Euro 2020 was postponed for one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is now scheduled to be held from 12 June to 12 July 2021. The semi-finals and final will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, which perhaps part explains why England are among the favourites to win the championship at odds of roughly 4/1, while Portugal are relative outsiders behind the likes of France, Belgium, Spain and Germany

Fernando Santos and his men will not be concerned about that, though. Portugal tend to thrive in the underdog role, as memorably exemplified at the Stade de France on 10 July 2016 as Cristiano Ronaldo lifted the trophy after the Seleção shocked the hosts thanks to substitute Eder’s memorable long-range winner.

Portugal’s team has changed greatly from that famous night in Paris. With our friends from duxcasino.com, PortuGOAL selects a Seleção line-up based on current form for Euro 2020 (yes, the event will retain its name even though it will be held in the summer 2021). Here is Portugal’s potential XI if the tournament were to begin tomorrow. 

 

Rui Patrício

The 33-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper is Portugal’s record appearance holder for a goalkeeper, and if the Seleção go far at Euro 2020 he may reach 100 caps for his country during the competition. Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes has proved himself a worthy substitute in some recent games, but with another solid season in the Premier League behind him, Santos will continue to place his trust in Rui Patrício.

João Cancelo

With clubs like Benfica, Valencia, Inter Milan and Juventus on his CV, João Cancelo was hardly an unknown, but it is this season, under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, that the 26-year-old has taken his game to another level. A graduate of Benfica’s youth academy, Cancelo has been simply magnificent for the EPL runaway leaders. A creative hub for the citizens, despite being notionally a defender, Cancelo can be seen constantly pushing up field and playing more like a midfield schemer or winger.

Pepe

Vastly experienced centre-back Pepe will turn 38 next week, but like fine wine, he just gets better with age. A member of the Portugal team since 2007, Pepe has won everything there is to win, yet his appetite for the game and competitive spirit remain undiminished, as shown with another excellent display for Porto in the Portuguese club’s 2-1 victory over Juventus this week

Rúben Dias

Partnering Pepe at the heart of Portugal’s defence is centre-back Rúben Dias, who like Cancelo has seen his reputation fly through the roof this season at Manchester City, winning several Player of the Month awards since his transfer from Benfica in September 2020. Just 23 years old, he has already racked up 24 caps for his country and barring injury Dias will be a mainstay of the Portugal team for the next decade.

Raphaël Guerreiro

A big favourite of Portugal coach Fernando Santos, Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphaël Guerriero, a winner of Euro 2016, remains a consistently excellent performer for the German outfit. The emergence of brilliant young left-back Nuno Mendes at Sporting will no doubt provide competition for this spot in the team in the near future, but Raphaël’s experience (45 caps) and consistency in club football this season sees him hold onto his place in the XI.

João Palhinha

Defensive midfielder João Palhinha has been a revelation at the surprise leaders in Portugal, Sporting Clube de Portugal, and his brilliant performances for his home-town club get him into the line-up. The 25-year-old’s place in the team is also secured by the fact the usual suspects in this position are struggling for form. Fernando Santos likes to play with a double pivot at the base of midfield, but with William Carvalho in and out of the Real Betis side and Danilo yet to establish himself as a regular starter at PSG, Palhinha is the obvious choice as Portugal’s holding midfielder. 

Sérgio Oliveira

Touted as a wonderkid when making his debut for FC Porto as a 17-year-old way back in 2009, Oliveira has had to take the long route to football stardom. The midfielder made steady progress through a series of loan moves both in Portugal and abroad (at six different clubs!), but it is under current Porto coach and his namesake Sérgio Conceição that Oliveira has flourished. Scorer of 14 goals in 35 appearances in 2020/21, his astute positioning, selfless running and intelligent and simple game will complement Portugal’s array of extravagant stars perfectly.

Bruno Fernandes

The Manchester United man has been incredible since moving to England in January 2020, scoring 33 goals in 58 appearances for the Red Devils to become not only the club’s best player, but arguably the best player in the English Premier League over the last 12 months. In addition to his goals, Bruno is a fountain of creativity, providing assists on a regular basis with his quick thinking and range of clever passes. Although he is yet to hit his stride wearing the national team shirt, Fernandes is simply too good to leave out of the starting eleven.

Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva is the third of Manchester City’s Portuguese trio who is enjoying a wonderful season. The 26-year-old has wizardry in his left foot, and his unusual combination of dribbling skill, passion, intelligence, attentiveness, determination and work rate makes him a dream player for any coach. It was no surprise to see Pep Guardiola lavish the highest of praise on Bernardo earlier this week.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

This Portugal line-up is based on form, but form has never been an issue for the irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo. Now 36 years old, the Seleção captain continues to defy age, as his 23 goals in 27 matches for an often-misfiring Juventus team this season attest. Still the first name on the Portugal team-sheet, on merit, not because of the fact he is one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen.

