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Portugal - World Cup 2018

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The Euro 2016 champs come into this world cup rated much higher than they have been in past tournaments. Portugal has gotten better since winning the Euro, tweaking their defense a little and adding some depth.

They head into Russia 2018 with caution though, as a good team that finds itself in one of the tougher groups of the competition.

Portugal’s World Cup History

In what will be the 7th World Cup Tournament in the nation's history, Portugal has probably brought together the best squad since the Golden Generation teams of the late 90's and early 2000's.

Although qualifying for the last two World Cups, Portugal has not fared very well, losing in the round of 16 in South Africa and failing to make it out of their group in Brazil.

This year represents their best chance in what could be a long time to make a deeper run in the World Cup as the clock is ticking for 33-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, who undoubtedly wants to leave his mark in this competition.

What Was Portugal’s Road To The World Cup?

To arrive at the 2018 Cup, Portugal won its group in the UEFA qualifiers, putting together a 9-0-1 record for 27 points in Group B, which tied them with Switzerland. Portugal had the better goal differential and claimed the first spot in the group, forcing Switzerland to go to a playoff.

Ronaldo led all players with 15 goals, and teammate Andre Silva was the runner-up with 9. There were only three other teams in the UEFA that finished their group with a higher number of points - Spain, Belgium (28) and Germany (30). Since qualifying, Portugal has also participated in the Confederations Cup, placing third.

How Does The Portugal World Cup 2018 Squad Stack Up?

The players taking the field for the 2018 World Cup will be mostly the same who represented Portugal in the 2016 Euro.

The only real concern is the age of the squad. Although many of their top players have had marvelous careers, there are many who are getting on in age. Pepe, Bruno Alves, and Jose Fonte are all in their mid-30's, with Ronaldo right behind them at 33.

Portugal Odds To Win World Cup 2018

As far as odds go, Portugal will most likely make it out of the group stage, but the key will be getting the top spot.

Their main competition is rival Spain, who they play first. Look for that game to dictate how the rest of the group plays out. Odds are all over the place for that game, but in general, Spain seems to be odds-on favorites.

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