Portuguese national soccer team

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Portuguese Football Association logo
Nickname (s) Seleção das Quinas
Association Federação Portuguesa
de Futebol
confederacy UEFA
Technical sponsor Nike
Head coach Fernando Santos
Assistant coach Ilídio Vale
captain Cristiano Ronaldo
Record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo (99)
Record player Cristiano Ronaldo (164)
Home stadium changing stages
FIFA rank 7. (1639 points)
(as of July 16, 2020)
First jersey
Second jersey
Balance sheet
623 games
300 wins
146 draws
177 losses
First international match Spain 3-1 Portugal ( Madrid , Spain ; December 18, 1921)
Spain 1875Spain PortugalPortugal
Biggest wins Portugal 8: 0 Liechtenstein ( Lisbon , Portugal ; November 18, 1994) Portugal 8: 0 Liechtenstein ( Coimbra , Portugal ; June 9, 1999) Portugal 8: 0 Kuwait ( Leiria , Portugal ; November 19, 2003)
PortugalPortugal LiechtensteinLiechtenstein

PortugalPortugal LiechtensteinLiechtenstein

PortugalPortugal KuwaitKuwait
Biggest defeat Portugal 0:10 England (Lisbon, Portugal; May 25, 1947)
PortugalPortugal EnglandEngland
Successes in tournaments
World Championship
Participation in the finals 7 ( first : 1966 )
Best results 3rd place 1966
European Championship
Participation in the finals 7 ( first : 1984 )
Best results European Champion 2016
Confederations Cup
Participation in the finals 1 ( first : 2017 )
Best results 3rd place 2017
UEFA Nations League
Participation in the finals 1 ( First: 2019 )
Best results Winner 2019
(As of November 17, 2019)

The Portuguese national football team for men ( Portuguese Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol ) is a selection of Portuguese football players who represent the Portuguese Football Association ( Federação Portuguesa de Futebol ) at international level in friendly matches and international tournaments.

Her greatest success is winning the 2016 European Championship . In addition, the victory in the Nations League 2018/19 , a third place at the 1966 World Cup , a fourth place at the 2006 World Cup and a second place at the 2004 European Championship in their own country were the best placings.


1914–1928: early years

The Portuguese Football Association was founded in 1914 as União Portuguesa de Futebol . The aim was to organize national tournaments, as there were only regional championships at that time, and to create a national team to compete against other nations. Due to the First World War , the first game of the Portuguese national team took place seven years later, on December 18, 1921, against Spain at the O'Donnell Stadium in Madrid. The Spaniards won the game 3-1. It was the seventh international match for Spain. The Portuguese team consisted of players from five different teams (Internacional, Casa Pia AC , Benfica Lisbon , Sporting Lisbon , FC Porto ). With four players (António Pinho, Cândido de Oliveira, J. Maria Gralha and António Augusto Lopes) Casa Pia provided the most players. Benfica was represented with three (Vítor Gonçalves, Ribeiro dos Reis and Alberto Augusto), Sporting with two (Jorge Vieira and João Francisco) and Internacional (Carlos Guimarães) and FC Porto (Artur Augusto) with one player each. The players were nominated by a committee consisting of 11 people. You were responsible for the line-up of the first three international matches.

Portugal's first game against Spain on December 18, 1921 in Madrid.

The match report of the first official game of the Portuguese national team: Spain 3-1 Portugal (2-0).

The next three international matches were played against Spain again and all of them were lost. It was only in the fifth game, in 1925, that the Portuguese were able to score their first victory with a 1-0 victory over Italy . In the sixth game, Portugal reached their first draw against Czechoslovakia . In 1928, Portugal did not go as a loser for the first time in the sixth comparison with the Spanish. In Lisbon's Estádio do Lumiar , the Lusitans won 2-2.

1928–1964: Tournament debut and missed finals

Since the Portuguese Football Association only joined FIFA in 1923 , Portugal missed the first three Olympic football tournaments . At the Olympic Games in Paris in 1924 , the national team met the future bronze medalist Sweden in the preliminary round . However, the game was canceled by Portugal, which could only compete with other nations in friendly games. Four years later, the Portuguese finally made their tournament debut at the Amsterdam Olympics . After victories against Chile and Yugoslavia , Portugal had to admit defeat to Egypt 1: 2 in the quarter-finals .

In the first edition of the World Cup in 1930, the Portuguese national team did not take part because participation in the final round was by invitation. In qualifying for the World Cup in 1934 , the Portuguese failed significantly to Spain . Four years later they met Switzerland in qualifying . After both teams had agreed on a single game on neutral ground, Portugal lost the game in Milan 2-1.

Because of the Second World War , the 1942 World Cup was canceled and the Portuguese only played seven friendlies during the war years. The lack of match practice also had an impact on the results of the national team immediately after the war: In 1947, Portugal suffered the highest defeat in the association's history to date, a 0:10 against England .

In qualifying for the 1950 World Cup in the former colony of Brazil , Portugal failed again after a return leg against Iberian neighbors Spain. Later Portugal was offered Turkey's starting place , but this was rejected. In 1954, the Portuguese association joined the newly founded UEFA in Basel . The Portuguese also missed the next two world championships. In 1954 they were outclassed by Austria in qualifying with a 9-1 defeat and a goalless draw. In qualifying for the 1958 World Cup , Portugal was drawn to Italy and Northern Ireland and failed as the bottom of the group.

The European Championship , founded by UEFA, took place for the first time in 1960. In qualifying for the finals , which was played in knockout mode, the Seleção met the GDR national team in the round of 16 . On June 21, 1959, Portugal won the first leg at the Walter Ulbricht Stadium in Berlin 2-0 through goals from Matateu and Mário Coluna . A week later, the Portuguese prevailed 3-2 in the second leg at the Estádio das Antas in Porto . Coluna scored two goals. In the quarter-finals, however, Portugal failed to later finalists Yugoslavia . Although the first leg was won 2-1, the second leg was lost 5-1, so that the final round was missed.

In qualifying for the 1962 World Cup in Chile , Portugal met England and Luxembourg . In this group of 3 only the first placed reached the final round. After a 6-0 win against Luxembourg and a 1-1 draw against England in Lisbon, the two away games were lost, leaving the Portuguese only runners-up in the group.

The 1964 European Championship in Spain was missed in the preliminary round of qualifying against Bulgaria . Both teams won the first and second leg 3-1, which is why a play-off was necessary, which the Bulgarians won 1-0 in Rome . Instead, Portugal took part in the 1964 Taça das Nações (German: Nations Cup), an invitation tournament in the league system for the 50th anniversary of the Brazilian Football Association . In addition to Portugal and Brazil , Argentina and England were invited. Portugal lost their first game against Argentina 2-0. The second game against England, which had also missed the European Championship finals, ended in a 1-1 draw with goals from Roger Hunt and Fernando Peres . The Lusitans lost their last game against hosts Brazil 1: 4. The Portuguese consolation goal came from Mário Coluna. Portugal finished third in the group together with England.

