President dines with footballers preparing for Euro 2024 qualifier

President dines with footballers preparing for Euro 2024 qualifier

Portugal faces Bosnia-Herzegovina at Lisbon’s Estádio da Luz on Saturday

Portugal’s president Marcelo has dined with the national football team as they begin preparing for their Euro 2024 qualifying match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday.

This will be the third big match of the team under new coach Roberto Martinez. So far they have been doing ‘super well’.

Marcelo spent Tuesday evening ‘mingling with the players, and getting to know Martínez and his coaching staff better’, says a note on the Portuguese Football Federation which published a photo of the occasion with the federation president Fernando Gomes as well as team captain Cristiano Ronaldo and squad veteran, Pepe.

For supporters of the national squad, Saturday’s game starts at 7.45pm at  Lisbon’s Estádio da Luz.

Since the start of these qualifying games, Portugal has beaten Liechtenstein 4-0, at Lisbon’s Estadio José Alvalade, and then thrashed Luxembourg away, 6-0.

Portugal currently heads its qualifying Group J with six points, followed by Slovakia, which has four, and Bosnia and Iceland, both with three. Luxembourg, with just one point, and Liechtenstein, with no points, occupy the penultimate and last places, respectively.

Only the top two teams in the group will qualify directly for the final round of the European Championships, which are to be held in Germany.