Portugal national football team

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Portugal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)A Seleção (The Selection)
Os Navegadores (The Navigators)
AssociationFederação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachFernando Santos
CaptainCristiano Ronaldo
Most capsCristiano Ronaldo (190)
Top scorerCristiano Ronaldo (117)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codePOR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 9 Steady (25 August 2022)[1]
Highest2 (May – June 2010, October 2012, April – June 2014, September 2017 – April 2018)
Lowest25 (August 1998)
First international
 Spain 3–0 Portugal 
(Madrid, Spain; 18 December 1921)
Biggest win
 Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 18 December 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
Appearances8 (first in 1966)
Best resultThird place (1966)
European Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (2016)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultChampions (2019)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultThird place (2017)
Websitefpf.pt

The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol) has represented Portugal in international men's football competition since 1921. The national team is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), the governing body for football in Portugal. Portugal's home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Portugal, and its primary training ground and technical headquarters, Cidade do Futebol, is located in Oeiras. The current head coach of the team is Fernando Santos and the captain is Cristiano Ronaldo, who also holds the team record for most caps and for most goals.

Portugal's first participation in a major tournament finals was at the 1966 World Cup, which saw a team featuring Ballon d'Or winner Eusébio finish in third place. Portugal also made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 1984, losing to hosts and eventual winners France. Under the team's first golden generation in the 1990s, Portugal began consistently been present in all the finals stages of major tournament, reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2000 and Euro 2012. The Euro 2004 finals, which they lost to Greece on home soil, and the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup, finishing in fourth place, the best result of the country in the World Cup since 1966. This was in great part due to the production of several players, such as Luís Figo, Rui Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.[3][4]

In 2014, Fernando Santos was appointed as the new head coach for the national team. Two years later at Euro 2016, Santos led Portugal to its first ever major trophy, defeating hosts France in the finals. With the win, Portugal qualified and made its only appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia, where they finished in third place. Portugal qualified for and hosted the brand new 2018–19 Nations League finals where they triumphed, defeating the Netherlands and earning the second major tournament victory in three finals. Portugal also featured in the Olympic football tournament, and managed to achieve in the semi-finals of the 1996 Summer Olympic, finishing in fourth place.

Portugal is colloquially referred to as the Seleção das Quinas (a synecdoche based on the flag of the country) and has notable rivalries with Brazil, due to shared cultural traits and heritage,[5] France, due to several important meetings between the two teams at Euro and World Cup, and Spain, known as A Guerra Ibérica in Portuguese or The Iberian War in English, with the rivalry between two countries going back to 1581.[6]

History

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.[7][8]

In the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, the Seleção played one game against Syria held in neutral ground in Milan. They lost 2–1 and failed to qualify for the finals.[9] 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.[10] A 10–0 home friendly loss against England, two years after the war, still stands as their biggest ever defeat.[11]

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. While they did not qualify on the pitch, they would later be invited to replace Turkey, which had withdrawn from participating; however, Portugal too refused to participate.[12][13]

For the qualification of the 1954 World Cup, the team would play Austria. The Austrians won the first game with a 9–0 result.[14] The best the national team could do was hold the Austrians to a goalless draw in Lisbon, and the round ended with a 9–0 aggregate defeat.[15]

In the 1958 qualification, Portugal won a qualification match for the first time, a 3–0 home victory over Italy. Nevertheless, they finished last in the group stage that also featured Northern Ireland; only the first-placed team, Northern Ireland, would qualify.[16]

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 the final stage that only featured one leg while the earlier stages had two legs. In the first round, the Seleção das Quinas won 2–0 at East Germany and then 3–2 in Porto, advancing with a 5–2 two-legged win.[17][18] The quarter-final opponent was Yugoslavia. Despite winning the first game 2–1, they lost the second leg 5–1 in Belgrade, losing 6–3 on aggregate.[19]

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 team that topped the group would qualify.[20]

In the 1964 European Championship, Portugal played against Bulgaria in the qualifying rounds. The Portuguese lost in Sofia and won in Lisbon. With the round tied 4–4, a replay was needed in a neutral country.[21] In the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Portugal lost 1–0 thanks to a late strike from Georgi Asparuhov.[21]

