sporting Lisbon

The 26-year-old will go to Brazil as Portugal’s undisputed starting goalkeeper. He was first selected for the national squad in 2008 but became first-choice shortly after Paulo Bento became Portugal’s manager in 2011. He is primarily known for his strong aerial ability.

Patrício made a high-profile blunder in a World Cup qualifying match against Israel in October 2013, but bounced back in a positive way in the play-off matches against Sweden. This will be Patrício’s third major tournament after Euro 2008 and Euro 2012. He played in all of Portugal’s five matches during Euro 2012, helping A Seleção reach the semi-finals.

This Season: Rui Patricio was once-again solid in goal for Sporting Lisbon, helping them to a second place finish. He conceded only 20 goals in 30 matches, which included 15 clean sheets.

Fun Facts: Patrício was named Sporting Lisbon’s Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012. However, he was passed over this past year in favour of midfielder Adrien Silva.

Beto, FC Sevilla

The 32-year-old goalkeeper earned his position on Paulo Bento’s squad after an excellent season in La Liga. Originally part of Sporting Lisbon’s academy, Beto was never given a chance to start at the club. He has become known as a late bloomer. He bounced around several clubs in Portugal’s second division before helping Leixões to promotion in 2007.

In 2009, Beto moved on to FC Porto where he would see very little action except in Cup matches for the next few seasons. It was a loan move to Romanian club CFR Cluj that ignited his career. He won the Romanian League title in 2011-12 before moving back to Portugal with Sporting Braga. From there, FC Sevilla came calling and Beto is currently enjoying the best years of his career in his early 30s.

This Season: Beto helped FC Sevilla to a surprising fifth-place finish in La Liga, a season after losing both Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo to Manchester City. He has become known for making timely saves. Beto was excellent for Sevilla in their Europa League campaign, helping them win the title, beating former club FC Porto and Portuguese Champions Benfica along the way.

Fun Fact: Beto has won every major trophy at club level in Portugal. He won the Segunda Liga title with Leixões in 2006–07. At FC Porto, he won the Primeira Liga title in 2010-11, as well as the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and Taça de Portugal twice. He is also credited with winning the Taça da Liga title with Braga in 2012-13, although he was on loan at Sevilla during the final.

Eduardo Carvalho, Genoa

The 31-year-old veteran goalkeeper was Portugal’s best player in South Africa in 2010, conceding only one goal in four matches. He enjoyed his best seasons with Sporting Braga between 2008 and 2010. Eduardo’s career dipped after he joined Serie A club Genoa. Since then, he has been loaned out to Benfica, İstanbul BB, and back to Braga this past season.

Eduardo lost his position as Portugal’s first-choice goalkeeper during qualification for Euro 2012. However, he had a good season this year with Braga and has earned a spot in Brazil. This will be Eduardo’s third major tournament representing Portugal.

This Season: Eduardo started 29 League matches for Sporting Braga and was solid overall, conceding only 35 goals along the way. However, the Minho club had a very disappointing season. They were eliminated in the qualification stage of the Europa League by Romanian side Pandurii Târgu Jiu. Braga also finished ninth in the League table, their worst finish since 2002-03.

Fun Fact: Eduardo was named the Portuguese League’s Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2007-08 while on-loan at Vitória Setúbal. He helped the club win the Taça da Liga and qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time.

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