On behalf of the PortuGOAL team, Happy New Year! In episode 54 of the Seleção Podcast, host Danny Pinto and Tom Kundert take a look back at a frustrating 2021 for Portugal’s national football team and look ahead to the WCQ playoff and beyond in 2022.

Among the topics on the table, the position of manager Fernando Santos is inevitably discussed, as well as the ramifications if Portugal fail to qualify for the World Cup. Could captain Cristiano Ronaldo retire from the Seleção if Portugal do not make it to Qatar? 

 

To listen to the podcast click on the Play button below.

 

 

Related: Portugal vs Turkey - World Cup qualification playoff preview

Related: PortuGOAL podcast - Portugal vs Serbia World Cup Qualifier Special

 

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I still don't understand, why give Fernando Santos such a long contract. I mean even if he would've won EURO 2020, its highly unlikely someone would've snatched him. It would have to be a team bigger than Portugal who would be comfortable playing...

I still don't understand, why give Fernando Santos such a long contract. I mean even if he would've won EURO 2020, its highly unlikely someone would've snatched him. It would have to be a team bigger than Portugal who would be comfortable playing ugly. None of the national teams with a bigger budget would've gone for it and I can't think of any big clubs that would've tried to get him.

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Samuel
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why is everyone talking like Portugal already lost the playoff?

Samuel
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Samuel, I guess the reasoning is the situation and games leading up to these playoffs. A talented team like Portugal should not had much better in the Euros. Second, Portugal had an easy qualifying group for the WC and could not qualify...

Samuel, I guess the reasoning is the situation and games leading up to these playoffs. A talented team like Portugal should not had much better in the Euros. Second, Portugal had an easy qualifying group for the WC and could not qualify directly. They ended the qualifiers with a sad draw in Ireland and a disappointing loss at home against Serbia. The manager, Fernando Santos, is too defensively minded and not able to use all the Portuguese talent. So hard to accept a favorable outlook at this time. Maybe when March rolls around, attitudes and perspectives will change. I hope so.

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John Senos
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Great podcast again guys. I’ve also asked the question about Ronaldo retiring if we fail to qualify. I doubt it.

I am one of those who would love to see Portugal switch to a 3 at the back system.

For the playoffs, assuming everyone is fit, this...

Great podcast again guys. I’ve also asked the question about Ronaldo retiring if we fail to qualify. I doubt it.

I am one of those who would love to see Portugal switch to a 3 at the back system.

For the playoffs, assuming everyone is fit, this is my lineup:

————————Jose Sá—————-
———-——Dias—-Pepe—-Inacio—
—Cancelo——-Palhinha—Nunes——Mendes
——————————B.Silva—————
———————-Cr7—D.Jota———-

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—Z—
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Before the wc there can emerge new names so at this moment.

We need to think outside the box with two DD in the midfielder


——Jose Sá—————-
Ricardo P—-Pepe—-Inacio—N Mendes ?
—Cancelo——-Palhinha—Rafael G
JB.Silva— Cr7...

Before the wc there can emerge new names so at this moment.

We need to think outside the box with two DD in the midfielder


——Jose Sá—————-
Ricardo P—-Pepe—-Inacio—N Mendes ?
—Cancelo——-Palhinha—Rafael G
JB.Silva— Cr7 --- Joao Felix

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Neville
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Expect the Cancelo incident to galvanize the national team through the playoffs. You mark my words. Our boys will be men possessed.

Gee Dee
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Gee Dee is right. The cancelo incident will propel
Portugal to win the playoffs and the World Cup!

Forca!

—Z—
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Burglary and robbery happens in England and in Europe almost on a daily basis. That doesn't mean good things are going to happen in your games.

Dhazer
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Don't worry Dhazer, Ronaldo got a flat tire on his way home from Old Trafford the other day and that will galvanize the team even further!!

That flat tire just won us World Cup 2022!

Chris
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I‘d rather see that shit vaporized than galvanized. Sorry to say, but if Portugal goes to the WC it will be another year lost under Santos. Best for the future is still to get out already against Turkey. I know that hope never dies - but what...

I‘d rather see that shit vaporized than galvanized. Sorry to say, but if Portugal goes to the WC it will be another year lost under Santos. Best for the future is still to get out already against Turkey. I know that hope never dies - but what else than another frustrating display than 4 shitty matches at the WC and in between the lost opportunity of a „restart“ Nations League campaign can we expect if they go through?