1965–1982: First World Cup participation, top scorer Eusébio and subsequent stagnation

Eusébio in 1972
Eusébio in 1972

In qualifying for the 1966 World Cup , Portugal played in Group 4 against the 1962 World Cup runner-up, Czechoslovakia , Romania and Turkey . Although Benfica Lisbon won the European Cup in 1961 and 1962 and was in the final again in 1965 , the Portuguese, trained by the Brazilian Otto Glória , were only considered outsiders. After four wins in a row, a 0-0 draw on the penultimate day of the group against Czechoslovakia was enough to qualify for the World Cup for the first time. In the finals, Portugal met Hungary, Brazil and Bulgaria in Group C. Led by captain Mário Coluna , Portugal won all three games and qualified first in the group for the quarter-finals. With the 3-1 win in the last group game against the reigning world champion Brazil, they also ensured their sensational preliminary round. Another surprise team awaited in the quarter-finals with North Korea . After a disastrous start to the game, Portugal were already 3-0 down after 25 minutes. Subsequently, however, the Portuguese offensive block managed to tie in with the courageous attacking football of the group stage and Eusébio turned the game almost single-handedly with four goals before José Augusto made the final score 5-3. In the semifinals against hosts England Portugal were mostly equal, but the English made better use of their moves and also successfully took Eusébio in the person of Nobby Stiles in man marking. The Black Panther only managed to hit the 1-2 with a penalty in the 82nd minute, which meant that Portugal missed the final. The Seleção won the game for third place 2-1 against the Soviet Union . This means that the Portuguese achieved the best World Cup placement to date at their tournament premiere. Eusébio scored his ninth goal in the tournament and was the top scorer in the World Cup .

After the successful appearance at the World Cup, 18 years should pass before the Portuguese were able to qualify for a final round again. In qualifying for the European Championship in 1968 , they met Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden and, as second in the group, narrowly missed the European Championship ticket. In qualifying for the 1970 World Cup , Portugal was drawn to Romania, Greece and Switzerland and was bottom of the group with only one win. The qualification for the European Championship 1972 was narrowly missed as group runner-up behind Belgium and ahead of Scotland and Denmark. In qualifying for the 1974 World Cup, the second group rank behind Bulgaria and before Northern Ireland and Cyprus did not qualify for participation in the finals. In qualifying for the European Championship in 1976 , Portugal did not get beyond third place in a group of four with England, Czechoslovakia and Cyprus. The 1978 World Cup was missed in qualifying as runners-up behind Poland and ahead of Denmark and Cyprus. The qualification for the European Championship 1980 played Portugal in a group of five with Belgium, Austria, Scotland and Norway and failed as a third party. And in qualifying for the 1982 World Cup , you only finished fourth in a group with Scotland, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Israel.

1983–1994: First European Championship participation, Saltillo affair and renewed stagnation

In September 1982 Otto Glória returned as national coach. In the qualification for the European Championship 1984 Portugal started promising with two wins against Finland and Poland. In April 1983, however, the Seleção conceded a 5-0 away defeat against the last group opponent, the Soviet Union. When the subsequent friendly against Brazil was lost 4-0, Glória resigned after only seven internationals and was replaced by Fernando Cabrita . Like its predecessor, Cabrita started with victories against Poland and Finland. In the decisive final group game, Portugal beat the Soviet Union 1-0 on November 13, 1983 in Lisbon with a goal from Rui Jordão . As a result, Portugal took part again after 18 years in a finals and for the first time in a European Championship. The European Championship debut was as successful as the World Cup debut: In the first group game, the Portuguese won a 0-0 draw against reigning European champions Germany. The second group game against Spain ended 1-1 with António Sousa scoring Portugal's first European Championship goal. In the last group game against Romania, Nené scored the 1-0 winner in the 81st minute, after which Portugal passed Germany and reached the semi-finals as second in the group. In the semifinals, Portugal let the superior hosts France run up and wait for the counterattack. Rui Jordão forced extra time with his goal to equalize 1-1 in the 74th minute. In this France almost permanently harassed Manuel Bento's goal , but ran into a counterattack in the 98th minute, which Rui Jordão used again to make it 2-1 for Portugal. Subsequently, Portugal could not withstand the intense attacking efforts of the French and conceded the equalizer in the 114th minute before Michel Platini sealed the 2-3 defeat a minute before the end of extra time.

After the surprisingly successful performance at the European Championship, José Torres took over the national team. In qualifying for the 1986 World Cup , Portugal won the World Cup ticket for the second time in a group of five with Germany, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Malta runners-up. The tournament itself did not have a good omen: Only a few hours before the team's planned departure for Mexico, António Veloso tested positive for the anabolic steroid Primobolan - a finding that later turned out to be incorrect - and removed from the World Cup squad. The team later threatened to boycott the World Cup ( Saltillo affair ) - angry about the way Veloso was handled, their accommodation in Saltillo , meager bonuses and after a dispute with the Portuguese Football Association about missing bonus payments . Due to public pressure from home and abroad, the players gave in early. With a goal from Carlos Manuel , Portugal even started the tournament with a 1-0 opening win against England. Afterwards, goalkeeper Manuel Bento broke a leg in training and Portugal had to return home after defeats against Poland and Morocco after the group stage.

As a consequence of the Saltillo affair, national coach Torres was sacked after the World Cup and the players involved in the boycott were banned from qualifying for the 1988 European Championship . As a result, the results deteriorated significantly and Portugal only reached third group position in a group of five with Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Malta. The next three major tournaments were also missed: In qualifying for the 1990 World Cup , Portugal once again failed to get above third group rank in a group with Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The qualification for the European Championship 1992 was narrowly missed in a group with the Netherlands, Greece, Finland and Malta as runners-up. And in qualifying for the 1994 World Cup , the Seleção only finished third in a group with Italy, Switzerland, Scotland, Malta and Estonia.

1995–2006: The Golden Generation

In the qualification for the European Championship in 1996 , the so-called " Golden Generation " of Portugal celebrated - a number of particularly promising talents from the years of birth between 1969 and 1974 such as Luís Figo , Rui Costa , João Pinto or Fernando Couto , who won the junior competition twice in 1989 and 1991 World Championship - under national coach António Oliveira a sovereign group victory. The Seleção's second participation in the European Championship ended despite a good group stage in which they qualified for the knockout round as group winners with a draw against Denmark and two wins against Turkey and Croatia , with a 0 in the quarter-finals : 1 defeat against the eventual finalists Czech Republic .

In qualifying for the 1998 World Cup , Portugal was coached by Artur Jorge . In a group with Germany, Ukraine, Armenia, Northern Ireland and Albania, Portugal only achieved a disappointing third place, which again missed the World Cup finals. To date, the 1998 World Cup is the last tournament for which Portugal was unable to qualify.

