Portugal routinely features talented attacking players, but have yet to fulfill their potential international stage by winning a major tournament. They were runners-up at the Euros in 2004 and reached the quarter-finals in 2008 before losing to Germany. This year’s team features fantastic defenders and wingers, but the usual question marks at goalkeeper and center striker remain.

Coach: Paulo Bento

Standout players:

Cristiano Ronaldo – captain and obviously one of the 2 best players in world football. Could develop into the best #9 center forward in the world, but he still plays as a winger for both club and country.

Fabio Coentrao – Utility player for Real Madrid, easily one of the best combo midfielders and probably the best outside back in world football

Pepe – also plays for Real Madrid, one of the top center midfielders in the world, can also play as a holding midfielder

Odds to win:



Date                                Opponent                                         Stadium                                             Location

June 9                             Germany                                         Arena Lviv                                        Lviv, Ukraine

June 13                           Denmark                                        Arena Lviv                                        Lviv, Ukraine

June 17                           Netherlands                                  Metalist Stadium                            Kharkiv, Ukraine

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