ADU'S DESTINATION IS SET: BELENENSES
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RICH FIDLER - Monday, August 31, 2009
After a summer of uncertainty, Benfica attacker Freddy Adu has joined Lisbon based club Belenenses on a one-year loan.

"Yes, one year on loan to Belenenses," Benfica's press officer Ricardo Maia confirmed to YA.

Adu's second season on-loan follows a forgettable loan spell last season to AS Monaco in France's Ligue One.

The young American will join a club that is led by Portuguese head coach Joo Carlos Pereira, who guided the club who barely survived last season's Liga campaign and were fortunate to not be relegated.

"The loan has been made but I don't have [all] the details," YA was told by an Belenenses official late Monday.

The club already has Brazilian midfielder Fellipe Bastos on-loan from Benfica so the American will be welcomed to a club by a fellow teammate.

The "Blues from Restelo" have already opened the Liga season, with a draw against Leixoes in the season opener. They followed that up with a 2-0 victory against Naval 1 de Maio and most recently the club fell 3-1 at the hands of Braga.
SL Benfica
Tuesday September 1, 2009 5:11 pm
Whats with all the bashing? Benfica nor any other European clubs are out to destroy him. Adu made a great choice in signing with Benfica. He was supposed to be a part of a rebuild utilizing young talent with the likes of Di Maria, Cardozo & Perreira. He was actually a favorite of the coach (Fernando Santos) But when you fire a coach.....out goes his plan & Adu being the runt of the bunch was bounced out. He can't take the easy way out here, he has to fight his way back and prove his quality. He will be a key player with Belenenses. I wish him luck and hopefully he'll prove himslef in 2 weeks time when Belenses face Benfica.
john in DC
Tuesday September 1, 2009 4:06 pm
Some facts: Belenenses were actually relagated from the Liga last year they manged to stay up because Estrela de Amadora went bust and were not able to compete.

Some history on the club. They are only one of two clubs outside the Big Three to have won the Liga, back in the 40's or early 50's. They play just outside Lisbon in Belem (hence the name) and have a nice stadium but poor attendance. Like most Portuguese clubs they have severe financial problems.

Freddy is no shoe-in to play. They have a decent team this year loaded with Africans and Brazilians. This is a make or break move for Freddy. If he works hard and gets to play he salvages his career. Otherwise he will "retire" at age 20 (or whatever his real age is).
Roger C
Tuesday September 1, 2009 9:03 am
I am a Benfica fan so I follow the Portuguese league. This is a great move for Adu. Give him 2-3 weeks of practice with Belenenses and he should be a regular in their lineup. They're a decent team with limited resources, they'll need him. The bonus is that they're in one of the more beautiful parts of Lisbon.
monkeyboy
Tuesday September 1, 2009 8:06 am
Freddy's problem has never been the coaches or players around him, it has been himself. Bradley has gone out of his way to give the kid chances, and he continues to fail to earn them. Adu needs to learn how to be a professional, which means dedicating himself to working hard -- not just in practice. There is just too much talent from all over the world in Europe for any player to just show up and expect to get playing time. You need to work hard and sacrifice.

No more excuses about being too young, etc -- Adu, you're running out of time to show your stuff. You have the talent, now bring the desire!
Frank
Monday August 31, 2009 11:14 pm
finally he was all Adu
he didn't want to play in Denmark because he didn't want a pay cut, second it was the best deal he could find, 3rd when he move to Monaco was suppose to be a breakway year it never have happen
If a good offer was there Benfica would take it,
Rui Costa did all it could to get the players move at the last minute

Patric went on loan to Cruzeiro for nothing
Zoro to V Setubal
Dabao to Mafra
Yebda to Portsmouth
etc etc etc, the only player he couldn't move was Balboa
BRod
Monday August 31, 2009 11:08 pm
This is a good move for Freddy. The team is from Lisbon and it will help him adjust to the style and work ethic of European football. The Monaco move was flatout bad. For a young player like Freddy its going to take time for him to adjust to they style of play in Europe, let alone trying to adjust to Portuguese/French lifestyles. Its quite a culture shock for a young guy like him. Benfica should have loaned him out to a Portuguese club in the beginning instead of Monaco. With this loan he'll see playing time for sure, Belenenses is a team that is going to use whatever they have in there system, which will include Freddy. From what I've read he seems pretty happy about the move, and my guess is that he knows he'll be getting alot of playing time. Trust me I watch Portuguese football, he'll definitly be playing.
ICEMANofALFRED
Monday August 31, 2009 9:47 pm
Well overall this is probably as good a deal as Freddie could have hoped for. By going to a mid table team it most likely means that they will actually NEED to play him. Now if he just can't cut it, well that's that, but it's now up to him to demonstrate just whether he is capable of playing well or not. The question mark of course is just what Belenenses gets out of the deal and whether their coach is really on board with his being one of their regular starters. Being in the same league, there is little chance that Benfica won't find it very easy to follow his progress.

Also by playing in the Portugese league as opposed to the proposed move to Denmark, he will be far more visable so if Benfica wish to shop him around to recoup some of their money, it will be far easier to do so. And if say he does well against players playing in the league it just helps his case for retuning to the big club. But so long as he gets at least to be one of the first off the substitutes bench, I believe it will be a useful move for all concerned.
theJudge
Monday August 31, 2009 8:08 pm
What's happening with Adu i predicted all them years ago...basically Adu is much older than he claims and when he burst on the scene at the age of 16 he was well into his twenties, now he is simply been found out...there was talk of this at the time but the americans choose to ignore it, the boy is not good enough simple is that !!! he won't even make the grade at belenenses....sorry chaps, you know TheJudge is always right !
mario jordan
Monday August 31, 2009 6:04 pm
.ADU is not only getting a raw deal in PORTUGAL , he is also getting a raw deal with BRADLEY .he is basically not developing as a player . he should consider playing with another European team even in the minor leagues.good luck I hope you get playing time with BELENENSES.
dave
Monday August 31, 2009 4:51 pm
this is getting ridiculous.is it just me or does anybody else feel a conspiracy to turn adu into a towel boy?he never should have signed with benfica
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