Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Champions League

Miguel Veloso © Reuters Images

Veloso happy in Kiev



Portuguese international Miguel Veloso, who moved to Ukraine's flagship side Dynamo Kiev from Italy's Genoa on a four-year deal this summer, said he is happy with life at the club despite a troubled early season.

The 26-year-old central midfielder moved to Kiev after helping his country's national side reach the semifinals of Euro 2012.

"Everything is going fine so far," Veloso told AFP in an interview. "Kiev is a very nice and friendly city. And I'd like to stress that Dynamo have fantastic organisation and a perfect training base. I have excellent conditions of work here."

After five months in the Ukrainian capital, Veloso still has no regrets about his choice, even though the club is experiencing rocky campaigns both in domestic and the Champions leagues.

The 13-time Soviet and 13-time Ukrainian title winners Dynamo are currently third in the national championship with 31 points from 16 matches, 14 points behind leaders Shakhtar Donetsk.

Dynamo meanwhile are third in the Champions League Group A table with four points from four matches, five points behind second-placed Paris Saint Germain and with only a mathematical chance of a place in the tournament's knockout stage.

"I was also excited with the prospect of playing in the Champions League," he said.

"The team set the highest possible targets both in domestic league and in Europe. It's very prestigious to play with Dynamo."

Veloso said the Ukrainian championship was a completely different league than the Portuguese first division and Italy's Serie A where he had previously played.

"It's very interesting to play here, though the league differs from those I've been playing before," he said.

"Anyway, Ukraine's championship is quite a competitive league. And most of the teams play a physically strong style of football here."

Though Veloso's career currently looks like it is in full bloom, his path into professional football was not silky-smooth at all.

At the age of eight he joined the youth football school of Lisbon giants Benfica.

He was dreaming of following in the steps of his father Antonio, who played for the "eagles" and Portugal's national squad, but in 1999 Benfica declined to sign a contract with the 13-year-old Veloso as he had problems with his weight.

But just a year later he continued his footballing career with Benfica's city rivals Sporting. His skills set him apart and Veloso became an integral member of the country's youth teams at different ages.

In 2003 Veloso won his first main title clinching the under-17 European championship on home turf.

After years in the cadet and youth teams Veloso made his debut for Sporting in September 2006 in a Champions League clash with Inter Milan. Sporting won the encounter, while Veloso was named Man of the Match.

Just a year later he won his first cap with the Portuguese national side, which was managed by Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Italy's top-flight side Genoa lured Veloso from Sporting in 2010, where he played 170 matches and scored 14 goals.

In two seasons with the Genovese club, Veloso played 49 matches and scored two goals before joining Dynamo this July.

Despite the fact that Dynamo are facing Champions League elimination, Veloso says that he will battle up to the very end.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



John Dykes
A Gooner or a gonner?
An International Break can do funny things to the mind. Mine, for instance was heavily engaged this...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Why can’t soccer be like rugby?
Sport is supposed to be sport; something we all do for the love of it, for recreational purposes,...

Neil Tovey
Backing Coetzee for Bafana
After three Afcon 2015 qualifiers, Bafana Bafana deserve credit for keeping as many clean sheets...

Carol Radull
Let's criticise to improve Kenyan football
Sometimes my fellow Kenyans make me angry. We are the kings of Africa when it comes to criticism,...

Mutheliso Phiri
Can the Chipolopolo afford not to win?
Zambia, by recording a goalless draw against Niger in Niamey, kept alive their hopes of qualifying...

Segun Odegbami
So far, so Chelsea
There are two things on my mind this weekend – the Barclays Premier League and Nigeria’s match...