Portugal national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) A Selecção[1]
A Selecção das Quinas[2]
Association Portuguese Football Federation (FPF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Fernando Santos
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo
Most caps Cristiano Ronaldo (145)
Top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo (78)
Home stadium Various
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 3 Increase 3 (14 September 2017)
Highest 3 (May–June 2010, October 2012, April–June 2014, September 2017)
Lowest 43 (August 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 5 (5 July 2017)
Highest 2 (June 2006)
Lowest 45 (November 1962)
First international
 Spain 3–1 Portugal 
(Madrid, Spain; 18 December 1921)
Biggest win
 Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 18 November 1994)
 Portugal 8–0 Liechtenstein 
(Coimbra, Portugal; 9 June 1999)
 Portugal 8–0 Kuwait 
(Leiria, Portugal; 19 November 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 0–10 England 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 25 May 1947)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1966)
Best result Third place, 1966
European Championship
Appearances 7 (first in 1984)
Best result Champions, 2016
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2017)
Best result Third place, 2017

The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol, pronounced [sɨlɛˈsɐ̃w puɾtuˈgezɐ dɨ futɨˈbɔl]) represents Portugal in international men's association football competition since 1921. It is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal.

Portugal's first participation in a major tournament finals, at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, saw a team featuring famed striker Eusébio finish in third place. The next two times Portugal qualified for the World Cup finals were in 1986 and 2002, going out in the first round both times. Portugal also made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 1984 final tournament, losing 3–2 after extra time to the hosts and eventual winners France. The team reached the semi-finals of Euro 2000, the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012, as well as the final of Euro 2004, the latter on home soil. At Euro 2016, Portugal won its first ever major trophy, defeating hosts France 1–0 after extra time, with the winning goal scored by Eder. With the win, Portugal qualified and made its first appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia, where they finished third.

The team's home stadium is the Estádio Nacional, in Oeiras, although most of their home games are frequently played in other stadia across the country. The current head coach is Fernando Santos and the captain is Cristiano Ronaldo, who holds the team records for most caps and goals.


Early World Cup attempts

Portugal was not invited to the 1930 World Cup, which only featured a final stage and no qualification round. The team took part in the 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, but failed to eliminate their Spanish opponents, aggregating two defeats in the two-legged round, with a 9–0 loss in Madrid and 2–1 loss in Lisbon for an aggregate score of 11–1.

In the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, the Seleção played one game against Switzerland in a neutral ground, held in Milan, losing 2–1 against the Swiss, ending qualification prospects. Because of the international conflict due to the World War II, there was no World Cup held until the 1950 competition and subsequently, the national team made very few games against other teams. A 10–0 home friendly defeat against England, two years after the war, was the proof of how the irregularity of the games had taken its effects on the squad; this result still stands as their biggest ever defeat.

1950s and early 1960s

On the restart of games, the team was to play a two-legged round against Spain, just like in the 1934 qualification. After a 5–1 defeat in Madrid, they managed to draw in the second game 2–2 and so the qualification ended with a 7–3 aggregate score.

For the qualification of the 1954 World Cup, the team would play Austria. The Austrians won the first game with a humiliating 9–1 result. The best the national team could do was hold the team to a goalless draw in Lisbon, and the round ended with a 9–1 defeat.

In the 1958 qualification, Portugal won a qualification match for the first time, 3–0 at home with Italy. Nevertheless, they finished last in the group stage that also featured Northern Ireland; only the first-placed team, Northern Ireland, would qualify.

The year 1960 was the year that UEFA created the European Football Championship. The first edition was a knock-out tournament, the last four teams participating in final stage that only featured one leg while the older stages had two legs. For the first round, the Seleção das Quinas won 2–0 against East Germany and 3–2 in Porto for the second leg, finishing with a 5–2 two-legged win. The quarter-final opponent was Yugoslavia. Despite winning the first game 2–1, they lost the second leg 5–1 in Belgrade, and lost 6–3 on aggregate.

England and Luxembourg were the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification adversaries of the national team. Portugal ended second in the group, behind England. Like in the previous World Cup qualification, only the first in the group would qualify.

In the 1964 European Championship. Portugal played against Bulgaria in the first round. The Portuguese lost in Sofia and won in Lisbon. With the round tied 4–4, a replay was needed in a neutral ground. In Rome, Portugal lost 1–0.

