Euro 2024

Euro 2024 Fantasy team previews: Portugal

Our Euro 2024 Fantasy team previews continue with this look at Portugal.

The Portuguese are one of the favourites to go all the way in Germany, having won every fixture in qualifying.

In these country-by-country guides, we’ll be looking at the best players from each nation, taking a stab at predicted line-ups, reviewing the road to Germany and more.

To do this, we’ll be calling on the help of correspondents from each country. Here, we enlist the services of Fantasy Football Scout user joaomiranda2211 (aka @acertainjoao on X).

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THE ROAD TO QUALIFICATION

PosTeamPWDLGFGADiffPts
1Portugal101000362+3430
2Slovakia10712178+922
3Luxembourg105231319-617
4Iceland103161716+110
5Bosnia and Herzegovina10307920-119
6Liechtenstein100010128-270

Portugal finished Euro 2024 qualifying with a perfect record after winning all 10 of their games.

They scored the most (36) and conceded the least (two) overall. They also kept nine clean sheets, with only Slovakia providing much of a test.

Admittedly, they were handed a very favourable draw (21 of their goals came against Luxembourg and Liechtenstein). Still, things couldn’t have gone much better for Roberto Martinez, who replaced Fernando Santos in the dugout following a poor World Cup 2022.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo (€10.0m) was the second-highest scorer in qualifying, with only Romelu Lukaku (€9.0m) scoring more than his 10.

The qualifiers were a happy hunting ground for Bruno Fernandes (€9.0m), too, who racked up six goals and seven assists.

Given their wealth of attacking options, plus the fact they were the only nation to finish qualifying with a 100% record, Portugal are clearly one of the teams to beat in Germany and have high hopes of winning the European Championship, just as they did eight years ago.


QUALIFICATION IN NUMBERS

  • Most starts: Bruno Fernandes (10), Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo (9)
  • Most goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (10), Bruno Fernandes (6)
  • Most assists: Bruno Fernandes (7), Bernardo Silva (4)
  • Clean sheets: 9 from 10
UNDERLYING STATS

RECORD SINCE QUALIFYING

DateCompetitionOppositionResultScoreGoalscorersAssists
21 MarchFriendlySweden (h)W5-2Leao, Nunes, Fernandes, Bruma, RamosBernardo x2, Semedo x2, Fernandes
26 MarchFriendlySlovenia (a)L0-2
4 JuneFriendlyFinland (h)W4-2Dias, Jota, Fernandes x2Vitinha, Conceicao x3

Portugal thrashed Sweden 5-2 in March, but their 11-game winning streak under Roberto Martinez came to an end just a few days later, after a surprise 2-0 defeat in Slovenia.

Martinez made wholesale changes for the clash – lining up with a back three – and Portugal were unable to impose themselves, leaving Ronaldo and co fuming.

Joao Felix (€8.5m) hit the post but that was as close as the Selecao came to scoring as they ended with just two shots on target.

Ronaldo was rested for Tuesday’s clash against Finland, but that didn’t stop Portugal, who raced into a 3-0 lead inside 56 minutes.

Fernandes was only introduced at half-time but scored twice, following first-half goals from Ruben Dias (€6.0m) and Diogo Jota (€8.5m).

However, a double from Teemu Pukki reduced the deficit to one goal, as the Portuguese backline became complacent.


MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS

04/06/2024 – Finland (h)

(4-3-3): Sa; Cancelo, Silva (Pereira 74), Dias (Inacio 46), Mendes (Dalot 46); Palhinha (Fernandes 46), J Neves, Vitinha; Conceicao, Leao (Neto 46), Jota (Ramos 46)


UPCOMING FIXTURES

DateCompetitionOpposition
8 JuneFriendlyCroatia (h)
11 JuneFriendlyRepublic of Ireland (h)

GROUP FIXTURES

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  • 22 June: Turkey
  • 26 June: Georgia

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86 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Scratch
    • 14 Years
    17 days, 21 hours ago

    Portugal's biggest weakness is that Martinez doesn't have the stones to drop Ronaldo. Plain to see his legs were gone at United and at the last World Cup Portugal when they were way better when he wasn't in the XI. Filling his boots in qualifying against Luxembourg, Bosnia and Liechtenstein is meaningless.

