Tag Archives: Portugal

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 »

Tactical Notes: Portugal’s weaknesses exposed in loss to England

This article first appeared on Portugoal. In keeping with historical precedent, Portugal was incapable of defeating England on English soil, losing 1-0 to the Three Lions. With eight changes to the eleven that easily dispatched a largely experimental Norwegian side on Sunday, Portugal’s trip to Wembley was more about fine-tuning tactics and nailing down a… Read More »

Portugal’s starting XI far from determined as Seleção prepares for Euro 2016

As expected, last week’s announcement of Portugal’s 23-man squad yielded no surprises. Even the inclusion of Renato Sanches, which was very likely due to Bernardo Silva’s ill-fated thigh injury, was far from unexpected, given the youngster’s impressive season with Benfica, and his pricey move to Bayern Munich. Anyone familiar with Portuguese coach, Fernando Santos’ career, knows… Read More »

Portugal have more than enough talent to top Group F

On paper, Portugal has more than enough talent to easily dispatch its Group F opponents. However, as the saying goes, and as Portugal’s embittered supporters have long experienced, games are not played on paper. There is no starker reminder of this than Angelos Charisteas’ final-winning header in Euro 2004. Greece’s only corner of the game… Read More »

Four miles turn Jorge Jesus into Judas and Sporting into a contender

Faro, Portugal – The unthinkable became a reality only two weeks after Benfica celebrated its second successive title in Lisbon’s Marques de Pombal Square. In an unprecedented move, Jorge Jesus, the man largely responsible for the club’s return to domestic glory, jumped ship for bitter rivals, Sporting Clube Portugal. Jesus’ potential departure from Benfica was… Read More »

Portugal concerned about scoring woes vs. Serbia

You can follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny With only two goals in three European qualifiers, Portugal’s main concern against a struggling Serbia will be how to put the ball in the back of the net. Even though Cristiano Ronaldo has consistently padded his scoring tally since breaking into the national team in 2003 –… Read More »

Portugal vs Germany: Analysis & Player Ratings

This article first appeared on Soccerly.com Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny   Once you get past the dubious penalty call, and Pepe’s deserved red card, Portugal’s dismantling at the hands of Germany comes down to tactical ineptitude. Portugal’s friendlies against Greece, Mexico, and Ireland gave Paulo Bento the opportunity to experiment with different formations and… Read More »