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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Portuguese sports website Maisfutebol is reporting that Ricardo Quaresma will sign a two and a half-year deal with FC Porto. The contract could be finalized as early as this week.

The Portuguese winger rescinded his contract with Dubai-based club Al Ahli and is expected to return to the club where he had the best moments of his career. Quaresma would arrive as a free agent which means the club will not pay a transfer fee.

Maisfutebol is reporting that the 30-year-old was in Porto last week and has now settled into a house north of the city. Porto manager Paulo Fonseca is currently planning to integrate Quaresma into training, according to the same reports.

Supremely talented, but with a volatile personality, Ricardo Quaresma never really fulfilled the potential many people had of him when he burst onto the scene.

He is best known for his exceptional ability, in particular the famous ‘trivela,’ which consists of striking the ball with the outside of the foot with great voracity. Goalkeepers were unable to read which direction the ball would be going until it was often too late.

A product of Sporting Lisbon’s famed academy, Ricardo Quaresma dazzled fans in his early days with the club. In 2003, he received his first call-up to the Portuguese national team. His performances earned him a transfer to FC Barcelona that same year.

At this time, most people considered him a better prospect than even Cristiano Ronaldo, who is two years younger. Ronaldo would move to Manchester United in 2003 and the rest as they say is history.

At Barcelona, Quaresma did not have a particularly great season, and fell-out with then manager Frank Rijkaard. A sign of things to come. Refusing to play for the club any longer, Quaresma moved to FC Porto.

Between 2004-08, Quaresma enjoyed the best years of his career. He won three league titles with the club and was named the best player in the league in 2006.

In 2008 he moved to Serie A club Inter Milan, who were then coached by José Mourinho. He saw very little game action over his two years at the Italian club. Quaresma’s attitude is said to have been a problem. He played no role in Inter’s 2009-10 Champions League win.

Quaresma was released ahead of the 2010-11 season. He signed with Turkish club Beşiktaş where he put together some good performances the next two seasons. He was re-called to the Portuguese national team and was even selected for Euro 2012.

But his personality would once again be a problem. At Beşiktaş he clashed with Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal and eventually the club released him. He signed with Al Ahli in January 2013.

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Benfica officially announced the signing of Portuguese-Canadian defender Steven Vitória to a four-year deal on Sunday. The 26-year-old Vitória spent the last three seasons with Estoril. He comes to Benfica on a free transfer.

Standing at 1,95m, Vitória is known for his size, strength in marking, and ability to score goals, particularly on penalties. He scored 11 goals in 27 matches for Estoril this year, 8 were from the spot.

Vitória is also known for taking excellent free-kicks, which is extremely rare for a defender. He scored a terrific goal against FC Porto in a Taca da Liga match in December 2012.

The Toronto-born Vitória began playing football with the Woodbridge Strikers. In 2005, he moved to FC Porto’s youth academy. In 2007, he represented Portugal at the U-20 World Cup held in Canada.

Vitória would soon find it hard to graduate to FC Porto’s senior club and was loaned to Tourizense, Olhanense and Covilhã. In 2010 he signed with Lisbon suburban club Estoril, which was at the time languishing in the second division of Portuguese football.

In 2012, Estoril were promoted to the top division and many clubs took notice of Vitória. He was a major part in the club finishing an impressive fifth in their first season back in the first division.

Vitória told Benfica TV on Sunday that he remembers listening to broadcasts of Benfica matches on his father’s radio in Toronto while growing up.

“Joining Benfica is a dream come true. I have reached the biggest club in Portuguese football and I want to win it all,” he said. “This is the first day in the rest of my life. I come to help the club win.”

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