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Portugal National Football Team Players 

The Portugues national team called “Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol.” has represented the country in the men’s football stage since 1921. The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) governs and controls the Portugal national team, and they play their home games in any Portuguese club stadium. 

Portugal national football team’s central training ground and technical headquarter is called Cidade do Futebol and is located at Oeiras. Fernando Santos led Portugal national football team to victory in EURO 2016 and was also the head coach in the 2022 FIFA World Cup; however, Roberto Martinez has taken over from him after the team crashed out of last year’s world cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the Captain of the team, the highest goal scorer, and the most-capped player in the history of Portugal national football team. The first time Portugal reached a major tournament final was in the 1966 world cup; even though Balon D’or winner Eusebio was in the group, the national team finished third place in that year’s competition.

Also, in the UEFA EURO 1984, Portugal national football team reached the semi-finals but crashed out through a defeat from the host and eventual winner, France. Portugal’s national team’s first golden generation was assembled in 1990; since then, the Selecao has become a regular participant in the World Cups and UEFA European Championships Cups. 

Portugal national football team made it to the semi-finals in the 2006 world cup, finishing in fourth place; they hosted the EURO 2004 and finished as the runners-up. They made it to the semi-finals of EURO 2000 and 2012 thanks to the outstanding dedication of players like Luis Figo, Rui Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now regarded as the greatest player in the national team’s history.

Fernando Santos became the head coach of the national team in 2014 and led the team to its first major international glory in EURO 2016 after defeating the host, France, in the final. With that victory, they qualified for their first-ever Confederation Cup, which took place in Russia; they finished third place in that competition. 

Portugal national football team hosted the newly organized Nations League in 2019, winning the brand new competition after defeating the Netherlands, hence their second major trophy. People colloquially call Portugal Seleção das Quinas based on the country’s flag. 

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Portugal Squad For The Fifa World Cup 2022

Portugal Squad For The Fifa World Cup 2022

Portugal was in the same group as Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea, picking a win against the African and South American teams but losing to the Asian. Despite the defeat to South Korea, Portugal still made it to the knock-out stage leading the group. Below is the Portugal squad for the FIFA world cup 2022;

Goalkeepers

Portugal went to the tournament with three goalkeepers, including Veteran Rui Patricio, who has been with the team for a while now; Rui Patricio was the second choice. Jose Sa of Wolves was also one of the goalkeepers; he had a great season in the premier league with wolves and was the third choice for Portugal. However, Jese Sa is yet to make his senior team debut. 

Diogo Costa was the first-choice keeper. He played for FC Porto and was between the poll throughout the tournament. Diogo Costa made crucial saves for the team. Rui Patricio, Jose Sa, and Diogo Costa were top keepers in their respective clubs, but the coach’s choice was the FC Porto stopper. Below are the details;

Rui Patricio

He was nicknamed Sao Patricio by his teammates because of his incredible saves for club and country and is a product of Sporting CP’s academy. Rui Patricio made his debut at 18 and had 467 appearances for the team. He won five trophies, including the two Portuguese super cups, before he moved to the Premier League side, Wolves in 2018. 

Rui Patricio made his Portugal debut in 2010 when Paulo Bento was the head coach. Rui made his 100th appearance for the European giants in 2021 and has represented Portugal in three world cups, Four European tournaments and was the first-choice goalkeeper when they won Euro 2016 and the 2019 Nations League. 

Jose Sa

He is the third-choice stopper for Fernando Santos’ team and a Wolves player in the English Premier League. Jose Sa’s professional career started in Maritimo B, and he made his senior team debut in 2013, then signed for FC Porto in 2016. Porto loaned him to Olympiacos in 2018, and the Greece side made the deal permanent at the end of the season after his outstanding display.

Jose Sa won two Super League Greece titles, Greek Football Cup, and a domestic double in 2020 with Olympiacos. He signed for Wolves in 2021 and was a member of the Portuguese U-21 International, reaching the European Championship final in 2015. Jose was in the squad that won the Nations league in 2019 and followed the team to Qatar.

