Portugal 2022 World Cup Guide | All you need to know

2016 European Champions Portugal will look to claim a historic World Cup triumph as they march into Qatar with a roster full of superstar players. Led by the iconic and legendary Cristiano Ronaldo, it won’t be a surprise if Portugal go all the way and win the FIFA World Cup 2022, despite being the dark horse. 

The campaign in Qatar will also serve as the last opportunity for Ronaldo, 37, to win the World Cup as he is unlikely to play the next World Cup in 2026.

Qualification campaign for Portugal

Portugal had to suffer last-minute heartbreak to automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup after losing to Serbia in the final minute of their group qualification campaign. Things could have gone from bad to worse for them as they were likely to face four-time World Champions Italy in the playoff final, but instead faced North Macedonia. The latter defeated Italy in the playoff semifinal, with Portugal guaranteeing their place in Qatar with a win against Macedonia in the playoff.

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World Cup Group Details

Placed in Group H, Portugal’s World Cup adventure starts on Thursday (November 24) at Stadium 974 in Doha against African powerhouse Ghana. They will then shift their base to Lusail where they play at the Lusail Iconic Stadium against two-time champions Uruguay on Monday (November 28) with a potential banana skin on offer.

Portugal’s World Cup group stage will come to a close on Friday (December 4) as they play against Asian side South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan in what will be another banana skin knowing R16 place could be on offer.

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Squad for FIFA World Cup 2022

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), Jose Sa (Wolves), Rui Patricio (Roma)

Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (PSG), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolves), Otavio Monteiro (Porto), Vitinha (PSG), William Carvalho (Real Betis)

Forwards: Andre Silva (RB Leipzig), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Goncalo Ramos (Benfica), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Ricardo Horta (Braga)

Players to watch out for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

Team Details

Nickname(s)A Seleção (The Selection)
Os Navegadores (The Navigators)
Head coachFernando Santos
CaptainCristiano Ronaldo
Most capsCristiano Ronaldo (191)
Top scorerCristiano Ronaldo (117)

World Cup history

Current9 (6 October 2022)
Highest2 (May – June 2010, October 2012, April – June 2014, September 2017 – April 2018)

FIFA Rankings

Current9 (6 October 2022)
Highest2 (May – June 2010, October 2012, April – June 2014, September 2017 – April 2018)

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