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Rolf Gerber
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Santos must go asap. And the elaborations in the podcast leave no doubt, what has to happen to get rid of this curse. There is only ONE way to stop this way down, just face it. Anything else is just extending the pain. But I am confident, Santos...

Santos must go asap. And the elaborations in the podcast leave no doubt, what has to happen to get rid of this curse. There is only ONE way to stop this way down, just face it. Anything else is just extending the pain. But I am confident, Santos is history after March.

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Rolf Gerber
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You guys obviously don't know of the champion mindset or possess one . I know Santos is crap as most fans do , but the players have to dig their way out of this slump that they are in , no matter who the manager is. Champions look for any little...

You guys obviously don't know of the champion mindset or possess one . I know Santos is crap as most fans do , but the players have to dig their way out of this slump that they are in , no matter who the manager is. Champions look for any little reason to draw motivation. When Joao shows up for practice in March with a scar or two on his face , then we'll see what these guys are made of. Don't be surprised if Cancelo himself scores the winning goal against Italy. They didn't just snatch his cell phone or his wife's purse. That was a home invasion. I'm frankly tired of some of the overly pessimistic fans on this site. Put your big boy pants on and stop crying and complaining like a bunch of wimps that the sky is falling. Being a realist and a pessimist are 2 completely different things.

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Gee Dee
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I just found out that someone stole Bruno Fernandes' favourite glazed donut!

Also, Jose Sa went in for a beard trim but they sheered half of it off!!

If these guys were men possessed before, wait til March!

In all seriousness, what happened...

I just found out that someone stole Bruno Fernandes' favourite glazed donut!

Also, Jose Sa went in for a beard trim but they sheered half of it off!!

If these guys were men possessed before, wait til March!

In all seriousness, what happened to Cancelo (and Otamendi) is horrible and should not be taken lightly.

But I find it ironic that you're lecturing people about the difference between realism and pessimism, when you yourself can't seem to grasp the fact that these players are human beings, and good and bad stuff happens in their personal lives all the time.

Rui Silva sadly lost his father last week. He played 3 days later. Not only were his teammates behind him in support, but so we're the opposing players.

They still lost 2-0.

The Cancelo incident and a team that is allegedly inspired (according to you), is not enough to overcome a complete pylon for a head coach who is clueless about what to do with a stacked team. The only hope I had was that Greece would come in and swoop him away, but sadly that hasn't happened.

So that leaves us with 3 potential scenarios:

1. We lose to Turkey, god willing the FPF see how stupid they have been and get rid of Santos.

2. We beat Turkey, lose to Italy, god willing the FPF see how stupid they have been and get rid of Santos.

3. By some miracle we beat Italy and qualify, then lay a massive egg in Qatar, god willing the FPF see how stupid they have been and get rid of Santos.

There's some realism for ya.

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Chris
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Chris , we've had a bad spell , Bruno and Ronaldo don't play well together. The same thing happened with Lampard and Gerrard on the England national team. We're qualifying for the World Cup anyway. The oddsmakers even have us favored. Italy...

Chris , we've had a bad spell , Bruno and Ronaldo don't play well together. The same thing happened with Lampard and Gerrard on the England national team. We're qualifying for the World Cup anyway. The oddsmakers even have us favored. Italy aren't that good right now. They will get smoked on the counterattack.

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Gee Dee
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Listen, I hope you're right, but I don't see how the current European Champions are 'weak' and I also don't see Portugal practicing counter attacking footy right now.

So, I think it's a lot of wishful thinking on your part. Could it happen?...

Listen, I hope you're right, but I don't see how the current European Champions are 'weak' and I also don't see Portugal practicing counter attacking footy right now.

So, I think it's a lot of wishful thinking on your part. Could it happen? Sure. But based on the sad displays we saw from Portugal in 2021, it's a hard sell.

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Chris
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You also have to look at small factors Chris that can help shift the pendulum in our direction. Look at how poorly the Serie A is performing in Europe so far.At this point it is not all that much better than our league and it should be with all...

You also have to look at small factors Chris that can help shift the pendulum in our direction. Look at how poorly the Serie A is performing in Europe so far.At this point it is not all that much better than our league and it should be with all of the money that those clubs have(The Portuguese league was better than Ligue 1 in 2016) Look at how well the Portuguese players are doing all around Europe. The wolves which are essentially a Portugal B team with add ons from other countries and they have an outside chance of cracking the top 4 in the best league in the world which to me is amazing.

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