    1. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 19 hours ago

      Portugal's biggest weakness is Martinez, full stop. How he manages to fail upwards every time is beyond me! Wigan relegated > Everton (poor) > Belgium (poor results with the golden generation) > Portugal (will ruin another golden generation).

      Roberto's agent must be the best in the business. The guy can't organise a defence to save his life! The biggest spoofer in football!

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 19 hours ago

        I actually admire how he keeps managing to get big jobs in some ways!

    2. The Mandalorian
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 18 hours ago

      Ronaldo and Bruno occupied similar spaces at United. It didn't work.

      Ronaldo is a penalty box striker who got very little service at United. He still scored more goals than Rashford or Rasmus did last season.

      Portugal played negative football. Their attempts to play with Ronaldo didn't work and he was brought back in.

      Ronaldo scoring in qualifiers is now a bad thing lol.

      What a bunch of nonsense from someone who clearly doesn't understand basic tactics.

      1. The Mandalorian
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 18 hours ago

        *without Ronaldo

      2. NZREDS
        • 10 Years
        17 days, 15 hours ago

        This - Ronaldo will probably end up banging in goals

      3. Scratch
        • 14 Years
        17 days, 10 hours ago

        Sigh... should've known i'd get a reply like this form a Cristiano fan

        1. Cristiano and Fernandes occupied the same spaces at United so it didn't work for the former.
        Eh...no, no they didn't.
        2. Scored more than Rashford or Rasmus managed last season. Wowee! In a historically poor Man United season where everything was lacking and they were ruined with injuries.
        3. "Their attempts to play without Ronaldo didn't work"
        Haha what are you talking about? He had a terrible World Cup in 2022 and was deservedly dropped. Since then he's been a mainstay in the team under Martinez, there literally wasn't any period where they attempted to play without him.
        4. "Ronaldo scoring in qualifiers is now a bad thing lol"
        Nope, I said bloating his scoring stats in qualifying against rubbish opposition like Liechtenstein, Bosnia and Luxembourg is practically meaningless for the upcoming tournament, no need to put words in mouth.

  2. sirmorbach
    • 8 Years
    17 days, 21 hours ago

    Any playing 4.0 keeper?

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      17 days, 21 hours ago

      Albania. Not 100% sure whether it'll be Strakosha / Berisha yet but both 4m. Happy to take a punt on them racking up the saves and maybe a CS against a blunt looking Italy attack, with someone more solid like Verbruggen to sub on if it doesn't work

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        17 days, 21 hours ago

        Also Moldovan I think (Romania) but I want my punty 4m playing earlier (than my 2nd GK) in the MD

      2. sirmorbach
        • 8 Years
        17 days, 20 hours ago

        Many thanks, my man!

    2. fenixri
      • 8 Years
      17 days, 17 hours ago

      Pentz!

    3. JBG
      • 6 Years
      17 days, 17 hours ago

      Turkey might have one, Bayindir.

    4. Locorojo25
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        Not sure who first choice is for Czech. Nita at Romania is an option as I think they'll finish 2nd in their group. Rakjovic of Serbia is another but I'm not sure if he's nailed over Milinkovic-Savic (4.5) and I see them shipping goals to England and Denmark. I had Bushcan of Ukraine in an earlier draft but everyone seems to think Lunin is getting the nod for them. No point in choosing an Albanian either imo. I think I'd lean towards the Romanian but it's a risk. Finding the extra .5 for the Dutch keeper looks like the safer option as he, Verbruggen, is nailed and I only see the France game being a worry for the Netherlands.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      17 days, 21 hours ago

      I am absolutely not biased as a Blackburn fan but I would start Wharton over Mainoo or Trent in the midfield.