The qualification for the European Championship 2000 succeeded under national coach Humberto Coelho . Portugal was only second behind Romania in Group 7 , but as the best runner-up in the qualification the Seleção was spared the relegation games . Portugal played great football at the finals. The Seleção won their opening game in Group A against England, despite being 2-0 down with goals from Figo, Rui Costa and Nuno Gomes , 3-2. In the second group game against Romania, Costinha's 1-0 winning goal in stoppage time resulted in early qualification for the knockout round. Although Coelho only sent a B-Elf onto the pitch in the last group game against Germany, Portugal clearly won this game 3-0 thanks to a hat trick by Sérgio Conceição . In the quarter-finals, Portugal beat Turkey 2-0 with a brace from Nuno Gomes and moved into a European Championship semi-final for the second time since 1984. As then, the enemy was called France. Although Portugal took the lead through Nuno Gomes and created the bigger chances during the game, the game was lost 2-1 in extra time to a golden goal from Zinédine Zidane's penalty kick . Abel Xavier , Paulo Bento and Nuno Gomes were suspended for months for their behavior towards the referee after the end of the game.

After Humberto Coelho decided against extending his contract, António Oliveira became national coach for the second time in August 2000. As the winners of their World Cup qualifying group , the Portuguese secured their participation in a World Cup finals again after 16 years. Due to the good performance at the last European Championship, the Seleção was one of the secret favorites. However, Portugal only managed a convincing 4-0 victory in Group D in their second group match against Poland, to which Pauleta contributed three goals. The remaining group matches against the USA and hosts South Korea were surprisingly lost, whereupon the team was eliminated after the preliminary round and António Oliveira was dismissed.

In preparation for the 2004 European Championship in their own country, for which Portugal was automatically qualified as host, the Portuguese Football Association signed the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari as national coach. Scolari largely stuck to the now very experienced "Golden Generation", but also integrated young talents like Cristiano Ronaldo into the team. Despite a surprising 1: 2 defeat in the opening game against Greece, the Portuguese then moved into the European Championship final for the first time after victories against Russia, Spain, England (on penalties) and the Netherlands. In the reissue of the opening game against Greece, Portugal were the clear favorites and created a significant increase in chances. However, the only goal of the game was scored by the Greeks after a set piece.

After the lost European Championship final, the aging “Golden Generation” had the last chance at a major title at the 2006 World Cup in Germany . The qualification was easy. In the group stage of the finals, Portugal reached the round of 16 against the Netherlands without losing points. In a game that was subsequently referred to as the Battle of Nuremberg due to tough fouls and a large number of yellow and red cards , a goal by Maniche was enough for a 1-0 victory. The goalless quarter-finals against England had to be decided on penalties. Ricardo was the first goalkeeper ever to keep three penalties at a World Cup and gave Portugal their second World Cup semi-final participation after 1966. In the semifinals, the Seleção met France and lost, as in the EM 2000, to a penalty converted by Zidane. In the game for third place, Portugal lost 3-1 to hosts Germany. The fourth place represents the second best World Cup ranking to date.

2007 until today: European Champion and Nations League winner

After the World Cup, Luís Figo and Pauleta, as expected, the last two great players of the “golden generation” announced their retirement from the national team and national coach Scolari was forced to initiate a change. For the European Championship 2008 Portugal - led by Nuno Gomes , Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo - qualified as second in qualifying group A behind Poland. In the final round, Portugal moved into the final round early by winning the first two group matches against Turkey and the Czech Republic . Then Scolari spared a number of regular players in the last group game, a 2-0 defeat against Switzerland . As group winners, Portugal met Germany in the quarter-finals and were eliminated after an unfortunate 3-2 defeat. Subsequently, Scolari resigned and was replaced by Carlos Queiroz .

After mixed qualifying games , Portugal secured participation in the 2010 World Cup by finishing second behind Poland and just ahead of Sweden with two 1-0 victories in the relegation games against Bosnia and Herzegovina . Despite being one of the favorites, Portugal did not get past 0-0 in their first group game against Ivory Coast . In the second group game, the underdog North Korea was outclassed 7-0. Due to the very good goal difference, the second group place was almost certain. The last group game against Brazil ended goalless again after an even and unspectacular game, which meant that both teams made it to the round of 16. Here Portugal lost 1-0 against eventual tournament winner Spain .

After Queiroz was banned for six months by the Portuguese Anti-Doping Agency in August 2010 for insulting officials during doping controls before the World Cup and Portugal had only scored one point in the first two qualifying games for the Euro 2012 against Cyprus and Norway , he replaced the Portuguese Football Association in September 2010 through Paulo Bento . Second in the group behind Denmark , the Seleção again beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in the relegation games . At the finals, Portugal came out a bit surprisingly in the “death group” around Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2-1 win in the last group game against Elftal secured the quarter-finals . Again, it was Ronaldo who made the difference with a header in the 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. In the semifinals against the reigning world and European champions Spain, the Seleção lost on penalties.

In order to reach the final round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Portugal had to take the detour via the relegation games for the third time in a row, as second in qualifying group F behind Russia . Two narrow wins against Sweden , which Portugal owed the goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, finally ensured participation. However, the tournament ended disappointingly. With a battered Ronaldo, Portugal suffered a 4-0 defeat in the opening game against Germany. Subsequently, a 2-2 draw against the USA and a 2-1 win against Ghana were not enough for a place in the round of 16 because of the bad goal difference.

A home defeat against Albania in the opening match of the qualifying for the European Championship 2016 led to the dismissal of Paulo Bento. All other qualifying games were won under the new national coach Fernando Santos , whereupon Portugal, first in the group since 2008, qualified for a major tournament directly and without detour via relegation. The European Championship finals got off to a sobering start: As the favorite of Group F , Portugal only drew 1-1 in the first group match against the tournament debutants from Iceland, despite great playful superiority and Nani’s leading goal. The second group game against Austria ended goalless despite another large number of clear chances. In the last group game against Hungary , Portugal was therefore under great pressure to succeed, but fell behind three times. A goal by Nani and a brace by Cristiano Ronaldo led to the third straight draw. Although only third in the group, the Seleção qualified for the final round thanks to the new tournament mode . In the knockout games, Santos relied on a less spectacular and much criticized defensive tactic , which turned out to be successful: Portugal won the round of 16 against Croatia with a counter goal by Ricardo Quaresma 1-0 after extra time, the quarter-finals against Poland 5-3 on penalties. The Portuguese faced Wales in the semi-finals and, following goals from Ronaldo and Nani, they reached the final for the second time since 2004 with a 2-0 win. There Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 after extra time with a goal from Éder on July 10, 2016 and won their first major international title.

As a result of the European Championship win, Portugal took part in the FIFA Confederations Cup for the first time in 2017 and qualified first in Group A for the final round with a draw against Mexico and wins against Russia and New Zealand . After losing in the semi-finals to South American champions Chile (0-3 on penalties), Portugal ended the tournament with a subsequent 2-1 win after extra time against Mexico in third place.

In the qualification for the World Cup 2018 Portugal started with a defeat against Switzerland . Then the Portuguese secured victory in the group without losing any further points and thus qualified for the finals in Russia . Portugal was drawn into group B and, with one win against Morocco and two draws against Spain and Iran, reached the second round, level on points with their Iberian neighbors, as group runners-up. There the Portuguese were eliminated after a 2-1 defeat against Uruguay .

