Portugal National Football Team Current Squad and Their Competitive Records-
|Nickname(s)||A Selecção, Selecção das Quinas, |
Os Navegadores (The Navigators)
|Association||Federação Portuguesa de Futebol|
|Head coach||Paulo Bento|
|Most caps||Luís Figo (127)|
|Top scorer||Pauleta (47)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||3 (May–June 2010)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||41 (August 1998)|
|Highest Elo ranking||2 (June 2006)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||45 (November 1962)|
| Spain 3–1 Portugal |
(Madrid, Spain; 18 December 1921)
| Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein |
(Lisbon, Portugal; 18 November 1994)
Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein
(Coimbra, Portugal; 9 June 1999)
Portugal 8–0 Kuwait
(Leiria, Portugal; 19 November 2003)
| Portugal 0–10 England |
(Lisbon, Portugal; 25 May 1947)
|Appearances||5 (First in 1966)|
|Best result||Third Place, 1966|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1984)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 2004|
The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Selecção Nacional de Futebol de Portugal/Clube de Portugal) represents Portugal in association football and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal. Portugal's home ground is Estádio Nacional in Oeiras and their head coach is Paulo Bento. Their first appearance in the 1966 FIFA World Cup saw them reach the semifinal, losing 2–1 at Wembley to the eventual world champions England. The next two times Portugal qualified for the World Cup were 1986 and 2002, with Portugal going out in the first round both times. In the 1986 tournament, players went on strike over prize-money and refused to train between their first and second games.
In 2003, the Portuguese Football Federation hired Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilian head coach who had led the Brazil national football team to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Scolari led Portugal to the final of UEFA Euro 2004, where they lost to Greece, and to their second World Cup semi-final in the 2006 World Cup. Scolari left after the UEFA Euro 2008 and was replaced by Carlos Queiroz. He led Portugal to the second round of the 2010 World Cup before they were defeated by the eventual champions Spain.
Portugal was invited to play at the SkyDome Cup in Toronto, Ontario, Canada against the then-European Champions Denmark and Canada. With a draw against the Canadians (1–1) and a win against the Danes, Portugal went on to win the trophy, which remains to date as their only win at senior level.
Portugal managed to reach the Euro 1996, by topping their group with twenty-three points, six more than second-placed Republic of Ireland. Their group consisted of Austria, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. In the qualification, Portugal thrashed Liechtenstein 8–0 (home, a record) and 7–0 (away) and defeated Northern Ireland 2–1 in away grounds.
In the final tournament, Portugal drew 1–1 with European Champions Denmark, won 1–0 to Turkey and 3–0 against Croatia, finishing first in their group. In the quarter-finals, they lost 1–0 to eventual runners-up Czech Republic, due to a marvelous Karel Poborský second-half lob over goalkeeper Vítor Baía. This marked the beginning ot the Golden Generation, a group of youngsters who had won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1989 and 1991 and were now leading the national senior squad.
The team almost qualified for the tournament that was to be hosted by France. However, during a qualifier in Germany, Rui Costa was controversially sent off for taking too long to walk off the field while Portugal was leading 1–0. Germany drew the crucial game and was thus able to qualify. This incident is regarded as one of the darkest in Portugal's football history, with FIFA being accused of favouritism in support of Germany, who were the defending Euro '96 champions. The group was made of Albania, Armenia, Germany, Northern Ireland and Ukraine, Portugal ended in third place with 19 points and six wins. Germany finished first with 22 points and Ukraine with twenty, with the Slavics winning a place in the final play-offs. Portugal tied both games with Germany (0–0 home and 1–1 away).
In the qualifications for the 2000 Euro, Portugal faced Azerbaijan, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Romania and Slovakia. Portugal gained twenty-three points, just one short of first place Romania, with seven wins. Having not qualified directly into the event, the Portuguese team had the best performance by any runner-up and therefore qualified for the final tournament. Major wins against Azerbaijan (7–0) and Liechtenstein (8–0) are the most remembered today.
