Portugal pick 24 players, including Pepe

2010-05-11 12:38

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz on Monday night nominated a provisional squad of 24 for the soccer World Cup, led by former world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and including Pepe.

The Real Madrid defender Pepe only resumed training recently from a knee injury which has sidelined him since December.

Queiroz will have to scrap one player when he has to submit the final 23-player squad by June 1 for the June 11-July 11 tournament in South Africa where Portugal meet record champions Brazil, Ivory Coast and North Korea in a tough Group G.

Portugal placed fourth at the last World Cup 2006 in Germany.


Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Sporting Braga), Daniel Fernandes (Iraklis Salonika), Beto (Porto);

Defenders: Miguel (Valencia), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Bruno Alves (Porto), Rolando (Porto), Ricardo Costa (Lille), Duda (Malaga), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica Lisbon)

Midfielders: Pedro Mendes (Sporting Lisbon), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ze Castro (Deportivo da Coruna), Tiago (Atletico Madrid), Deco (Chelsea), Raul Meireles (Porto), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon)

Forwards: Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid), Danny (Zenit St Petersburg), Liedson (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Nani (Manchester United).

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