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 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.