World Cup team preview: Portugal
Published 05/06/2014 | 15:08
Just seven days to go until the World Cup begins in Brazil and today we're previewing Portugal.
If he fails to recover from tendinosis in his left knee and a muscle problem in his left thigh, the Portuguese have big problems.
Germany will be strong favourites to top Group G but Portugal should fill the runners-up berth barring a disaster.
Ghana and the USA will provide stiff opposition for Paulo Bento's men.
Group G: Germany, USA and Ghana
Tournament odds: 28/1
How they got here
Had to rely on the lottery of the playoffs for the second time running.
Their star man Cristiano Ronaldo was the inspiration scoring all four goals in their 4-2 victory over Sweden after two legs.
The Ballon d'Or player would be the key player on every team on the planet bar one.
If he can regain full fitness, he can inspire Portugal to very good things but he will need to be at his mercurial best.
Joao Moutinho will pull the strings in midfield.
Something you didn't know about Portugal
Almost 12% of the inhabitants of Luxembourg and 3% of the people in France are of Portuguese descent.