1966 World Cup and 1970s

In the 1966 World Cup qualification, Portugal was drawn into the same group as Czechoslovakia, Romania and Turkey.[22] They topped the group with only one draw and one defeat during all the six games and finally qualified for a FIFA World Cup, that year the final stage would be held in England. Notable results were both 1–0 away wins against Czechoslovakia and Turkey and a 5–1 home win against the Turks.[22]

The team started out with three wins in the group stage where they were in Group C when they beat Hungary 3–1,[23] Bulgaria 3–0, and two-time defending champions Brazil 3–1.[24] Secondly, they beat surprise quarter-finalist North Korea 5–3, with Eusébio getting four markers to overturn a 3–0 deficit.[25] Later, they reached the semi-finals where they were beaten by hosts England 2–1; in this game, Portugal would have played in Liverpool, but as England were the hosts, FIFA decided that the game should have been in the English capital, which led the Portuguese team travel unexpectedly from Liverpool to London.[26] Portugal then defeated the Soviet Union 2–1 in the third place match for their best World Cup finish to date.[27] Eusébio was the top scorer of the World Cup with nine goals.

Portugal missed out on qualifying for the 1970 World Cup after finishing last in a group consisting of Romania, Greece and Switzerland.[28]

In the Euro 1972 qualifiers, Portugal had to top its group that comprised the teams of Belgium, Denmark and Scotland to advance to the finals.[29][30] Portugal finished second to Belgium.[31]

For the 1974 World Cup qualification stages, Portugal were unable to defeat Bulgaria (drawing 2–2) in the decisive match, and thus failed to qualify.[32] Portugal faced tough competition from the strong Poland team for the place in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.[33][34] They finished second place, behind Poland.[35]

Late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s

Portugal 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.[31]

Luís Figo playing for Portugal at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

For the 1982 qualification, the Portuguese team had to face Israel, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Sweden for the top two group places.[36] Portugal finished in fourth place.[36]

During the qualifying campaign for Euro 1984, Portugal was grouped with Finland, Poland and the Soviet Union. Portugal won the group with a win over the Soviet Union.[37][38] Portugal ended in Group B, alongside Spain, West Germany and Romania.[39] In the first two matches, they tied 0–0 and 1–1 against West Germany and Spain, respectively.[39] A 1–0 win over Romania gave them second place in the group, to go through to the knockout stage, where they were matched against the hosts, France.[39] 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.[39]

For the 1986 tournament, the Seleção played against Czechoslovakia, Malta, Sweden and West Germany for the two spots that would guarantee them a ticket to Mexico.[40] 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.[41] They started with a 1–0 win to England,[42] but later were beaten by Poland and Morocco 1–0 and 3–1 respectively.[43][44] Their staying in Mexico was marked by the Saltillo Affair, where players refused to train in order to win more prizes from the Portuguese Football Federation.

For the UEFA Euro 1988 the Portuguese team attempted to top their qualifying group in a group with Italy, Malta, Sweden and Switzerland; however, they finished in third.[45][46]

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.[47] Playing at home against Czechoslovakia, the game ended in a 0–0 allowing the Central Europeans to get the second place.[48]

During the draws for the Euro 1992 qualifying, the Netherlands, Greece, Finland and Malta were the other teams, ending in second behind the Dutch.[49]

For the 1994 World Cup qualification, Portugal played in the same group as Estonia, Italy, Malta, Scotland and Switzerland for the two highest places.[50] They ended in third behind Italy and Switzerland.[50]

1995–2006: The golden generation

At UEFA Euro 1996, Portugal finished first in Group D, and in the quarter-finals, they lost 1–0 to the Czech Republic. This team was known as 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; they also reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2000 but were eliminated in the group stage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup despite high reputations.[51]

Portugal lost the Euro 2004 final 0–1 to Greece with a header from Angelos Charisteas (pictured).

Portugal failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In Euro 2000 qualifying, Portugal finished second in their group, one point short of first-placed Romania. However, after finishing as the top runner-up nation in qualifying, Portugal nonetheless secured passage to the tournament final stage. They then defeated England 3–2, Romania 1–0 and Germany 3–0 to finish first in Group A, then defeated Turkey in the quarter-finals. In the semi-final against France, Portugal were eliminated in extra time when Zinedine Zidane converted a penalty. Referee Günter Benkö 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 subsequently shoving the referee.[52] The final result was 2–1.