Captained by Fernando Couto in the final stage, they defeated England (3–2, recovering from a 2–0 disadvantage), Romania (1–0) with a late header from Costinha in injury time, and Germany (3–0, from a Sérgio Conceição hat-trick), the last one using the B team, since they were already qualified in first of the group after the other two games, to finish atop their group and then defeated Turkey in the quarter-finals (2–0, with both goals from Nuno Gomes).
In the semi-final meeting with World Cup holders France, Portugal scored first and nearly scored again due to an João Pinto's header after France equalised. Portugal were eliminated in extra time by a golden goal when Zinedine Zidane converted a penalty. Austrian referee Gunter Benko awarded the spot kick for a handball after Abel Xavier blocked a shot from Sylvain Wiltord (Benko initially gave France a corner but changed his mind after consulting with Slovak linesman Igor Sramka). Xavier, Nuno Gomes (one of the top scorers in the tournament with four goals), and Paulo Bento were all given lengthy suspensions for shoving the referee. The final result was 2–1.
During the World Cup 2002 qualification, Portugal made a crucial win against the Netherlands (2–0 in Rotterdam) and ties against Republic of Ireland (1–1 in both games) and the Netherlands (2–2), in Porto, after falling 2–0 behind and scoring in the dying minutes of the game. Portugal won the group with seven wins and three ties with no defeats and 24 points (the same as the Republic of Ireland), but with a better goal average.
While the 2002 World Cup qualifying stage was unusually smooth, several problems and poor judgment decisions occurred during the preparation and tournament itself – shopping sprees by players, this time in Macau, were widely reported in the Portuguese press. Questionable managing choices and some amateurism, including the same lack of agreement on prizes. Vítor Baía replaced in-form Ricardo in goal, Beto played out of position at right back, Luís Figo was in very poor physical condition, and Hugo Viana was called as a last-minute replacement for Daniel Kenedy (who tested positive in a doping control test) – as Portugal underachieved and ended third in its group stage, subsequently eliminated. The manager Oliveira was fired after the World Cup.
Portugal entered the tournament as favourites to win Group D. However, they were upset 3–2 by the United States, at one point being three goals down in the match. They then rebounded with a 4–0 smashing Poland, with Pauleta netting a hat-trick.
Needing a draw to advance, they lost the final group game to hosts South Korea. Argentine referee Ángel Sánchez sent off João Vieira Pinto for a tackle on Park Ji-Sung. Beto was ejected for his second yellow card of the match, reducing Portugal to nine men, and Park scored the winner to allow the Koreans to advance.
The next major competition, the UEFA Euro 2004, was decided to be held in Portugal. On the preparation, the Football Federation made a contract with Luiz Felipe Scolari to manage the team until the tournament ended. Despite the disappointed friendly matches, the Portuguese team entered the tournament being a favourite to win it.
The host nation lost the first game against Greece 1–2, an upset. They got their first win against Russia 2–0 and also beat a strong Spain side 1–0, with the latter eventually knocked out in the group stages.
They went through and went on to play against England, in an entertaining 2–2 draw that went into penalties, where Ricardo proved decisive, with an epic attitude taking off his goalkeeping gloves, saving a penalty and scoring right after the winner himself. Portugal beat the Netherlands 2–1 in the semi-final with a Maniche strike from outside the box. They were eventually beaten by heavy underdog outsiders Greece 1–0, credited to striker Angelos Charisteas, marking the first time in the history of the competition that the final featured the same two teams as the opening match. The match was considered a huge upset win for Greece.
After the tournament ended, a lot of players belonging to the Geração de Ouro (Golden Generation), abandoned their international footballing careers, with only Luís Figo remaining in the team, despite a temporary retirement. While Portugal was playing in the competition, Scolari agreed in a new two-year deal with the Federation.
Portugal finished first in the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup with 30 points, nine games won, three draws, and no defeats. The second-placed Russia finished with seven points less. The Selecção played with Estonia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Russia, and Slovakia. Famous results include a home (7–1) against Russia and an away tie with Liechtenstein (2–2, after being winning 2–0 at half-time).
