Portugal national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) A Selecção[1]
A Selecção das Quinas[2]
Association Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Fernando Santos
Asst coach Ilídio Vale
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo
Most caps Luís Figo (127)
Top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo (52)
Home stadium Estádio do Jamor
FIFA ranking 7 Steady (7 May 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (May–June 2010, October 2012, April–June 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 43 (August 1998)
Elo ranking 13 (31 March 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 2 (June 2006)
Lowest Elo ranking 45 (November 1962)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Spain 3–1 Portugal 
(Madrid, Spain; 18 December 1921)
Biggest win
 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)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 0–10 England 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 25 May 1947)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1966)
Best result Third place, 1966
European Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 1984)
Best result Runners-up, 2004

The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol) 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 most recent head coach was Fernando Santos. 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, and defeating the Soviet Union 2–1 to claim a third-place finish. The next two times Portugal qualified for the World Cup were 1986 and 2002, 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, who led Portugal to the final of UEFA Euro 2004, a tournament hosted in Portugal, where they lost to Greece, and to their second World Cup semi-final in the 2006 World Cup finishing fourth place. 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, where they were defeated by eventual champions Spain in the penalty shootout after a 0–0 result during regular and extra time.


Early years[edit]

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[edit]

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 4 goals, winning the game. 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

In the 1958 qualification, Portugal won a qualification match for the first time, 3–0 at home with Italy. Nevertheless they finished last in the group stage that also featured Northern Ireland; only the first-placed team, Northern Ireland, would qualify.

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 lost in 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[edit]

Main article: Os Magriços

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.

Eusébio in 1972

For the Euro 1968 qualifying, the Seleção played against Bulgaria, Norway, and Sweden. They finished second to Bulgaria.

Portugal tried to qualify for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. They finished fourth and last in their group, behind Greece, Romania, and Switzerland.

To be able to participate in Euro 1972, Portugal had to win its group that comprised the teams of Belgium, Denmark, and Scotland. Portugal finished second to Belgium.

For the 1974 qualification stages, Portugal were unable to defeat Bulgaria (2–2) in the decisive match, thus not qualifying.

Portugal faced tough competition from the strong Poland team for the place in the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. They finished second place, behind Poland.

Late 1970s until early 1990s[edit]

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.

Luís Figo playing for Portugal at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

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."

Golden generation[edit]

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,[citation needed] 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 1998 World Cup that was to be hosted by France.

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.[3] 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.[4]

Portuguese fans supporting the national team

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.[citation needed] 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.

Portugal lost the Euro 2004 final 1–0 to 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.

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.

Euro 2008[edit]

Portugal was seen as a major contender to win the Euro 2008,[citation needed] 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[edit]

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 three goals. Spain defeated Portugal in the round of 16, 1–0. Queiroz was criticised for setting up the team in an overly cautious way,[5] 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.[6] In consequence, he received a further six-month suspension. Several media outbursts from Queiroz[7] against the heads of the Portuguese Football Federation, which prompted his dismissal. Paulo Bento was appointed as the head coach.[8]

Portugal at UEFA Euro 2012

Euro 2012[edit]

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[edit]

In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal finished second in Group F and, as one of the best 8 group runner-ups, were drawn against Sweden to contest a home-and-away second round qualifying fixture. Portugal won both matches, with a 4–2 aggregate score, and qualified for the finals.

Portugal was drawn into Group G with the United States, Germany, and Ghana. Their first match against the Germans was their worst ever defeat in a World Cup, a 4–0 loss.[9] In their second match against the United States, they drew 2–2. In the last group stage match, despite minimal chances of progressing to the next round, Portugal beat Ghana 2–1 but did not advance, since the United States, which also finished with 4 points, had a superior goal difference.

Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

The draw for the Euro 2016 qualifiers saw Portugal being placed in a group alongside Denmark, Serbia, Armenia and Albania. Portugal began the campaign with a 1–0 home defeat against Albania on 7 September 2014, and Paulo Bento was dismissed from his managerial post four days later and replaced by Fernando Santos on 23 September.[10]

Kit history[edit]

1966 Home
1966 Away
1984 Home
1986 Home
1986 Away
1996 Home
1996 Away
1998 Home
1998 Away
2000 Home
2000 Away
2002 Home
2002 Away
2004 Home
2004 Away
2006 Home
2006 Away
2008 Home
2008 Away
2010 Home
2010 Away
2012 Home
2012 Away
2013 Away
2014 Home
2014 Away
2015 Away

Since 1997, Portugal's kit are supplied by Nike, Inc. replacing Olympic, a Belgian sportswear brand, that replaced Adidas in 1994.

Media coverage[edit]

Portugal's qualifying matches and friendlies are currently televised on RTP, and will continue to be so until 2017.[11]

Competitive record[edit]

Portugal's away jersey 2010

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.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934 Did Not Qualify
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Third Place 3rd 6 5 0 1 17 8
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Group Stage 17th 3 1 0 2 2 4
Italy 1990 Did Not Qualify
United States 1994
France 1998
South KoreaJapan 2002 Group Stage 21st 3 1 0 2 6 4
Germany 2006 Fourth Place 4th 7 4 1* 2 7 5
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 7 1
Brazil 2014 Group Stage 18th 3 1 1 1 4 7
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Third Place 6/20 26 13 4(1*) 9 43 29
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.

UEFA European Championship[edit]

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
France 1960 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984 Semi-Finals 4th 4 1 2 1 4 4
Germany 1988 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1992
England 1996 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 5 2
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Semi-Finals 4th 5 4 0 1 10 4
Portugal 2004 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 1* 2 8 6
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 6
PolandUkraine 2012 Semi-Finals 4th[12] 5 3 1* 1 6 4
France 2016 To Be Determined
Total Runners-Up 6/14 28 15 5(1*)(1*) 8 40 26
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.


This is a list of honours achieved by the senior Portuguese national team in an official competition
  • Third place (1): 1966
  • Fourth place (1): 2006

Other awards[edit]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Scorers
October 15, 2013 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  Luxembourg WCQ2014 3–0 W Varela Goal 30'
Nani Goal 36'
Postiga Goal 78'
November 15, 2013 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Sweden WCQ2014 P-O 1–0 W Ronaldo Goal 82'
November 19, 2013 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Sweden WCQ2014 P-O 3–2 W Ronaldo Goal 50'77'79'
March 5, 2014 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal  Cameroon Friendly 5–1 W Ronaldo Goal 21'83'
Meireles Goal 66'
Coentrão Goal 67'
Edinho Goal 77'
May 31, 2014 Estádio do Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal  Greece Friendly 0–0 D
June 6, 2014 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, USA  Mexico Friendly 1–0 W Bruno Alves Goal 90+3'
June 10, 2014 MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, USA  Republic of Ireland Friendly 5–1 W Almeida Goal 3'37'
Keogh Goal 20' (o.g.)
Vieirinha Goal 77'
Coentrão Goal 83'
June 16, 2014 Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Germany WC2014 0–4 L
June 22, 2014 Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil  United States WC2014 2–2 D Nani Goal 5'
Varela Goal 90+5'
June 26, 2014 Estádio Nacional, Brasília, Brazil  Ghana WC2014 2–1 W Boye Goal 31' (o.g.)
Ronaldo Goal 80'
September 7, 2014 Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal  Albania EURO 2016 Q 0–1 L
October 11, 2014 Stade de France, Paris, France  France Friendly 2–1 L Quaresma Goal 78' (pen.)
October 14, 2014 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark EURO 2016 Q 0–1 W Ronaldo Goal 90+5'
November 14, 2014 Estádio Algarve, Portugal  Armenia EURO 2016 Q 1–0 W Ronaldo Goal 72'
November 18, 2014 Old Trafford, Manchester, England  Argentina Friendly 0–1 W Guerreiro Goal 90+1'
March 29, 2015 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Serbia EURO 2016 Q 2–1 W Carvalho Goal 10'
Coentrão Goal 63'
March 31, 2015 Estádio António Coimbra da Mota, Estoril, Portugal  Cape Verde Friendly 0–2 L
June 13, 2015 Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia EURO 2016 Q
June 16, 2015 TBA, Qatar  Italy Friendly
September 7, 2015 Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium, Elbasan, Albania  Albania EURO 2016 Q
October 8, 2015 TBA, Portugal  Denmark EURO 2016 Q
October 11, 2015 Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia  Serbia EURO 2016 Q