      He is a true 6 and Mainoo, while talented, is more of an 8 than a 6. England already have 2 mids that like to push up in Bellingham and Rice, they likely want a more defensive sitter and that's not Mainoo or Trent.

      If Rice plays deeper I see the argument for Trent but I'm just not convinced he's ready to play in midfield. I saw Trent play in midfield live for England a few months ago in Malta, and his anticipation with his back to goal (think Rodri receiving the ball to feet under pressure) was a bit suspect and this was against a far weaker team.

      I think he's a great sub on when you need creativity or dead balls but I'd start a true mid and if it's Wharton or Mainoo I'd go Wharton. Delighted he made the team.

      1. notlob legin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        17 days, 21 hours ago

        Just did my starting 11 on the BBC website and playing a 4-3-3 my midfield was Rice, Bellingham and Wharton.

      2. Tasty Jerk
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 17 hours ago

        I am not biased either as a Palace fan, but yeah Wharton over Mainoo for me as well, makes much more sense when playing alongside Rice.

    6. PartyTime
      • 2 Years
      17 days, 21 hours ago

      Today, I’m very pleased to have extended my contract at this historic club.

      The Party isn’t over yet! More fpl returns for my party lovers

    7. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      17 days, 21 hours ago

      Luxembourg getting 17 pts in their group tells you everything you need to know about Portugal's qualifying group. Their group in the Euros also looks very favourable with Georgia being probably the weakest team in the tournament on paper. They haven't really been tested yet, and a 2-0 defeat to Slovenia in March with a new 3-4-2-1 formation is reason enough to be concerned.

      They should have plenty of time to get up to speed in this tournament though, semis for me just because of the sheer squad depth.

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        17 days, 20 hours ago

        You think they'll play a back 3? Article seems to suggest that was a one time experiment before reverting to 433 last game

        1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          17 days, 20 hours ago

          Nah, they will be 4-3-3 as this article predicted, but shows that Martinez is still trying stuff out (which is fine, that's what March friendlies are for). They could really do with a good test though, as Finland game seemed to give Martinez more questions than answers, to be expected with such a strong bench. Croatia next so that will be one I take more interest in (although Croatia play with a slow controlled build-up, the opposite to Czechia, Georgia and Turkey which are all fast-transition counter attacking teams).

          I read something somewhere that said they overload the right side to get as much space as possible for Leao. But I don't get the hype with him and consider him a massive overachiever. But I will be picking Cancelo in various formats so hoping for e.g. Dalot RB and Cancelo on the left to exploit this space.

          1. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 2 Years
            17 days, 19 hours ago

            Seen a little of Leao & he looks pretty lazy. Not sure how Ronaldo + Leao not tracking back + Cancelo bombing forward will work from a defensive POV, but will probably go with Cancelo MD1 anyway

      2. GreennRed
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 19 hours ago

        Fair point, their group was a piece of pi$$. Tested or not thouhh, they look more than decent with most of their squad playing at a high club level.

        1. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          17 days, 19 hours ago

          They've got the players but not the manager!

    8. Count of Monte Hristo
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 20 hours ago

      Foden has only scored 3 times for England, are you expecting more this tournament on recent form and more of important player for club and country?

      1. GreennRed
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 20 hours ago

        No. Going with Saka for now. I wonder if both of their positions could be under threat by a good display off the bench from Gordon and/or Palmer.

    9. boombaba
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 19 hours ago

      Is lukaku on pens ?

      1. Now I'm Panicking
        • 9 Years
        17 days, 18 hours ago

        How, many minus points is a missed penalty?

    10. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      17 days, 19 hours ago

      On this good Friday, is Shevchenko on pens?

      1. Alan The Llama
        • 14 Years
        17 days, 19 hours ago

        Very useful, thanks.

