Carlos Queiroz has named 24 players for the World Cup in South Africa. There are some surprises, notably the inclusion of Beto (FC Porto), Daniel Fernandes (Iraklis), Ricardo Costa (Lille), José Castro (Deportivo), Fábio Coentrão (Benfica). The latter is the only representative of the new Portuguese champions. Out are Quim (Benfica), Hilário (Chelsea), Rui Patrício (Sporting) and João Moutinho (Sporting). One of the 24 will be left out to bring the number down to the statutory 23. The squad, except for those players still involved in club competitions, will gather on Friday in Covilhã in the north of Portugal
Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Sporting Braga), Beto (FC Porto), Daniel Fernandes (Iraklis);
Defenders: Duda (Málaga), Miguel (Valência), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Bruno Alves (FC Porto), Rolando (FC Porto), Pepe (Real Madrid), José Castro (Deportivo), Ricardo Costa (Lille), Fábio Coentrão (Benfica);
Midfielders: Pedro Mendes (Sporting), Tiago (Atlético Madrid), Deco (Chelsea), Raul Meireles (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Sporting);
Forwards: Simão (Atlético Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Liedson (Sporting), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Nani (Manchester United), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen).
After a six-hour meeting in the headquarters of the Danish football federation, the countries in the Euro 2012 qualification Group H could not reach an agreement as to the dates of fixtures. Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz and Federation sports director Carlos Godinho were present at the meeting with representatives of Denmark, Norway, Cyprus and Iceland. UEFA will now need to intervene to break the deadlock through a draw.
Chelsea and Portugal right back José Bosingwa will undergo a second knee operation that will keep him out for the rest of the season, meaning that he will miss the World Cup Finals. His Chelsea teammate, Deco, however, has said that he is fit again after injury and will be ready if selected by Carlos Queiróz.
Portugal beat China 2-0 on Wednesday in a game of two halves. In the first, they were very lively and created a good number of chances, the China 'keeper Zhang Lu pulling off a series of excellent saves. Portugal managed a goal on the break on 35 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo charging down the left and crossing for an unmarked Hugo Almeida to blast home from the edge of the box. The second half, with its wholesale changes, was a far scrappier affair and merited whistles from the 20,000 crowd. Portugal only extended their lead deep into added time, a João Moutinho shot deflecting off Sporting teammate Liedson and in.
Portugal have only played China once before. Before the 2002 World Cup, they beat them by the same scoreline, but went on to get knocked out at the group stage of the Finals.
Portugal: Eduardo (Hilário 46), Paulo Ferreira, Rolando, Bruno Alves (Tonel 63), Duda (Miguel 46), Raul Meireles, Tiago (Pedro Mendes 46), Simão (João Moutinho 46), Cristiano Ronaldo (Liedson 46), Hugo Almeida, Nani (Varela 62).
China: Zhang Lu, Cao Yang (Zhao Xuri 46), Du Wei, Wang Qiang, Rong Hao, Shao Jiayi (Jiang Ning 46), Zhang Linpeng, Qu Bo (Gang Wang 61), Zheng Zhi (Liu Jianye 72), Yu Hai (Hao Junmin 53), Gao Lin (Zhang 46).
Earlier in the evening, Portugal's U-23s thrashed their Welsh counterparts 7-2 in the second game of the International Challenge Cup in Fátima. Vítor Gomes, João Ribeiro, Ricardo Vaz Té (2), Paulo Machado, Bruno Gama and Carlos Saleiro got Portugal's goals, while Christopher and Williams replied for Wales.
Portugal: Rui Patrício, Miguel Lopes (Sílvio 70), Vasco Fernandes, Nuno André Coelho, Fábio Coentrão (Emídio Rafael 30), Pelé, Vítor Gomes (Nuno Coelho 46), Paulo Machado, Vieirinha, João Ribeiro (Bruno Gama 61), Vaz Té (Saleiro 66).
Wales: Stephen Cann, Michael Pearson, Kyle Critchell, Lee Surman, Curtis McDonald (Rob Williams 59), Ashley Williams (Michael Johnston 79), Aeron Edwards (Luke Sherbon 65), Craig Stephen Jones, Scott Barrow (Jamie Reed 50), Alex Darlington, Jack Christopher (Craig Moses 50).
Portugal have dropped from 5th to 6th in the FIFA rankings, published on Wednesday. They have been overtaken by Germany.
