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Portugal Squad FIFA World Cup 2018

Predict Portugal’s starting lineup for their first World Cup match in the comments below and stand a chance to win a replica of the official FIFA World Cup Ball Telstar!

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Portugal vs Spain
Kick-off Time: 11:30 pm (IST)

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The Portuguese National Team will look on to replicating their Euro Cup 2016 victory. Fernando Santos has made some big changes in his World Cup squad snubbing some experienced players and some players who play in top-class teams.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv), William Carvalho (Sporting),

Forwards: Andre Silva (Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Goncalo Guedes (PSG)


SURPRISES

Young player of the tournament (Euro 2016) Renato Sanches, strong fan favorite Ruben Neves and Barcelona duo Andre Gomes and Nelson Semedo have been snubbed while Leicester’s new right-back Ricardo Pereira, Joao Mario, Paris Saint-Germain youngster Goncalo Guedes and Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes have all secured a spot.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Experienced mid-field duo Joao Moutinho and Adrien Silva along with William Carvalho will make sure to dictate any game. Cristiano Ronaldo is a game changer for any team in the World and Portugal are no different.

STRENGTHS

Pace, pace & more pace; this year’s Portuguese side has pacy players in almost every position and will look to outrun their opponents in any match.

WEAKNESSES

Relying too much on one player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Not pointing a finger at Portugal as wherever the superstar is, the team is bound to be built around him, now it is true that it’s not necessarily a bad thing but if he is not playing in the starting eleven, it is hard to see Portugal giving any top-class team a difficult time.

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Also, Predict the starting XI for:

ARGENTINA 🇦🇷 GERMANY 🇩🇪

BELGIUM 🇧🇪

ENGLAND 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
BRAZIL 🇧🇷 FRANCE🇫🇷 SPAIN 🇪🇸

4 thoughts on “FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal, who’s on that plane to Russia?

  1. Petricio
    Soares
    Pepe
    Alves
    Guerreiro
    Moutinho
    Carvalho
    Bernardo Silva
    Ronaldo
    Guedes
    Andre Silva

  2. Rui Patricio
    Raphael Guerreiro
    Cedric Soares
    Jose Fonte
    Pepe
    Adrien Silva
    Joao Moutinho
    William Carvalho
    Ricardo Quaresma
    Andre Silva
    Cristiano Ronaldo

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