Portugal's World Cup 2022 Standings
Portugal head Group B, which also includes Spain, Morocco and Iran. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday.
Portugal's Odds To Win The World Cup
According to Sports Interaction, Portugal is rated as the equal eighth-best chance of winning the 2018 World Cup. The fact that you can get +2400 for a side that is the reigning European champions and features one of the world's best players is a pretty sweet deal, and certainly a good outsider bet to put a few dollars on.
Realistically, we think Portugal will definitely make it through to the quarter-finals. They will qualify with ease from a tame Group B that aside from Spain should not trouble them. In the round of sixteen they will face a team from Group A, and again with the exception of perhaps Uruguay, no team has a chance against an in-form Portuguese lineup.
If our pre-tournament prediction proves true, Portugal will face France in the quarter-finals, and this is where they may encounter some problems. A rematch of the Euro 2016 final would be a great spectacle, but we can't see the French losing a second time.
Our pick from the Sports Interaction markets is the 'To Reach Quarter Final' line. You can obtain odds of +135 for Portugal to progress to the last eight, and we have a pretty good feeling that they will. Portugal are certainly one of the most exciting teams to watch at the World Cup, and with so many betting options available they are a great pick for a wager.
Portugal's Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don't have to be finalized until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first, let's take a look at some of the most important players in the Portuguese team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward)
There's no surprise here - Cristiano Ronaldo will once again be the cornerstone of this Portuguese team. The 5-time Ballon d'Or winner is already the nation's most capped player (147 appearances for Portugal including 13 matches at the World Cup) and has scored more than twice as many goals as any other Portuguese player (79 goals - Luis Figo is second with 32).
Ronaldo has kicked off 2017/18 in mixed form for Real Madrid. He has struggled to score goals in La Liga, yet he managed to set a record in the Champions League that may well never be broken - scoring at least one goal in all six group matches at the tournament. He also scored goals in both matches at the Club World Cup.
His 15 goals during qualification for Russia made him the second-highest goalscorer behind Poland's Robert Lewandowski (16); the next best were Belgium's Romelu Lukaku and Denmark's Christian Eriksen with 11. His linkup play with Andre Silva has been impressive, and it appears that his move to a more central attacking role for both club and country has allowed him to do what he does best - score goals.
There's no doubt that Ronaldo will be one of the stars of Russia 2018, and we would really love to see him in action against Lionel Messi's Argentina in what would be a showdown between the two best players in the world. Sadly, the only way that can happen is if both teams make the final... but you never know!
Bernardo Silva (Midfielder)
One of the young stars of the Portuguese team, Bernardo Silva has stepped it up a gear since he was left out of the 2016 Euros squad that went on to win the tournament. His form for Monaco was impressive throughout the 2016/17 season, so much so that Pep Guardiola signed him for a considerable fee. He is only just beginning to show his potential in the national team and will be one to watch at the tournament.
The Coach - Fernando Santos
Santos has been in charge of the national team since 2014, just after Portugal's group-stage exit from the World Cup. Prior to this, he had a successful four-year spell in charge of Greece that included reaching the quarter-finals at Euro 2012 and the knockout stages in Brazil - something the Greek side had never achieved in their history.
His greatest conquest is, of course, the 2016 Euros victory, which is the first major international trophy in the cabinet for Portugal. Since taking over he has achieved a fantastic winning percentage of 67.39% and the national team has lost just eight times in 46 starts. With him, at the helm, you can expect Portugal to achieve great things.
Portugal's World Cup 2022 Lineup
Portugal's latest international was a friendly against the USA, played on November 14th, 2017, although Fernando Santos made several changes to the lineup and moved away from his standard formation. For this reason, we've decided to include the lineup from Portugal's last competitive fixture, the 2-0 victory over Switzerland played on October 10th.
Starting Lineup (4-2-2-2)
Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) - Cedric Soares (Southampton), Pepe (Besiktas), Jose Fonte (West Ham), Eliseu (Benfica) - Joao Moutinho (Monaco), William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) - Joao Mario (Inter Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) - Andre Silva (AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) -
Reserves: Ricardo Quaresma, Bruno Alves, Anthony Lopes, Beto, Eder, Vitorino Antunes, Andre Gomes, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Nelson Semedo, Renato Sanches, Danilo Periera.
Portugal's FIFA World Cup History
It is hard to imagine a team like Portugal not appearing at the FIFA World Cup, so it may surprise you to learn that the nation has only been to six of the twenty tournaments held to date. Their first appearance was in the 1966 World Cup in England with a team that many expected to win the trophy; they ended up finishing third, which to date is their best performance at the biggest sporting event on Earth.
Portugal was more or less in the World Cup wilderness for the next 40 years - they qualified for both the 1986 and 2002 tournaments, although bowed out in the group stage on both occasions. But 2002 proved to be the dawning of a new era in Portuguese football, and the nation that has always managed to produce talented players has not missed a tournament since.
2006 saw them return to the glory days, boasting a team with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Ricardo Carvalho. They blitzed a relatively tame group, winning all three games against Mexico, Angola and Iran, before defeating the Netherlands and England on the way to their second World Cup semi-final. Although they lost to France, and then Germany in the third-place playoff, there was certainly a lot to like about the team's performances.
2010 and 2014 weren't nearly as successful for the Portuguese, who were defeated by the tournament champions in both editions. Portugal were beaten 4-0 in the group stage by Germany in 2014, while they were knocked out of the competition in 2010 by eventual winners Spain.
Their neighbours will again be the biggest obstacle in Group B, which also contains Morocco and 2006 adversaries Iran. Portugal will be expected to qualify for the second round, but they will be hoping to go much further than that, and should have the confidence to do so considering their breakthrough European Championship win occurred less than two years ago.