The closest Portugal was to lift the European Championship trophy was 12 years ago at home. The dream disappeared in the hands of the Greek National team, and they have never been as good since then. In France 2016 they will try to upset the biggest favorites and give people something to talk about.
Since that home loss in 2004, Portugal has been disappointing in most tournaments, including the World Cups. However, four years ago they gave Spain quite a battle before losing in penalties sin the semifinals.
The team, of course, is led by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Madrid striker is now a 31-years old superstar who needs to add silverware to his nation to amplify his legacy. Ronaldo is listed at 8.0 to finish as the top scorer of the Euro 2016.
However, the entire success of Portugal this season can’t entirely link to his ability. Others need to step up and give him a little break.
“[The training facilities are] booked until July 10, we will play the final in Paris, and it is on that basis,” Portugal manager Fernando Santos said about his team chances to win the European Cup. “We reserved until then, and we believe we will stay here until the 10th … By the way, the 11th, I just want to go [home] on the 11th – after throwing the party.”
The Euro betting odds at the Online Sportsbook Bodog listed Portugal at 17.0 to win it all. They are in Group F with Austria (3.25), Iceland (5.5) and Hungary (13.0). The Portuguese are listed at 1.83 to advance as the first, and if we are honest, they shouldn’t find any problems.
“I said before the draw that the most important thing was to get to know who we would face so we could start to study and analyse our opponents. I don’t believe in easy groups or difficult groups. What I believe in is work – it’s by working that we get results. We have to respect all our opponents and find solutions to beat them”, Santos added.
Portugal are set to start their Euro 2016 journey against Iceland on June 14 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, in Saint-Etienne. Their second meeting will be on June 18 against Austria in the Parc des Princes, in Paris. And they will close the group stage against Hungary on June 22 at the Stade de Lyon.