Euro 2012 team guide: Group B – Portugal

Everything you need to know about Group B competitors Portugal

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COACH: Paulo Bento

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WORLD RANKING: 5

QUALIFIED: Though play-offs

BEST EURO FINISH: Runners-up (2004)

FORMATION: 4-3-3

PLAYING STYLE: Passing

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STRENGTHS: Any team with Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani is going to create chances and bamboozle the opposition with quick feet and crazy tricks.

WEAKNESSES: Once again, they go into a major tournament without a decent striker.

TEAM RATING:

STAR PLAYER:

Cristiano Ronaldo 

Position: Forward

Age: 27 

Club: Real Madrid

This is C-Ron’s chance to prove he’s Europe’s undisputed No.1 superstar. Expect thunderbolts, jinking runs – and, of course, some famous Ronnie tantrums.

THE TRICKSTER:

Nani

Teams can’t do their usual trick of using three men to mark Ronaldo, because if they do, Man United winger Nani will have the freedom to cause carnage on the other flank.

PORTUGAL FACTS:

Capital: Lisbon
Population: 10.6 million
Official language: Portuguese
Best ever player: Eusebio

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