André Silva

The emergence of João Félix and Diogo Jota pushed André Silva down the pecking order, but with indifferent form and injury affecting the Atletico Madrid and Liverpool players, Silva’s spectacular goal-scoring over the past few months appears perfect timing. The Eintracht Frankfurt striker has been unstoppable this season, scoring 19 goals in 22 matches and is primed to resume his prolific partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of Portugal’s attack. The two combined brilliantly when André Silva first broke into the Portugal team, and Seleção fans will be hoping more goals from the duo help Fernando Santos’ team successfully defend their European Championship crown.

by Tom Kundert 

 

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Danilo or WIlliam Carvalho are the clear choice over Palhinha
But aside from that, seems like a sure lineup

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Not bad.....

However, as bernardo plays so many games for Man City as a midfielder auccessfully I might add, i would move him back into a 3 with fernandes and either danilo or william. That will allow to add another proper winger/attacker as...

Not bad.....

However, as bernardo plays so many games for Man City as a midfielder auccessfully I might add, i would move him back into a 3 with fernandes and either danilo or william. That will allow to add another proper winger/attacker as ronaldo and a.silva are both playing more centrally. You can add Jota, trincao, p.neto, Leao or joao felix to the front 3, or move bruno forward to play just in behind the front 2 and add another attacking midfield ala r.sanches, sergio.o, william, etc.

Patricio
Cancelo dias pepe pereira
B.silva danilo guerreiro/r.sanches
B.fernandes
A.silva ronaldo

Or

Patricio
Cancelo dias pepe raphael
B.silva danilo b. Fernandes
Jota a.silva ronaldo

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Joao Moura, did you read the article?
William and Danilo are in dubious form. Palhinha deserves to start at this time.

Why not Sanches over Oliveira? Yes Oliveira has scored many goals but they are almost all penalties since Porto received...

Joao Moura, did you read the article?
William and Danilo are in dubious form. Palhinha deserves to start at this time.

Why not Sanches over Oliveira? Yes Oliveira has scored many goals but they are almost all penalties since Porto received penalties nearly every game (sometimes two).

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If you watch Porto vs Lilles games, there is no comparison.

Renato is the more swash-buckling player, but Sergio is a deeper and more complete midfielder.

His passing, pressure and creation in the attack is where he really shines, so I'll...

If you watch Porto vs Lilles games, there is no comparison.

Renato is the more swash-buckling player, but Sergio is a deeper and more complete midfielder.

His passing, pressure and creation in the attack is where he really shines, so I'll ignore your penalty comment, not because I disagree (Porto do have significantly more penalties than the next team, a few which were non-calls, but also because Porto have the most shots on goal, attacks, and 2nd highest possession and pass percentage in the league).

The point is, Oliveira offers much more to the team than just scoring penalties. Your argument is similar to the one I see made about Bruno Fernandes. Apparently, he too "just scores penalties", according to the media. But he also contributes massively to that Man U team.

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My in-form line-up would be:

Patrício
Cancelo Pepe Dias Guerreiro

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My in-form line-up would be:

Patrício
Cancelo Pepe Dias Guerreiro

Palhinha
Bernardo Fernandes

Pedro Neto André Silva Cristiano Ronaldo

Our best line-up (in terms of pure talent) would be:

Patrício
Cancelo Pepe Dias Guerreiro

Danilo
Bernardo Fernandes

João Félix Cristiano Ronaldo Diogo Jota

[*] Players unlucky to miss out: Nuno Mendes, William Carvalho, Goncalo Guedes, João Moutinho, Renato Sanches, Sérgio Oliveira

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I agree with some of the other comments about Bernardo needing to play in midfield.

Patricio
Cancelo Pepe Dias Guerreiro
Fernandes Palhinha Bernardo
Neto Silva Ronaldo

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------------------Patricio-----------------

Cancelo ---Pepe---Dias---Raphael

-----------------Danilo--------------------

-----Sanches-----------Bruno---------

Bernardo---------Felix-----------CR7

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I think Neves over Palhinha. Otherwise pretty good.
Felix’s early season form was outstanding

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Hi Chris,

I don’t know how to replay to your comment directly but why but play joao Mario ahead of Sergio oliveira ?

Joao Mario plays for a team ten points ahead of Porto. He already won an euro. He scored the two penalties he was allowed to...

Hi Chris,

I don’t know how to replay to your comment directly but why but play joao Mario ahead of Sergio oliveira ?