    11. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      17 days, 18 hours ago

      Do you put these in the fridge?

      1) tomato ketchup
      2) peanut butter
      3) chocolate bars

      1. Alan The Llama
        • 14 Years
        17 days, 18 hours ago

        3 but only in summer.

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        17 days, 18 hours ago

        1 only

      3. The Mandalorian
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 18 hours ago

        Nuts should go in the fridge to reduce the risk of internal mould.

      4. Berkshire Hafaway-Line
        • 3 Years
        17 days, 17 hours ago

        I put my fridge in peanut butter

      5. Ginkapo FPL
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 17 hours ago

        I got ris of my fridge as I only eat chocolate

      6. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        17 days, 14 hours ago

        Fridge? I have a larder!

        1. Men in green tights
          • 5 Years
          17 days, 13 hours ago

          There you go again showing off about your ultra modern car 🙂

        2. McGurn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 14 Years
          17 days, 11 hours ago

          Larder? I bury my food underground!

    12. BUZZBOMB
      • 9 Years
      17 days, 17 hours ago

      Greece irritating the Mannschaft tonight

    13. F4L
      • 9 Years
      17 days, 17 hours ago

      bookies having a right laugh putting England as favourites

      1. Count of Monte Hristo
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 17 hours ago

        Exac

        1. Count of Monte Hristo
          • 11 Years
          17 days, 17 hours ago

          tly

      2. el polako
        • 6 Years
        17 days, 17 hours ago

        When the fun stops, stop.

      3. JBG
        • 6 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        France(bold I know) are my favourites to win it.

        England(as Portugal) have a huge handicap, their manager.

      4. Charlie Price
        • 3 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        William Hill have England @ 3/1 favourite & France @ 4/1 2nd favourite to win Euro 24.

        That 4/1 about France looks way overpriced.

      5. McGurn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 14 Years
        17 days, 11 hours ago

        I don't get it either, but it isn't the bookies having a laugh. Betfair is an open market, and they have England clear favourites too!

    14. azz007
      • 6 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Can someone help explain why all The frimpong love vs Dumfries. The latter has all the history and stats. Selected % diff is massive. Will thy both play?

      1. FPL Blow-In
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        Frimpong has been playing wing forward OOP on occasion and can play ahead of Dumfries. I think the situation is unclear and both are a risk until it is.

        1. azz007
          • 6 Years
          17 days, 16 hours ago

          Dumfries still has 5 assists in qualifying playing all the games. I'd say he's guaranteed. Some say frimpong may play in mid.

          1. FPL Blow-In
            • 11 Years
            17 days, 16 hours ago

            Yeah, friendly last night played as part of a front 3 and scored a goal and got an assist

          2. FPL Blow-In
            • 11 Years
            17 days, 16 hours ago

            I wouldn’t say guaranteed for either. Frimpong has been great at Leverkusen this year

      2. BUZZBOMB
        • 9 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        Dumfries is the better player. Frimpong on form. Was even worse than Regi Blinker when at Celtic tho so Im biased.

      3. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        Frimpong in post match press conference last night : “I know I am a fast player, so I know I can create chances for my team. This is only the start, you know. I can’t wait to get started for the main tournament.” “Of course I can play with Dumfries starting too, I play where the coach needs me.”

        1. azz007
          • 6 Years
          17 days, 16 hours ago

          I think they'll both start. Dumfries rwb. Frimpong further up

    15. HurriKane
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Tbh at this point we cant even make Southgate the scapegoat anymore.

      For a change he chose to go with inform youth players like Palmer Eze Gordon Bowen Mainoo over established big club out of form players in Rashford Grealish Maddison Sancho etc

      England play boring rubbish football eitherway

      Its safe to say its not coming home

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        He needs to bench Foden, its awful but he just isnt the best in his position.

      2. JBG
        • 6 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        Issue has never been the players.... it's how the players are used and how they are set up to play. In other words, the manager.

