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Eusebio celebrates after scoring against Bulgaria at Old Trafford in the 1966 World Cup.
This will only be Portugal’s sixth World Cup, but they have sometimes made an impact in their previous five.
England 1966: Semi-finalists (third place)
The great Eusebio shone in England, taking the Golden Boot and memorably scoring four goals in a remarkable 5-3 quarter-final win over North Korea at Goodison Park.
He ended up with nine strikes in the tournament, including penalties as Portugal lost 2-1 to England in the semi-final. They then beat the Soviet Union by the same scoreline in the third-place play-off.
Mexico 1986: Group stage
Mexico was miserable for the Portuguese, who beat England 1-0 in their first match but then lost to Poland and Morocco to finish bottom of their group.
Korea and Japan 2002: Group stage
An ageing Portuguese side were rocked in Suwon when the United States went 3-0 up after 36 minutes of their opening game. Portugal pulled it back to 3-2 but still lost.
Hope was restored by a Pauleta hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Poland, but Park Ji-Sung’s winner for co-hosts South Korea in Incheon knocked out the Portuguese and led to the sacking of coach Antonio Oliveira.
Germany 2006: Semi-finalists (fourth place)
Angola, a former Portuguese colony, were beaten in the first game thanks to Pauleta’s early goal in Cologne, and further wins over Iran and Mexico ensured that Portugal qualified from a kind group with a 100 per cent record.
Next came The Battle of Nuremburg, as four players were sent off in a remarkable game against the Netherlands which was settled by Maniche’s goal. England were beaten on penalties in the quarter-final after their forward Wayne Rooney was sent off.
Portugal’s run was then ended in Munich as Zinedine Zidane’s penalty took France into the final with a 1-0 win, with hosts Germany then beating them 3-1 in a third-place play-off.
South Africa 2010: Round of 16
Goalless draws with the Ivory Coast and Brazil were bookended with a 7-0 hammering of North Korea in Cape Town which took Portugal through to the second round by a point from the Ivory Coast.
Once there, though, they faced up to Iberian neighbours Spain again in Cape Town, with David Villa’s 63rd-minute strike proving to be all the Spaniards needed on their way to the first of what would be four consecutive 1-0 wins and the trophy.
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