Portugal

  • Top four for Portugal, Colombia in FIFA rankings 10-04-2014 05:28 PM

    Zurich: Portugal rise to No. 3 in the latest FIFA rankings and fourth-ranked Colombia now lead the South American nations. World and European champion Spain remain top, ahead of Germany. Uruguay rise one place to No. 5. World Cup host Brazil are tied for No. 6 with traditional rivals Argentina,...
  • Ronaldo knee problem a concern for Portugal 03-04-2014 01:01 PM

    However much Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted there was no cause for concern, the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo limping off near the end of Wednesday's Champions League match will have set alarm bells ringing in his native Portugal. The national team captain, the leading marksman in both La Liga...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo sets all-time scoring record for Portugal 06-03-2014 09:32 AM

    Leiria, Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal's all-time leading scorer Wednesday, netting twice as Portugal thrashed Cameroon 5-1 in a warm-up match between teams preparing for the World Cup. Ronaldo clinched his place in the record book with goals in the 21st and 83rd minutes, taking his international tally to 49....
  • Lusofonia Games: India claim 3 gold medals in table tennis 23-01-2014 07:12 PM

    Panaji: Indian paddlers did the country proud as they claimed three more gold medals to finish with six out of seven on offer in the 3rd edition of Lusofonia Games at Peddem ground in Mapusa. With this, India, who put up their best performance so far, took their total medals...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo deserved the Ballon d'Or but must target WC now 14-01-2014 01:01 PM

    In the end, it was expected. Ever since FIFA decided to extend the voting for Ballon d'Or 2013, most believed that Cristiano Ronaldo was the frontrunner for football's most coveted individual prize. After all, the extension came just after Ronaldo had single-handedly taken his country to the World Cup. Much...
  • Ronaldo beats Messi and Ribery to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or 14-01-2014 12:40 AM

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2013, ending Lionel Messi's four-year run as the world's best player. Ronaldo scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year, and his stunning hat-trick against Sweden in a decisive World Cup playoff was perhaps the defining individual...
  • Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo set to top Messi as world's best player 12-01-2014 11:34 AM

    Cristiano Ronaldo is heavily favoured to end Lionel Messi's four-year reign as the world's best player at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala on Monday. Ronaldo's prolific tally of 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal seems likely to earn his second FIFA award after finishing runner-up three times in Messi's...
  • Portuguese salute, mourn soccer great Eusebio 06-01-2014 11:39 PM

    Lisbon: Tens of thousands turned out in tribute on Monday to Eusebio after the coffin of the Portuguese soccer great was put on public display and taken in a funeral cortege through the streets of Lisbon. People filed out of offices and cafes on a rainy afternoon and applauded as...
  • Tribute to 'Black Panther' Eusebio 06-01-2014 08:49 PM

    Considered one of the all-time greats of the game, Eusebio played 64 international games for Portugal and was the country's all-time leading scorer until he was surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo recently. ...
  • Portuguese football legend Eusebio dies of heart attack 05-01-2014 06:46 PM

    Lisbon: Portuguese great Eusebio, top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died on Sunday from a heart attack at the age of 71 with the small Iberian nation mourning him as an "eternal symbol" of their football pride. The death of the charismatic striker, who was idolised throughout the Portuguese-speaking...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's goals lift Portugal to No. 5 in FIFA rankings 28-11-2013 03:34 PM

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo's match-winning goals for Portugal in World Cup playoff matches against Sweden lifted his country to No. 5 in the monthly FIFA rankings. Portugal's 1-0 and 3-2 wins fueled a nine-place jump in the standings as rivals played only friendly matches which score fewer points in the calculations....
  • Watch: All the goals from Tuesday's football World Cup Qualifiers 20-11-2013 10:02 AM

    A sublime second-half hat-trick by Cristiano Ronaldo took Portugal to the World Cup finals, while France made a stunning comeback to beat Ukraine 3-0 and book their ticket to Brazil as well. Croatia hit top gear at crunch time to beat Iceland 2-0 in the return leg which helped them...
  • Ronaldo's hat-trick sends Portugal to World Cup 20-11-2013 08:22 AM

    The irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to send Portugal into the 2014 World Cup finals at the expense of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden on Tuesday, while France advanced by conjuring a remarkable turnaround against Ukraine. There was disappointment in the playoffs for Iceland, however, after the Nordic country failed...
  • Portugal aren't a one-man team, says coach Bento 19-11-2013 08:41 AM

    Stockholm: If Sweden succeed in shackling Cristiano Ronaldo other players will step up and score, Portugal coach Paolo Bento said on the eve of the second leg of their World Cup playoff. Bento is confident his team, leading 1-0 from the first leg, can conjure goals from sources other than...
  • Portugal look to seal World Cup spot in Sweden 18-11-2013 12:01 PM

    Stockholm: Portugal are 1-0 up after the first leg of the World Cup playoff against Sweden but with the return match being held at a stadium dubbed the 'Zlatan Arena' the job is by no means done. Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic was relatively subdued in the first leg in Lisbon...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo puts Portugal in sight of World Cup 16-11-2013 08:22 AM

