Often described as at the end of the cycle, can Portugal go far at the 2022 World Cup to prove their critics wrong? Team, calendar and form, here is all you need to know about the Seleção.
Portugal’s squad for the 2022 World Cup
Few selections can afford to field an attacking quartet made up of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Rafael Leão, all playing in top European clubs. All while putting Vitinha and João Félix on the bench and leaving Lyonnais Anthony Lopes and Parisian Renato Sanches at home. Diogo Jota (Liverpool), he forfeited. Talent in front and muscle behind with the eternal Pepe or William Carvalho.
Guardians: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton), Rui Patricio (AS Roma).
Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (PSG), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) ).
Environments : João Palhinha (Fulham FC), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton), Vitinha (PSG), William Carvalho (Betis Sevilla) , Otavio (FC Porto).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), João Félix (Atlético de Madrid), Rafael Leão (AC Milan, ITA), Ricardo Horta (SC Braga), Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), André Silva (RB Leipzig).
Portugal schedule (Group H)
- Thursday November 24, 5 p.m., Portugal – Ghana (Day 1)
- Monday November 28, 8 p.m., Portugal – Uruguay (matchday 2)
- Friday December 2, 4 p.m., South Korea – Portugal (3rd day)
The shape of Portugal
Eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16 of the last Euro and then overtaken by Serbia in their elimination group, Portugal had to go through the play-offs to qualify for the World Cup. With 2 defeats against Spain and Switzerland, the last Nations League campaign turned out to be mixed, but the Portuguese regained their confidence by beating Nigeria (4-0) in the last warm-up match.
Information to know about Portugal
While the team is built around him, the state of form of Cristiano Ronaldo necessarily questions. Substitute at Manchester United, club with which he has just terminated his contract by mutual agreement, the 37-year-old striker has recently shown a great lack of efficiency in selection. Worrying?
Portugal’s chances at the 2022 World Cup
With Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana as opponents, Portugal should manage to cross the pools, hoping not to cross Brazil in the round of 16. It’s hard to imagine this Seleção, where coach Fernando Santos is reluctant to change, to climb beyond the quarter-finals…