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5 Reasons Why Portugal Will Hoist the World Cup in 2014

Portugal Will Hoist 2014 World Cup

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This summer's World Cup will showcase some of the most powerful players in the world, but a single solid player cannot carry an entire team. This qualification has been a long time in the making, and even with the struggle, I think Portugal can definitely bring the cup home. There are just too many things on Portugal's side, and it is far from an underdog in the tournament.

5. Group of Death

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5. Group of Death

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One of the reasons group G of the World Cup draw is known as the group of death is because of Portugal. Of course, the other reason is because of Germany, but I think Portugal is ready to take it on.

4. Ranked 4 in FIFA

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4. Ranked 4 in FIFA

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FIFA ranking may not be taken too seriously by many, but they are decided upon by match results. Being ranked fourth because of match results is a big deal, and I think it will reflect the team's ability against other top-ranked teams.

3. New Coach Paulo Bento

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3. New Coach Paulo Bento

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Bento began coaching the national team in September 2010 -- after the last World Cup. Since then, he's helped the team get great results including reaching the semi-finals in Euro 2012. Hopefully these positive results will continue through to this summer.

2. Qualifier Against Sweden

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2. Qualifier Against Sweden

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The qualifying match against Sweden had people on the edge of their seats. It was a true showdown and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could not outwit this team. I'd prepare myself to see more matches like this -- possibly against Germany -- if I were you.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ronaldo is arguably the best player in the world, and he's been known to shine under pressure. He was the reason Portugal beat Sweden in the qualifier as he scored a hat-trick, and I think he will be a big part of the reason Portugal will hoist the World Cup.