Portugal World Cup roster: USA's 2nd group foe names 30-man preliminary team

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal's preliminary World Cup roster. (Frank Augstein/AP photo)

All of the Group of Death's preliminary World Cup rosters are now out.

Portugal was the last Group G team to make its announcement, as Cristiano Ronaldo and 29 other Portuguese internationals were named to Paulo Bento's 30-man preliminary squad on Tuesday.

Reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo, of course, is the headliner, but the team includes the likes of Monaco playmaker Joao Moutinho, Real Madrid defenders Fabio Coentrao and Pepe, Manchester United winger Nani and up-and-coming Sporting midfielder William Carvalho.


Portugal is the USA's second group opponent, with the two squaring off in Manaus on June 22. Portugal will warm up for the World Cup by playing Mexico at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on June 6 and Ireland at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 10.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY: Fabio Coentrao | Joao Moutinho

Here is Portugal's squad in full:

GOALKEEPERS: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilha), Eduardo (SC Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

DEFENDERS: André Almeida (Benfica), Antunes (Málaga), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), João Pereira (Valência), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valência), Rolando (Inter)

MIDFIELDERS: André Gomes (Benfica), João Mário (Vitória FC), João Moutinho (Mónaco), Miguel Veloso (D. Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe), Rúben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting)

FORWARDS: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (SC Braga), Hélder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (SC Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)

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