Portugal U-21s lost 0-2 to Sweden in Anadia on Tuesday. The game was preparation for the run-in of the European Championship qualifiers against Lithuania, England and Macedonia. Fejzullahu on 52 minutes and Denni Avdic on 64 got the goals.
Portugal: Ventura (Diego Silva 46), João Gonçalves (Candeias 46), Miguel Vítor, André Pinto, Fábio Faria (Rúben Lima 82), Adrien Silva, André Santos (Rui Pedro 45), Castro (Pedro Moreira 66), Bruno Pereirinha, Rabiola (Diogo Salomão 78), Ukra (Yazalde 66).
Sweden: Viktor Norring (Kristoffer Nordfeldt 46), Erik Lund (Jiloan Hamad 46), Niklas Backman, Jakob Johamsson, Martin Olsson (Pierre Bengtsson 66), Emil Salomonsson, Denni Avdic, Daniel Nordmark (Eric Milsson 82), Emir Bajrami (Markus Astwald 82), Emir Kujovic (Par Ericsson 66), Erton Fejzullahu (Agon Mehmeti 66).
Carlos Queiroz has added Sporting captain João Moutinho to the squad to play China in a friendly on Wednesday, bringing the total number of players in the squad up to 18. Queiroz was at Alvalade to see Sporting beat FC Porto 3-0 on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Porto's Rúben Micael and Sporting's Yannick Djaló have both pulled out of the U-23 friendly against Wales through injury.
Carlos Queiroz has announced his squad of 17 players for the friendly against China on 2 March at the Estádio Municipal de Coimbra (ko 20.15). Returning in relation to the last call-up are Cristiano Ronaldo, Pedro Mendes and Hugo Almeida, all injured at the time, and Chelsea 'keeper Hilário. João Moutinho and Miguel Veloso are absent. Varela, who has been impressive all season for FC Porto, gets his first call-up. Queiroz said that he may add players to the squad after the weekend's games have been played.
Atlético Madrid: Simão Sabrosa, Tiago;
Chelsea: Hilário, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho;
Manchester United: Nani;
FC Porto: Bruno Alves, Raul Meireles, Rolando, Varela;
Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo;
Sporting: Liedson, Pedro Mendes;
Sporting Braga: Eduardo;
Werder Bremen: Hugo Almeida
António Simões has named 18 players for the U-23 game against Wales on 3 March in Fátima. Rúben Micael and Fábio Coentrão, widely expected to be selected for the senior squad, have both been called up for the Wales game.
Académica: Emídio Rafael, João Ribeiro, Nuno Coelho;
Benfica: Fábio Coentrão;
Bolton: Vaz Té;
Celta de Vigo: Vasco Fernandes;
FC Porto: Ruben Micael, Miguel Lopes, Nuno André Coelho;
Rio Ave: Bruno Gama, Vítor Gomes;
Sporting: Rui Patrício, Saleiro, Yannick;
Toulouse: Paulo Machado;
Vitória de Setúbal: Mário Felgueiras
Oceano Cruz announced his squad of 18 for the U-21 international against Sweden on 2 march at Anadia (ko 18.15). Making their débuts in the squad are Diogo Salomão of Real Massamá and Diego Silva of Sporting Covilhã.
Benfica: Miguel Vítor;
Paços de Ferreira: Candeias;
Gil Vicente: Pedro Moreira e Rui Pedro;
Real Massamá: Diogo Salomão
Rio Ave: Fábio Faria;
Sporting Covilhã: Diego Silva;
Olhanense: Castro, João Gonçalves, Rabiola, Ukra, Ventura, Yazalde;
Sporting: Adrien Silva, Bruno Pereirinha, Daniel Carriço;
União de Leiria: André Santos;
Vitória de Setúbal: André Pinto
National coach Carlos Queiroz reportedly got into a fight with journalist and UEFA representative Jorge Baptista in the airport on the way to Poland for the Euro 2012 draw on Sunday.
The draw took place in Warsaw on Sunday for the qualifying stages of Euro 2012. Portugal, as seeds, found themselves in the five-team Group H along with Denmark (who they had trouble with in the 2010 World Cup qualifying stage) Norway, Cyprus and Iceland. The top teams and the best second-placed team of the nine groups will qualify automatically, while the other second-placed teams will play off.
Portugal remain in 5th plae in the FIFA rankings, published on Wednesday. Egypt enter the top ten after winning the recent African Cup of Nations: