Under-21 Championship - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Portugal||Stadion Stožice - LjubljanaSunday 28 March 2021|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group D - Matchday 2
|18/06/2015||GS-FT||England - Portugal||0-1||Uherske Hradiste||João Mário 57|
|03/09/2010||QR (GS)||Portugal - England||0-1||Barcelos||Sturridge 32|
|14/11/2009||QR (GS)||England - Portugal||1-0||London||Rose 40|
|05/09/2008||QR (GS)||England - Portugal||2-0||London||Milner 44 (P), Agbonlahor 63|
|20/11/2007||QR (GS)||Portugal - England||1-1||Agueda||Vieirinha 3 (P); A. Johnson 49|
|09/09/2003||QR (GS)||England - Portugal||1-2||Liverpool||Barton 36; Quaresma 4, Hélder Postiga 80|
|28/03/2003||QR (GS)||Portugal - England||4-2||Rio Maior||Hélder Postiga 7, Quaresma 10, Carlos Martins 60, Ronaldo 71; Sh. Ameobi 8, 33|
|22/05/2002||GS-FT||Portugal - England||3-1||Zurich||Filipe Teixeira 7, Makukula 20 (P), Hugo Viana 69; Smith 43|
|02/09/1995||QR (GS)||Portugal - England||2-0||Santa Maria de Lamas||Nuno Gomes 23, Dani 36|
|06/09/1994||QR (GS)||England - Portugal||0-0||Leicester|
Last updated 26/03/2021 11:52CET
There has been little to separate Portugal and England in their previous UEFA European Under-21 Championship meetings as they face off on Matchday 2.
• This Group D encounter at the Stadion Stožice in Ljubljana brings together two teams who have been finals regulars in recent years, with Portugal featuring for the third time in the last four U21 tournaments and England in the group stage for the eighth U21 EURO in a row.
• Portugal were 1-0 winners against Croatia in their opening fixture thanks to substitute Fábio Vieira's 68th-minute strike, while England went down to Switzerland by the same scoreline.
• The teams' last meeting came at the Toulon Tournament in 2016, England's Lewis Baker scoring the only goal.
• The sides' last three European U21 Championship games have also finished 1-0, the most recent a Portugal success in the 2015 group stage in the Czech Republic. João Mário got the only goal in the 57th minute, giving his side the win that helped them top Group B on five points; England finished bottom on three.
• That ended Portugal's four-game winless run in competitive fixtures against England, and was their first victory since a 2-1 success in Liverpool on 9 September 2003. England beat Portugal 1-0 home and away in qualifying for the 2011 finals thanks to goals from Danny Rose (in London) and Daniel Sturridge (in Barcelos).
• Portugal were 3-1 winners when the teams met in the 2002 group stage, goals from Filipe Teixeira (7), Ariza Makukula (20 pen) and Hugo Viana (69) securing victory despite Alan Smith's 43rd-minute response. Portugal still missed out on a semi-final place, finishing third in Group B with England fourth.
• Portugal have won five of the sides' ten competitive meetings (D2 L3), including home (4-2) and away (2-1) in qualifying ahead of the 2004 edition, Hélder Postiga and Ricardo Quaresma scoring in each game with Cristiano Ronaldo also on target in Rio Maior.
• Aaron Ramsdale and Ryan Sessegnon were in the England team that beat Portugal 2-1 in the final of the 2017 European U19 Championship. Diogo Costa, Diogo Queirós, Diogo Dalot and Gedson Fernandes featured for Portugal, with Diogo Leite and Florentino Luís unused substitutes.
• Portugal's last finals appearance came in 2017, when they were eliminated after finishing second in Group B behind Spain. They were victorious against Serbia (2-0) and North Macedonia (4-2), but a 3-1 loss against their Iberian neighbours on Matchday 2 proved crucial.
• Rui Jorge's side lost the 2015 final to Sweden on their first appearance in the tournament since 2007. They had also been runners-up in 1994 before a quarter-final finish two years later. Subsequently the Portuguese came third in 2004, yet have otherwise been eliminated in the final tournament group stage – in 2002, 2006 (as hosts), 2007 and 2017.
• In charge since 2010, Rui Jorge guided his side to second place in Group 7 in qualifying for the 2021 finals. Portugal finished level with the Netherlands on 27 points, a 4-2 away defeat by the Dutch in their third fixture leaving them behind their opponents on head-to-head record in the final standings. Portugal won their other nine qualifiers, including the last seven, finishing with a 2-1 home victory against the Netherlands. They had the best record of all nine group runners-up.
• Portugal have now won ten of their 24 games at U21 EURO final tournaments (D7 L7).
• England have qualified for their eighth successive U21 final tournament – the longest ongoing sequence in the competition. They failed to win a game in Italy two years ago, conceding twice late on to lose to both France (1-2) and Romania (2-4) and drawing with Croatia (3-3) to finish third in Group C.
• England have made it past the initial group stage three times in those seven finals appearances although the 2017 defeat on penalties by eventual champions Germany in the last four is their only knockout appearance in the last five final tournaments; runners-up in 2009, they also lost in the 2007 semi-finals.
• This is England's tenth participation in an eight or 12-team U21 finals; six of those previous nine campaigns ended in the group stage.
• Champions in 1982 and 1984, England also reached the semi-finals in 1978, 1980, 1986 and 1988.
• England have won only three of their last 17 group games at the final tournament (D5 L9) and none of the last four (D1 L3).
