Group H match schedule of the World Cup in Portugal
November 24: Portugal 3-2 Ghana (Ronaldo 65pen, João Felix 78p, Leau 80p, Ayew 73p, Boukari 89p)
November 28: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay (Bruno Fernandez 54 90+3)
December 2: Republic of Korea 2-1 Portugal (Kim Yong-gwon 27, Hwang Hee-chan 90+1; Ricardo Horta 5)
December 6: Portugal 6-1 Switzerland (Goncalo Ramos 17, 51, 67, Pepe, 33, Rafael Guerreiro, 55; Akanji, 58, Rafael Leau, 90+2)
10 Dec: Morocco 1-0 Portugal (En Nesiri 42)
Latest Portugal squad of 26 players
GoalkeepersCast: Diogo Costa, Jose Sa, Rui Patricio
DefendersCast: Diogo Dalot, Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Pepe, Ruben Dias, António Silva, Nuno Mendes, Rafael Guerreiro
MidfieldersCast: Joao Paligna, Ruben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Matheus Nunez, Otavio, Vitinha, William Carvalho
forwardsCast: Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Ramos, Joao Felix, Rafael Leao, Ricardo Horta
If one of the players originally included in the squad is injured or falls ill with COVID-19, he may be substituted no later than one day before the first match of the team concerned. In this situation, new conscriptions do not have to appear on the release list of 55 people. Each new player will be assigned the number of the player they are replacing in the roster.
How did Portugal qualify?
Group AND: W5 D2 L1 F17 A6
Portugal 1-0 Azerbaijan
Serbia 2-2 Portugal
Luxembourg 1-3 Portugal
Portugal 2-1 Ireland
Azerbaijan 0-3 Portugal
Portugal 5-0 Luxembourg
Ireland 0:0 Portugal
Portugal 1-2 Serbia
Playoff semi-finals: Portugal 3:1 Turkey
Playoff final: Portugal 2:0 North Macedonia
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (6 goals)
Portugal coach: Fernando Santos
An unremarkable defender who has spent most of his playing career at Estoril Praia, Fernando Santos has worked his way up as a manager, managing all three of Portugal’s big clubs (Porto, Sporting CP and Benfica) and spending seven seasons at Greek clubs. Coach of the Greek national team since 2010, he joined Portugal in 2014, leading his native country to their only senior trophies to date: EURO 2016 and UEFA Nations League 2019. Having reached the round of 16 of the World Cup with Greece (2014) and Portugal (2018), he broke new ground in Qatar.
Portugal captain: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, the deadliest striker in European football in a decade and the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League, remains an important player in Fernando Santos’ team. No wonder, given that under his leadership the 37-year-old has become the most prolific international scorer in history. He scored four goals in the 2018 draw and showed in his fifth World Cup final that his scoring hadn’t gone yet.
History of the World Cup in Portugal
Most appearances: Cristiano Ronaldo (22)
Top scorer: Eusebio (9)
Best Performance: Third place (1966)
World Cup 2018: Round of 16 (P2-1 against Uruguay)
Portugal’s debut in the competition was auspicious as they finished third in England in 1966 and again became semi-finalists in Germany in 2006. Revenues subsequently declined and the 2018 round of 16 exit was deemed disappointing. Portugal have been knocked out of the group stage at three of the previous four World Cups outside of Europe, but have gone further than in Qatar.
UEFA EURO 2024 qualifiers against Portugal (Group J)
03/23/2023: Portugal – Liechtenstein
03/26/2023: Luxembourg – Portugal
06/17/2023: Portugal v Bosnia and Herzegovina
06/20/2023: Iceland – Portugal
08/09/2023: Slovakia – Portugal
11/09/2023: Portugal – Luxembourg
13/10/2023: Portugal v Slovakia
10/16/2023: Bosnia and Herzegovina – Portugal
16/11/2023: Liechtenstein – Portugal
11/19/2023: Portugal v Iceland