1. Why Underdog Status Will Help Portugal in Euro 2016 Clash with Croatia

    Eight have exited. Sixteen remain, but Portugal’s continued presence at Euro 2016 hasn’t got much to do with any intelligence they’ve displayed so far. It’s almost like they don’t know what they’re doing...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 day ago 4,082 reads 33 comments

  2. Why Hungary Proved Portugal Boss Fernando Santos Needs to Make Defensive Changes

    Portugal survived, and Cristiano Ronaldo was the man who saved them—no change there, then—but after escaping from what was supposed to be a fairly simple Group F, the questions for manager Fernando Santos are multiplying...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 days ago 3,394 reads 22 comments

  3. Why Renato Sanches Should Start Portugal's Must-Win Euro 2016 Match vs. Hungary

    Frustrated and more than a little deflated by events on Saturday night in Paris, Portugal coach Fernando Santos had a message. “The next game is a final and we’re going to win it...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 4 days ago 2,440 reads 4 comments

  4. Portugal and Fernando Santos Are Still Searching for a Euro 2016 Breakthrough

    As Portugal are finding out, the very nature of this extended European Championship is that it isn’t always about how you start but how you finish...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 5 days ago 1,006 reads 4 comments

  5. Cristiano Ronaldo Has Another Nightmare, but Portugal Teammates Have to Help Him

    Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty against Austria in Paris on Saturday evening, and there were laughs at his misfortune heard all over France and indeed the world...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 6 days ago 13,433 reads 70 comments

  6. Portugal and Austria Meet in Paris Desperate to Turn Euro 2016 Campaigns Around

    As far as Euro 2016’s Group F is concerned, both Portugal and Austria were left with the desire for a do-over on Tuesday evening...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 8 days ago 6,634 reads 30 comments

  7. Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal Fail to Impress on Their Opening Euro 2016 Night

    As opening nights go, Portugal’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Iceland in their first Euro 2016 match isn ’t one that has got the critics raving. In fact, they’ ve seen it all before...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 10 days ago 1,340 reads 10 comments

  8. Rebooted Portugal Prepare to Make a Fashionably Late Entrance to Euro 2016

    By the time Portugal begin their assault on Euro 2016 in Saint-Etienne on Tuesday evening, we’ll have seen what 22 of the 24 teams in France have to offer...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 12 days ago 7,464 reads 19 comments

  9. Why Portugal's Manchester United Target Andre Gomes Is Set for a Big Euro 2016

    There’s a bit in that new Nike advert featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, a gifted young footballer and the plot of Freaky Friday in which Andre Gomes scores a goal for Portugal...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 13 days ago 15,886 reads 17 comments

  10. Remembering Portugal's 3 European Championship Heartbreaks This Century

    In England, the buildup to Euro 2016 has largely centred on nostalgic throwbacks to the last time they were in France’s position—hosting the tournament and with a nation willing them on...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 15 days ago 4,569 reads 11 comments

  11. Why Nani's Place in Portugal's Starting XI Is Under Threat Ahead of Euro 2016

    We spoke about Ricardo Quaresma on these pages just a few days ago. The Portugal winger’s career has long been fodder for such discussions, of course...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 16 days ago 4,393 reads 12 comments

  12. Euro 2016 Is Cristiano Ronaldo's Best Chance to Strike Gold with Portugal

    For all of his success—three Champions League titles, three Ballon d'Or awards, marketing deals, even more marketing deals—international triumphs have always eluded Cristiano Ronaldo ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 19 days ago 5,303 reads 22 comments

  13. 3 Things Portugal Should Test in Friendly vs. Estonia

    Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to England at Wembley might have ended in miserable fashion for the visiting Portuguese thanks to Chris Smalling’s late winner, but it would have ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 21 days ago 3,968 reads 8 comments

  14. Why Portugal Can Take Positives from Loss to England in Euro 2016 Warm-Up

    As everyone plots their way through what might happen at UEFA Euro 2016, there has been a tendency to overlook Portugal’s Group F. Take out Cristiano Ronaldo, and it doesn ’t look very glamorous...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 22 days ago 2,428 reads 8 comments

  15. How Portugal's Southampton Stars Can Harm England's Euro 2016 Preparations

    Whatever the final make-up of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016 is, one thing is for certain—that all of the 23 players selected will ply their trade in England’s top division...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 25 days ago 2,305 reads 2 comments

  16. Why Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma Can Make a Long-Awaited Impact at Euro 2016

    His place on myriad “failed wonderkid ” lists has long been assured, but there are signs that Ricardo Quaresma could finally — at the age of 32 — be about to showcase his remarkable talents on the global stage...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 26 days ago 4,822 reads 14 comments

  17. Who Can Strike First in Spain's 4-Man Euro 2016 Forward Battle?

    In theory, this is where Spain ramp up attempts to win a third European Championship in a row, but the team that takes to the field against Bosnia and Herzegovina in St Gallen, Switzerland, ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 28 days ago 6,078 reads 4 comments

  18. Why Arsenal's Hector Bellerin Is the Man to Replace Dani Alves at Barcelona

    All good things must come to an end, and whilst their attacking power means that good things are likely to continue to come to Barcelona more often than not, they are going to have to lose a few cast members along the way...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 28 days ago 13,348 reads 53 comments

  19. In Cristiano Ronaldo's Absence, Who Can Step Up for Portugal vs. Norway?

    You may have noticed, but Cristiano Ronaldo has other plans this weekend. While Portugal’s talisman will be donning the white of Real Madrid and battling Atletico Madrid ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 29 days ago 4,855 reads 16 comments

  20. Why Fernando Torres Can Inspire Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Final

    By the end of Fernando Torres ’ desperate spell at Chelsea in 2014, the club’s supporters were doing anything they could to try to argue the £50 million the Blues spent to prise him away from Liverpool in 2011 was worth it...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 29 days ago 3,716 reads 14 comments

  21. Why Keeping Guus Hiddink at Chelsea Is the Right Move for Everyone

    With Antonio Conte in the bag since early April , it makes a refreshing change for Chelsea supporters to see managerial upheaval in the Premier League and for it not to centre around their club...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 8,856 reads 12 comments

  22. Barcelona vs. Sevilla: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

    They’ve spent much of the past week celebrating, but both Barcelona and Sevilla now have the chance to win another trophy in what has already been a pretty stellar season for each team...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 6,995 reads 16 comments

  23. Who Starts the Champions League Final for Atletico Madrid, Gimenez or Savic?

    Given that the final match of their Liga season represented nothing more than a dead rubber for Atletico Madrid , the relentless Diego Simeone is probably pacing up and down ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 1,922 reads 5 comments

  24. Why Real Madrid Shouldn't Sign West Ham's Dimitri Payet

    He’d been there for the unveilings of all the Galacticos, including Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham , but Alfredo Di Stefano had never seen anything like this...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 14,099 reads 25 comments

  25. Ousmane Dembele Transfer: Remembering Borussia Dortmund's Previous No. 7s

    At some clubs, the unveiling of a new player taking the No. 7 shirt is a new event all of its own, regardless of who that player actually is...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 1 month ago 4,102 reads 2 comments