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Portugal’s uncompromising style of play did not win them much admiration among neutral fans or the media but it was undoubtedly effective. Much credit should go to manager Fernando Santos who engineered a victory by utilizing the full strength of his squad. Football Factory rated each player on their performance over the entire tournament.

Goalkeepers

Rui Patricio He was not always busy but proved to be solid when called upon. He made a crucial stop in the penalty shootout against Poland. And he made several quality stops against France in the final. Named Best Goalkeeper at the tournament. Patricio is currently enjoying the best period of his career. 9

Eduardo Did not play.

Anthony Lopes Did not play.

 

Defenders

Raphael Guerreiro He was probably Portugal’s most consistent outfield player. The French-born Guerreiro provided the cross for Cristiano Ronaldo’s header against Wales. He was deservedly named to the team of the tournament. 8

Eliseu He filled in for Guerreiro against Hungary and Poland. The Benfica left-back looked much improved in his defensive duties, although he did not offer much in attack. 6

Pepe The Real Madrid man began the tournament with a poor display against Iceland and Hungary in the group stage. However, he was near flawless in the knockout stages.  A thigh injury kept him out of the semi-finals. But he returned in time to face France and put in a Man-of-the-Match performance for his country. Named to the Team of the Tournament. 8

Ricardo Carvalho The 38-year-old has been a solid contributor since returning to the international scene following Fernando Santos’ appointment. He looked slightly out of step especially in the 3-3 draw against Hungary. He was dropped in favour of Jose Fonte for the knockout stages. 6

Jose Fonte One of the great stories in this squad. The former Sporting CP academy graduate only made his international debut less than two years ago at the age of 30. He replaced Ricardo Carvalho against Croatia and was solid the rest of the way. 7

Bruno Alves He filled in admirably for the injured Pepe in the semi-final against Wales. 6

Cedric Soares Took over for Vieirinha against Croatia. His crucial mistake in the early stages against Poland led to the Robert Lewandowski goal. However, the Southampton right-back did not hang his head. Instead, he would be one of Portugal’s best performers the rest of the way. 7

Vieirinha The biggest disillusionment of this tournament for Portugal. He failed to provide sufficient cover on the Iceland goal in the first match. He was ineffective in attack and at times, a liability on defense. Santos rightly dropped him in favour of Cedric. 5

 

Midfielders

William Carvalho The holding midfielder replaced Danilo against Austria and put in an outstanding performance helping to drive the attack while supporting the Portuguese backline. Although he made less of an impact from then on, he still provided the stability the team needed. 7

Danilo Pereira The FC Porto midfielder suffered a back injury in the match against Iceland and lost his position in the starting XI to William.  Although, he would make a valuable contribution as a substitute. He filled in for the Sporting midfielder as a starter in the semi-final against Wales and even came close to scoring on one occasion. 6

Renato Sanches Named Best Young Player in the tournament. His long run in extra time against Croatia led to Quaresma’s goal. He scored the tying goal against Poland. Although, he was less of a factor against Wales and in the final. Still, he only added to his burgeoning reputation. It will be almost impossible to top the year he has had. 7

Andre Gomes He earned a starting spot against Iceland and put in an excellent display, creating the goal scored by Nani. But, his injury against Croatia would greatly limit him. He made a positive substitute appearance against Wales but did not appear in the final. 6

Adrien Silva The Sporting captain made his debut in the tournament against Croatia. He earned Fernando Santos’ confidence with some impressive performances on the way to the final. Unselfish, hardworking and tough, he embodies Portugal’s championship-winning side more than anyone. 7

João Moutinho A starter at the beginning of the tournament, the Monaco midfielder was not at his best in the group stage. He was forced to withdraw at half-time against Hungary due to an injury. However, he came in as a late substitute against Poland and provided a dangerous through-ball to Ronaldo, who could not capitalize. He made a major impact as a substitute in the final, helping to create the winning goal. 7

João Mário Much was expected of the Sporting midfielder at the beginning of the tournament. He was noticeably quiet against Iceland and was dropped in favour of Quaresma in the second match. Back as a starter against Hungary he provided an assist on Cristiano Ronaldo’s back-heel goal. His decision-making left much to be desired at times in the knockout stages but he was much better in the final. 7

 

Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo The Portuguese captain was not always at his best in this tournament. He was a frustrated figure against Iceland and Austria but silenced his critics with a brace against Hungary. He was decisive again in the semi-final against Wales. His tournament seemed destined to end once again in tears when he was forced to withdraw in the final because of a knee injury. But, his teammates rallied around his absence and handed him that elusive championship at international level.  8

Nani The 29-year-old rebuilt his damaged reputation. He finished tied with the team-lead in goals with three and added an assist on Sanches’ goal against Poland. He did all that while playing out of position. His move to Spanish club Valencia was finalized during the tournament.  8