In autumn 2018, the Portuguese took part in the first edition of the UEFA Nations League in the top division ( League A ) and qualified for the final round (“Final Four”) in June 2019 in two games each against Poland and Italy Seleção won their second international title on home soil after beating Switzerland 3-1 in the semi-finals and beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.

Balance sheets

FIFA World Ranking

Cumulative win odds

When the FIFA world rankings were introduced in August 1993, Portugal was ranked 23rd. By February 1994, Portugal improved to 19th place and in August 1995, thanks to a solid qualification for the 1996 European Championship , the country reached 9th place and thus the top for the first time 10 of the world rankings. A month later, however, Portugal fell back to 24th place, but held a place in the top 20 until May 1997. From June 1997 to December 1998, the country achieved the worst placements. After the missed qualification for the 1998 World Cup , the low point was reached in August 1998 with the 43rd place. In January 1999 Portugal reached the top 20 again in 17th place and by the start of the European Championship in 2000 the country improved to 15th place. After a strong European Championship and participation in the semi-finals, the Portuguese reached the top 10 of the ranking again in July 2000 after 5 years of abstinence. In the following two years Portugal was consistently represented in the top ten. This changed after the group exited at the 2002 World Cup . In September 2002 they dropped to 11th place and by June 2004 to 22nd place. This was also due to the fact that Portugal did not have to play any qualifying matches in their own country before the 2004 European Championship and friendlies were given less weight. Thanks to the Vice European Championship, Portugal improved by 10 places to 12th place in July 2004 and in October of the same year they reached the top 10 again with 8th place. In the next five years, Portugal wavered after a fourth place at the 2006 World Cup and the quarter-finals the EM 2008 , between 6th and 11th place. From July to September 2009 the country was 17th. Since October 2009 Portugal has been in the top 10. October 2012, April 2014 and from September 2017 to January 2018.

International match records

Portugal has the following results against other national teams (at least 10 games; as of November 17, 2019)

For more balance sheets see: List of international matches for the Portuguese national football team

country Sp. S. U N Goal difference Important encounters
BelgiumBelgium Belgium 18th 06th 07th 05 21:22 European Championship qualification 1972, 1980, 2008, World Cup qualification 1990
BrazilBrazil Brazil 20th 04th 03 13 16:39 Olympic Games 1972, World Cup preliminary round 1966, 2010
BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria 13 04th 03 06th 16:18 European Championship qualification 1964, 1968, World Cup preliminary round 1966
DenmarkDenmark Denmark 16 11 02 03 32:18 World Cup qualification 2010, European Championship qualification 2012, 2016, preliminary round 1996, 2012
GermanyGermany Germany 18th 03 05 10 16:29 European Championship preliminary round 1984, 2000, 2012, quarter-finals 2008, World Cup match for 3rd place in 2006, preliminary round 2014
EnglandEngland England 23 03 10 10 25:46 European Championship preliminary round 2000, quarter-finals 2004, World Cup semi-finals 1966, preliminary round 1986, quarter-finals 2006
FinlandFinland Finland 10 05 04th 01 14: 6 European Championship qualification 1984, 1992, 2008
FranceFrance France 25th 06th 01 18th 29:49 2016 European Championship final, 1984 semi-final, 2000, 2006 World Cup semi-final
GreeceGreece Greece 14th 04th 05 05 16:18 European Championship preliminary round and final 2004, World Cup qualification 1970
IrelandIreland Ireland 13 07th 02 04th 20:10 European Championship qualification 1996, World Cup qualification 2002
ItalyItaly Italy 27 06th 03 18th 23:51 European Championship qualification 1988, World Cup qualification 1958, 1994
LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg 17th 15th 01 01 51: 7 World Cup qualification 1962, 1990, 2006, 2014, European Championship qualification 2020
MaltaMalta Malta 10 09 01 00 28: 5 World Cup qualification 1986, 1994, 2010; European Championship qualification 1988, 1992
NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 14th 08th 04th 02 16:10 World Cup qualification 2002, round of 16 2006, EM semifinals 2004, preliminary round 2012, Nations League final 2019
Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland 13 04th 07th 02 14:13 World Cup qualification 1958, 1974, 1982, 1998, 2014, European Championship qualification 1996
NorwayNorway Norway 11 08th 02 01 18: 5 European Championship qualification 1968, 1980, 2012
AustriaAustria Austria 11 02 06th 03 11:19 World Cup qualification 1954, European Championship qualification 1980, 1996, preliminary round 2016
PolandPoland Poland 13 05 05 03 18:13 European Championship qualification 1984, 2008, quarter-finals 2016, World Cup preliminary round 1986, 2002
RomaniaRomania Romania 11 05 02 04th 11: 9 World Cup qualification 1966, 1970, European Championship preliminary round, 1984, 2000
ScotlandScotland Scotland 15th 08th 03 04th 21:14 World Cup qualification 1982, 1994, European Championship qualification 1972, 1980
SwedenSweden Sweden 18th 05 06th 07th 20:29 World Cup qualification 1982, 1986, 2010, 2014, European Championship qualification 1968, 1988
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 23 08th 05 10 30:33 World Cup qualification 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994, 2018, European Championship preliminary round 2008, Nations League semi-finals 2019
SpainSpain Spain 39 08th 14th 17th 47:78 World Cup round of 16 2010, preliminary round 2018; Euro 2012 semi-finals, preliminary round 1984, 2004
CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 10 03 04th 03 7:11 World Cup qualification 1966, 1986, 1990, European Championship qualification 1976
HungaryHungary Hungary 13 09 04th 00 30:10 World Cup preliminary round 1966, qualification 2010, 2018, EM qualification 2000, preliminary round 2016
Cyprus RepublicRepublic of Cyprus Cyprus 11 10 01 00 35: 6 World Cup qualification 1974, 1978, 2002, European Championship qualification 1976, 2012
  • green background = positive balance sheet (number of wins higher than that of defeats)
  • yellow background = balance balanced
  • red background = negative balance (number of defeats higher than that of victories)

Notes on the table:

  1. If a game ends after regular playing time or after extra time, it will be rated according to the result; Games decided on penalties count as a draw in the following

Olympic Games for senior national teams

Since the Portuguese Football Association was not founded until 1914 and did not join FIFA until 1923 , Portugal missed the Olympic Games in London (1908) , Stockholm (1912) and Antwerp (1920) . In 1924 Portugal should meet Sweden , the later bronze medalist, in the preliminary round , but Portugal canceled the game. Four years later, Portugal took part in the Olympic football tournament for the only time. In Amsterdam , the Portuguese met Chile in the preliminary round . The game, which Portugal won 4-2, was the first between the two nations and Chile's first game against a European team. In the last sixteen Portugal met the Kingdom of Yugoslavia . The first meeting of the two teams was won by Portugal 2-1. In the quarter-finals, the opponent was Egypt . This game was also a premier game between the two nations, in which Portugal lost 2-1.

