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2014 World Cup: Portugal name Cristiano Ronaldo in star-studded squad to face Ghana

Published on: 13 May 2014
Ronaldo is in Portugal's squad despite his injury

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has named a strong 30-man provisional squad to face Ghana at the group stage of next month's World Cup with injured world best player Cristiano Ronaldo included in the team.

The strong 30-man squad was named on Tuesday evening hours before the FIFA deadline.

Real Madrid’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo expectedly made the squad despite nursing a minor injury.

The world best player is expected to recover way ahead of time before the finals commence on June 12 in Brazil.

Manchester United star Nani also made the provisional squad as well as the Real Madrid duo of Fabio Contrao and Pepe.

Joao Moutinho and Ricardo Quaresma and Hugo Almeida are the other stars that headline Paulo Bento’s squad.

Portugal will play friendly games against Greece, Mexico and the Republic of Ireland before moving into Brazil for the World Cup.

The Selecao will open their campaign at the World Cup against Germany before taking on the USA and then Ghana in the remaining Group G games.

Portugal's provisional 30-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (SC Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

Defenders: André Almeida (Benfica), Antunes (Málaga), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), João Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valência), Rolando (Inter).

Midfielders: André Gomes (Benfica), João Mário (Vitória FC), João Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (D. Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe), Rúben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (SC Braga), Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (SC Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg).


  • Ato says:
    May 14, 2014 08:14 am
    See this MUMU Zambian whose team cannot even organise themselves to play a match in Kumasi and were making silly excuses. How were you guys expecting to plan for a tournament in far away Brazil even if when a simple trip to Ghana was a fiasco. LOL
  • ginger says:
    May 14, 2014 08:18 am
    @selfmade, I have never liked u before but for dis comment u made I think u deserve an applause from me, ghanians don't want to hear d truth, this is world cup for goodness sake, it is not an afcon, u people has been jubilating over d list of average nd bench warmer players, u have 4goten dat ghana don't have a tactical sound coach nd also to win or go far in a major tourney like wc u need team chemistry nd cohesion....I'll reserve my comments for now till ghana will be eliminated from their group
  • Mumbi says:
    May 14, 2014 08:55 am
    Its true Ghana are poor staters of tornaments. U've spoken well as if u're a sane person. Maybe "the position of the moon" has an effect on your madness!!! Yes USA will beat ghana, but I don't see Ghana improving against quality opponents like Germany & Portugal, coz naturally they struggle against good teams, the same scenarial that has made them trophyless in africa. Thats why I've kept on reminding bloggers here that, Ghana will lose all 3 group games. THANKS.
  • Ghana News – 14 May 2014 | Africa says:
    May 14, 2014 09:31 am
    […] Cristiano Ronaldo included in the team. The strong 30-man squad was named on Tuesday … … […]
  • Nana Germany says:
    May 14, 2014 06:37 am
    schweinsteiger and khedira play one position, so they dont play together in a game, one will play and one will be on bench
  • Mumbi says:
    May 14, 2014 05:24 am
    European Teams does not even fear the champions of africa. What of those who cant manage to win afcon? Portugal will do to ghana more than what they did to Cameroun in a friendly game.
  • stanford says:
    May 14, 2014 05:32 am
    Dis group would b a do or die group line up Ghana Adams,Boye,Essien,Afful,Shclupp,Rabiu,Muntari,Boateng,Kwadwo,Dede,Gyan. PORTUGAL Patricio,Pepe,Alves,pereira,moutinho,mereiles,cavaliero,Nani,Postiga,Ronaldo GERMANY Nuer,Matersaker,Boateng,Lahm,Hummels,shwansteiger,khedira,Ozil,Muller,Gotze,Klose
  • selfmade says:
    May 14, 2014 03:53 am
    We should forget about Portugal for now and rather concentrate on USA and Germany because we ll play these two countries first before we meet Portugal!! The Portugal match ll be useless if we loose with Germany and USA!! A win against germany and USA ll make our final match against Portugal a mere formality!! All our concentration for now should be on USA because the last time I checked, Ghana always invariably start poorly in major competitions!! The first match against USA ll determine our standing in the group and we have to forget Portugal or c. Ronaldo for now and focus only on USA!! For the past decade, Ghana has started poorly in our first matches and I can see a similar scenario if we underestimate our opponents!! Nigeria beat us in afcon 2006 during the opening match! Italy beat us in our opening match in Germany 2006! I. Coast thrashed us in Angola 2010during the opening match!! We struggled against COMMON BOTSWANA in Gabon-eq guinea in CAN 2012! Guinea nearly drew with us in CAN 2008 at ohene djan staduim and this should tell everyone that we are slow starters in major tournament and this can cost us in Brazil becasus we are in a very TIGHT GROUP!! A word to the wise is enough!! Instead of hyping ourselves and yupping, we should lie low and take each match as it comes!! We have a lot of AVERAGE PLAYERS IN OUR MIST!!
  • POW@Ghana 4 last 4, Brazil 2014 says:
    May 14, 2014 03:03 am
  • MIKE says:
    May 14, 2014 03:40 am
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 13, 2014 11:40 pm
    this Portugal team will be confused when they come up against the black stars of Ghana...a single goal by majeed waris will be their downfall..
  • Thomas says:
    May 13, 2014 11:51 pm
    Portugues even fear de name Ghana before mentioning the Black stars,hahaha..........UP GHANA.
  • nana says:
    May 14, 2014 12:09 pm
    People cool down, it's not the responsibility of fans to worry about team usa or team Ronaldo but the coach so people have every right to hold any discussion pertaining to teams, they can even discuss semifinal, Don't blame bench warmers and thinking they are no good, there is a lot of politics in player selection, mostly, players from Africa are of disadvantage, is like work places, ur boss may not hve anything in common with you so if u have the same qualities with a white player then guess what ? .....Think and be mindful of your chastising!