    London: Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a showdown of superstar forwards Friday, sending Portugal past Sweden 1-0 in a World Cup playoff. France's hopes of qualifying took a big hit with a 2-0 loss in Ukraine. Ronaldo transferred his prolific scoring touch from Real Madrid to the international stage,...
  • Sweden cannot rely on Ibrahimovic alone, says coach 15-11-2013 08:30 AM

    Lisbon: Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be the match-winner in their World Cup playoff against Portugal if his team mates also rise to the challenge, coach Erik Hamren said on Thursday. He told a news conference on the eve of the first leg that it was hard to escape talking...
  • It's not about me and Ronaldo, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic 14-11-2013 08:36 AM

    Stockholm: Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dismissed talk of his nation's World Cup playoff with Portugal in Lisbon on Friday being just a contest between him and Cristiano Ronaldo. "I see two different players, two players who do things fantastically well and represent their countries in the best possible way,"...
  • Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic: Only one man will play World Cup 14-11-2013 08:21 AM

    Two of world football's biggest names will meet Friday in the playoffs to determine Europe's final four World Cup qualifiers. Ever since last month's draw pitted Portugal against Sweden, the matchup has been billed as a head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It will take something special to budge...
  • Portugal face Sweden in World Cup playoff 21-10-2013 06:38 PM

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal must beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden in a playoff to advance to the World Cup in Brazil. The two were drawn to face each other on Monday in a two-leg series scheduled for November 15 and 19. Also, France will play Ukraine, with the return...
  • Ronaldo, Portugal await World Cup playoff draw 20-10-2013 04:41 PM

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will find out Monday who they must beat in a playoff to reach the World Cup in Brazil. France and Franck Ribery would be the toughest possible test for the Portuguese as the in-form and highest-ranked of four unseeded nations in the draw at FIFA....
  • FIFA clears Ronaldo over yellow card 15-10-2013 11:15 PM

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo will not face disciplinary action by FIFA over his yellow card against Israel, which was suggested to have been deliberate to provoke a one-match ban before the World Cup playoffs. "It was considered that there were not enough elements to open any disciplinary proceedings," FIFA said in...
  • World Cup Qualifiers: Ghost of 1973 chases England 14-10-2013 08:58 AM

    The road to next year's World Cup in Brazil is nearing its end for European teams and there's plenty to play for in the final round of qualifiers on Tuesday. The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland have already qualified after winning their groups but four more automatic places for...
  • England's David Lynn wins Portugal Masters 13-10-2013 10:45 PM

    Vilamoura: David Lynn shot an 8-under 63 on Sunday to come from six shots back and win the Portugal Masters, ending a nine-year wait for his second European Tour title. Lynn was tied for 16th entering the fourth round, six shots behind leader Paul Waring, but started with two birdies...
  • Jamieson's round of 60 equals European Tour record 13-10-2013 09:29 AM

    Vilamoura, Portugal: Scott Jamieson equaled a European Tour record by shooting a 60, putting him in a four-way tie for second at two strokes behind leader Paul Waring after three rounds of the Portugal Masters on Saturday. The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par...
  • Chowrasia misses cut in Portugal, Lynn leads 12-10-2013 03:39 PM

    Algarve: Indian golfer SSP Chowrasia had to face yet another disappointing outing as he missed the cut by two shots at the midway stage of Portugal Masters here. Chowrasia did fight his way to a round of three-under 69, despite double bogey on seventh and a closing bogey, but his...
  • Chowrasia in danger of missing cut in Portugal 11-10-2013 01:08 PM

    Algarve: Three dropped shots early in the round saw the lone Indian in the field, SSP Chowrasia card a disappointing two-over 74 that put him in immediate danger of missing the cut as he is lying tied 102nd at the end of the first round in the Portugal Masters. There...
  • Portugal call up defender Sereno for injured Bruno Alves 07-10-2013 06:29 PM

    Portugal have called up centre back Sereno to replace the injured Bruno Alves for the World Cup Group F qualifying matches against Israel on Friday and Luxembourg four days later. Sereno plays for Turkish top-flight club Kayserispor and won his first international cap in June. The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed...
  • Joao Sousa seals first ATP win for Portugal 29-09-2013 06:52 PM

    Unheralded Joao Sousa completed a fairytale run at the Malaysian Open on Sunday when he beat France's Julien Benneteau 2-6 7-5 6-4 in the final to become the first Portuguese to win an ATP Tour title. The 24-year-old, ranked 77th in the world, fell flat on his back in delight...
  • Neymar inspires Brazil to win over Portugal in friendly 11-09-2013 01:13 PM

    Brazil survived an early scare and some physical tackling to beat Portugal 3-1 in a friendly in Boston that confirmed their early status as one of the favourites to win the World Cup on home soil next year. The five-times world champions were inspired by Neymar, who had a hand...