July 1, 2010
As the dust settles on Portugalâ€™s 2010 World Cup campaign, having had 48 hours to get over the dismay of an ultimately timid exit at the hands of Spain, itâ€™s time to assess how Carlos Queiroz and his team performed in the tournament.
June 21, 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo caused much amusement before Portugal's World Cup opener against the Ivory Coast by explaining his lack of goals for Portugal would be like getting ketchup out of a bottle. Nothing for ages then suddenly a load all at once, in a Portuguese variation of the "it's like waiting for a London bus" theme.
Today, although Ronaldo only bagged one goal, collectively the ketchup truly arrived for Portugal in spectacular fashion, as the SelecÃ§Ã£o demolished North Korea 7-0.
June 15, 2010
A poor display, an average result and some unhelpful fall-out. The 0-0 draw against the Ivory Coast was certainly not the best of starts to Portugal's World Cup campaign.
June 9, 2010
Thereâ€™s no way round it. Naniâ€™s injury is a big blow to the SelecÃ§Ã£o. The news broke like a bombshell in Portugal. It struck a wound to our hopes. But perhaps not a mortal one.
June 3, 2010
From no-hopers to world-beaters. The mood change has been as dramatic as it has swift. Only one week separated a performance against Cape Verde that had local hacks competing for the cleverest put-down to describe Queiroz, from a thoroughly uplifting dismissal of Cameroon in a friendly pencilled in as a dress rehearsal for Portugalâ€™s World Cup opener against Ivory Coast.
May 27, 2010
As discussed in my opening post, expectations regarding Portugalâ€™s chances of going far in the 2010 World Cup are low, and will have plummeted further following the uninspiring 0-0 draw against Cape Verde on Monday.
However, being written off by the international and domestic press, not to mention their own fans, could just be the ideal preparation for the SelecÃ§Ã£o to cause a surpriseâ€¦ of Greece 2004 proportions. I offer you five compelling reasons why Portugal will excel in South Africa:
May 10, 2010
Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has announced the squad that will represent the Seleccao at the World Cup. Queiroz named a 24-man squad to cover for the eventuality of Pepe not being declared fit to take part in the tournament.
April 29, 2010
So what chance does a small country stuck on the westernmost tip of mainland Europe have of conquering the world? Well, perhaps the biggest factor in Portugal's favour this time round is precisely the fact that nobody is giving them much of a prayer â€“ least of all their own fans.