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Euro Cup 2012: Portugal Euro 2012 Team Profile, Schedule

Portugal Euro Cup 2012 – Cristiano Ronaldo Only Hope in Group of Death: With its neighbors from Spain collecting all of the hardware and the accolades in recent years, the Portugal football team really hasn’t been all that notable. Sure, there have been some great results for this team over the course of the years, but in the end, it is championship hardware that this team is after, something that it has never collected. This is going to be a tough, tough draw for the Portuguese though, who are trying to prove that they are going to be the best in the world.

The question that we have for the Portuguese is whether or not the they are going to be able to snare at least one point in the matches against Germany and the Netherlands in Group B. It is absolutely imperative for that to happen, but in both matches, Portugal is going to be the significant underdog. The fixture against Denmark is a must win, more so for the Portuguese than anything other team in this group, as the points just aren’t there for them to give up.

Euro 2012 Schedule for Portugal
Saturday June 9th: Germany vs. Portugal 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Wednesday, June 13th: Denmark vs. Portugal 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Sunday, June 17th: Portugal vs. Netherlands 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)

As always, the man that is going to be under the gun for the Portuguese is Cristiano Ronaldo. At 27 years old, it is hard to believe that Ronaldo has been around for so long. This year with Real Madrid was one of the best that a striker has ever had. He is clearly one of the best in the world, and he still has at least three or four more major tournaments in him at the prime of his career. There is clearly nothing slowing this striker down when he gets in the open field, and thanks to the wide open style that the Portuguese play, he has the opportunity to make defenders look like they are standing still.

The bigger question though, is about the defense. We know that Bruno Alves is a stud of a defender, and he is going to be the anchor of this defense. That being said, Alves hasn’t played against the best competition in the world in club soccer, playing with Zenit St. Petersburg, and he might be in for a shock against some fantastic offensive sides. Eduardo is going to be in a lot of trouble in net as well.

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In the midfield, there is a heck of a lot of experience with the likes of Raul Meireles and Nani, both of which have played in over 50 games for their country and have over 20 goals between them. Both Helder Postiga and Hugo Almeida could help out in the attack with Ronaldo as well, but both have been the beneficiaries of a lot of great play by Ronaldo. Watch out for Silvestre Varela, who could come off of the bench and help out, as he is a fantastic star with a lot of potential for the top domestic Portuguese team, FC Porto.

Portugal is one of the Top 12 ranked teams in the world, but the problem that it has is that both Germany and the Netherlands are ranked in the Top 5. That being said, some of the suspect results that have come for the Portuguese over the course of the last few years have been worrisome to say the least. Remember that this team was beaten 3-1 at home by Turkey in the last tune-up match for Euro 2012. The defense also had some very suspect games along the way in qualifying, allowing three to Iceland, and most embarrassingly, four to Cyprus.

Portugal 2012 Euro Championship Tips & Predictions: In virtually any other group, we would have given the Portuguese the easy route into the quarterfinals. Instead though, this is going to be a major uphill battle. Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the third favorite to win the Golden Boot in Euro 2012 at +1400, isn’t going to be able to do it all by himself against some of these fantastic teams, and we have a bad feeling about that fixture with Denmark that could prove to be fatal. That’s why Portugal is only +400 to win Group B and is +125 just to advance. However, in the end, at +1800, the Portuguese are still considered one of the favorites to win Euro 2012. If you want to bet on the Portugal UEFA Euro 2012 odds, be sure to visit BetOnline.com.

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