Portugal: We represent the first contender of the Ukrainian national team in the Euro-2020 qualifying round

Today the national team of Ukraine starts in the qualifying tournament of the European Championship of 2020. Introducing our first opponent - the current continent champion, Portugal national team.

Portugal

General Information

As of February 2019, the Portuguese ranked sixth in the official FIFA ranking. Portugal made its first duel in history in 1921. Despite her solid age and the large number of stars who have performed at different times, the team won its first title only in 2016. In France, she became the champion of Europe.

However, her achievements include the 2004 European Championship Final, three Continental Championship bronze medals (1984, 2000, 2012) and the 1966 World Cup bronze. Three of her players - Eisebiou, Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo - received the Golden Ball. The team has the nicknames "Celesao" and "European Brazilians".

Selection

In the matches of the Euro 2020 selection with Ukraine and Serbia, the head coach of the Portuguese national team Fernando Santos can count on 24 performers:

number Position Player Date of birth / age Club
1 goalkeeper Rui Patriciou 15.02.1988/31/XNUMX / XNUMX years Wolverhampton (England)
2 goalkeeper Betu 01.05.1982 / 36 years Geztepe (Turkey)
3 goalkeeper Jose Sa 17.01.1993 / 26 years Olympiakos (Greece)
4 defender Pepe 26.02.1983 / 36 years Porto (Portugal)
5 defender Jose Fontaine 22.12.1983 / 35 years Lille (France)
6 defender Rafael Guerreiro 22.12.1993 / 25 years Borussia D (Germany)
7 defender João Concello 27.05.1994 / 24 years Juventus (Italy)
8 defender Nelson Semedu 16.11.1993 / 25 years Barcelona (Spain)
9 defender Mario Rui 27.05.1991 / 27 years Napoli (Italy)
10 defender Ruben Diash 14.05.1997/21/XNUMX / XNUMX years Benfica (Portugal)
11 half-back Joao Moutinho 08.09.1986 / 32 years Wolverhampton (England)
12 half-back William Carvalho 07.04.1992 / 26 years Betis (Spain)
13 half-back Joao Mario 19.01.1993 / 26 years Inter (Italy)
14 half-back Danilo Pereira 09.09.1991 / 27 years Porto (Portugal)
15 half-back Drinks 09.10.1989 / 29 years Benfica (Portugal)
16 half-back Ruben Neves 13.03.1997 / 22 years Wolverhampton (England)
17 attacker Cristiano Ronaldo 05.02.1985 / 34 years Juventus (Italy)
18 attacker Bernard Silva 10.08.1994 / 24 years Manchester City (England)
19 attacker Andre Silva 06.11.1995 / 23 years Seville (Spain)
20 attacker Gonzalo Gedesh 29.11.1996 / 22 years Valencia (Spain)
21 attacker Rafa Silva 17.05.1993 / 25 years Benfica (Portugal)
22 attacker Joao Felisch 10.11.1999 / 19 years Benfica (Portugal)
23 attacker Diogo Zota 04.12.1996 / 22 years Wolverhampton (England)
24 attacker Diego Sousa 14.09.1989 / 29 years Braga (Portugal)

Among the clubs, the biggest representation in Celesao is the Portuguese Benfica and the English Wolverhampton - four players each, among the national championships - the internal championship, which was delegated to the team of seven performers. The average age of Portugal is 26,9 years. The oldest player is Betz goalkeeper Geztepe, who is 36 years old, and the youngest is 19-year-old forward Joao Felish from Benfica.

Head Coach

64-year-old Portuguese specialist Fernando Santos has been training for the national team since September 23, 2014. After defeating the Albanians (2016: 0) in the Euro 1 qualifying match, he replaced Paulo Bent in this post. All seven subsequent matches, the Portuguese won and reached the final of the European Championship. There, Santus' wards won their first title in history, defeating the French national team in the final in extra time (1-0).

Photo by uefa.com

The next major tournament of the Portuguese national team, led by Santos, was the 2017 Confederations Cup. It "European Brazilians" took third place. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup Portugal did not perform very well, losing to the 1/8 finals of the Uruguayans (1: 2). Next was the participation in the UEFA Nations League, where the Portuguese in the fight against Italy and Poland reached the finals of the tournament, which will take place on 5-9 June this year.

On July 19, 2016, Santos signed a new contract with the Portuguese Football Federation, which is expected to be in 2020. In the same 2016, he was recognized as the best coach of the year among the national team leaders by the Globe Soccer team.

Team

The main goalkeeper of Portugal is 31-year-old Rui Patricio from Wolverhampton. He played 77 matches for the national team, missing 64 goals. He was a part of the symbolic Euro 2016 national team.

The most experienced line of defense is 36-year-old Pepe from Porto. The powerful and dedicated fighter has 103 matches in the form of the Portuguese national team. Most likely, he will be assisted in the center of defense by Jose Fontaine from Lille, and on the flanks by João Concello from Juventus and Rafael Guerreiro from Dortmund Borussia Dortmund.

In the midfield, the Portuguese national team has a surprisingly wide selection of performers. The center may be Pizzi, Danilo Pereira, Joao Moutinho, Joao Mario or William Carvalho. Bernardo Silva, Rafa Silva, Diogo Zota and Joao Felish can play as winger.

In the attack, Cristiano Ronaldo's company can be made up of Andre Silva (31 matches, 15 goals for the national team) or just-naturalized Brazilian Diego Sousa, who has scored 14 goals in Portugal's current championship.

Leader

Five-time Golden Ball winner, four-time Golden Boots winner, 27 World and European football trophy winner, Portugal national team record scorer (154) and national team top scorer (85 goals) no introduction required.

Photo by fpf.pt

34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo is in great shape, as evidenced by his recent appearances for Juventus in the Champions League. It was the hat trick of the Portuguese star that led Old Signor to the quarter-finals of the most prestigious European club tournament. And although Portugal's national team has gone without its leader and captain, according to experts, it is only from Ronaldo that it can demonstrate the game of the highest world level.

Recall that the Euro-2020 match in Lisbon between the national teams of Portugal and Ukraine will start today at 21.45.

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