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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: Paulo Bento
Leading scorers: all-time – Pauleta, Cristiano Ronaldo (47); current – Cristiano Ronaldo (47)
Most appearances: all-time – Luís Figo (127); current – Cristiano Ronaldo (109)
Association formed: 1914
Nickname: Selecção das Quinas (Team of Shields)
Where they play: Various

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 required the play-off route to reach each of the last three major tournaments, thus maintaining their perfect qualification record since the turn of the millennium.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P127 W69 D29 L29 F223 A122
Final tournament: P28 W15 D5 L8 F40 A26
Qualifying: P99 W54 D24 L21 F183 A96

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 07/01/14

Last updated: 13/02/14 23.12CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/03/2014 00:53 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: not available
06/12/2013 08:56:44
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST) – Stadium: Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
04/18/2013 20:49:50
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) – Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR)
04/18/2013 20:49:36
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) – Stadium: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow (RUS)
04/18/2013 21:37:14
Portugal1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER) – Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
04/18/2013 20:49:50
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: not available
06/12/2013 08:56:04
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes (POR)
06/12/2013 08:57:18
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG) – Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
05/28/2013 11:07:36
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
07/25/2013 10:54:00
10 June 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) – Stadium: Stade de Genève, Geneva (SUI)
06/12/2013 08:57:18
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA) – Stadium: Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR)
08/23/2013 12:21:15
6 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round
Northern Ireland2-4Portugal
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
09/11/2013 07:12:36
10 September 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Referee: not available
09/12/2013 10:08:24
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR) – Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
12/16/2013 12:41:39
Referee: Bülent Yıldırım (TUR) – Stadium: Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra (POR)
12/16/2013 12:41:38
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
12/16/2013 12:42:54
Aggregate: 2-4
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
12/16/2013 12:43:09
05 March 2014 - Friendlies 2010-12
Portugal - Cameroon
Referee: TBD
31 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Portugal - Greece
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 05:21:24
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Mangabeira, Salvador De Bahia (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:34:38
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Arena Amazonia, Manaus (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:36:54
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (BRA)
01/10/2014 15:38:39
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 01:20:31
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:15:41
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:39:47
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 00:52:46
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 00:28:20
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 15:00:40
7 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 01:54:01
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 03:15:01
11 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:27:31

General info

  • Founded : 1914
  • Currently playing : European Championship , World Cup 2012/2014, Friendly matches 2012/2014

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: 35
    Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
  • Top scorers: 21
    Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
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