Euro 2016 Group F

Portugal

14 June - Iceland (8pm CET, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne)
18 June - Austria (8pm CET, Parc des Princes, Paris)
22 June - Hungary (5pm CET, Stade de Lyon, Lyon)

Portugal are long overdue a major trophy and are looking to exorcise their demons in France at Euro 2016 writes Marco D'Onofrio.

Viva Portugal!

Portugal have never lifted the continent's most prestigious international trophy, but they will be looking to do so in France this summer. This is the first time in their history that they've qualified for six consecutive European Championships, and considering they've reached at least the quarter-final stage in the last five tournaments, expect the Portuguese to come out of the group flying.
 
Coach: Fernando Santos - The former defender has a plethora of coaching experience, including spending time with the country's three biggest clubs in Porto, Sporting CP, & Benfica. Santos took over for Paulo Bento in September 2014, and is looking to lead his country to glory in his first major tournament at the helm.

Preferred XI: Rui Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Alves, Guerreiro; Pereira, A. Silva, Mario; Nani, Gomes, Ronaldo

Santos has done a lot of experimenting with formations and his squad selection since taking over, with youngsters like Andre Gomes and Cedric Soares getting an increasing amount of playing time as of late. They have played with a 4-4-2 formation in the past under Santos, but his preference would be to go with a 4-3-3 when possible.

Look out for: Cristiano Ronaldo. Having turned 31 earlier this year, the pressure is starting to mount on the three time Ballon d'Or winner to deliver for his country. He led them to the final on home soil at Euro 2004 but ultimately fell just short. Ronaldo will have the weight of an entire country on his shoulders, but it won't be anything that he isn't already used to.

Did you know?

  • This is the first time Portugal has qualified for six consecutive European Championships.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is just two caps away from tying Luis Figo with the most for the country- 127.
  • Portugal has made it at least the quarter-finals in every European Championship they've ever qualified for.

Portugal versus…

…Iceland P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 8 A 4
…Austria P 10 W 2 D 5 L 3 F 11 A 19
…Hungary P 10 W 7 D 3 L 0 F 23 A 7

Stats

Population: 10.4m
Nickname: Selecção das Quinas
Calcio fans might remember… Luis Figo - Inter (2005-2009)
Top Division: Liga Sagres
FIFA World Ranking: 8
International honours: None
Most capped player: Luis Figo (127)
Leading international scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (56)
Portugal at the European Championships:

1960 - Did not qualify
1964 - Did not qualify
1968 - Did not qualify
1972 - Did not qualify
1976 - Did not qualify
1980 - Did not qualify
1984 - Semi- finals
1988 - Did not qualify
1992 - Did not qualify
1996 - Quarter-finals
2000 - Semi- finals
2004 - Runner-up
2008 - Quarter- finals
2012 - Semi-finals

How they got to Euro 2016: Portugal topped Group I with 21 points, beating the likes of Albania, Denmark, and Serbia in the process.