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Football
Can Portugal defend their European crown?
19:01 Friday 13th September 2019

As Euro 2020 qualifying gathers shape, it is a good time to dissect the defending champions. Portugal pulled off a minor shock to lift the trophy three years ago in France. Fernando Santos’ side have sights on retaining it next summer. …

International
Past time Mitrovic stepped out of the shadows
12:00 Tuesday 10th September 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed all the headlines when Portugal proved too much for Serbia in a wide-open affair in Belgrade on Saturday. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored the third Selecao goal and the first of three by both nations…

International
Can Ronaldo's legacy include mentoring Joao Felix, other young Portugal stars?
12:00 Friday 22nd March 2019

The international break returns and, for the first time since last year's World Cup elimination, so does Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese national team struck a decent run of form in his absence. Manager Fernando Santos had little…

International
Equal Time: Portugal is prepared for life after Cristiano Ronaldo
08:00 Friday 21st September 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo's place as Portugal's greatest player is sealed. When dusk falls on a talisman's career, the national team is often reluctant to move forward. Fernando Santos' young squad represents the perfect time to do…

World Cup
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the death of the individual
08:30 Thursday 5th July 2018

There is no I in team. We’ve already lost you, haven’t we? You’ve already rolled your eyes in distaste at a cliché you’ve come to expect from TV pundits. Stick with us though. The post-mortems have been conducted,…

World Cup
World Cup Group B: Does Portugal need a Rock of Gibraltar to stop Morocco or will Ronaldo be sufficient?
08:30 Wednesday 20th June 2018

Just a point separates Morocco and Portugal as the second round of matches get underway. Having met only once before in head-to-head competition, Morocco comes off the better when looking at the history. The North-African side won that clash…

World Cup
World Cup Group B: Can Portugal capitalise on Spain's turmoil?
12:30 Friday 15th June 2018

Julen Lopetegui was ousted as Spain manager just two days before their World Cup opener. Portugal had no intention to follow suit. Having won the 2016 European Championship, Fernando Santos is aiming to double up in Russia. Dubbed the Iberian…

World Cup
Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Group B
12:30 Monday 11th June 2018

In housing former world champions Spain and current European champions Portugal, most would consider Group B something of a foregone conclusion. That would be foolish. Spain may have formidable strength in depth across their squad, so…

Opinion
Is the Portugal national side a one-man team?
20:00 Thursday 29th June 2017

The Portugal national team, not for the first time, is being dubbed a one-man team at the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. But is such a statement fair? Portugal has been under the spotlight for a few months now. The Seleccao won…

Opinion
Portugal triumph to bring the curtain down on Euro 2016
15:29 Monday 11th July 2016

After over four weeks of action, and 50 games played, it was time for the final of Euro 2016. France went into the game as the favourites; recent performances had earned them that title. Portugal also found themselves in the final; however,…