Portugal national football team
A Seleção das Quinas
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|Association||Federação Portuguesa de Futebol|
|Head coach||Paulo Bento|
|Most caps||Luís Figo (127)|
|Top scorer||Cristiano Ronaldo (49)|
|Home stadium||Estádio da Luz|
|Highest FIFA ranking||3 (May–June 2010, October 2012, April 2014)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||43 (August 1998)|
|Highest Elo ranking||2 (June 2006)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||45|
| 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||6 (First in 1966)|
|Best result||Third place, 1966|
|Appearances||6 (First in 1984)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 2004|
The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Selecção Nacional de Futebol 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 the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras, and their head coach is Paulo Bento. Their first World Cup appearance, in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, saw them reach the semi-finals, 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 former 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 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. Because of poor results in the games that would follow, Queiroz was fired and the Federation hired ex-Sporting Clube de Portugal coach Paulo Bento, who led the national team to the semi-finals of Euro 2012.
Portugal have produced some of the most talented players to grace the game of football such as Fernando Peyroteo, José Aguas, Mário Coluna, Eusébio, Humberto Coelho, Paulo Futre, Ricardo Carvalho, Luís Figo, Vitor Baía, Pauleta, Ricardo Quaresma, Nuno Gomes, Rui Costa, Deco, Nani, João Moutinho, Raul Meireles and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, despite the presence of these individuals they are yet to win a major trophy.
- 1 History
- 2 Kit history
- 3 Media coverage
- 4 Competitive record
- 5 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 6 Coaching staff
- 7 Players
- 8 Managers with most wins
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Portuguese Football Federation was formed in 1914 with the name União Portuguesa de Futebol (by 1926, they changed to its current name) and the aim of creating national tournaments (since it only existed regional championships) and promoting games in which a Portuguese representative team would play against other teams from various parts of the globe, but unfortunately, due to the World War I, the dream was not made possible for the next seven years.
Portugal’s first game was on 18 December 1921. The game ended in a defeat for the national team, 3–1. The following year, the inaugural edition of the Campeonato de Portugal (a knock-out tournament, precursor of the Taça de Portugal) was contested, the winner was defined as the "Portuguese Champion".
1928 Olympic Tournament
After years of playing friendly games, Portugal was invited to enter the 1928 Summer Olympics Football Tournament, which was, at that time, contested by the best national "A" teams in the world and, therefore, considered to be the best international footballing tournament until the FIFA World Cup started, two years later, in 1930.
The Portuguese team was drawn in the preliminary round against Chile for a place in the first round. After falling 2–0 behind, Portugal scored four goals, winning the game 4–2. After their win against Chile, they faced off Yugoslavia and won 2–1 thanks to a late goal in the 90th minute.
Egypt was the team that followed in the quarter-finals. Here the Portuguese adventure ended after a 2–1 defeat. In the following games, the Egyptians lost against Argentina (6–0) in the semi-final and Italy (11–3) for the bronze medal match, which embittered the players. Nevertheless, it was a bright start in international tournaments for the team.
Early World Cup attempts
Portugal was not invited to the 1930 World Cup, which only featured a final stage and no qualification round. The team took part in the 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, but failed to eliminate their Spanish opponents, aggregating two defeats in the two-legged round, with a 9–0 loss in Madrid and 2–1 loss in Lisbon for an aggregate score of 11–1.
In the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, the Seleção played one game against Switzerland in a neutral ground, held in Milan, losing 2–1 against the Swiss, ending qualification prospects. Because of the international conflict due to the World War II, there was no World Cup held until the 1950 competition and subsequently, the national team made very few games against other teams. A 10–0 away friendly defeat against England, two years after the war, was the proof of how the irregularity of the games had taken its effects on the squad; this result still stands as their biggest ever defeat.
1950s and early 1960s
On the restart of games, the team was to play a two-legged round against Spain, just like in the 1934 qualification. After a 5–1 defeat in Madrid, they managed to draw in the second game 2–2 and so the qualification ended with a 7–3 aggregate score.
For the qualification of the 1954 World Cup, the team would play Austria. The Austrians won the first game with a humiliating 9–1 result. The best the national team could do was hold the team to a goalless draw in Lisbon, and the round ended with a 9–1 defeat.
The year 1960 was the year that UEFA created the European Football Championship. The first edition was a knock-out tournament, the last four teams participating in final stage that only featured one leg while the older stages had two legs. For the first round, the Seleção das Quinas won 2–0 against East Germany and 3–2 in Porto for the second leg, finishing with a 5–2 two-legged win. The quarter-final opponent was Yugoslavia. Despite winning the first game 2–1, they lost the second leg 5–1 in Belgrade, and lost 6–3 on aggregate.
England and Luxembourg were the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification adversaries of the national team. Portugal ended second in the group, behind England. Like in the previous World Cup qualification, only the first in the group would qualify.
