Drawn into Group I for qualification into the 2016 European Championships, the Portugal national football team already had an inherently easier run to the UEFA tournament than most other countries. Where most of the qualifying groups have six teams each, Group I has only five. That means Portugal only has to best three other countries to earn a slot in Euro 2016. And thanks to the efforts of captain Cristiano Ronaldo, there is little doubt that we will be seeing the Portugal football shirt at Euro in two years.

The Portuguese squad's run in this autumn's qualifying fixtures has been far from bulletproof. Indeed, the country has only scored two goals. Both of those goals were provided by Ronaldo, though, who is a talented enough star that any team he plays for is worth supporting. At Soccer Box, we have a range of gear to celebrate Cristiano and his national squad as a whole. Whether you are looking for an adult home football shirt or a Portugal youth away jersey 2014 2015, you can find it here!

The 2014 Run

2014 has been a whirlwind year for the Portuguese national side. Earlier this year, they were ranked by FIFA as one of the top three football teams in the world, and as one of the frontrunners for the 2014 World Cup.

Those predictions ultimately proved off, not just for the wearers of the Portugal football shirt, but for accuracy in general. Portugal exited the World Cup early, while other predicted frontrunners like Spain and Brazil also failed to meet expectations.

Qualifying Fixtures so Far

After the underperforming world cup appearance, youth and adult fans alike were hoping for something more from the Portuguese football side at the Euro 2016 qualifiers. So far, those hopes have been mostly fulfilled. A 0-1 home loss against Albania back in September was surprising and unwelcome, but subsequent victories against Denmark and Armenia have kept good will alive for the Portugal team.

The win against Denmark, in particular, was key. Fans donned the Portugal youth away jersey 2014 2015 and watched from abroad as Ronaldo and company traveled to Denmark for the match. Portugal ultimately won that match, despite the away game pressures.

That win was notable, since Denmark is currently leading Group I as qualifying play goes on hold until 2015. Of course, because of the uneven distribution, standings won't count for much until October 2015, when the final matches are played. Right now, for instance, the Danish squad is the only one in Group I that has played four games. The other teams have played three each.

With another game, Portugal could easily overtake the Danish. That's thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, undeniably the greatest player to ever wear the Portugal football shirt. Cristiano has scored his squad's only two goals in the Euro qualifiers so far.

Fixtures Still to Come

Unfortunately, fans of the Portuguese football squad will have to wait until March 2015 for their team's fourth match. That game will give them a chance to face Serbia, the only national side in Group I they have not yet met. A win there would put Portugal two points ahead of Denmark in the standings, and give the youth fans something to cheer about and look forward to!

Despite 2014 struggles, no one expects the Portuguese side to miss out on Euro 2016 qualification. As fans in the Portugal youth away jersey 2014 2015 will recall, the team has been a major contender at each of the past two European Championships.

In 2012, the Portuguese football team advanced all the way to the semifinals, before losing to Spain in penalty kicks. The Spanish side, of course, went on to win the tournament. In 2008, Portugal lost in the quarterfinals, being edged out 2-3 by Germany. Spain ultimately beat the Germans in the final.

Will 2016 see a similar performance? Only time will tell, but you can support the football squad today with a new Portugal football shirt, available at Soccer Box! We have youth and adult versions of the home jersey or away jersey. You can find a player-specific jersey or training shirt on our site. So stop by today and browse our selection!