Ricardo Quaresma At 32, the journeyman winger looks to have finally come into his own on the international scene. He was generally ineffective in his only start of the tournament against Austria. However, he proved to be a valuable option off the bench, scoring a late goal against Croatia and then putting away the winning penalty in the shoot-out against Poland. 7

Rafa Silva He was originally expected to play a more prominent role. However, the Braga winger was limited to a short cameo in the late stages of the draw against Austria. He looked dangerous but was not able to break the deadlock. He is one for the future.  Incomplete

Éder Just weeks ago at pre-tournament friendlies the striker was whistled at by Portuguese fans every time he touched the ball. He made short substitute appearances against Iceland and Austria before the final. In a tournament of ample drama and great storylines for Portugal, it seems almost fitting that ‘the ugly duckling’ would score the most famous goal in the country’s history. 7

 

Manager

Fernando Santos He will never earn style points from the mainstream media but the 61-year-old found a way to win. By preaching unity and sacrifice above all, Santos got the most out of his players. He seemed to know how to make changes at the right time. Bringing on Sanches early in the second-half against Croatia and Éder in the final, seemed insane at the time but paid off enormously. 10

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Ilja Chochłow

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Ilja Chochłow

Rui Patrício, Sporting Lisbon

The 26-year-old will go to Brazil as Portugal’s undisputed starting goalkeeper. He was first selected for the national squad in 2008 but became first-choice shortly after Paulo Bento became Portugal’s manager in 2011. He is primarily known for his strong aerial ability.

Patrício made a high-profile blunder in a World Cup qualifying match against Israel in October 2013, but bounced back in a positive way in the play-off matches against Sweden. This will be Patrício’s third major tournament after Euro 2008 and Euro 2012. He played in all of Portugal’s five matches during Euro 2012, helping A Seleção reach the semi-finals.

This Season: Rui Patricio was once-again solid in goal for Sporting Lisbon, helping them to a second place finish. He conceded only 20 goals in 30 matches, which included 15 clean sheets.

Fun Facts: Patrício was named Sporting Lisbon’s Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012. However, he was passed over this past year in favour of midfielder Adrien Silva.

Beto, FC Sevilla

The 32-year-old goalkeeper earned his position on Paulo Bento’s squad after an excellent season in La Liga. Originally part of Sporting Lisbon’s academy, Beto was never given a chance to start at the club. He has become known as a late bloomer. He bounced around several clubs in Portugal’s second division before helping Leixões to promotion in 2007.

In 2009, Beto moved on to FC Porto where he would see very little action except in Cup matches for the next few seasons. It was a loan move to Romanian club CFR Cluj that ignited his career. He won the Romanian League title in 2011-12 before moving back to Portugal with Sporting Braga. From there, FC Sevilla came calling and Beto is currently enjoying the best years of his career in his early 30s.

This Season: Beto helped FC Sevilla to a surprising fifth-place finish in La Liga, a season after losing both Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo to Manchester City. He has become known for making timely saves. Beto was excellent for Sevilla in their Europa League campaign, helping them win the title, beating former club FC Porto and Portuguese Champions Benfica along the way.

Fun Fact: Beto has won every major trophy at club level in Portugal. He won the Segunda Liga title with Leixões in 2006–07. At FC Porto, he won the Primeira Liga title in 2010-11, as well as the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and Taça de Portugal twice. He is also credited with winning the Taça da Liga title with Braga in 2012-13, although he was on loan at Sevilla during the final.

Eduardo Carvalho, Genoa

The 31-year-old veteran goalkeeper was Portugal’s best player in South Africa in 2010, conceding only one goal in four matches. He enjoyed his best seasons with Sporting Braga between 2008 and 2010. Eduardo’s career dipped after he joined Serie A club Genoa. Since then, he has been loaned out to Benfica, İstanbul BB, and back to Braga this past season.

Eduardo lost his position as Portugal’s first-choice goalkeeper during qualification for Euro 2012. However, he had a good season this year with Braga and has earned a spot in Brazil. This will be Eduardo’s third major tournament representing Portugal.

This Season: Eduardo started 29 League matches for Sporting Braga and was solid overall, conceding only 35 goals along the way. However, the Minho club had a very disappointing season. They were eliminated in the qualification stage of the Europa League by Romanian side Pandurii Târgu Jiu. Braga also finished ninth in the League table, their worst finish since 2002-03.

Fun Fact: Eduardo was named the Portuguese League’s Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2007-08 while on-loan at Vitória Setúbal. He helped the club win the Taça da Liga and qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time.

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Sporting Braga have confirmed that they have signed highly-rated midfielder Rafa to a five-year deal. The 20-year old played in the second division last season with Feirense, scoring 9 goals in 40 matches.

Rafa drew strong interest from Sporting Lisbon as well before signing with the Minho club. He trained with his new club on Monday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Braga also announced that Portuguese international goalkeeper Eduardo Carvalho has joined the club on a one-year loan deal. Eduardo’s rights are owned by Serie A club Genoa. He played for Braga between 2005-2010 before leaving for Italy.

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