year venue Participation until ... opponent Result Comments and special features
1908 United Kingdom 1801United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland London no participation - - the association was not founded until 1914
1912 SwedenSweden Stockholm no participation - - the association was not founded until 1914
1920 BelgiumBelgium Antwerp no participation - - not a FIFA member
1924 Third French RepublicThird French Republic Paris no participation - - -
1928 NetherlandsNetherlands Amsterdam Quarter finals Egypt 1922Egypt Egypt 1: 2 first game against Egypt
1936 German Reich NSGerman Reich (Nazi era) Berlin no participation - - -
1948 United KingdomUnited Kingdom London no participation - - -

World championships

Portugal's most successful World Cup goal scorers
Pl. player Year (s) Gates
1. Eusebio 1966 9
2. Cristiano Ronaldo 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 7th
3. Pauleta 2002, 2006 4th
4th José Augusto Torres 1966 3
José Augusto 1966 3
6th Maniche 2006 2
Simão 2006, 2010 2
Tiago 2006, 2010 2

The Portuguese national team have made seven World Cup finals so far. The country achieved its best result when it first took part, with 3rd place at the 1966 World Cup . At the 2006 World Cup , Portugal reached the semi-finals for the second time, but lost them to France and the game for third place against hosts Germany . In 2010 and 2018 , the team reached the round of 16, in which they were eliminated against eventual world champions Spain and Uruguay . At the World Championships in 1986 , 2002 and 2014 , however, Portugal ended in the group stage.

After missing the qualification for the World Championships in 1934 , 1938 and the war-related cancellation of the tournaments in 1942 and 1946, the Portuguese were given the opportunity to participate in the 1950 World Cup in the former colony of Brazil . The place offered as a substitute for the withdrawn Turkey was not accepted. The country missed the next three world championships before entering the finals for the first time in 1966. After that, Portugal missed the next four world championships and only reached the finals for the second time 20 years later at the 1986 World Cup . Portugal missed the 1990 , 1994 and 1998 World Championships again and only reached the group stage again in 2002 . Portugal successfully qualified for the following four world championships, but only in the play-offs against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sweden in 2010 and 2014 .

With Eusébio (1966), Portugal once provided the top scorer in a World Cup .

year Host country Participation until ... last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1930 UruguayUruguay Uruguay not participated - -
1934 Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) Italy not qualified - - failed in qualification to Spain
1938 Third French RepublicThird French Republic France not qualified - - failed in qualifying because of Switzerland
1950 Brazil 1889Brazil Brazil waived participation - - failed in qualification to Spain . The place offered later as a replacement for the withdrawn Turkey was not accepted.
1954 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland not qualified - - failed in qualification to Austria
1958 SwedenSweden Sweden not qualified - - failed in the qualification to Northern Ireland
1962 ChileChile Chile not qualified - - failed in qualification to England
1966 EnglandEngland England 3rd place match Soviet Union 1955Soviet Union USSR 3rd place Otto Glória Defeat in semi-finals against England ; Eusébio top scorer
1970 MexicoMexico Mexico not qualified - - failed in qualification to Romania
1974 Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany not qualified - - failed in qualification to Bulgaria
1978 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina not qualified - - failed in qualification to Poland
1982 SpainSpain Spain not qualified - - failed in qualifying to Scotland and Northern Ireland
1986 MexicoMexico Mexico Preliminary round EnglandEngland England , Poland , Morocco
17th José Augusto Torres
1990 ItalyItaly Italy not qualified - - failed in qualification against Belgium and the ČSSR
1994 United StatesUnited States United States not qualified - - failed in qualification to Italy and Switzerland
1998 FranceFrance France not qualified - - failed in qualification to Germany and Ukraine
2002 Korea SouthSouth Korea South Korea Japan
Preliminary round United StatesUnited States USA , Poland , South Korea
Korea SouthSouth Korea 
21st Antonio Oliveira
2006 GermanyGermany Germany 3rd place match GermanyGermany Germany 4th Place Luiz Felipe Scolari Loss in the semi-finals against France
2010 South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Round of 16 SpainSpain Spain 11. Carlos Queiroz Defeat against the eventual world champion
2014 BrazilBrazil Brazil Preliminary round GermanyGermany Germany , USA , Ghana
United StatesUnited States 
18th Paulo Bento
2018 RussiaRussia Russia Round of 16 UruguayUruguay Uruguay 13. Fernando Santos

European championships

Portugal's most successful European Championship goal scorers
Pl. player Year (s) Gates
1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 9
2. Nuno Gomes 2000, 2004, 2008 6th
3. Sérgio Conceição 2000 3
Nani 2008, 2012, 2016 3
Hélder Postiga 2004, 2008, 2012 3
6th Rui Jordão 1984 2
Luís Figo 1996, 2000, 2004 2
João Pinto 1996, 2000 2
Maniche 2004 2
Rui Costa 1996, 2000, 2004 2
Pepe 2008, 2012, 2016 2

Portugal participated in all European championships and reached the finals seven times. The greatest successes were winning the European Championship in 2016 and second place at the European Championship in 2004 in their own country. At the European Championships in 1984 , 2000 and 2012 , the Portuguese reached the semi-finals, but lost to eventual European champions France (in extra time ) and Spain (on penalties ). In 1996 and 2008 , Portugal were eliminated in the quarter-finals against the eventual European runner-up ( Czech Republic and Germany ).

Portugal missed the first six European championships after unsuccessful qualification. In 1960 , the Portuguese failed at what would later become vice European champion Yugoslavia . In 1964 and 1968 they lost to Bulgaria . In 1972 and 1980 Portugal failed to Belgium , who later became vice European champion in 1980. The first participation in the final took place in 1984 in France. The Portuguese missed the Euro in 1988 and 1992 . Since the euro in 1996 , Portugal has always reached the finals. However, the qualification for EM 2012 only succeeded in the play-offs against Bosnia and Herzegovina .

Portugal is the only team that has so far always survived the group stage and made it to the knockout round with a successful qualification for the finals. With Cristiano Ronaldo (2012), Portugal once provided the top scorer at a European Championship , who, together with Michel Platini, is also the top scorer in the European Championship .

year Host country Participation until ... last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1960 FranceFrance France not qualified - - failed in the quarterfinals at the later finalists Yugoslavia
1964 Spain 1945Spain Spain not qualified - - failed in qualification after the play-off to Bulgaria
1968 ItalyItaly Italy not qualified - - in the qualifying again Bulgaria failed
1972 BelgiumBelgium Belgium not qualified - - failed in the qualification at the later third Belgium
1976 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Yugoslavia not qualified - - failed in the qualification at the later European champions Czechoslovakia
1980 ItalyItaly Italy not qualified - - failed in qualifying at the eventual finalist Belgium
1984 FranceFrance France Semifinals FranceFrance France - Fernando Cabrita Loss after extra time against the eventual European champions
1988 GermanyGermany Germany not qualified - - failed in qualification to Italy
1992 SwedenSweden Sweden not qualified - - in the qualification of defending champion Netherlands failed
1996 EnglandEngland England Quarter finals Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic - Antonio Oliveira Defeat against the eventual finalist
2000 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Belgium
Semifinals FranceFrance France - Humberto Coelho Defeat by golden goal by penalty against eventual winners
2004 PortugalPortugal Portugal final GreeceGreece Greece 2nd place Luiz Felipe Scolari First participation in the final
2008 AustriaAustria Austria Switzerland
Quarter finals GermanyGermany Germany - Luiz Felipe Scolari Defeat against the eventual finalist
2012 PolandPoland Poland Ukraine
Semifinals SpainSpain Spain - Paulo Bento Defeat on penalties against the eventual European champions
2016 FranceFrance France final FranceFrance France European champion Fernando Santos Second participation in the final
2021 EuropeEurope Europe qualified Opponents in the qualification were Lithuania , Luxembourg , Serbia and Ukraine

