Portugal national under-21 football team

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Portugal Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Esperanças
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 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.

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
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 were called up by Rui Jorge for the friendly game against Switzerland on 14 August 2013.

Caps and goals are correct as of August 14, 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Luís Ribeiro (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Portugal Sporting B
1GK Daniel Fernandes (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Germany VfL Osnabrück
1GK José Sá (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Maritimo B
2DF Raphaël Guerreiro (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 20) 2 0 France Lorient
2DF Luís Martins (1992-06-10) 10 June 1992 (age 21) 8 0 Portugal Gil Vicente
2DF Tiago Ferreira (1993-07-10) 10 July 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Porto B
2DF João Amorim (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 21) 7 0 Portugal Vitória Guimarães
2DF Paulo Oliveira (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22) 6 1 Portugal Vitória Guimarães
2DF Josué (1992-06-17) 17 June 1992 (age 21) 3 0 Portugal Vitória Guimarães
3MF André Gomes (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Benfica
3MF Luis Gustavo (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Portugal Rio Ave
3MF Tiago Silva (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Belenenses
3MF Rafa (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Portugal Braga
3MF Sérgio Oliveira (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 21) 7 1 Portugal Paços de Ferreira
3MF João Mário (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 21) 1 1 Portugal Sporting
3MF Tó Zé (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Porto B
3MF William Carvalho (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Portugal Sporting
4FW Aladje (1993-10-22) 22 October 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo
4FW Betinho (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Portugal Sporting B
4FW Ivan Cavaleiro (1993-10-18) 18 October 1993 (age 20) 1 3 Portugal Benfica
4FW Ricardo (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Porto
4FW Ricardo Esgaio (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Sporting

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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