Joao Mario plays for a team ten points ahead of Porto. He already won an euro. He scored the two penalties he was allowed to take , Sergio was given exponentially more penalties .

Joao Mario is similar to oliveira he is a steady cerebral player.

Just saying, I don’t think any porto or benfica players deserve to play for a seleccao. They are mostly teams for foreigners and history shows that portugal plays better when sporting players or former sporting players are selected to play and firm the base of the team.

Joao Mario > Sergio oliveira .
Sporting = campeao 2021 and I think sporting will be Campeao 2022
As well and Portugal will win World Cup 2022 with Pedro goncalves playing a key role.

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I've always liked Joao Mario, I think he's an excellent midfielder. But the selection in this article is not about "players on teams that are 10 points ahead in 1st".

If that was the case then I suppose you'd like to have seen Manafa as...

I've always liked Joao Mario, I think he's an excellent midfielder. But the selection in this article is not about "players on teams that are 10 points ahead in 1st".

If that was the case then I suppose you'd like to have seen Manafa as starting RB for the Seleccao last year, right? No, didn't think so.

The list is based on form and right now you'd be hard pressed to find a better midfielder in Portugal. He is everywhere for Porto and has minimized the loss of Danilo. And he's the main playmaker. At the moment, he is in top form.

Joao Mario isn't even in top form at Sporting. So there's no comparison, in my opinion. I think Pedro Goncalves, Nuno Santos and Nuno Mendes along with Palhinha are the most in-form players at Sporting right now.

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I hope Portugal does win the World Cup, Its the last and biggest feather in Ronaldo's cap.

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Jerold, don't take this the wrong way, but I personally don't give two craps about Ronaldo's feathers and his cap.

This is the one thing that irks me about Ronaldo, great as he is, there's a blurring of lines between Ronaldo and the Seleccao....

Jerold, don't take this the wrong way, but I personally don't give two craps about Ronaldo's feathers and his cap.

This is the one thing that irks me about Ronaldo, great as he is, there's a blurring of lines between Ronaldo and the Seleccao. He is not the team, he is a legendary player, but his time will come and go.

This is about Portugal and adding to our history. With or without Ronaldo, Portugal winning is what matters.

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I don't take it the wrong way, its your opinion. Mine is different. There are but a few legends in each countries history. Ronaldo has fought hard for numbers he got. He was an inspiration to many. I would love to see him lift the trophy.

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Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see him lift the WC trophy, but it would be about Portugal winning it, not him personally.

He's already cemented his status as GOAT. Messi can't really touch him because he's only been successful at Barca.

Where...

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see him lift the WC trophy, but it would be about Portugal winning it, not him personally.

He's already cemented his status as GOAT. Messi can't really touch him because he's only been successful at Barca.

Whereas Ronny has been a success at Man U, Madrid and Juve as well as Portugal.

One record I would like to see him beat for his own list is the 109 international goals.

But for me, the World Cup is about Portugal, not Ronaldo. Just as the Euro was, which is why it was so satisfying to see them win it without him on the pitch.

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My playing 11 will be Rui Patricio Ruben Dias Pepe joao Cancelo Raphael Guerrero Pedro Goncalves Bruno Fernandes Ruben Neves Bernardo Silva Andre Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo and my formation will be like this

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My playing 11 will be Rui Patricio Ruben Dias Pepe joao Cancelo Raphael Guerrero Pedro Goncalves Bruno Fernandes Ruben Neves Bernardo Silva Andre Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo and my formation will be like this

Patricio

Cancelo Pepe Dias Guerrero

Pedro Bruno Neves

Bernardo Silva Ronaldo

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Well we are all mini selecao coaches from our sofas right? Lol! If it were up to me neither Palhinha nor Sergio Oliveira would even sniff the 23 squad for the Euros, let alone the starting 11. We just have too many great and way more experienced...

Well we are all mini selecao coaches from our sofas right? Lol! If it were up to me neither Palhinha nor Sergio Oliveira would even sniff the 23 squad for the Euros, let alone the starting 11. We just have too many great and way more experienced (for the Selecao) options in central midfield, despite those two players' good form in the Portuguese league this season. Ahead of William Carvalho or Danilo or Renato Sanches? I would even prefer Andre Gomes ahead of Oliveira any day, and I would like to see Gomes make the squad for the Euros.

As for Andre Silva, I doubt he will initially make the starting 11 for the Euros, but to me he should definitely be in the squad as an attacking option, a pure number 9 who has an impressive scoring record for the Selecao and has paired up well with Ronaldo up front in the past.

Anyway it's all just personal opinions, only Santos in the end will decide who makes the cut and there are gonna be tough choices for him to make considering all the talent we have available these days.

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