Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 17h16

June 13: eagles' diary in the World Cup


All the national teams are already on Russian soil. Rúben Dias, Salvio, Seferovic, Zivkovic and Ebuehi work “flat out” to be options.

One day away from the start of the World Cup, all the national teams are already on Russian soil for the most important international competition. Benfica's squad is represented by  Rúben Dias, Salvio, Seferovic, Zivkovic and Ebuehi.

The first player to take action is Rúben Dias. On Friday, June 15, at 7:00 pm, there is a Portugal-Spain, in the Group B, a match whistled by the Italian Gianluca Rocchi. Before the departure to Sochi, the Portuguese players carried out the last training session in Kratov this Wednesday.

Rúben Dias e Manuel Fernandes

Before the training sessions, Bernardo Silva spoke to the Press, assuring that he is “super-motivated”. The attacking midfielder of Manchester City also spoke about pride. “To be here representing our Country is a pride”, he admitted.

“All the players are motivated. We want to do a great World Cup, reinforced the footballer nurtured at  Caixa Futebol Campus.

Portugal's opponent in the first match of the World Cup woke up with the sacking of the national coach Julen Lopetegui for having penned a deal with Real Madrid for the next season. Fernando Hierro is the new Spanish national coach.

“We must be concerned with our work”, said Bernardo Silva.

Seleção da Nigéria

At Nigeria, Tyronne Ebuehi remains in the limelight. This Wednesday, the Super Eagles national coach, Gernot Rohr, admitted that Benfica's new signing is fully recovered from the injury he had picked up in the face.

In Russia since June 12, the Nigerians train for the debut against Croatia, on June 16,  a match in which the “Premium Times” newspaper predicts Ebuehi as a starter on the right side of Nigeria's defense.

Also in Group D, Jorge Sampaoli worked once again with the Argentinean players in Bronnitsy, in Russia.

As it had happened on Tuesday, the Argentine national coach fielded Salvio with the possible starters in the position of right-back.

According to the site "Notícias do Dia", the Benfica player won the battle against Biglia and Lo Celso for a spot on the right of the defensive line.


Argentina has the first match of the competition on June 16 against Iceland.

Who is also in Togliatii is Switzerland and Seferovic.

The Swiss national team makes its debut on June 17 against Brazil, in Group E.

Seleção da Suíça a treinar

Serbia, who makes its debut in the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 17, also in Group E, prepares itself in Kaliningrad.

Zivkovic has been considered by the pundits as one of the youngsters to closely follow in the competition that takes place in Russia between June 14 and July 15. 


Text: Marco Rebelo

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