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19-year old central defender Rúben Vezo will join La Liga giants Valencia in January, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Portuguese defender was in Spain on Monday to finalize the terms of a four-year deal that takes effect on January 1st, 2014 when the winter transfer window officially opens.

The transfer fee is believed to be around €1,5 million according to some sources although that was not confirmed by either club. Vezo’s current club Vitória Setúbal will receive 25 percent of a future sale of the player according to a news release on the Valencia club website.

The Setúbal-born Vezo is a product of the club’s youth academy. This is his first professional season with the senior side and he has not failed to impress, starting in eight league matches for the club. His performances have earned him a call-up to Portugal’s U19 squad.

Vezo was previously linked with a move to Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon according to national radio station Antena 1 but will be honing his craft at the Mestalla instead. He is believed to be a replacement for Adil Rami who is expected to join AC Milan on loan in January.

Vezo will be the fourth Portuguese national on the Spanish team, joining Hélder Postiga, João Pereira and Ricardo Costa.

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Marítimo Goalkeeper José Sá Hopes To See Regular Action

Marítimo Goalkeeper José Sá Hopes To See Regular Action

This is the third and final article of a feature series exclusive to Futebol Factory that profiles the most promising Portuguese youngsters. Later this week, this website will be publishing an overview of all 21 players named in our series.

Here now are the last seven Portuguese young players that could have break out seasons this year.

José Sá, Maritimo, Goalkeeper

The 20-year old made a big name for him self this summer at the U20 World Cup. He certainly raised his profile in Maritimo’s opening match this season against Benfica, back stopping the Madeira-based club to a 2-1 win. The former Benfica youth player looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

With Maritimo’s former number one goalkeeper Romain Salin departing to Rio Ave, manager Pedro Martins has no proven goalkeeper. This could be his year to establish himself as a starting goalkeeper and perhaps an option for the Seleção.

Nuno Reis, Sporting Lisbon, Centre Back

A promising player whose future looks uncertain at the moment. Reis formed an excellent partnership at the centre of defence with Rio Ave’s Roderick Miranda at the 2011 U20 World Cup where Portugal finished second. He played with Olhanense last season.

The 22-year old does not appear to be part of Sporting manager Leonardo Jardim’s immediate plans. Currently playing with Sporting B squad in the second division, a loan deal seems likely.

Ricardo Ferreira, Olhanense, Centre Back

Born to Portuguese parents in Canada, Ricardo Ferreira is a former FC Porto youth player. In 2011, he was signed by Serie A giants AC Milan but never played a professional match for them. Last year, he was loaned to Serie B squad Empoli where he found playing time difficult to come by.

Ferreira was released this past summer by the Italian club and signed with Olhanense. He should find more playing time with Abel Xavier club, but unless the former Portuguese international proves to be a better manager than most people expect, the Algarve-club should be battling hard to stay in the top division.

Diogo Figueiras, Sevilla, Right-Back

The 22-year old was signed by La Liga club Sevilla this summer after an impressive season at Paços Ferreira. The club’s sporting director Monchi has praised his speed and technical ability, although it looks like he will have to play second-fiddle to Coke for now.

Figueiras lists former Sevilla right-back Dani Alves as a personal role model. He told journalists at his official unveiling in July, “Daniel Alves (Now with FC Barcelona) is an inspiration to me because he is the best full-back in the world. I am an ambitious player and I hope that I could one day reach his level. I am an offensive-minded full-back.”

Flávio Ferreira, Malaga, Centre Back/Defensive Midfielder

Signed by Malaga in the summer from Académica, where he primarily played at centre back last season. The 21-year old could also pay in defensive midfield. As of late August, Ferreira was battling a back injury that was to be evaluated from week to week.

With Malaga losing several quality players and their manager this summer, Ferreira could be given an opportunity to shine this year at the Estadio La Rosaleda. He should feel very welcome in Andalusia this season with Portuguese players Duda, Eliseu and Vitorino Antunes on the squad.

Ricardo Alves, Belenenses, Midfielder

Newly-promoted clubs are always likely to have exciting young talented. 20-year old Ricardo Alves played himself into Belenenses’ starting XI last season when promotion was all but assured. His performances were enough to earn him a spot of Portugal’s U20 World Cup squad where he played three matches.

This season in the top division, the suburban Lisbon club are still without a proven goal scorer and will likely rely on its creativity in midfield to win matches. Alves will be counted on to produce this season.

Tiago Silva, Belenenses, Midfielder

Another promising midfielder at Belenenses. Silva played regularly last season in the second division, scoring four goals in 31 matches for the club. Silva, along with Ricardo Alves could provide the basis for a strong Belenenses midfield this year.

The 20-year old is more attack-minded than Alves and will need to be good this season if Mitchell van der Gaag’s club is to prevent relegation. They got off to a poor start in match day one with a 3-0 defeat at home to Rio Ave.

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Catherine Kõrtsmik

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Catherine Kõrtsmik

Sporting Lisbon has often been in the shadow of city-rivals Benfica in domestic football but its famous academy across the river in Alcochete has produced most of Portugal’s greatest players.

The third member of Portugal’s ‘Os Três Grandes’ , Sporting have produced European Cup winners and World Footballers of the year. Portuguese winger Bruma is set to follow in the footsteps of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Many football pundits have unavoidably compared him with the current best player in the world. Bruma is a winger, has worn the number seven at the junior level and has the same quick feet that make Cristiano Ronaldo a modern legend.

Young Bruma said in an interview with football daily Record this past September, “Cristiano Ronaldo is my role model.” This will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the young winger play.

