This has been a forgettable year for the Portuguese national team. After securing their status at Euro 2012 in Poland with a 6-2 aggregate play-off win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in November 2011, there was shared optimism among the players and supporters that a change was afoot. However, draws against Poland and Macedonia already this year were followed by Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Turkey, who did not qualify for this summer’s tournament.
To make matters worse, Portugal were jeered and whistled from the Stadium of Light turf, as the fans become concerned at how much work there is to be done before the opener. Paulo Bento’s side face Germany on June 9, with worries about their defence, as well as an alarming concern over the goal scoring threat Portugal have failed to offer in their three games this year. The shining light for the Selec