During 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal won the group.[53] Several problems and poor judgement decisions occurred during the preparation and tournament itself – shopping sprees by players were widely reported in the Portuguese press.[53] Questionable managing choices and some amateurism, including the same lack of agreement on prizes.[53] Portugal entered the tournament as favourites to win Group D.[53] However, they were upset 3–2 by the United States.[53] They then rebounded with a 4–0 smashing of Poland.[53] Needing a draw to advance, they lost the final group game to hosts South Korea.[54] Portugal underachieved and ended third in its group stage, subsequently eliminated. Manager António Oliveira was fired after the World Cup.

Ronaldo, pictured playing against Germany at Euro 2012, assumed the captaincy in the wake of Euro 2008.

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.[55] 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.[56] They got their first win against Russia 2–0 and also beat Spain 1–0.[57][58] They went on to play against England, in a 2–2 draw that went into penalties, with Portugal winning.[59] Portugal beat the Netherlands 2–1 in the semi-final.[60] They were beaten by Greece 1–0 in the final.[61]

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.[62][63]

The silver lining for Portugal was the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was selected in the UEFA Euro All Stars Team.[64] 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.[65] Portugal finished first place in Group D of the World Cup, with victories over Angola (1–0), Iran (2–0) and Mexico (2–1).[66][67] Portugal defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the Round of 16 in Nuremberg in an acrimonious match marked by 16 yellow cards, with four players sent off.[68] 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.[69][70] Portugal lost 1–0 against France in the semi-finals.[71] Portugal faced Germany in the third place play-off match in a 3–1 defeat.[72]

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.

2006–2014: Post-golden generation and mixed results

For Euro 2008 Portugal finished second in qualification behind Poland,[73] and won their first two group games against Turkey and the Czech Republic, although a loss to co-hosts Switzerland set up a quarter-final matchup with Germany which the team lost 3–2.[74] After the tournament, Scolari left to take over at Chelsea.[75] Afterwards, Carlos Queiroz was appointed as the head coach of the Portugal national team.[76][77][78][79]

Portugal came second in the qualifying stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup under Carlos Queiroz, then beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in a play-off, thereby reaching every tournament in the decade.[80][81][82] A 19-match undefeated streak, in which the team conceded only three goals, ended with a loss to eventual champions Spain in the round of 16, 1–0.[83] Queiroz was later criticized for setting up his team in an overly cautious way.[84] After the World Cup, squad regulars Simão, Paulo Ferreira, Miguel and Tiago all retired from international football.[85][86][87] 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.[88] In consequence, he received a further six-month suspension. Several media outbursts from Queiroz[89] against the heads of the Portuguese Football Federation followed, which partly prompted his dismissal. Paulo Bento was appointed as his replacement at head coach.[90]

Bento's team qualified for Euro 2012, They were drawn with Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands in a widely speculated "group of death".[91][92][93][94] They lost their first game 0–1 to Germany, then beat Denmark 3–2.[95][96] The final group stage match was against the Netherlands. After Van der Vaart had given the Dutch a 1–0 lead, Ronaldo netted twice to ensure a 2–1 victory.[97][98][99] Portugal finished second in the group and qualified for the knockout phase. Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 1–0 in the quarter-finals with a header from Ronaldo.[100] The semi-final match was against Spain. The game ended 0–0 and Portugal lost 4–2 on penalties.[101]

In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal won 4–2 on aggregate in a play-off against Sweden with all four goals being scored by Ronaldo, and 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.[102] They went on to draw 2–2 against the United States and won 2–1 against Ghana.[103][104] However, the team were eliminated due to inferior goal difference to the Americans.[105]

2014–present: Euro 2016 and first international glories

Portugal began the Euro 2016 qualifiers with a 0–1 home defeat against Albania, which resulted in Bento being dismissed from his managerial post to be replaced by Fernando Santos in September 2014.[106] Under Santos, the team qualified as group winners and were drawn in Group F alongside newcomers Iceland, Austria and Hungary; the Portuguese advanced into the knockout stage as the third-best third place team following three straight draws. Portugal beat Croatia 1–0 in the Round of 16 after a goal from Ricardo Quaresma in extra time[107] and then defeated Poland 5–3 on penalties to reach the semi-finals,[108] where they defeated Wales 2–0 in regulation time with goals from Ronaldo and Nani to reach the final at the Stade de France against hosts France.[109] The early stages of the final saw Ronaldo limp off the pitch injured; in extra time, substitute Eder turned hero when he scored the match's only goal in the 109th minute, defying all odds.[110][111] Ronaldo won the Silver Boot, scoring three goals and providing three assists.[112][113]

