Portugal national under-20 football team

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Portugal Under-20
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFederação Portuguesa de Futebol
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Most capsTiago Ferreira (28)
FIFA codePOR
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Spain 1–0 Portugal 
(Cáceres, Spain; 7 May 1979)
Biggest win
 Macau 0–6 Portugal 
(São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe; 5 October 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 4–1 Portugal 
(Tokyo, Japan; 26 August 1994)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1979)
Best resultWinners (1989, 1991)

The Portugal national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Portugal and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal.

The U20 team acts mainly as a feeder team for the under-21s and provides further international development for youth players. The team qualified for its only official match, FIFA U-20 World Cup, depends on U19 results.

The Portuguese team has 12 participations in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and 12 in the Toulon Tournament.

History[edit]

The Golden Generation (1989–1991)[edit]

The Golden Generation was the Generation of the players that won consecutive FIFA Youth Championships in 1989 and 1991.

The Silver Generation (2011)[edit]

The Courage Generation was the Generation of players that was runner up in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
Tunisia 1977 Did not enter
Japan 1979 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 2 4 -2
Australia 1981 Did not qualify
Mexico 1983
Soviet Union 1985
Chile 1987
Saudi Arabia 1989 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 6 3 +3
Portugal 1991 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 1 +8
Australia 1993 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 5 -4
Qatar 1995 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 12 6 +6
Malaysia 1997 Did not qualify
Nigeria 1999 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1
Argentina 2001 Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 2003
Netherlands 2005
Canada 2007 Round of 16 15th 4 1 0 3 4 5 -1
Egypt 2009 Did not qualify
Colombia 2011 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 2 1 7 3 +4
Turkey 2013 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 12 7 +5
New Zealand 2015 Quarter-finals 6th 5 4 1 0 12 2 +10
South Korea 2017 Quarter-finals 7th 5 2 2 1 9 7 +2
Poland 2019 Qualified
Total 2 Titles 2/12 54 30 10 14 79 47 +32
*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.

Toulon Tournament[edit]

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
1996 Third place 3rd 4 3 1 0 12 3 +9
1997 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 7 4 +3
1998 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 4 1 +3
1999 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4
2000 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 4 0 7 4 +3
2001 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 12 5 +7
2002 Group stage 7th 4 0 3 1 1 2 -1
2003 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 11 2 +9
2004 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 9 5 +4
2006 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 3 1 +2
2007 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 2 2 0
2011 Group stage 5th 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1
2013 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 8 8 +0
2014 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 11 4 +7
2016 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 7 2 +5
Total 2 Titles 2/16 72 36 22 14 101 53 +48
* Portugal also participated in the 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, and 2009 tournaments but with the u-21 squad instead of the u-20 squad.

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

  • FIFA U-20 World Cup
  • Toulon Tournament
    • Winner (2): 2001, 2003
    • Runner-up (3): 1997, 2000, 2005
    • Third place (3): 1996, 1998, 2006
  • Torneio Internacional da Madeira
    • Winner (7): 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008
    • Runner-up (4): 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006
  • Torneio Campos Verdes
    • Winner (2): 2007, 2008
  • Copa El Presidente de La Republica - Ricardo Martinelli
    • Third place (1): 2011
  • SBS Cup International Youth Soccer
    • Runner-up (1): 2012

Individual awards[edit]

