2022 World Cup: Portugal's Squad and Team Profile

2022 World Cup: Portugal's Squad and Team Profile
The World Cup 2022 in Qatar is upon us. Everything you need to know about Portugal, which has been drawn into Group H of the 2022 World Cup along with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
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18 November, 2022
Portugal's starter team before the friendly football match between Portugal and Nigeria, at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 17, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. (Photo by Pedro Fiúza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)



  • Best World Cup performance: Third place in 1966
  • Other honours: European Championship winners in 2016; UEFA Nations League winners in 2019
  • FIFA ranking: 9
  • Main clubs: Benfica, Porto, Sporting
  • How they qualified: Finished second in European qualifying Group A behind Serbia and then beat Turkey and North Macedonia in the playoffs.
  • Coach: Fernando Santos, 68, succeeded Paulo Bento as Portugal's coach in 2014. He turned a team that had disappointed at the 2014 World Cup into European champions in 2016. Also won the Nations League in 2019 but they went out of the last World Cup and Euro 2020 in the last 16. A qualified engineer, Santos is sometimes derided for not being bold enough with a team full of attacking talent. Spent most of his playing career at modest Estoril. As a coach, he won a league title at Porto and worked at Sporting, but he also managed several clubs in Greece before four years with the Greek national team. He led them to the knockout stages of Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.
  • Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time leading goalscorer in international football with 117 goals in a record 191 caps for his country. He has enjoyed a magnificent career but he is now 37 and has endured a difficult start to the season at Manchester United. A five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Ronaldo made his Portugal debut in 2003 at the age of 18 and is now set to play at his 10th major international tournament. However, in many ways he is the key player because some wonder if his presence might hold back the many other outstanding -- and far younger -- talents in the Portugal squad.


Group Fixtures & Matches

  1. November 24: Portugal v Ghana
  2. November 28: Portugal v Uruguay
  3. December 2: South Korea v Portugal



Portugal's World Cup 2022 squad

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Rui Patricio (Roma/ITA), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG)

Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United/ENG), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City/ENG), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester Cit/ENG), Tiago Djalo (Lille/FRA), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/GER)

Midfielders: Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Joao Palhinha (Fulham/ENG), William Carvalho (Real Betis/ESP), Renato Sanches (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United/ENG), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Otavio (FC Porto), Joao Mario (Benfica)

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Rafael Leao (AC Milan/ITA), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Ricardo Horta (SC Braga), Andre Silva (RB Leipzig/GER), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/ENG)