In the 1964 European Championship. Portugal played against Bulgaria in the first round. The Portuguese lostin Sofia and won in Lisbon. With the round tied 4–4, a replay was needed in a neutral ground. In Rome, Portugal lost 1–0.
1966 World Cup and 1970s
In the 1966 World Cup qualification, Portugal was drawn into the same group as Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Turkey. They topped the group and finally qualified for a FIFA World Cup in England. The team started out with three wins in the group stage in Group C, against Hungary 3–1, Bulgaria 3–0, and Brazil 3–1. In the quarter-finals, Portugal played against North Korea. Portugal won the game with four goals from Eusébio overturning a deficit of 3–0. Later, they reached the semi-finals, but were defeated by hosts England 2–1. Portugal then defeated the Soviet Union 2–1 in the third place match for their best World Cup finish to date. Eusébio was the top scorer of the World Cup, with nine goals.
For the 1974 qualification stages, Portugal were unable to defeat Bulgaria (2-2) in the decisive match, thus not qualifying.
Late 1970s until early 1990s
The national team was put alongside Austria, Belgium, Norway, and Scotland to fight for the first spot in the group, which would allow them to go to the final stage of UEFA Euro 1980. Portugal took third place. For the 1982 qualification the Portuguese team had to face Israel, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Sweden for the top two group places. Portugal finished in fourth place.
During the campaign for Euro 1984, Portugal had to play Finland, Poland and Soviet Union. Portugal won the group with a win over USSR. Portugal ended in group B, alongside Spain, West Germany and Romania. In the first two games, they tied 0–0 and 1–1 against West Germany and Spain, respectively. A 1–0 win over Romania gave them second place in the group, to go through to the knockout stage. They played against the hosts, France. The game was tied after 90 minutes and went into extra time. Portugal made the score 2–1, but France scored in the 114th and 119th minutes to eliminate Portugal 3–2 and go through to the final.
For the 1986 tournament, the Selecção played against Czechoslovakia, Malta, Sweden, and West Germany for the two spots that would guarantee them a ticket to Mexico. Needing a win in the last game against West Germany in Stuttgart, Portugal won the game to become the first team to beat West Germany at their home ground in an official match. The team exited early in the group stages after a win and two losses. They started with a 1–0 win to England. Later, they were beaten by Poland and Morocco, 1–0 and 3–1, respectively. Their staying in Mexico was marked by the Saltillo affair, where players refused to train in order to win more prizes from the Football Federation.
The Portuguese team attempted to top their qualifying group in a group with Italy, Malta, Sweden and Switzerland. Still, they ending in third.
The 1990 World Cup qualification was in a group along with Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Portugal fought to get one of the first two spots of the group. Playing at home against Czechoslovakia, the game ended in a 0-0 allowing the East Europeans to get the second place. During the draws for the Euro 1992 qualifying, the Netherlands, Greece, Finland and Malta were the other teams. The Portuguese ended second behind the Dutch. For the ’94 World Cup qualification, Portugal played in the same group as Estonia, Italy, Malta, Scotland and Switzerland for the two highest places. They ending in third behind Italy and Switzerland. The then manager, Carlos Queiroz, blamed the Football Federation for this failure, saying, "They should clean the mess that the Federation has."
Portugal was invited to play at the SkyDome Cup in Toronto, Canada against Denmark and Canada. With a draw against the Canadians (1–1) and a win against the Danes, Portugal won the trophy, which remains to date as their only win at senior level.
Portugal managed to reach the Euro 1996, by topping their group, more than second-placed Republic of Ireland. Their group consisted of Austria, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. In the final tournament, Portugal drew 1–1 with 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 Czech Republic. This marked the beginning of 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.
In the qualifications for the 2000 Euro, Portugal finished second, just one short of first place Romania, but the Portuguese team had the best performance by any runner-up and therefore qualified. In the final stage, they defeated England 3–2, Romania 1–0, and Germany 3–0, to finish atop their group, and then defeated Turkey in the quarter-finals. In the semi-final meeting with France, Portugal were eliminated in extra time when Zinedine Zidane converted a penalty. Austrian referee Gunter Benko awarded the spot kick for a handball after Abel Xavier blocked a shot. Xavier, Nuno Gomes, 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 won the group. Several problems and poor judgment decisions occurred during the preparation and tournament itself – shopping sprees by players were widely reported in the Portuguese press. Questionable managing choices and some amateurism, including the same lack of agreement on prizes. 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. They then rebounded with a 4–0 smashing Poland. Needing a draw to advance, they lost the final group game to hosts South Korea.
