Changing of the guard signals exciting future for Seleção
Portugal’s slump in fortunes after Euro 2012 led to several portents of gloom suggesting the talent well had dried up for the national team. The steady flow of high-quality players, which began with the two-time U20 World Cup winning Golden Generation of the late 1980s, had run dry, we were constantly told.
Where were the likes of Paulo Sousa, Luís Figo, Rui Costa and Deco, undoubtedly world-class performers of the very highest calibre who had graced the Seleção shirt over the past two decades?
Well, a closer look, especially in the light of the U-21 team’s unstoppable form, suggests the Seleção are on the cusp of another richly talented generation of midfielders. In fact, you can make a good argument that Portugal will soon be spoilt for choice in that specific area of the pitch.