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Fábio Coentrão Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Cropped/Ludovic Péron

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Cropped/Ludovic Péron

Portugal has always had a great deal of depth at the full back positions. Ahead of the World Cup next year, Paulo Bento has several hard choices to make.

Fábio Coentrão and João Pereira have commanded the flanks for most of Paulo Bento’s time as Portugal manager, with their bursts of speed and sound offensive instincts.

However, early season injuries, combined with a loss of playing time at their respective clubs have many people doubting whether both will be ready for Brazil.

Futebol Factory looks at the full back position for Portugal.

Tickets Booked: Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), João Pereira (Valencia)

On The Bubble: André Almeida (Benfica), Vitorino Antunes (Málaga), Cédric Soares (Sporting Lisbon), Sílvio (Benfica), Miguel Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais)

For most of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign Fábio Coentrão and João Pereira have occupied the full back positions with Portugal, with the exception of injuries or suspensions. However, both have been battling injuries and inconsistency so far this season which has caused them to miss action.

Real Madrid’s Coentrão is currently sidelined with a thigh injury. Also, despite being one of Portugal’s best performers over the last several years he has not always been first-choice with Real Madrid. José Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti have at times favoured Brazilian Marcelo at left-back.

The 25-year-old has struggled to replicate the form he had with Benfica, perhaps due to the more defensive-minded managers at Real Madrid. Although, recent reports have him signing an extension with the club which could mean more playing time.

Valencia’s João Pereira is also trying to regain his form after suffering a thigh injury last month. Also, the 29-year-old’s performances for the Selecção have not been great over the last year. He will need to improve because there are several good alternatives at right-back.

Benfica’s André Almeida filled in for Pereira in two World Cup qualifiers against Israel and Luxembourg last month and played very well. However, he regularly splits playing time with defensively challenged Maxi Pereira at Benfica which is a concern.

Málaga’s Vitorino Antunes has played very well in place of Coentrão in recent matches and it appears likely that a place in the squad is his to lose.

Sílvio, who is currently on loan with Benfica from Atlético Madrid, is known for his excellent crosses and is good defensively, but is often injured. He recently missed several weeks with a serious knee injury but is back playing. He could play on both the left and the right.

Miguel Lopes has received some caps under Paulo Bento although not since the early stages of 2014 World Cup qualifying. He is currently on loan with Ligue 1 club Lyon from Sporting Lisbon. Like Silvio, he has also battled injury problems throughout his career. But he is back playing again.

And Sporting Lisbon’s Cédric Soares is an offensively gifted right back who has been selected in the past. Although he is yet to receive his first cap for Portugal.

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Benfica have continued to address their need at left-back by signing Brazilian Bruno Cortez to a one-year loan deal. The deal includes an option to sign the 26-year old to a permanent deal at the end of the campaign.

Cortez was unveiled to the public at the Estádio da Luz on Friday. He told Benfica TV that he hopes his first year in Europe could earn him a return to the Brazilian national team ahead of the World Cup in 2014.

“To return will depend on what I am able to do with Benfica. I am on a glorious club, with the help of my teammates I know I could return to the national team,” He said.

“My expectations are high and I am happy to be here. I hope to stay with Benfica forever,” Cortez said about his move to Portugal.

Cortez, who also goes by the Portuguese version of his name Cortês, received one cap with Brazil in 2011 but none since. He has played with Brazilian giants São Paulo since January 2012 after arriving from Botafogo.

The move comes days after Benfica signed Portuguese international Sílvio on loan from La Liga club Atlético Madrid. Benfica have lacked a quality left-back since Fábio Coentrão left for Real Madrid two years ago.

This past season, manager Jorge Jesus played Lorenzo Melgarejo, a converted winger at left-back to mixed results. Towards the end of the season, Jesus moved André Almeida into the position from the right side.

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TRANSFER WINDOW: Sílvio Not Named To Atlético de Madrid Squad And Is Expected To Join Benfica

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Portuguese international Sílvio was not named to the Atlético de Madrid’s squad that will train at Los Ángeles de San Rafael this week, fueling speculation that a move to Benfica is imminent.

The 25-year-old full-back has been linked with a move to the Estádio da Luz in recent weeks, likely on a loan deal. Jorge Jesus’ club has been in need of a left-back since the departure of Fábio Coentrão two years ago.

Former Portuguese international midfielder Tiago Mendes was part of the squad that will train under manager Diego Simeone. Winger Pizzi was also included in the squad despite being linked with Sporting Lisbon this summer.