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Portugal Fernando Santos
Assistant Manager Portugal Ilídio Vale
Goalkeeping Coach Portugal Ricardo Peres
Fitness Coach Portugal João Aroso
Technical director Portugal Carlos Godinho
U-23 Manager Portugal Ilídio Vale
U-21 Manager Portugal Rui Jorge
U-20 Manager Portugal Ilídio Vale
U-17 Manager Portugal Emílio Peixe


Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Cape Verde in March 31, 2015.
Caps and goals are correct as of 31 March 2015 after the game against Cape Verde.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Anthony Lopes (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 24) 1 0 France Lyon
30 1GK Hugo Ventura (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Portugal Belenenses
32 1GK Marafona (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 28) 0 0 Portugal Moreirense
5 2DF Vitorino Antunes (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 28) 9 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
2 2DF André Almeida (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 24) 8 0 Portugal S.L. Benfica
8 2DF Cédric Soares (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Portugal Sporting CP
4 2DF Paulo Oliveira (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Portugal Sporting CP
3 2DF André Pinto (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Portugal SC Braga
6 2DF Tiago Pinto (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Portugal Rio Ave
23 3MF Vieirinha (1986-01-24) 24 January 1986 (age 29) 13 1 Germany Wolfsburg
15 3MF André Gomes (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Spain Valencia
10 3MF Pizzi (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 25) 3 1 Portugal S.L. Benfica
16 3MF João Mário (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Portugal Sporting CP
10 3MF Adrien Silva (1989-03-15) 15 March 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Portugal Sporting CP
14 3MF André André (1989-08-26) 26 August 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
12 3MF Bernardo Silva (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 20) 1 0 France Monaco
13 3MF Danilo Pereira (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Portugal Marítimo
9 4FW Hugo Almeida (1984-05-23) 23 May 1984 (age 31) 57 19 Russia Kuban Krasnodar
11 4FW Éder (1987-12-22) 22 December 1987 (age 27) 17 0 Portugal SC Braga
7 4FW Cristiano Ronaldo (Captain) (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 30) 119 52 Spain Real Madrid
20 4FW Ukra (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 27) 1 0 Portugal Rio Ave F.C.
17 4FW Nani (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 28) 84 15 Portugal Sporting CP
15 4FW Lucas João (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Nacional
18 4FW Ivan Cavaleiro (1993-10-18) 18 October 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Deportivo de La Coruña

