Heróis do Mar
Welcome to another story of mine. Don’t fret, my Gremio story will continue but I would like to introduce a second adventure which will run simultaneously.
“Heróis do Mar” translated into English means ‘Ocean Heroes’ which is exactly what the nation of Portugal were known for hundreds of years ago. After a reputation for dominating the seas of the world, including a close alliance with England, Portugal’s national team have been nicknamed ‘Os Navegadores’ (The Navigators). Since “Heróis do Mar” is the opening lyric of the Portuguese national anthem, I’ve decided to make this my title as I aim to take Portugal to the top of the Globe.
I will be….
• Firstly, I’m half Portuguese, yet I have never played as them on FM so a save was long overdue.
• Portugal is a team that has been near the top of world football for quite some time but have slipped down the rankings in recent times. My challenge is to get them to the top in a similar way rivals Spain and Brazil have been.
• Portugal’s squad is ageing and before we know it, a solid generation will have disappeared with a whimper. Portugal hasn’t been the same since 2006 and it will be my job to get back to their good old days and then top that.
• Everyone wants to get to the World Cup but Portugal is actually struggling for qualification in real life. Can you imagine Cristiano Ronaldo missing out on the World Cup? Qualifying in 1st place is a must!
• We are by no means favourites for the 2014 World Cup or the Euro’s two years later but winning one (or both) is not impossible. It’s now or never for us as the likes of Ronaldo, Nani and most of our defenders enter their late 20’s/early 30’s.
• When some players inevitably become too old, who will replace them? The quality of youth players in Portugal has dropped due to domestic teams buying South American talent instead of nurturing local players. That tendency transcends in FM which will make my job tougher (if I make it into the future).
• Finally, with all the illustrious names that have represented Portugal such as Figo, Eusebio, Ronaldo etc. not once have they won a major tournament!!! I hope to make Portugal an unstoppable force so I will obviously be looking to break this pattern.