Pictures : Cristiano Ronaldo Training With Portugal Team (24 March 2013)

Despite not performing against Azerbaijan, Cristiano Ronaldo still joined Portugal training session.

On earlier interview, Cristiano Ronaldo was asked about the last match against Israel, also about his decision to stay with the team.

”I want to stay with the team and support them. I’m sad after the last game, and want to stay to give contribution for the team. The last game was a huge mistake which can’t be repeated, but I still think positive and we can still make it. It’s a difficult task but it’s not impossible” Fortsätt läsa Pictures : Cristiano Ronaldo Training With Portugal Team (24 March 2013)

Cristiano Ronaldo Posed For GQ Magazine

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Cristiano Ronaldo got his own space for a cover in GQ Magazine. The new edition will be about World Cup 2010, the most important moments this year, which takes place in South Africa. But he won’t be the only footballer who takes the whole cover in GQ.

To mark the greatest football event, GQ has created the five special World Cup covers, which placed Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas and Fabio Capello, the England coach. Here the pictures from the cover magazine :

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal In The ”Group Of Death” With Brazil And Ivory Coast

There could not have been a more difficult for Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to be in than Group G, which is regarded as the World Cup’s group of death. Brazil, Ivory Coast, and North Korea complete the table that promises to offer thrill, joy for some and disappointment for others.

In what will be his first World Cup as a captain, Cristiano Ronaldo will come up against the toughest oppositions.

Brazil are not only the reigning CONMEBOL and Confederations Cup champions, but they are also the team that thrashed Portugal 6-2 in a friendly in South America back in 2008.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast will be out to create a big challenge as the most dangerous African nation. Leaded by Chelsea striker and former Cristiano Ronaldo rival, Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast count other experienced star players: Barcelona’s Seydou Keita is one of them and the midfielder will try to impose himself against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.

As for North Korea, the public will be advised not to underestimate them. The Asian country are determined to shock the world by trampling down the big names and ultimately reaching the final of the World Cup.

Every match will be a tough battle and Cristiano Ronaldo will have to make the most of his potential and captaincy to guide Portugal out of the group stage.

Anyone fearing an early exit for the 2006 World Cup semi-finalists?

World Cup Draw Coming Up – With What Teams Will Ronaldo’s Portugal Be Paired?

The World Cup draw is finally here. This evening, we’ll all know in which group and with what teams Ronaldo’s Portugal will be paired at the World Cup.

The action starts at 17:00 GMT from Cape Town with personalities such as David Beckham, Desmond Tutu, and Portugal’s own legend Eusebio all except to have a starring role.

Like France, Portugal missed out on a seeding place. The 2006 World Cup semi-finalists have been put in Pot 4 alongside fellow European countries like Greece and Serbia.

Cristiano Ronaldo Fan gives you the opportunity to take a close look at each pot:

Pot 1: (Hosts & Top Seeds)

(South Africa; Brazil; Spain; Holland; Italy; Germany; Argentina; England)

Pot 2: (CONCACAF, AFC, and OFC)

(Mexico; USA; South Korea; Japan; Australia; Honduras; New Zealand; North Korea)

Pot 3: (CONMEBOL and CAF)

(Paraguay; Ghana; Cameroon; Cote d’Ivoire; Nigeria; Uruguay; Algeria; Chile)

Pot 4: (UEFA)

(Denmark; France; Greece; Portugal; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Switzerland)

What would be your dream group for Portugal? Share your wishes with the thousands of Cristiano Ronaldo fans that come on Cristiano Ronaldo’s most updated website, CRF!

Portugal Captain Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals His Sweet South Africa Dream

You might wonder if the subject of Cristiano Ronaldo’s revelation is around his private life characterized by money, fame, and a host of ladies.

The truth is that Ronaldo’s sweet dream has to do with football matters and with the World Cup especially.

Ahead of the draw for the group stages of South Africa 2010 which will take place on Friday at 17:00 GMT, Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his desire to meet Spain in the final of the World Cup next summer.

The Portugal captain declared to AS:

”Our goal was to qualify for South Africa [2010] and we succeeded. I don’t want to face Spain too early [in the World Cup tournament].”

He added:

”It would be best to do so in the final. That would be a dream.”

However, Cristiano Ronaldo also admitted that it won’t be easy to reach the sky. He avowed:

”It is going to be a difficult tournament. We’ll be prepared anyway, and then the rest will be up to what God wants.”

With the performances and results that Portugal created since 2008, the majority of the public find it hard to imagine the 2006 World Cup semi-finalists go all the way to glory in South Africa.

What about you? Is there any realistic chance for Portugal to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy in South Africa?

Hurray!! Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal Qualify For The World Cup In South Africa!

Portugal erupt in joy as they qualify to the finals of the World Cup in South Africa 2010Whistle in celebration, jump with joy, clap your hands together, and dance with excitement! Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal have finally qualified for the finals of the World Cup in South Africa!!!

