Hangover for Euro 2016 heroes cools Portugal’s World Cup hopes

The summer of 2016 will be fondly remembered for all perpetuity by Portuguese football fans as a Seleção finally carried their initial trophy, in France. 

With a healthy smattering of immature players personification pivotal roles in a triumph, hopes were high that a defeat would chaperon in a golden epoch for a inhabitant team. That has not changed, and a introduction of uninformed blood into a Seleção, such as Porto striker André Silva and Sporting winger Gelson Martins, has arguably finished Fernando Santos’s patrol even stronger.

However, as a 2016/17 debate heads into a home straight, a worrying series of Portugal’s Euro 2016 heroes have had seasons to forget, lifting doubts as to what kind of figure a Seleção will be in during subsequent year’s World Cup.


Renato Sanches followed adult a fanciful entrance deteriorate for Benfica and a huge-money pierce to Bayern Munich with a fibre of substantial performances in France, earning him a opinion as a best immature actor during Euro 2016. However, instead of kicking on, Sanches has struggled to make any arrange of impact during a German giants, and will be unhappy to have amassed usually 800 mins in all competitions in Bavaria, with 0 assists and 0 goals to his name. Still a teenager, Sanches has time on his side, though as many foresaw a year ago, a pierce to one of a world’s biggest teams packaged with world-class midfielders appears to have been beforehand and impolitic for his development.

Another immature Portugal midfielder who finished a high-profile send for a outrageous price was André Gomes, who changed from Valencia to Barcelona for €35 million with a intensity serve €20m in add-ons. Used primarily in a some-more cold purpose by manager Luis Enrique, Gomes has had a vehement time during his new club, being targeted by Barça fans for booing after a fibre of reduction than convincing displays, both by himself and a team. Enrique has strongly shielded a player, though with a manager withdrawal a Camp Nou during a finish of a season, a former Benfica midfielder’s destiny in Catalonia is racked with uncertainty.

João Mário played all 7 games during Euro 2016, that on tip of a glorious deteriorate for Sporting warranted him a €40 million pierce to Italian giants Inter Milan in August. The 24-year-old tender in a initial half of a season, and a lapse of 3 goals and 4 assists in 28 games to date for a Serie A bar shows his time during a San Siro has been distant from a failure. However, in new weeks Mário has been disappointingly relegated to a substitutes’ bench, personification usually 55 mins of football for his bar side given February.

Eder’s name will perpetually be compared with Portugal’s biggest triumph, though a Guinea-Bissau innate striker’s smashing leader in a European Championship final has not triggered a quite happy deteriorate during his French bar Lille. Eder has managed usually 6 goals in 31 matches, and has had to continue some severe diagnosis from hostile fans as he travels around France. After a striker was booed by PSG fans during a Parc des Princes in December, a afterwards Lille manager Patrick Collot said: “Eder didn’t make France lose. He finished Portugal win. He won a European Championship for his nation and we should honour that.”

A conspicuous drop in form has captivated critique for centre-back José Fonte and winger Rafa Silva. The former Southampton centre-back has unsuccessful to imitate his best football given relocating to West Ham, while Rafa has finished small to clear a €16m send price from Braga to Benfica (a record for a domestic send in Portugal). Rafa stays a rapid and wily competition for defenders, though his preference creation during break times has left a lot to be desired. Two goals and 3 assists in 29 matches in 2016/17 simulate his bad finish product.

While disaster to strike their best form and/or miss of opportunities comment for a underwhelming seasons of a above-mentioned players, it is injuries that have exceedingly hampered a seasons of Pepe (after blank several games with paltry injuries a Real Madrid centre-back’s debate is now over after violation dual ribs opposite Atletico during a weekend) and Adrien Silva (the Sporting captain finished his second quip of a deteriorate after another substantial layoff on Saturday) and aptness issues have also commanded a stop-start deteriorate for Nani after his pierce from Turkish group Fenerbahce to La Liga outfit Valencia.

One of a pivotal factors behind Portugal finally violation their prize steep during Euro 2016 was a happy fluke that most each one of a patrol members went into a contest on a behind of a rarely certain deteriorate during particular level. Their effervescent certainty was put during a use of a common good, enabling Santos to build a challenging team, notwithstanding several changes in crew during a month. To achieve some-more success during a Russia World Cup, a Portugal manager will be carefree of a distant some-more prolific debate for many of his pivotal players in 2017/2018.

by Tom Kundert


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