Portugal national under-21 football team
|Head coach||Rui Jorge|
|Top scorer||Hugo Almeida (16)|
| Portugal 3 – 1 South Africa
Lisbon, 16 November 1958
| Portugal 8 – 1 Armenia
Estoril, 19 August 1997
Italy 6 – 0 Portugal
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||6 (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. In sports, "Esperança" comes before "Senior".
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.
UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
|1978 to 1980||Did Not Qualify|
|1982||Did Not Enter|
|1984 to 1992||Did Not Qualify|
|1994||Runners up||2nd||4||3||0||1||7||2||+ 5|
|1996||Quarter Finals||7th||2||1||0||1||1||2||- 1|
|1998 to 2000||Did Not Qualify|
|2009 to 2013||Did Not Qualify|
- *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.
Caps and goals are correct as of August 14, 2013.
- UEFA Under-21 website Contains full results archive
- The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.
- (Portuguese) Official site