Portugal FIFA 18 Word Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

Portugal are still lauding their Euro 2016 success, but can you lead them to glory at the World Cup in Russia on FIFA 18?


Portugal surprised us all by taking home the European Championship trophy in 2016. Two years on, the team is stronger, and they will be eying to cause another upset. Cristiano Ronaldo shows no sign of letting up, but at the age of 33 this is likely to be the last time we see him on the world stage. Can Portugal win a first World Cup for their favourite son?

Russia 2018 brings a World Cup update to FIFA 18, and if you’re looking for an underdog holding plenty of firepower, then Portugal are a fantastic choice. A sticky group provides a great challenge, and there is no question that winning the World Cup would be a lot more difficult than their Euros success in 2016. 

Team rating

Portugal have a 5 star rating on the World Cup update. This consists of an 88 attack, 83 midfield and 82 defence. 

Portugal’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Spain

Morocco

Iran

Round of 16

Uruguay or Russia

Quarterfinals

France or Argentina

Semifinals

Brazil/Belgium/Germany

Final

Germany/France/Brazil

It’s not a terrible Group Stage draw for Portugal, but that opening tie against neighbours Spain will probably decide who goes on to top Group B. Despite being European champions, Portugal will be the underdogs, but they showed at Euro 2016 they can be a stubborn opponent. 

If they do taste defeat, the Portuguese will need to bounce back quickly for the much kinder ties of Morocco and Iran, and Cristiano Ronaldo will be licking his lips facing those defences.

If they do finish second behind Spain, Portugal will face the winners of Group A, likely to be Uruguay. The sides match up well, but Portugal should just have the edge. A win there takes them in to the quarters where you will probably meet France in a repeat of the Euro 2016 final. France have a young team, but are dangerous with their pace, which could allow you to sit deep and hit them on the counter-attack. 

Brazil or Belgium should await in the semifinal. The Brazilians are a different animal to four years ago, but if you do get the kinder tie of Belgium, their lack of experience against the bigger nations could work in your favour. 

Defending champions and favourites Germany are expected to reach the final, and you struggle to see how Portugal could hurt them, even with Cristiano Ronaldo. It may just take a stroke of luck or a moment of genius from CR7 to claim World Cup gold. 

Formation

Portugal have used a 4-4-2 formation under coach Fernando Santos, but with strength and depth in midfield, we have switched to a 4-2-3-1 wide.

Rui Patricio takes the goalkeeper’s jersey, with Nelson Semedo, Jose Fonte, defensive wall Pepe (88 standing tackle) and Raphael Guerreiro in the back four. 

Adrien Silva partners William Carvalho in defensive midfield as Joao Moutinho moves up into the number 10 role. The crafty Bernardo Silva (88 agility) lines up on the right side, with Joao Mario on the left and, of course, none other than the unbelievable Cristiano Ronaldo (94 finishing) up front. 

On the bench select Anthony Lopes, Luis Neto, Cedric, Danilo Pereira, Andre Gomes, Ricardo Quaresma and Andre Silva. 

Tactics

It may be obvious, but the clear gameplan will be to utilise all of Cristiano Ronaldo’s ability. Perhaps playing him up front on his own isn’t the ideal system, but he has all the attributes to perform the role. Get the ball wide to use his aerial ability (95 jumping) and if he does drop into pockets of space, don’t be frightened to shoot from range (92 long shots).

It is key that you give the Real Madrid star plenty of service, and as both your wide players like to cut inside onto their stronger foot, it’s down to your full backs to get balls into the box. On the instructions tab, make sure Nelson Semedo and Raphael Guerreiro have ‘always overlap’ on attacking runs.

This won’t be the case against Spain, but when you face Morocco and Iran in the Group Stage, you will have a whole load of possession. The opposition will defend deep and it’s important you get bodies forward, especially with Ronaldo up front on his own. Slide into an attacking mentality on the D-pad to increase your chances of breaking your opponent down. 

Shock the world… again

The Euros was one thing, but surely Portugal couldn’t do the same at the World Cup this summer? Although their attacking options have improved with the emergence of Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva, the ageing defence could be an issue. However, playing against the bigger teams could suit Portugal in Russia.

It may not be exciting but sitting back and then hitting your opponents on the counter attack through Ronaldo and perhaps Ricardo Quaresma off the bench gives the Portuguese a clear playing style. You may need to be a tactical master but winning the World Cup with Portugal on FIFA 18 is not out of the question. 

Portugal squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers

Rui Patricio

30

GK

Sporting

85

Anthony Lopes

27

GK

Lyon

82

Beto

36

GK

Goztepe

78

Jose Sa

25

GK

Porto

77

Jose Carlos Marafona

31

GK

Braga

77

Bruno Varela

23

GK

Benfica

76

Eduardo

35

GK

Chelsea

74

Defenders

Pepe

35

CB

Besiktas

88

Jose Fonte

34

CB

Dalian Yifang

82

Nelson Semedo

24

RB

Barcelona

81

Cedric

26

RB

Southampton

81

Raphael Guerreiro

24

LB

Borussia Dortmund

80

Ricardo Pereira

24

RB
RM

Leicester

80

Joao Cancelo

23

RB

Inter Milan

79

Luis Neto

29

CB

Fenerbahce

79

Eliseu

34

LB

Benfica

79

Fabio Coentrao

30

LB

Sporting

79

Bruno Alves

36

CB

Rangers

78

Vitorino Antunes

31

LB

Getafe

78

Midfielders

Bernardo Silva

23

RM

Manchester City

84

William Carvalho

26

CDM
CM

Sporting

84

Adrien Silva

29

CM
CDM

Leicester

84

Joao Mario

25

LM
CM
RM

West Ham

84

Joao Moutinho

31

CM
CDM
CAM

Monaco

84

Ricardo Quaresma

34

RM
LM

Besiktas

83

Danilo Pereira

26

CDM
CB

Porto

83

Andre Gomes

24

CM
LM
RM

Barcelona

82

Nani

31

LM
RM

Lazio

82

Gelson Martins

23

RM
LM

Sporting

81

Manuel Fernandes

32

CAM
CM

Lokomotiv Moscow

81

Pizzi

28

CM
RM

Benfica

81

Bruma

23

LM
RM
CAM

RB Leipzig

80

Goncalo Guedes

21

LM
ST
RM

Valencia

78

Renato Sanches

20

CM

Swansea

78

Rafa Silva

25

LM
RM

Benfica

77

Andre Andre

28

CM

Porto

76

Attackers

Cristiano Ronaldo

33

ST
LM

Real Madrid

95

Andre Silva

22

ST

AC Milan

82

Eder

30

ST

Lokomotiv Moscow

76

Nelson Oliveira

26

ST

Norwich

75

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