Portugal

Euro 2012 Teams: Portugal
  • Portugal - Euro 2012Portugal
  • Manager: Paulo Bento
  • Best Finish: Runners-up 2004
  • No of Appearances: 5

General Information

Portugal qualified for their sixth European Championship via a comfortable play-off victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

 

Whilst the Iberians clearly possess a great deal of talent and ability, there is a strong feeling that the current crop is somewhat shy of the ‘Golden Era’ which produced famous stars such as Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Joao Pinto.

 

Crucially, that side of the last generation failed to land any international honours despite so much promise and a forthcoming triumph certainly seems unlikely with Cristiano Ronaldo shaping up as the only genuine Portuguese player of world class status.

 

With Holland and Germany opposing in the group phase, any kind of progression at Euro 2012 will surely be a bonus for Paulo Bento’s men

Chances

At long odds, Portugal definitely have a chance to throw a spanner into the tournament works with fancied nations Holland and Germany on the agenda in the group stages.

 

But with an over reliance on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo to produce the goods, Portugal must surely fall short this time around as international success cannot be solely dependent on one player.

 

The fact that Portugal had to negotiate a play-off to reach the finals suggests they are just shy of the leading nations and their team limitations are likely to be exposed this summer unless other squad members step up to the plate.

Key Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is arguably the best European player in today’s game and there will be a lot of focus on the Real Madrid man from the first whistle.

 

But he will have to receive a similar level of team support to that seen at the Bernabeu if he is to set the tournament alight and spearhead Portugal through to the quarter-finals.

TitanBet Prediction

3rd in Group Stage - Paulo Bento’s charges will undoubtedly be more than competitive but it is hard to envisage them denying either Holland or Germany a berth in the last eight.

Did You Know:

Portugal were hot favourites to lift the trophy when hosting the tournament in 2004, but they were beaten twice by rank outsiders Greece who went on to secure the honours in Lisbon.