The 2018 FIFA World Cup may be the poorest World Cup in the recent years, without participation of Netherlands squad, the United States squad and Chile squad. It shocked the world that Italy side, winning four FIFA World Cups, also failed to enter the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
As the first economic power, however, American people are enthusiastic about basketball, without any subsided enthusiasm on football. American people’s enthusiasm are growing increasingly for entering the last sixteen at the FIFA World Cup South Africa and the FIFA World Cup Brazil. At present, the United States has established a unique Major League Soccer (MLS) of themselves. Since the establishment of the MLS, it has attracts numerous professional football players to America, including Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite, etc. According to statistics, there are almost 10,000 people who have purchased tickets to show their supports to the United States side at the FIFA World Cup South Africa, surpassing England being the No. 1. Due to failure in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, there may be less American people will watch football matches in Russia in 2018.
Italy owns many football fans across the whole world as one of the hot teams won champions. The GOAL argues that failure of entering the 2018 FIFA World Cup will lead to €1 billion or so losses to Russia. The previous president of Olympic Games Franco Carraro indicates the shocking figure.
The Fifth Hot Team: Portugal
Team Strength: Four Stars
Coach Strength: Four Stars
Championship Index: One Star
The winning of Portugal at the 2016 European cup is magic somewhat. The team won Group Stages dodder along, avoiding many giant clubs amazingly. It knocked out Croatia in the Last Eight, defeated Poland in quarterfinals, and won Wales in semifinals. The team perform badly in the semifinals; nevertheless, France side performed even much bad in semifinals. This sequence couldn’t convince many people, neither me. However, the destiny is that Portugal won the 2016 European. Luck is a part of matches.
In retrospect to the history of FIFA World Cup, Portugal couldn’t been regarded as an outstanding team. It was under the leadership of Eusebio that Portugal has won the third place many years ago. Look at the cast of the Portugal football team. It is neither better than Belgium nor Croatia side. But never underestimate the heart of “King of Football”. Under the leadership of Ronaldo, the Portugal football team is competent enough to play matches with some top-flight football teams.
Except for Ronaldo, the football team consists of many common football players, without obvious advantages and weakness. It could enter into the Last Eight if it performs in a stable manner. It is difficult to compete other stronger teams in the following links. Luck will not accompany the team all the time.
Nike, a leading and well-known sports brand, has provided football kits, training kits and other sportswear for lots of national teams. The Nike Explore Team Sport Research Lab is philosophically and physically at the heart of the NIKE, Inc. There are more than 40 researchers trying their best to make more comfortable products with superior athletic performance.
Designers of Nike create Portugal Training Kit 2016 for national teams. The training kit consists of red top and black pants, which makes a sharp contrast. The training top has a round-collar design. The logo of Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) is printed on the right and white Nike Swoosh on the left. The two logos are printed on the pants, too.
Portuguese football is well-known to people around the world. The national team has won numerous awards. It becomes stronger and stronger. Countless fans are crazy about it. There are so many excellent football stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players. Ronaldo has four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, and is the first player in history to win four European Golden Shoes. Furthermore, he has won 24 trophies in his career, including five league titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship.
Nowadays, football has become a Portuguese symbol.