When asked about the keys to their physical prowess, most athletes will cite practice, exercise, and diet as essential to success. Sure, practice is probably the most important, and their jobs basically involve getting paid to do both of the first two, but it’s undeniable that food also plays a huge part in fueling players and helping them achieve greatness on the field, pitch, or court.
We recently wrote about 14 essential French foods to know about in anticipation of Bastille Day on July 14, but that event has since been overshadowed by another French event: the soccer team’s 1-0 loss to Portugal in the 2016 European Championship.
In light of this outcome, we’d like to turn the tables and celebrate Portugal’s victory on July 10 by taking a look at 10 essential foods (and types of food) eaten in Portugal. Perhaps this will shed some light on how the team managed to overcome its French foes. If not, it will at least act as a guide for folks planning to visit Portugal, as well as provide recipes for making some palatable Portuguese plates at home.
Thanks to our wonderful staff writer, Summer Whitford, for her contributions to this article.