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Portugal squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Rui Patrício (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 27) 36 0 Portugal Sporting CP v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
GK Beto (1982-05-01) 1 May 1982 (age 33) 10 0 Spain Sevilla v.  Argentina; 18 November 2014
GK Eduardo (1982-09-19) 19 September 1982 (age 32) 35 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
DF Ricardo Carvalho (1978-05-18) 18 May 1978 (age 37) 79 5 France Monaco v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
DF Bruno Alves (1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 33) 78 10 Turkey Fenerbahçe v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
DF Fábio Coentrão (1988-03-11) 11 March 1988 (age 27) 48 5 Spain Real Madrid v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
DF José Bosingwa (1982-08-24) 24 August 1982 (age 32) 27 0 Turkey Trabzonspor v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
DF Eliseu (1983-10-01) 1 October 1983 (age 31) 7 1 Portugal S.L. Benfica v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
DF José Fonte (1983-12-22) 22 December 1983 (age 31) 2 0 England Southampton v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
DF Pepe INJ (1983-02-26) 26 February 1983 (age 32) 65 3 Spain Real Madrid v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
DF Raphaël Guerreiro (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 21) 2 1 France Lorient v.  Argentina; 18 November 2014
DF Tiago Gomes (1986-07-29) 29 July 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Portugal SC Braga v.  Argentina; 18 November 2014
DF Ivo Pinto (1990-01-07) 7 January 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb v.  Denmark; 14 October 2014
DF João Pereira (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 31) 40 0 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
DF Ricardo Costa (1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 34) 22 1 Greece PAOK v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
DF Luís Neto (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 27) 9 0 Russia Zenit v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
DF Rúben Vezo (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Valencia v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
DF Rolando (1985-08-31) 31 August 1985 (age 29) 19 0 Belgium Anderlecht 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF João Moutinho (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 28) 77 2 France Monaco v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
MF Tiago (1981-05-02) 2 May 1981 (age 34) 63 3 Spain Atlético de Madrid v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
MF Raul Meireles (1983-03-17) 17 March 1983 (age 32) 76 10 Turkey Fenerbahçe v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
MF Miguel Veloso (1986-05-11) 11 May 1986 (age 29) 53 2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
MF Tiba (1988-08-31) 31 August 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Portugal SC Braga v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
MF Ricardo Horta (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Spain Málaga v.  Albania; 7 September 2014
MF Bruma (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Turkey Galatasaray v.  Albania; 7 September 2014 (preliminary)
MF Silvestre Varela (1985-02-02) 2 February 1985 (age 30) 26 5 Italy Parma 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Rúben Amorim (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 30) 14 0 Portugal S.L. Benfica 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Rafa Silva (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Portugal SC Braga 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Cristiano Ronaldo (captain) (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 30) 119 52 Spain Real Madrid v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
FW Nani (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 28) 84 15 Portugal Sporting CP v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
FW Ricardo Quaresma (1983-09-26) 26 September 1983 (age 31) 40 4 Portugal FC Porto v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
FW Danny (1983-08-07) 7 August 1983 (age 31) 31 4 Russia Zenit v.  Serbia; 29 March 2015
FW Hélder Postiga (1982-08-02) 2 August 1982 (age 32) 71 27 Spain Deportivo de La Coruña v.  Argentina; 18 November 2014
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury

Most appearances[edit]

Luís Figo is the most capped player in the history of Portugal with 127 caps.
As of March 29, 2015.[13]
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 Cristiano Ronaldo 119 52 August 20, 2003 March 29, 2015
3 Fernando Couto 110 8 December 19, 1990 June 30, 2004
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 Nani 84 15 September 1, 2006 March 29, 2015
8 João Pinto 81 23 October 12, 1991 June 14, 2002
9 Vítor Baía 80 0 December 19, 1990 September 7, 2002
10 Ricardo 79 0 June 2, 2001 June 19, 2008
Nuno Gomes 79 29 January 24, 1996 October 11, 2011
Ricardo Carvalho 79 5 October 11, 2003 March 29, 2015
  Players still active with national team

Most goals[edit]

Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal's top scorer with 52 goals.
As of March 29, 2015.[14]
Players in bold are still active.
# Name Goals Caps Average First cap Latest cap
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 52 119 0.44 August 20, 2003 March 29, 2015
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 71 0.38 June 13, 2003 November 14, 2014
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
  Players still active with national team

Managers with most wins[edit]

Paulo Bento was the latest coach until September 2014
As of 27 June 2014
Manager Period Record
Matches Won Draw Lost Win %
Luiz Felipe Scolari 2003–2008 74 42 18 14 57
António Oliveira[15] 1994–1996, 2000–2002 43 25 10 8 58
Carlos Queiroz 1991–1993, 2008–2010 49 25 16 8 54
Paulo Bento 2010–2014 46 26 12 8 56
  • bold denotes current manager


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  2. ^ Selecção 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.
  3. ^ UEFA suspends Portuguese trio
  4. ^ FIFA suspends Pinto
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  11. ^ RTP vai transmitir os jogos de qualificação da Seleção para o Euro 2016 e o Mundial de 2018
  12. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship" (PDF). 3.08: UEFA. p. 10. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Todas as internacionalizações". FPF.PT (in Portuguese). Federação Portuguesa de Futebol. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Melhores Marcadores". FPF.PT (in Portuguese). Federação Portuguesa de Futebol. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ 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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