The next major competition, the UEFA Euro 2004, was held in Portugal. On the preparation, the Football Federation made a contract with Luiz Felipe Scolari to manage the team until the tournament ended. The Portuguese team entered the tournament being a favourite to win it. The host nation lost the first game against Greece 1–2. They got their first win against Russia 2–0 and also beat Spain 1–0. They went on to play against England, in a 2–2 draw that went into penalties, with Portugal winning. Portugal beat the Netherlands 2–1 in the semi-final. They were beaten by Greece 1–0.
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.
The silver lining for Portugal was the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was selected in the UEFA Euro All Stars Team. 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. Portugal finished first place in Group D of the World Cup, with victories over Angola (1–0), Iran (2–0) and Mexico (2–1). The Netherlands lost to Portugal 1–0 in the Round of 16 in Nuremberg in an acrimonious match marked by 16 yellow cards, with four players sent off. (See the Battle of Nuremberg.) 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. Portugal lost 1–0 against France in the semi-finals. Portugal faced Germany in the third place play-off match in a 3–1 defeat. Ultimately, the team won the "Most Entertaining Team" award for their play during the World Cup. 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.
Portugal was seen as a major contender to win the Euro 2008, but qualification wasn't easy. Portugal finished second in their group behind Poland and they qualified for the final stage. The first game was against Turkey and it was won 2–0. Their second game was against the Czech Republic, a 3–1 success. Against Switzerland they lost 2–0. Portugal played Germany, and were beaten 2–3, knocked out at the quarterfinal stage. Scolari announced that it was his last spell as the Portuguese manager, ending a five-year era.
World Cup 2010
Portugal participated in the qualifying stages with manager Carlos Queiroz for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The team finished in second place. Portugal was drawn to play Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European zone play-offs. With two wins, the team qualified for the World Cup.
Having qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Seleção das Quinas had its most successful decade to date, having qualified for all of the World Cups and Euro Cups (Euro 2000, World Cup 2002, Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008, and World Cup 2010).
Portugal was drawn into a group with Brazil, Côte d'Ivoire and North Korea. Portugal faced Côte d'Ivoire in their opening match in a goalless draw. Their next match against North Korea Portugal won 7–0. Their last match in the group stage against Brazil ended 0–0, while both teams advanced to the knockout stage. Portugal was on a 19 match undefeated streak, conceding only 3 goals. Spain defeated Portugal in the round of 16, 1–0. Queiroz was criticised for setting up the team in an overly cautious way, although the team reached past the group phase. After the World Cup, squad regulars Simão, Paulo Ferreira, and Miguel, and Tiago retired from international football.
Carlos Queiroz was banned from coaching the national team for one month after he tried to block a doping test to the team while preparing for the World Cup, as well as directing insulting words to the testers. In consequence, he received a further six-month suspension. Several media outbursts from Queiroz against the heads of the Portuguese Football Federation, which prompted his dismissal. Paulo Bento was appointed as the head coach.
A fairly poor first two games during qualifying for Euro 2012 prompted the sacking of coach Carlos Queiroz. Coach Paulo Bento took over, and the team qualified. For the tournament, Portugal was placed in group B along with Germany, Netherlands, and Denmark. Despite losing their first game against Germany 1-0, Portugal bounced back with wins against Denmark 3-2 and Holland 2-1 to finish second in the group and qualify for the knockout phase. Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 in the quarterfinals, but lost to Spain in the semifinals on penalty kicks.
2014 FIFA World Cup
In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal finished second in the group behind Russia and had to enter a playoff. In a home-and-away playoff series against Sweden, Portugal won both matches, with a 4-2 aggregate score, to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
A gold background colour indicates that Portugal won the tournament, a silver background colour indicates the runner-up, a bronze background colour indicates third place, and a blue background colour indicates fourth place/semi-finalist in the tournament. A green border colour indicates that the tournament was hosted in Portugal.
