If you want to really experience football the way it is meant to be enjoyed, Portugal is a great place to be during the World Cup. In this charming part of the Iberian Peninsula, football is a national passion, particularly when the national team, known as the Selecao or the Navigators, competes in the Cup. Qatar 2022 is the eighth appearance of the Navigators in the Cup, and star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed to lead the team to absolute victory prior to his retirement.
As befits a country where the beautiful game is king, Portugal offers various options for keeping up with the Cup on television, streaming devices, or with other fans at bars, cafes, and street parties specifically set up for this purpose. Let’s review your various options.
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Watching Qatar 2022 on Television in Portugal
In an effort to make things somewhat equitable, the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol and FIFA granted broadcasting rights to the following national broadcasters:
* Sport TV: All 64 matches
* RTP Rádio e Televisão de Portugal: 22 matches
* TVI Televisão Independente: 7 matches
* SIC Sociedade Independente de Comunicação: 7 matches
Sport TV is a media giant that has been dominating the football broadcasting landscape in Portugal for many years. With seven channels featuring sports from all over the world, Sport TV is like the ESPN of Portugal, and it can be obtained by subscribing to specific premium packages from cable and satellite television providers such as Vodafone, Altice, MEO, and others. If you don’t see a Qatar 2022 match broadcasting on Sport TV 1, you will find it on Sport TV 2, and you can look for replays on both channels hours after the live broadcast.
RTP, TVI, and SIC are “canais de sinal aberto” (over-the-air) digital stations that require a television reception license, which is automatically collected each month by means of a small fee included in the electricity bill. All you need is a digital antenna connected to a reasonably modern TV set in order to get the RTP, TVI, and SIC signals. Older analog TV sets will require a digital tuner. Each of these channels will broadcast one Selecao match in the group stage; we’ll let you know which in the schedule section below.
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Streaming Qatar 2022 in Portugal
Similar to other European nations, broadcast TV and streaming services are closely integrated. If you are a Sport TV subscriber, for example, you can access the network’s streaming platform by means of registering on the Sport TV Play website; from here, you have the option of viewing on a web browser or installing a mobile app.
RTP Play is the streaming version of the Portuguese national TV network, and it is available from its website or mobile app. If you are a Vodafone cable or IPTV subscriber, for example, you should be able to install the RTP Play app from your client account. The same can be said about TVI Play, but SIC does not yet offer a streaming option.
It is important to keep in mind that the streaming options listed above are region-locked to Portugal, which means that you will need to access with a Portuguese IP address.
Devices You Can Use to Stream Qatar 2022 in Portugal
The Sport TV Play app supports the following operating systems and digital platforms:
* LG Content Store
* Huawei OS
* Samsung TV
Both RTP Play and TVI Play are available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. These two OTA networks stream from their websites to viewers located in Portugal.
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Qatar 2022 TV Schedule for Portugal
The opening ceremony and inaugural match between Qatar and Ecuador were televised in Portugal on November 20 at in the afternoon. The Selecao will debut on November 24 against Ghana at , but not all Portugal group stage matches will be broadcast by the OTA channels. Here is the breakdown of the three OTA group stage matches:
* Portugal vs Ghana on November 24 at on TVI.
* Portugal vs Uruguay on November 28 at on RTP Channel 1.
* Portugal vs South Korea on December 2 at on SIC.
