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Closer Look at Portuguese National Team in the World Cup Qatar 2022

  • Publish date: Monday، 14 November 2022
Closer Look at Portuguese National Team in the World Cup Qatar 2022
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The Portuguese National Team is looking forward to appearing strongly in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which kicks off on November 20.

Despite its late qualification to the finals, through the European play-off, the Portuguese national team includes a list of players, combining experience and talent, capable of achieving the best results.

Portugal, led by Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo, is participating in the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East and the Arab world, in Group H, along with Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea.

The Portuguese national team will start its campaign in the World Cup in Qatar, against Ghana at 974 Stadium on November 24, and then face Uruguay in its second match at Lusail Stadium on the 28th of the same month, before concluding its campaign in the group stage by meeting South Korea at Education City Stadium on December 2.

The Portuguese Federation chose the Samaria Hotel as the headquarters of the team during the tournament period, provided that it trains at the Al Shahaniya Sports Club stadium.

The Portuguese national team, nicknamed the "Brazil of Europe", includes a constellation of stars playing in the major European clubs, led by the legend Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best football players of all time and the national team's historical scorer with 117 goals, in addition to Bruno Fernandes, his colleague in Manchester United, and Joao Felix. Atletico Madrid player, Rafael Leao of AC Milan, Diogo Jota of Liverpool, Robin Dias of Manchester City, Francisco Trincao of Sporting Braga, Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton, Bernardo Silva of Manchester City, and this constellation is managed by the veteran Portuguese coach Fernando Santos, who previously led Portugal to win Euro 2016.

It is worth noting that the draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 gave the opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo's companions to revenge on their opponents in Group H after the past years witnessed confrontations with them that did not benefit Portugal.

Portugal will meet South Korea for the second time in the World Cup after their first meeting in the 2002 World Cup, which was hosted by South Korea in partnership with Japan, and South Korea at the time caused the Portuguese team to be eliminated early after beating it 1-0 in the final round of the group stage, to occupy Portugal Third place with 3 points, which prevented him from qualifying for the second round.

Despite Portugal’s victory over Ghana in the final round of the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a score of (1/2), the Ghanaians prevented Portugal at the time from passing the group stage, as the Portuguese team needed to win by 4 goals to outperform USA team, but Ghana's steadfastness and its deprivation of Portugal from scoring a difference of more than one goal led to an early elimination from the tournament by finishing third in the group.

In the last edition that was held in Russia in 2018, the Portuguese team could not go far in the World Cup because of Uruguay, after the 16th round witnessed a clash between Portugal and Uruguay, which ended in the interest of Uruguay with a score of (1/2), to send Portugal out of the tournament again.