Portugal World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament

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Portugal World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament
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Often talented but usually flawed, Portugal will be relying on their great individual talent to inspire what would be a surprise success in Brazil.

The Iberians have always had gifted players, and they do once more this time around, but it is impossible to discuss them without arriving at the same conclusion time and time again. They are going to need Cristiano Ronaldo to perform well to stand any chance.

In what is a particularly tough group, coach Paulo Bento will be aware of that more than most, and his largely experienced squad—10 of the 23 have over 40 caps—will be under huge pressure to escape from a Group G which includes Germany, the USA and Ghana.

Semi-finalists at Euro 2012, it would be a large surprise to see the Portuguese go that far this time around, but if Ronaldo can reach his devastating best, then they’ll feel that anything is possible.

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