Portugal national football team
The Portuguese national football team> appeared for the first time in FIFA World Cup in the year 1966 and the world saw them in the semifinals in the same year. Portuguese Football Federation regulates the Portugal team. They are considered to be the best players of the tournament. Portugal qualified for the World Cup in the year 1966, 1986, 2002, and 2006 and for the current FIFA World Cup 2010.
Earlier, the Portuguese Football Federation decided to appoint Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilian who had escorted the Brazil national football team to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Scolari led Portugal to the finals of UEFA Euro 2004, and to their second World Cup semi-final in the 2006 World Cup. Scolari left after the Euro 2008 championships to administer Chelsea.
Though the Portuguese national football team has never won any foremost antagonism at senior level, they typically play very striking football and can turn out some great performances, performing head-to-head with the world’s best national sides.
For the FIFA World Cup 2010, the Captain for the team is Cristiano Ronaldo and the coach is Carlos Queiroz. The other team members of Portugal squad chosen as Goalkeepers are Eduardo, Beto, and Daniel Fernandes. Some of the defenders from the team are Paulo Ferreira, Rolando, Ricardo Carvalho, and Pepe. Whereas the Midfielders are Pedro Mendes, Miguel Veloso, Ruben Amorim and the captain of the team Cristiano Ronaldo and Forwards are Liedson, Danny, Hugo Almeida, and the vice captain of the team Simao.
Portugal performed best in the year 1966 in its very first World Cup appearance, when they reached the semifinals but lost against ultimate world champions England. Under the guidance of their renowned player Eusebio, they put up astonishing presentation, thumped out previous World Cup champions Brazil and combating back from a 3-0 result in the quarterfinals against North Korea, captivating by 5-3. Portugal ultimately finished in third place and Eusebio was considered the best player of the tournament.
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