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Portugal demonstrated that they were a team to be reckoned with at this year’s under-20 World Cup after an impressive 5-0 defeat of Cuba. The Seleção win group B will now await the results of other matches to find out who they will face in the round of 16.

After two unconvincing games against Nigeria and South Korea, Edgar Borges’ Portugal were clinical in front of the Cuban goal and more stable at the back. Leading the way again was Sporting Lisbon’s Bruma who scored twice and assisted on goals by Aladje and Ricardo Pereira.

Borges went back to the forward trio of Aladje, Ricardo Pereira and Bruma up front against Cuba. In midfield, FC Porto’s Tozé received his first start of the tournament in place of André Gomes. Tiago Ferreira replaced Edgar Ié in central defence, while João Cancelo replaced Tomás Dabó at right-back.

In the 15th minute of play, Bruma found some room on the left side and crossed the ball to Ricardo Pereira who scored. Bruma would set up a goal by Aladje in the 37th minute before scoring just before the half.

In the second half, Bruma scored his fifth goal in the tournament off a great cross into the box by Tiago Silva. Tozé would score in the 69th minute, giving Portugal a convincing 5-0 victory over Cuba.

VIDEO: Highlights: Portugal 5 – Cuba 0 (U20 World Cup)

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Defensive mistakes continue to plague Portugal, as Edgar Borges’ U20 squad drew 2-2 with North Korea on Monday in Turkey. The Seleção will need a win against Cuba on Thursday to go through the group stage in first-place.

Borges made a few changes to the squad that beat Nigeria on Friday. Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori replaced Tiago Ferreira in central defense. Barcelona’s Agostinho Cá replaced Ricardo Alves in midfield, while Ricardo Esgaio started on the wing, in place of Ricardo Pereira.

The match began well for Portugal, when Alaje scored off a brilliant cross from João Mário. The Seleção continued to press the South Koreans, with Bruma and Aladje looking the most dangerous in the first half hour of play.

But South Korea gradually came into the match in the last ten minutes of the first half. Just before half-time, Seung-Woo Ryu got in between Ilori and Edgar Ié, delivering a brilliant shot that goalkeeper José Sá could not handle.

Portugal began the second-half with a sustained period of pressure. In the 60th minute, Bruma fired a hard shot just outside the box that eluded Korean goalkeeper Chang-Geun Lee. It was the Sporting Lisbon winger’s third goal in two matches.

After a series of poor clearing attempts, Hyun Kim was able to score inside the box to level the score at 2-2 with 15 minutes left.

After the match, manager Edgar Borges stressed that Portugal must start taking advantage of good scoring opportunities.

“It was a very competitive match, with each club playing a different style of football. What made the difference was the efficiency of the South Korean offense. In three good scoring opportunities, they scored two goals. We had many more opportunities, but we did not capitalize on the majority of our chances,” he said of his team’s performance.

“Korea was not surprising, nor did they demonstrate anything that we did not already know. The truth is that they played their game very well,” he added.

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Two goals by Sporting Lisbon’s Bruma helped Portugal beat Nigeria 3-2 in group B action at the U20 World Cup in Turkey.

Manager Edgar Borges fielded a starting XI with an attacking force of Aladje as the striker along side Bruma and FC Porto’s new signing Ricardo Pereira. Maritimo’s José Sá started in goal and made a number of outstanding saves at key periods of the match.

Benfica’s André Gomes started in midfield, alongside Sporting Lisbon’s João Mário and Belenenses’ Ricardo Alves. Noticeably missing from the match was Sporting’s central defender Tiago Ilori whose father is Nigerian.

After a nervous start by both clubs, the Seleção were the first to strike at the half-hour mark. Sporting Lisbon’s João Mário put Bruma in on goal and he made no mistake putting Portugal ahead. A few minutes later, the Nigerian goalkeeper mishandled a shot by Ricardo Pereira. Aladje was able to score easily on the rebound.

