Saturday, 21 October 2017


After leading Portugal to their first major trophy at the 2016 Euros hosted in France, the nation team will be looking to count on Cristiano Ronaldo to extend Portugal's most successful era in football. They secured a place in the World Cup Finals after a 2-0 victory over Switzerland. They will look to have a better outing than they did (Group stage) at their last World Cup appearance hosted in Brazil.

Portugal 2 vs 0 Switzerland

Nickname(s) - A Selecção, A Selecção das Quinas
Head coach - Fernando Santos
Captain - Cristiano Ronaldo
Most caps - Cristiano Ronaldo (147)
Top scorer - Cristiano Ronaldo (79)
Current FIFA Ranking - 3
Highest FIFA Ranking - 3
Lowest FIFA Ranking -  43
First international - Spain 3–1 Portugal (18 December 1921)
Biggest win - Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein
(18 November 1994), Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein (9 June 1999), Portugal 8–0 Kuwait (19 November 2003)
Biggest defeat - Portugal 0–10 England (25 May 1947)
World Cup Appearances - 7 (first in 1966)
Best result - Third place, 1966

Experienced Players

Cristiano Ronaldo
Date of birth - 5 February 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height - 1.85 m (6ft 1in)
Playing position - Forward
Current team - Real Madrid
Number - 7
National Caps - 147
Goals Scored - (79)

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is the captain of the Portuguese national football team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldo has five FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player in history to win four European Golden Shoes. A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most official goals scored in the top five European leagues (372), the UEFA Champions League (110) and the UEFA European Championship (29), as well as the most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League season (17). He has scored more than 600 senior career goals for club and country.

Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo
Date of birth - 26 September 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth - Lisbon, Portugal
Height - 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position - Winger
Current team - Beşiktaş
Number - 7
National Caps - 72
Goals Scored - 9

Renato Júnior Sanchez

Date of birth - 18 August 1997 (age 20)
Place of birth - Amadora, Portugal
Height - 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Playing position - Center Midfield
Current team - Swansea City
Number - 35
National caps - 13
Goals Scored - 1

Sanches is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Swansea City, on loan from Bayern Munich, and the Portugal national team. Sanches was the recipient of the 2016 golden boy award. He was part of the team that led Portugal to their first major trophy(Euros 2016). He is the youngest player to have won the tournament.

William Silva de Carvalho

Date of birth - 7 April 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth - Luanda, Angola
Height - 1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)
Playing position - Defensive midfielder
Current team - Sporting CP
Number - 14
National Caps - 40
Goals Scored - (2)

A full international for Portugal since 2013, Carvalho represented the nation at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, winning the latter tournament. He plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal and the Portugal national team as a defensive midfielder. He's hard to beat with the ball as he contributes to the defense with his superb tackles and the attack with his long ranged shoots.

João Mário Naval da Costa Eduardo

Date of birth - 19 January 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth - Porto, Portugal
Height - 1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)[1]
Playing position - Midfielder
Current team - Internazionale
Number - 10
National caps - 29
Goals Scored - (0)

João Mário made his senior debut for Portugal in 2014. He appeared for the nation at Euro 2016, winning the tournament. He plays as a midfielder for Italian side Internazionale. He's quickness and lovely passing will definitely be of great advantage for the Portugal at Russia.

André Miguel Valente da Silva

Date of birth - 6 November 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth - Baguim do Monte, Portugal
Height - 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position - Striker
Current team - Milan
Number - 9
National Caps - 17
Goals Scored - (11)

Silva is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club A.C. Milan and the Portugal national team. Silva represented Portugal at every youth level. One can understand why Cristiano Rinaldo named him as his successor as the young chap has already started showing sings of prolific goal scoring with 11 goals scored in 17 caps. He will be a scoring force to recon with at Russia.

João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho

Date of birth - 8 September 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth - Portimão, Portugal
Height - 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position - Midfielder
Current team - Monaco
Number - 8
National Caps - 105
Goals Scored - (7)

There are only a few players in the Portuguese national team that can top the AS Monaco FC and the Portugal national central midfielder. he can also operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, and on either flank.
The veteran has represented the Portuguese national team at three European Championships and the 2014 World Cup, winning the 2016 edition of the former tournament.

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