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Portugal team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.39CET
Portugal have the unwanted honour of being the only team to lose a EURO final on home turf, but they have a consistent recent record and Cristiano Ronaldo at their disposal.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.39CET

Portugal team profile

Portugal have the unwanted honour of being the only team to lose a EURO final on home turf, but they have a consistent recent record and Cristiano Ronaldo at their disposal.

Best result: runners-up 2004
Coach: Fernando Santos
Leading scorers: all-time – Cristiano Ronaldo (55); current – Cristiano Ronaldo (55)
Most appearances: all-time – Luís Figo (127); current – Cristiano Ronaldo (123)
Association formed: 1914
Nickname: Selecção das Quinas (Team of Shields)
Where they play: Various

Portugal: Top five qualifying goals

Portugal ended a lengthy semi-final jinx for UEFA European Championship host nations when they made it through to the Lisbon showpiece in 2004, but defeat by Greece meant they became the only team in the competition's history to lose a final on home turf. Since then, with Cristiano Ronaldo an increasingly potent attacking force, Portugal have reached two semi-finals – at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2012, losing in the latter to Spain on penalties. They have a perfect qualification record for major tournaments since the turn of the millennium, which was extended by a group-topping performance en route to UEFA EURO 2016.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P135 W76 D29 L30 F234 A127
Final tournament: P28 W15 D5 L8 F40 A26
Qualifying: P107 W61 D24 L22 F194 A101

Portugal made their UEFA European Championship finals debut in 1984, and came within six minutes of the Paris showpiece, leading hosts France deep into extra time until Jean-François Domergue and Michel Platini struck to turn the tie. They next qualified for the tournament in 1996 and are one of seven nations to take part in the last five EUROs, along with Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Portugal have never failed to advance beyond the group stage, losing semi-finals to eventual winners France in 1984 and 2000, and Spain in 2012. They went one better on home soil at UEFA EURO 2004 before going down 1-0 to Greece, complete outsiders at the start of the tournament, in the Lisbon final.

Memorable EURO matches
20/06/2000: Portugal 3-0 Germany, UEFA EURO 2000 group stage
A Sérgio Conceição hat-trick helped Portugal's second string seal the holders' exit.

10/06/2000: Portugal 3-2 England, UEFA EURO 2000 group stage
Trailing 2-0 after 18 minutes, Luís Figo, João Pinto and Nuno Gomes turned the game around.

23/06/1984: France 3-2 Portugal, 1984 UEFA European Championship semi-finals
A thrilling match against the hosts was Portugal's real breakthrough at the EURO finals.

Did you know?
Portugal were the last team to receive the FIFA World Cup Most Entertaining Team award for their performance at the 2006 finals in Germany.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 21/11/15 15.47CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 30/11/2015 12:21 CET
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Municipal, Aveiro (POR)
09/08/2015 23:13:33
11 October 2014 11 Oct - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
10/16/2015 11:49:55
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
09/08/2015 23:13:42
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR)
09/08/2015 23:13:42
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG)
10/17/2015 10:47:27
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
09/08/2015 23:13:44
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Portugal0-2Cape Verde Islands
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:50:53
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL) Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
10/26/2015 12:07:49
16 June 2015 16 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
10/17/2015 10:48:09
4 September 2015 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
10/15/2015 19:26:07
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
10/19/2015 13:53:57
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR)
10/14/2015 15:52:38
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
11/30/2015 11:21:43
14 November 2015 14 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 14:02:02
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/18/2015 15:36:05
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:25:48
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:10:32
Faroe IslandsPortugal
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:22:17
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:33:32
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:56:33
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:04:48
PortugalFaroe Islands
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:05:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:05:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:05:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:01:33

General info

  • Founded : 1914
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    09/06/1999, Portugal 8-0 Liechtenstein, Coimbra
    18/12/1994, Portugal 8-0 Liechtenstein, Lisbon
  • Biggest defeat:
    27/04/1983, USSR 5-0 Portugal, Moscow
    30/04/1975, Czechoslovakia 5-0 Portugal, Prague
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 41
    Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
  • Top scorers: 26
    Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)