After remarkable qualification, the Portugal national football team is ready for FIFA World Cup 2014. Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star winger has huge credit behind Portugal qualification in this world tournament. With a hat-trick in last qualification game against Sweden, he proved himself the best of the team. They also defeated Cameroon with huge margin of 5-1 which reflects they are one of the strong competitor of this title. Current line-up of team clears the picture of team squad for summer campaign. Portugal has developed lots of legends & some of them are still playing for this national team.
Team Squad Roster of Portugal for world cup 2014
|Fabio Coentrao||Real Madrid||5|
|Luis Neto||Zenit Saint Petersburg||14|
|Miguel Veloso||Dynamo Kyiv||4|
|Cristiano Ronaldo [C]||Real Madrid||7|
|Manager: Paulo Bento|
This is the team which took football to new heights with some talented players like Luis Figo, Mario Coluna, Fernando Peyroteo, Ricardo Carvalho, Humberto Coello, Rui Costa, Joao Moutinho, Raul Meireles, Pepe & Cristiano Ronaldo. But they have not won any big tournament & finished some of them at runner up & third place position.
Portugal played their first ever match against Spain on 18 December 1921 in which they lost by 1-3. Luis Figo is the player who played maximum number of games  for Portugal. With 2 goals against Cameroon in International friendly, the captain of the team is now the highest goal scorer of all time. The player also awarded with FIFA Ballon d’or award scoring maximum number of goals in 2013.
In playoff round of world cup qualifications, Portugal win first leg game with 1-0 against Sweden at home. Thereafter, they again made victory over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s squad by 3-2. The last game between 2 teams was the most entertaining match in which both teams giant players scored goals [Ronaldo: 3 & Ibrahimovic: 2]. With aggregate score of 3-2, they got ticket for Brazil world cup.
Portugal Performances in World Cup
Appearances: The Navigators played 6 times FIFA World Cup & also made 6 times appearances in European Championship. Given below is the performance of Portugal in World Cup matches.
|Year||Position||Games played||Goal scored|
|1966||Third Place [Best Performance]||6||17|
|1970||Did not qualify||–||–|
|1990||Did not qualify||–||–|
|1994||Did not qualify||–||–|
|1998||Did not qualify||–||–|
The national team first qualified for this tournament in 1966 world cup which was held in England. Although they did not won that, but 3rd place is not bad for a team qualified for the first time. This performance is still best ever of Portugal team & their second best performance is 4th position in Germany world cup 2006.
The Navigators recorded 3 biggest victories against Liechtenstein 2 times & Kuwait at once scoring 8 goals in each match. In last world cup, they were knocked in round of 16 by Spain facing 0-1 loss. In that game David Villa scored single game who was responsible for Portugal’s end of competition.