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Euro 2012 has come to an end for Portugal so let’s take time to reflect on what an eventful tournament it has been for the Selecção.
Overall evaluation
Before the tournament everyone was certain that Portugal wouldn’t even make it out of their group so making it all the way to the semi-finals is no mean feat. The Selecção made a slow start to the tournament but once they got going they were easily one of the most dangerous sides in the competition. Obviously fans will be disappointed thatPortugalfailed to take their …

Portugal were left to rue their missed chances as they were cruelly knocked out of Euro 2012 on penalties in a match that they dominated from the start.
The game was fast, the Portuguese were faster but despite being to be able to do something no other team had managed – playing Spain at their own game – the Selecção will be left to rue the way they threw away what was an opportunity handed to them on a plate by the Spanish.
Portugal did far more than contain their neighbours, who …

The latest Iberian derby is set to be an explosive semi-final at Euro 2012. Spain are current Champions of Europe and therefore favourites going into the game but football isn’t always that straight forward and Portugal will put up a fight. The Selecção seem to be growing and growing into the tournament, while Spain’s tiki-taka is groaning a bit under pressure.
It’s hard to call the game as both sides are tactically matched. The Spanish are renowned for their attacking play but each of Portugal’s defenders are good trackers and commit …

With the Iberian derby fast approaching it’s time to take a closer look at previous meetings between the teams.
International Friendly 1921: Spain 3-1 Portugal
Spain’s first ever international friendly game against Portugal was on December 18, 1921 at the Campo de O’Donnell in Madrid, with the Spaniards emerging victorious. Meana netted the opening goal of the match in the 20th minute and three minutes later Paulino Alcantara doubled the hosts’ lead. The former Barcelona striker scored his second in the 50th minute. Portugal’s Augusto pulled one back from the spot in …

With Portugal facing Spain in the Euro 2012 semi-finals in a matter of days it’s time to take a closer look at their Iberian neighbours. Tomorrow I’ll be looking at the history between the two sides…

Spain – FIFA ranking: 1st
Odds to win the tournament: 6/4
Style of play: The key to Spain’s attacking and fluent 4-3-3 formation (sometimes morphing into a 4-2-3-1) is tiki-taka, a pass-and-move game with an emphasis on possession and quick ball movement. Spain keeps a narrow shape in midfield and attacking, relying on the outside fullbacks to …

Striker Helder Postiga will miss the rest of Euro 2012 with a thigh strain sustained in the quarter-final win over the Czech Republic.
Postiga, Portugal’s first-choice centre-forward, was carried off after pulling up late in the first half during the Selecção’s 1-0 quarter-final victory over the Czech Republic.
The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed that Postiga suffered “a muscle injury to the back of the right thigh” following a scan on the injury.
Postiga had started all four of Portugal’s matches in Poland and Ukraine, scoring once in the 3-2 Group B victory over …

Cristiano Ronaldo capped a dominant display with the match-winning goal as Portugal powered past Czech Republic in a well-deserved win that sent them into the semi-finals of Euro 2012.
Ronaldo, who scored twice against the Netherlands, hit the woodwork in each half with fine strikes. He finally found the net with 11 minutes remaining, thumping a header into the ground and beyond Petr Cech.
It was unfortunate for the Czechs that Ronaldo would play such a central figure in their defeat as they appeared to have done a good job of stifling …

The knockout stages of Euro 2012 get underway on Thursday, with Portugal and the Czech Republic the two teams to be given the first chance to book a place in the semi-finals. Paulo Bento’s team are strong favourites to progress, but having won their group against all odds the Czech Republic should not be underestimated.
Paulo Bento’s men face a tough challenge in the form of the Narodak however the Selecção are confident their form will guide them to the final four where a game against Spain could await.
‘The team which …

With the qualifying rounds of Euro 2012 fast approaching it’s time to take a closer look at Portugal’s opponents in the next round of the competition – Czech Republic.
The Czech’s finished top of Group A qualifying along with Greece, knocking out group favourites Russia and co-hosts Poland in the process. However their process in the tournament didn’t start off that great when they lost their opening match 4-1 toRussia. After struggling to beat Greece 2-1 in their second group match elimination from the competition looked all but certain as they …

With all the games in Group B completed, and the quarter-finals looming for Portugal, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned about the Selecção from their opening three matches of Euro 2012.

What we learned from Portugal v Germany:

One of Portugal’s biggest concerns going into the tournament was a perceived defensive weakness. But the centre-back partnership of Pepe and Alves barely put a foot wrong all night. Portugal’s deep-lying midfielder Miguel Velsoso provided excellent screening in front of the back four, as the highly fancied Germans were kept to a …