Final squad of Portugal – FIFA World Cup 2022 (2022-11-12 17:48:00)


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The composition of Portugal at the World Cup

Portugal will announce their final squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup by November 13. Since the World Cup takes place in the middle of the football season, FIFA has increased the time that teams have to announce their squads. Teams have until November 13 to submit their final 23-man roster and can still make changes 24 hours before the game in case of Covid-19 issues.

Franando Santos, the coach of Portugal, has already announced who will go to the World Cup. His last selection came in September during the international break and apart from a few players who were injured, there won’t be much change.

Portugal’s final squad for the 2022 World Cup:

Fernando Santos has announced his final 26-man Portugal squad for the upcoming championships.

1 Diogo Costa FC Porto GK
2 Rui Patricio AS Roma GK
3 Jose Sa Wolverhampton GK
4 Ruben Dias Manchester City Defender
5 Pepe FC Porto Defender
6 Antonio Silva Benfica Defender
7 João Cancelo Manchester City Full back
8 Diogo Dalot Manchester United Full back
9 Nuno Mendes PSG Full back
10 Raphael Gurreiro Borussia Dortmund Full back
11 William Carvalho Real Betis Midfielder
12 Joao Palhinha Fulham Midfielder
13 Matheus Nunes Wolverhampton Midfielder
14 Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Midfielder
15 Renato Sanches PSG Midfielder
16 João Mario Benfica Midfielder
17 Bruno Fernandes Manchester United Midfielder
18 Bernardo Silva Manchester City Midfielder
19 Vitinha PSG Midfielder
20 Matheus Nunes Wolverhampton Midfielder
21 Rafael Leao AC Milan Forward
22 Andre Silva RB Leipzig Forward
23 Ricardo Horta SC Braga Forward
24 Gonçalo Ramos Benfica Forward
25 Cristiano Ronaldo (C) Manchester United Forward
26 Oh Felix Atletico Madrid Forward

Coach of the national team: Fernando Santos

Fernando Santos has been Portugal’s coach for most of the last 10 years. The highlight of his time with the national team was in 2016 when Portugal won the Euro. They have since added the Nations League title to their trophy case but feel their performances have been below par given the talent at their disposal.

It is very likely that this will be the last major tournament not only for their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo but also for Santos who have been under pressure for the last few years.

Desired starting line-up for the 2022 World Cup:

the best possible starting lineup for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup
looking at the depth of the squad I’m a bit surprised why Portugal is playing the way it is playing. So much talent up front but so little impact. In terms of squad depth, they are as good as France and Brazil.

Santos is a very pragmatic coach who, even with all the talent that Portugal has, plays defensively and that was the reason for criticism from Portuguese fans. Ronaldo is completely out of action for United heading into the World Cup, but will start for Portugal unless injury prevents that. In Rafael Lao, they have one of the most in-form strikers in Europe who may not start as Cristiano will lead the forward line regardless of his form.

Portugal players to watch out for at the 2022 World Cup?

Players to watch out for at the 2022 FIFA World Cup are Rafael Leao and Pedro Neto
Lea’s form has been absolutely world class over the last 12 months and heading into the World Cup he will be one of the players to watch not only for Portugal but for the entire tournament. Pedro Neto could be a surprise package even if he doesn’t start for Portugal, but comes on as a substitute in the second half.

There are some obvious names like Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandez and even Jao Felix. But the ones who could win the tournament are Rafael Leao and Pedro Neto. Leao was actually Serie A Player of the Year last year as he led Milan to their first title in 10 years. While Neto has impressed in the Premier League since joining Wolverhampton.

Rafael Leao, if given the chance and used properly, could be quite the handful, and this is an absolutely massive opportunity for him to showcase his talent to a global audience.

Schedule of the World Cup in Portugal 2022:

Portugal are in Group H and play their first match against Ghana on November 24. The matches against South Korea and Uruguay will follow.

November 24 Portugal vs Ghana
November 28 Portugal vs Uruguay
02 December Portugal vs. South Korea

You can also read all about our in-depth analysis of the other World Cup teams. Each squad will be updated when their association releases the final roster.

Frequently asked questions about the Portugal World Cup squad:

Here are a number of football fans’ searches about the Portuguese national team leading up to the FIFA World Cup.

Who is the captain of the Portuguese national team?

Cristiano Ronaldo is the current captain and will be part of Portugal’s 2022 FIFA World Cup squad as captain.

Who is the first goalkeeper of the Portuguese national team at the World Cup?

Diogo Costa (FC Porto) is most likely to start for Portugal in goal during the 2022 World Cup.

When will Fernando Santos announce Portugal’s final 26-man squad?

FIFA has given teams until November 13 to submit the final 26-man roster for the World Cup.

Portugal's final 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Final squad of Portugal – FIFA World Cup 2022

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