Can arguably the single best footballer in the world take a 28/1 team to the top prize in the biggest spectacle in sports? Cristiano Ronaldo is the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, and after losing to the eventual 2010 champion Spaniards the last go around in the Round of 16 and finishing fourth in 2006, he anxious to take Portugal all the way this year.
— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 9, 2014
How did Portugal qualify?
Portugal ended second in Group F of the UEFA qualifiers with 21 points out of 30 available and one point behind Russia which forced a playoff against the Swedish. This was an epic series that pitted Cristiano Ronaldo Vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the former coming on top after scoring four goals in a 4-2 combined victory.
What are Portugal Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?
- To Win The Tournament +2800
- To Reach the Final: +1200
- To Win Group G: +300
- To Qualify: -1400
- Not To Qualify: +175
- To Finish Last In Group G: +650
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +3300
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: +240
Who are Portugal opponents in the 2014 World Cup?
Portugal is in group G, listed as second favorites to win at (+300) behind Germany (-175). The group also includes Ghana (+1400) and Team USA (+1600) .
What is Portugal schedule For The 2014 World Cup?
On June 16, Portugal (+340) will meet Germany (-105) Arena Fonte Nova, in Salvador, in what is arguably the best matchup of entire World Cup group stage.
The American squad (+450) will be Portugal’s (-137) second challenger on June 22, at Arena Amazônia, in Manaus.
Last but certainly not least is Ghana, their third opponent in this stage; the Portuguese are listed favorites to win -111 on the World Cup Money Line Board, while Ghana is +350, when they meet on June 26 at the Mané Garrincha, in Brasília.
What’s Portugal Official Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?
“The Past Is History, The Future Is Victory”
What’s Portugal List of Players for the 2014 World Cup?
GOALKEEPERS: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilha), Eduardo (SC Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)
DEFENDERS: André Almeida (Benfica), Antunes (Málaga), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), João Pereira (Valência), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valência), Rolando (Inter).
MIDFIELDERS: André Gomes (Benfica), João Mário (Vitória FC), João Moutinho (Mónaco), Miguel Veloso (D. Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe), Rúben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting).
FORWARDS: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (SC Braga), Hélder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (SC Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg).
Who’s Portugal Most Important Player in the 2014 World Cup?
See my opening statement and view:
What are Portugal Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?
- Portugal has only been in four World Cup tournaments in the past, and their best result was a third place finish in the 1966 World Cup. In 2006 and with Cristiano Ronaldo on the team, they managed to get to the semifinals and ended fourth after Germany, France, and the winner Italy.
- Portugal has played 23 World Cup games and has won 12, drawn three and lost eight, plus has scored 39 goals and allowed 22.
- Portugal has faced Germany nine times in official games, with one win, three draws and five losses. The only time they met for in a WC match was in 2006, in the third place game that ended with a 3-1 victory by the Germans.
- Portugal and the USA team have met five times, with two wins a piece and one draw. However, the only time they met for a World Cup match was in 2002 with a 3-2 victory by the Americans.
- According to FIFA, Portugal and Ghana have never met before in an official matchup at any level.
How far will Portugal go?
Portugal is likely to end up second in the group behind Germany, which means they will have to face the first place of Group H (Russia, Belgium, Algeria, and South Korea), and the Portuguese should be able to advance to the quarterfinals. We could see a Portugal vs. Argentina match in the last eight, with Cristiano Ronaldo Vs. Lionel Messi once again, but this time with their national teams not professional clubs.
Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:
- Brazil 3/1
- Argentina 9/2
- Germany 11/2
- Spain 13/2
- Belgium 14/1
- France 20/1
- Italy 22/1
- Uruguay 22/1
- Colombia 25/1
- Netherlands 25/1
- England 28/1
- Portugal 28/1
- Chile 40/1
- Russia 66/1
- Mexico 100/1
- Switzerland 100/1
- USA 100/1
- Ecuador 125/1
- Ivory Coast 125/1
- Croatia 150/1
- Japan 150/1
- Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
- Ghana 200/1
- Greece 200/1
- Nigeria 250/1
- South Korea 300/1
- Australia 500/1
- Cameroon 500/1
- Algeria 1000/1
- Costa Rica 1000/1
- Honduras 1500/1
- Iran 1500/1