By Benson Petit-Clair
In preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, the Portugal national team will host Greece in a friendly match on May 31, 2014, announced the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) on Tuesday.
“We will honor an important phase of our preparation for the World Cup against Greece, led by a coach who I know well,” said Portugal head coach Paulo Bento.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s squad eliminated Zlatan Ibrahimović and the Sweden national team to reach the 2014 World Cup where they will be facing Germany, USA, and Ghana in group G play; arguably the toughest group of the tournament next summer in Brazil. Meanwhile, Greece, will be sided with Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast in group C.
“This will be a very important test for our team,” said Greece’s coach Fernando Santos, “as against a very strong opponent we will be able to assess the level of our readiness just a few days before we start our games for the World Cup,” added the Portuguese-born manager.
In their last friendly outing, the Portuguese were defeated 3:1 by Brazil at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, USA, and have failed to defeat Greece in the past three occasions they met, including a meeting in the Euro 2012 final which took place in Lisbon.
The venue for the match is yet to be determined.