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Scolari eyes Ronaldo Euro boost

The Portugal squad
Luis Felipe Scolari takes control of Portugal for the final time at Euro 2008

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari wants Cristiano Ronaldo to replicate his brilliant club form after naming the winger in his Euro 2008 squad.

Ronaldo and Manchester United team-mate Nani were included in the 23-man party for the tournament, starting on 7 June.

"There is no doubt that Ronaldo is in great form but I cannot guarantee he will be in the same form as he's been at Manchester United," said Scolari.

Chelsea defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira are also in the squad.

The Stamford Bridge outfit's new 16.2m signing, right-back Jose Bosingwa, will move to the Blues after his stint with Portugal in Austria and Switzerland.

With the Champions League final to contest on 21 May, the United and Chelsea players will join up with the squad after the game in Moscow.

BBC Sport's Oliver Brett
There was no place in Scolari's Euro 2008 group for Chelsea's former on-loan midfielder Maniche, who now plays for Inter Milan. The 30-year-old's omission was the only surprise in the squad announcement.

Portugal finished as runners-up to Greece on home soil in 2004 and Scolari, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, is expecting another strong performance.

"The expectations are the same as in 2004," added Scolari, who will step down as Portugal coach after the competition.

"We have great quality to clinch the qualification in the first phase. I have total belief in this squad."

Portugal are in Group A with the Czech Republic, Turkey and co-hosts Switzerland.


Goalkeepers: Ricardo Pereira (Real Betis), Quim Silva (Benfica), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Miguel Monteiro (Valencia), Jose Bosingwa (Porto, to join Chelsea after tournament), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Fernando Meira (VfB Stuttgart), Bruno Alves (Porto), Pepe (Real Madrid), Jorge Ribeiro (Boavista)

Midfielders: Raul Meireles (Porto), Joao Moutinho (Sporting), Deco (Barcelona), Armando Petit (Benfica), Miguel Veloso (Sporting)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto), Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Nani (Manchester United), Helder Postiga (Panathinaikos)

see also
Garth Crooks's team of the season
13 May 08 |  Premier League
Why Ronaldo made the difference
12 May 08 |  Man Utd
How the title was won
12 May 08 |  Premier League
Tim Vickery column
05 May 08 |  Football
Ronaldo wins writers' award again
02 May 08 |  Premier League
Ronaldo named player of the year
27 Apr 08 |  Football
Uefa reduces Scolari's suspension
04 Oct 07 |  Internationals
Scolari to leave after Euro bid
26 Dec 06 |  Internationals
Pick your Portugal XI
23 May 08 |  Portugal

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