After stunning everybody to win the European Championship in 2016, the Portuguese will look to repeat that success in Russia.
Portugal World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
Spearheaded by the irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo – simply the 15 objectives for the captain in 9 2018 World Cup qualifiers – Portugal’s close to faultless marketing campaign of 9 wins in 10 video games solely confirmed that the Selecao are experiencing a golden age.
Coach Fernando Santos has gained all however one of many 17 qualifying matches that Portugal have performed since he took the reins in September 2014, with the small matter of a European Championship triumph within the center.
In what will likely be Ronaldo’s final shot at main his nation to the final word prize, Portugal journey to Russia in optimistic temper, though there are issues about youthful options for central defenders Pepe, Jose Fonte and Bruno Alves – who’ve a mixed age of over 100 years.
Key Moments in Qualifying
With out the injured Ronaldo, the newly-crowned European Champions are introduced again all the way down to earth with a bump as Switzerland register a totally deserved 2-Zero victory in Basle.
Andre Silva turns into the youngest participant ever to attain a hat-trick for Portugal as they win 6-Zero away to Faroe Islands.
A scrappy Andre Silva aim offers Portugal victory in a bad-tempered match in Budapest to successfully arrange a decider towards Switzerland.
A surprisingly straight-forward 2-Zero conquer the Swiss in Lisbon sees Portugal overtake their opponents on the prime of the group and e book their place in Russia.
Portugal World Cup Group
Portugal head up Group B, which accommodates their Iberian rivals Spain, together with Morocco and Iran.
Portugal World Cup Friendlies
Portugal will kick off their 2018 worldwide friendlies on the 23rd of March towards Egypt and Mohamed Salah. They are going to then welcome the Netherlands to city three days later. A 3rd pleasant towards England’s group opponents Tunisia will happen on the 28th of Could. A giant heat up match towards Belgium is on the 2nd of June, and at last they are going to finish their pleasant marketing campaign towards Algeria every week earlier than the match begins.
- 23rd March – Egypt
- 26th March – Netherlands
- 28th Could – Tunisia
- 2nd June – Belgium
- seventh June – Algeria
Portugal World Cup Fixtures
The primary sport in Group B for Portugal is towards their rivals Spain on the 15th of June which can probably be one of many video games of the match. The outcome will most likely determine who tops the group, after which Portugal will then play Morocco and Iran on the 20th and 25th of June respectively.
- 15th June – Spain
- 20th June – Morocco
- 25th June – Iran
Fernando Santos, age 63 (10.10.54)
Having changed Paulo Bento, it’s now three years on the helm for a person who can rightly be thought-about as the perfect coach in Portugal’s historical past. His present contract runs till 2020.
Andre Silva introduced himself in type, scoring 9 objectives and forming a deadly partnership with Ronaldo.
Pepe stays the bedrock of Portugal’s defence, whereas Ricardo Quaresma and Joao Moutinho proceed to make key contributions. For all three, Russia will likely be their remaining probability of World Cup glory.
Raphael Guerreiro, who missed a lot of the qualifying marketing campaign, has proved himself to be a clone of his predecessor at left-back Fabio Coentrao: good at any time when he performs however extraordinarily injury-prone.
Goncalo Guedes made two appearances in 2015 as an 18-year-old and returned to the facet this yr.
Portugal World Cup Squad
Portugal are but to announce their 2018 World Cup squad.
Portugal World Cup Accidents
We are going to replace you with accidents to Portuguese gamers recurrently.
The Unanswered Questions
Have sufficient of the facet had enough taking part in time this time period?
Whereas the present crop of younger Portuguese expertise has undoubtedly acquired potential, few could be thought-about common starters for his or her membership sides. What is going to time spent on the bench do for the match health and confidence ranges of Andre Silva (Milan), Joao Mario (Internazionale) and Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis)?
Will a deadly strike-force take its qualifying type to Russia?
For years Portugal struggled for a dependable goalscoring centre-forward, however that search appears to be over as Andre Silva has began his worldwide profession in spectacular vogue and has nice chemistry with Ronaldo – they shared 24 objectives in qualifying.
How will Santos use Bernardo Silva?
Silva is extensively acknowledged as the most important expertise to come back out of Portugal since Ronaldo, however Santos has struggled to get the perfect out of him. Huge proper in a flat and slender Four-Four-2 is his regular place, however many are calling for the coach to implement a diamond formation with Silva on the attacking tip.
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