Diogo Costa

Costa was a product of Porto’s youth team and was an integral part of the team that won the UEFA Youth League in 2019. In 2019, he was promoted to the senior team, winning the Premeira Liga and the Taca de Portugal trophy in his debut season. He made the starting 11 in 2021 at 22 and won the domestic double again, earning him a space in the Premeira Liga team of the season.

Diogo Costa has represented Portugal at different levels, including the U-17 team that won the 2016 European Championship, the U-19 squad that won the 2018 European Championship, and the U-21 team that finished second in the 2021 European Championship. He made his debut for the senior national team in 2021 and followed Portugal to Qatar for the world cup 2022. 

Defenders

Portugal had a couple of solid defenders in the 2022 world cup. Manchester City’s superstar Ruben Dias led the way while establishing a formidable partnership with Veteran Pepe. Fernando Santos preferred Joao Cancelo in the right back, although the Citizens star did not perform up to expectation for Portugal in Qatar. Joao Cancelo was behind in terms of performance, which affected the team. 

After his great season with PSG, Nuno Mendes was the man on the left flank for Portugal in the early stages of the world cup 2022. Nuno Mendes dropped a couple of great performances before getting injured against Uruguay. Fernando Santos replaced Nuno Mendes with Dortmund star Raphael Guerreiro, and Joao Cancelo is a versatile player that can also play in that position. 

As Mentioned Above, Pepe was an integral member of the defense line, and another name in that department was Diogo Dalot of Manchester United. Diogo Dallot is still looking to establish himself in the Manchester squad after having some above-average matches; he was in the Portugal squad for the World cup 2022 and did his part before they crashed out in the quarter-finals.

Fernando Santos also selected Antonio Silva of Benfica and Danilo Pereira of PSG to help at the back. Below is a detail about the defenders;

Diogo Dalot

Dalot is another product of Porto’s youth team, and he made his debut for the Club’s B team in 2017. In 2019, he played his first game for the senior team in a Taca de Portugal contest in October 2017. Diogo Dalot made eight appearances for Porto’s senior team, moved to Manchester United in 2018, and was loaned to Milan in 2020.

Diogo Dalot has represented Portugal at different levels, including the U-15, and was part of the U-17 squad that won the 2016 UEFA European Championship. He made his debut for the Portuguese senior team in UEFA EURO 2020.

Pepe

At the club level, Pepe has played for Maritimo, Porto, Real Madrid, and Besiktas achieving team and individual success with the two middle clubs. Pepe played 334 games for the Los Blancos, winning 3 UCL, 3 La Ligas, and 2 Copa Del Ray titles. 

Pepe aslo won 4 Premeira Liga titles and 3 Tace de Portugal with Porto. He was born in Brazil but decided to play for the Portugal national team; he made his debut in 2007 and has represented the team 133 times. Pepe has represented Portugal in four world cups and several European tournaments, and he was part of the team that won the EURO 2016 and the squad that made it to the semi-finals in EURO 2012. 

He was named man of the match in EURO 2016 and followed Portugal to the world cup in 2022.

Ruben Dias

Dias is a product of Benfica’s youth academy, where he started playing in 2015. By 2019, Ruben Dias has represented Benfica over 100 times, winning the League title in the 2018-2019 season, the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira in the 2019-20 season, and getting a place in the Liga team of the year.

Ruben Dias moved to Manchester City in 2020 and won the League title and EFL Cup in his debut season. Ruben Dias represented the senior team first in 2018 and followed them to the World cup 2018. 

Ruben Dias won the 2019 Nations League, dropping a performance that put him in the team of the tournament and a man of the match award in the final. 

