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PORTUGAL FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Selecção Nacional de Futebol de Portugal) represents Portugal in association football and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal. Portugal's home ground is the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras, and their head coach is Paulo Bento. Their first World Cup appearance, in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, saw them reach the semi-finals, losing 2–1 at Wembley to the eventual world champions, England. The next two times Portugal qualified for the World Cup were 1986 and 2002, with Portugal going out in the first round both times. In the 1986 tournament, players went on strike over prize money and refused to train between their first and second games.

In 2003, the Portuguese Football Federation hired Luiz Felipe Scolari, the former Brazilian head coach who had led the Brazil national football team to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Scolari led Portugal to the final of UEFA Euro 2004, where they lost to Greece, and to their second World Cup semi-final in the 2006 World Cup. Scolari left after Euro 2008 and was replaced by Carlos Queiroz. He led Portugal to the second round of the 2010 World Cup before they were defeated by the eventual champions Spain. Because of poor results in the games that would follow, Queiroz was fired and the Federation hired ex-Sporting Clube de Portugal coach Paulo Bento, who led the national team to the semi-finals of Euro 2012.The Portuguese Football Federation was formed in 1914 with the name União Portuguesa de Futebol (by 1926, they changed to its current name) and the aim of creating national tournaments (since it only existed regional championships) and promoting games in which a Portuguese representative team would play against other teams from various parts of the globe, but unfortunately, due to the World War I, the dream was not made possible for the next seven years.

Portugal’s first game was on 18 December 1921. The game ended in a defeat for the national team, 3–1. The following year, the inaugural edition of the Campeonato de Portugal (a knock-out tournament, precursor of the Taça de Portugal) was contested, the winner was defined as the "Portuguese Champion".

 

PORTUGAL FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa Non fifa
Name D. o. B. Position Current Club M S G M S G
Antunes, Vitorino 1987-04-01 Left Back   Málaga CF 0 1 0 0 0 0
Beto 1982-05-01 Goalkeeper   Sevilla FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Carvalho, Eduardo 1982-09-19 Goalkeeper   Sporting Braga 0 1 0 0 0 0
Carvalho, William 1992-04-07 Centre Midfielder   Sporting CP Lisboa 1 0 0 0 0 0
Cavaleiro, Ivan 1993-10-18 Right Winger   Benfica Lisboa 1 0 0 0 0 0
Coentrão, Fábio 1988-03-11 Left Back   Real Madrid 1 0 1 0 0 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 1985-02-05 Left Winger   Real Madrid 1 0 2 0 0 0
Edinho 1982-07-07 Centre Forward   Kayseri Erciyesspor 0 1 1 0 0 0
Josué 1990-09-17 Right Midfielder   FC Porto 0 1 0 0 0 0
Lopes, Anthony 1990-10-01 Goalkeeper   Olympique Lyonnais 0 0 0 0 0 0
Meireles, Raul 1983-03-17 Centre Midfielder   Fenerbahçe İstanbul 1 0 1 0 0 0
Moutinho, João 1986-09-08 Centre Midfielder   AS Monaco 1 0 0 0 0 0
Neto, Luís 1988-05-26 Centre Back   Zenit St. Peterburg 1 0 0 0 0 0
Pereira, João 1984-02-25 Right Back   Valencia CF 1 0 0 0 0 0
Rolando 1985-08-31 Centre Back   Inter Milano 1 0 0 0 0 0
Silva, Rafa 1993-05-17 Attacking Midfielder   Sporting Braga 1 0 0 0 0 0
Varela, Silvestre 1985-02-02 Right Winger   FC Porto 0 1 0 0 0 0
Veloso, Miguel 1986-05-11 Defensive Midfielder   Dynamo Kyiv 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 Did Not Enter
1934 to 1962 Did Not Qualify
1966 Third Place 3rd 6 5 0 1 17 8
1970 to 1982 Did Not Qualify
1986 Group Stage 17th 3 1 0 2 2 4
1990 to 1998 Did Not Qualify
2002 Group Stage 21st 3 1 0 2 6 4
2006 Fourth Place 4th 7 4 1 2 7 5
2010 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 7 1
2014 Qualified TBD
2018 To Be Determined
2022
Total 6/20 23 12 3 8 39 22
 

PORTUGAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

 

# Name Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Luís Figo 127 32 October 12, 1991 July 8, 2006
2 Fernando Couto 110 8 December 19, 1990 June 30, 2004
Cristiano Ronaldo 110 49 August 20, 2003 March 5, 2014
4 Rui Costa 94 26 March 31, 1993 July 4, 2004
5 Pauleta 88 47 August 20, 1997 July 8, 2006
6 Simão 85 22 October 18, 1998 June 29, 2010
7 João Pinto 81 23 October 12, 1991 June 14, 2002
8 Vítor Baía 80 0 December 19, 1990 September 7, 2002
9 Ricardo 79 0 June 2, 2001 June 19, 2008
Nuno Gomes 79 29 January 24, 1996 October 11, 2011

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS

 

# Name Goals Caps Average First cap Latest cap
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 49 110 0.45 August 20, 2003 March 5, 2014
2 Pauleta 47 88 0.53 August 20, 1997 July 8, 2006
3 Eusébio 41 64 0.64 October 8, 1961 October 13, 1973
4 Luís Figo 32 127 0.25 October 12, 1991 July 8, 2006
5 Nuno Gomes 29 79 0.37 January 24, 1996 October 11, 2011
6 Hélder Postiga 27 66 0.41 June 13, 2003 November 15, 2013
7 Rui Costa 26 94 0.28 March 31, 1993 July 4, 2004
8 João Pinto 23 81 0.28 October 12, 1991 June 14, 2002
9 Nené 22 66 0.33 April 21, 1971 June 23, 1984
Simão 22 85 0.26 October 18, 1998 June 29, 2010

 

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