Odds Portugal Will Win World Cup 2014
Portugal sits third in FIFA’s World Rankings, but had the misfortune of drawing into the “Group of Death” alongside No.2-ranked Germany and the always dangerous USA and Ghana. It is the second straight time that Portugal must battle through a Group of Death to advance to the Round of 16. In 2010, Portugal eked out a second-place group finish with a pair of scoreless draws against Brazil and Ivory Coast, while routing North Korea 7-0.
It may be tougher for Portugal to advance at Brazil 2014. Portugal’s national side features some incredible talent, such as striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who are a constant threat to singlehandedly take control of a game, pad an existing lead or erase a deficit. The question is whether Portugal can play the defense and maintain the intensity needed to ensure they reach the quarterfinals at the World Cup for the sixth consecutive time.
Early World Cup Pick
For Portugal, the secret to advancing at the 2014 World Cup is straightforward: defeat USA and Ghana, and move on to the Round of 16. But achieving that is easier said than done. Portugal has failed to record a win against USA since 1990. The two squads last met in World Cup competition during the Group Stage in 2002, when the Americans posted a 3-2 victory. However, it is important to note that in 2006, the USA were the Top 10 squad, while Portugal barely broke the Top 20. This year, the tables are turned, and a loss to USA would be considered a huge upset. Portugal has never played No. 24-ranked Ghana, who were the Cinderella story of 2010 when they reached the quarterfinals
Portugal Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
Although they won six of their last seven qualifying matches, Portugal still finished second to Russia in their qualifying group, setting the stage for their draw into this year’s Group of Death.
12/10/12 Russia 1 – 0 Portugal
16/10/12 Portugal 1 – 1 Northern Ireland
22/03/13 Israel 3 - 3 Portugal
26/03/13 Azerbaijan 0 – 2 Portugal
07/06/13 Portugal 1 – 0 Russia
06/09/13 Northern Ireland 2 – 4 Portugal
11/10/13 Portugal 1 – 1 Israel
15/10/13 Portugal 3 – 0 Luxembourg
15/11/13 Portugal 1 – 0 Sweden
19/11/13 Sweden 2 – 3 Portugal
Portugal World Cup Group Play Schedule
16//06/14 Germany vs. Portugal - Arena Fonte Nova
22/06/14 United States vs. Portugal - Arena Amazonia
26/06/14 Portugal vs. Ghana – Nacional
Portugal Key Players
Cristiano Ronaldo FW Real Madrid – Possibly the best known player in the world, the phenomenally talented striker may also be the most talented.
Joao Moutinho MF Monaco – The playmaking midfielder has made an art form out of getting the ball to Ronaldo.
Nani MF Manchester United – The speedy winger strikes fear into defenders with his creativity and ability to score spectacular goals.