Portugal finished first place in Group D of the WC finals, with victories over Angola (1–0, goal from Pauleta, the leading goalscorer in the World Cup qualifiers), Iran (2–0, scored by Deco, and Cristiano Ronaldo) and Mexico (2–1, goals from Maniche and Simão). Only Mexico's Francisco Fonseca was able to score against Portugal.
Netherland lost to Portugal 1–0 in the Round of 16 on 25 June in Nuremberg. The only goal came courtesy of a Maniche strike in an acrimonious match marked by 16 yellow cards, with four players (Khalid Boulahrouz, Costinha, Deco, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst) being sent off. (See the Battle of Nuremberg.)
On 1 July at Gelsenkirchen, Portugal drew 0–0 after extra-time with England, but won 3–1 on penalties to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1966. The game was marred by a violent challenge on Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho by England's Wayne Rooney, which resulted in him being sent off.
Portugal lost 1–0 against France in the semi-finals on 5 July at Munich. Two players had been forced to sit out due to accumulated bookings from the round of 16 and quarter-finals. It did not help that the team faced a hostile crowd of English and French fans; they relentlessly booed Ronaldo for his perceived unsportsmanlike behavior in the previous round. As in the semi-finals of Euro 2000, Portugal were narrowly defeated by France, with the decisive goal being a penalty scored by Zinedine Zidane after Thierry Henry was awarded a penalty from a foul committed by Ricardo Carvalho.
Portugal faced Germany in the third place play-off match on 8 July in Stuttgart. The match was notable for being Pauleta's last game for the national team so as captain Luís Figo's last before retirement from international football – though, surprisingly, he was not selected to start the game, coming on as a substitute near the end and setting up Portugal's goal in a 3–1 defeat. All three German goals had the direct participation of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who scored twice and had another shot turned into an own goal by Portugal's Petit. Ultimately, the team won the "Most Entertaining Team" award for their play during the World Cup, in an award always organized through public participation in a poll. Once again Scolari was asked to accept a new deal with the Federation that would maintain with as the manager until the end of the next competition.
Euro 2008 and beyond-
After the successes of the Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Portugal was seen as a major contender to win the Euro 2008, but their qualification wasn't easy. The national team faced some problems in the last games, in addition, Scolari was suspended for three games, being substituted by his assistant manager. Portugal ended with seven wins and twenty-seven points (one less than first-placed Poland). Armenia. Azerbaijan, Belgium, Finland, Kazakhstan, Poland and Serbia were the opponents. With important triumphs against Azerbaijan (2–0 in Baku), Kazakhstan (2–1 in Almaty) and Belgium (4–0 in Lisbon and 2–1 in Brussels), they managed to qualify for the final stage.
The Portuguese team was a featured part of TV network ESPNs ad campaign promoting their coverage of the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament. The first game was against Turkey and it was won 2–0, with first-ever scoring achievements for internationals Pepe and Raul Meireles. Their second game was against the Czech Republic, a 3–1 success. With assured qualification to the knockout stage, as first in group A, they played with the reserve team against Switzerland, and lost 2–0, with two Hakan Yakın goals. During the group stage, Scolari announced to the squad that it would be his last spell as the Portuguese manager, ending a five-year era full of prosperity.
On 19 June 2008, Portugal played against Germany, and were beaten 2–3 after falling behind 0–2 within the first half an hour. Portugal proceeded to score, followed by another German goal, a Michael Ballack header. Portugal scored a consolation goal in the final minutes of normal time, courtesy of Hélder Postiga, but was eventually knocked out of Euro 2008 at the quarterfinal stage.
World Cup 2010-
Portugal participated in the qualifying stages with manager Carlos Queiroz for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which took place in South Africa. The team had a qualifying campaign that almost turned disastrous and just sneaked into second place by a single point over Sweden, a group where Denmark finished first, one point ahead from Portugal. Portugal was drawn to play against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European zone play-offs. With two wins (1–0 in the first leg, in Lisbon; and 1–0, in Zenica), the team gained its right to participate in the World Cup. Having qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Selecção das Quinas had its most successful decade to date, having qualified for all the the World Cups and Euro Cups (Euro 2000, World Cup 2002, Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008, and World Cup 2010), along with Spain, Italy, Germany, and France, the only other four teams to have done so.
