Eduardo’s season started in less than glorious fashion as he was ushered out of the door of Serie A side Genoa and beat a hasty retreat home, signing a one-year loan deal with Benfica. However, he failed to oust Artur Moraes from the first choice position in a season when the Eagles soared in the Champions League.
Likely to start as back-up to Rui Patricio at Euro 2012, Eduardo played in five of Portugal’s qualifiers on the road to Poland and Ukraine, yet he was not always entirely secure, with the 4-4 home draw against Cyprus a night he will not remember with any fondness, even though he was left cruelly exposed by his out of sorts defensive colleagues.
His international career kicked-off in 2009 and he retained his place in the Portugal side through to the World Cup finals the following season, where he produced some impressive displays in South Africa. Eduardo’s efforts to deny Spain in the last-16 tie won him praise and this expressive performer is known to belt out his national anthem with special gusto before internationals.