Portugal World Cup squad 2022: Possible 26 players on Portuguese national football team roster for Qatar

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Portugal ended their long wait for an international title at Euro 2016 as Fernando Santos’ side upset the odds against hosts France in the final.

The success ended Portugal’s nickname as the “almost men” of European international football after years of near misses by the Iberian superpower.

Spain’s dominance between 2008 and 2012 only increased the pressure on Santos, as well as talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Manchester United man could have a tournament bye at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Santos opted for a solid core of players during Portugal’s World Cup qualifiers and are not expected to spring too many surprises in their latest squad as they prepare to face Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea in Group H.

Projected Portugal World Cup squad 2022

Santos has until Friday, October 21 to submit to FIFA an official preliminary list of 35-55 players from which he will select his final 26-man roster for Qatar by Monday, November 14.

Based on World Cup qualifying squads and friendly rosters over the past year, these are the names most likely to be on his preliminary list.

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio Roma (ITA) 34 104
Goalkeeper Jose Sa Wolves (ENG) 29 0
Goalkeeper Diogo Costa Porto (POR) 23 7
Goalkeeper Rui Silva Real Betis (SPA) 28 1
Defender Pepe Porto (POR) 39 128
Defender Raphael Guerreiro Borussia Dortmund (GER) 28 56
Defender Diogo Dalot Manchester United (ENG) 23 6
Defender Tiago Djalo Lille (FRA) 22 0
Defender Ruben Dias Manchester City (ENG) 25 39
Defender Nuno Mendes PSG (FRA) 20 16
Defender Danilo Pereira PSG (FRA) 31 63
Defender Mario Rui Napoli (ITA) 31 12
Defender Joao Cancelo Manchester City (ENG) 28 37
Midfielder Joao Moutinho Wolves (ENG) 36 146
Midfielder Otavio Porto (POR) 27 7
Midfielder Renato Sanches PSG (FRA) 25 32
Midfielder Joao Palhinha Fulham (ENG) 27 15
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes Manchester United (ENG) 28 48
Midfielder Bernardo Silva Manchester City (ENG) 28 72
Midfielder Matheus Nunes Wolves (ENG) 24 9
Midfielder William Carvalho Real Betis (ESP) 30 75
Midfielder Vitinha PSG (FRA) 22 4
Midfielder Joao Mario Benfica (POR) 29 52
Midfielder Ruben Neves Wolves (ENG) 25 32
Forward Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United (ENG) 37 191
Forward Ricardo Horta Braga (POR) 28 5
Forward Rafael Leao AC Milan (ITA) 23 11
Forward Joao Felix Atletico Madrid (ESP) 22 23
Forward Goncalo Ramos Benfica (POR) 21 0
Forward Andre Silva RB Leipzig (GER) 26 51
Forward Goncalo Guedes Wolves (ENG) 25 32
Forward Francisco Trincao Sporting Lisbon (POR) 22 7

Final 26-man Portugal World Cup roster

Portugal face Nigeria in a pre-World Cup friendly in Lisbon on November 17, however, Santos will have already confirmed his final squad by then. Here’s a projected look at a plausible 26-man list, assuming the players are fit and ready.

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio AS Roma (ITA) 34 104
Goalkeeper Diogo Costa Porto (POR) 23 7
Goalkeeper Rui Silva Real Betis (SPA) 28 1
Defender Pepe Porto (POR) 39 128
Defender Raphael Guerreiro Borussia Dortmund (GER) 28 56
Defender Diogo Dalot Manchester United (ENG) 23 6
Defender Ruben Dias Manchester City (ENG) 25 39
Defender Nuno Mendes PSG (FRA) 20 16
Defender Danilo Pereira PSG (FRA) 31 63
Defender Mario Rui Napoli (ITA) 31 12
Defender Joao Cancelo Manchester City (ENG) 28 37
Midfielder Joao Moutinho Wolves (ENG) 36 146
Midfielder Renato Sanches PSG (FRA) 25 32
Midfielder Joao Palhinha Fulham (ENG) 27 15
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes Manchester United (ENG) 28 48
Midfielder Bernardo Silva Manchester City (ENG) 28 72
Midfielder William Carvalho Real Betis (ESP) 30 75
Midfielder Vitinha PSG (FRA) 22 4
Midfielder Joao Mario Benfica (POR) 29 52
Midfielder Ruben Neves Wolves (ENG) 25 32
Forward Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United (ENG) 37 191
Forward Rafael Leao AC Milan (ITA) 23 11
Forward Ricardo Horta Braga (POR) 28 5
Forward Joao Felix Atletico Madrid (ESP) 22 23
Forward Andre Silva RB Leipzig (GER) 26 51
Forward Goncalo Guedes Wolves (ENG) 25 32

World Cup Group H fixtures and match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24 Uruguay vs. South Korea 8 a.m. Education City Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24 Portugal vs. Ghana 11 a.m. Stadium 974
Mon, Nov. 28 South Korea vs. Ghana 8 a.m. Education City Stadium
Mon, Nov. 28 Portugal vs. Uruguay 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Fri, Dec. 2 South Korea vs. Portugal 10 a.m. Education City Stadium
Fri, Dec. 2 Ghana vs. Uruguay 10 a.m. Al Janoub Stadium

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