Portugal went into half-time with a comfortable 2-0 lead despite some defensive mistakes and careless giveaways by the midfield. The problems continued early in the second half and Nigeria made them pay. Abdul Ajagun would score in the 57th and 67th minute of play to even the score.

Nigeria’s hopes would soon be dashed when second half substitute Ricardo Esgaio set up Bruma for his second of the night. Edgar Borges’ team held on the rest of the way to open the U20 World Cup with a win.

Borges said after the match that he was happy with the victory, but stressed that the squad needs to minimize give aways and tighten up defensively. “I am very satisfied with the victory, but the truth is that it could have been an easier win. Nigeria are an excellent squad and caused us many problems,” Borges said.

“I would have prefered not to have conceded so many goals to the opposition, but we still did enough to win. The victory was entirely deserving.”

Portugal will play South Korea on Monday. A victory would assure them a position in the knock-out stage.

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Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma was the most notable addition to Portugal’s U-20 squad that will participate in the upcoming World Cup in Turkey. Sporting’s Tiago Ilori, Benfica’s Andre Gomes and FC Porto’s Ricardo Pereira also made the squad.

Edgar Borges’ U20 squad finished fourth in the recent Toulon Tournament after losing to France in the third place match. Along with Bruma, Borges added right-back João Cancelo, goalkeeper Bruno Varela, and forward Gonçalo Paciência, who is the son of current PAOK manager Domingos Paciência.

Notables left off the squad include Betinho, Ivan Cavaleiro, Piqueti, André Pereira and Frederico Venâncio, who were all at the Toulon tournament.

Portugal are drawn in Group B, alongside Cuba, South Korea and Nigeria. The squad faces Nigeria in their first match on June 21st.

A defensively-minded squad lead by veteran manager Ilídio Vale surprised everyone by making it to the final of the previous World Cup two years ago, losing to Brazil. Portugal heads into the tournament this year with a squad full of promising players.

When asked about his squad’s chances of winning their third U20 championship, manager Edgar Borges was quick to dismiss any high expectations. “Everyone always hopes for the best. Who does not dream should not be part of a project like this, but we know that it will be very difficult,” Borges told media at the news conference.

“We are very proud to have on our shoulders the expectation to win and we will do everything we can to do so. I cannot promise a title, but we will do whatever it takes to get there.”

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela (Benfica), José Sá (Marítimo) e Rafael Veloso (Belenenses);

Defenders: Edgar Ié (FC Barcelona), Kiko (Vitória FC de Setúbal), João Cancelo (Benfica), Mica (Sporting), Tiago Ilori (Sporting), Tiago Ferreira (FC Porto) e Tomás Dabó (Sporting de Braga);

Midfielders: André Gomes (Benfica), Tó-Zé (FC Porto), João Mário (Sporting), Agostinho Cá (FC Barcelona), Alves (Belenenses) e Tiago Silva (Belenenses);

Forwards: Aladje (FC Aprilia), Bruma (Sporting), Gonçalo Paciência (FC Porto), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto) e Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting).

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The Portuguese Champions continue to load up on promising home-grown talent by signing midfielder Josué and forward Licá to four-year deals. 22-year-old Josué Pesqueira is a former Porto youth player who for the last two season has been playing with Paços Ferreira. While 24-year-old Licá has played the last two seasons with Estoril.

The deal comes several weeks after the club announced the signing of two other Portuguese youngsters Ricardo Pereira and Tiago Rodrigues from Vitória Guimarães. FC Porto have also signed Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo and Mexican defender Diego Reyes so far this transfer period.

The two players were unveiled together on the regional television channel Porto Canal and spoke about their excitement to join Os Dragões.

“I knew one day I would return (To FC Porto) but I never thought it would be so soon. I am a Portista at heart. This club is a winner and I am as well,” Josué said.

Josué was released by Porto in 2011 before signing with Paços Ferreira. He was a major reason why the club finished in third place this past campaign. “I was able to change my mentality. I was rebellious but I have changed. I will be able to win a lot because of it,” he said about his days at Porto.

