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Team profile: Portugal

Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari or "Big Phil" could end the tournament as the first manager to win the World Cup with two different nations. Standing in his way are 31 opponents and a propensity for the talented Portuguese to implode.

    FIFA Ranking: 7

    Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

    Key players: Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco

    World Cup record: Fourth appearance

    Best finish: Third place 1966

    Last appearance: First round 2002

    Qualifying route: Won European Group 3

    Key question: Some say that they missed their chance with their “golden generation” but after being runners up at Euro 2004 can they go one better at the big dance?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Ricardo Pereira 1
    Quim Silva 12
    Paulo Santos 22
    Defenders
    Paulo Ferreira 2
    Marco Caneira 3
    Ricardo Costa 4
    Fernando Meira 5
    Miguel Monteiro 13
    Nuno Valente 14
    Ricardo Carvalho 16
    Midfielders
    Costinha 6
    Luis Figo 7
    Armando Petit 8
    Hugo Viana 10
    Simao Sabrosa 11
    Cristiano Ronaldo 17
    Maniche Ribeiro 18
    Tiago Mendes 19
    Deco 20
    Forwards
    Pauleta 9
    Luis Boa Morte 15
    Nuno Gomes 21
    Helder Postiga 23

    Group matches:

    v Angola, 19:00 GMT, Sunday 11th June - Cologne

    v Iran, 13:00 GMT, Saturday 17th June - Frankfurt

    v Mexico, 14:00 GMT, Wednesday 21st June - Gelsenkirchen

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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