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World Cup participations: 3
Greatest World Cup achievement: 3rd place (1966)

Portugal only 3 times at a world cup? Yes, that's true - it is hard to believe that a country with a good name, has only qualified for the fourth time. They did it strongly this time against Slovakia and Russia.

Despite his harmlessness two years ago at Euro 2004 striker Pauleta is in the good books of coach Scolari. Further stars are Chelseas defending warriors Carvalho and Ferreira, Deco of Barcelona, flanking striker Christiano Ronaldo of ManU or old hand Luis Figo.

The defence around the Chelsea players has great international experience (among others the Champions League victory with Porto) and is a banker; Ronaldo and Deco are top as well - but a bit difficult could be the goal-scoring.

They will arguably reach the last 16, but then it will be over.

The odds on Portugal as world cup winner were rather high
- 19.0 at Betandwin.
For a bet on group winner Portugal you get 1.72.


It is a ‘do or die’ situation for the ‘golden generation’ of Portuguese football. Luis Figo and Rui Costa have a last chance to prove that they are not mere club winners. Spontaneity and modern day football often don’t go together and discipline is the watchword. The World Cup winner coach will stand no nonsense and he just might be right man to handle the considerable home crowd pressures and get the best out of the veterans and the latest crop of existing youngsters. Their hopes rest on Sergio Conceicao, Christiano Ronaldo, Luis Boa Morte and Hugo Viana. The defense does not have any new faces and will be managed by the veteran Fernando Couto and Jorge Costa who have been dubbed to be slow and aging by certain critics.

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Men to watch: Luis Figo, Deco and Ricardo Quaresma, Ronaldo.  

World Cup Squad Portugal

This is the official world cup squad -
you can find here all the world cup players for Portugal

Bruno Vale

Paulo Ferreira
Ricardo Carvalho
Fernando Meira
Ricardo Costa
Nuno Valente

Hugo Viana

Luis Figo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Luis Boa Morte
Nuno Gomes
Helder Postiga

Other World Cup Teams

Group A  Germany  Costa Rica  Poland  Ecuador
Group B  England  Paraguay  Trinidad and Tobago  Sweden
Group C  Argentina  Cote d'Ivoire  Serbia and Montenegro  Netherlands
Group D  Mexico  Iran  Angola  Portugal
Group E  Italy  Ghana  USA  Czech Republic
Group F  Brazil  Croatia  Australia  Japan
Group G  France  Switzerland  Korea Republic  Togo
Group H  Spain  Ukraine  Tunisia  Saudi Arabia

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