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Can Portugal overcome an identity crisis?

By Eric Krakauer This article was first published in Portugoal. Portugal’s game against Hungary was a reminder of just how emotionally exhausting it is to be a supporter of the Seleção. It also reinforced my belief that the team is struggling with its identity in the tournament. And, unless addressed, that could be Portugal’s undoing… Read More »

Portugal needs to make changes in order to beat Hungary

  By Eric Krakauer A win against high-flying Hungary will guarantee Portugal’s presence in the knockout stages of Euro 2016. And that is certainly not too much to ask from Fernando Santos and his men. Nevertheless, despite an improved display against Austria, Santos may have to do some further tinkering to his lineup, lest Portugal… Read More »

Wholesale changes unlikely when Portugal plays Austria

By Eric Krakauer Before Euro 2016 kicked-off, the general consensus was that Portugal had more than enough arguments to reach the latter stages of the tournament. That sentiment faded almost entirely, and quickly gave way to pessimism, after the Seleção failed to beat Iceland. This has been somewhat of a pattern in major tournaments. Expectations… Read More »

The European Championships are the Dark Horse tournament

According to reports at the time, some of its players were already enjoying their summer dips when Denmark was suddenly thrust into Euro 92, after Yugoslavia’s disqualification. Generally expected to bow out in the group stage, the Danes eventually won the tournament, and cemented their place in the annals of footballing history. Championship runs, like… Read More »