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Portugal 23-Man World Cup 2018 Squad & Possible Starting Lineup

Portugal Coach: Fernando Santos
Since taking over as Portugal national team coach, Fernando Santos has turned Portugal into a very hard team to beat. Even though they have Ronaldo in their ranks, Portugal still rely heavily on their solid foundation at the back which was they key ingredient for Portugal surprise Euro 2016 win. 


Portugal do lack the spark in central midfield but with Ronaldo at the helm they always have a chance against anyone. Santos likes to use conventional 4-4-2 system with Ronaldo, Silva upftont while Jao Mario and Bernardo Silva supporting on attack from the wings.

Possible Starting Lineup:

Portugal have whole list of quality attacking players specially their traditional wingers with the likes of Andre Silva and Gonçalo Guedes who will be hoping to replace the likes of Nani and Quaresma in the near future. 

Andre Silva is likely to start upfront with Ronaldo, Bernando Silva and Nani supporting in attack. While two of the three William Carvallho, Jao Mario and Jao Moutinho should take the central midfield roles.


Portugal 23-Man World Cup 2018 Squad & Possible Starting Lineup

Pepe is likely to lead the defense if he is fit before the world cup, he will partnered with Luiz Neto while Raphael Guerreiro and João Cancelo should take the fullback positions. As far as goalkeeping job is concerned, Portugal’s first choice Sporting CP should keep his place in the starting lineup.

Key Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Have to be Ronaldo, who is the record goal scorer for Portugal and makes the difference when it really matters. Portugal system is built on solid defense and they don’t create many chances and thats where Ronaldo comes in who just need that half a chance to score. Ronaldo has build up a very impressive partnership with Andre Silva and their link up upfront will be key for Portugal’s chances.

Portugal Schedule of World Cup 2018:

Portugal drawn in group (B) of the world cup 2018. Spain is the first opponent side to whom Portugal play in first match. The other two teams drawn in their group are (Iran and Morocco).

Portugal vs Spain– 15 June 2018
Portugal vs Morocco– 20 June 2018
Iran vs Brazil– 25 June 2018

Portugal 23 Men Squad: Portugal team is expected to be announced around 1 month before their opening game at the world cup so expect the announcement for 23-man squad somewhere around 15th May 2018.

1Rui PatrícioSporting CP32GK
2Anthony LopesLyon27GK
3José SáFC Porto30GK
4Nélson SemedoBarcelona24Defender
7Luís NetoFenerbahçe29Defender
8Vitorino AntunesGetafe30Defender
9Cédric SoaresSouthampton26Defender
10Raphaël GuerreiroBorussia Dortmund24Defender
11João CanceloInter Milan23Defender
12Ricardo PereiraFC Porto24Defender
13Rúben NevesWolverhampton20Midfielder
14Bernardo SilvaManchester City25Midfielder
15João MoutinhoAS Monaco30Midfielder
16André GomesBarcelona24Midfielder
17Danilo PereiraFC Porto26Midfielder
18Manuel FernandesLokomotiv Moscow32Midfielder
19João MárioWest Ham United25Midfielder
20André SilvaAC Milan22Forward
21Gonçalo GuedesValencia21Forward
22Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid33Forward
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