world cup 2018 - countdown



The Seleção flew to Russia and made base camp in the small town of Kratovo, south-east of Moscow. Waiting for each player in their rooms was a framed montage of two photographs - one of the players as a youngster, one now; how far they have come!



Portugal beat Algeria 3-0 at Benfica’s Luz stadium, the goals scored by Gonçalo Guedes (2) and Bruno Fernandes

Portugal’s starting line-up: Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonçalo Guedes.

Subs: José Fonte, Mário Rui, João Mário, Adrien Silva, Ricardo Quaresma, André Silva



Coach Fernando Santos said that Cristiano Ronaldo will start the friendly against Algeria at the Luz on 07/16/18; he was missing from the game against Tunisia and Belgium.



Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Seleção to train for the first time, completing the 23-man squad; his arrival has been delayed due to club duty with Real Madrid.



Portugal drew 0-0 with Belgium in Brussels, still without Cristiano Ronaldo. Coach Fernando Santos liked the perofrmance overall, except for the first 20 minutes when “we were disorganised.” And he admitted: “Obviously we’re not totally prepared yet.”

Portugal’s starting line-up: Beto, Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, William, João Moutinho, João Mário, Bernardo, Guedes, Gelson

Subs: Mário Rui, Bruno Fernandes, Manuel Fernandes, Ricardo Quaresma, André Silva.



Portugal drew 2-2 with Tunisia in Braga. The Seleção were 2-0 up after 35 minutes through André Silva (Portugal’s 1,000th goal) and João Mário, but they allowed Tunisia to pull one back before the break, then allowed the equaliser on 65 minutes. “I’m not happy with this,” said coach Fernando Santos. Portugal were without Cristiano Ronaldo, who was involved in Real Madrid’s Champions League final.

Portugal’s starting line-up: Anthony Lopes, Ricardo Pereira, Pepe, Rúben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Adrien Silva, William carvalho, João Mário, Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Quaresma, André Silva.

Subs: José Fonte, Cédric Soares, Mário Rui, João Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, Gonçalo Guedes



The Seleção had their first training session together at the FPF’s Cidade do Futebol (Football City) in Jamor (National Stadium), on the outskirts of Lisbon. Only 14 of the squad were available; missing were the four Sporting players that took part in the Taça de Portugal final on Sunday (Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins), plus Cristiano Ronaldo (Champions League final on Saturday), as well as Mário Rui, André Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and João Moutinho



Coach Fernando Santos announced his final 23-man squad for Russia.

Keepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cédric Soares (Southampton), José Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mário Rui (Nápoles), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund), Rúben Dias (Benfica), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto/Leicester)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), João Mário (West Ham), João Moutinho (Mónaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscovo), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: André Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gélson Martins (Sporting), Gonçalo Guedes (Valência), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

Out of the 35-man preliminary squad drop: Antunes (Getafe), João Cancelo (Inter), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), Rolando (Marseilles), André Gomes (Barcelona), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto), Éder (Lokomotiv), Nani (Lázio), Paulinho (SC Braga), Rony Lopes (AS Mónaco)



Coach Fernando Santos announced his preliminary 35-man squad for Russia:

Keepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe)

Defenders: Antunes (Getafe), Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cédric Soares (Southampton), João Cancelo (Inter), José Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe), Mário Rui (Napoli), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto), Rolando (Marseilles), Rúben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), André Gomes (Barcelona), Bruno Fernandes & William Carvalho (Sporting), João Mário (West Ham), João Moutinho (AS Mónaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto)

Forwards: André Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lokomotiv), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Gonçalo Guedes (Valência), Nani (Lázio), Paulinho (SC Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Rony Lopes (AS Mónaco)

Out are revelation at Euro 2016 Renato Sanches, who has had a poor season at Swansea; Sporting full back Fábio Coentrão, who renounced the Seleção on 13 May, citing fatigue; and FC Porto midfielder Danilo, injured.

Included are Euro 2016 hero Éder; Benfica’s only representative, central defender Rúben Dias; midfielder Rúben Neves, formerly of FC Porto, now Wolves, promoted to the Premier League this season; and forward Nani, who some thought might be on his way out.

He may well still be; Fernando Santos will cut 12 players from the list on 17 May to end up with the statutory 23.





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