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Author Archive for Vítor Hugo Alvarenga

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Euro 2020 team guides part 24: Portugal

Our series ends with the defending champions, who have the ability and experience to win again under Fernando SantosThis article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 2…

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Portugal Euro 2016 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

Everything still revolves around Cristiano Ronaldo but Fernando Santos has turned Paulo Bento’s 4-3-3 into a 4-4-2 which he hopes will free up the Real Madrid forward

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2016 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the countries who have qualified for France. theguardian.com is running previews from three countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 10 June.

There is a huge difference between Portugal’s starting XI at the 2014 World Cup and their expected team for Euro 2016. Fernando Santos replaced Paulo Bento as coach one match into the qualifiers and is preparing a different tactical approach. It is all connected to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal’s lack of top strikers.

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Renato Sanches: midfield prodigy known as Bulo who has taken Portugal by storm

The 18-year-old has displaced Cristiano Ronaldo as the youngest Portuguese player to go to a major tournament after a meteoric rise that has earned him a move from Benfica to Bayern Munich

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2016 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the countries who have qualified for France. theguardian.com is running previews from three countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 10 June.

For Renato Sanches, the wonder boy from a troubled Lisbon neighbourhood, it was an extraordinary 19 months. Rewind to 19 October 2014 and he was playing for one of Benfica’s junior teams against Sporting. Come 10 May 2016 he was signing for Bayern Munich for an initial €35m.

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Portugals scoring problems mean they are missing Bébé at the World Cup

When Ronaldo fails to score Portugal fans turn thoughts to the Manchester United striker loaned to Paços of Ferreira Continue reading…

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Portugals scoring problems mean they are missing Bébé at the World Cup

When Cristiano Ronaldo fails to score Portugal fans think of the Manchester United striker loaned to Paços of Ferreira Continue reading…

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World Cup 2014: Portugal tactics and key questions the experts view

With Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks it sometimes seems anything is possible, but a lack of new talent emerging since Euro 2012 is a worry for Paulo Bentos sideThis article is part of the Guardians World Cup 2014 Experts Network, a co-operation betwee…

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World Cup 2014: Portugal – the secrets behind the players

Which Portugal player has a famous footballing ancestry in Brazil, which mild-mannered striker lost his head in the heat of an Istanbul derby, and who can be recognised by his beard? Continue reading…