On Sunday the "Group of Death" finally dispatched its reaper, and it was Denmark and Netherlands who felt an icy tap on the shoulder. In truth the Dutch, without a point from the first two matches, had long since felt a chill in the air, but for Denmark there will be a slight nagging sense that it might just have hurdled the scythe. What if Jakob Poulsen's second-half shot, which caught the outside of the post, had been a few inches to the right? What if the officials had spotted Holger Badstuber with a fistful of Nicklas Bendtner's shirt as the forward tried to shoot at 1-1? What if we'd really had a go when Germany looked complacent?
Three thoughts after Portugal's 3-2 victory over Denmark in Lviv, Ukraine.
Portugal is eliminating four holidays to try to boost its economy, the government announced -- but only after getting the agreement of the Vatican.
Moody's cut the credit ratings of six European countries on Monday amid continued anxiety over the continent's debt crisis and its sluggish economy.
Portugal has come under heavy pressure in the bond market this week as investors fear the nation could be the next domino to fall in the eurozone debt crisis.
IMF approves a new installment of Portuguese bailout loans. CNN's Jim Boulden explains.
In Portugal's second city, Porto, crowds throng the main shopping streets, accompanied by the smell of roasting chestnuts and the twinkle of festive lights. Bacalhau, the dried, salted codfish traditionally eaten on Christmas Day, hangs in store windows framed by hand-painted wall tiles. Tourists wander past clutching maps and cameras.
[Updated 4 p.m. Monday, November 28] A man passes by the Cais do Sodre train station Thursday in Lisbon, Portugal.
All international flights to and from Portugal were canceled Thursday as a general strike over austerity measures caused chaos for the country's transport network.
Portugal will face Bosnia and Herzegovina for a place in Euro 2012 after the pair were drawn together in the playoffs to reach the finals in Poland and Ukraine next year.
Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal must qualify for Euro 2012 through the playoffs after losing 2-1 to Denmark Tuesday night in Copenhagen.
Dan Rivers reports on George Wright - the man recently captured in Portugal after being on the run for four decades.
Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded the government debt of Portugal, saying it's another European nation that could require a bailout.
Voters in Portugal head to the polls after months of financial woes sparked a request for an international bailout.
Four years after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a British toddler who went missing in Portugal, her parents have written a book detailing their account of that horrible night.
An analyst looks at possible cuts and taxes Portugal might make to be in line with EU and IMF bailout guidelines.
Portugal's caretaker government, led by Jose Socrates, Wednesday admitted his country needed financial aid from the European Union. It would be the third eurozone country to get financial assistance after being unable to fund its debts. Socrates stood down as prime minister on March 23 after being unable to push through austerity measures.
CNN's Felicia Taylor examines why Portugal has joined the growing list of EU countries seeking bailout.
Portugal is seeking a bailout from the European Union after its government Wednesday admitted the country needed help.
CNN's Al Goodman discusses whether Portugal's debt crisis could spread to Spain.
An economist at Informacao de Mercados Financeiros talks Portugal's economy in the midst of ongoing debt crisis.
U.S. stocks came off morning lows but still ended mostly lower Monday following a sell-off in European markets, as investors worried about a possible bailout for Portugal.
Faltering Besiktas have re-inforced their ranks by acquiring their second Portugal international star this week as Hugo Almeida signed Friday for the Turkish side.
U.S. stocks were set to open higher Tuesday morning, following a global market rally and as investors set their sights on 2011.
A popular online video tells the story of the birth of Jesus through Google searches, tweets and Facebook updates.
From elementary-school plays to plastic Joseph and Mary figures on lawns, the holiday season brings all kinds of re-enactments of the birth of Jesus.
South America will support the joint Spain-Portugal bid to host the 2018 World Cup at next week's vote, a top official at its football confederation revealed on Thursday.
An estimated 3 million workers walked off the job Wednesday in Portugal's first general strike in 22 years, a protest against austerity measures imposed by a government under market pressure to cut spending.
Portugal's general strike causes problems as international markets keep up pressure. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
Portugal earned a satisfying 4-0 win over world-champion neighbors Spain on Wednesday night, while France continued to improve under Laurent Blanc with a 2-1 victory away to England in another friendly.
In recent years Portugal has been harnessing its enviable southern European climate to benefit more than just its tourism industry.
Gale Agbossoumonde is widely regarded as one of the U.S.' top center back prospects, and within a few weeks' time he will no longer be team-less.
Judges issued guilty verdicts Friday in Lisbon against six defendants, including a well-known Portuguese television star and a former diplomat, in a long-running child sexual abuse case that has riveted national attention, according to CNN affiliate TVI.