1966 World Cup and 1970s

In the 1966 World Cup qualification, Portugal was drawn into the same group as Czechoslovakia, Romania and Turkey. They topped the group and finally qualified for a FIFA World Cup in England.

The team started out with three wins in the group stage in Group C, against Hungary 3–1, Bulgaria 3–0, and Brazil 3–1. In the quarter-finals, Portugal played against North Korea. Portugal won the game with four goals from Eusébio overturning a deficit of 3–0. Later, they reached the semi-finals, but were defeated by hosts England 2–1. Portugal then defeated the Soviet Union 2–1 in the third place match for their best World Cup finish to date. Eusébio was the top scorer of the World Cup, with nine goals.

Eusébio in 1972

For the Euro 1968 qualifying, the Seleção played against Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden, finishing second to Bulgaria.

Portugal tried to qualify for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. They finished fourth and last in their group, behind Greece, Romania, and Switzerland.

To be able to participate in Euro 1972, Portugal had to win its group that comprised the teams of Belgium, Denmark and Scotland. Portugal finished second to Belgium.

For the 1974 qualification stages, Portugal were unable to defeat Bulgaria (2–2) in the decisive match, thus not qualifying.

Portugal faced tough competition from the strong Poland team for the place in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. They finished second place, behind Poland.

Late 1970s until early 1990s

The national team was put alongside Austria, Belgium, Norway and Scotland to fight for the first spot in the group, which would allow them to go to the final stage of UEFA Euro 1980. Portugal took third place.

For the 1982 qualification, the Portuguese team had to face Israel, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Sweden for the top two group places. Portugal finished in fourth place.

During the qualifying campaign for Euro 1984, Portugal was grouped with Finland, Poland and the Soviet Union. Portugal won the group with a win over the Soviet Union. Portugal ended in Group B, alongside Spain, West Germany and Romania. In the first two matches, they tied 0–0 and 1–1 against West Germany and Spain, respectively. A 1–0 win over Romania gave them second place in the group, to go through to the knockout stage, where they were matched against the hosts, France. The game was tied after 90 minutes and went into extra time; Portugal made the score 2–1, but France scored in the 114th and 119th minutes to eliminate Portugal 3–2 and go through to the final.

For the 1986 tournament, the Seleção played against Czechoslovakia, Malta, Sweden and West Germany for the two spots that would guarantee them a ticket to Mexico. Needing a win in the last game against West Germany in Stuttgart, Portugal won the game to become the first team to beat West Germany at their home ground in an official match. The team exited early in the group stages after a win and two losses. They started with a 1–0 win to England, but later were beaten by Poland and Morocco 1–0 and 3–1 respectively. Their staying in Mexico was marked by the Saltillo affair, where players refused to train in order to win more prizes from the Football Federation.

For the UEFA Euro 1988 the Portuguese team attempted to top their qualifying group in a group with Italy, Malta, Sweden and Switzerland; however, they finished in third.

Luís Figo playing for Portugal at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

The 1990 World Cup qualification was in a group along with Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Portugal fought to get one of the first two spots of the group. Playing at home against Czechoslovakia, the game ended in a 0–0 allowing the East Europeans to get the second place.

During the draws for the Euro 1992 qualifying, the Netherlands, Greece, Finland and Malta were the other teams. The Portuguese ended second behind the Dutch.

For the 1994 World Cup qualification, Portugal played in the same group as Estonia, Italy, Malta, Scotland and Switzerland for the two highest places. They ended in third behind Italy and Switzerland.

1995 to 2006: The golden generation

Portugal was invited to play at the SkyDome Cup in Toronto, Canada, against Denmark and Canada. With a draw against the Canadians (1–1) and a win against the Danes, Portugal won the trophy.

Portugal qualified for the Euro 1996 after topping their group ahead of Austria, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the latter finishing as runners-up. At the Euro 1996 final stage, after drawing 1–1 with Denmark, Portugal defeated Turkey 1–0 and Croatia 3–0 to finish first in Group D. In the quarter-finals, they lost 1–0 to Czech Republic. This marked the beginning of the Golden Generation,[citation needed] a group of youngsters who had won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1989 and 1991 and were now leading the national senior squad.

