In Episode 27 of the Seleção podcast, host Danny Pinto looks back on the 2010s, the Seleção’s most successful decade in its history.
 
Danny also reveals the "Portugal Team of the Decade", as voted for by listeners, readers and supporters of the show and PortuGOAL.net.
 
Happy 2020 and Feliz Ano Novo to each and everyone of you. Seleção XI of the 2010s, as selected by our community. 
 
Rui Patrício (GK - Unanimous Choice)
Cédric Soares 
Pepe (CB - Unanimous Choice)
Ricardo Carvalho 
Fábio Coentrão 
Joao Moutinho (CM - Unanimous Choice)
William (CM - Unanimous Choice)
Bernardo Silva (RW - 1 vote shy of Unanimous)
Ricardo Quaresma (LW)
Nani (FW - Unanimous Choice)
Cristiano Ronaldo (FW - Unanimous Choice)
 
Manager - Fernando Santos (Unanimous Choice)
Super Sub - Saint Eder 
 
 
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That 11 is 100% spot on. I’m trying to find someone missing but I really can’t. I really wish we had this group all in their prime. Quaresma is always the sad story with the national team, a Porto quaresma on the opposite of Bernardo Silva would...

That 11 is 100% spot on. I’m trying to find someone missing but I really can’t. I really wish we had this group all in their prime. Quaresma is always the sad story with the national team, a Porto quaresma on the opposite of Bernardo Silva would have been incredible.

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Hi Justin. Quaresma with the national team WOULD have been a sad story if Euro 2016 didn't happen.

Never forget Croatia ;)

Apart from Eder's goal, that's my favourite moment of the whole tournament.

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Nelson semedo

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This line-up is quite solid for a 4-4-2 but there's an obvious tendency towards selecting most of the uefa euro championship team. If we're going to analyze this from the beginning of the decade. Deco should be penciled in. I've read all the...

This line-up is quite solid for a 4-4-2 but there's an obvious tendency towards selecting most of the uefa euro championship team. If we're going to analyze this from the beginning of the decade. Deco should be penciled in. I've read all the arguments being based on team acheivements and number of years "x" player contributed within that decade but for me you got to look at individual skill and if we compare all of the players who suited up atleast once for Portugal since 2010. Deco easily makes the eleven in his respective position. Also Helder Postiga i don't see how you leave him out of this. You mention 2010s the next guy you build a statue after Ronaldo is Helder Postiga. And if we're applying the longevity argument well he did a heck lot more than Fabio Coentrao. I was a big fan of Fabio since he arrived on the scene but this man's intrrnational career turned out to be a huge disappointment. Then again, i'm not saying he doesn't deserve to be there. Definitely over someone like duda or eliseu but that's the sake of my argument. Renato Sanches in peak form? I don't know who you choose over him but neither can I say who you replace. The last question I have is Cedric Soares. I can remember Joao Pereira tearing down that right right flank. I know Cedric is solid defensively and still offers something in sttack but I feel that's a close one.

Happy new year to Tom and all the readers of Portugoal. I am proud and privileged to have connected with this website throughout the years.

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Hi SupremoGino, Happy New Year to you too!

You make good points. Deco doesn't get in because he played the previous decade (retired 2010), but your other arguments are valid for sure.

Fábio Coentrão actually played 52 times for Portugal,...

Hi SupremoGino, Happy New Year to you too!

You make good points. Deco doesn't get in because he played the previous decade (retired 2010), but your other arguments are valid for sure.

Fábio Coentrão actually played 52 times for Portugal, almost all this decade, so I don't think his Portugal record is that bad. I had him down as my right-back over Guerreiro because I just think he's a better all-round full-back and always played well for the Seleção, but Guerreiro is a fair shout - he was brilliant at Euro 2016. Good shout on João Pereira too, that's a really close one, JP was superb at Eruo 2012 and was another player who always brought his A-game to the Seleção. Cedric super consistent though and also excellent at euro 2016 so another 50/50 choice imo. I don't think Postiga will get much love but I understand your logic there too. Did better than most people give him credit for, but for me has to be Nani.

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Fábio Coentrão, at his best was amazing, but his best was short lived!! Raphaël Guerreiro, helped Portugal to their only 2 trophy!! He was amazing during our European championship and was on the best 11 for the tournament!! Fabio ahead of Rapheal...

Fábio Coentrão, at his best was amazing, but his best was short lived!! Raphaël Guerreiro, helped Portugal to their only 2 trophy!! He was amazing during our European championship and was on the best 11 for the tournament!! Fabio ahead of Rapheal is an injustice!!

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I'd pick Raul Meireles over Eder, scored about the same amount of goals and had an absolute engine. I know that we have plenty of midfielders, but he actually may have been our only true box-to-box.

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Just recently found this website and loving the articles. This one is a good example, bringing back nostalgia. I'd love to see a similar one naming the best all-time Portuguese team, but that would include some of the best players that have...

Just recently found this website and loving the articles. This one is a good example, bringing back nostalgia. I'd love to see a similar one naming the best all-time Portuguese team, but that would include some of the best players that have never gotten the world wide recognition today's stars get. I'm pretty sure Ronaldo would make the team, even the supposed great Eusebio who I remember as my childhood idol. Who could ever forget the come back after being down 3-0 to Korea in the World Cup? Anyways, I invite everyone here to name their favorites, I'll start:

Aguas
Santana
Torres
Simao
I forget

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Hi Tony, Welcome to the PortuGOAL community!

I think you'll like some of the articles in our classics section: https://portugoal.net/classics-topmenu

An all-time Portugal XI is too tough for me at this time of night. Just thinking about the...

Hi Tony, Welcome to the PortuGOAL community!

I think you'll like some of the articles in our classics section: https://portugoal.net/classics-topmenu

An all-time Portugal XI is too tough for me at this time of night. Just thinking about the striker options makes me dizzy: Pinga, Peyroteo, Eusébio, Matateu, Fernando Gomes, Jordão, Pauleta, Ronaldo...

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Bernardo Silva? I know he's the best thing to come out of Portugal after Ronaldo and I also know that he was chosen the player of the tournament at the UEFA Nations League, but really... for him to be chosen straight in the starting XI? Maybe...

Bernardo Silva? I know he's the best thing to come out of Portugal after Ronaldo and I also know that he was chosen the player of the tournament at the UEFA Nations League, but really... for him to be chosen straight in the starting XI? Maybe because of his big star performance these last two years.

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I'd like to see a computer simulation of this line up against the other World cup holders of the decade and see how it plays out

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Jerrold,
I believe that we'd finish somewhere between the quarters and semis. I look at it as more of the mean for this decade. More accurately, I believe that we'd finish identical to our elo average(mean) for the decade.

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