Our match prediction:
Portugal kick off their Euro 2016 campaign with a match against Iceland. A Selecao head into the game following a thrilling 7-0 win over Estonia and their fresh confidence will be tested against Lars Lagerback’s troops. Iceland impressed in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, with the team finishing the process above star-studded Netherlands, but they have been struggling in friendly games. The Icelanders suffered no less than six defeats in nine warm-up games and that is the main reason why we predict Portugal will emerge triumphant in the opening match of their Euro 2016 campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace against Estonia and, no doubt, all eyes will be on the Portuguese superstar when A Selecao take on Lars Lagerback’s team in Tuesday’s football match. A man to watch in the away team will be Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has netted 13 goals for the Iceland national team to date.
Highligted Player (Finnbogason):
Born in Grindavik in 1989, Alfred Finnbogason is one of the most prolific strikers in the history of Icelandic football, as the well-travelled forward has been scoring goals for fun throughout his career. His talent was first spotted at Breidablik, where two very successful campaign helped him move to Lokeren, where he did not spent a lot of time and soon signed for Helsingborgs. The return of 12 goals in 17 league outings for the Swedish giants soon secured him a move to Heerenveen, where he would go on to play the best football of his career, scoring remarkable 53 goals in 65 Eredivisie matches. Finnbogason somewhat struggled during spells with Real Sociedad and Olympiakos, but managed to kick-start his career at Augsburg, just in time to help Iceland on their first ever European Championship appearance. The prolific striker has been a member of the country’s national team since 2010, making over 30 appearances and scoring quite a few goals despite the fact that he was not always considered a first team regular.
Highlighted Team (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires. Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.