With Real Madrid now confirmed as the undisputed champions upon European football’s ever competitive domestic scene, it’s about time we took a closer look at what Group F will eventually have to offer us at Euro 2016 this summer – beginning with Portugal, and everything Fernando Santos’ traditionally impressive outfit can expect to achieve at the upcoming international showdown….
Although very few within the wider European footballing community will seemingly expect Portugal to really go all the way this summer, perhaps Euro 2016 could in-fact represent an opportune moment for Santos’ side to finally re-assert their once formidable nature upon the international scene.
The Portuguese have reluctantly been overshadowed by local neighbours – Spain – in recent tournaments, but as the once untouchable Spanish suddenly find themselves with a great deal of work to do after a less than successful World Cup campaign in Brazil two summers ago, Cristiano Ronaldo and co. may very well serve to up their overall game this summer when all is said and done.
Whilst the likes of Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes and William Carvalho seemingly represent a fair amount of promise for Fernando Santos to mull over in the days leading up to Euro 2016 itself, Real Madrid’s recently crowned Champions League winner – Cristiano Ronaldo – must ultimately go down as the most notable name on offer for the Portuguese this summer.
We all know anything is possible for a team that boasts the luxury of being able to include Ronaldo among its ranks, but as 18-year-old Renato Sanches has admittedly stolen several back-page headlines of late after his recent big-money switch to Bayern Munich, maybe the former Benfica man could indeed represent something of a wild card for Portugal at Euro 2016.
61-year-old Fernando Santos certainly has enough experience under his belt in order to really make something special happen for Portugal at the upcoming international tournament. After a long and fruitful career among both Portuguese and Greek football, this well-versed tactician may indeed have what it takes to avenge his nation’s painful last gasp defeat at Euro 2004 against – coincidently, the Greeks.
With each of Spain, France, Germany and even Belgium looking to claim that all important top-spot at Euro 2016, Portugal have a particularly tough ask on their hands in walking away as the ultimate victors at this summer’s upcoming competition.
As Portugal nonetheless stand every chance of topping Group F and reaching the knock-out stages full of confidence and renewed hope for the future, perhaps the relevant betting tips surrounding Euro 2016 could in-fact paint Santos’ side out as subtle dark horses to go all the way to the top – even if Portugal haven’t exactly set the international scene alight in recent years truth be told…
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