Portugal FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures, Squad & Group Details
After the sensational win in European Cup 2016, the Portuguese are looking to replicate the performance in Russia.
Leading by the controlled & calm Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 15 goals in 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Portugal’s perfect campaign of 10 ten wins in qualifiers affirmed that the Selecao are passing through a golden age.
Will the Ronaldo’s last campaign for his country to the World cup 2018 make them earn the title for the first time? Portuguese traveled to Russia with an optimistic approach.
World Cup Qualifying Round Highlights
Portugal v Switzerland
Switzerland defeated newly crowned European Champions which shocked them & brought them back down to earth with a bump.
After one year Portuguese took revenge & defeated them in a contest on 10th October 2017.
Portugal v the Faroe Islands
Andre Silva scored three consecutive goals in the first half of the match, by doing so, he became the youngest Portuguese to score a hat-trick in a game.
Portugal v Sweden
Cristiano Ronaldo & Andreas Granqvist scored two goals in the first half of the match against Sweden. But in the second half, Sweden retaliated well & leveled the game before the times up. Jaoa Cancelo scored his second goal of the match in the 93 minute of the game which led them to a 3-2 victory against Portugal.
Portugal World Cup Group – Group B
Portugal contained in Group B, which includes their Iberian rivals Spain, along with Iran & Morocco.
Portugal v Spain Head to Head
Total five matches were played between both teams in all World Cup editions. Portugal is searching for its first World cup win against its rival Spain this year.
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Portugal v Iran Head to Head
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Portugal v Morocco Head to Head
Morocco defeated Portugal in 1986 World Cup with 3-1.
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Portugal World Cup Warm-up Friendly Matches
Portugal kicked off their 2018 international friendlies on the 23rd of March against Egypt and Mohamed Salah and a 2-1 win. They then lost to the Netherlands three days later. Two draws against Tunisia and Belgium followed, and finally, on the 7th of June, they beat Algeria 3-0.
Portugal 2018 FIFA World Cup Warm-up Results
|23-03-2018||Portugal v Egypt||2-1|
|26-03-2018||Portugal v Netherlands||3-0|
|28-05-2018||Portugal v Tunisia||2-2|
|02-06-2018||Portugal v Belgium||0-0|
|07-06-2018||Portugal v Algeria||3-0|
Portugal World Cup Fixtures, Match Schedule
Portugal will kick off the tournament with an exciting match against its rival Spain on 15th June 2018. The result will definitely decide the topper of a group. Afterward, Portugal will continue their journey with play against Morocco & Iran on the 20th June and 25th June accordingly.
|15 Jun 2018||Portugal v Spain|
|20 Jun 2018||Portugal v Morocco|
|25 Jun 2018||Portugal v Iran|
Portugal World Cup Match Venues
|15 Jun 2018||Portugal v Spain||Fisht Stadium|
|20 Jun 2018||Portugal v Morocco||Luzhniki Stadium|
|25 Jun 2018||Portugal v Iran||Mordovia Arena|
Presently, Fernando Santos is 63 old. He superseded Paulo Bento three years before. He can be regarded as the best coach in Portugal’s history. His present appointment will continue till 2020. He will prefer to repeat his Euro cup 2016 success in World Cup 2018.
Top Players, who can shine for Portugal in Soccer World cup 2018
Andre Silva performances in qualifiers proved his worth; he scored nine goals in ten games. Presently, he is just 22 years old, whereas his partnership with experiences Ronaldo could be very crucial for the opponents.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the name tells the whole story, he needs no introduction.
Pepe being the defense wall of Portugal while Raphael Guerreiro will keep on his efforts to further strengthen the defensive line.
Ricardo Quaresma & Joao Moutinho, their decent techniques can also be vital for Portugal in Russia.
18 years old Goncalo Guedes played a single match in qualifiers, but he has the potential to turn the game for his side.
Portugal World Cup Squad – FIFA World Cup 2018
Portugal announced preliminary 35-man squad for World Cup 2018 on May 14th
- Anthony Lopes
- Rui Patricio
- Bruno Alves
- Cedric Soares
- Jose Fonte
- Mario Rui
- Raphael Guerreiro
- Ricardo Pereira
- Ruben Dias
- Adrien Silva
- Bruno Fernandes
- Joao Mario
- Joao Moutinho
- Manuel Fernandes
- William Carvalho
- Andre Silva
- Bernardo Silva
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Gelson Martins
- Goncalo Guedes
- Ricardo Quaresma
Portugal World Cup Injuries
No report of any injury from Portuguese camp.