Euro 2020: Portugal Squad: Aside from some notable names, the defending Euro Champions squad is built on excellent game management. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno, Bernardo in attack will be a big plus, given the kind of draw they face.
Their list of defenders alone makes for impressive reading. Ruben Dias was arguably Manchester City’s most inspirational player in their dominant run to the Premier League title while club team mate Joao Cancelo has had his best ever campaign at fullback and complements left back Raphael Guerreiro perfectly.
Portugal in Group F: Portugal are in the group of death, featuring world champions France, Germany and Hungary. Their Group F campaign starts with a clash against Hungary in Budapest on June 15, followed by fixtures against Germany on June 19 in Munich and against France, again in Budapest.
v France W6 D1 L18
v Germany W3 D5 L10
Portugal Squad for UEFA Euro 2020, 3 Key players to watch out for:
Ronaldo will be playing in his fifth straight European Championship and will be looking to add yet another record to his name. He is six goals from tying the all-time scoring record for a men’s national team. The record of 109 goals is held by former Iran striker Ali Daei, the only other male soccer player to surpass the 100-goal milestone.
Ronaldo scored four goals in the 2018 World Cup and three at Euro 2016. He played less than half an hour in the final against France five years ago because he got injured.
Portugal are blessed with some of the most dangerous midfielders and forwards on the planet right now, and they don’t come much better than Bruno Fernandes.
For all their goalscoring and defensive prowess, Fernandes is arguably the one player who can slice a defence wide open at the drop of a hat, and that’s going to be invaluable to his nation’s chances this summer.
Dias has truly stepped up to the plate, leading an almost unbreakable Man City defence that has swatted some of the Premier League’s best forwards aside like flies in recent months. So good has the partnership between Dias and John Stones been, that even the mighty Aymeric Laporte has struggled to get minutes on the pitch.
Most likely to partner Jose Fonte — who has been excellent for Lille this season — at the heart of the Portuguese defence, Dias will bring supreme class in possession for his nation,
Portugal Euro 2020 Schedule:
Tuesday 15 June 2021: Hungary vs Portugal (9.30 PM IST)
Saturday 19 June 2021: Portugal vs Germany (9.30 PM IST)
Thursday 24 June 2021: Portugal vs France (12.30 AM IST)
Portugal squad for Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patrício (Wolves), Rui Silva (Granada)
Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), José Fonte (LOSC Lille), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund), Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP), Pepe (Porto), Nélson Semedo (Wolves)
Midfielders: William Carvalho (Real Betis), Danilo (Paris), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), João Moutinho (Wolves), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Sérgio Oliveira (Porto), João Palhinha (Sporting CP), Pote (Sporting CP), Renato Sanches (LOSC Lille), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Forwards: João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Rafa Silva (Benfica)
Portugal, Euro 2020 – Predictions
2016 Euro winners will once again face finalists France in the Group stage alongside 2014 World Cup winners Germany. While Hungary is expected to be an easy draw, Portugal will have a tough task cut out in this edition.