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||7 (First in 1994)|
|Best result||Runners-up in 1994, 2015|
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.
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 Championship
|1978||Did not qualify|
|1982||Did not enter|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2009||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.
- The following squad was selected for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Israel on 2 September 2016.
Players born in on or after 1 January 1994 are eligible for the current 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.
Caps and goals are correct as of 24 March 2016 after the game against Liechtenstein.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Miguel Silva||7 April 1995||0||0||Vitória de Guimarães|
|12||GK||Joel Pereira||28 June 1996||1||0||Belenenses|
|22||GK||André Moreira||2 December 1995||0||0||Atlético Madrid|
|2||DF||Fernando Fonseca||14 March 1997||1||0||Porto B|
|3||DF||Edgar Ié||1 May 1994||4||1||Villarreal B|
|4||DF||Tobias Figueiredo||2 February 1994||11||1||Nacional|
|5||DF||Rúben Semedo||4 April 1994||2||1||Sporting CP|
|13||DF||Paulo Henrique||23 October 1996||0||0||Paços Ferreira|
|14||DF||Yuri Ribeiro||24 January 1997||1||0||Benfica B|
|21||DF||Simãozinho||31 May 1995||0||0||Braga B|
|6||MF||Rúben Neves||13 March 1997||11||2||Porto|
|7||MF||Bruno Fernandes (captain)||8 September 1994||9||2||Sampdoria|
|8||MF||André Horta||7 November 1996||1||0||Benfica|
|15||MF||João Carvalho||9 March 1997||0||0||Benfica B|
|16||MF||Francisco Geraldes||18 April 1995||0||0||Moreirense|
|20||MF||Tomás Podstawski||30 January 1995||3||0||Porto B|
|9||FW||Gonçalo Paciência||1 August 1994||12||5||Olympiacos|
|10||FW||Iuri Medeiros||10 July 1994||13||0||Boavista|
|11||FW||Gelson Martins||11 May 1995||4||1||Sporting CP|
|17||FW||Carlos Mané||11 March 1994||14||3||Stuttgart|
|18||FW||Diogo Jota||4 December 1996||2||0||Porto|
|19||FW||Gonçalo Guedes||29 November 1996||3||1||Benfica|
|23||FW||Ricardo Horta||15 September 1994||12||4||Braga|