Confederations Cup

Having won the European Championship in 2016, the Portuguese national team took part in the FIFA Confederations Cup for the first time in 2017 .

year Host country Participation until ... last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1997 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia not qualified - -
1999 MexicoMexico Mexico not qualified - -
2001 Korea SouthSouth Korea South Korea Japan
not qualified - -
2003 FranceFrance France not qualified - -
2005 GermanyGermany Germany not qualified - -
2009 South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa not qualified - -
2013 BrazilBrazil Brazil not qualified - -
2017 RussiaRussia Russia 3rd place match MexicoMexico Mexico 3rd place Fernando Santos Loss in the semifinals against Chile on penalties


Junior area


International matches

Main article: List of the internationals of the Portuguese national football team

The matches of the last twelve months and planned international matches are listed. The results are given from a Portuguese perspective.

date Venue opponent Result Type of game Portugal goalscorers
05th June 2019 postage SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 3: 1 (1: 0) Nations League Cristiano Ronaldo (25th, 88th, 90th)
0June 9, 2019 postage NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1: 0 (0: 0) Nations League Gonçalo Guedes (60.)
0Sep 7 2019 Belgrade SerbiaSerbia Serbia 4: 2 (1: 0) European Championship qualification William Carvalho (42.), Gonçalo Guedes (58.), Cristiano Ronaldo (80.), Bernardo Silva (86.)
Sep 10 2019 Vilnius LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania 5: 1 (1: 1) European Championship qualification Cristiano Ronaldo (7th, 62nd, 65th, 76th), William Carvalho (90th + 2 ')
Oct 11, 2019 Lisbon LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg 3: 0 (1: 0) European Championship qualification Bernardo Silva (16th), Cristiano Ronaldo (66th), Gonçalo Guedes (89th)
Oct 14, 2019 Kiev UkraineUkraine Ukraine 1: 2 (0: 2) European Championship qualification Cristiano Ronaldo (72nd)
Nov 14, 2019 Faro / Loulé LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania 6: 0 (2: 0) European Championship qualification Cristiano Ronaldo (7th, 22nd, 65th), Pizzi (52nd), Gonçalo Paciência (56th), Bernardo Silva (63rd)
17th Nov 2019 Luxembourg LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg 2: 0 (1: 0) European Championship qualification Bruno Fernandes (39th), Cristiano Ronaldo (86th)
27 Mar 2020 Doha BelgiumBelgium Belgium called off Friendly match
30th Mar 2020 Doha CroatiaCroatia Croatia called off Friendly match
May 31, 2020 Ljubljana SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia called off Friendly match
05th June 2020 Madrid SpainSpain Spain called off Friendly match
0June 9, 2020 (Portugal) MaltaMalta Malta called off Friendly match
05th Sep 2020 postage CroatiaCroatia Croatia Nations League
08 Sep 2020 Solna SwedenSweden Sweden Nations League
0Oct 9, 2020 Saint-Denis FranceFrance France Nations League
Oct 12, 2020 (Portugal) SwedenSweden Sweden Nations League
Nov 12, 2020 (Portugal) FranceFrance France Nations League
Nov 15, 2020 Zagreb CroatiaCroatia Croatia Nations League
June 15, 2021 Budapest EM preliminary round
June 19, 2021 Munich GermanyGermany Germany EM preliminary round
June 23, 2021 Budapest FranceFrance France EM preliminary round
  • red background color = defeat of the Portuguese team
  • green background color = victory of the Portuguese team
  • yellow background color = tie


Portuguese starting line-up for the 2018 World Cup against Uruguay. Back (from left to right): Pepe , Carvalho , Fonte , Patrício , Cristiano Ronaldo and Guedes . Front (from left to right): João Mário , Guerreiro , Bernardo Silva , Adrien Silva and Pereira .

The squad includes those players who were nominated for the Nations League games against Croatia and Sweden on September 5 and 8, 2020. (As of November 17, 2019 )

Surname society birth

International matches
1 Rui Patrício EnglandEngland Wolverhampton Wanderers Feb. 15, 1988 000000000000087.000000000087 000000000000000.00000000000
Anthony Lopes FranceFrance Olympique Lyon 0Oct. 1, 1990 000000000000007.00000000007th 000000000000000.00000000000
Rui Silva SpainSpain Granada CF. 0Feb 7, 1994 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000
2 João Cancelo EnglandEngland Manchester City May 27, 1994 000000000000016.000000000016 000000000000003.00000000003
3 Pepe PortugalPortugal FC Porto Feb. 26, 1983 000000000000108.0000000000108 000000000000007.00000000007th
4th Rúben Dias PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon May 14, 1997 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000000.00000000000
5 Raphaël Guerreiro GermanyGermany Borussia Dortmund Dec 22, 1993 000000000000039.000000000039 000000000000002.00000000002
6th José Fonte FranceFrance Lille OSC Dec 22, 1983 000000000000042.000000000042 000000000000000.00000000000
19th Mario Rui ItalyItaly SSC Naples May 27, 1991 000000000000009.00000000009 000000000000000.00000000000
Nélson Semedo SpainSpain FC Barcelona Nov 16, 1993 000000000000013.000000000013 000000000000000.00000000000
Domingos Duarte SpainSpain Granada CF. 10 Mar 1995 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000
8th João Moutinho EnglandEngland Wolverhampton Wanderers 08 Sep 1986 000000000000121.0000000000121 000000000000007.00000000007th
13 Danilo Pereira PortugalPortugal FC Porto 0Sep 9 1991 000000000000037.000000000037 000000000000002.00000000002
16 Bruno Fernandes EnglandEngland Manchester United 08 Sep 1994 000000000000019.000000000019th 000000000000002.00000000002
18th Rúben Neves EnglandEngland Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 Mar 1997 000000000000016.000000000016 000000000000000.00000000000
André Gomes EnglandEngland Everton FC July 30, 1993 000000000000029.000000000029 000000000000000.00000000000
Renato Sanches FranceFrance Lille OSC Aug 18, 1997 000000000000018.000000000018th 000000000000001.00000000001
Sérgio Oliveira PortugalPortugal FC Porto 02nd June 1992 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000000.00000000000
7th Cristiano Ronaldo (C)Captain of the crew ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 0Feb 5, 1985 000000000000164.0000000000164 000000000000099.000000000099
10 Bernardo Silva EnglandEngland Manchester City Aug 10, 1994 000000000000043.000000000043 000000000000006.00000000006th
20th Diogo iota EnglandEngland Wolverhampton Wanderers 0Dec. 4, 1996 000000000000002.00000000002 000000000000000.00000000000
23 André Silva GermanyGermany Eintracht Frankfurt 0Nov 6, 1995 000000000000034.000000000034 000000000000015.000000000015th
Gonçalo Guedes SpainSpain Valencia CF Nov 29, 1996 000000000000021.000000000021st 000000000000006.00000000006th
João Félix SpainSpain Atlético Madrid Nov 10, 1999 000000000000005.00000000005 000000000000000.00000000000
Francisco Trincão SpainSpain FC Barcelona Dec 29, 1999 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000

Extended squad

The following players do not belong to the current squad, but have been used or nominated as national players within the past 12 months.

