Latest Portugal National Soccer Team News

Ronaldo makes Saudi league debut for Al Nassr, doesn't score

Jan. 22, 2023 18:27 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in his Saudi Pro League debut for Al Nassr, but his presence electrified fans at King Saud University Stadium as the team beat Ettifaq 1-0 to retake first place on Sunday. Talisca headed the winner in the 31st minute...

Cristiano Ronaldo experiences surreal start in Saudi Arabia

Jan. 06, 2023 12:13 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The palm trees lining the desert roads leading out of Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport were wet with rain drops when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived this week in Saudi Arabia’s capital city. The surprising weather greeted the soccer great’s...

Bayern says Morocco's Mazraoui had COVID, out with swelling

Jan. 06, 2023 06:25 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich said Friday that full-back Noussair Mazraoui tested positive for the coronavirus during Morocco's historic run to the semifinals of the World Cup and has since been found to have swelling around his heart. Bayern left Mazraoui out of the squad that left...

Ronaldo rejected offers elsewhere for top salary Saudi deal

Jan. 03, 2023 16:53 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was presented as the superstar new signing of Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on Tuesday, with the team’s president saying the Portugal great deserves to be the highest paid player on the planet. Ronaldo said he turned down “many...

Cristiano Ronaldo makes big-money move to Saudi Arabian club

Dec. 30, 2022 19:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo completed a lucrative move to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on Friday in a deal that is a landmark moment for Middle Eastern soccer but will see one of Europe's biggest stars disappear from the sport's elite stage. Al Nassr posted a picture on social...

AP PHOTOS: Favorite photos from AP staff at the World Cup

Dec. 24, 2022 03:57 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A World Cup that ended with Lionel Messi finally holding the golden trophy in his hands produced some unforgettable images from the staff of Associated Press photographers at the tournament in Qatar. Through the 64 games over nearly a month of soccer, the AP...

Portugal coach quits after World Cup exit in quarterfinals

Dec. 15, 2022 13:10 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal coach Fernando Santos has quit, the Portuguese soccer federation announced Thursday, after eight years in the job and five days after Portugal’s exit from the World Cup in the quarterfinals. The 68-year-old Santos reached an amicable agreement...

After World Cup success, Morocco has renewed aims to host

Dec. 15, 2022 13:09 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The idea that Morocco could co-host the 2030 World Cup with near-neighbors Spain and Portugal seemed a bit crazy when it was floated four years ago. It doesn't seem so crazy now. Morocco has gained status inside FIFA and credibility with fans by...

Morocco faces France in politically charged World Cup game

Dec. 14, 2022 09:57 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Hind Sabouni bristles with pride as she recalls her country's history-making World Cup run as it eliminated one European soccer powerhouse and former colonial power after another — Belgium, Spain and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal — to become the first African and Arab...

Portugal prepares for post-Ronaldo era after World Cup exit

Dec. 11, 2022 12:04 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The fortunes of Portugal’s national team have been inextricably linked with Cristiano Ronaldo for nearly two decades. Is a new era upon us? Ronaldo was in tears as he made his way to the locker room following Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Morocco in...