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Euro 2012 Spotlight - Portugal
Footytubeblog (Blog) 2 years ago


FIFA World Ranking
5

Tournament Odds
18/1

Key Players
Cristiano Ronaldo– FW – 89 Caps, 32 Goals
Raul Meireles – MF - 56 Caps, 8 Goals
Nani – FW – 53 Caps, 12 Goals


Team Rating


Group
B: Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark

Notable Facts
  • Have never been knocked out at the Group Stage of the European Championships.

  • Knocked Netherlands out of Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006.

  • Lost to Denmark and only secured a play off place for Euro 2012 on Goal Difference ahead of Norway in their qualifying group.


Portugal's Chances
When the Portuguese national team is mentioned people often only wonder if it is possible for Cristiano Ronaldo to win a tournament all by himself, and the answer is “possibly”, but this would ignorant of the evident talents in the rest of the side so lets see how many times an article about Portugal will mention Old Winky, his 5 goals in 8 qualifying games and his fantasy record of 71 goals and 16 assists in 64 starts for Real Madrid last season.

Portugal’s record in recent tournaments shows they are well worthy of their 5th place world ranking and that underestimating them, even in the straight jacket of Group B may be a foolish mistake.

Whilst the last of the so called golden generation of Portuguese football appeared to have retired with Figo back in 2006, tournament performances since then suggest that at least one or two have been found to take the 127 Cap legends place.

At Euro 2004 Portugal finished as runner ups to Greece in the final, having knocked out England and Netherlands to get there they may have missed their best chance in a generation to secure a trophy on home soil.

England and Netherlands were again knock out stage victims for Portugal as they went on to reach the Semi-Final of the 2006 World Cup, eventually finishing 4th. They reached yet another quarter final at Euro 2008 and were knocked out in the last 16 by Spain in the 2010 World Cup. Their historic record in the European Championships is even more impressive, in the 5 tournaments they have qualified for, they’ve never failed to reach the knock out stage and that record is also true of their last 2 World Cups.

Based on these performances Portugal would be disappointed with a group stage knock out in any tournament, even in Euro 2012’s toughest group, especially as they have twice knocked the Netherlands out of tournament football in recent years the most recent an ill tempered match which saw 12 players booked and 4 sent off, but their record does hide a little recent drama.

They finished second to Denmark in their qualifying group for Euro 2012 and that achievement is made more underwhelming when you consider the fact that they were beaten by Norway, and Denmark in that group and sneaked through to the play off ahead of Norway on goal difference alone. Although they demolished Bosnia in the home leg of the play off they drew the away leg 0-0, a score line which has become all too familiar for them of late, so far they have drawn both of their warm up games 0-0 with Poland and Macedonia, as they did against Ivory Coast and Brazil at the last World Cup. They have reinforced the notion that they are uncomfortable travelers in hostile environments and the kick off against Germany at the Liviv Arena in Ukraine will certainly be that.

The Portuguese squad does include the likes of Nani, Raul Meireles and Pepe all of whom have top level experience with top clubs, but the side includes only 1 player with more than 80 caps and is therefore a little short when it comes to real veterans who have the cunning to lead a team to glory against stronger opposition in a foreign land, something all of the teams that have unexpectedly succeeded at tournament football in recent years had had the benefit of.

The toughness of the group, and the struggles in qualifying especially against Denmark who they will face again, suggest that Portugal may well be looking at who will upset them rather than who they can upset themselves, if they’re not very careful they could end up bottom of their group and will need more than just one talent to avoid this fate especially if the recent falling out with the coach and subsequent exclusions of two of the squads most experienced players in Ricardo Carvalho and Jose Bosingwa have a negative bearing on the group.

“Araz Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 25%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Group Stage

“Matt Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 40%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Group Stage

Matt's Possibly True Trivia

  • If you attempt to track the Portugese team in a desert it will appear like you are following only one man as they all walk in Ronaldo's footprints

  • Ronaldo's hair is actually bulletproof and can repel a .357 magnum at 5 metres.









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Maaza (Barcelona) 2 years ago
25% think they'll win? LOL    
[account-removed] 2 years ago
Here, give Pedro my dentist's number
CFLNHLFIFAFAN (Chelsea) 2 years ago
There a good team but not good enough to the best with Netherlands and Germany in there group. They do have Nani and Ronaldo, Meireles and Pepe but really not too much after that. I think they'll finish 3rd in group with just the win vs Denmark, they may have a close game vs Netherlands, but Germany going to win easily I hope. It should be good but Ronaldo won't be able to do enough
Maaza (Barcelona) 2 years ago
Why is everyone so sure that Portugal will beat Denmark? The last 4 games between these two have ended: Denmark 2 wins, Portugal 1 win, 1 draw. All these were in WC 2010 and Euro 2012 qualification matches, no friendlies. So Denmark have been Portugal's bogey team in recent years
Rezzza (Chelsea) 2 years ago
Thecrowrip (Barcelona) 2 years ago
Viva Portugal
Proactivefan (Newcastle United) 2 years ago
Funny comment on Ronaldo by Matt
TheN4Sr (Real Madrid) 2 years ago
I love Ronaldo.... But f**k, the team can't ever be consistent, in part because their defence can never be consistent
Reddevil278 (Manchester United) 2 years ago
People are mocking Portugal right now, but Netherlands has arguably the weakest back in line of the big three in Group D. Mark my words, Portugal and Germany will go through, Netherlands will succumb due to their weak defence
Dtouch (Ajax) 2 years ago
NL's D isn't great, but it is underrated. Matijsen, Heitinga, and van der Wiel are all quality....

Also, the best defence is a good offence!
Rezatnt (Barcelona) 2 years ago

If they make a first move perfect ! Then they can rich up to semifinal !
Fantastic team, but bad luck having Netherlands and Germany on their Group !

Fantastic strikers, perfect midfields, decent defence !

First match is the most important one ! Coommee oonn make me proud !

Diemannschaft (Chelsea) 2 years ago
I think what people need to realize here is that Portugal is team up to recently that has struggled in their qualifying matches and even friendlies, but we strive as a team in the tournament. We may not be as powerful as Holland or Germany at the moment, but back in the 2010 WC we had only conceived 1 goal and that goal was from Spain who had later won the tournament. So we'll see who gets to talk when it happens.... Football is unpredictable
Lampuiho (Arsenal) 2 years ago
Not gettin this :    Ronaldo's hair is actually bulletproof and can repel a. 357 magnum at 5 metres
Matt (Footytube Staff) 2 years ago
MOER7 (Real Madrid) 2 years ago
After today's game I think they can do it. Harddddddd



   
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