The Portugal Euro 2020 squad has been announced, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias among the call-ups.
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patrício (Wolves), Rui Silva (Granada)
Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolves), José Fonte (LOSC Lille), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund)
Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Paris), João Palhinha (Sporting CP), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Moutinho (Wolves), Renato Sanches (LOSC Lille), Sérgio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)
Forwards: Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting CP), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica)
Portugal Best Player
Cristiano Ronaldo, obviously. One of the greatest players to have ever lived, the talisman leads Portugal’s forward line while also captaining the side, and is barely showing signs of slowing down at 36.
Despite leaving the final at Euro 2016 injured in the first half, Ronaldo frantically orchestrated Portugal from the touchline in what are iconic scenes of the Madeira-born marksman.
Portuguese native Fernando Santos manages the national team, after taking over in 2014 following Portugal’s poor World Cup display. The 66-year-old will go down in history, leading Portugal to their first major trophy when they beat France 1-0 in extra-time at Euro 2016. Santos then followed that up with another victory in the UEFA Nations League in 2019, making him the nation’s most successful manager.
Portugal Euro Record
Portugal have won the Euros once in their history, at the last championships in 2016. Enjoying success in the tournament since they qualified for their first tournament in 1984, where they reached the semi-finals – though only eight teams participated.
Portugal reached the quarter-finals in both 1996 and 2008, while they progressed further to the semi-finals in 2000 and 2012, as well as their 1984 involvement. Hosting the 2004 tournament, Portugal had the perfect opportunity to win the Euros in front of their fans. Reaching the final, the game ended in heartbreak as Greece emerged 1-0 winners.
However, Portugal made amends at Euro 2016, as they beat hosts France 1-0 in extra-time of the final, thanks to a long-range effort from Eder.