Portugal failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The 1–1 draw against Germany after an controversy decision of sending off Rui Costa by French referee Marc Batta, which effectively blowed away Portugal's hope.

In Euro 2000 qualifying, Portugal finished second in their group, one point short of first-placed Romania. However, after finishing as the top runner-up nation in qualifying, Portugal nonetheless secured passage to the tournament final stage. In the final stage, they defeated England 3–2, Romania 1–0 and Germany 3–0 to finish first in Group A, then defeated Turkey in the quarter-finals. In the semi-final against hosts France, Portugal were eliminated in extra time when Zinedine Zidane converted a penalty. Referee Günter Benkö awarded the spot kick for a handball after Abel Xavier blocked a shot. Xavier, Nuno Gomes and Paulo Bento were all given lengthy suspensions for subsequently shoving the referee.[3] The final result was 2–1.

During 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal won the group. Several problems and poor judgment decisions occurred during the preparation and tournament itself – shopping sprees by players were widely reported in the Portuguese press. Questionable managing choices and some amateurism, including the same lack of agreement on prizes. Portugal underachieved and ended third in its group stage, subsequently eliminated. Manager António Oliveira was fired after the World Cup. Portugal entered the tournament as favourites to win Group D. However, they were upset 3–2 by the United States. They then rebounded with a 4–0 smashing Poland. Needing a draw to advance, they lost the final group game to hosts South Korea.[4]

Portuguese fans supporting the national team

The next major competition, the UEFA Euro 2004, was held in Portugal. On the preparation, the Football Federation made a contract with Luiz Felipe Scolari to manage the team until the tournament ended. The Portuguese team entered the tournament being a favourite to win it.[citation needed] The host nation lost the first game against Greece 1–2. They got their first win against Russia 2–0 and also beat Spain 1–0. They went on to play against England, in a 2–2 draw that went into penalties, with Portugal winning. Portugal beat the Netherlands 2–1 in the semi-final. They were beaten by Greece 1–0 in the final.

Portugal lost the Euro 2004 final 1–0 to Greece.

After the tournament ended, a lot of players belonging to the Geração de Ouro (Golden Generation), abandoned their international footballing careers, with only Luís Figo remaining in the team, despite a temporary retirement.

The silver lining for Portugal was the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was selected in the UEFA Euro All Stars Team. While Portugal was playing in the competition, Scolari agreed in a new two-year deal with the Federation.

Portugal finished first in the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup. Portugal finished first place in Group D of the World Cup, with victories over Angola (1–0), Iran (2–0) and Mexico (2–1). The Netherlands lost to Portugal 1–0 in the Round of 16 in Nuremberg in an acrimonious match marked by 16 yellow cards, with four players sent off. (See the Battle of Nuremberg.) Portugal drew 0–0 after extra-time with England, but won 3–1 on penalties to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1966. Portugal lost 1–0 against France in the semi-finals. Portugal faced Germany in the third place play-off match in a 3–1 defeat. Ultimately, the team won the "Most Entertaining Team" award for their play during the World Cup. Once again Scolari was asked to accept a new deal with the Federation that would maintain with as the manager until the end of the next competition.

Recent history and Euro 2016 victory

Cristiano Ronaldo took over the captaincy after Euro 2008

For Euro 2008 Portugal finished second in qualification behind Poland, and won their first two group games against Turkey and the Czech Republic, although a loss to co-hosts Switzerland set up a quarter-final matchup with Germany which the team lost 2–3. After the tournament, Scolari left to take over at Chelsea.

Portugal came second in the qualifying stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup under Carlos Quieroz, then beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in a play-off, thereby reaching every tournament in the decade. A 19-match undefeated streak, in which the team conceded only three goals, ended with a loss to eventual champions Spain in the round of 16, 1–0. Queiroz was later criticised for setting up his team in an overly cautious way.[5] After the World Cup, squad regulars Simão, Paulo Ferreira, Miguel and Tiago all retired from international football. Queiroz was banned from coaching the national team for one month after he tried to block a doping test to the team while preparing for the World Cup, as well as directing insulting words to the testers.[6] In consequence, he received a further six-month suspension. Several media outbursts from Queiroz[7] against the heads of the Portuguese Football Federation, which partly prompted his dismissal. Paulo Bento was appointed as his replacement at head coach.[8]

