2018 FIFA World Cup- Portugal Profile

Reuters

 

Euro 2016 Champions Portugal will be looking progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in two tournaments but will have a tough challenge in group B against the likes of Spain, Morocco & Iran. Much of the attention will fall on captain Cristiano Ronaldo, but Portugal certainly has the personnel and ability to be considered dark horses for the World Cup. 

Trivia

  • This will be Portugal's fifth consecutive appearance at a World Cup. 

  • Legendary striker Eusébio is the all-time leading goalscorer for Portugal at the World Cup bagging an impressive 9 goals in the 1966 tournament. 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has represented his country at three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) making 14 appearances, more than any other player. 

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 PORTUGAL TEAM PROFILE

  • Formation- 1914

  • President- Fernando Gomes

  • Website-http://www.fpf.pt/pt

  • FIFA Ranking- 3

  • World Cup Appearances- 6

 

How did they qualify? 

Portugal topped UEFA Group B, winning 9 of their 10 qualifiers. 

 

Coach 

63-year old Fernando Santos guided Portugal to their first ever international title at Euro 2016. Santos has enjoyed an extensive managerial career in Portugal and Greece. He was hired in September 2014.   

Star Man

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal captain Ronaldo is the countries leading scorer and widely hailed as one of the greatest footballers of all time. The Real Madrid player has shown no signs of slowing down at 33 years of age. The striker will be charged with firing Portugal to the round of 16. 

Preparation (2018 matches)

  1. Egypt 1 Portugal 2

  2. Portugal 0 Holland 3

  3. Portugal 2 Tunisia 2

  4. Belgium 0 Portugal 0

  5. Portugal 3 Algeria 0

World Cup History

 

Portugal has made 6 appearances at the World Cup. Their best performance came in their maiden appearance in 1966 where they finished in third place. Portugal failed to progress from the group stages during the 2014 tournament. 

Group stage schedule

 

6/15 Portugal Vs Spain

 21:00 pm

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6/20 Portugal Vs Morocco

15:00 pm

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 6/25 Iran Vs Portugal

 21:00 pm

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Squad list

 

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon).

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica).

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting).

Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas).

 

 


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