Portugal national under-21 football team

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Portugal Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Esperanças (Hopes)
AssociationFederação Portuguesa
de Futebol
Head coachRui Jorge
CaptainRúben Neves
Most capsManuel Fernandes (30)
Top scorerHugo Almeida (16)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Portugal 3–1 South Africa 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 16 November 1958)
Biggest win
 Liechtenstein 0–9 Portugal 
(Vaduz, Liechtenstein; 11 October 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 6–0 Portugal 
Piacenza, Italy; 2 December 1987
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1994)
Best resultRunners-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
ItalySan Marino 2019 To be determined
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.

Player records[edit]

Top appearances[edit]

As of 9 September 2008[1]
Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Manuel Fernandes Benfica, Portsmouth, Everton, Valencia 2004–2008 30
2 Silvestre Varela Sporting CP, Casa Pia, Vitória Setúbal 2004–2007 28
  Ricardo Quaresma Sporting CP, Barcelona, Porto 2002–2006 28
  João Pereira Benfica, Gil Vicente, Braga 2004–2008 28
  Fernando Brassard Marítimo, Gil Vicente, Vitória Guimarães 1991–1994 28
6 Hugo Almeida Porto, União Leiria, Boavista, Werder Bremen 2002–2007 27
7 Ednilson Roma, Benfica 2000–2003 26
  Raul Meireles Aves, Boavista, Porto 2003–2006 26
9 Edgar Alverca, Real Madrid, Málaga 1997–1999 25
  Cândido Costa Porto, Vitória Setúbal, Derby County 2000–2004 25

Note: Club(s) represents the clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 30 June 2015[2]
Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Hugo Almeida Porto, União Leiria, Boavista, Werder Bremen 2002–2007 16
2 Hélder Postiga Porto, Tottenham 2001–2003 12
  Toni Porto, Braga 1992–1994 12
4 Paulo Costa Alverca, Inter Milan, Reggina, Porto 2000–2002 9
5 Simão Sabrosa Sporting CP, Barcelona 1998–2001 8
  Rui Fonte Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Sporting CP, Vitória Setúbal, Espanyol 2008–2012 8
7 Orlando Sá Braga, Porto 2008–2010 7
  Miguel Bruno Feirense, Paços Ferreira, Beira-Mar 1992–1994 7
  Dani Sporting CP, West Ham United, Ajax 1995–1996 7
  Ivan Cavaleiro Benfica, Deportivo La Coruña 2013–2015 7

Note: Club(s) represents the clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players have been called up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Bosnia.

Caps and goals are correct as of 5 September 2017 after the game against Wales.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Joel Pereira (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 22) 5 0 Portugal Vitória de Setúbal
12 1GK Pedro Silva (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Tondela
22 1GK Diogo Costa (1999-09-19) 19 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Porto
2 2DF Fernando Fonseca (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 21) 8 0 Portugal Estoril
3 2DF Rúben Dias (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Benfica
4 2DF Ferro (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Benfica B
5 2DF Yuri Ribeiro (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Benfica
13 2DF Diogo Dalot (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 19) 0 0 England Manchester United
14 2DF Jorge Fernandes (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Tondela
15 2DF Pedro Amaral (1997-08-25) 25 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Benfica B
16 2DF Ivanildo Fernandes (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Portugal Sporting CP B
6 3MF Pêpê (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Vitória Guimarães
7 3MF João Gamboa (1996-08-31) 31 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Portugal Marítimo
8 3MF João Félix (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Benfica
10 3MF João Carvalho (1997-03-09) 9 March 1997 (age 21) 10 2 England Nottingham Forest
18 3MF Pedro Delgado (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Sporting CP B
19 3MF Rafael Barbosa (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Portugal Sporting CP B
23 3MF André Horta (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 22) 6 2 United States Los Angeles FC
3MF Xadas (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Braga
9 4FW Diogo Jota (1996-12-04) 4 December 1996 (age 21) 10 2 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
11 4FW Gil Dias (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 22) 8 1 England Nottingham Forest
20 4FW Diogo Gonçalves (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 21) 1 0 England Nottingham Forest
21 4FW Heriberto Tavares (1996-02-16) 16 February 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Portugal Moreirense

Previous squads[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

As of 14 November 2017[3]
Manager Period Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Portugal José Alberto Costa –1993 12 8 1 3 22 10 +12 066.67
Portugal Nelo Vingada 1994–1996 22 14 5 3 33 14 +19 063.64
Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira 1996–2000 33 19 5 9 64 36 +28 057.58
Portugal Agostinho Oliveira 2000–2002 22 11 4 7 39 21 +18 050.00
Portugal Rui Caçador 2002 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 066.67
Portugal José Romão 2002–2004 18 12 2 4 44 27 +17 066.67
Portugal Rui Caçador 2004 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00
Portugal Agostinho Oliveira 2004–2006 18 14 1 3 36 9 +27 077.78
Portugal José Couceiro 2006–2007 13 7 3 3 22 9 +13 053.85
Portugal Rui Caçador 2007–2009 27 15 4 8 54 22 +32 055.56
Portugal Oceano Cruz 2009–2010 12 6 2 4 17 12 +5 050.00
Portugal Rui Jorge 2010–present 69 47 14 8 154 54 +100 068.12

Source: [4]

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portugal-Irlanda" [Portugal - Ireland]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Suécia-Portugal" [Sweden - Portugal]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Portugal-Suíca" [Portugal - Switzerland]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Portugal-Suíca" [Portugal - Switzerland]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 12 December 2017.

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