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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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Rui Patricio Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Ilja Chochłow

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Ilja Chochłow

Now that Portugal has qualified for next year’s World Cup in Brazil in spectacular fashion, the months of preparation and prognostication could officially begin.

Over the next few weeks Futebol Factory will be analyzing each position. Today, we begin with the last line of defence, the goalkeeper.

Sporting Lisbon’s Rui Patricio is firmly established as Portugal’s number one. The real competition appears to be for the final two spots on the squad.

Tickets Booked: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)

On The Bubble: Beto (Sevilla), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Sporting Braga)

Despite some high-profile ‘frangos’ against Benfica and Israel in recent weeks, Rui Patricio remains Portugal’s best option in goal.

Apart from that, the situation becomes far more complicated. For most of the recent qualifying campaign, Paulo Bento has selected Patricio, Beto and Eduardo.

But Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was selected first as an injury replacement and eventually in place of Eduardo. He is now out of action after fracturing vertebrae in his back in early November.

The injury was not as serious as initially thought and the 23-year old could be back sometime in January. If he returns to the level he was at before it is possible that he could still be selected for Brazil.

Beto has been playing well at La Liga club Sevilla and looks to have the edge over Eduardo, who has had some early struggles for Braga.

Eduardo was once Portugal’s first-choice goalkeeper and the country’s best player in South Africa. But since moving to Genoa he has seen his quality decline. He has been loaned to Benfica, Turkish club İstanbul BB and now Braga.

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Sporting Braga have confirmed that they have signed highly-rated midfielder Rafa to a five-year deal. The 20-year old played in the second division last season with Feirense, scoring 9 goals in 40 matches.

Rafa drew strong interest from Sporting Lisbon as well before signing with the Minho club. He trained with his new club on Monday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Braga also announced that Portuguese international goalkeeper Eduardo Carvalho has joined the club on a one-year loan deal. Eduardo’s rights are owned by Serie A club Genoa. He played for Braga between 2005-2010 before leaving for Italy.

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

The Seleção continued their run of impressive form by beating Croatia 1-0 in an international friendly on Monday in Geneva. The win comes just days after Paulo Bento’s club defeated Russia in a crucial World Cup qualifying match.

Paulo Bento fielded a squad that was a mixture of regular starters and bench players. Although Fábio Coentrão, João Moutinho and Cristiano Ronaldo started the match. Eduardo received a rare start in goal over Rui Patricio.

The Seleção began the match brightly, creating several good chances in the opening half hour. In the 36th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo took control of the ball just outside the box and struck a good shot past Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić.

The goal was a well deserved one for Portugal’s captain after inspiring displays in back-to-back matches for the national team. Ronaldo was unlucky not to score another before half-time after a brilliantly executed header bounced off the crossbar and out.

With Ronaldo substituted at half-time, the second half saw a more balanced display from both teams, with good chances being rare on both sides. Croatia was unable to challenge Eduardo in any meaningful way and Portugal held on for the deserving victory.

FC Porto defender Sereno and Sporting Lisbon midfielder Andre Martins would receive their first international caps after coming on as second half substitutes. Portugal will go into the summer break with a renewed sense of confidence after several strong performances.

Paulo Bento looked noticeably pleased with his club’s performance after the final whistle and praised his club’s recent positive form to journalists after the match.

“That makes it three consecutive victories in different contexts: two official matches, with Azerbaijan and Russia, and today in a different context, which could be difficult sometimes especially in the last match of the campaign. But it was a good response from a group that demonstrated coesion and allowed me to use every player over the last two matches.”

“It was also the third straight game that we did not concede a goal. We did not allow many chances, despite there being a few moments in the first half. We faced a good team, but I think the outcome was very well deserved.”

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Portugal’s poor run of form continued Wednesday in Guimarães with a 3-2 loss to Ecuador. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant goal in the 23rd minute and was the best Portuguese player, but the Seleção was undone by a very poor defensive display.

Manager Paulo Bento fielded a typical starting XI, with a few exceptions. Eduardo started in net in place of established number one Rui Patricio. And Zenit’s new signing Luis Neto started the match alongside new teammate Bruno Alves, in place of the injured Pepe.

Portugal starting brightly in the first minute of play with a good chance by Helder Postiga. But a minute later goalkeeper Eduardo woefully misread a cross into the box that Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia easily capitalized on. This was a sign of things to come.

Portugal responded well with some dangerous attacks lead by Cristiano Ronaldo. They were rewarded in the 23rd minute with some clever passing that resulted in a brilliant goal by the Portuguese captain. But Portugal’s defense look noticably vulnerable throughout the first half.

After going into half-time tied at one, Portugal raised the pressure on Ecuador. In the 60th minute, Nani delivered a pass to Postiga in the box that gave Portugal the lead. But the momentum was very shortlived. A minute later right-back João Pereira brutally mismanaged a ball in the defensive zone which resulted in one of the most absurd own goals ever seen.

Now tied at two, Bento subbed Postiga and Ronaldo, and that seemed to put an end to the Portuguese attack. Former Sporting Lisbon player Felipe Caicedo, who now plays in Russia scored in the 70th minute to win it for Ecuador.

After the match Paulo Bento was asked to explain the team’s performance. “We should have scored right at the beginning of the match, but they managed to score right after that. At the beginning of the second half, we started well, went ahead and then we had the misfortune of an own goal. At 2-2, things became more difficult which resulted in the third goal by Ecuador. We played a good game with some errors,” Bento said.

Bento added that he did not blame the defensive frailties on a lapse of concentration and added that there we positives to the match for Portugal. He added that this game will not take the pressure off the team. Portugal will play two very important World Cup qualifying games against Israel and Azerbaijan at the end of March.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Goal Against Ecuador On Wednesday