Despite possessing the world's most expensive footballer in Cristiano Ronaldo and being expected to cruise through FIFA World Cup™ qualifying with the minimum of fuss, Portugal managed just 19 points in Group 1.

Carlos Queiroz's side needed a 2-0 aggregate play-off win over Bosnia-Herzegovina to secure their place in South Africa after finishing second behind Denmark in a group that also contained Sweden, Hungary, Albania and Malta.

Simao was the nation's top scorer with four goals, whereas the team's talisman Ronaldo failed to find the net in over 550 minutes of football.