Portugal’s most recent success on the international stage includes winning the 2016 European Championship, led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. But how much does the 37-year-old striker have left in the tank in what must surely be his final World Cup tournament? Luckily he doesn’t have to do it all himself: The likes of Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, and Bruno Fernandes are all experienced midfield operators who can create plenty of attacking chances for their teammates, while Joao Felix and Rafael Leão are young stars in the making. Portugal’s World Cup campaign continues with a quarterfinals matchup with Morocco on December 10.
Quarterfinal: Portugal vs. Morocco
|Portugal vs. Morocco||December 10||10 a.m.||Al Thumama Stadium|
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Group stage: Portugal World Cup fixtures and match schedule
|Thurs, Nov. 24||Portugal vs. Ghana (Winner: Portugal, 3-2)||11 a.m.||Stadium 974|
|Mon, Nov. 28||Portugal vs. Uruguay (Winner: Portugal, 2-0)||2 p.m.||Lusail Stadium|
|Fri, Dec. 2||South Korea vs. Portugal (Winner: South Korea, 2-1)||10 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
Final 26-man Portugal World Cup 2022 roster
|Goalkeeper||Rui Patricio||AS Roma (ITA)||34||104|
|Goalkeeper||Jose Sa||Wolves (ENG)||29||0|
|Goalkeeper||Diogo Costa||Porto (POR)||23||7|
|Defender||Raphael Guerreiro||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||28||56|
|Defender||Diogo Dalot||Manchester United (ENG)||23||6|
|Defender||Antonio Silva||Benfica (POR)||19||0|
|Defender||Ruben Dias||Manchester City (ENG)||25||39|
|Defender||Nuno Mendes||PSG (FRA)||20||16|
|Defender||Danilo Pereira||PSG (FRA)||31||63|
|Defender||Joao Cancelo||Manchester City (ENG)||28||37|
|Midfielder||Joao Palhinha||Fulham (ENG)||27||15|
|Midfielder||Bruno Fernandes||Manchester United (ENG)||28||48|
|Midfielder||Matheus Nunes||Wolves (ENG)||24||9|
|Midfielder||William Carvalho||Real Betis (ESP)||30||75|
|Midfielder||Joao Mario||Benfica (POR)||29||52|
|Midfielder||Ruben Neves||Wolves (ENG)||25||32|
|Midfielder||Bernardo Silva||Manchester City (ENG)||28||72|
|Forward||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United (ENG)||37||191|
|Forward||Rafael Leao||AC Milan (ITA)||23||11|
|Forward||Ricardo Horta||Braga (POR)||28||5|
|Forward||Joao Felix||Atletico Madrid (ESP)||22||23|
|Forward||Goncalo Ramos||Benfica (POR)||21||0|
|Forward||Andre Silva||RB Leipzig (GER)||26||51|
Star players in the Portugal World Cup team
Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes are two dynamic players that the national team will rely upon to create and finish goalscoring chances. Joao Cancelo offers a threat bombing down the wings, while Rafael Leao is having a fantastic season upfront for AC Milan and will hope to bring that form to the World Cup. Keep an eye on young stars Joao Felix and Vitinha, who could have breakout tournaments and establish themselves as household names.
Who is Portugal’s head coach?
Fernando Santos is a Portuguese professional football manager and former player who has managed the Portugal national team since 2014. He led them to win the 2016 European Championship, Portugal’s best result on the international stage, and hopes will be high that they can top Group H and go deep into the knockout stages of the tournament.
Portugal national team strengths & weaknesses
Cristiano Ronaldo will enter this World Cup with plenty of motivation to show that his career is still far from over (especially since burning all his bridges at Manchester United in a scandalous recent TV interview). Stellar performances at this tournament would be the perfect CV for looking for his next move. But national pride is on the line too, and the entire squad will want to do their best on the world’s biggest stage.
Portugal’s greatest strength lies in the individual talents of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix in attack and the veteran presence of players like Pepe in defence, who is a tough defender and leader on the pitch.
The center of the defense of Portugal has been a concern for a long time, given the advanced age of Pepe (39 years old) and Jose Fonte (38) leaves them exposed to pacey attackers. Despite the talented squad, there’s some friction about which generation of players Portugal should rely upon to get the job done: the golden boys of Ronaldo and Pepe or the young, new stars like Felix and Silva?
Portugal World Cup 2022 odds
The odds for Portugal to win 2022 World Cup is +1600, according to Odds Shark. Here are the latest 2022 FIFA World Cup odds for all major countries:
FAQ: Portugal 2022 World Cup squad
When did Portugal last win the World Cup?
Portugal never won a World Cup.
How many times has Portugal been in the World Cup?
The Portuguese national team participated in seven cups (1966, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) and is going to its eighth at the end of 2022.
How is Portugal good at football?
Portugal will have, among all the teams present at the Cup, the best full-backs. On the right side, Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) and Diogo Dalot (Manchester United). On the left side, Nuno Mendes (PSG) and Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).