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Ronaldo is chosen for the Olympics


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Ronaldo was named in UEFA's All Star XI at Euro 2004

LISBON, Portugal -- Manchester United teenager Cristiano Ronaldo is in Portugal's squad for the Athens Olympics, and will miss the start of the English Premiership season and his club's attempt to qualify for the Champions League.

Ronaldo, 19, helped Portugal to the runners-up spot in the recent European Championships.

The winger scored two goals at Euro 2004 and was picked by UEFA, European soccer's governing body, in its All-Star team.

Manchester United play a Champions League qualifying game on August 11 and the opening game of their Premiership campaign, at Chelsea, four days later.

At the Olympics, Portugal's first preliminary game is against Iraq on August 12.

Portugal coach Jose Romao said: "We have had an exemplary relationship with the clubs. We fully understand the complexity of their soccer schedules and that the timing of the Olympics does not fit with the clubs' interests.

"All the clubs showed great understanding that this is a unique opportunity for their players."

Other players from Portugal's Euro 2004 squad included in the roster were Tiago Mendes, a midfielder who has moved from Benfica to Chelsea; striker Helder Postiga who recently returned to FC Porto from Tottenham; and Benfica goalkeeper Jose Moreira.

Moore chosen

Australia have named former Glasgow Rangers captain Craig Moore in their 18-man Olympic squad.

Moore, Spain-based striker John Aloisi and England-based midfielder Tim Cahill are the three over-age players in the squad drawn to play in Group C against Tunisia, Serbia and Montenegro and Argentina.

Rangers put Moore on the transfer list earlier this month after the 28-year-old defender opted to play at the Games rather than the club's Champions League qualifying campaign.


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