Following their Euro 2016 victory, Portugal participated in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Portugal faced Mexico on 17 June in their opening match, which ended in a 2–2 draw.[114] Three days later, Portugal faced hosts Russia 1–0 winning effort, with the only goal of the match being scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.[115] On 24 June, Portugal defeated New Zealand 4–0 to top their group and advance to the semi-finals of the competition.[116][117] Ronaldo was also man of the match in all three of Portugal's group stage matches.[118] Portugal lost to Chile on penalties after a goalless draw in the semi-finals,[119] but rebounded in the third place game, defeating Mexico 2–1 after extra time.[120]

Portugal lining up before a match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary draw, Portugal were placed in Group B along with Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Andorra and Latvia. Portugal would only lose one match against Switzerland 2–0. However, Portugal got their revenge on their last group stage match defeating Switzerland 2–0, to top their group and qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Portugal were drawn into Group B with Spain, Morocco and Iran. In their opening match on 15 June, Portugal were against Spain, which ended in a 3–3 draw, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick.[121] Ronaldo scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory against Morocco, breaking Puskás' record.[122] Portugal faced Iran on 25 June, in their final group match, which ended in a 1–1 draw, leading Portugal to progress to the knockout round as group runners-up behind Spain.[123] On 30 June, Portugal were eliminated following a 2–1 defeat to Uruguay in the round of 16.[124]

Gonçalo Guedes, who scored the winning goal against the Netherlands in the 2019 UEFA Nations League Final

Following the World Cup, Portugal was part of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, were the Seleção were placed in league A and were drawn into Group 3 with Italy and Poland. On 9 March 2018, UEFA announced that Portugal had expressed interest in bidding for the Nations League finals, which was later announced that the group winners would be appointed as the host.[125] Portugal started the league defeating Italy in a home 1–0 victory, with André Silva scoring the match's only goal.[126] In their second match, Portugal defeated Poland in a 3–2 away victory.[127][128] In the two remaining matches, Portugal faced Italy and Poland in a 0–0 away draw and Poland 1–1 home, respectively, to advance to the Nations League finals, thereby automatically winning hosting rights, which were confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee on 3 December 2018.[129] In the semi-finals on 5 June 2019, Cristiano Ronaldo made his return to the team scoring a hat-trick against Switzerland to secure the hosts a spot in the final.[130] Four days later, in the finals at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal defeated the Netherlands 1–0, with the only being scored by Gonçalo Guedes in the 60th minute.[131][132]

Portugal was drawn in Group B for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying with Lithuania, Luxembourg, Ukraine, and Serbia. Portugal won five games, drew two and lost one to qualify for the final tournament from the second place. In the process, Fernando Santos overtook Luiz Felipe Scolari's record as Portugal's coach with the most victories overall. Santos' team was drawn with France, Germany and Hungary in a widely speculated "group of death". Portugal advanced to the next round by defeating Hungary, drawing with France and losing to Germany. There, they faced Belgium and lost 0–1, finishing 13th overall, which is Portugal's lowest placement in Euros history.

Portugal was drawn into Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland, and Serbia. After losing to Serbia at home on the final matchday, Portugal finished second and advanced to the playoffs as opposed to qualifying directly.[133] On 24 March 2022, Portugal beat Turkey 3–1 in the playoff semi-final,[134] and five days later they defeated North Macedonia 2–0 in the playoff final to secure a berth in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[135]

Team image

Kits

Portugal's traditional home kit is mainly red with a green trim, reflecting the colors of the nation's flag. Over the years, the particular shade of red has alternated between a darker burgundy and a lighter scarlet. Both green and red shorts have been used to complete the strip.

The team's away kits, on the other hand, have varied more considerably. White has typically been preferred as a dominant color, either with blue shorts, or red and green highlights. In recent times, all-black has been utilized, as has a turquoise-teal color, the latter of which was prominently featured during the title-winning Euro 2016 campaign.