Yes, the road was tough and at a point, it even seemed like the 2004 European finalists would not make it. Portugal were in danger of missing out on a top two finish in the group stages.

However, after benefiting from Sweden’s slip on match-day 9, the Portuguese were offered a final chance to reach South Africa 2010 by grabbing play-off tickets.

The indeed took all of their chances by clinching the maximum six points and they finished just behind Denmark in second place.

Portugal were paired against Bosnia Herzegovina which they hosted in the first leg. Bruno Alves’ lone goal separated the two sides and gave Portugal a vital edge ahead of the second leg that was played last night in Zenica.

The 1-0 advantage meant that even a 2-1 defeat away to Bosnia Herzegovina would have seen the Portuguese break through to the World Cup that will take stage next year.

Having being so wasteful in the first leg, Carlos Queiros’ side feared that the home side will go all out to attack them. But at the relief of the Portuguese, Bosnia showed little signs of aggressiveness throughout the game.

The first period ended goalless with Portugal looking more likely to score and win. Then came the decisive moment that every Portuguese fans were waiting for: the GOAL!

Manchester United’s winger Luis Nani provided a cross that found the foot of Raul Meireles who simply had to tap the ball into the back of the net.

At that point, Portugal had not only broken the dead lock but also drawn an unbreakable wall between them and their opponents, Bosnia Herzegovina.

With Raul Meireles’ 56th minute opener, it meant that the hosts on the night had to find three goals in less than forty minutes against a Portuguese side that grew more dominant as time passed by.

Well, it wasn’t to be; Portugal kept a clean sheet to seal their 2-0 aggregate over Bosnia Herzegovina which ultimately saw them qualify into the finals of the World Cup that will come up next year.

Victory over Malta sends Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal into the play-offs

United Portugal qualifyThey’ve made it, right at the end! Portugal have sealed their place in the play-offs thanks to a 4-0 victory over Malta.

Simao Sabrosa, Luis Nani, Liedson, and Edinho all found the back of the net as the hosts cruised past their opponents.

Despite the absence of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal made it to the final step of qualification.

Watch the video highlights of Portugal’s victory on our Video Page. Watch out also for more pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo in Cristiano Ronaldo Fan’s popular Photo Gallery.

Angela Asante, CRF Chief Editor

Portugal beat Hungary in must-win qualifier but Ronaldo gets injured

Portugal almost enjoyed the best of nights on Saturday by beating Hungary 3-0 in Lisbon. In the other decisive match in Group A, Sweden’s loss to Denmark benefited the Portuguese who then moved onto second in the table.

However, the 2004 European Championship runners-up’s relief was tarnished by Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness issues. The Real Madrid winger suffered another ankle injury and had to leave the pitch even before half time.

Portugal badly needed to come out victorious from the encounter on Saturday. At the same time, they had to pray that Sweden did not beat the Danes in Denmark.

That is exactly what happened indeed. Cristiano Ronaldo set up Atletico Madrid’s Simao Sabrosa for the opening goal at the 17th minute. In fact, Hungary’s goalkeeper Gabor Babos only had himself to blame for that goal as he should have kept hold of Ronaldo’s ball from a cross.

Portugal were in search of a second goal and despite trying hard, they could not manage to do so in the first period. Cristiano Ronaldo’s substitution on 30 minutes almost inflicted an insurmountable fear on the Portuguese. Portugal coach Carlos Queiros admitted Ronaldo’s contribution for the team’s victory on Saturday night. He stated:

”Ronaldo’s involvement in the first goal was crucial in calming us down.

”It is unfortunate that he was injured.”

Fortunately enough for Ronaldo’s country, the second period was all theirs. Striker Liedson doubled Portugal’s tally on 73 minutes with a header and Simao Sabrosa grabbed his brace 11 minutes from normal time with a terrific shot.

With Sweden losing away to Denmark, Portugal’s victory over Hungary took them up to second in the table. The Portuguese chances of clinching an automatic place in the finals is well and truly dead as five points separate them from the leaders Denmark with one game remaining.

On Wednesday, Portugal play against Malta but one man who will definitely miss this match is captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

England’s Wayne Rooney hopes that Portugal miss the World Cup

Do you remember when Portugal came from a goal down to push the game into extra time and ultimately beat England on penalties in the quarter finals of the European championship in 2004?

Do you also remember how Portugal held England to a goalless draw for 120 minutes before humiliating them 3-1 on spot kicks during the 2006 World Cup in Germany?

These are special moments for Portuguese fans but for England’s Wayne Rooney, all these memories are a nightmare. The Manchester United number 10 publicly revealed his wish against Portugal who are on the brink of missing out of the World Cup in South Africa.

Wayne Rooney said:

”It would be nice to see Portugal not there [in the finals] because in the last two tournaments, they’ve knocked us out.”

Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, is a happy and relax man. The 23-year-old is assured of playing at the World Cup after England qualified for the finals earlier in September.