Surname society birth

International matches
Last nomination
José Sá GreeceGreece Olympiacos Piraeus Jan. 17, 1993 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Beto TurkeyTurkey Goztepe Izmir 0May 1, 1982 000000000000016.000000000016 000000000000000.00000000000 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Ruben Semedo GreeceGreece Olympiacos Piraeus 0Apr 4, 1994 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Ricardo Pereira EnglandEngland Leicester City 0Oct 6, 1993 000000000000007.00000000007th 000000000000000.00000000000 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Daniel Carriço SpainSpain Sevilla FC 0Aug 4, 1988 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000000.00000000000 September 10, 2019 (vs. Lithuania ) LithuaniaLithuania
Ferro PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon 26th Mar 1997 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 September 10, 2019 (vs. Lithuania ) LithuaniaLithuania
Bruma NetherlandsNetherlands PSV Eindhoven Oct. 24, 1994 000000000000009.00000000009 000000000000001.00000000001 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Daniel Podence GreeceGreece Olympiacos Piraeus Oct 21, 1995 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Pizzi PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon 0Oct 6, 1989 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000003.00000000003 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
João Mário RussiaRussia Moscow locomotive Jan. 19, 1993 000000000000045.000000000045 000000000000002.00000000002 November 14, 2019 (vs. Lithuania ) LithuaniaLithuania
William Carvalho SpainSpain Betis Seville 0Apr 7, 1992 000000000000059.000000000059 000000000000004.00000000004th October 11, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Éder RussiaRussia Moscow locomotive Dec 22, 1987 000000000000035.000000000035 000000000000005.00000000005 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Gonçalo Paciência GermanyGermany Eintracht Frankfurt 0Aug 1, 1994 000000000000002.00000000002 000000000000001.00000000001 November 17, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg
Rafa Silva PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon May 17, 1993 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000000.00000000000 October 11, 2019 (versus Luxembourg ) LuxembourgLuxembourg

Previous trainers

As of November 17, 2019

No. Trainer from to Games Victories draw Defeats
1 Committee I. December 18, 1921 December 16, 1923 3 0 0 3
2 PortugalPortugal António Ribeiro do Reis (1st term) 05/15/1925 04/18/1926 4th 1 1 2
3 PortugalPortugal Cândido de Oliveira (1st term) December 26, 1926 March 24, 1929 13 4th 4th 5
4th PortugalPortugal Maia Loureiro December 01, 1929 December 01, 1929 1 0 0 1
5 PortugalPortugal Laurindo Grijó 01/12/1930 11/30/1930 4th 2 0 2
6th PortugalPortugal João Joaquim Tavares da Silva (1st term) 04/12/1931 05/31/1931 2 1 0 1
7th PortugalPortugal Salvador do Carmo (1st term) 05/03/1932 04/02/1933 3 2 0 1
8th PortugalPortugalAntónio Ribeiro do Reis (2nd term) 02/11/1934 03/18/1934 2 0 0 2
9 PortugalPortugalCândido de Oliveira (2nd term) 05/05/1935 03/11/1945 15th 4th 3 8th
10 PortugalPortugalJoão Joaquim Tavares da Silva (2nd term) 05/06/1945 05/25/1947 9 4th 1 4th
11 PortugalPortugal Virgílio Paula 11/23/1947 May 23, 1948 3 1 0 2
12 PortugalPortugal Armando Sampaio 02/27/1947 May 22, 1949 4th 1 1 2
13 PortugalPortugalSalvador do Carmo (2nd term) 04/02/1950 May 21, 1950 4th 0 2 2
14th PortugalPortugalJoão Joaquim Tavares da Silva (3rd term) 04/08/1951 06/17/1951 4th 0 1 3
15th PortugalPortugalCândido de Oliveira (3rd term) 04/20/1952 12/14/1952 3 0 1 2
16 PortugalPortugalSalvador do Carmo (3rd term) 09/26/1953 11/28/1954 5 1 2 2
17th PortugalPortugal Fernando Vaz December 19, 1954 05/02/1955 1 0 0 1
18th PortugalPortugalJoão Joaquim Tavares da Silva (4th term) 05/04/1955 06/16/1957 15th 5 2 8th
19th PortugalPortugal José Maria Antunes (1st term) 12/22/1957 May 22, 1960 12 4th 0 8th
20th PortugalPortugal Armando Ferreira (1st term) 03/19/1961 06/04/1961 3 1 1 1
21st PortugalPortugal Fernando Peyroteo 10/08/1961 25.10.1961 2 0 0 2
22nd PortugalPortugalArmando Ferreira (2nd term) 05/06/1962 05/17/1962 3 0 0 3
23 PortugalPortugalJosé Maria Antunes (2nd term) 11/07/1962 06/07/1964 10 4th 1 5
24 Brazil 1960Brazil Otto Glória (1st term) 11/15/1964 11/13/1966 20th 15th 2 3
25th PortugalPortugal José Gomes da Silva (1st term) 03/27/1967 December 17, 1967 6th 2 3 1
26th PortugalPortugalJosé Maria Antunes (3rd term) 06/30/1968 December 10, 1969 9 1 3 5
27 PortugalPortugalJosé Gomes da Silva (2nd term) 05/10/1970 11/21/1971 7th 3 1 3
28 PortugalPortugal José Augusto March 29, 1972 11/14/1973 15th 9 4th 2
29 PortugalPortugal José Maria Pedroto 04/03/1974 12/22/1976 15th 6th 4th 5
30th PortugalPortugal Júlio Cernadas Pereira (1st term) 03/30/1977 03/08/1978 5 3 1 1
31 PortugalPortugal Mario Wilson 09/20/1978 03/26/1980 10 5 2 3
32 PortugalPortugalJúlio Cernadas Pereira (2nd term) 09/24/1980 05/05/1982 18th 6th 3 9
33 Brazil 1968BrazilOtto Glória (2nd term) 09/22/1982 06/08/1983 7th 3 1 3
34 PortugalPortugal Fernando Cabrita and Committee II 09/21/1983 06/23/1984 9 5 2 2
35 PortugalPortugal José Augusto Torres 09/06/1984 06/11/1986 17th 8th 1 8th
36 PortugalPortugal Ruy Seabra 10/12/1986 03/29/1987 6th 1 4th 1
37 PortugalPortugalJúlio Cernadas Pereira (3rd term) 09/23/1987 04/26/1989 10 6th 3 1
38 PortugalPortugal Artur Jorge (1st term) 06/01/1989 06/01/1990 7th 2 2 3
39 PortugalPortugal Carlos Queiroz (1st term) 08/01/1990 12/09/1993 31 14th 11 6th
40 PortugalPortugal Nelo Vingada 12/14/1993 06/30/1994 2 0 2 0
41 PortugalPortugal António Oliveira (1st term) 07/01/1994 07/31/1996 22nd 13 5 4th
42 PortugalPortugalArtur Jorge (2nd term) 08/01/1996 11/30/1997 12 5 5 2
43 PortugalPortugal Humberto Coelho 12/15/1997 07/31/2000 24 16 4th 4th
44 PortugalPortugalAntónio Oliveira (2nd term) 08/01/2000 07/31/2002 22nd 13 5 4th
45 PortugalPortugal Agostinho Oliveira (Interim) 08/22/2002 01/10/2003 4th 2 2 0
46 BrazilBrazil Luiz Felipe Scolari 01/11/2003 06/19/2008 74 42 18th 14th
47 PortugalPortugalCarlos Queiroz (2nd term) 07/11/2008 09/09/2010 28 15th 9 4th
48 PortugalPortugal Paulo Bento 09/21/2010 09/11/2014 47 26th 12 9
49 PortugalPortugal Fernando Santos 09/23/2014 71 44 16 11
  1. Carlos Vilar, Pedro Del Negro, Reis Gonçalves, Virgílio Paula, Plácido Duro, Júlio de Araújo, José Pereira Júnior, Joaquim Narciso Freire, Guilherme Augusto A Sousa, Raúl Nunes and António Ribeiro do Reis
  2. ^ António Morais , Toni and José Augusto


