Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting).
Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentreo, Pepe (both Real Madrid), Joao Pereira, Ricardo Costa (both Valencia), Neto (Zenit).
Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dinamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder, Rafa (both SC Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg).
June 16 v Germany (Salvador)
June 22 v USA (Manaus)
June 26 v Ghana (Brasilia)
Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho provide a solid core to the midfield. Portugal are a hard-working team that will put pressure on defenders off the ball to create the spaces for Ronaldo to work his magic.
A few key players, namely Nani and Coentrao, have struggled to make an impact for their respective clubs this season. Portugal’s starting XI can beat anyone on their day, but the squad lacks depth and a few injuries or suspension could derail their World Cup dream.
Cristiano Ronaldo. Who else? The Ballon d’Or winner will be looking to add the ultimate trophy to his extensive collection. He has the ability to single-handedly win a game and could to the difference between success and failure.
They should get through the group if they beat Ghana, and maybe even top it with a good result against the Germans. However, a tricky route to the final could involve Belgium, Spain and Argentina.
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