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Portugal's Scolari names experienced squad
May 13th, 2008 7AM



[EURO '08 COUNTDOWN] Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named 11 players from his Euro '04 runner-up team to the squad he will take to the European Championship finals in Austria and Switzerland next month.

The surprise omission was Inter Milan's Maniche, who played in the Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006 finals and was a regular starter in Euro '08 qualifying.

"The expectations are the same as in 2004," Scolari said. "We have great quality to clinch the qualification in the first phase. I have total belief in this squad."

Training camp opened Monday in Viseu.

Four Portuguese players will be unavailable until next next week's UEFA Champions League final: Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira of Chelsea, and the Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.

Goalkeepers: Ricardo Pereira (Real Betis, Spain), Quim Silva (Benfica), Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Defenders: Miguel Monteiro (Valencia, Spain), Jose Bosingwa (Porto), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea, England), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea, England), Fernando Meira (VfB Stuttgart, Germany), Bruno Alves (Porto), Pepe (Real Madrid), Jorge Ribeiro (Boavista).
Midfielders: Raul Meireles (Porto), Joao Moutinho (Sporting), Deco (Barcelona, Spain), Armando Petit (Benfica), Miguel Veloso (Sporting)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, England), Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto), Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen, Germany), Nani (Manchester United, England), Helder Postiga (Panathinaikos, Greece).

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