Coach: Fernando Santos
Colours: Red shirts, red shorts, green socks
v Iceland (14 June, Saint-Etienne)
v Austria (18 June, Paris)
v Hungary (22 June, Lyon)
Runners up (2004)
Semi finalists (1984, 2000, 2012)
Quarter finalists (1996, 2008)
In each of Portugal’s previous appearances in the finals, they have – at the very least – made it to the last eight. Their best performance came when they hosted the tournament in 2004 as they made it to the final, before a shock defeat to underdogs Greece. They are a squad packed full of potential and their captain Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in three previous tournaments.
How They Got There
Portugal’s qualifying group consisted of five teams and the Portuguese finished top of the group with seven wins following a 1-0 defeat to Albania in their first match. They only managed 11 goals, and conceded five, but still finished seven points clear of second placed Albania.
v Albania: 0-1 (h), 1-0 (a)
v Denmark: 1-0 (h), 1-0 (a)
v Serbia: 2-1 (h), 2-1 (a)
v Armenia: 1-0 (h), 3-2 (a)
The squad that Portugal will be taking to France is by no means all about one man. Five players have over 80 caps, and there are several household names such as Real Madrid’s Pepe, Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho and Sporting Lisbon’s former Manchester United winger Nani. There will also be a lot of focus on young midfield men Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches of Valencia and Bayern Munich respectively.
However, it is impossible to get away from three-time Champions League winner and national captain Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man has scored 56 goals in 125 games for his country, making him the leading scorer, and he will be arguably the best footballer on show at the tournament. He is desperate to win something with his country and that mentality – along with his talent – could make them a dark horse and drive the side to success.
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb)
Defenders: Cedric Soares (Southampton), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient)
Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Porto), William Carvalho (Sporting), Adrien Silva (Sporting), Joao Mario (Sporting), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Andre Gomes (Valencia), Renato Sanches (Benfica)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Nani (Fenerbahce), Eder (Lille – on loan from Swansea City), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Rafa Silva (Braga)