|20 Nov||Qatar vs Ecuador||A||Al Bayt Stadium|
|21 Nov||England vs Iran||B||Khalifa International Stadium|
|21 Nov||Senegal vs Netherlands||A||Al Thumama Stadium|
|21 Nov||USA vs Wales||B||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|22 Nov||Argentina vs Saudi Arabia||C||Lusail Stadium|
|22 Nov||Denmark vs Tunisia||D||Education City Stadium|
|22 Nov||Mexico vs Poland||C||Stadium 974|
|22 Nov||Australia vs France||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|23 Nov||Morocco vs Croatia||F||Al Bayt Stadium|
|23 Nov||Germany vs Japan||E||Khalifa International Stadium|
|23 Nov||Spain vs Costa Rica||E||Al Thumama Stadium|
|23 Nov||Belgium vs Canada||F||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|24 Nov||Switzerland vs Cameroon||G||Al Janoub Stadium|
|24 Nov||Uruguay vs South Korea||H||Education City Stadium|
|24 Nov||Portugal vs Ghana||H||Stadium 974|
|24 Nov||Brazil vs Serbia||G||Lusail Stadium|
|25 Nov||Wales vs Iran||B||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|25 Nov||Qatar vs Senegal||A||Al Thumama Stadium|
|25 Nov||Netherlands vs Ecuador||A||Khalifa International Stadium|
|25 Nov||England vs USA||B||Al Bayt Stadium|
|26 Nov||Tunisia vs Australia||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|26 Nov||Poland vs Saudi Arabia||C||Education City Stadium|
|26 Nov||France vs Denmark||D||Stadium 974|
|26 Nov||Argentina vs Mexico||C||Lusail Stadium|
|27 Nov||Japan vs Costa Rica||E||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|27 Nov||Belgium vs Morocco||F||Al Thumama Stadium|
|27 Nov||Canada vs Croatia||F||Khalifa International Stadium|
|27 Nov||Spain vs Germany||E||Al Bayt Stadium|
|28 Nov||Cameroon vs Serbia||G||Al Janoub Stadium|
|28 Nov||South Korea vs Ghana||H||Education City Stadium|
|28 Nov||Brazil vs Switzerland||G||Stadium 974|
|28 Nov||Portugal vs Uruguay||H||Lusail Stadium|
|29 Nov||Ecuador vs Senegal||A||Khalifa International Stadium|
|29 Nov||Netherlands vs Qatar||A||Al Bayt Stadium|
|29 Nov||Iran vs USA||B||Al Thumama Stadium|
|29 Nov||Wales vs England||B||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|30 Nov||Tunisia vs France||D||Education City Stadium|
|30 Nov||Australia vs Denmark||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|30 Nov||Poland vs Argentina||C||Stadium 974|
|30 Nov||Saudi Arabia vs Mexico||C||Lusail Stadium|
|1 Dec||Belgium vs Croatia||F||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|1 Dec||Canada vs Morocco||F||Al Thumama Stadium|
|1 Dec||Japan vs Spain||E||Khalifa International Stadium|
|1 Dec||Costa Rica vs Germany||E||Al Bayt Stadium|
|2 Dec||South Korea vs Portugal||H||Education City Stadium|
|2 Dec||Ghana vs Uruguay||H||Al Janoub Stadium|
|2 Dec||Serbia vs Switzerland||G||Stadium 974|
|2 Dec||Cameroon vs Brazil||G||Lusail Stadium|
|3 Dec||Netherlands vs USA||Round of 16||Khalifa International Stadium|
|3 Dec||Argentina vs Australia||Round of 16||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|4 Dec||France vs Poland||Round of 16||Al Thumama Stadium|
|4 Dec||England vs Senegal||Round of 16||Al Bayt Stadium|
|5 Dec||Japan vs Croatia||Round of 16||Al Janoub Stadium|
|5 Dec||Brazil vs South Korea||Round of 16||Stadium 974|
|6 Dec||Morocco vs Spain||Round of 16||Education City Stadium|
|6 Dec||Portugal vs Switzerland||Round of 16||Lusail Stadium|
|9 Dec||Brazil vs Croatia||Quarter-Finals||Education City Stadium|
|9 Dec||Netherlands vs Argentina||Quarter-Finals||Lusail Stadium|
|10 Dec||Morocco vs Portugal||Quarter-Finals||Al Thumama Stadium|
|10 Dec||England vs France||Quarter-Finals||Al Bayt Stadium|
|13 Dec||Argentina vs Croatia||Semi-Finals||Lusail Stadium|
|14 Dec||France vs Morocco||Semi-Finals||Al Bayt Stadium|
|17 Dec||Croatia vs Morocco||Third Place Play-off||Khalifa International Stadium|
|18 Dec||Argentina vs France||Final||Lusail Stadium|
After the group stage matches are played, the two teams with the most points will advance to the knockout playoff stages, which are scheduled to begin on the day following Portugal’s match against South Korea. One of the knockout fixtures will consist of the two teams that finish in third place in their group with the most points and goal average.
Enjoying Qatar 2022 in Portugal
There is a good chance the Navigators will advance to the knockout stages, and with the Cup playing close to Natal (the Portuguese holiday season), there will be good reasons to get into a festive spirit while in Portugal. With this in mind, you should make it a point to attend a World Cup viewing party such as the ones set up at Praça do Comércio in Lisbon; these are events that play the match on giant outdoor screens.
As for cafes and bars, virtually all of them set up TV sets for you to enjoy matches along with beverages and the delicious bar snacks known as petiscos.
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