Many football fans were disappointed by the performance of the Portugal national football team in this summer's Brazil World Cup. Going into the tournament, the team was oscillating between third and fourth place on FIFA's world rankings list. Portugal 2014 World Cup Home ShirtPortugal ended up being eliminated in the group stage, far earlier than anyone had expected. Luckily, the team has a chance to redeem itself at the 2016 UEFA European Championship, and you can support their qualification campaign with a bevy of new Portugal soccer jerseys 2014 - 2015 from Soccer Box!

If you supported the Portugal team at the World Cup, you probably already have the Portugal home shirt 2014 - 2015. The Nike-manufactured jersey is an attractive red football shirt with classy horizontal striping that adds character to what is otherwise a fairly traditional kit design. On Soccer Box, the shirt is listed as Portugal's 2014 World Cup home shirt, but the team will also make use of it during the qualifiers for Euro 2016, which begin this fall.

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World Cup Woes

To be fair, the deck was fairly stacked against Portugal at this year's World Cup, despite the team's high seeding. For one thing, Portugal's football team was drawn into arguably the most difficult group of the entire tournament Group G, with eventual champions Germany and competitive squads from the United States and Ghana.

For another thing, Portugal's absolute star football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was suffering from an injury and couldn't play as much of a role as team manager Paulo Bento undoubtedly wanted him to.

Those two factors combined to reduce some of the magic of the the World Cup. All told, the Portugal national team only won a single match at this year's tournament against Ghana suffering a 4-0 beat-down at the hands of the German team and facing the USA in a hard-fought 2-2 draw. That gave Portugal the same record as the USA, but Portugal couldn't overcome the negative goal difference margin from that German match, and as a result, the USA progressed to the round of 16 while Portugal went home early.

European Championship History

However, the year isn't over for the Portugal soccer jerseys 2014 - 2015 or the players who wear them. On the contrary, this fall marks the beginning of qualifying rounds for Euro 2016, and because of the recent World Cup woes, the Portugal national team will enter those fixtures with something new to prove.

The Portugal national team would not have been complacent, even with a more successful World Cup run. Just like with the World Cup, Portugal has never won a European Championship title. Instead, the Portugal team has made it to the semifinals on three occasions (most recently in 2012) and ended up in the runner-up position as the host country in 2004.

On all of those occasions, Portugal fell to the eventual champions. In 2004, the team was bested by Greece in a shocking 1-0 upset. In both 1984 and 2000, Portugal lost to France in the semifinals before the French went on to win the whole tournament. Then again in 2012, Portugal's semifinal match against Spain came down to penalty kicks.

Euro 2016 Hopes

This year, the European Championship tournament will be returning to France for the first time since 1984. But instead of being eliminated by the home team and the eventual champion in the semifinals once more, Portugal will hope to claim its first UEFA Euro trophy.

Before talk of victory can really be generated though, Portugal has to actually qualify for Euro 2016. The team will start its campaign to do so shortly when players don the Portugal home shirt 2014 - 2015 for a September 7 match against Albania.

That match will be one of the eight that Portugal plays between now and next October in an effort to qualify for the European Championship. Portugal's qualifying group Group I will also feature the current football squads from Denmark, Serbia, and Armenia.

Do you think that the Portugal national football team can redeem itself at Euro 2016? If so, you'll want to support the team throughout the coming year of qualifiers, and what better way to do that than with a set of Portugal soccer jerseys from Soccer Box?