Simão retires from the Portuguese NT

The winger announces retirement "for personal reasons"

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On Friday, ahead of our UEFA Super Cup match, Simão Sabrosa announced his retirement from the Portuguese national team.

The winger has represented his country on 85 occassions and scored 22 goals. He featured in all of Portugal’s games at the recent World Cup in South Africa.

Simão, now 30, managed to score on his debut for Portugal as a 19 year-old against Israel. He missed the World Cup in 2002 through injury, but was present at all other major tournaments since.

Along with Tiago, Simão was selected for Portugal’s upcoming fixtures against Cyprus and Norway.

Simão, who now will be able to focus even more on his performances for Atlético, told the president of the Portuguese FA that the time has come to make way for younger prospects.

“It was a tremendous honour and pleasure to wear the national team’s shirt and represent Portugal for all these years. But after long consideration I think this is the moment to retire and make way for the new generation of players.”

Atleti’s vice captain concluded by saying he’ll continue to support Portugal and wished them the best of luck in the future.

  • Ringo Schut

    I don’t think it will improve his performances that much…

    Still hoping for a sell, but don’t see that happening anymore 🙁

  • Mert

    i think we may be a bit premature in declaring Simão “over the hill.” while he’s certainly lost a step over the last few years, he really did do an excellent job facilitating much of our attack against Inter.

    while a sell for a hefty amount would be nice, since it’s unlikely we should appreciate what he has to offer.

  • Edletico

    I cant see why everyone is saying that Simao is slow. He had the pace to beat Lucio ,yes Lucio the player that had drogba in his pocket for 180 mins. Simao also posseses so much quality with his free kicks, finishing and passing ability. Not only does he perform on the pitch he surely must help the youngsters. Players like Keko are luck to have a role model like that. fair enough he is losing a bit of stamina but he can be rotated with other quality players in Merida and Jurado