World Cup Profile: Portugal
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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…
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).
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
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To show your support…
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?
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.