The 18-year-old has been on the radar of major clubs for several years now including Manchester United, AC Milan, Chelsea and others. But all indications are that Sporting’s administration are keen on keeping Bruma on board for the foreseeable future. And Bruma himself has said that Sporting is where he wants to develop.

This has been his break-out campaign. Bruma was a regular player with Sporting’s junior side which plays in the country’s second tier domestic league.

Since veteran manager Jesualdo Ferreira took control of the senior club in December, Bruma has begun to see action. In only his second match on February 16th against Gil Vicente, the young winger dribbled past several defenders in the opening minute of play to score his first ever goal.

After his debut against Maritimo on February 10th, Ferreira praised the youngster’s talent but added that the player needs time to develop. “He has great talent, great quality but needs to continue to grow.”

Though not a prolific goalscorer, Bruma has great pace, excellent dribbling skills, and an ability to score from long distance like countrymen Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has scored 6 goals in 25 matches for Sporting’s junior side in the Liga De Honra.

Born Armindo Tué Na Bangna (But known as Bruma) in the former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau.

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to add to his legend, after scoring two goals in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals against Barcelona. Jose Mourinho’s club defeated their archrivals at the Camp Nou 3-1 on Tuesday night, and 4-2 overall on aggregate to advance to the domestic cup final.

It is increasingly difficult to believe that the Seleção captain was once labeled a ‘big game flop’ by his critics. The Madeiran-born Portuguese international now has 9 goals in the last 9 El Classico against Barcelona. He has also scored in the last 6 matches in Barcelona.

The match began well for the home side, when Barcelona winger Pedro dribbled into the box and found Lionel Messi to the left of Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Diego Lopez. The Argentine’s shot however went wide of the goal. This was the closest the four-time Ballon D’Or winner would come.

From then on, Barcelona tried to play their typical style of monopolizing possession and find cracks in the opposing team’s defence. But on this night, Jose Mourinho’s club, perhaps taking a page from AC Milan the previous week defended well around the box and waited for their chances on the counterattack.

The Real Madrid attack was of course led by Ronaldo, whose flashes of speed and skill frustrated the Barcelona defence all night. In the 12th minute, Ronaldo found some room on the right side and ran with the ball into the box, only to be clearly fouled by Gerard Piqué.

Referee Alberto Undiano quickly pointed to the spot. Cristiano Ronaldo then stepped up and fired it into the left corner to give Los Blancos the lead. Barcelona’s response was poor. Too often did Blaugrana put together a series of passes only to be ultimately stymied by the Real Madrid defence.

The match went into half-time in Barcelona with Real Madrid up 2-1 on aggregate. Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao had a terrific chance to score early in the second half through a pass from Xabi Alonso. But the former Benfica defender could only manage a weak shot that was easily handled by goalkeeper Jose Pinto.

It was Barcelona, however that managed the best opportunities in the opening minutes of the second half. But they could not capitalize which would ultimately prove very costly.

In the 57th minute, Sami Khedira delivered an excellent pass to former Benfica midfielder Angel di Maria to the right of the Barcelona goal. The Argintinian ran into the box and fired a hard shot on goal that was deflected by Pinto into the direction of the most dangerous man on the field, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar fired the shot past Pinto and Jordi Alba for the crucial second away goal. Real Madrid never took their foot off the pedal after that. Defender Raphaël Varane would score with his head off a corner 10 minutes later to assure there was no going back.

Jordi Alba’s late goal for Barcelona meant nothing as Real Madrid deservedly earn their place in the Copa Del Rey final. They will find out who they will be playing when Atletico Madrid faces Sevilla in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday. The final is scheduled for May 17th.

Portuguese international Pepe was expected to start the match but reportedly picked up an injury in the warm-up and was not fit to start. Though he came in as a substitute in the 78th minute for Mesut Ozil. Fabio Coentrao played the full 90 minutes and continued his streak of excellent form for his club team.

The two clubs will face one another again at the Camp Nou on Saturday in a meaningless La Liga match. Barcelona are firmly ahead in the domestic league. Though Jose Mourinho’s side will take solace in the fact that they could still salvage something from what has so far been a disappointing campaign.

Real Madrid will look forward to the second leg of their Champions League match-up against Manchester United. The match will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford where his legend first began.

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Sky Sports is reporting that the Portuguese international midfielder Raul Meireles has been offered to Italian giants Inter Milan. AC Milan and Napoli are also said to be interested.

The 29-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea player was recently suspended by the Turkish League for allegedly making a homophobic gesture directed at a referee in a December 16th match against Galatasaray. Charges Meireles strongly denies.

The suspension was recently reduced from 11 games to 4 on appeal but some believe that Meireles has become disillusioned with the Turkish League and might force his way out this January.

Meireles spent the 2010-11 season with Liverpool, winning the 2011 PFA Fans’ Player of the Year. But after Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam’s transfer to Anfield the season after, Meireles began to see his playing time reduced and submitted a transfer request.

He played the 2011-12 season with Chelsea helping them to their first UEFA Champions League title. However he was suspended for the final against Bayern Munich. His role at the London club was never really clear, and in the summer Meireles moved to the Turkish club for a reported 8 millions Pounds.

Meireles has been a regular starter with Portugal over the last few years, playing along Miguel Veloso and Tottenham target Joao Moutinho in midfield. He has amassed 62 caps and 8 goals for his country.

He is best known for his defensive attributes but could also play in an attacking role. In Portuguese futebol circles it is a widely held belief that Meireles deserves to be at a bigger club in a bigger league. His playing style would be well suited for Serie A.