Portugal squad for World Cup 2022: All 26 players projected on Portuguese national football team roster for Qatar

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Portugal ended their long wait for an international title at Euro 2016 as Fernando Santos’ side upset the odds against hosts France in the final.

The success ended Portugal’s nickname as the ‘almost men’ of European international football, after years of near failures for the Iberian superpower.

Spain’s dominance between 2008 and 2012 has only increased the pressure on Santos, as well as talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Manchester United man could bid the tournament goodbye at the FIFA World Cup. this year’s FIFA in Qatar.

Santos opted for a strong core of players during Portugal’s World Cup qualifying campaign, and he shouldn’t create too many surprises in his final squad, as they prepare to face Uruguay, the Ghana and South Korea in Group H.

WORLD CUP GROUP BREAKDOWN:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

Portugal’s projected squad for the 2022 World Cup

Santos until Friday, October 21 to submit to FIFA an official preliminary list of 35 to 55 players from which it will select its final 26-man roster for Qatar by Monday, November 14.

Based on World Cup qualifying squads and friendly rosters from the past year, these are the names most likely to make his preliminary list.

Position Player club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio Roma (ITA) 34 104
Goalkeeper Jose Sa Wolves (ENG) 29 0
Goalkeeper Diogo Costa Porto (POR) 23 seven
Goalkeeper Rui Silva Real Betis (ESP) 28 1
Defender Grandpa Porto (POR) 39 128
Defender Raphael Guerreiro Borussia Dortmund (GER) 28 56
Defender Diogo Dalot Manchester United (ENG) 23 6
Defender Tiago Djalo Lille (FRA) 22 0
Defender Ruben Dias Manchester City (ENG) 25 39
Defender Nuno Mendes PSG (FRA) 20 16
Defender Danilo Pereira PSG (FRA) 31 63
Defender mario rui Napoli (Italy) 31 12
Defender Joao Cancelo Manchester City (ENG) 28 37
Midfielder Joao Moutinho Wolves (ENG) 36 146
Midfielder otavio Porto (POR) 27 seven
Midfielder Renato Sanches PSG (FRA) 25 32
Midfielder João Palhinha Fulham (ENG) 27 15
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes Manchester United (ENG) 28 48
Midfielder Bernardo Silva Manchester City (ENG) 28 72
Midfielder Matheus Nunes Wolves (ENG) 24 9
Midfielder Guillaume Carvalho Real Betis (ESP) 30 75
Midfielder Vitinha PSG (FRA) 22 4
Midfielder Joao Mario Benfica (POR) 29 52
Midfielder Ruben Neves Wolves (ENG) 25 32
Forward Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United (ENG) 37 191
Forward Ricardo Horta Braga (POR) 28 5
Forward Raphael Leao AC Milan (ITA) 23 11
Forward Joao Felix Atletico de Madrid (ESP) 22 23
Forward Goncalo Ramos Benfica (POR) 21 0
Forward Andre Silva RB Leipzig (GER) 26 51
Forward Goncalo Guedes Wolves (ENG) 25 32
Forward Francisco Trincao Sporting Lisbon (POR) 22 seven

Final roster of 26 players for the Portugal World Cup

Portugal will face Nigeria in a pre-World Cup friendly in Lisbon on November 17, but Santos will have already confirmed their final squad by then. Here’s a projected look at a plausible 26-player roster, assuming the players are fit and ready.

Position Player club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio AS Roma (ITA) 34 104
Goalkeeper Diogo Costa Porto (POR) 23 seven
Goalkeeper Rui Silva Real Betis (ESP) 28 1
Defender grandpa Porto (POR) 39 128
Defender Raphael Guerreiro Borussia Dortmund (GER) 28 56
Defender Diogo Dalot Manchester United (ENG) 23 6
Defender Ruben Dias Manchester City (ENG) 25 39
Defender Nuno Mendes PSG (FRA) 20 16
Defender Danilo Pereira PSG (FRA) 31 63
Defender mario rui Napoli (ITA) 31 12
Defender Joao Cancelo Manchester City (ENG) 28 37
Midfielder Joao Moutinho Wolves (ENG) 36 146
Midfielder Renato Sanches PSG (FRA) 25 32
Midfielder João Palhinha Fulham (ENG) 27 15
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes Manchester United (ENG) 28 48
Midfielder Bernardo Silva Manchester City (ENG) 28 72
Midfielder Guillaume Carvalho Real Betis (ESP) 30 75
Midfielder Vitinha PSG (FRA) 22 4
Midfielder Joao Mario Benfica (POR) 29 52
Midfielder Ruben Neves Wolves (ENG) 25 32
Forward Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United (ENG) 37 191
Forward Raphael Leao AC Milan (ITA) 23 11
Forward Ricardo Horta Braga (POR) 28 5
Forward Joao Felix Atletico de Madrid (ESP) 22 23
Forward Andre Silva RB Leipzig (GER) 26 51
Forward Goncalo Guedes Wolves (ENG) 25 32