Record player

As of November 17, 2019

space Surname Games Gates First game Last game
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 164 99 Aug 20, 2003 17th Nov 2019
2 Luís Figo 127 32 Oct 12, 1991 0July 8, 2006
3 João Moutinho 121 7th Aug 17, 2005 17th Nov 2019
4th Nani 112 24 0Sep 1 2006 02nd July 2017
5 Fernando Couto 110 8th Dec. 19, 1990 June 30, 2004
6th Pepe 108 7th Nov 21, 2007 Oct 14, 2019
7th Bruno Alves 96 11 0June 5, 2007 07th June 2018
8th Rui Costa 94 26th 31 Mar 1993 04th July 2004
9 Ricardo Carvalho 89 5 Oct 11, 2003 June 22, 2016
10 Pauleta 88 47 Aug 20, 1997 0July 8, 2006
11 Rui Patrício 87 0 Nov 17, 2010 17th Nov 2019
12 Simão 85 22nd Oct 18, 1998 June 29, 2010
13 João Pinto 81 23 Oct 12, 1991 June 14, 2002
14th Ricardo Quaresma 80 10 June 10, 2003 June 30, 2018
Vítor Baía 80 0 Dec. 19, 1990 0Sep 7 2002
16 Nuno Gomes 79 29 Jan. 24, 1996 Oct 11, 2011
Ricardo 79 0 0June 2, 2001 June 19, 2008
18th Raúl Meireles 76 10 Nov 15, 2006 June 22, 2014
19th Deco 75 5 29 Mar 2003 June 15, 2010
20th Hélder Postiga 71 27 Feb 12, 2003 Nov 14, 2014

Names in bold are still active in the national team

Record goal scorers

As of November 17, 2019

space Surname Gates Games Quota First game Last game
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 99 164 0.60 Aug 20, 2003 17th Nov 2019
2 Pauleta 47 88 0.53 Aug 20, 1997 0July 8, 2006
3 Eusebio 41 64 0.64 0Oct 8, 1961 Oct 13, 1973
4th Luís Figo 32 127 0.25 Oct 12, 1991 0July 8, 2006
5 Nuno Gomes 29 79 0.37 Jan. 24, 1996 Oct 11, 2011
6th Hélder Postiga 27 71 0.38 June 13, 2003 Nov 14, 2014
7th Rui Costa 26th 94 0.28 31 Mar 1993 04th July 2004
8th Nani 24 112 0.21 0Sep 1 2006 02nd July 2017
9 João Pinto 23 81 0.28 Oct 12, 1991 June 14, 2002
10 Nene 22nd 65 0.34 Apr 21, 1971 June 23, 1984
Simão 22nd 85 0.26 Oct 18, 1998 June 29, 2010
12 Hugo Almeida 19th 57 0.33 Feb 18, 2004 31 Mar 2015
13 André Silva 15th 34 0.44 0Sep 1 2016 17th Nov 2019
Rui Jordão 15th 43 0.35 29 Mar 1972 Jan. 25, 1989
15th José Augusto Torres 14th 33 0.42 Jan. 23, 1963 Oct 13, 1973
16 Fernando Gomes 13 47 0.28 Apr. 26, 1975 Nov 16, 1988
17th Sérgio Conceição 12 56 0.21 0Nov 9, 1996 06 Sep 2003
18th Bruno Alves 11 96 0.11 0June 5, 2007 07th June 2018
19th Rui Águas 10 31 0.32 0Apr 3, 1985 Nov 17, 1993
Ricardo Sá Pinto 10 45 0.22 0Sep 7 1994 0June 6, 2001
Raúl Meireles 10 76 0.13 Nov 15, 2006 June 22, 2014
Ricardo Quaresma 10 80 0.13 June 10, 2003 June 30, 2018

Names in bold are still active in the national team

Organizational matters

Football shirt Luís Figo
Portuguese fans at Euro 2004


The jersey of the Portuguese national football team is in the color wine red. The red and green that was relevant for the 2004 European Championship, for example, has not been used since the 2006 World Cup; now a dark red jersey is used. Yellow piping that runs along the breast seams and trouser legs is reminiscent of a rope , a ship's rope , and thus of Portugal's great past as a seafaring nation. Portugal's away shirt is traditionally white. At the 2006 World Cup, however, the team played in black.


The Seleção's home games are mainly played in the following stadiums: The Estádio do Dragão from FC Porto , the Estádio da Luz from Benfica Lisbon and the Estádio José Alvalade from Sporting Lisbon , which are also the largest stadiums in Portugal.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The FIFA / Coca-Cola World Ranking. In: fifa.com. July 16, 2020, accessed July 21, 2020 .
  2. O primeiro jogo . ( Memento of the original from September 20, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. fpf.pt (Portuguese); Retrieved May 29, 2012 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.fpf.pt
  3. ^ Match report Uruguay – Portugal. sportschau.de, July 1, 2018; accessed on July 2, 2018.
  4. Qualifying matches are only listed if there have not yet been any final round matches in the relevant competition.
  5. Portugal player with the most goals scored (as of before the 2014 World Cup). In: fifa.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014 .
  6. The placements from 5th place onwards were determined by FIFA without any placement games. See: All-time FIFA World Cup Ranking 1930-2010 (PDF; 200 kB)
  7. Jogadores Internacionais - Seleção A. ( Memento of the original from June 8, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. fpf.pt (English) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.fpf.pt