Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Jose Bosingwa

Jose Bosingwa has been one of the most impressive full backs in Europe this season. Playing on the right for FC Porto and the Portuguese national side, he's improved steadily until you can now safely call him world class. Over the summer he was almost an Aston Villa player, but was also tipped to join Middlesbrough and Tottenham. Price became a stumbling block, but regret may be setting in as Bosingwa continues to impress.

Bosingwa was born in the Congo but emigrated to Portugal as a child. As a youth he joined Boavista FC, Porto's local rivals until Jose Mourinho, then the Porto manager, swooped him up for his squad.

Bosingwa quickly established himself as a club favorite as his quickness and pace saw his easily control wingers and offer support down the wing. He is extremely fit and has a few tricks in his bag. He did an excellent job for Portugal through their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with excellent crossing and poise in defense.

At 25, he is entering his prime for his position and continues to attract interest. Aston Villa really wanted to sign him but the price seemed to hover around 9m pounds, too much for O'Niell's budget. A potential move in the January for any club in the transfer window looks unlikely as he is Cup tied and, frankly, his stock has gone up. While he may not have the muscle that the Premiership seems to demand these days, he's very smart and uses his quickness very effectively in defense. Definitely one of the finest defenders in Europe at the moment.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What relevence does being cup tied have on a potential move to Villa?

12/05/2007 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point he is trying to make is that a CL club wouldnt buy him in the window. He is really a star by the way.

12/05/2007 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'Neill has no "budget". He decides what is reasonable and the chairman provides it. He has spend £9m on Young and Reo-Coker and will spend more on Carson and Davies.

Do some research.

12/06/2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger Bruno Ribeiro said...

Villa is no team for Bosingwa. When he leaves Porto, and I'm sure England is the best place for him, he surelly will go to one of the top teams; unless O'Neill can make Villa a team capable of, at least, fight for a Champions League place.

Bosingwa price is above £9m. Porto already refused to sell him por £12m.

12/06/2007 3:30 PM  

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