More than 700 firefighters are battling a dozen forest blazes raging in northern Portugal, government agencies said Thursday.
Portugal is the latest European nation to get slapped with a downgrade on its debt. On Tuesday, Moody's Investors Services took Portugal's bond rating down a few notches, citing a foundering economy.
Portugal took a big step to escaping the World Cup's so-called "group of death" by crushing North Korea 7-0 in a rematch of the two nations' famous 1966 clash in South Africa on Monday.
Portugal winger Nani has been ruled out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a collar bone injury.
As Greece barreled closer to the edge of a debt default this week, fears that the crisis would infect other countries rattled the world's financial markets. "It's not a question of the danger of contagion," Angel Gurria, the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation, said. "Contagion has already happened. This is like Ebola."
Oil prices plunged over 2% after Greece and Portugal's debt downgrade fueled concerns that money problems could spread, threatening the fragile economic recovery and demand.
Treasury prices gained Tuesday after both Greece and Portugal saw their debt downgraded.
Stocks closed lower Wednesday as the dollar strengthened on fears tied to the growing fiscal crisis in Europe and a dour report on U.S. sales of new homes raised concerns about the economic recovery.
Bets against the fiscally unfit are multiplying, and there's no telling where they will stop.
Portugal have confirmed that captain Cristiano Ronaldo will not be fit for the World Cup playoffs against Bosnia-Herzegovina, thus ending a growing club-versus-country row.
Real Madrid have told Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz they will not make star striker Cristiano Ronaldo available for the two crucial World Cup qualifying playoffs.
France, Portugal, Russia and Greece have been confirmed as the seeded teams for Monday's World Cup European playoff draw.
Portugal booked themselves a place in the European playoffs for next year's World Cup finals after a comfortable 4-0 Group One victory over Malta.
Brazilian-born Liedson kept alive Portugal's slender World Cup qualifying hopes with a late equalizer against Group 1 leaders Denmark in Copenhagen.
Here's a snapshot of Portugal's defining experiences: beaches, cities, and food and wine. Get a sense of which ones fit your travel style and your budget.
Nazare, a two-hour drive north of Lisbon on Portugal's Atlantic coast, is famous for its women who wear skirts with seven petticoats (one for each day, for the seven colors of the rainbow, or ... make up your own legend). While this tradition helps stoke the town's tourist trade, it's also just the way people live here.
It's a question that I have asked myself for a long time. Why can't Portugal produce a top golfer?
CNN's Pedro Pinto visits the Victoria club in the Algarve to investigate the current state of Portuguese golf.
Denmark scored three goals in the last eight minutes to upset Portugal 3-2 in Lisbon on Wednesday and hand home coach Carlos Queiroz his first defeat since taking charge.
A McCann family spokesman explains what it would mean for the family if Portuguese police end their investigation.
Due to a lack of evidence, authorities will no longer look for the missing girl
Portuguese media are reporting that police are dropping their investigation into last year's disappearance of a British girl due to a lack of evidence
Pre-tournament favorites Germany and Portugal serve up a heavyweight clash to kick off quarterfinal action at the European Championships in Basle on Thursday night.
Germany, Holland and Spain set the pace in Europe's classic football championship
Portugal made a confident opening to their Euro 2008 campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Turkey in their Group A clash in Geneva on Saturday night.
Ninety minutes after pulling out of Lisbon, I'm driving into a different world -- humble but proud Evora, capital of Portugal's Alentejo region.
First-half goals from Joao Moutinho and Simao Sabrosa gave Portugal a 2-0 victory over Georgia in a friendly in Viseu on Saturday.
With its membership in the European Union, many things are changing in Portugal. Day after day the roads here were messing up my itinerary -- I'd arrive in town hours before I thought I would. I remember a time when there were absolutely no freeways in Portugal. Now, the country has plenty. They build them so fast, even my Michelin map is missing new ones.
Sunny Spain and Portugal, along with Morocco's gateway city of Tangier, beckon travelers who delight in ornate architecture, authentic culture and people-watching strolls in the cool of the evening. Here's what to expect if you visit this year.
Italy produced a typically efficient performance to beat Portugal 3-1 in a friendly international in Zurich on Wednesday.
Tournament favorites New Zealand predictably trounced minnows Portugal in Lyon, but the 108-13 scoreline meant the All Blacks fell well short of breaking their own World Cup points record.
