Before embarking on the one week training camp at SC Braga’s facilities in Portugal ten days ago, Alan Pardew had said how he admired Portuguese players, because they were very good technically and good professionals.
Alan Pardew – we should check out players in Portugal
And at that time Newcastle were even linked with Rolando, the 27 year-old Porto center-back and Portuguese International, but nothing has come out of those reports.
The good news from last week is that Newcastle are creating a good relationship with the SC Braga club, and w play them in pre-season on 10th August at St. James’ Park, and that’s our last warm-up game until we play at Manchester City nine days later at the Etihad Stadium.
Alan Pardew thanked the Braga club today in the local papers for their hospitality:
“We want to say a big thank you to Braga,” “Obviously, they will come and visit us. We have a good relationship with them.”
“I think Portugal is a market we haven’t exploited,” “We’re very keen to look at the competition we’ve faced this summer. I think there’s a lot of good talent here.”
There certainly was some good talent seen in the two Portugal games, and one lad who caught the eye was 20 year-old Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan, and the youngster scored two goals against us in the first 9 minutes of our 3-1 defeat against Rio Ave, and we’re sure there are others.
There are a lot of Brazilian players in Portugal, due to the fact that they speak the same language, and we suppose that’s thanks to Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who discovered what is now Brazil about 600 years ago.
Alan Pardew makes a good point and hopefully Joe Kinnear and Graham Carr will now start expanding the Magpies’ scouting network and check out the Portuguese league.
Sounds good to us.
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