Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz is coming under increasing pressure as coach of Iran after expressing his frustration with travelling fans for their continued demonstrations during Monday’s 6-2 hammering by England. “Please, the teachers, the moralists, let the kids play the game. These kids only want to play the game,” Queiroz began. “I hope the players of England and Wales and United States praise them for having the courage to play the game. Those who don’t support us, we don’t need them, it’s better they stay at home.
First up is Korea Republic, who Portugal play on 2 December. Formation and playing style – what system do South Korea usually play? What was the reaction in the South Korean media and among the fans to the World Cup draw? Bonus question: What is the overall assessment of Paulo Bento and the job he has done as South Korea manager? That being said, the World Cup requires a different style and level of performance compared to Asian qualifying.2 months ago PortuGOAL
Meanwhile elsewhere, there were goals for veteran forwards Bebé and Nélson Oliveira, as well as Portugal U21 international Dany Mota on another goal-laden weekend for Luso exports. Silva, who was named in Fernando Santos’ Portugal World Cup squad, endured a slow start to the season but recent weeks have brought an upturn in form. Mota inspires MonzaDany Mota put in a star showing for Serie A new-boys Monza in a 3-0 win over Salernitana in Italy. In neighbouring Armenia, Hugo Firmino scored the opening goal for Ararat-Armenia in a 2-1 win at Noah, notching his 9th league goal of the season. In the same league, José Novais grabbed the winner as Al Bataeh overcame Dibba Al Fujairah 1-0 away from home.2 months ago PortuGOAL
Three matches, six points, and a date with Switzerland in the Round of 16, Portugal’s group campaign yielded its share of good fruit. But no team was perfect in the group stage for the first time since the 2010 edition. My main reason for bringing this up, however, is connected to my next observation about Portugal’s group stage performance. I almost did not include this section because most supporters already knew this was a problem well before the WC 2022 group stage. However, and rather unlike the aforementioned, in the group stage fortuitous events conspired altering what seemed like certain doom.2 months ago PortuGOAL
Liga Bwin 2022/23 takes a break for the winter World Cup with thirteen matches completed apiece for those at Portugal’s top table. The latter have endured a miserable campaign thus far, as too have Paços Ferreira after yet another loss, this time to Vizela. Porto started sharply and so too did Galeno, the wideman coming close to opening the scoring in just the seventh minute. Eustáquio and Otávio combined again with 83 minutes on the clock as Galeno got himself a deserved goal. A dominant victory for Porto means they go into the World Cup period in second place in Liga Bwin.2 months ago PortuGOAL
As part of PortuGOAL’s series looking at Portugal’s Group H opponents at the Qatar World Cup, the focus turns to Uruguay. Uruguay knocked the Seleção out of the 2018 World Cup, and several familiar faces from that side are still part of the South American team. ¡Vamos por el sueño!#ElEquipoQueNosUne pic.twitter.com/IkROEEfrQY — Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) November 10, 2022Mood in the camp – do you think Uruguay come into the World Cup in a confident frame of mind? What was the reaction in the Uruguayan media and among the fans to the World Cup draw? Related: World Cup opposition watch: the lowdown on South Korea2 months ago PortuGOAL