Josué is nominally an attacking midfielder, but Paços manager Paulo Fonseca also played him on the left side this season. “I will be comfortable in any position the manager decides to play me. At Paços, I played as a false forward,” he said Wednesday night.

He scored 5 goals in 32 total matches this season and was the main creative force behind a surprising Paços Ferreira club.

Luís Carlos Pereira Carneiro, better known as Licá took the long road to the top of Portuguese football. He originally began playing with his local club Social Lamas in Lamelas. In 2007, he moved to top flight club Académica where he struggled for playing time. Eventually, he was loaned to Tourizense and Trofense.

In 2011, he moved to Estoril who were then playing in the second division Liga de Honra. Licá helped the club gain promotion the following season to the first division. This past season with Estoril, he scored 6 goals in 30 matches for the club.

According to Portuguese football website Maisfutebol Licá is an unconventional forward who likes to exploit the flanks and play in a more wide position. It is believed that FC Porto like this aspect of his game.

Licá talked about how Porto is the club he grew up admiring. “I was born into a family of Portistas and I am a Portista. I am enormously happy, it is a dream to wear the jersey of FC Porto,” he told media Wednesday.

“I always believed that, if I continued to work hard, I could achieve what I wanted and this is what has happened. I had an excellent season at Estoril, Porto noticed me and now I am here. I am 24 years old and FC Porto has won many titles since I was born. It is a winning club.”

“I will be very content in whatever position the manager chooses to use me. I prefer to play on the left side of attack but I am completely at their disposal.”

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Vitória Guimarães defeated Benfica 2-1 in the finals of the Portuguese Cup on Sunday afternoon, giving the Cidade Berço club its first trophy in history. In contrast, the loss means a season without a trophy for Jorge Jesus’ Benfica club which will only put more pressure on club president Luís Filipe Vieira to make major changes.

Over a two-week period, Benfica conceded the domestic league to rivals FC Porto, lost to Chelsea in the Europa League finals and lost in the finals in the Portuguese Cup. Benfica’s fans hope for a historic treble have quickly turned to tragedy.

The match at Estádio Nacional in Jamor, near Lisbon began well for the favourites when Vitória defender Kanú’s clearance went in off Nicolas Gaitán to give Benfica the advantage at the half-hour mark. Benfica seemed in control at the half but disaster would soon strike.

Late in the second half, Benfica goalkeeper Artur’s poor clearance attempt fell to Vitoria’s Crivellaro in the middle of the pitch who passed it on to Soudani for the tying goal. Just moments later, Vitoria winger Ricardo Pereira did well to dribble past several Benfica defenders and fired a decent shot on goal. Artur misread the ball and it trickled in to give Vitória Guimarães the win.

Man of the Match Ricardo, along with teammate Tiago Rodrigues was playing his final match for the club after completing a transfer to FC Porto several weeks ago. The match did not lack drama after the final whistle either. Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo would confront and shove manager Jorge Jesus before he was restrained by several teammates.

Benfica’s disasterous finish to the season will unfortunately overshadow the terrific accomplishments by manager Rui Vitória and his young Vitória Guimarães squad. The Minho club who are based in the birthplace of Portugal’s first king win their first trophy in its 91 year history.

“We always believed in ourselves. The Benfica goal was unjust, because it went off a shoulder. At the half, we were very calm, I told the squad that we just had to raise our intensity. The young players deserve to be congratulated. We have some great talent. A large number of Portuguese do not know Guimarães but today we showed what it means to win,” manager Rui Vitória told RTP 1 television.

Guimarães striker Amido Baldé, who is another young player linked to a move abroad praised the club’s character. “We are fully deserving of this because of all the hard work we put in this season. We are very happy. We are a hard-working and humble squad.”

It was also a special accomplishment for former Benfica and Wolfsburg defender Alex who despite not playing in the final was a big part of the young club’s success this season. The 33-year-old captained the squad and is credited with mentoring many of its good young players.

“This was a hardworking squad, with a great amount of personal quality as well who were always well prepared for its opponents. What I often said to them was not always what they wanted to hear, but they never backed down from adversity on the pitch. I will always cherish this squad in my heart. It was a great pleasure and privilege to captain Vitória Sport Club in a year that will live on forever,” Alex said after the win.

