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Portugal's 'Cantona' gets call-up
May 15th, 2012 2:51AM

TAGS:  european championship, portugal, sweden


[EURO 2012 COUNTDOWN] Young Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira, dubbed Portugal's Eric Cantona, was among the 23 players called up by Coach Paulo Bento for Euro 2012 squad.

"We are taking Nelson who is a player with different characteristics from the other strikers, one whose path in the national team has been one of constant climb which earned him a place in his club," Bento said. "Nelson is a young man with great quality, potential and we will logically try to make him useful for us."

Portugal 23
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Eduardo (Benfica), Beto (Cluj/ROM).
Defenders: Joao Pereira (Sporting), Bruno Alves (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid/SPA), Pepe (Real Madrid/SPA), Ricardo Costa (Valencia/SPA), Rolando (Porto), Miguel Lopes (Braga).
Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Granada/SPA), Joao Moutinho (Porto), Miguel Veloso (Genoa/ITA), Raul Meireles (Chelsea/ENG), Ruben Micael (Real Zaragoza/SPA), Custodio (Braga).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/SPA), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas/TUR), Helder Postiga (Real Zaragoza/SPA), Nani (Man. United/ENG), Nelson Oliveira (Benfica), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR), Silvestre Varela (Porto).

Striker Johan Elmander was named to Sweden's 23-man squad for Euro 2012 despite suffering from a broken foot.

"The injury he has is the best one can get, if one has a fractured foot. He can walk on it already," Coach Erik Hamren told a media conference in Stockholm.

Sweden 23
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (PSV/NED), Johan Wiland, (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Pär Hansson (Helsingborg)
Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Olof Mellberg (Olympiakos), Andreas Granqvist (Genoa), Martin Olsson, (Blackburn), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich), Behrang Safari (Anderlecht), Mikael Antonsson (Bologna)
Midfielders: Rasmus Elm (AZ/NED), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland/ENG), Kim Kallstrom (Lyon/FRA), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Samuel Holmen (Istanbul BB/TUR), Emir Bajrami (Twente/NED), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al-Hilal/RSA)
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan/ITA), Johan Elmander (Galatasaray/TUR), Tobias Hysen (IFK Gothenburg), Ola Toivonen (PSV/NED), Marcus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen/GER).

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky head the Czech Republic's preliminary 24-man squad.

CSKA Moscow striker Tomas Necid was recalled despite a long-term knee injury.

Czech Republic 24
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Chelsea/ENG), Jaroslav Drobny (Hamburg/GER), Tomas Grigar (Teplice), Jan Lastuvka (Dnipro/UKR).
Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Liberec), Roman Hubnik (Hertha Berlin/GER), Michal Kadlec (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Cesena/ITA), Frantisek Rajtoral (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas/TUR), Marek Suchy (Spartak Moscow/RUS).
Midfielders: Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk/UKR), Petr Jiracek (Wolfsburg/GER), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Pilar (Viktoria Plzen), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux/FRA), Jan Rezek (Anorthosis/CYP), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal/ENG).
Forwards: Milan Baros (Galatasaray/TUR), David Lafata (Jablonec), Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscow/RU), Tomas Pekhart (Nuremberg/GER).

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