WC 2018: Portugal

Group B

Coming into the worlds greatest football Cup ranked at number 4, Portugal have the skills and the talent to win the tournament, although their best result so far has been 3rd place in 1966 in England. They are taking a powerful team to Russia with Ronaldo leading the charge, while Pepe is a physical presence in defence. Despite not getting out of the group stages in Brazil, Portugal have plenty of firepower and the determination to place higher.

Team Members

  • Rui Patrício - GK
  • Anthony Lopes - GK
  • Beto - GK
  • Bruno Alves - Defender
  • Cedric Soares - Defender
  • Jose Fonte - Defender
  • Mario Rui - Defender
  • Pepe - Defender
  • Raphael Guerreiro - Defender
  • Ricardo Pereira - Defender
  • Ruben Dias - Defender
  • Adrien Silva - Midfielder
  • Bruno Fernandes - Midfielder
  • Joao Mario - Midfielder
  • Joao Moutinho - Midfielder
  • Manuel Fernandes - Midfielder
  • William Carvalho - Midfielder
  • Andre Silva - Midfielder
  • Bernardo Silva - Forward
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - Forward
  • Gelson Martins - Forward
  • Goncalo Guedes - Forward
  • Ricardo Quaresma - Forward

Coach

Fernando Santos

Born in Lisbon, Fernando Santos is a legend in Portugal, guiding the national team to their first major success at the EURO 2016. After being appointed in 2014, he was able to take Portugal through their success in 2016 and on to their successful qualification for Russia. He previously coached Greece, where he took the Greek side.

Past WC History

Portugal began their WC campaign back in 1934 but did not qualify until 1966. This was also the year they found their highest success, placing 3rd in the tournament. They then failed to qualify again for the next four Cups until 1986 where they placed 17th and did not get past the group stage. In 2002, they managed to qualify again and have been at every Cup since, with their best result being 4th at the 2006 Cup in Germany. In 2014 in Brazil they failed to get out of the group stage and placed 18th.

Stats

  • Made their first WC appearance in 1966
  • 6 first-round appearances
  • 2 Semi-finals
  • 0 Finals
  • 0 Championships
  • Best Achievement – 3th place in 1996

Kit

Inspired by their 2016 Euro triumph, Portugal’s home kit comes with a solid red base, gold badges and green trimming around the collar. Designed by Nike, the collar also has a pride graphic as a nod to Ronaldo. Red shorts and socks complete the outfit. The WC Away kit features a white base with red Nike symbol and a full colour federation crest. The jersey also features a bold graphic made up of small green crosses that dominate the front. This is completed with white shorts and socks.