  • FIFA U-20 World Cup
  • Toulon Tournament

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Number Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Pedro Silva (1997-02-13)13 February 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Sporting CP B
2 2DF Pedro Empis (1997-02-01)1 February 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Sporting CP B
3 2DF Rúben Dias (1997-05-14)14 May 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Benfica
4 2DF Francisco Ferreira (1997-03-26)26 March 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Benfica B
5 2DF Yuri Ribeiro (1997-01-24)24 January 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Benfica
6 3MF Pedro Rodrigues (1997-05-20)20 May 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
7 4FW Diogo Gonçalves (1997-02-06)6 February 1997 (aged 21) England Nottingham Forest
8 3MF Pedro Delgado (1997-04-07)7 April 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Sporting CP B
9 4FW André Ribeiro (1997-06-09)9 June 1997 (aged 20) Switzerland Zürich II
10 3MF Xadas (1997-12-02)2 December 1997 (aged 20) Portugal Sporting de Braga B
11 4FW Hélder Ferreira (1997-04-05)5 April 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Vitória de Guimarães B
12 1GK Luís Maximiano (1999-01-05)5 January 1999 (aged 19) Portugal Sporting CP Juniors
13 2DF Jorge Fernandes (1997-04-02)2 April 1997 (aged 21) Portugal FC Porto B
14 3MF Florentino Luís (1999-08-19)19 August 1999 (aged 18) Portugal Benfica B
15 2DF Diogo Dalot (1999-03-18)18 March 1999 (aged 19) Portugal FC Porto B
16 3MF Miguel Luís (1999-02-27)27 February 1999 (aged 19) Portugal Sporting CP Juniors
17 4FW Xande Silva (1997-03-16)16 March 1997 (aged 21) Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
18 4FW José Gomes (1999-04-08)8 April 1999 (aged 19) Portugal Benfica B
19 3MF Bruno Costa (1997-04-19)19 April 1997 (aged 21) Portugal FC Porto B
20 3MF Gedson Fernandes (1999-01-09)9 January 1999 (aged 19) Portugal Benfica B
21 1GK Diogo Costa (1999-09-19)19 September 1999 (aged 18) Portugal FC Porto Juniors

Previous squads[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Toulon Tournament

Most appearances[edit]

# Name Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Tiago Ferreira 28 2 July 13, 2011 July 3, 2013
2 Paulo Costa 20 5 September 10, 1998 June 3, 2000
Sérgio Oliveira 20 3 October 7, 2010 April 18, 2012
4 Ricardo Esteves 19 0 September 10, 1998 June 3, 2000
Danilo Pereira 19 3 October 7, 2010 August 21, 2011
Pelé 19 3 October 7, 2010 August 21, 2011
Nuno Reis 19 0 October 7, 2010 August 21, 2011
Nélson Oliveira 19 9 October 7, 2010 August 21, 2011

Most goals[edit]

# Name Goals Caps First cap Latest cap
1 Nuno Gomes 9 13 June 2, 1995 January 21, 1997
Lourenço 9 17 22 February 2001 June 21, 2003
Nélson Oliveira 9 19 October 7, 2010 August 21, 2011
4 André Silva 8 10 October 7, 2010 August 21, 2011
5 Bruma 6 6 March 24, 2013 July 3, 2013
Carlitos 6 11 May 27, 1997 May 19, 1998
Paulo Torres 6 12 December 18, 1990 June 30, 1991
Bruno Gama 6 14 November 21, 2006 July 8, 2007
Dani 6 15 August 26, 1994 June 1, 1996
6 Ricardo Vaz Tê 5 8 February 16, 2005 September 22, 2005

Notable players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

As of 15 November 2012

Manager Period Record
Matches Won Draw Lost GF GA GD
Portugal Peres Bandeira 1979
Portugal Carlos Queiroz 1989–1991
Portugal Agostinho Oliveira 1993
Portugal Nelo Vingada 1994-95
Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira 1996–2000
Portugal António Violante 2001–2002, 2008
Portugal Rui Caçador 2003–2004, 2007–2008
Portugal José Couceiro 2006–2007 21 13 4 4 37 8 +29
Portugal Paulo Alves 2009–2010 5 3 1 1 9 3 +6
Portugal Ilídio Vale 2010–2012 24 9 12 3 27 20 +7
Portugal Edgar Borges 2012-2014, 2015-2016 11 5 3 3 17 12 +5
Portugal Hélio Sousa 2014-2015
Portugal Emílio Peixe 2016-

See also[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Portugal national under-23 canoe sprint team
Portuguese Team of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
1000 meter K2 team
(Emanuel Silva and Fernando Pimenta)