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Portugal National Football Team, World Cup 2018

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Synopsis

The Portugal National Football Team, Portuguesa de Futebol has been representing Portugal since 1921. The team is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation. FIFA has ranked the country in 3rd position, as of November 2017.

Portugal has recently won the 2016 UEFA European Championship. The team made a 1-0 victory over France in the final played at the Stade de France. They have made many other UEFA appearances in the past.

Here's a short video of the team celebrating their victory, Euro 2016.

Fernando Santos, The Coach

The team is currently managed by the coach, Fernando Santos. Appointed on September 23, 2014, Santos made the history leading the team to the successful win at the Euro 2016.

CAPTION: Fernando Santos, The Coach SOURCE: goal.com

 

The Lisbon born coach, and a retired Portuguese footballer, Santos has coached many other teams like C.F. Estrela da Amadora, FC Porto, AEK Athens F.C., Benfica, PAOK, and Greece national team in the past.

Santos is currently coaching the Portugal national team, leading the team towards the success. Following the successful victory in the Euro 2016, he will show up his best in the 2018 World Cup as well.

André Silva

Portuguese professional footballer, André Silva currently plays as a striker for Italian Club A.C. Milan and the Portugal national team. He has represented Portugal at the 2014 European U-19 Championship.

CAPTION: Andre Silva SOURCE: 90 min

Silva made his senior international debut at the 2017 Confederations Cup finishing third with his team. He made his appearances in Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga, Coppa Italia, and UEFA Europa League.

Silva scored his first goal with the main squad on 7 October 2016, featuring the entire 6–0 defeat of Andorra for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Cristiano Ronaldo, The Star

Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of the team, is one of the greatest footballers in history. He is the all-time leading scorer for both Portugal and Real Madrid. He has been honored as The Best FIFA Men’s Player for the last two years.

CAPTION: Cristiano Ronaldo, The Star SOURCE: skysports

Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015. Made his senior international debut at the age of 18, he is Portugal’s most capped player and top goal scorer of all time.

Ronaldo has received the Silver Boot as the second—highest goal-scorer of the tournament, Euro 2016. He ranked the world’s highest paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017. Also, he was named as the world’s famous athlete by ESPN in 2016 and 2017.

Records

Portugal has made several records in the history of football. Here the list of the records made by the country:

  • Most goals scored in one World Cup

        9 – Eusébio (1966)

  • Most goals scored in World Cup finals

        9 – Eusébio (1966)

  • Most matches played in World Cup

        13 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2006, 2010 & 2014)

  • Most goals scored in one European Championship

        4 – Nuno Gomes (2000)

  • Most goals scored in European Championship finals

        9 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016)

  • Most matches played in European Championship finals

        21 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016)

  • Oldest player

         38 years, 8 months and 3 days – Vítor Damas (1–3 against Morocco on 11 June 1986)

  • Oldest outfield player

        38 years, 1 month and 4 days – Ricardo Carvalho (3–3 against Hungary on 22 June 2016)

  • Oldest goalscorer

        36 years, 10 months and 11 days – Ricardo Carvalho (2–1 against Serbia on 29 March 2015)

  • Youngest debutant

         17 years, 6 months and 24 days – Paulo Futre (5–0 against Finland on 21 September 1983)

  • Youngest goalscorer

         17 years, 9 months and 25 days – Fernando Chalana (2–1 against Cyprus on 5 December 1976)

  • Longest national career

        17 years, 3 months and 5 days – Vítor Damas (From 6 April 1969 to 11 July 1986)

  • Longest national career for an outfield player

       15 years, 9 months and 18 days – Nuno Gomes (From 24 January 1996 to 11 October 2011)

  • Youngest player to reach 100 caps

         27 years, 8 months and 11 days – Cristiano Ronaldo (1–1 against Northern Ireland on 16 October                     2012)

  • Most hat-tricks

        5 – Cristiano Ronaldo (includes four goals against Andorra on 7 October 2016)

  • Youngest player to score a hat-trick

        20 years, 11 months and 4 days – André Silva (6–0 against the Faroe Islands on                        10 October 2016)

List of Most capped players

#

Name

Caps

Goals

First cap

Latest cap

1

Cristiano Ronaldo

152

85

20 August 2003

20 June 2018

2

Luís Figo

127

32

12 October 1991

8 July 2006

3

Nani

112

24

1 September 2006

2 July 2017

4

João Moutinho

112

7

17 August 2005

20 June 2018

5

Fernando Couto

110

8

19 December 1990

30 June 2004

6

 

7

Pepe

97

5

21 November 2007

20 June 2018

Rui Costa

94

26

31 March 1993

4 July 2004

 7  Bruno Alves

94

11

5 June 2007

3 September 2017

9

Ricardo Carvalho

89

5

11 October 2003

22 June 2016

10

Pauleta

88

47

20 August 1997

8 July 2006

 

List of Top goalscorers

#

Name

Goals

Caps

Average

First cap

Latest cap

1

Cristiano Ronaldo

79

147

0.53

20 August 2003

10 October 2017

2

Pauleta

47

88

0.53

20 August 1997

8 July 2006

3

Eusébio

41

64

0.64

8 October 1961

13 October 1973

4

Luís Figo

32

127

0.25

12 October 1991

8 July 2006

5

Nuno Gomes

29

79

0.37

24 January 1996

11 October 2011

6

Hélder Postiga

27

71

0.38

13 June 2003

14 November 2014

7

Rui Costa

26

94

0.28

31 March 1993

4 July 2004

8

Nani 

24

112

0.21

1 September 2006

2 July 2017

9

João Pinto 

23

81

0.30

12 October 1991

14 June 2002

10

Nené 

22

66

0.33

21 April 1971

23 June 1984

Simão

22

85

0.26

18 October 1998

29 June 2010

Here's the list of Portugal's 23-man squad heading to Russia.

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica) Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting) Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

FIFA World Cup 2018

European champions Portugal booked their place in the World Cup 2018 after narrowly topping Europe's Group B on goal difference, edging out Switzerland on the final day to avoid the playoffs.

Portugal has made six World Cup appearances to date. Portugal will be playing against Spain, Morocco, and IR Iran in the second edition of the tournament, World Cup 2018.

Portugal made their World Cup debut in 1966, finishing third in the finals. They stood the fourth place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

For more details regarding the matches have a look at this World Cup schedule.