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
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
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.
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
Luiz Felipe Scolari
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
Luis Boa Morte
Other World Cup Teams
Trinidad and Tobago
Serbia and Montenegro