Tribune Expresso | Portuguese Football of 2021: Euro 2021, Ronaldo’s record, Under-21s, FC Porto champions, four league candidates

Tribune Expresso |  Portuguese Football of 2021: Euro 2021, Ronaldo's record, Under-21s, FC Porto champions, four league candidates

Portugal will retain the European Championship title in 2021 following the postponement of Euro 2020 football. Cristiano Ronaldo will be the best scorer in the history of the game.

Kovid-19 forced the Pandemic to postpone the European Championships to be held in 12 countries from June to July, causing the “Quinas” team to retain an unprecedented amount of “credentials” in 2016, France.

The team, led by Fernando Santos, already knew they would face the last two world champions, France and Germany, in the Euro 2020 Group F, then meet Hungary, the last member of the group, to overcome the play-offs and find the Portuguese team again after the previous European clash.

If the European title is subject to defense, this will not be the case with the League of Nations, as Portugal have been left out of the final four of the second edition of the competition in October 2021.

On the other hand, the 2021 World Cup will be the year of the European qualifiers for 2022, which, contrary to the norm, will be defined within eight months, taking into account the barriers to the outbreak of Kovid-19, from March to November, the Portuguese set to Serbia, the Republic of Ireland and the group of Luxembourg and Azerbaijan.

With the aim of securing an eighth presence in the finals of the World Championships, the next edition will take place in Qatar, with Portugal starting to qualify with a reception for the Azeri, and the group stage ending with a home dual on March 24 with Serbia on November 14.

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Portugal will have at least 11 games in 2021, rising to the ‘throne’ of Cristiano Ronaldo’s all-time great international scorer. Seven goals by former Iranian footballer Ali, who holds the record. Day, who added 109 runs against 102 captains of the national team.

U21 will also represent the Portuguese colors at the European Championships and will return to the Continental competition after the absence of Rui Jorge in 2019. The Portuguese team will face England, Switzerland and Croatia in the group stage. A match with 16 teams instead of the usual 12.

FC Porto are also among the top 16 teams, but in the Champions League they qualified for the eighth place in the ‘Millionaire’ competition. The Dragons will measure against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in February (first quarter) and March (second date), and will enter 2021 in all competitions: Championship, League Cup, Portuguese Cup, ‘Champions’.

Similarly, Benfica and Sporting de Braga remain in four matches, both competing in the Europa League, in which they reached the 32nd round, with their meetings scheduled for the end of February. The Englishman will face Arsenal for the ‘incarnation’ and will meet coach Paulo Fonseca, who commands the Italians from Rome.

In the I-League, FC Porto, Benfica and Sporting de Braga are battling for the title, but who will enter 2021 is a stunning national sport, with Robin Amorim leading the way with only two draws in the main national competition, the only form of stunning Sporting not to fail.

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