Portugal national under-21 football team

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Portugal Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Esperanças (Hopes)
Association Federação Portuguesa
de Futebol
Head coach Rui Jorge
Captain Bruno Fernandes
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 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.

Competitive record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
1978 Did not qualify
1980
1982 Did not enter
1984 Did not qualify
1986
1988
1990
1992
France 1994 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 2
Spain 1996 Quarter-finals 7th 2 1 0 1 1 2
Romania 1998 Did not qualify
Slovakia 2000
Switzerland 2002 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Germany 2004 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 9 11
Portugal 2006 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 3
Netherlands 2007 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 2
Sweden 2009 Did not qualify
Denmark 2011
Israel 2013
Czech Republic 2015 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 3 1 7 1
Poland 2017 Group stage 3 2 0 1 7 5
Total Runners-up 8/20 29 13 7 10 41 30
*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 23 players have been called up for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Caps and goals are correct as of 17 June 2017 after the game against Serbia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Bruno Varela (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Portugal Vitória de Setúbal
12 1GK Miguel Silva (1995-04-07) 7 April 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
22 1GK Joel Pereira (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 21) 3 0 England Manchester United
2 2DF João Cancelo (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 23) 9 1 Spain Valencia
3 2DF Edgar Ié (1994-05-01) 1 May 1994 (age 23) 10 1 France Lille
4 2DF Tobias Figueiredo (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 23) 14 1 Portugal Sporting CP
5 2DF Rúben Semedo (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 23) 10 4 Spain Villarreal
13 2DF Kévin Rodrigues (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Spain Real Sociedad B
14 2DF Pedro Rebocho (1995-01-23) 23 January 1995 (age 22) 3 0 France Guingamp
15 2DF Fernando Fonseca (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 20) 7 0 Portugal Estoril
6 3MF Rúben Neves (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 20) 15 3 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
8 3MF Francisco Geraldes (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Portugal Rio Ave
10 3MF Bruno Fernandes (captain) (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 22) 16 7 Portugal Sporting CP
16 3MF Renato Sanches (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Germany Bayern Munich
17 3MF Francisco Ramos (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 22) 6 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
23 3MF João Carvalho (1997-03-09) 9 March 1997 (age 20) 6 2 Portugal Benfica
7 4FW Daniel Podence (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 21) 6 2 Portugal Sporting CP
9 4FW Gonçalo Paciência (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 23) 14 6 Portugal Vitória de Setúbal
11 4FW Iuri Medeiros (1994-07-10) 10 July 1994 (age 23) 16 1 Portugal Sporting CP
18 4FW Gonçalo Guedes (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 20) 10 4 France Paris Saint-Germain
19 4FW Diogo Jota (1996-12-04) 4 December 1996 (age 20) 9 2 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
20 4FW Bruma (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 22) 12 2 Germany RB Leipzig
21 4FW Ricardo Horta (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 22) 18 4 Portugal Braga

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 7 4 1 2 12 7 5
Portugal Rui Jorge 2010– 60 41 13 6 137 48 89

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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