In the final draw, on 4 December 2009, Portugal was drawn in one of the toughest groups, the so called Group of Death where the Selecção das Quinas faced 5-time champions Brazil, Africa's top contenders Côte d'Ivoire and 1966 opponents North Korea.
Portugal faced Côte d'Ivoire in their opening match on 15 June 2010 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and the game ended in a goalless draw. Their next match was against North Korea on 21 June 2010 at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town in which Portugal won by 7–0. Their last match in the group stage against Brazil on 25 June 2010 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban ended in a goalless 0–0 while both teams advanced to the knockout stage. Portugal was on a 19 match undefeated streak, conceding only 3 goals. The Portuguese defense ended being broken by Spain's David Villa's goal which defeated Portugal in the round of 16, 1–0.
A few months after the World Cup, and just days before the Euro 2012 Qualifiers, players like Simão Sabrosa, Paulo Ferreira and Miguel all retired from international duty stating they wanted to focus entirely on their respective clubs.
Post World Cup-
On 17 November 2010, Portugal and Spain faced each other in a friendly to commemorate the 100th year of the Portuguese Republic and also to promote the Portugal/Spain bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Portugal won four goals to nothing.
On 9 September 2010, after receiving a six month suspension for insulting the anti-doping agents before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Queiroz was sacked by the Portuguese Football Federation being replaced by former Sporting Clube de Portugal's coach Paulo Bento twelve days later.
The qualifying draw for the 14th European Championship took place in Warsaw on 7 February 2010. Portugal was placed on Group H, a five-team group, along with Denmark, Cyprus, Norway, and Iceland. This will be the first time Portugal and Iceland will face each other.
A gold background colour indicates that Portugal won the tournament, a silver background colour indicates the runner-up, and a bronze background colour indicates third place in the tournament. A green border colour indicates that the tournament was hosted in Portugal.
World Cup record-
European Championship record-
|2010||Round 1||Côte d'Ivoire||0–0||Draw|
|Round 1||North Korea||7–0||Win|
- This is a list of honours achieved by the senior Portuguese national team in an official competition
- FIFA World Cup
- Third place (1): 1966
- Fourth place (1): 2006
- UEFA European Championship
- Runner-up (1): 2004
- FIFA World Cup Most Entertaining Team
- Winner (1): 2006
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures-
|Portugal||2 – 0||China PR||Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra |
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
|H. Almeida 36' |
|Portugal||0 – 0||Cape Verde||Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã, Covilhã |
Referee: Antônio PereiraBrazil) (
|Portugal||3 – 1||Cameroon||Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã, Covilhã |
|R. Meireles 32', 46' |
|Portugal||3 – 0||Mozambique||Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg |
|Danny 52' |
H. Almeida 75', 83'
|Portugal||4 – 0||Spain||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon |
Referee: Antony Gautier (France)
|Martins 45' |
Postiga 49', 68'
H. Almeida 90+3'
|2011-02-09||Argentina||v||Portugal||Stade de Genève, Geneva|
|2011-03-26||Portugal||v||Chile||Estádio Magalhães Pessoa|
|2011-03-29||Portugal||v||Finland||Estádio Municipal de Aveiro|
Euro 2012 Qualifiers-
|Portugal||4 – 4||Cyprus||Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães |
Referee: Mark ClattenburgEngland) (
|H. Almeida 8' |
R. Meireles 29'
M. Fernandes 60'
|E. Aloneftis 3' |
|Norway||1 – 0||Portugal||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo |
|Portugal||3 – 1||Denmark||Estádio do Dragão, Porto |
Referee: Eric BraamhaarHolland) (
|Nani 29', 31' |
|R. Carvalho 79' (o.g)|
|Iceland||1 – 3||Portugal||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík |
Referee: Thomas EinwallerAustria) (
|Helguson 17'||Ronaldo 3' |
R. Meireles 27'
H. Postiga 72'
|Cyprus||v||Portugal||Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca|
|Denmark||v||Portugal||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen|
The following players were called up for the friendly match against Spain on 17 November 2010.