Media coverage

Portugal's qualifying, Nations League and friendly matches are broadcast by free-to-air public broadcaster RTP and pay-TV network Sport TV.[citation needed]

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Portugal Fernando Santos
Assistant Coach Portugal Ilídio Vale[136]
Assistant Coach Portugal Nuno Sampaio[136]
Assistant Coach Portugal Fernando Meira[136]
Goalkeeping Coach Portugal Rui Ouriques[136]

Coaching history

As of 29 March 2022
Manager Years Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Portugal Committee 1921–1923 3 0 0 3 0.00
Portugal Ribeiro dos Reis[137] 1925–1926 5 1 0 4 20.00
Portugal Cândido de Oliveira[137] 1926–1952 28 6 9 13 21.43
Portugal Maia Loureiro 1929 1 0 0 1 0.00
Portugal Laurindo Grijó 1930 4 2 0 2 50.00
Portugal Tavares da Silva[137] 1931–1957 29 10 4 15 34.48
Portugal Salvador do Carmo 1932–1954 12 3 4 5 25.00
Portugal Virgílio Paula 1947–1948 3 1 0 2 33.33
Portugal Armando Sampaio 1949 4 1 1 2 25.00
Portugal José Maria Antunes 1957–1969 31 9 4 18 29.03
Portugal Armando Ferreira 1961–1962 6 1 1 4 16.67
Portugal Fernando Peyroteo 1961 2 0 0 2 0.00
Portugal Manuel da Luz Afonso 1964–1966 20 15 2 3 75.00
Portugal José Gomes da Silva 1967–1971 13 5 4 4 38.46
Portugal José Augusto 1972–1973 15 9 4 2 60.00
Portugal José Maria Pedroto[137] 1974–1976 15 6 4 5 40.00
Portugal Juca 1977–1989 34 15 7 12 44.12
Portugal Mário Wilson 1978–1980 10 5 2 3 50.00
Brazil Otto Glória 1964–1983 7 3 1 3 42.86
Portugal Fernando Cabrita 1983–1984 9 5 2 2 55.56
Portugal José Augusto Torres 1984–1986 17 8 1 8 47.06
Portugal Ruy Seabra 1986–1987 6 1 4 1 16.67
Portugal Artur Jorge 1990–1997 26 11 10 5 42.31
Portugal Carlos Queiroz 1991–2010 50 25 17 8 50.00
Portugal Nelo Vingada 1994 2 0 2 0 0.00
Portugal António Oliveira[137] 1994–2002 43 25 10 8 58.14
Portugal Humberto Coelho 1997–2000 24 16 4 4 66.67
Portugal Agostinho Oliveira 2002–2003 7 2 3 2 28.57
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari 2003–2008 74 42 18 14 56.76
Portugal Paulo Bento 2010–2014 44 24 11 9 54.55
Portugal Fernando Santos 2014– 99 61 23 15 62.88

Results and fixtures

2021

9 October 2021 (2021-10-09) Friendly Portugal  3–0  Qatar Faro/Loulé, Portugal
20:15 WEST (UTC+01:00)
  • Ronaldo 37'
  • Fonte 48'
  • A. Silva 90'
Report
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Estádio Algarve
Referee: Fedayi San (Switzerland)
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Portugal  5–0  Luxembourg Faro/Loulé, Portugal
19:45 WEST (UTC+01:00)
Report Stadium: Estádio Algarve
Attendance: 18,553
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Republic of Ireland  0–0  Portugal Dublin, Republic of Ireland
19:45 GMT (UTC±00:00) Report Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 50,737
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
14 November 2021 (2021-11-14) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Portugal  1–2  Serbia Lisbon, Portugal
19:45 WET (UTC±00:00) Report
Stadium: Estádio da Luz
Attendance: 58,873
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

