World Cup Profiles – Group G: Portugal

9 Jun

portugal One of the Group of Death’s most fierce competitors, Portugal, helmed by Cristiano Ronaldo is going to go all in.

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This is Portugal’s 6th time competing in the World Cup. They first made an appearance in 1966 and it was also their best showing so far, coming in third. In 2010 they were knocked out of the Round of 16 by eventual champions Spain.

Portugal holds the distinction, with The Netherlands, of having played in the match with the highest number of yellow and red cards in a World Cup match. In a 2006 Round of 16 match known as The Battle of Nuremberg the two teams accumulated 16 yellow cards and 4 red cards. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to either team again.

This squad is so talented but they just can’t get it together. Qualifying was very nearly disastrous and I’m quite upset that they had to beat Sweden in order to make it to Brazil. I think the world is missing something without the joys of both Cristiano AND Zlatan.

Obvious strengths lie in our favorite orange forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. But at times the team rely too much on him. If Portugal want to go forward, and be seen as the complete team that they should be, we’ll need to see something out of Joao Moutinho, Miguel Veloso (who actually had a very good Euro 2012 tournament), and ultimate hipster Raul Meireles.

Individually, Portugal are strong at the back. Bruno Alves is a tank and Pepe is relentless. Coentrao is quite excellent at getting forward and Joao Pereira might just be even better. But they always come off as a bit disorganized. If the other teams in the group want to move on, they’ll have to isolate Cristiano while hoping the defense doesn’t find their rhythm.

Look for Miguel Veloso to make more of a name for himself and Joao Pereira to feed the ball to the midfield and push forward. Both players could be crucial parts of Portugal’s attack.

Portugal squad

Head Coach: Paolo Bento (Portugal)

Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting).

Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentreo (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia).

Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dinamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (SC Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (Braga), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg).

For additional information on Portugal, including World Cup 2014 match schedule & history check out these links.

– mygypsyspirit

One Response to “World Cup Profiles – Group G: Portugal”

  1. hopechaser June 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    But Zlatan will be there anyway! After the viral campaign no way he won’t show up at some point. Sevilla and RM success at the end of the season could be a tipping point for Portugal to propel the mental/physical organization needed at the back.

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