Portugal at UEFA Euro 2012

Bento's team qualified for Euro 2012, They were drawn into the group of death in which they lost their first game 0–1 to Germany, then beat Denmark 3–2. The final group stage match was against the Netherlands. After Van der Vaart had given the Dutch a 1–0 lead, Ronaldo netted twice to ensure a 2–1 victory. Remarkablely Portugal has a great record against the Dutch, only lost once in 12 meetings (7-4-1). Portugal finished second in the group and qualified for the knockout phase. Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 1–0 in the quarter-finals with a header from Ronaldo. The semifinal match was against Spain. The game ended 0–0 and Portugal lost 4–2 on penalties.

In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Portugal won 4–2 on aggregate in a play-off against Sweden with all four goals being scored by Ronaldo, and was drawn into Group G with the United States, Germany and Ghana. Their first match against the Germans was their worst-ever defeat in a World Cup, a 4–0 loss.[9] They went on to draw 2–2 against the United States and won 2–1 against Ghana. However, the team were eliminated due to inferior goal difference to the Americans.

Portugal began the Euro 2016 qualifiers with a 0–1 home defeat against Albania, which resulted in Bento being dismissed from his managerial post to be replaced by Fernando Santos in September 2014.[10] Nevertheless, the team qualified and were placed in Group F alongside newcomers Iceland, Austria and Hungary. The first match against Iceland was a 1–1 draw with Nani scoring for Portugal. The second match ended goalless against Austria with Ronaldo missing a penalty. The final match of the group stage was against Hungary. Portugal came from behind to end the match 3–3 with a goal from Nani and two from Ronaldo. They qualified as the third-best third place team. Portugal beat Croatia 1–0 in the Round of 16 after a goal from Ricardo Quaresma in extra time.[11] In the quarter-finals, Robert Lewandowski scored in the early minutes but Renato Sanches scored the equaliser in the 33rd to level the match. After the match finished in a 1–1 draw after extra time, Portugal defeated Poland 5–3 on penalties to reach the semi-finals.[12] In the semi-finals they defeated Wales 2–0 in regulation time with goals from Ronaldo and Nani to reach the final at the Stade de France against hosts France.[13] The early stages of the final saw Ronaldo limp off the pitch injured after a challenge from Dimitri Payet. In spite of creating chances, both sides failed to find the net, with the hosts being denied of any goals owing to the brilliance of Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patrício and a compact defence led by Pepe. After the match ended 0–0 in regulation time, substitute Eder scored the match's only goal in the 109th minute, sending Portugal to a 1–0 victory after extra time.[14][15] Ronaldo won the Silver Boot, scoring three goals and creating three assists. They are also the only team who always qualify into the knock-out stage in all of their (seven) European Championship appearances.

Following their Euro 2016 victory, Portugal participated in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where they finished third.[16]

Team image


1966 Home
1966 Away
1984 Home
1986 Home
1986 Away
1996 Home
1996 Away
1998 Home
1998 Away
2010 Away
2012 Home
2012 Away
2013 Away
2014 Home
2014 Away
2015 Away
2016 Home
2016 Away

Since 1997, Portugal's kit are supplied by Nike, Inc. replacing Olympic, a Belgian sportswear brand, that replaced Adidas in 1994.

Media coverage

Portugal's qualifying and friendly matches are currently broadcast by RTP, and will continue to be so until 2017.[17]

Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Portugal Fernando Santos
Assistant Manager Portugal Ilídio Vale
Goalkeeping Coach Portugal Ricardo Peres
Technical director Portugal Carlos Godinho


Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Faroe Islands on 31 August and Hungary on 3 September 2017.[18]
Caps and goals are correct as of 3 September 2017 after the game against Hungary.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rui Patrício (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 29) 66 0 Portugal Sporting CP
12 1GK Bruno Varela (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Portugal Benfica
22 1GK Beto (1982-05-01) 1 May 1982 (age 35) 11 0 Turkey Göztepe