Raphaël Guerreiro

Raphaël Guerreiro’s professional career started at Caen, he moved to Lorient in 2013, and three years after, he signed for Borussia Dortmund. Raphaël Guerreiro was born in France but decided to play for the Portuguese nationals team; he has represented the team at the U-21 level. 

He made his debut for the senior team in 2014 and has followed the team to two world cups and two European Championships. Raphaël Guerreiro won EURO 2016 with Portugal and followed the group to Qatar.

Danilo Pereira

Danilo is a product of Benfica’s youth academy and has represented Portugal at the U-18, U-19, U-20, and U-21 levels. Danilo Pereira was part of the team that reached the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut for the senior team in 2015 and was part of the squad that won EURO 2016 and the Nations League on home soil. 

Nuno Mendes

Mendes is a product of Sporting CP’s Youth Academy and made his debut for the senior team in 2020. Nuno Mendes was a member of Portugal Youth international and has represented Portugal at various levels. He made his debut for the senior national team in 2021, in the squad for EURO 2020 and World cup 2022. 

Joao Cancelo

He is another product of Benfica’s academy. Joao Cancelo started his professional career with Benfica’s reserve side in 2012 and made it to the first team in 2014. Joao Cancelo moved to Valencia on a loan deal in 2015, and from there, he moved to Inter Milan on another loan deal and made the Serie A team of the year in 2017-18.

Big teams began to monitor his developments, and Joao Cancelo moved to Juventus in 2018 for a fee of around 40 million, winning the Italian League and Supercopa Italiana in his debut season. Joao Cancelo moved to Manchester in 2019 and immediately established himself in the team, winning trophies. 

Joao Cancelo has represented Portugal nation’s all-youth team 75 times, scoring three goals, and he made his senior debut in 2016. Joao Cancelo was among the U-21 team that reached the 2015 European Championship finals and was in the senior team that won the Nations League in 2019. 

Antonio Silva

Antonio Silva is another product of Benfica’s youth Academy, winning the UEFA Youth League in 2021, and his performance was outstanding. Antonio Silva was a former member of Portugal Youth international and has represented the team at various levels.

Midfielders

Portugal is blessed in the midfield department with young talents and veterans. Leading the role is: 

Bruno Fernandes

Becoming one of the most important players in the national team, Bruno Fernandes is one of those talents that can captain the team to success. Bruno Fernandes started his career in Serie B, moved to Serie A side Udinese and finally to Sampdoria. Bruno Fernandes signed for Sporting CP and was named captain. Bruno Fernandes won the Tacas da Liga in 2018 and 2019 and Taca da Portugal, earning a space in the team of the year.

Bruno Fernandes scored 33 goals in all competitions sparking interest from Manchester United, where he later moved to. Fernandes is a formal member of Portugal youth international. He has represented the team in the U-19, U-20, U-21, and U-23 and was in the squad for the summer Olympics. 

Bruno Fernandes made his debut for the senior team in 2017 and was in the squad for the world cup 2018, 2019 Nations League, EURO 2020, and world cup 2022. Bruno Fernandes won the 2019 Nations League 2019 and was on the team of the tournament.

Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves came from Porto’s academy, made his debut for the senior team at the age of 17, and signed for Wolverhampton in 2017. Ruben Neves is a member of Portugal youth international, where he made 60 appearances. 

Ruben Neves made his debut for the senior team in 2015 at 18 and was in the squad for EURO 2020 and World Cup 2022.

Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva came from Benfica’s youth academy; he started with Benfica B and made it to the first team in 2014. Bernardo Silva moved to Monaco on loan in 2014, and the team made the deal permanent. In 2017, Bernardo Silva won the League 1 title with the club and moved to Manchester City in 2017. 

Bernardo Silva has represented the Portugal Youth team in the U-19 and U-21 and made his senior debut in 2015. Bernardo Silva was in the squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup, 2018 world cup, 2019 Nations League, EURO 2020, and 2022 world cup. Bernardo Silva won the Nations League with Portugal in 2019. 