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Portugal will field an impressive squad for this year’s Toulon Tournament which will begin at the end of May. The tournament is an annual event in southern France and will act as a preparation for next month’s U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Portugal is drawn in the more difficult group B alongside Belgium, Nigeria, Mexico and Brazil. Mexico is the defending champions of the Toulon Tournament which Portugal did not qualify for last year. Edgar Borges’ club will begin the tournament on May 31st against Belgium in Nîmes. Borges has previously coached Portugal’s U-17 and U-19 squads.

A surprising Portuguese club coached by Ilídio Vale reached the finals of the previous U-20 World Cup in 2011 losing to Brazil. Current Chelsea midfielder Oscar scored all three goals in the final to help defeat Portugal 3-2 in extra time.

The Portuguese squad included Nelson Oliveira, Nuno Reis, Roderick Miranda, Cédric Soares, and Amido Baldé. Brazil did not qualify this year for the World Cup in Turkey. This time around, expectations are much higher for the squad.

Benfica’s André Gomes, Sporting players Tiago Ilori, Betinho and Ricardo Esgaio, Porto’s recent signing Ricardo Pereira, as well as Barcelona’s Agostinho Cá and Edgar Ié were just some of the players added to the squad on Friday.

Notable omissions include Sporting 18-year-old winger Bruma and Manchester City’s Marcos Lopes. The squad for the U-20 World Cup will be announced at a later date.

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Goalkeepers: André Pereira (Vitória Guimarães), José Sá (Marítimo) e Rafael Veloso (Belenenses).

Defenders: Edgar Ié (Barcelona), Kiko (Vitória Setúbal), Frederico Venâncio (Vitória Setúbal), Michael (Sporting), Tiago Ilori (Sporting), Tiago Ferreira (FC Porto) e Tomás Dabó (Sporting Braga).

Midfielders: André Gomes (Benfica), Tó Zé (FC Porto), João Mário (Sporting), Agostinho Cá (FC Barcelona), Alves (Belenenses) e Tiago Silva (Belenenses).

Forwards: Aladje (FC Aprilia), Betinho (Sporting), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Piqueti (Sporting Braga), Ricardo Pereira (Vitória Guimarães) e Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting).

Manager: Edgar Borges

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FC PORTO: Dragões Sign Ricardo And Tiago Rodrigues From Vitória de Guimarães

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Vitória de Guimarães winger Ricardo and central midfielder Tiago Rodrigues will join FC Porto next season. The President of Vitória de Guimarães Júlio Mendes confirmed to media on Wednesday that the two players will sign permanent deals with FC Porto that will last until 2018.

The deal could not be made official until June. Mendes added that there are still some financial issues to work out, including the transfer fee that will be paid to Vitória de Guimarães. However, all indications suggest that Ricardo and Rodrigues will be Portistas this summer.

Both players have played a big part in Vitória de Guimarães’ successful campaign so far. This week they defeated Belenenses to advance to the final of the Taça de Portugal or Portuguese Cup, the country’s biggest domestic cup competition.

Born Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira in Lisbon, Ricardo has played as a right winger for manager Rui Vitória. At 19 years of age, he has already established himself as a very promising prospect. Ricardo has scored 5 goals in 32 games in all competitions this season. He previously belonged to the Sporting Lisbon and Naval youth system before signing with Vitória in 2011-12.

21-year-old Tiago Rodrigues also played with Escola Diogo Cão, before being signed by Sporting Lisbon and eventually Vitória de Guimarães. After being loaned to Amarante last season, Rodrigues began this campaign with Vitória’s B squad in the second tier Liga De Honra.

Rodrigues’ impressive performances with the squad caught the attention of senior club manager Rui Vitória. Rodrigues began playing regularly in the Portuguese top flight in January and has not looked back. He has scored three goals and notched another 5 assists in 18 matches with the senior club. Rodrigues is known for being very strong on set pieces as well.