    16. FPL Blow-In
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Palmer needs to start somehow. You can play Bellingham with Rice in midfield to allow it against weaker opposition but not against the stronger teams.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        Yeah, Rice needs to be #8 against the strong teams

    17. Bluetiger1
      • 1 Year
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Bring on TAA for RM & use like a Quarter Back

      England seem to struggle against a low block.

      Changes with Kane first half/Cole second half we should have scored

      Big concern is unbalanced with a right footer at left back.

      Enough options to use from the Bench - possible 60min with GS

    18. Tasty Jerk
      • 12 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Come on Gareth, bring Wharton on for Mainoo.

    19. FPL Blow-In
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Gordon done nothing this evening. Iceland should be up 2-0

      1. FPL Blow-In
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        3-0 in fact

    20. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Hanley has lost his pace.

    21. Tasty Jerk
      • 12 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Come on Ebz!

    22. keefy59
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      If we can’t beat Iceland we’ve got no chance against the bigger teams like…….
      Tesco & Sainsbury’s

      1. FPL Blow-In
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        Desperate 😆

      2. Count of Monte Hristo
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 16 hours ago

        Simply S & H & I & T

    23. ZimZalabim
      • 7 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      No point playing Foden as a 10 if u never give him the ball

    24. ZimZalabim
      • 7 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      Also Mainoo is a bit headless in my opinion lacks experience and composure

      1. Tasty Jerk
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 15 hours ago

        Yep, don’t get the Mainoo hype, we looked bereft of quality in midfield and missed Whartons incisive forward passing

    25. WiredWeasel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      This is hard work to watch....

    26. F4L
      • 9 Years
      17 days, 16 hours ago

      solvenia last match in the group. this got 2010 deja vu written all over it, 1/2 points from the first 2 matches and then scrape a 1-0 victory to get out the group. and thats about as good as it gets for the tournament

      1. Count of Monte Hristo
        • 11 Years
        17 days, 15 hours ago

        Best team England have ever had according to Jamie O’Hara 😆

        1. The Mandalorian
          • 11 Years
          17 days, 15 hours ago

          It's the most technically gifted team in English history. The old ones played long ball and could keep possession. O’Hara knows this

          1. The Mandalorian
            • 11 Years
            17 days, 15 hours ago

            *couldn't

          2. Count of Monte Hristo
            • 11 Years
            17 days, 15 hours ago

            *technically gifted individuals.

            Can barely call them a team with so few caps for many in the squad. And it’s top heavy in terms of quality in attack. Factor in a lack of chemistry and the likelihood that only 4 attacking players will be on the pitch at any given time and it’s not as exciting or promising as the media will have you believe.

    27. The Mandalorian
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 15 hours ago

      For those who dont know this is not the system that Southgate used to get England to a WC Semi's or a Euros final.

      If England fail to win the Euros its Southgates fault, he chose this new system.

      1. JBG
        • 6 Years
        17 days, 15 hours ago

        Yeah usually he plays pretty defensively(3-5-2) and is reliant on set piece goals and/or counter attacks.

        1. The Mandalorian
          • 11 Years
          17 days, 15 hours ago

          He hasn't played that system for about 4 years.

          1. JBG
            • 6 Years
            17 days, 15 hours ago

            Well no matter what system he plays, he can't manage to make the players play very good or at least give the crowd an entertaining match. Always seems to be slow and zombie like performances.

    28. BUZZBOMB
      • 9 Years
      17 days, 15 hours ago

      Gareth talking about 45 days together.

      Lots of coming home/not coming home / coming home/ not coming home peaks and troughs to come.

      These games are meaningless. Players want to impress but dont want to get injured. No surprise non-euro teams are doing ok against euro qualified teams.

      Cant read too much into these games as frustrating as it is re confidence and send off for fans etc.

    29. FPL Blow-In
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 15 hours ago

      Probably not a bad thing this result for England