Silvio moved to the La Liga club in 2011 after an impressive season at Sporting Braga. Injuries have hampered his development in the Spanish capital since then. He did play well in a short loan spell with Deportivo La Coruña this past season.

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Portuguese youngsters Pizzi, Nélson Oliveira and Bruno Gama all scored in Deportivo La Coruña’s decisive 4-0 victory over Levante in La Liga on Saturday. The victory was the club’s forth in a row and means that they are out of the relegation zone for the time being. Real Zaragoza’s loss to Barcelona on Sunday assured that they remain two points up on their rivals.

Spanish midfielder Valerón began the scoring for the Galician club in the 12th minute of play. Soon after winger Bruno Gama made a terrific run down the right side and found Pizzi just outside the box. The Portuguese international unleashed a bullet past Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munúa to put Deportivo up by two after 20 minutes.

In the 28th minute of play, Nélson Oliveira found some room at the edge of the box and kicked it past Munúa to put Deportivo up by three at the half. Oliveira received only his second start of the season after first-choice Riki who could not play because of a hamstring injury.

Bruno Gama would finish the scoring in injury time in the second half after a brilliant run into the box. Sílvio played the entire match at left-back for the Spanish club, while Zé Castro and Diogo Salomão came on in the second half as substitutes.

It was a particularly important match for 21-year-old Nelson Oliveira who has not had a good season on loan in Spain from Portuguese giants Benfica. He spoke about what the win means to his confidence.

“In terms of my performance, I was not entirely satisfied, because I wanted to give more. It was a good match to gain in confidence. Goalscorers need to score goals…You have to understand players: first they are people, then they are footballers,” he told media after the match. “I never doubted my abilities, I know what I am capable of and I know when I could do better.”

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his recent strong form by scoring two goals in a decisive 5-0 defeat of the once mighty Valencia on Sunday. Fábio Coentrão started for Los Blancos as well.

Ricardo Costa played the full 90 minutes for Valencia, while Right-Back João Pereira did not play due to a red card suspension. With Barcelona’s defeat to Real Sociodad, Real Madrid still trail their archrivals by 15 points in La Liga. Valencia remain a disappointing 7th after 20 matches.

Domingos Paciência’s third game in charge of Deportivo La Coruña proved to be a difficult one. Facing Osasuna in Pamplona, the Galician club needed a win to help them leave the relegation zone.

But it was not to be. Deportivo went down 1-0 in the 26th minute after a goal by Sola. That was followed in the 61st minute when Nino scored to put the home side up. Deportivo’s Camuñas scored in injury time through a pass by Portugal international Pizzi for the consolation goal.

Pizzi, Zé Castro, Silvio, Bruno Gama and Andre Santos all started the game for the Spanish club. Nelson Oliveira game on for Santos in the 54th minute and missed two good chances late in the game.

Paciência admitted after the game that Oliveira has struggled to readjust after missing time with an injury.

“When things aren’t good and when you don’t play, confidence and effectiveness are often not what you would like. If you are not playing then you are not prepared to score goals,” Paciência said.

He added that he needs more from the team if they are to avoid relegation. “It’s not a good result, we came to win. The first half we played poorly,” he added. “We have to do better. We are responsible for this.”

Deportivo remain last in La Liga with only 16 points in 20 matches. However, they are only three points behind 17th place Celta de Vigo.

Elsewhere in Matchday 20, Simão Sabrosa and young Forward Rui Fonte started for Espanyol in an empressive 3-2 win against Mallorca. Simão opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Portuguese defender Jose Nunes started for Mallorca in the defeat.

Helder Postiga’s Real Zaragoza lost 2-0 to Real Valladolid. Sereno started and played the full match for Valladolid.

And Athletico Madrid beat Levante 2-0 to remain second in La Liga. Former international Tiago played the full match for the capital club.

Silvio

Portuguese right-back Sílvio will join the La Liga club Deportivo La Coruña on loan for the rest of the season. Since moving to Atlético Madrid from Sporting Braga in 2011, the defender has failed to establish himself in the Spanish capital.

Sílvio joins a club loaded with Portuguese players, which includes internationals Pizzi and Nelson Oliveira. Most recently, former Sporting Lisbon and Braga manager Domingos Paciência was hired to replace José Luis Oltra.

Sílvio and Paciência will be hard pressed to rescue a club currently languishing last in the Spanish League. Deportivo have given up a league worst 39 goals. Most notably, the Galician club were embarrassed by Atlético Madrid 6-0 in a December 9th game at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. A game where Radamel Falcao scored five goals.