Portugal have slowly built their international reputation since first appearing at the World Cup in 1966, where the world witnessed the mesmerising talent of the legendary Eusebio, before Portugal exited the tournament at the hands of the eventual winners England in the quarter finals. They subsequently qualified for the 1986 and 2002 World Cups, exiting in the group stages on both occasions. Portugal then reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2006, finishing the tournament in fourth place.
They suffered a setback in 2014 when they failed to reach the knockout phase of the World Cup, unexpectly being eliminated in the group phase.
Portugal has an even better record in the European Championship, despite not winning the tournament yet. First entering the tournament in 1984, where they finished third, Portugal reached the semi-finals in 2000 and 2012, finished runners-up to unlikely winners Greece in 2004 and reached the quarter-finals in 2008.
Portugal play their home internationals in front of an adoring crowd at the Portugal National Stadium, the Estadio Do Jomar, which has a capacity of 37,500. Portugal were ranked 8th in the FIFA world rankings in May 2016 prior to the Euro 2016 tournament, but have ranked as highly as 3rd in the past. They are not to be taken lightly.
Best Portugal Football Team Betting Lines
Here are the odds for Portugal's next match. Study the likely line-up, their opposition's strengths and weaknesses and work out which bet is best for you.
Portugal Football Team Season Schedule
Take a look below to see how Portugal have performed in recent games as well as looking into the future to see who's on tap for the Portuguese side.
Portugal Football Team League Standings
Perpetually amongst the world's very best, Portugal is used to qualifying for major tournaments. Have a look below to see if that remains the case.
How To Win At Portugal Football Team Bets
Cristiano Ronaldo is such a force in world football his mere presence on the pitch moves the betting odds in Portugal's favor. He is already Portugal's highest ever goal scorer with over 60 international goals. Ronaldo's odds for first goal scorer are always worth a look. He scores many domestic hat tricks for Real Madrid so look for this prop bet, too. Portugal relies on Ronaldo too heavily and are extremely fragile if the Real Madrid star isn't in the starting eleven.
Portugal can beat the best sides, but can't seem to find the consistency required at this level. They beat Italy but lost a friendly to the Cape Verde Islands lately, evincing further their Jekyll and Hyde routine. Tread carefully and research the likely starting line-up if Portugal is playing a friendly match, as Portugal's form varies widely depending on the game's importance. This might offer you value though, as victory over current high-fliers Belgium in the lead up to Euro 2016 showed Portugal have the potential to be world beaters.
Portugal's squad is a curious mix of very experienced, classy players and a new generation of players who are yet unproven on the world stage.
Veterans Pepe and Bruno Alves lead Portugal's defense and are both brilliant going forward. However, they have been known to be a bit flamboyant and suceptible defensively.
Midfielders Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho support Ronaldo and Nani up front. Portugal have lots of potential but currently rely on Ronaldo more than they'd like to.
Nani, In 2015/2016, was Portugal's top scorer with three goals. Nani is often thought of as a midfielder and this may be reflected in his first goal-scorer odds. He offers some value and combines well with Ronaldo from their days as teammates at Manchester United.
Five of Portugal's eight matches in the 2015/2016 season were settled by one goal. Check the unders market for value, as Portugal, other than Nani and Ronaldo, lack a lot of offensive potency.