World Cup Wonder – Queiroz looks to Captain Marvel to run show for Portugal

Carlos Queiroz is under pressure to get his Portugal side into the latter stages of the tournament. After struggling in qualifying, they managed to get through to the finals by beating Bosnia and Herzegovina in the play-offs.

The Portuguese are ranked third by Fifa and so they will need to show they justify that ranking with another strong performance in a major tournament. Queiroz has a strong squad to manage the expectations of the nation. In goal there is a distinct lack of experience with no keeper having over 20 caps. They will most likely start with Braga goalkeeper Eduardo between the sticks, he has 14 caps and will look to strengthen his position in then long term with a strong performance in the tournament. Acting as understudies to Eduardo will be Porto’s Beto and Irkalis keeper Daniel Fernandes, who will fight it out for a place on the bench.

Queiroz has plenty of defensive options open to him. In the centre back paring will be Ricardo Carvalho and Bruno Alves. Carvalho has proven over the years he is a world class centre back and will be look to be as solid as ever in the tournament. Alves is a very capable defender and will look to enhance his reputation against some of the best strikers in the world. He will be tested severely, particularly in the group stages where he will be pitted against Luis Fabiano and Didier Drogba. In the full back positions will be Miguel and Paulo Ferreira. Miguel had a strong showing at the tournament in 2006 and will be looking to repeat that, he will look to bomb forward at any given opportunity. Ferreira may operate at left back although Duda and F


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