Joao Mario

Joao Mario started with Sporting CP, he won major trophies, such as the 2015 Taca de Portugal with CP, and moved to Inter, Westham United, and Locomotive Moscow, all on loan, before returning to Sporting. Joao Mario made his debut for Portugal’s senior team in 2014 and won the EURO 2016. 

Joao Mario was in the squad for the 2018 and 2022 world cups.

William Carvalho

William Carvalho started his career at Sporting CP and made his debut for the senior team at age 18. He made 193 appearances after and won the Taca de Portugal trophy in 2018. William Carvalho signed for Betis in 2018 and has been a full international for Portugal since 2013. 

William Carvalho has represented Portugal in three world cups and two European Championships. William Carvalho was in the squad that won the EURO 2016. 

Joao Palhinha

Joao Palhinha started his professional career at Sporting CP, and he made his debut for the senior team in 2017. Joao Palhinha moved to Moreirense, Belenenses, and Braga, all on loan before he returned to CP to become a starter. Joao Palhinha won the 2020-21 Premeira Liga before he moved to fulham.

Joao Palhinha made his first appearance for the Portugal national football team in 2021 and was in the EURO 2020 and FIFA world cup 2022 squad. 

Matheus Nunes

Matheus Nunes started his professional career at Ericeirense and later transferred to Estoril in the LigaPro. Throughout Matheus Nunes’s stay at Estoril, he played for the home base team before he moved to Sporting CP in 2019. At Sporting CP, Matheus Nunes won the Premeira Liga trophy two seasons in a row, winning Tacas da Liga in 2021 and 2022. 

Matheus Nunes was an integral part of the squad that won a domestic double in 2021 while making team of the year in 2022. Matheus Nunes was born in Brazil but decided to play for Portugal, making his first senior appearance in 2021 and featuring in the 2022 FIFA world cup. 

Vitinha and Otavio were other players in the midfield.

Attackers

Portugal has always been blessed with exceptional attackers over the year, and as usual, Fernando Santos is blessed. Leading the attack area is Cristiano Ronaldo and other outstanding players. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest players in the history of football. He has won almost every team and individual trophy except the FIFA world cup. Cristiano Ronaldo has won 5 Balon D’or, four Golden boots, and 34 trophies, including leagues, cups, UCL, and the FIFA club world cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo has made over 1000 appearances for clubs and country and scored over 800 goals, including 140 goals in the UCL. Cristiano Ronaldo is a product of Sporting CP, and he moved to Manchester United in 2003, winning the FA Cup in his debut season. At Manchester, he won three league titles, a UCL, and one FIFA Club world cup, winning his first Balon D’or at 23 and then moving to Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo first played for Portugal national football team at the age of 18. He has 190 appearances for the team now and is the most-capped player in the team’s history. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored over 100 goals for Portugal and is the highest goal scorer in men’s international football.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored for Portugal national team in 11 major tournaments scoring his first at EURO 2004. Cristiano Ronaldo became the captain of the national team in 2008, and he led the team to glory by winning EURO 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo captained the team to win the Nations league in 2019, third place in the Confederation cup in 2017 and was the captain in the FIFA world cup in 2022.

Joao Felix

Joao Felix started at Porto Youth Academy and moved to Benfica in 2015, where he played in the reserve team before he made his way to the senior team in 2018 at age 17. Joao Felix helped Benfica win the league title, getting him the Golden Boy and Premeira Liga’s young player of the year award. 

Joao Felix was a former member of the Portugal youth international and has played in the U-18, U-19, and U-21 levels. Joao Felix made his debut for the senior team in the semi-final of the 2019 Nations league and also represented the national team in the 2022 FIFA world cup. 

Other attackers include Ricardo Horta, Rafael Leao, Goncalo Ramos, and Andre Silva.

Conclusion

Portugal’s national football team has always been a group to reckon with in the international scene, and with their current squad, they can go on to break the FIFA world cup jinx. 

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