Portugal were denied a much-needed win in Group A of Euro 2008 qualifying as a late equalizer from Branislav Ivanovic gave Serbia a 1-1 draw in Lisbon on Wednesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored an outstanding equalizer to help Portugal draw 1-1 away to Armenia in their Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.
Surf this: The potential market for wave energy -- electricity generated by offshore turbines -- is worth a staggering $1 trillion worldwide, according to the World Energy Council, a nonprofit research organization.
A brilliant second-half goal by Helder Postiga earned Portugal a 2-1 win over Belgium in Euro 2008 qualifying on Saturday.
Police searching for a 4-year-old British girl who disappeared 11 days ago in southern Portugal sealed off a villa Monday near where she is believed to have been abducted, according to news reports.
Winger Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal crushed Belgium 4-0 in their Euro 2008 qualifier in Group A on Saturday.
Martin Jorgensen helped Denmark stun World Cup semifinalists Portugal 4-2 on Friday as both teams warmed up for their opening Euro 2008 qualifiers.
France go into Wednesday night's World Cup semifinal in Munich as favorites having won their seven previous meetings with Portugal, including a controversial victory at the same stage of Euro 2000.
Portugal said they had the talent and mental strength to overcome England in their World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday but admitted the game would be difficult.
The nine men of Portugal beat the nine men of the Netherlands 1-0 in an explosive World Cup quarterfinal in Nuremberg on Sunday night.
Simao Sabrosa scored two goals and Luis Figo added a third as Portugal eased to a 3-0 World Cup warmup win over Luxembourg in Metz, France on Saturday.
Striker Pauleta scored a hat-trick as Portugal beat Cape Verde Islands 4-1 in a World Cup warm-up in Evora on Saturday.
Portugal striker Pauleta has clarified his future before the start of the World Cup finals by extending his contract with Paris St Germain.
Group D | World ranking: 7
Portugal came from a goal down to beat Liechtenstein 2-1 in their Group Three qualifier and secure a place in the 2006 World Cup.
European Group 3 leaders Portugal must wait to secure qualification for the World Cup finals after being held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Russia in Moscow.
No active fires were burning in Portugal as of Thursday morning -- a drastic change from last weekend, when several dozen blazes were raging, according to a Portuguese official.
Cooler temperatures and a fleet of international firefighting aircraft are helping authorities in Portugal to contain raging wildfires, with just five large fires still burning on Wednesday, down from several dozen over the weekend, a Portuguese official told CNN.
Two more people have died in the two dozen wildfires sweeping Portugal despite the arrival in the country of international firefighting assistance, raising the overall toll to 15, officials said.
Portugal, boosted by the return of Luis Figo, beat Slovakia 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Lisbon, to take a three-point lead in Group Three.
New technology is usually considered the preserve of the young, but a show home in Portugal is demonstrating how it can also help the elderly and disabled maintain their independence.
Helder Postiga equalized in the 62nd minute Wednesday as Group Three leaders Portugal held big rivals Slovakia 1-1 in a World Cup qualifying match.
Two Portuguese clubs will qualify automatically for the group stage of next season's Champions League as a result of Porto's triumph last May.
Portugal says it is dispatching more military personnel to help fight wildfires that have burned for four days.
Portugal cannot afford another bout of stage fright when they meet Greece for the second time in the tournament in Sunday's Euro 2004 final.
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will lead an army of around 6,000 fans to Portugal to support their side in Sunday's Euro 2004 final against the host nation.
Portugal was recovering from another sleepless night on Thursday after the national team's 2-1 Euro 2004 semifinal win over the Netherlands sparked celebrations across the nation and beyond.
Hosts Portugal roared into their first major final as goals from midfielders Cristiano Ronaldo and Maniche sealed a deserved 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the first Euro 2004 semifinal.
Hosts Portugal became the first team into the semi-finals of Euro 2004 when they defeated England 6-5 on penalties at the end of a pulsating game which ended 2-2 after extra time.
Porto midfielder Deco Souza says he is almost certain to join Chelsea after Euro 2004.
Portugal resurrected their Euro 2004 hopes and ended those of 10-man Russia with a 2-0 victory in Lisbon on Wednesday.
English football fans have clashed with Portuguese riot police in southern Portugal in the first major outbreak of violence at Euro 2004.
Portugal will accept nothing less than victory over Greece on Saturday as the hosts kick off Euro 2004 at Porto's Estadio do Dragao.
Perched on the western edge of Europe, Portugal doesn't usually worry too much about security.
In a high-profile pedophile case involving some of Portugal's most prominent people, a judge Monday suddenly dropped charges against two defendants and reduced charges against eight others, their lawyers said.
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