A surprise pick in Portugal’s Euro 2012 squad, Lopes has impressed during his lengthy loan stint at Braga, yet his call-up for national service this summer was not without complication.
While he was delighted to have earned a call-up from coach Paulo Bento, fiancée Monica Pina was not so happy as it meant cancelling her planned wedding to the energetic full-back. “I had to do a lot of talking to a lot of people when it became clear we would have to cancel our wedding, but that day can come another time for me,” he says. “The honour of playing for my country in a major tournament means so much to me and I just hope I can give the team something if the coach needs me.”
His versatility makes his a useful addition to the Portugal squad as he can play well in either full-back position