In our Portugal: Euro 2016 team preview, we’ve compiled the team’s schedule and squad, as well as predicting how far the team will go in the tournament. Plus, we pinpoint the players to look out for.
Portugal: Euro 2016 team preview
Manager: Fernando Santos
Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Tuesday, June 14
Saturday, June 18
Wednesday, June 22
Portugal: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting CP), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dínamo Zagreb).
Defenders: Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Cédric (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), José Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient).
Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting CP), Danilo Pereira (Porto), João Moutinho (Monaco), Renato Sanches (Benfica), Adrien Silva (Sporting CP), André Gomes (Valencia), João Mário (Sporting CP).
Forwards: Rafa Silva (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş), Nani (Fenerbahçe), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lille).
Portugal: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
After losing 1-0 on home soil to Albania early in the qualifying group, few would have anticipated Portugal to be in such high spirits ahead of Euro 2016. But manager Santos, who replaced Paulo Bento in the aftermath of the aforementioned nadir, steadied the ship and instilled some overdue steel into this group.
Indeed, despite boasting the most feared attacker in the competition in Ronaldo, this is not a Selecao side that places a great onus on their forward forays. Santos has stuck to the blueprint he used to push Greece into the knockout stages of the last two major tournaments, with defensive structure his modus operandi.
His impact has been evident, with seven wins in a row—all by a one-goal margin—following the Albania defeat. A 1-0 loss in a friendly to Bulgaria showed the dangers of opting for such an approach, although they have got the better of Belgium and Italy in the last year. They’re certainly much more of a threat than they were at the 2014 World Cup.
And for all the pragmatism instilled, there are aesthetic facets to Portugal. Ronaldo is an obvious persistent threat, while Joao Mario has been the standout player in the Portuguese top flight this season. Youngsters Willliam Carvalho and Bernardo Silva, having shone at the Under-21 tournament last summer, are also players ready to make an impression on the big stage.