5 Reasons Why Portugal Won Euro-2016


The pain of losing the Euro 2004 final on home soil to Greece has been relieved for Portuguese fans and players to some extent after their 1-0 win against France in Euro 2016 final. They had a chance to make amends at the Stade de France on Sunday evening and they did it. Here are five reasons why Portugal won Euro 2016:

5. Fernando Santos

This Portuguese coach is a tactical master known for his strategies. The substitutions he made created the much needed differences in the game. He played with a defensive strategy in spite of having the world’s best striker in his team. He remained unfazed by the criticism of his team’s style of play. He wanted them to deliver, which they did.

FILE - This is a Tuesday, June 24, 2014 file photo of Greece's head coach Fernando Santos as he shouts instructs his players during the group C World Cup soccer match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil. FIFA Monday Aug. 4, 2014 has banned former Greece coach Fernando Santos for eight international matches for verbally abusing officials during his team's World Cup elimination match against Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko/File)


4. Formidable Defense

Portugal’s defense was mightily impressive in the tournament. They conceded just five goals in the tournament – only one of which came in the knockout rounds. Rui Patricio was phenomenal throughout the tournament.



3. Experienced Core

The core of this team has been playing together for almost a decade. This resulted in a brilliant sense of understanding. It also helped the team in tackling the difficult times throughout the tournament.



2. Super Sanches

Renato Sanches showed the world the glimpses of his skills which made him one of the most expensive teenagers in the history of the game. The 18-year old, at times provided the much needed energy which lifted the team at crucial moments.



1. The Ronaldo Factor

The mere presence of this Real Madrid striker is enough to make any team a favorite for the title. Though he was out of the final quite early due to an injury, he was instrumental in his team’s journey till then. He provided the much needed motivation and belief to his men. It was only fair for this modern day legend to lift what could be his last Euro trophy as a player.





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