2 2DF Bruno Alves (1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 35) 94 11 Scotland Rangers
3 2DF Pepe (1983-02-26) 26 February 1983 (age 34) 88 5 Turkey Beşiktaş
4 2DF Ricardo Pereira (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Portugal Porto
5 2DF Fábio Coentrão (1988-03-11) 11 March 1988 (age 29) 52 5 Portugal Sporting CP
6 2DF José Fonte (1983-12-22) 22 December 1983 (age 33) 26 0 England West Ham United
19 2DF Eliseu (1983-10-01) 1 October 1983 (age 33) 26 1 Portugal Benfica
21 2DF Cédric Soares (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 26) 24 1 England Southampton

8 3MF João Moutinho (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 31) 104 7 France Monaco
10 3MF João Mário (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 24) 27 0 Italy Internazionale
13 3MF Danilo Pereira (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 26) 23 1 Portugal Porto
14 3MF William Carvalho (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 25) 38 2 Portugal Sporting CP
15 3MF André Gomes (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 24) 26 0 Spain Barcelona
16 3MF Bruno Fernandes (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Portugal Sporting CP

7 4FW Cristiano Ronaldo (captain) (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 32) 145 78 Spain Real Madrid
9 4FW André Silva (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 21) 15 9 Italy Milan
11 4FW Bernardo Silva (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 23) 17 2 England Manchester City
17 4FW Nélson Oliveira (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 26) 17 2 England Norwich City
18 4FW Gelson Martins (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 22) 12 0 Portugal Sporting CP
20 4FW Ricardo Quaresma (1983-09-26) 26 September 1983 (age 33) 71 9 Turkey Beşiktaş
23 4FW Bruma (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Germany RB Leipzig

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Portugal squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK José Sá (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Portugal Porto 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
GK Marafona (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 30) 1 0 Portugal Braga v.  Sweden, 28 March 2017
GK Anthony Lopes (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 26) 4 0 France Lyon v.  Hungary, 25 March 2017 INJ

DF João Cancelo (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 23) 5 3 Italy Internazionale v.  Faroe Islands, 31 August 2017 INJ
DF Raphaël Guerreiro (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 23) 20 2 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Luís Neto (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 29) 14 0 Turkey Fenerbahçe 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Nélson Semedo (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 23) 6 0 Spain Barcelona 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Vitorino Antunes (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 30) 11 0 Spain Getafe v.  Latvia, 13 November 2016

MF Adrien Silva (1989-03-15) 15 March 1989 (age 28) 20 1 England Leicester City v.  Faroe Islands, 31 August 2017 INJ
MF Pizzi (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 27) 9 2 Portugal Benfica v.  Faroe Islands, 31 August 2017 INJ
MF Renato Sanches (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 20) 13 1 Wales Swansea City v.  Sweden, 28 March 2017

FW Nani (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 30) 112 24 Italy Lazio 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Eder (1987-12-22) 22 December 1987 (age 29) 33 4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Sweden, 28 March 2017
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Recent and forthcoming fixtures



Key: GS, Group stage; R16, round of 16; QF, quarter-finals; SF, semi-finals; TP, third place; FWC Q, FIFA World Cup qualification; FCC, FIFA Confederations Cup



Most goals scored in one World Cup 
9 – Eusebio (1966)
Most goals scored in World Cup finals 
9 – Eusebio (1966)
Most matches played in World Cup 
13 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2006, 2010 & 2014)
Most goals scored in one European Championship 
4 – Nuno Gomes (2000)
Most goals scored in European Championship finals
9 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016)
Most matches played in European Championship finals
21 – Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016)
Oldest player
38 years, 8 months and 3 days – Vítor Damas (1–3 against Morocco on 11 June 1986)
Oldest outfield player
38 years, 1 month and 4 days – Ricardo Carvalho (3–3 against Hungary on 22 June 2016)
Oldest goalscorer
36 years, 10 months and 11 days – Ricardo Carvalho (2–1 against Serbia on 29 March 2015)
Youngest debutant
17 years, 6 months and 24 days – Paulo Futre (5–0 against Finland on 21 September 1983)
Youngest goalscorer
17 years, 9 months and 25 days – Fernando Chalana (2–1 against Cyprus on 5 December 1976)
Longest national career
17 years, 3 months and 5 days – Vítor Damas (From 6 April 1969 to 11 July 1986)
Longest national career for an outfield player
15 years, 9 months and 18 days – Nuno Gomes (From 24 January 1996 to 11 October 2011)
Youngest player to reach 100 caps
27 years, 8 months and 11 days – Cristiano Ronaldo (1–1 against Northern Ireland on 16 October 2012)
Most hat-tricks
5 – Cristiano Ronaldo (includes four goals against Andorra on 7 October 2016)
Youngest player to score a hat-trick
20 years, 11 months and 4 days – André Silva (6–0 against Faroe Islands on 10 October 2016)