2022

2 June 2022 2022 UEFA NL Spain  1–1  Portugal Seville, Spain
20:45
Report
Stadium: Benito Villamarín
Attendance: 41,236
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
5 June 2022 2022 UEFA NL Portugal  4–0   Switzerland Lisbon, Portugal
19:45
Report Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
Attendance: 42,325
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)
9 June 2022 2022 UEFA NL Portugal  2–0  Czech Republic Lisbon, Portugal
19:45
Report Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
Attendance: 44,100
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
12 June 2022 2022 UEFA NL Switzerland   1–0  Portugal Geneva, Switzerland
20:45 Report Stadium: Stade de Genève
Attendance: 26,300
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
24 September 2022 2022 UEFA NL Czech Republic  0–4  Portugal Prague, Czech Republic
20:45 Report
Stadium: Sinobo Stadium
Attendance: 19,322
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
27 September 2022 2022 UEFA NL Portugal  v  Spain Braga, Portugal
19:45 Stadium: Estádio Municipal
17 November 2022 (2022-11-17) Friendly Portugal  v  Nigeria Lisbon, Portugal
Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
24 November 2022 2022 FIFA WC Portugal  v  Ghana Doha, Qatar
19:00 AST (UTC+03:00) Stadium: Stadium 974
28 November 2022 2022 FIFA WC Portugal  v  Uruguay Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+03:00) Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Rui Patrício (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 34) 104 0 Italy Roma
1GK Diogo Costa (1999-09-19) 19 September 1999 (age 23) 6 0 Portugal Porto
1GK José Sá (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 29) 0 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers

2DF Danilo Pereira (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 31) 62 2 France Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Rúben Dias (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 25) 38 2 England Manchester City
2DF João Cancelo (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 28) 36 7 England Manchester City
2DF Nuno Mendes (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 20) 15 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Mário Rui (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 31) 12 0 Italy Napoli
2DF Diogo Dalot (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 23) 6 2 England Manchester United
2DF Tiago Djaló (2000-04-09) 9 April 2000 (age 22) 0 0 France Lille

3MF William Carvalho (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 30) 74 5 Spain Betis
3MF Bernardo Silva (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 28) 71 8 England Manchester City
3MF João Mário (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 29) 51 2 Portugal Benfica
3MF Bruno Fernandes (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 28) 47 9 England Manchester United
3MF Rúben Neves (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 25) 31 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
3MF João Palhinha (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 27) 15 2 England Fulham
3MF Matheus Nunes (1998-08-27) 27 August 1998 (age 24) 9 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
3MF Vitinha (2000-02-13) 13 February 2000 (age 22) 3 0 France Paris Saint-Germain

4FW Cristiano Ronaldo (captain) (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 37) 190 117 England Manchester United
4FW Diogo Jota (1996-12-04) 4 December 1996 (age 25) 28 10 England Liverpool
4FW João Félix (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 22) 22 3 Spain Atlético Madrid
4FW Rafael Leão (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 23) 10 0 Italy AC Milan
4FW Ricardo Horta (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 28) 5 1 Portugal Braga
4FW Pedro Neto (2000-03-09) 9 March 2000 (age 22) 3 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
4FW Gonçalo Ramos (2001-06-20) 20 June 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Benfica

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Portugal squad within the last 12 months.[141][142]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Rui Silva (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 (age 28) 1 0 Spain Betis v.   Switzerland, 12 June 2022

DF Pepe (vice-captain) (1983-02-26) 26 February 1983 (age 39) 128 7 Portugal Porto v.  Czech Republic, 24 September 2022 INJ
DF Raphaël Guerreiro (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 28) 56 3 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Czech Republic, 24 September 2022 INJ
DF Domingos Duarte (1995-03-10) 10 March 1995 (age 27) 3 0 Spain Granada v.   Switzerland, 12 June 2022
DF David Carmo (1999-07-19) 19 July 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Portugal Braga v.   Switzerland, 12 June 2022
DF José Fonte (1983-12-22) 22 December 1983 (age 38) 50 1 France Lille v.  North Macedonia, 29 March 2022
DF Cédric Soares (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 31) 34 1 England Arsenal v.  North Macedonia, 29 March 2022
DF Gonçalo Inácio (2001-08-25) 25 August 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Sporting CP v.  North Macedonia, 29 March 2022
DF Nélson Semedo (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 28) 24 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Serbia, 14 November 2021

MF João Moutinho (3rd captain) (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 36) 146 7 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.   Switzerland, 12 June 2022
MF Otávio (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 27) 7 2 Portugal Porto v.   Switzerland, 12 June 2022
MF Renato Sanches (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 25) 32 3 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  Serbia, 14 November 2021

FW Rafa Silva RET (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 29) 25 0 Portugal Benfica v.  Czech Republic, 24 September 2022
FW André Silva (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 26) 51 19 Germany RB Leipzig v.   Switzerland, 12 June 2022
FW Gonçalo Guedes (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 25) 32 7 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.   Switzerland, 12 June 2022
FW Francisco Trincão (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 22) 7 0 Portugal Sporting CP v.  Qatar, 9 October 2021 COV

COV Player withdrew from the squad due to contracting COVID-19.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player retired from international football.
OTH Player withdrew from the squad due to other reasons.

