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World Cup Profile: Portugal

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Portugal 

It’s time to have a little look at the gentlemen from Portugal. Can they win this thing? And who is their best ever? Read on to find out…

Form Guide

Regardless of this being just their fifth World Cup, Portugal have already felt a few big highs and crippling lows. They fared particularly well in the 1966 and 2006 World Cups, finishing in the top four in both. But they stuttered their way to this one, with a rather up-and-downy qualifying campaign. Hence their interesting odds of 28/1 to win the thing on Betfair.

World Cup Moment

Portugal came in third in the 1966 World Cup, in a fine tournament, which included a particularly bruising match against Brazil (below).

Main Man

No doubt about it, Cristiano Ronaldo is the man whose form will make or break Portugal’s chances. After failing to bathe in the expected glory with Real Madrid this year, he will be all out to show people who the best in the world really is. You can get odds of him top scoring at around 20/1 on Betfair. Here’s a funny pretend advert: 

Strengths and Weaknesses

On paper, Portugal look pretty strong, thanks to the likes of Ronaldo, Nani, Deco, Pepe, and Carvalho. But two factors could work against them – firstly, the lack of a recognised world class centre forward in their ranks. And secondly, that they happen to be in the Group of Death alongside Brazil and the Ivory Coast. It’s going to make for pretty tough going.

Current Number One in Portugal

Jay-Z with Alicia Keys, Empire State of Mind

To show your support…

Cristiano Ronaldo

Style up your hair, smear great big lugs of oil into your legs, then take in the game from the privacy of a luxury yacht. It’s a technique known as “Cristiano’s Way”. Here’s the above woman getting a Spanish grilling:

Who’s better? Eusebio or Ronaldo?

Eusebio

Ronaldo

The Spoiler Predicts: If they make it out of their group, they could be the surprise package of the tournament. If not, out in the first stage. A hunch suggests the latter.


3 responses so far
  • Phil // May 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    What I want to know is, what’s the homoerotic, ‘hand on your team-mates’ knee’ from #3 in the team snap above? Another Ibrahimovic, maybe?

  • Mr.Sensitive // May 25, 2010 at 9:39 am

    ‘Hand-on-the-knee’ is homoerotic?

    Heres a tip just for you; dont watch Top Gun, your head might explode.

    Oh, and Ronaldo #1 !

  • Martin // May 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Should’ve commented of their poaching of Liedson, the goal-machine.

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