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 Sérgio Oliveira
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.

Competition records[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA GD
1978 to 1980 Did Not Qualify
1982 Did Not Enter
1984 to 1992 Did Not Qualify
France 1994 Runners up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 2 + 5
Spain 1996 Quarter Finals 7th 2 1 0 1 1 2 - 1
1998 to 2000 Did Not Qualify
Switzerland 2002 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
Germany 2004 Third Place 3rd 5 2 1 2 9 11 -2
Portugal 2006 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 3 -2
Netherlands 2007 Group Stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 2 +3
2009 to 2013 Did Not Qualify
Czech Republic 2015 Runners up 2nd 5 2 3 1 7 1 +6
Total 0 Titles 0/6 26 11 7 9 34 25 +9
*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 squad was selected for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Liechtenstein on 24 March 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.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Bruno Varela (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 21) 8 0 Portugal Vitória de Setúbal
12 1GK Miguel Silva (1995-04-07) 7 April 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
2 2DF Rúben Semedo (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 22) 1 1 Portugal Sporting CP
3 2DF Edgar Ié (1994-05-01) 1 May 1994 (age 22) 4 1 Spain Villarreal B
4 2DF Tobias Figueiredo (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 22) 10 1 Portugal Nacional
5 2DF Rafa (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 21) 9 0 Portugal Porto B
22 2DF João Cancelo (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 22) 8 1 Spain Valencia
6 3MF Rúben Neves (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 19) 10 2 Portugal Porto
7 3MF Rony Lopes (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 20) 10 1 France Monaco
8 3MF Tomás Podstawski (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Portugal Porto B
13 2DF Leandro Silva (1994-05-04) 4 May 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira
20 3MF Francisco Ramos (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Portugal Porto B
23 3MF Bruno Fernandes (captain) (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 21) 7 2 Italy Udinese
9 4FW Gonçalo Paciência (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 21) 11 5 Portugal Porto
10 4FW Ricardo Horta (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 21) 11 4 Portugal Braga
11 4FW Carlos Mané (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 22) 14 3 Portugal Sporting CP
14 4FW Bruma (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 21) 7 2 Turkey Galatasaray
15 4FW Diogo Jota (1996-12-04) 4 December 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
16 4FW Hélder Costa (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 22) 6 3 Portugal Benfica B
17 4FW Gonçalo Guedes (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 19) 2 1 Portugal Benfica
18 4FW Iuri Medeiros (1994-07-10) 10 July 1994 (age 22) 12 0 Portugal Sporting CP
19 4FW André Silva (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 20) 3 4 Portugal Porto
21 4FW Gelson Martins (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 21) 3 1 Portugal Sporting CP

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
Portugal Rui Jorge 2010-

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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