Portugal made their way into World Cup for the seventh time. They might have Ronaldo as the key to all wins and appreciation, but the strength which they have at the back is the main foundation for this team to qualify for World Cup 2018. Credit goes to their national team coach Fernando Santos who worked very hard to put Portugal again in the World Cup group in 2018. If we remember history, it was in 1966 when the team secured 3rd place which was their highest achievement in World Cup. Next, best result was in 2006 when the team was in the 4th place. The win in 2016 in Euro Cup was possible only for their solid back group. Since 2010 The team was not able to pull themselves up from Round 16. This World Cup might change with a very solid Squad and defense block.
The center midfield for them is always a question mark, but Ronaldo takes full responsibility and takes the game forward with his intricate style and capabilities. Portugal is a hard team with Bernardo Silva and Jao Mario attack from the wings and with Ronaldo and Silva at the upfront. In their wingers, they have their attackers like Goncalo Guedes, Andre Silva. Andre Silva will be starting with Ronaldo in the upfront, Nani and Bernando with their might will be in the attack. In the center midfield players like JaoMoutinho, Jao Mario and Willian Carvalho will be with their caliber and strength. Pepe is unwell, and if he gets well before World Cup he will surely lead the defense, and his partner will be none other than Luiz Neto. In the fullback position, Joao Cancelo and Raphael Guerreiro will take their stance.
Portugal team and Squad for FIFA World Cup 2018
Final names in the team will be announced just one month before their first game in the world cup which is around 15th of May 2018.
Goal Keepers: Jose Sa, Anthony Lopes, and Rui Patricio
Defenders: Vitorino Antunes, Luis Neto, Pepe, Cedric Soares, Joao Cancelo, Raphael Guerreiro and Ricardo Pereira and Nelson Semedo
Midfielder: Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Andre Gomes, Danilo Pereira, Manuel Fernandes, Joao Mario and Ruben Neves
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva, Goncalo Guedes and Nani
Portugal in Group B
Portugal is placed in Group B along with Morocco, Iran, and Spain. For Spain and Portugal the Group looks like a piece of cake, but in sports, no one knows what happens in the world cup. The stage is not easy for anyone. All will show their best with their won caliber and experience.
A strong prediction of the sports critics comes up with a view that Spain is likely to be the winner and Portugal will be in the second position.
Schedules for Portugal in World Cup
The first game in World Cup 2018 for Portugal will be against Spain on June 15th, 2018 in Sochi. In the second match, they will face Morocco on 20th June in Lizhniki. On June 25 the team will play against Iran in Saransk Stadium. These matches will fix their position in the World Cup.
|Portugal v Spain||15th June 2018|
|Portugal v Morocco||20th June 2018|
|Iran v Portugal||25th June 2018|
Key Players of Portugal
Ronaldo is the main attraction of the team without any doubt. He is the player who scored most number of goals in the team. Portugal is well known for their defensive playing and Ronaldo is that player who never leaves a single chance in scoring goal. He is well defined and articulate with his intention in the field. His partnership with Andre Silva is one of best among other teams, and this might lead Portugal a long way even in this World Cup.
Even if one does not have a cable connection, One can live stream all the Portugal matches through Sling TV, Hulu TV, ExpressVPN. All the online streaming sources will allow streaming the matches live BBC, ITV, Sony Ten, beIN Sports, NBC in USA and Fox Sports in the USA. For any online live streaming, one should have high-speed internet connection for high definition and high-quality picture.