Portugal national team stars, strengths and weaknesses

Portugal have failed to advance to the knockout stages of a World Cup since 2006 and lost in the first knockout stage of Euro 2020.

This record has seen Santos’ charges slip down the pecking order within European football.

The Portuguese FA have stuck by Santos through tough times but the bank loan from Euro 2016 might not be enough to save him if he fails to live up to expectations in Qatar.

Stars

Santos are blessed with a squad full of talented players plying their trade across Europe, including Manchester City/United and the Premier League quartet Ronaldo, Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.

Strengths

These four players form the backbone of Santos’ squad, but Liverpool star Diogo Jota’s injury absence will be a blow. Joao Felix should, however, reduce the overreliance on Ronaldo to score his crucial goals.

Dias’ partnership with veteran Pepe has worked out positively over the past 12 months, despite the latter’s advanced year, but Cancelo’s pace of recovery is helping fill in any potential gaps.

Weaknesses

A lack of speed behind their defense has been a problem at times, but only against teams that opt ​​for a direct approach, with the lack of a strong right-back being a slight issue for Sancho.

Balance in midfield also posed problems, with João Palhinha Where Ruben Neves potentially drafted at the expense of a more attacking option, and Ronaldo’s lack of playing time at United this season could lessen his impact.

Portugal group world cup

Portugal go to Qatar with a FIFA ranking of No. 9 and they will be confident to come out of it Group H.

Their second group match, against Uruguay on November 28, looks to be Santos’ biggest test, either side of Ghana and South Korea.

World Cup Group H fixtures and schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Thursday, November 24 Uruguay v South Korea 8am Education City Stadium
Thursday, November 24 Portugal against Ghana 11 a.m. Stadium 974
Mon 28 Nov South Korea vs Ghana 8am Education City Stadium
Mon 28 Nov Portugal against Uruguay 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Fri 2 Dec South Korea vs. Portugal 10am Education City Stadium
Fri 2 Dec Ghana v Uruguay 10am Al Janoub Stadium

Portugal vs Ghana squad, line-up

Santos will likely include less experienced names in his 26-man squad for Qatar, but the majority of his starting line-up appear settled, with Diogo Costa winning the race as No1.

Danilo Pereira filled for grandpa in their final UEFA Nations League matches, but the former Real Madrid star is expected to start alongside Dias, with Cancelo possibly moving to right-back, to allow Nuno Mendes to start on the left.

Silva and Felix could flank Ronaldo, with Neves and Fernandes in midfield like Palhinha and Guillaume Carvalho battle for the last starting point.

Portugal plot their starting XI against Ghana

GK: Diogo Costa

FD: Joao Cancelo—Pepe—Ruben Dias—Nuno Mendes

FM: Ruben Neves — João Palhinha — Bruno Fernandes — Bernardo Silva

FW: Joao Felix – Cristiano Ronaldo

Can Portugal replace players on the World Cup roster?

Once the final 26-man roster is official, teams participating in the World Cup can only make changes before the first game of the tournament, and only in extraordinary circumstances.

According to the tournament’s official rules, “a player on the final list can only be replaced in the event of injury or serious illness up to 24 hours before the start of his team’s first match”.

The team in question will be required to submit a medical report to FIFA and if the world governing body determines that “the injury or illness is serious enough to prevent the player from participating in the FIFA World Cup”, the replacement will be authorized.

The replacement player must come from the preliminary list of players submitted to FIFA in October.

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