Countdown to Brazil World Cup – Group G – Portugal

Portugal will be contesting a fourth successive World Cup and at time of writing they sit third on the FIFA world rankings behind Spain and Germany, and above Brazil, making them a serious contender for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Neighbouring Spain ended Portugal’s World Cup dreams in South Africa four years ago and they lost the third place play-off to hosts Germany in the previous World Cup.

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the world’s best player, will strike fear into opposition defences at this World Cup and quelling his influnce will be high on the agenda for rival coaches.

Fate has Portugal drawn against Germany, Ghana and the USA in Group G in Brazil with expectations high they will qualify for the second round along with Germany, at the expense of weaker nations Ghana and the USA.

The clash against Germany will be pivotal to where Portugal finish in this group and their likely Round of 16 opponent, should they qualify as expected.

Germany appear the stronger of the two European sides and second place is where Portugal appear destined to finish in Group G, as they should be too strong for Ghana and the United States in this group.

In early 2014 World Cup betting markets Portugal is $34 to win the World Cup and $3.75 to win Group G.

Portugal World Cup Odds

Win the World Cup: $34.00
Win Group G: $3.75
Qualify for next Round: $1.50
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $10.00

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Germany has had Portugal’s measure in recent times but if the Portuguese can defeat the Germans in their opening match then they will be well placed to finish on top of Group G.

If you fancy Portugal to upset Germany then the $3.75 about winning Group G is great value, although we prefer the safer option of Portugal getting through to the next round at $1.50.

Group G Draw for Portugal

Portugal will meet Germany, Ghana and the United States in Group G at the World Cup and their first match is scheduled for Tuesday 17th June 2014 against Germany at 2am in the morning (Australian time).

Tue 17 Jun Germany vs Portugal 2am Salvador Bet now
Mon 23 Jun United States vs Portugal 5am Manaus Bet now
Fri 27 Jun Portugal vs Ghana 2am Brasilia Bet now

Portugal World Cup Squad

The 30 man Portugal World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.

portugal-shirt Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyon), Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Antunes (Malaga), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentreo (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit St Petersburg), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Rolando (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Andre Gomes (Benfica), Joao Mario (Vitoria Setubal), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto), Varela (Porto), Vieirinha (VfL Wolfsburg)

The Head Coach of the Portugal World Cup squad is Paulo Bento and team captain is Cristiano Ronaldo.

World Cup players to watch for Portugal

The outstanding Cristiano Ronaldo should be at the peak of his powers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which is an exciting prospect for football fans around the world. Ronaldo is a gifted football who is exhilerating to watch in full flight and he is the key to Portugal’s success at this tournament.

Brazilian born Pepe will be playing on home soil but his international career for Portugal has seen him develop into a quality defender who can also make his presence felt in the midfield. Pepe will be pivotal down back for Portugal at the World Cup.

The emerging William Carvalho is a product of Sporting Lisbon’s youth academy and he has the all round skills to make a name for himself in Brazil.
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Head over to our Group G page for more info on each team contesting this group at the 2014 World Cup.

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