Portugals No1 Problem: No Decent Striker.

Discussion in 'Portugal' started by RuiFigo, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. RuiFigo

    RuiFigo New Member

    Oct 31, 2001
    Lourinha, Portugal.
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    This is well known and documented fact.

    In footballing circles around the world, international press and café conversations through out Portugal, people comment on how Portugals main weakness is the lack of firepower up front. If Portugal had just one, one Fernando Torres, we could have won the European Cup back in 2004, gone a step further in previous World Cup and Euro campaings and not struggled through the qualifiers...

    My question is.. why does Portugal continue to produce world class Midfielders over and over again but not find..one...ONE world class striker?

    and... What does the FPF need to do to resolve this problem? Surely it is something that needs to be actioned instead of hoping that someone comes along through the ranks? A Striker Academy of some sort? Aim to produce someone by 2018?

    It baffles me.
     
  2. GoodDead

    GoodDead Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 8, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Club:
    Sporting Braga
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Why can't most country's produce wingers creative players or even Right Backs like Portugal? It is what it is. This question has been posed to death and doesn't need another thread.
     
  3. ---Z---

    ---Z--- Member+

    Cagalhao
    Nov 2, 2005
    CAMPEAO
    Club:
    Sporting CP Lisbon
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    I think Portugal will always be missing something

    years from now we may have an abundance of strikers, but no midfielders or defense

    we just dont have the depth in our talent pool to have top notch players for every position.

    Fernando Gomes was a Portuguese striker who won two golden boots and the NT wasnt succesful. than there is guys like Manuel Fernandes from Sporting (scored 30 goals in 86 season and was controversially left of the world cup squad) Rui Jordao, Rui Aguas, Tamagnini Nene (not sure if he was a striker) ...

    anwyays seems to me Portugal always had good strikers up until the golden generation era..
     
  4. GoodDead

    GoodDead Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 8, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Club:
    Sporting Braga
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Eusebio.

    I'm sure a good one will come around at some point. I think it the attitude of the youth to be too focussed on flash and technical ability that one touch then shooting isn't on their practice list which leads to poor finishing instincts. The game is so fast there is no time to think just react and our players are all about holding play and controlling the ball.
     
  5. SCP_16

    SCP_16 Member+

    Aug 8, 2004
    Portugal
    Club:
    Sporting CP Lisbon
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Spot on, my friend. SPOT ON.
     
  6. Aveirenses

    Aveirenses Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Guardiolunya
    Club:
    Sporting CP Lisbon
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    I was so eager to reply with Liedson's name that I actually typed in Liedson as my username... !

    Obviously not home-grown but he's a temporary solution to the problem.

    I'm sure we have some striker out there somewhere ready to explode onto the scene. Unfortunately we don't have Roy da Silva to tap for resources anymore though.
     
  7. nbstriker8

    nbstriker8 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    new beige
    Club:
    SL Benfica
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Liedson is a good player, and he keeps fighting to score goals. I just wish he had more mass. I can see him getting pushed around by certain teams.
     
  8. castanha

    castanha New Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    I remember a huge thread we had going on about Ricardo Vaz Te. He was supposed to be T. Henry by now. I think he's still on Bolton's bench.

    Maybe somebody will pop out of nowhere and come up big for us. Probably not by the WC, though.
     
  9. Chess_Panther

    Chess_Panther Member+

    Apr 29, 2007
    Porto, Portugal
    His name is Joelzinho.


    You couldn't be more wrong. This is BS and we have our ways to guarantee that H. Almeida and Liedson will have an aciddent. Let's say...that...they fall in the bathtub...and by coincidence Joelzinho will be passing by. Yes, in the locker room, some might find that weird...but once he declares to be a striker, CQ will take him in a heartbeat.
     
  10. Bengoechea

    Bengoechea Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    São Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Liedson in underrated, even when he played at Corinthians, because of his lightweight.
    However, the man is a fantastic goalscorer and he balance his absence of physical strenght with quickness and agility.
    Like we say in Brazil, Liedson is a monster.
     
  11. Nakamura10

    Nakamura10 New Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    São Paulo - Brazil
    Club:
    Internacional Porto Alegre
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Liedson really is a tremendous striker. The problem is he's already 31, so he's only a short term solution. Besides, answering to what was brought up in this topic, he wasn't born in Portugal.
     
  12. Joelzinho

    Joelzinho Member

    May 23, 2005
    Montreal!
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    I declared myself eligible during the summer, sadly, my club coach moved me into a winger role and used me sparingly in the striker role. We all have the Portuguese syndrome it appears..lol
     
  13. vilafria

    vilafria Member+

    Jun 2, 2005
    OK. Andre Silva.
    It's starting to feel right.
     
  14. JoseEmidio

    JoseEmidio Member+

    Dec 6, 2009
    London
    Club:
    SL Benfica
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Chess_Panther, Joelzinho and Aveirenses been years.
     

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