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Brazil-born Pepe gets Portugal call-up for Euro 2008 qualifiers

Brazil-born Pepe gets Portugal call-up for Euro 2008 qualifiers

Pepe is set to be the latest player born in Brazil to play for Portugal.
The Real Madrid central defender, who recently took Portuguese nationality, was included in the 22-man squad Thursday for Portugal's two European Championship qualifiers.
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari selected the 24-year-old Pepe _ who moved from FC Porto to Madrid in the preseason _ for games against Poland on Sept. 8 and Serbia four days later.
Pepe joins Brazil-born FC Barcelona midfielder Deco, also a former Porto player, who has 47 caps since adopting Portuguese nationality four years ago.
"Some of the best teams in the world have naturalized players," said Scolari, who is Brazilian. "That's how it is nowadays."
Scolari recalled Manchester United's Nani after he was left off the squad for Portugal's last game, a 1-1 draw in Armenia. Atletico Madrid's Maniche, out of favor since October, also got his place back.
Benfica midfielder Armando Petit returns after missing the last game through suspension.
Poland leads Group A with 19 points, two ahead of Finland. Portugal is third with 15 points but has played one less game than the top two. Serbia is fourth with 14 points.
Portugal hosts Poland and Serbia in Lisbon. The Poles beat Portugal 2-1 last year and Serbia shut out the Portuguese for a 0-0 draw.
Portugal hasn't lost an international qualifying game at home since 1998.
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Roster:
Goalkeepers: Ricardo Pereira (Betis), Quim Silva (Benfica).
Defenders: Miguel Monteiro (Valencia), Jorge Andrade (Juventus), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Jose Bosingwa (FC Porto), Marco Caneira (Valencia), Fernando Meira (Stuttgart), Pepe (Real Madrid), Bruno Alves (FC Porto).
Midfielders: Deco (FC Barcelona), Tiago Mendes (Juventus), Joao Moutinho (Sporting Lisbon), Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid), Nani (Manchester United), Maniche (Atletico Madrid), Armando Petit (Benfica).
Forwards: Helder Postiga (FC Porto), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Nuno Gomes (Benfica).


Updated : 2020-12-02 00:23 GMT+08:00