FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Ronaldo recall?

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With just a month to go until the Qatar 2022 World Cup kicks off, the excitement is growing as fans get closer to seeing some of the world’s best players in the flesh.

Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in football history. The 37-year-old is in the twilight of a glittering 20-year career in football. Even though times are tough in his club career, he hopes he can still make a huge impact in what could be his last World Cup for his country.

The international squad isn’t just about Ronaldo, though. For its population, Portugal has always punched above its weight in terms of footballing talent. They have won the UEFA Nations League and European Championships for the past six years. So can they complete the set and lift the World Cup in Qatar in 2022?

Group from Portugal/route to Lusail

In Group H, Portugal are seeded first among Ghana, Uruguay and Korea Republic, a group from which they should be able to progress easily. However, despite an embarrassment of riches in terms of top-flight talent, Portugal will have to face some of the game’s biggest stars in their group matches.

The first match, against Ghana, will see them face Premier League stars Thomas Partey and Tariq Lamptey. Both are in good form for their clubs in England heading into the tournament. As for Ghana, their memorable moment will be their infamous game against Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup. Deliberate handball on Luis Suarez’s line prevented them from advancing to the semi-finals. They will be eager to get their revenge in the group stage here.

In this group, Uruguay will probably be Portugal’s biggest challenge. Suarez is still heavily involved with the national team 12 years after his goal-line exploits in South Africa, alongside the man many Uruguayan fans see as the future of their attack: Darwin Nuñez. Darwin made a big move to Liverpool this summer but so far goals have struggled to come naturally on Merseyside. Maybe some great performances at the World Cup will give him the confidence boost he needs.

Finally, the Republic of Korea will also be looking to make an impact in this group. They partially succeeded in eliminating Germany in the group stage of the 2018 tournament. Their talisman, Son Heung-Ming, is one of the best players to ever represent the country, not only at international level but also at the national level. highest level of club football. Since 2015, he has been Tottenham Hotspur’s main man, scoring 96 goals in all competitions.

While each team will pose different problems for Portugal, they will support each other to dominate the group and advance. If they do, they will face Group G runners-up in the Round of 16. It could be Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland or Cameroon. From there, they would face a team from Group F or E in the quarter-finals, featuring the likes of Spain, Germany and Belgium. They could then face teams like England, Argentina or France in the semi-finals at Al Bayt Stadium before traveling to Lusail for the final.

Key players

An entire article could be written about Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence and importance in Portuguese elite football over the past two decades. But there’s more to the team than just him these days. The international team that will arrive in Qatar includes the best footballers looking to create great moments in this World Cup.

Like Ronaldo, some of Portugal’s starters play at top English clubs. Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva represent Manchester United or Manchester City at club level and are all nailed to start for their national team. Then there’s Diogo Jota, an important player for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and Ruben Neves, who has been an integral part of Wolverhampton Wanderers since joining from Porto in 2017.

Shiny players aside, fans are growing tired of coach Fernando Santos’ pragmatic approach to winning games. Their Euro 2016 winning campaign started with three draws to advance from the group stage. They crushed Poland on penalties and won the final in extra time against France. Some may say a win is a win, but many fans want a change of approach with so many creative players available in Portugal.

“People want Portugal to take the initiative to play a good game. We have the talent,” said Euronews journalist Bruno Sousa.

“We have Bernardo, and we have Felix, we have Leão, we have Jota. We have a lot of talent up front, and we don’t want to rely on Ronaldo goals anymore because, at the moment, Ronaldo goals don’t come in. the other players don’t come in either because the system wasn’t designed for them.”

Portugal fans will be desperate to see Ronaldo lift the cup in Qatar this winter. But does his loss of form this year mean he can’t take Portugal forward at this World Cup? Or will the other talented players on the team finally rise to the occasion and ease the burden on their captain? We don’t have to wait long to find out, as the tournament is only a few weeks away.

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