|1930||Did Not Enter|
|1934 to 1962||Did Not Qualify|
|1970 to 1982||Did Not Qualify|
|1990 to 1998||Did Not Qualify|
|2010||Round of 16||11th||4||1||2||1||7||1|
|2018||To Be Determined|
- Note: Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|List of FIFA World Cup matches|
|Third place match||Soviet Union||2–1||Win|
|2002||Round 1||United States||2–3||Loss|
|Round 1||South Korea||0–1||Loss|
|Third place match||Germany||1–3||Loss|
|2010||Round 1||Ivory Coast||0–0||Draw|
|Round 1||North Korea||7–0||Win|
|1960||Did Not Qualify|
|1988||Did Not Qualify|
- Note: Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|List of UEFA European Championship matches|
|1984||Round 1||West Germany||1–1||Draw|
|Round 1||Czech Republic||3–1||Win|
- This is a list of honours achieved by the senior Portuguese national team in an official competition
- Winner (1): 2006
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|February 6, 2013||Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal||Ecuador||Friendly||2–3 L||Ronaldo 23'
|March 22, 2013||Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel||Israel||WCQ2014||3–3 D||Alves 2'
|March 26, 2013||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||WCQ2014||0–2 W||Alves 63'
Hugo Almeida 79'
|June 7, 2013||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||Russia||WCQ2014||1–0 W||Postiga 9'|
|June 10, 2013||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||Croatia||Friendly||0–1 W||Ronaldo 36'|
|August 14, 2013||Estádio Algarve, Faro–Loulé, Portugal||Netherlands||Friendly||1–1 D||Ronaldo 87'|
|September 6, 2013||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||WCQ2014||2–4 W||Alves 21'
Ronaldo 68', 77', 83'
|September 10, 2013||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, U.S.||Brazil||Friendly||1–3 L||Meireles 18'|
|October 11, 2013||Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal||Israel||WCQ2014||1–1 D||Costa 27'|
|October 15, 2013||Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal||Luxembourg||WCQ2014||3–0 W||Varela 30'
|November 15, 2013||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||Sweden||WCQ2014 P-O||1–0 W||Ronaldo 82'|
|November 19, 2013||Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden||Sweden||WCQ2014 P-O||2–3 W||Ronaldo 50', 77', 79'|
|March 5, 2014||Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal||Cameroon||Friendly||5–1 W||Ronaldo 21', 83'
Key: WCQ2014 = 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, WCQ2014 P-O = 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round
|Assistant Manager||Leonel Pontes|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Ricardo Peres|
|Fitness Coach||João Aroso|
|Technical director||Carlos Godinho|
|U-23 Manager||Ilídio Vale|
|U-21 Manager||Rui Jorge|
|U-20 Manager||Ilídio Vale|
|U-17 Manager||Emílio Peixe|
The following players have also been called up to the Portugal squad within the last twelve months.
- As of March 5, 2014.
- Players in bold are still active.
|#||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|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||110||49||August 20, 2003||March 5, 2014|
|4||Rui Costa||94||26||March 31, 1993||July 4, 2004|
|5||Pauleta||88||47||August 20, 1997||July 8, 2006|
|6||Simão||85||22||October 18, 1998||June 29, 2010|
|7||João Pinto||81||23||October 12, 1991||June 14, 2002|
|8||Vítor Baía||80||0||December 19, 1990||September 7, 2002|
|9||Ricardo||79||0||June 2, 2001||June 19, 2008|
|Nuno Gomes||79||29||January 24, 1996||October 11, 2011|
- As of March 5, 2013.
- Players in bold are still active.
|#||Name||Goals||Caps||Average||First cap||Latest cap|
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo||49||110||0.45||August 20, 2003||March 5, 2014|
|2||Pauleta||47||88||0.53||August 20, 1997||July 8, 2006|
|3||Eusébio||41||64||0.64||October 8, 1961||October 13, 1973|
|4||Luís Figo||32||127||0.25||October 12, 1991||July 8, 2006|
|5||Nuno Gomes||29||79||0.37||January 24, 1996||October 11, 2011|
|6||Hélder Postiga||27||66||0.41||June 13, 2003||November 15, 2013|
|7||Rui Costa||26||94||0.28||March 31, 1993||July 4, 2004|
|8||João Pinto||23||81||0.28||October 12, 1991||June 14, 2002|
|9||Nené||22||66||0.33||April 21, 1971||June 23, 1984|
|Simão||22||85||0.26||October 18, 1998||June 29, 2010|
Managers with most wins
- As of 14 August 2013
|Luiz Felipe Scolari||2003–2008||74||42||18||14||57|
|António Oliveira||1994–1996, 2000–2002||43||25||10||8||58|
|Carlos Queiroz||1991–1993, 2008–2010||49||25||16||8||54|
- bold denotes current manager
- Seleção das Quinas refers to the five shields ("Team of the Escutcheons") or the five dots inside them ("Team of the Bezants") in the Portuguese flag, used until the 70s as the shirt badge. Refer to Flag of Portugal for symbolism associated with these bezants.
- UEFA suspends Portuguese trio
- FIFA suspends Pinto
- RTP vai transmitir os jogos de qualificação da Seleção para o Euro 2016 e o Mundial de 2018
- "Todas as internacionalizações". FPF.PT (in Portuguese). Federação Portuguesa de Futebol. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
- "Melhores Marcadores". FPF.PT (in Portuguese). Federação Portuguesa de Futebol. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
- Manager coached match or matches that were not sanctioned by FIFA, therefore they are considered unofficial and are not included in this table.
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- Portuguese Football Federation official website (Portuguese)
- Portuguese National Football Team (Portuguese)
- Portuguesefutebol.com Source for Portuguese football
- Portuguese football info and discussion forum
- Portugal on ESPN Soccernet
- RSSSF archive of results 1921-2003
- RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
- RSSSF archive of coaches 1921-
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