World Cup Russia 2018 – Portugal National Soccer Team

Alex Campean

Saturday, February 24, 2018 9:28 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 9:28 PM UTC

A Selecao das Quinas is one of the top national soccer team in Europe. Without notable results in the World Cup final tournaments, Portugal enters this competition on the back of an impressive European qualification campaign.

Portugal topped their group, winning 9 of their 10 fixtures and conceding just 4 goals in the process. Believe it or not, Portugal defeated the hosts and two-time winner France to win the European Championship in 2016. With a rock-solid defense in the entire competition and with some amazing attacking players, Portugal was the surprise of the competition. They will travel in Russia determined to pull off another huge upset and win the World Cup, the most important trophy in soccer. Their best results at a World Cup came when they finished 3rd in 1966 in England losing 1-2 against the hosts and in 2006 in Germany when they finished 4th losing the semi-final match 1-3 to France.

Led by the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal is ranked 3rd in the FIFA World Ranking but they are just the 8th favorites to win the World Cup in Russia being priced at +2500 with 10Bet. They were drawn in a difficult group along with their neighbors Spain, Morocco and Iran but they are expected to advance from Group B being priced at +200 with Coral to top their group and qualify in the knock-out stages. Portugal has managed to exceed all expectations with Fernando Santo in charge of the national team. He is considerer the mastermind of Portugal’s recent results and their Euro 2016 amazing victory, combining experience and creativity with young talents.

Fernando Santos’s side will play three friendly matches before travelling to Russia. They will tackle Mo Salah’s Egypt on March 23rd, they will test themselves against the Netherlands on March 26th and they will face Belgium on June 2nd.

Key Players:

- Goalkeeper – With huge European and International experience playing 300+ games for his club since 2006 and winning 68 caps for his national team since 2010, Sporting Lisbon’s 1st keeper Rui Patricio will be Fernando Santo’s 1st choice.

- Defender – Former Real Madrid’s defender Pepe is playing since last summer in Turkey for Besiktas having some impressive results in Champions League with his new squad. Aged 34, Pepe still has plenty left in the tank, helping his side to earn the record of being the 1st Turkish team in the history to top a Champions League group. It will be very interesting to see if Barcelona’s young gun Nelson Semedo will break into Santo’s lineup and overcome a couple of experienced players like Cedric and Fonte.

- Midfielder – Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva is enjoying a perfect season with his Premier League side and not only he will make the cut but also, he will appear in the starting XI.

- Striker – Despite going off injured in the 1st half of the Euro 2016 final against France, Cristiano Ronaldo acted like a coach trying to motivate his team-mates, finally tasting international success with his national team. The best player in Portugal’s history is one of the most important soccer’s figures, breaking and creating records for both club and country. His achievements have led him to collect multiple awards including Fifa Best World Player, Ballon D’Or, UEFA Best Player in Europe, Golden Boot. Undoubtedly, CR7 is Portugal’s key player having a huge influence on and outside the field.

World Cup Schedule:

June 15th vs Spain

June 20th vs. Morocco

June 25th vs. Iran

Betting Markets:

To win the tournament at +2500 with BetVictor

To reach the final at +1200 with BetOnline

GROUP B Winners at +200 with Coral

Cristiano Ronaldo Top Goalscorer at +1300 with Unibet

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