- Caps and goals are correct as of November 17, 2010.
- As of November 17, 2010.
- Players in bold are still active.
|No||Name||Caps||Goals||First cap||Latest cap|
|1||Luís Figo||127||32||October 12, 1991||July 8, 2006|
|2||Fernando Couto||110||8||December 19, 1990||June 30, 2004|
|3||Rui Costa||94||26||March 31, 1993||July 4, 2004|
|4||Pauleta||88||47||August 20, 1997||July 8, 2006|
|5||Simão||85||22||October 18, 1998||June 29, 2010|
|6||João Pinto||81||23||October 12, 1991||June 14, 2002|
|7||Vítor Baía||80||0||December 19, 1990||September 7, 2002|
|8||Ricardo||79||0||June 2, 2001||June 19, 2008|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||79||25||August 20, 2003||November 17, 2010|
|10||Nuno Gomes||77||29||January 24, 1996||October 10, 2009|
- As of November 17, 2010.
- Players in bold are still active.
|No||Name||Goals||Caps||Avg||First cap||Latest cap|
|1||Pauleta||47||88||0.53||August 20, 1997||July 8, 2006|
|2||Eusébio||41||64||0.64||October 8, 1961||October 13, 1973|
|3||Luís Figo||32||127||0.25||October 12, 1991||July 8, 2006|
|4||Nuno Gomes||29||77||0.38||January 24, 1996||October 10, 2009|
|5||Rui Costa||26||94||0.28||March 31, 1993||July 4, 2004|
|6||Cristiano Ronaldo||25||79||0.32||August 20, 2003||November 17, 2010|
|7||João Pinto||23||81||0.28||October 12, 1991||June 14, 2002|
|8||Nené||22||66||0.33||April 21, 1971||June 23, 1984|
|Simão||22||85||0.26||October 18, 1998||June 29, 2010|
|10||Rui Jordão||15||43||0.35||March 29, 1972||January 25, 1989|
|Peyroteo||15||20||0.75||April 24, 1938||March 20, 1949|
|2009-02-11||Portugal||1 – 0||Finland||Faro|
|Ronaldo 78' (pen.)||Stadium: Estádio Algarve|
|2009-04-01||Portugal||2 – 0||South Africa||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|B. Alves 4' |
|Stadium: Stade Olympique de la Pontaise |
|2009-06-10||Estonia||0 – 0||Portugal||Tallinn, Estonia|
|21:30 UTC+2||Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena |
Referee: Michael Svendsen (Denmark)
|2009-08-12||Liechtenstein||0 – 3||Portugal||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|Almeida 16', 28' |
|Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
|2010-03-03||Portugal||2 – 0||China PR||Coimbra|
|20:45 UTC+0||Almeida 36' |
|Stadium: Estádio Cidade de Coimbra |
Referee: Djamel Haimoud (Algeria)
|2010-05-24||Portugal||0 – 0||Cape Verde||Covilhã|
|18:00 UTC+0||Stadium: Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã|
|2010-06-01||Portugal||3 – 1||Cameroon||Covilhã|
|18:00 UTC+0||Meireles 32', 47' |
|Stadium: Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã|
|2010-06-08||Portugal||3 – 0||Mozambique||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Danny 52' |
Almeida 75', 82'
|Stadium: Wanderers Stadium|
|2010-11-17||Portugal||4 – 0||Spain||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Carlos Martins Hélder Postiga Hélder PostigaHugo Almeida||Stadium: Estádio da Luz|
List of Portugal national football team hat-tricks:
This page is a list of the hat-tricks scored for the Portugal national football team. Besides the instances of a player scoring three goals in a game, the list also includes games where a player has scored more than three goals. No player has scored a hat-trick for Portugal since Pauleta scored three goals in a 4–1 win over Cape Verde in 2006.