Most capped players

Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal's most capped player and all-time top scorer.
As of matches played 3 September 2017[19]
Players in bold are still active for the national team.
# Name Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 145 78 20 August 2003 3 September 2017
2 Luís Figo 127 32 12 October 1991 8 July 2006
3 Nani 112 24 1 September 2006 2 July 2017
4 Fernando Couto 110 8 19 December 1990 30 June 2004
5 João Moutinho 104 7 17 August 2005 3 September 2017
6 Rui Costa 94 26 31 March 1993 4 July 2004
Bruno Alves 94 11 5 June 2007 3 September 2017
8 Ricardo Carvalho 89 5 11 October 2003 22 June 2016
9 Pauleta 88 47 20 August 1997 8 July 2006
Pepe 88 5 21 November 2007 3 September 2017

Top goalscorers

As of matches played 3 September 2017[20]
Players in bold are still active for the national team.
# Name Goals Caps Average First cap Latest cap
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (list) 78 145 0.53 20 August 2003 3 September 2017
2 Pauleta (list) 47 88 0.53 20 August 1997 8 July 2006
3 Eusébio (list) 41 64 0.64 8 October 1961 13 October 1973
4 Luís Figo (list) 32 127 0.25 12 October 1991 8 July 2006
5 Nuno Gomes (list) 29 79 0.37 24 January 1996 11 October 2011
6 Hélder Postiga (list) 27 71 0.38 13 June 2003 14 November 2014
7 Rui Costa (list) 26 94 0.28 31 March 1993 4 July 2004
8 Nani (list) 24 112 0.21 1 September 2006 2 July 2017
9 João Pinto (list) 23 81 0.30 12 October 1991 14 June 2002
10 Nené (list) 22 66 0.33 21 April 1971 23 June 1984
Simão (list) 22 85 0.26 18 October 1998 29 June 2010

Competitive record

Portugal's 2010 away jersey

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934 Did not qualify
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 17 8
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Group stage 17th 3 1 0 2 2 4
Italy 1990 Did not qualify
United States 1994
France 1998
South KoreaJapan 2002 Group stage 21st 3 1 0 2 6 4
Germany 2006 Fourth place 4th 7 4 1* 2 7 5
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 7 1
Brazil 2014 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 4 7
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total Third Place 6/22 26 13 4(1*) 9 43 29
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.

UEFA European Championship

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
France 1960 Did not qualify
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 4
West Germany 1988 Did not qualify
Sweden 1992
England 1996 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 5 2
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Semi-finals 3rd 5 4 0 1 10 4
Portugal 2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1* 2 8 6
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 6
PolandUkraine 2012 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1* 1 6 4
France 2016 Champions 1st 7 3 4* 0 9 5
2020 To be determined
Total 1 Title 7/16 35 18 9(2*)(1*) 8 49 31
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.

FIFA Confederations Cup

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South KoreaJapan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 Third place 3rd 5 3 2 0 9 3
Total Third place 1/10 5 3 2 0 9 3
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.

Minor tournaments

Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
Brazil 1964 Taça de Nações Group stage 3rd 3 0 1 2 2 7
Brazil 1972 Brazil Independence Cup Final 2nd 8 6 1 1 17 5
United States 1992 U.S. Cup Group stage 4th 3 0 1 2 0 3
Canada 1995 SkyDome Cup Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
Italy 2018 Artemio Franchi Trophy To be determined
Total 1 title 16 7 4 5 21 16
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Honours & Achievements

Line-ups for the Euro 2016 final, in which Portugal (in red) defeated hosts France 1–0 after extra time





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External links

  • Portuguese Football Federation official website (in Portuguese) (in English)
  • RSSSF archive of results 1921–2003
  • RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
  • RSSSF archive of coaches 1921–
  • Full reports of all matches of the Portugal National Football Team 1921–1979
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