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Portugal qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on October 8th, 2005.

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Portugal in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is Portugal's 4th appearance at the World Cup Finals.

Portugal's Best World Cup Performance

Third at England 1966.

Portugal World Cup Preparations

Portugal have also chosen the former West German capital, Bonn, as their World Cup base and will use the same training facilities as Japan, at the Sportpark Nord.

Portugal Team Hotel

Dorint Sofitel Venusberg Bonn - 2006 World Cup hotel chosen by Portugal.
Dorint Venusberg:
AN Der Casselsruhe 1, Bonn.
A countryside hotel with personal service, the Dorint Sofitel Venusberg overlooks the town of Bonn, the Rhine and the Siebengebirge. Close to Kölner Flughafen (31km) yet set in something of a natural park, this location was considered the best choice for Portugal's 2006 World Cup campaign. It was also used by Bayern Munich before the start of the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Hotels in Bonn:
Staying in Bonn is great for Portugal fans who want to be near their team but there will be more of a party atmosphere in nearby Cologne; especially as the Brazilian fans will be staying there. Portugal play their first game in Köln and both the following fixtures in Frankfurt and Gelsenkirchen are easy to get to from Bonn.

Portugal Friendly Matches

Beat Saudi Arabia (3:0), Wednesday 1st March. (Dusseldorf)
Cristiano Ronaldo (30 and 86), Nuno Maniche (45).

Beat Cape Verde Islands (4:1), Saturday 27th May. (Evora, Portugal)
Pauleta (1, 38 and 83), Armando Petit (60).

Beat Luxembourg (3:0), Saturday 3rd June. (Metz)
Simao Sabrosa (46 and 73pen), Luis Figo (85).

Portugal in the 2006 World Cup

Federaçao Portuguesa de Futebol
Group D

Angola vs Portugal in Köln:
Like England, an early goal was enough for Portugal to get three points on the board but it's going to need a lot more to convince neutrals that Portugal are World Champion material.

Portugal vs Iran in Frankfurt:
The game sprang to life in the 63rd minute as Deco struck the ball cleanly from just outside the D, to put Portugal in front. Ronlado's penalty, 16 minutes later finished the game off.

Portugal vs Mexico in Gelsenkirchen:
The battle for the right to be called Group D winner was won by Portugal, in the first-half.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
Portugal vs Holland in Nürnberg.
A classic game it wasn't, as twelve players were booked and two from each team sent off. If the game had gone to extra-time, there might not have been enough players left to finish the game.

Quarter-Final
England vs Portugal in Gelsenkirchen:
Cristiano Ronaldo tried to change the balance of the game by getting his Manchester United team-mate, Wayne Rooney sent off early in the second-half but Portugal weren't good enough to beat ten-man England in an hour. Alexandre Ricardo saved their blushes with goalkeeping heroics.

Semi Final
Portugal vs France in München:
The referee wasn't fooled by Portugal's diving antics but he didn't deal out many cards for their antics either.

Third-Place Match
Germany vs Portugal in Stuttgart:
Luis Figo clebrated his last international appearance for Portugal, by setting Nuno Gomes up for a consolation goal.

Portugal World Cup Squad 2006

Portugal Football kit
Selecção

Goalkeepers:

1 Ricardo (Sporting)
12 Quim (Benfica)
22 Jorge Paulo Santos (Sporting Clube de Braga)

Defenders:

2 Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea, England)
3 Marco Caneira (Sporting)
4 Ricardo Costa (Porto)
5 Fernando Meira (VfB Stuttgart, Germany)
13 Miguel (Valencia, Spain)
14 Nuno Valente (Everton, England)
16 Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea, England)

Midfielders:

6 Costinha (Dynamo Moscow, Russia)
7 Luis Figo (Inter Milan, Italy)
8 Armando Petit (Benfica)
10 Hugo Viana (Valencia, Spain)
11 Simao Sabrosa (Benfica)
17 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, England)
18 Nuno Maniche (Chelsea, England)
19 Tiago (Olympique Lyon, France)
20 Deco (Barcelona, Spain)

Forwards:

9 Pauleta (Paris Saint-Germain, France)
15 Luis Boa Morte (Fulham, England)
21 Nuno Gomes (Benfica)
23 Helder Postiga (Saint Etienne, France)

Trainer:
Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil).

Players to watch:
17 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, England)
9 Pauleta (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

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