THE BALL – What if it was you? The 44 names of which Fernando Santos will take 26 to bring to the World Cup (Selection)

Fernando Santos’ list for the Qatar World Cup will have 3 goalkeepers, 8 defenders and 7/8 midfielders and forwards. The 26 chosen will come out, from the beginning, of the 44 names that we publish here. Now the ‘goldsmith’s job’ is missing, with 80 percent of the choices made and there are six doubts.

It should be remembered that Portugal are playing today, against Spain, for the League of Nations, the last official match before that of Qatar. There will also be a friendly against Nigeria on November 17, but it will be here that the list of 26 players called up for the World Cup finals will be known.

A list that will not be very different from the current one. It would not make sense, in fact, that it was not so, when we are less than a month and a half from the start of the race.

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44 names to choose from 26


Diogo Costa

Rui Patrizio

José Sa

Antonio Lopes

Rui Silva

Central defenders

Ruben Dias


Danilo Pereira

Tiago Djalò

José Fonte

Sunday Duarte

Gonçalo Inácio

Antonio Silva

rights defenders

João Cancelo

Diogo Dalot

Nelson Semedo

Cédric Soares

left-wing defenders

Raffaello Guerreiro

Nuno Mendes

Mario Rui

Nuno Tavares



Bernard Silva

Bruno Fernandes

Drinking straw



Matteo Nunes

Ruben Neves

William Carvalho

João Mario

João Moutinho

Renato Sanches

Pedro Goncalves


Cristiano Ronaldo

Rafael Leo

João Felix

Diogo Jota

Ricardo Horta

Pietro Netto

Gonçalo Guedes

André Silva

Francisco Trincao

Gonçalo Ramos

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