Portugal come into Euro 2012 slightly under the radar at tasty odds of 20/1 in the Euro 2012 betting. Despite having one of the best players in the world at their disposal they struggled past qualification, finishing second behind Denmark and level on points with third place Norway. They eventually came through a potentially tricky playoff against Bosnia & Herzegovina after demolishing them 6-2 in the second leg (Portugal 20/1 in Euro 2012 Betting).
Portugal have flattered to deceive on the big stage in recent events, getting knocked out in the last 16 at the World Cup two years ago and at the quarter-final stage at Euro 2008. Their loss in the final on home turf in Euro 2004 still leaves a sour taste in their mouths, so to speak, and they will be desperate to win their first ever major tournament.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento is a firm believer in attacking football and has revolutionised the Portuguese game in his 18 months in charge. The ‘Golden Generation’ with the likes of Rui Costa and Figo are long gone, and so is the negativity of the Carlos Queiroz era, as Bento has gone about invigorating his side with a fresh attacking outlook that has seemingly paid off as they won five of their last six qualifiers, scoring 17 goals in the process. With the likes of Nani, Raul Meireles, Joao Moutinho and Helder Postiga in their side Portugal will undoubtedly be a threat at Euro 2012.
Alongside these stars they can also boast to have the best European player in their ranks with Real Madrid goal-machine Cristiano Ronaldo desperate to prove he can transfer his club form into the international scene (Cristiano Ronaldo 14/1 in Euro 2012 Top Goalscorer betting). Ronaldo scored seven goals in qualifying and is being allowed a lot more freedom in Bento’s system so expect him to flourish at Poland and Ukraine.
On paper Portugal have as good an attacking line-up as any in Euro 2012 and if they make it to the knockout stages they could easily go all the way, but it goes without saying that their group will probably be where their biggest task lies. Having been drawn with two of the favourites Germany and the Netherlands, along with the side that finished above them in the qualification process, Denmark, they will be hard pressed to make it through to the quarter-final stage (Portugal 11/4 to come bottom in Group B Euro 2012 betting).