Portugal under-21 and under-23 coach Rui Jorge revealed his Olympic squad this afternoon at the Cidade do Futebol in Oeiras. The ex-Sporting defender will take 18 players to Brazil this summer, including Benfica’s Nuno Santos, currently on loan at Vitória de Setúbal. Goalkeeper Bruno Varela, who left Benfica this summer, has also made the cut. One mystery player has yet to be named.
Gonçalo Guedes, Nélson Semedo and Hélder Costa had all been tipped to receive call-ups, but all three are absent from the squad. It is believed that Benfica vetoed the inclusion of Guedes and Semedo so that they would be available for the start of the new season.
Portugal begin their Olympic campaign with a tough test against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro on August 4th. Next up is Honduras, also in Rio, on August 7th. Portugal’s final Group D opponents are Algeria, who they play in Belo Horizonte on August 10th. The top two teams from each group will progress to the quarter-finals.
Ederson was omitted from Brazil’s Olympic squad, and is now recovering from knee surgery. Victor Lindelöf (Sweden) and Raúl Jiménez (Mexico) both expressed a desire to represent their countries in Brazil, but Benfica have blocked Raúl's participation, and are likely to do the same for Lindelöf. Franco Cervi has been overlooked by Portugal’s Group D rivals Argentina, despite making their preliminary squad.
Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela (V. Setúbal) and Joel Pereira (Man Utd)
Defenders: Edgar Ié (Villareal), Ricardo Esgaio (SCP), Tiago Ilori (Liverpool) and Tobias Figueiredo (SCP)
Midfielders: André Martins (unattached), Bruno Fernandes (Udinese), Sérgio Oliveira (FCP), Tomás Podstawski (FCP), Francisco Ramos (Desp. Chaves) and Tiago Silva (Feirense)
Forwards: Fábio Sturgeon (Belenenses), Salvador Agra (Nacional), Carlos Mané (SCP), Gonçalo Paciência (FCP) and Nuno Santos (V. Setúbal)