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Team Portugal: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team Portugal: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Although they land three places behind Spain in the FIFA rankings, Portugal could be the FIFA World Cup 2014’s darkest horses. If the presence of FIFA Ballon d’Or awardee and arguably one of the best footballers in the world Cristiano Ronaldo is not yet enough to guarantee an Iberian team victory, then the tournament will definitely prove to be a neck-and-neck battle between the championship chasers. While they are definitely not a one-man team, their fate in the world’s most prestigious football competition will largely anchor on the form and health of Ronaldo.

Seeded alongside Germany, Ghana, and the United States, Selecao will have a quite challenging FIFA Group stage campaign—with particular emphasis on their brawls against the Germans.

Ronaldo’s technical acumen, supreme athleticism, and attacking aptitude seem to cover Portugal’s scarcity of strikers as brilliant as the Real Madrid top brass. The team have been pushing labored displays since they were beaten on penalties by Spain in their Euro 2012 semi-final.

Portugal’s success in the World Cup will also be determined by coach Paulo Bento’s ability to turn concerns around. He took charge of the team in September 2010, nearly a year after resigning from Sporting Lisbon, where he won four domestic cups in six years.

The Bento side have sizable problems in central defense, occasionally failing to show good football in some of the team’s past qualification matches. In the attack, there is not much to worry about; but in central defense, some impairments need serious repair.

Regardless of their relatively weak defensive midfield, Portugal have considerable chances of at least reaching the semi-finals.

 

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