Everything you need to know about Portugal before Euro 2024
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Everything you need to know about Portugal before Euro 2024

10/06/24 11:56

Portugal head into Euro 2024 as one of the teams to beat. Cristiano Ronaldo will be leading out a side that had a perfect record in the qualification phase, winning all ten matches, scoring 36 and only conceding two.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), Jose Sa (Wolves), Rui Patricio (Roma)

Defenders: Antonio Silva (Benfica), Danilo Pereira (Paris St-Germain), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Goncalo Inacio (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Cancelo (Barcelona), Nelson Semedo (Wolves), Nuno Mendes (Paris St-Germain), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Neves (Benfica), Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Otavio Monteiro (Al-Nassr), Ruben Neves (Al-Hilal), Vitinha (Paris St-Germain)

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nassr), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Francisco Conceicao (Porto), Goncalo Ramos (PSG), Joao Felix (Barcelona), Pedro Neto (Wolves), Rafael Leao (AC Milan).

Star Player

Although Ronaldo is who he is, Portugal’s tournament will be decided on how Bruno Fernandes performs. The Manchester United captain had an exceptional qualifying, scoring six and assisting seven in ten matches. in the 2022 World Cup, Ronaldo found himself on the bench for Portugal after the group stages. Although unlikely to happen again, Fernandes might be the one that the Portuguese are relying on.

Previous Euro’s performance

Portugal was placed in the Euro 2020 group of death, where they faced both France and Germany. They came out in third place; however their four points was enough to make them one of the top four third place sides. However, their tournament came to a disappointing end, as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in the Round of 16.

Prediction for Euro 2024

It could be one of the best Portugal sides in their history that turn up to Euro 2024. Arguably, they find themselves in the easiest group on paper, and finishing anything except top will be a surprise. I still see them a step below the likes of England and France, and I think they will reach the semi-finals, however, winning the tournament is definitely not out of their reach. Portugal is a side to watch out for.

Fixtures

Tuesday 18th June (20:00 BST) Portugal vs Czech Republic; Saturday 22nd June (17:00 BST) Turkey vs Portugal; Wednesday 26th June (20:00 BST) Georgia vs Portugal.

Benji Kosartiyer
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Alex Gendler Smith

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