Individual statistics

Most capped players

Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal's most capped player and all-time top goalscorer.
As of match played 24 September 2022[143]
Players in bold are still active with Portugal.
Rank Player Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 190 117 20 August 2003 24 September 2022
2 João Moutinho 146 7 17 August 2005 9 June 2022
3 Pepe 128 7 21 November 2007 12 June 2022
4 Luís Figo 127 32 12 October 1991 8 July 2006
5 Nani 112 24 1 September 2006 2 July 2017
6 Fernando Couto 110 8 19 December 1990 30 June 2004
7 Rui Patrício 104 0 17 November 2010 12 June 2022
8 Bruno Alves 96 11 5 June 2007 7 June 2018
9 Rui Costa 94 26 31 March 1993 4 July 2004
10 Ricardo Carvalho 89 5 11 October 2003 22 June 2016

Top goalscorers

As of match played 24 September 2022[144]
Players in bold are still active with Portugal.
Rank Player Goals Caps Average First cap Latest cap
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 117 190 0.62 20 August 2003 24 September 2022
2 Pauleta 47 88 0.53 20 August 1997 8 July 2006
3 Eusébio 41 64 0.64 8 October 1961 13 October 1973
4 Luís Figo 32 127 0.25 12 October 1991 8 July 2006
5 Nuno Gomes 29 79 0.37 24 January 1996 11 October 2011
6 Hélder Postiga 27 71 0.38 13 June 2003 14 November 2014
7 Rui Costa 26 94 0.28 31 March 1993 4 July 2004
8 Nani 24 112 0.21 1 September 2006 2 July 2017
9 João Pinto 23 81 0.28 12 October 1991 14 June 2002
10 Nené 22 66 0.33 21 April 1971 23 June 1984
Simão 22 85 0.26 18 October 1998 29 June 2010

Goals records

Most goals scored in one World Cup
9 – Eusébio (1966)[145]
Most goals scored in World Cup
9 – Eusébio (1966)[145]
Most goals scored in one European Championship
5 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2020)
Most goals scored in European Championship
14 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020)[146]
Oldest goalscorer
37 years, 9 months and 18 days – José Fonte (3–0 against Qatar on 9 October 2021)
Youngest goalscorer
17 years, 9 months and 25 days – Fernando Chalana (2–1 against Cyprus on 5 December 1976)
Most hat-tricks
10 – Cristiano Ronaldo (includes four goals against Andorra on 7 October 2016 and Lithuania on 10 September 2019)[147]
Most pokers
2 – Cristiano Ronaldo
Youngest player to score a hat-trick
20 years, 11 months and 4 days – André Silva (6–0 against Faroe Islands on 10 October 2016)[148]

