With stars like Eusebio and Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, Portugal should really have won a major tournament by now. Yet for all their talent, the best they have done at a World Cup was to finish third in 1966 when the World Cup was held in England, the birthplace of the sport. Their highest placing in the European Championships occurred at possibly the oddest Euros in history, where Greece, the most unlikely of teams, beat Portugal in the 2004 final.
Their first World Cup appearance was in 1966, with Eusebio top scoring in England. They ran the tournament for a long time, and were many people's outside tips to win. But England edged past the Portuguese 2-1 in the semifinal.
Portugal could only reach World Cups in 1986 (they made a swift exit in the first round) and 2002 in Japan & South Korea, where they fared no better. It was those results that saw Portugal hire the Brazilian coach Felipe Scolari to improve matters.
His arrival, coupled with the emergence of a certain Christiano Ronaldo, saw Portugal dominate much of the 2004 European Championships. They lost their first match to Greece 1-0. Portugal, until the final against the very same Greece side, were unstoppable.
Portugal are still in search of a European and world title. But until they learn to play more as a tem, they'll have difficulties achieving this feat.
Who Does Portugal National Team Play Next
Where do Portugal play next? They are a formidable opposition at their home stadium of either Estadio Nacional or Estadio da Luz, but also pose an enormous threat on the road.
Portugal National Team Game Schedule
Check out whether Portugal are home or away in the forthcoming schedule, which will include warm-up friendlies and Euro 2016 itself.
Portugal National Team Standings Today
We expcet Portugal to always challenge for top spot in the standings no matter the tournament. It's in the knockout stages that the Portuguese usuall falter.
How To Make Money Betting On Portugal National Team
Portugal would not be most people's picks to win Euro 2016 purely. Availble at just -110 to win their group, which includes Austria - an underdog to keep an eye - the Portugal doesn't offer great value.
However, we think Portugal will finish atop of their group, which encompasses minnows Albania and Hungary. The knockout stage will once again lead to Portugal's demise.
Backing Portugal to win the Euros (+2000) may be foolhardy, but consider picking them at +1400 to be the tournament's highest scoring team. Ronaldo must be prolific in the group stage for this to happen which is a distinct possibility considering the inferior level of opposition.
Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of winning games on his own, however, so backing against them in individual clashes is a tough call to make as you can see from this video:
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