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Nélson Oliveira only new face in Portugal squad

Published: Friday 24 February 2012, 14.25CET
Paulo Bento has brought SL Benfica forward Nélson Oliveira into the Portugal squad for the first time and also recalled a quartet of players for the friendly against Poland in Warsaw.
Nélson Oliveira only new face in Portugal squad
Nélson Oliveira played a star role in Portugal's U-20 World Cup campaign last summer ©Getty Images
 
Published: Friday 24 February 2012, 14.25CET

Nélson Oliveira only new face in Portugal squad

Paulo Bento has brought SL Benfica forward Nélson Oliveira into the Portugal squad for the first time and also recalled a quartet of players for the friendly against Poland in Warsaw.

SL Benfica forward Nélson Oliveira is the only new face in Paulo Bento's 23-man Portugal squad for the friendly against Poland on Wednesday.

Oliveira, 20, was one of the key players when Portugal reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup final against Brazil last summer and Bento said: "Nélson Oliveira is a young player with great potential and enormous talent. He has different qualities, ones we don't have in our squad. As this will be the last selection before the tournament, it's a great opportunity."

Bento has also recalled Real Betis Balompié right-back Nélson, Valencia CF centre-back Ricardo Costa, Beşiktaş JK midfielder Manuel Fernandes and FC Porto winger Silvestre Varela for the match against the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts, the first game to be played at Warsaw's new National Stadium.

Portugal squad
Goalkeepers: Beto (CFR 1907 Cluj), Eduardo (SL Benfica), Rui Patrício (Sporting Clube de Portugal).

Defenders: Bruno Alves (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid CF), João Pereira (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Pepe (Real Madrid CF), Nélson (Real Betis Balompié), Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF), Rolando (FC Porto).

Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Granada CF), João Moutinho (FC Porto), Manuel Fernandes (Beşiktaş JK), Miguel Veloso (Genoa CFC), Raúl Meireles (Chelsea FC), Rúben Micael (Real Zaragoza).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF), Hugo Almeida (Beşiktaş JK), Hélder Postiga (Real Zaragoza), Nani (Manchester United FC), Nélson Oliveira (SL Benfica), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş JK), Silvestre Varela (FC Porto).

*Carlos Martins and Silvestre Varela have withdrawn. Paulo Machado (Toulouse FC) has been added.

Last updated: 04/04/12 13.18CET

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