Other records

Most matches played in World Cup
17 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018)[121]
Most matches played in European Championship
25 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020)[149]
Oldest player (outfield and goalkeeper)
39 years, 3 months and 14 days – Pepe (2–0 against Czech Republic on 9 June 2022) 
Longest national career
19 years, 1 month and 5 days  – Cristiano Ronaldo (From 20 August 2003 to 24 September 2022) 
Longest national career for an outfield player
19 years, 1 month and 5 days  – Cristiano Ronaldo (From 20 August 2003 to 24 September 2022) 
Youngest debutant
17 years, 6 months and 24 days – Paulo Futre (5–0 against Finland on 21 September 1983)[150]
Youngest player to reach 100 caps
27 years, 8 months and 11 days – Cristiano Ronaldo (1–1 against Northern Ireland on 16 October 2012)[151]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Kingdom of Italy 1934 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 11
French Third Republic 1938 1 0 0 1 1 2
Fourth Brazilian Republic 1950 2 0 1 1 3 7
Switzerland 1954 2 0 1 1 1 9
Sweden 1958 4 1 1 2 4 7
Chile 1962 4 1 1 2 9 7
England 1966 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 17 8 6 4 1 1 9 4
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 6 1 2 3 8 10
West Germany 1974 6 2 3 1 10 6
Argentina 1978 6 4 1 1 12 6
Spain 1982 8 3 1 4 8 11
Mexico 1986 Group stage 17th 3 1 0 2 2 4 8 5 0 3 12 10
Italy 1990 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 11 8
United States 1994 10 6 2 2 18 5
France 1998 10 5 4 1 12 4
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 21st 3 1 0 2 6 4 10 7 3 0 33 7
Germany 2006 Fourth place 4th 7 4 1* 2 7 5 12 9 3 0 35 5
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2* 1 7 1 12 7 4 1 19 5
Brazil 2014 Group stage 18th 3 1 1* 1 4 7 12 8 3 1 24 11
Russia 2018 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2* 1 6 6 10 9 0 1 32 4
Qatar 2022 Qualified 10 7 2 1 22 7
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Third place 8/22 30 14 6* 10 49 35 149 83 35 31 284 146
* Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

UEFA European Championship

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place/semi-finalists    Fourth place  

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 8 8
Spain 1964 3 1 0 2 4 5
Italy 1968 6 2 2 2 6 6
Belgium 1972 6 3 1 2 10 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 2 3 1 5 7
Italy 1980 8 4 1 3 10 11
France 1984 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2* 1 4 4 6 5 0 1 11 6
West Germany 1988 Did not qualify 8 2 4 2 6 8
Sweden 1992 8 5 1 2 11 4
England 1996 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1* 1 5 2 10 7 2 1 29 7
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Semi-finals 3rd 5 4 0 1 10 4 10 7 2 1 32 4
Portugal 2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1* 2 8 6 Qualified as hosts
Austria Switzerland 2008 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 6 14 7 6 1 24 10
Poland Ukraine 2012 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1* 1 6 4 10 6 2 2 27 14
France 2016 Champions 1st 7 3 4* 0 9 5 8 7 0 1 11 5
Europe 2020 Round of 16 13th 4 1 1* 2 7 7 8 5 2 1 22 6
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 1 Title 8/16 39 19 10* 10 56 38 115 66 26 23 216 107
* Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out. Red border colour indicates that the tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA Nations League

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

UEFA Nations League history
First match  Portugal 1–0 Italy 
(10 September 2018; Lisbon, Portugal)
Biggest win  Portugal 4–0 Switzerland  
(5 June 2022; Lisbon, Portugal)
Biggest defeat   Switzerland 1–0 Portugal 
(12 June 2022; Geneva, Switzerland)
Best result Champions in 2018–19
Worst result Group stage in 2020–21
UEFA Nations League record
League phase Finals
Season LG GP Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK Year Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
2018–19 A 3 1st 4 2 2 0 5 3 Same position 1st Portugal 2019 1st 2 2 0 0 4 1 Squad
2020–21 A 3 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 4 Same position 5th Italy 2021 Did not qualify
2022–23 A 2 2nd 4 2 1 1 7 2 Same position 2023 To be determined
Total 14 8 4 2 24 9 1st Total 2 2 0 0 4 1

*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

FIFA Confederations Cup

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South KoreaJapan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 Third place 3rd 5 3 2* 0 9 3
Total Third place 1/10 5 3 2* 0 9 3
* Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Olympic Games

  Gold medal    Silver medal    Bronze medal    Fourth place  

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Greece 1896 No football tournament
France 1900 Did not enter
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928 Quarter-finals 5th 3 2 0 1 7 5
United States 1932 No football tournament
Nazi Germany 1936 Did not enter
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984 Did not qualify
South Korea 1988
Spain 1992
United States 1996 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2* 2 6 10
Australia 2000 Did not qualify
Greece 2004 Group stage 14th 3 1 0 2 6 9
China 2008 Did not qualify
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1* 1 5 6
Japan 2020 Did not qualify
Total Fourth place 4/29 16 7 3* 6 24 30
* Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

All-time results

The following table shows Portugal's all-time international record, correct as of 29 March 2022.

Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 647 315 151 181 1096 741

Source: Portugal - Historical results

Honours

Title

Awards

See also

Rivalries

Footnotes

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