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World Cup Russia 2018: how to follow Portugal

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By Francisco Marques
World Cup Russia 2018: how to follow Portugal

Your team not going to the 2018 World Cup? You want to become a fan of another team? You know your friends, but you want to get to know your enemies? Learn to love them? Euronews can help with our basic toolkit for the Portuguese national team.

Full name: Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol

Nickname: Equipa das Quinas (Quinas’ Team)

Emblem: Shield of Portugal above the cross with Christ’s five crucifixion wounds in the center

Supporters nickname: Lusitanos

HQ during the 2018 World Cup: Kratovo, Moscow


Portuguese Anthem (strong chorus saying “to the guns, to the guns, against the cannons marching on marching on”)

Pouco importa Pouco importa Se jogamos bem ou mal Queremos é levar a taça Para o nosso PORTUGAL” (It doesn’t matter if we play good or bad. What we want is to take the Cup to our dear Portugal”)

“Cristiano ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo (on the rhythm of Seven Nation Army)

Key Supporters’ language

Goal: golo

Offside: fora de jogo

Game: jogo/partida

Foul: falta

Free Kick: livre direto

Goal kick: pontapé de baliza

Corner kick: pontapé de canto

Throw-in: lançamento lateral

Penalty kick: grande penalidade/penalty

The referee is blind: o árbitro está comprado (referee is bought)

Cheat: batota/ manha/ teatro (when a player fakes an injury)

Can we play you every week? Pezudos (Bigfoot – when they play badly)

Superfan: Nuno Gonçalves, musician. He plans to go to every Portugal's match.

Worst moment in World Cup history

Semifinal of the 1966 when Portugal lost to hosts England 1-2 and Eusébio left the field in tears after an extraordinary tournament.

Best moment in World Cup history:

Quarter finals in 1966: Portugal are losing 0-3 but 4 Eusébio goals turn it around before José Augusto made it 5-3 for the “magriços” who went on to the semis. It was an epic comeback!

Players to follow: Cristiano Ronaldo. Gelson Martins, Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes and Rui Patrício.

On social media:


Portuguese players are very active on Twitter/ Facebook/ Instagram


Anthony Lopes:@AnthoLopesOL

Beto Pimparel:

Rui Patricio:@Rui_Patricio1

Cedric Soares: @OficialCedric

José Fonte:

Mário Rui:

Pepe: @officialpepe

Raphael Guerreiro: @RaphGuerreiro

Ricardo Pereira: @ricbpereira

Rúben Dias:

Adrien Silva: @adrien_silva23

Bruno Fernandes:

João Mário: @joaome17

João Moutinho: @JoaoMoutinho

Manuel Fernandes:

William Carvalho: @wllmcarvalho14

André Silva: @andrevsilva19

Bernardo Silva: @BernardoCSilva

Gelson Martins : @GelsonMartins_

Gonçalo Guedes: @gguedesoficial

Ricardo Quaresma:

During games


Nani: @luisnani


Nelson Semedo: @_nelsonsemedo_

André Gomes: @aftgomes