Portugal national under-21 football team

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Portugal Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Esperanças (Hopes)
Association Federação Portuguesa
de Futebol
Head coach Rui Jorge
Captain Rui Fonte
Top scorer Hugo Almeida (16)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Portugal Portugal 3–1 South Africa South Africa
Lisbon, 16 November 1958
Biggest win
Portugal Portugal 8–1 Armenia Armenia
Estoril, 19 August 1997
Biggest defeat

Italy Italy 6–0 Portugal Portugal
Piacenza, 2 December 1987

Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 1994)
Best result Runners-up in 1994

The Portugal national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Portugal and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). They are nicknamed "Esperanças." Esperança means hope, thus they are Portugal's hopes for the future.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Portuguese under-21 team was formed. Until 1994, the team had a rather poor record, failing to qualify for each of the first eight UEFA under-21 Championships. Since 1994, the team has improved its record greatly, qualifying for five of the next seven tournaments, including the 2006 finals.

Having qualified for the 2006 tournament finals, UEFA announced that Portugal would host the finals in May and June. From 2007 onwards, host nations will be announced before the qualification stage and will not need to qualify.

Competition records[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA GD
1978 to 1980 Did Not Qualify
1982 Did Not Enter
1984 to 1992 Did Not Qualify
France 1994 Runners up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 2 + 5
Spain 1996 Quarter Finals 7th 2 1 0 1 1 2 - 1
1998 to 2000 Did Not Qualify
Switzerland 2002 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
Germany 2004 Third Place 3rd 5 2 1 2 9 11 -2
Portugal 2006 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 3 -2
Netherlands 2007 Group Stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 2 +3
2009 to 2013 Did Not Qualify
Czech Republic 2015 Qualified
Total 0 Titles 0/6 21 9 4 8 27 24 +3
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Current squad[edit]

The following players are the 24 players called up by Rui Jorge for the matches against Denmark on 26 March 2015 and against Czech Republic on 31 March 2015.

  • Caps and goals as of 31 March 2015.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK José Sá (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 22) 11 0 Portugal Maritimo
12 1GK Daniel Fernandes (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Germany VfL Osnabrück
22 1GK Rui Silva (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Nacional
4 2DF Paulo Oliveira (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 23) 18 1 Portugal Sporting CP
2 2DF Ricardo Esgaio (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 21) 13 3 Portugal Académica
3 2DF Tiago Ilori (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 22) 7 1 France Bordeaux
13 2DF João Cancelo (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 20) 6 0 Spain Valencia
5 2DF Rafa Soares (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 19) 4 0 Portugal FC Porto B
14 2DF Frederico Venâncio (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Portugal Vitória Setúbal
15 2DF Tobias Figueiredo (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Sporting CP
23 3MF Sérgio Oliveira (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 22) 17 3 Portugal Paços de Ferreira
11 3MF Rafa Silva (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 21) 11 3 Portugal SC Braga
10 3MF Tozé (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 22) 10 0 Portugal Estoril
8 3MF Bernardo Silva (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 20) 9 5 France Monaco
6 3MF Rúben Neves (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 18) 7 1 Portugal FC Porto
17 3MF Rony Lopes (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 19) 5 0 France Lille
7 3MF Rúben Pinto (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 23) 4 0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira
18 3MF Bruno Fernandes (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Udinese
21 4FW Ricardo Pereira (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 21) 14 6 Portugal FC Porto
18 4FW Ivan Cavaleiro (1993-10-18) 18 October 1993 (age 21) 11 6 Spain Deportivo de La Coruña
19 4FW Carlos Mané (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 21) 9 2 Portugal Sporting CP
9 4FW Gonçalo Paciência (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Portugal FC Porto
16 4FW Bruma (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 20) 3 1 Turkey Galatasaray
20 4FW Ricardo Horta (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Spain Málaga
8 4FW Iuri Medeiros (1994-07-10) 10 July 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Portugal FC Arouca

Previous squads[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Manager Period Record
Matches Won Draw Lost GF GA GD
Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira 1996-2000
Portugal Agostinho Oliveira 2001-2002
Portugal José Romão 2002-2004
Portugal Agostinho Oliveira 2004-2006
Portugal José Couceiro 2006-2007
Portugal Rui Caçador 2007-2009
Portugal Oceano Cruz 2009-2010
Portugal Rui Jorge 2010-

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