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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 have taken 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: 03/12/15 12.43CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 16/11/2017 15:06 CET
1 September 2016 01 Sep - Friendlies 2016-18
Portugal5-0Gibraltar
Referee: not available Stadium: Estádio do Bessa XXI, Porto (POR)
11/02/2017 16:57:25
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland2-0Portugal
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
11/02/2017 16:54:44
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Portugal6-0Andorra
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT) Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro (POR)
11/02/2017 16:54:48
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Faroe Islands0-6Portugal
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
11/02/2017 16:54:49
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Portugal4-1Latvia
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loulé (POR)
11/02/2017 16:54:54
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Portugal3-0Hungary
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
11/02/2017 16:54:55
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Portugal2-3Sweden
Referee: not available Stadium: Estádio do Maritimo, Funchal (POR)
11/02/2017 16:57:34
3 June 2017 03 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Portugal4-0Cyprus
Referee: not available Stadium: António Coimbra Da Mota, Estoril (POR)
11/02/2017 16:57:29
Latvia0-3Portugal
Referee: István Kovács (ROU) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
11/02/2017 16:54:57
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Portugal5-1Faroe Islands
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB) Stadium: Estádio do Bessa XXI, Porto (POR)
11/02/2017 16:54:59
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Hungary0-1Portugal
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:54:57
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra0-2Portugal
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
11/02/2017 16:55:03
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Portugal2-0Switzerland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
11/02/2017 16:54:46
10 November 2017 10 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Portugal3-0Saudi Arabia
Referee: not available Stadium: Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria (POR)
11/13/2017 10:17:33
14 November 2017 14 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Portugal1-1USA
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loulé (POR)
11/16/2017 15:01:54

General info

  • Founded : 1914
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Trophy cabinet

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: 48
    Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
  • Top scorers: 29
    Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
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