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Portuguese striker eyes place in national squad

EdinhoAEK Athens’ Portuguese forward Edinho admits he was excited to learn that national team manager Carlos Queiroz was in attendance during his side’s weekend match with Panionios.

The 26-year-old striker has been a big hit in Greece since making the switch to AEK from Vitoria Setubal in January, initially scoring six goals in thirteen matches during a loan spell, before inking a permanent deal in the capital this summer.

Edinho began the new season in the best possible fashion, scoring in a 2-1 victory over fellow Athens giants Panathinaikos on the opening weekend of the season. Now, the Aveiro born striker has been given huge motivation to continue his good form after learning of Queiroz’s visit to the Panionios Stadium on Sunday.

Encouragement


“The directors here at the club told me that Carlos Queiroz was here,” Edinho said on Monday. “He didn’t speak to me, neither before nor afterwards, but I am encouraged and I am going to keep on working. It’s good just to know that we are being observed.”

News of Queiroz’s trip to Greece continues the growing change in the Portuguese national team selection policy, with the likes of Danny (Russia) and Pedro Mendes (Scotland) both receiving recent call-ups to the Seleccao das Quinas despite playing in some of Europe’s lesser known leagues.

“The Greek league is not just any league, but it is a good sign, it’s an extra motivation for the players who are outside Portugal,” Edinho admitted. “The fact that the manager has been here does not mean anything for sure, it’s just an observation, but it gives me more strength to keep working.”

“To play for the national team is a target of mine, but I realise that it is very difficult to get into the squad as they have a group of excellent players. I am going to try and be in the best form I can and, if I get an opportunity, I will give it everything.”

Championship target


AEK have eight points from their opening four Greek Super League matches, and this weekend face another derby match with the country’s biggest club. Sunday evening sees Edinho’s men travel across the city to face defending champions and early table-toppers Olympiakos at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

“We want to win the championship, we started well and we are still unbeaten. This week we have another derby, so let’s see how things go,” concluded the forward, who is now more motivated than ever heading into one of the most important games of the season.

30 September 2008, by Sean Gillen

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