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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:43 am 
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How Portugal's World Cup bid is intertwined with the nation's psyche

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sbo bz sbobet Having conquered Europe in 2016, Portugal have their sights set on global domination at this summer's World Cup. Sky Sports caught up with midfielder Adrien Silva to explore how the foundation of the Portuguese mission in Russia has been ingrained in the nation's psyche for centuries.

Eleven host cities and 12 stadiums around Russia have been given the privilege of hosting games when this summer's World Cup gets underway on June 14. With a week to go until the big kick-off, the stages are set for goals, drama and another chapter in football's esteemed history to be written.

The national anthems of the 32 competing countries will act as a precursor to each of the tournament's 64 games, with none more passionately recited than that of the Portuguese. "May Europe cry out to the whole Earth, Portugal has not perished" is the standout line from 'A Portuguesa', which calls for the transition of Portuguese power to the international stage, reminiscent of a time when they were one of the global superpowers.

This summer, the anthem will try and spur Portugal onto a different form of global supremacy - a maiden World Cup triumph. And having already travelled to Russia for last summer's Confederations Cup, it's a mission Leicester midfielder Adrien Silva is relishing.

He told Sky Sports: "I am looking forward to going back. Every game I am proud to represent my country. It is a special feeling when you hear your national anthem, so I want to go back and hear this song. sbo bz sbobet

"It's much better to go to the World Cup as European champions. When you achieve this representing your country for the first time, it's very special as a player and as a Portuguese also. We will try to do our best again to represent the country in the World Cup."

Russia has proved to be a tough hunting ground for the Portuguese in international football, winning just one of their four previous matches in the host nation. That victory came on their last trip, though, an early Cristiano Ronaldo goal enough to see off Russia in the group stages of the Confederations Cup.

Russia holds fond memories for Silva on a personal level; it was the scene of his first and only international goal, an extra-time penalty which saw Portugal finish the World Cup warm-up tournament in third place at the expense of Mexico.

"A very special goal because it was in the third-place play-off," Silva recalls. "It was more special because we achieved third place. "Of course, we wanted to go to the final but after this was not possible, we had the conviction to finish the tournament well and we did that and I am very happy we did this."

Asked if having tournament experience in Russia gives Portugal an advantage over World Cup Group B rivals Spain, Morocco and Iran, Silva added: "Maybe, because we know how things work there. "How far the stadiums are between them, the weather is sometimes important but we will see. At this level all the players are prepared to play anywhere all the time. sbo bz sbobet


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Bale, Modric, Grealish, Tierney, Barrios - The truth behind every Spurs summer transfer rumour

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sport Tottenham Hotspur and transfer rumours always go hand in hand and this year is certainly proving to be no different, but which ones actually make sense.Newspapers, websites and even simple word of mouth play their part in linking players from every part of the world with joining Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham project.

Gareth Bale
There's only one place to start and that's with Tottenham's former Welshman. Most Spurs fans would love to see Bale walk back through Spurs' doors this summer as a marquee signing for the new stadium.

Wilmar Barrios
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios and a potential move to Tottenham Hotspur in recent days.

Jack Grealish
Spurs are interested in Aston Villa's 22-year-old midfielder Jack Grealish, who played in a deeper central role last season as Steve Bruce's men reached the Championship play-off final, as a potential long-term replacement.

Mario Götze
football.london understands Spurs are keeping tabs on the situation with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze this summer.

Luka Modric
sport Many Spurs fans would love to have Modric return to the club. The 32-year-old Croatian midfielde is still one of Real Madrid's most important players.

Ryan Sessegnon
Spurs would love to bring Sessegnon across the capital and are also keeping tabs on his twin brother Steven. Tottenham made moves for Ryan last summer but could not get the deal done and they will be regretting that big time this summer.

Jamaal Lascelles
Like Grealish, this one makes sense in terms of Spurs' issues with the number of foreign players in their squad.

Wilfried Zaha
Pochettino has long been a fan of the Ivory Coast international and Spurs have made bids for the Crystal Palace winger in the past.

Xherdan Shaqiri
This is a strange one that has popped out of left field since Stoke's relegation. Spurs kept tabs on Shaqiri years ago during his Basel days but a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then.

Malcom
Spurs eventually chose Lucas Moura over Malcom in January having spoken with Bordeaux about signing the younger Brazilian winger. However, the club are expected go back in for the 21-year-old, who is also a target for Bayern Munich and Arsenal. sport

Tanguy Ndombele
The 21-year-old Amiens midfielder was on loan last season at Lyon and Spurs have been mentioned among many others as potential suitors for his signature this summer.

Florian Thauvin
A new rumour this week, with the 25-year-old former Newcastle winger having hit new heights this season with 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1, plus three goals and two assists in the Europa League.


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