The World Cup 2014 is here, so let's have no fear and support Portugal as we drink a beer or two, or even a lemonade, i don't know, the important thing now is to support Portugal at Brazil 2014.
The Portugal national football team first World Cup appearance, was in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, we saw them reach the semi-finals. Portugal have produced some of the most talented players to grace the game of football such as Fernando Peyroteo, José Águas, Mário Coluna, Eusébio, Humberto Coelho, Paulo Futre, Ricardo Carvalho, Luís Figo, Vitor Baía, Pauleta, Ricardo Quaresma, Nuno Gomes, Rui Costa, Nani, João Moutinho, Raul Meireles and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese nation across the world will be at your side in the good and bad moments, and will shout with one voice for you.
It was not until England 1966 that the Portugal made their world finals debut, yet as entrances go it could hardly have been more impressive. Spearheaded by the irrepressible Eusébio, Portugal’s golden generation knocked out Brazil en route to the semi-finals, where they came up just short against the host nation.
At Germany 2006, coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari, Portugal made it all the way to last four before being knocked out by a Zidane penalty.
In South Africa four years later Portugal’s dream ended in the Round of 16, when they were edged out 1-0 be eventual champions Spain.
His first game in charge came on 8 October, a 3–1 win against Denmark. On 17 November Portugal defeated World Cup champions Spain 4–0 in Lisbon, imposing the largest defeat to its Iberian neighbours since 13 June 1963. He led the national team to the Euro 2012 semifinals in Poland and Ukraine where it narrowly lost to eventual champions Spain on penalties. After a second-place finish in Group F in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Bento led Portugal to a 4–2 aggregate win over Sweden in the playoffs, securing a spot at the finals in Brazil.
Nani had a season to forget, but with all the focus on Ronaldo, Nani will get space and the opportunity to do some damage. João Moutinho is expected to fight for every ball from the start to the finish of every game. Moutinho is the player who has the ability to dictate the style of play that Portugal put forward, and he needs to be the midfield maestro for them to do well. William Carvalho, remember this name, because he covers the defensive gaps well in that phase of the game, and starts attacks equally well after recovering the ball. His distribution has also been impressive.
On the both sides of the defense, Portugal plays with very offensive players. Both Fábio Coentrão and João Perreira will take advantage of their speed to participate in attacking moves. In the midfield Portugal plays with a defensive midfielder, normally, Miguel Veloso. This is the position we will see major competition for, with William Carvalho. The remaining 2 positions will be filled by two box-to-box players like Moutinho and Meireles.
As well as appearing at UEFA EURO 2004, 2008 and 2012, he represented Portugal at the FIFA World Cup™ finals in 2006 and 2010, and won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008. The following year he collected the inaugural FIFA Puskás Award. Like so many other years in his glittering career, 2013 brought a glut of goals for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now savouring his second FIFA Ballon d’Or award.