The Southeastern European country that has appeared 6 FIFA World Cups and made it into 2 semifinals is Portugal. The Portugal Association of football was formed back in 1914. The defending Euro Cup Champions with FIFA ranking 3 are qualified for the Russia FIFA World Cup 2018. The best achievement so far for Portugal in FIFA World Cup was in 1966 where they ranked third in the last round of competition. In 1986, 2002 and 2014 Portugal did not make into the knockout rounds of FIFA World Cup. In 2006 they managed to get the fourth position. The great star on football history Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Portugal and he is the all-time leading scorer for Portugal and best FIFA Men’s player.
World Cup Qualifier Europe
The World Cup qualifier in Europe selects 14 countries for the FIFA World Cup and for 2018 FIFA World cup Russia qualifies being a host country. 52 countries who are the members of FIFA from Europe go for the preliminary competition where those 52 countries are divided into 9 groups in which 7 groups contain 6 teams and rest of the two group contains only 5 teams. England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain are placed in a group containing 6 teams. Winners from each group qualify automatically and the eight best runners-up go for the playoffs from which 4 teams are selected. Thus, in this way, the Europe qualifier selects 14 nations for the FIFA World Cup.
Portugal was the group leader in group B with 9 wins in a total of 10 games. They were defeated against Switzerland in the very first round of the Europe qualifier with the final score of 2-0.The performance of Portugal was very good during the rest of the rounds. Best performance of Portugal was against Faroe Islands with final score 0-6.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group B
The final draw of FIFA World Cup 2018 has placed Portugal in Group B where Portugal has to play against Spain Iran and Morocco and qualify for the Knockout stage into the round of Sixteen’s.
The Fixtures for Portugal in Group Stage are:
- Portugal – Spain (Saturday, 16 June)
- Portugal – Morocco (Wednesday, 20 June)
- Iran – Portugal (Tuesday, 26 June)
Players To Watch:
C.Ronaldo R.Quaresma Andre Silva
Coach: FERNANDO SANTOS