Five players from the FC Porto team that won four trophies this
season have been named in the Portugal squad for its crucial
European Championship qualifier against Norway next month.
Porto won the Europa League and the Portuguese league, Cup and
Supercup in the just-ended season.
There were no major surprises in coach Paulo Bento’s
announcement Monday of his 23-man squad for the June 4
Malaga’s Duda and Sporting Lisbon’s Andre Santos earned recalls
but there was no place for Genoa’s Miguel Veloso or Ricardo
Quaresma of Besiktas.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns for the match at Benfica’s Stadium of
Light after missing two friendly games through injury.
Portugal is fighting back from a disastrous start to its Euro
2012 qualifying campaign and lies joint second with Denmark in
group H, three points behind leader Norway.
The Norwegians beat Portugal 1-0 in Oslo last September, days
after the Portuguese were held to a 4-4 draw at home by Cyprus, to
leave the Portuguese with just one point from their first two
Bento has revived Portugal’s fortunes since he replaced Carlos
Queiroz eight months ago, winning two out of two in group H and
presiding over the 4-0 friendly victory against world champion
”There’s pressure on us, but it’s a better kind of pressure
than we had last year,” Bento said.