• In qualifying for these finals Aidy Boothroyd – who has been in charge since 2016 – oversaw an unbeaten campaign, England winning nine of their ten fixtures to finish on 28 points, ten clear of Austria at the top of Group 3.
• England have reached each of the last four U21 final tournaments without losing a game. Their last qualifying defeat was a 2-1 loss in Belgium on 14 November 2011; their subsequent record is W37 D6.
• Eddie Nketiah was the top scorer in qualifying overall with 13 goals. He is England's all-time U21 top scorer on 16.
Links and trivia
• Have played in England:
Vitinha (Wolverhampton Wanderers loan 2020–)
Gedson Fernandes (Tottenham loan 2020–21)
Diogo Dalot (Manchester United 2018–20)
Pedro Gonçalves (Wolverhampton Wanderers 2017–19)
João Virgínia (Arsenal 2015–18, Everton 2019–, Reading loan 2019/20)
Pedro Pereira (Bristol City 2019/20 loan)
• Have played together:
Gedson Fernandes & Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham 2020)
João Virgínia & Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal 2015–18)
João Virgínia & Ben Godfrey, Tom Davies (Everton 2020–)
• Goals from Fábio Vieira and Diogo Queirós helped Porto beat Chelsea 3-1 in the final of the 2018/19 UEFA Youth League; Diogo Costa, Diogo Leite, João Mário and Vitinha also featured for the Portuguese club.
• Gonçalo Ramos scored twice as Benfica beat Liverpool 4-1 in the 2019/20 UEFA Youth League round of 16.
|12||Luís Maximiano||05/01/1999||22||Sporting CP||-||1||0||0||0||1||-|
|10||Daniel Bragança||27/05/1999||21||Sporting CP||-||6||0||1||0||7||-|
|19||Tiago Tomás||16/06/2002||18||Sporting CP||-||0||0||1||0||1||-|
|1||Aaron Ramsdale||14/05/1998||22||Sheff. United||-||8||0||1||0||9||-|
|14||Steven Sessegnon||18/05/2000||20||Bristol City||-||2||0||0||0||2||-|
|8||Conor Gallagher||06/02/2000||21||West Brom||-||4||1||0||0||4||1|
|18||Emile Smith Rowe||28/07/2000||20||Arsenal||-||0||0||1||0||1||-|
|19||Rhian Brewster||01/04/2000||20||Sheff. United||-||6||0||1||0||7||-|
|20||Eberechi Eze||29/06/1998||22||Crystal Palace||-||4||0||1||0||5||-|
Last updated 27/03/2021 13:47CET
|Name||Date of birth||Under-21 matches||UEFA matches|
Referee since: 2002
First division: 2016
FIFA badge: 2017
2019 UEFA Youth League
No such matches refereed
|27/09/2017||UYL||GS||Sporting Clube de Portugal||FC Barcelona||0-1||Alcochete|
|21/11/2017||UYL||GS||Sevilla FC||Liverpool FC||0-4||Seville|
|20/09/2018||UEL||GS||Sporting Clube de Portugal||Qarabağ FK||2-0||Lisbon|
|29/04/2019||UYL||Final||FC Porto||Chelsea FC||3-1||Nyon|
|19/09/2019||UEL||GS||Manchester United FC||FC Astana||1-0||Manchester|
|29/10/2020||UEL||GS||SL Benfica||R. Standard de Liège||3-0||Lisbon|
|09/12/2020||UCL||GS||FC Midtjylland||Liverpool FC||1-1||Herning|
Last updated 02/06/2021 15:06CET
Last updated 26/03/2021 11:52CET
2019: did not qualify (play-offs)
2017: group stage
2013: did not qualify
2011: did not qualify
2009: did not qualify
2007: group stage
2006: group stage
2004: third place
2002: group stage
2000: did not qualify (play-offs)
1998: did not qualify
1992: did not qualify
1990: did not qualify
1988: did not qualify
1986: did not qualify
1984: did not qualify
1982: did not enter
1980: did not qualify
1978: did not qualify
5-0: Portugal v Germany, 27/06/15
0-9: Liechtenstein v Portugal, 11/10/18
2019 qualifying group stage, Vaduz
1-3 three times, most recently Portugal v Spain, 20/06/17
Group stage, Gdynia
0-2 twice, most recently Portugal v Serbia and Montenegro, 25/05/06
Group stage, Barcelos
6-0: Italy v Portugal, 02/12/87
1988 qualifying group stage, Piacenza
2019: group stage
2015: group stage
2013: group stage
2011: group stage
2006: did not qualify (play-offs)
2004: did not qualify
2002: group stage
2000: group stage
1998: did not qualify (play-offs)
1996: did not qualify
1994: did not qualify
1992: did not qualify
1990: did not qualify
6-0: England v Turkey, 29/05/00
Group stage, Bratislava
9-0: England v San Marino, 19/11/13
2015 qualifying group stage, Shrewsbury
4-0: Germany v England, 29/06/09
4-0: Romania v England, 14/10/80
1982 qualifying group stage, Ploieşti
:: Squad list
No: number DoB: date of birth Qual: qualifying FT: final tournament Pld: played Gls: goals Overall U21: all-time qualifying and final tournament data
:: Match officials
Nat: nationality DoB: date of birth
Under-21: Total matches officiated in the UEFA European U21 Championship including all qualifying round matches. Matches as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in the competition.
UEFA: Total matches officiated in all UEFA competitions including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in the competition.
:: Group statistics/Tournament schedule
Pos: position Pld: played W: won D: drawn L: lost GF: goals for GA: goals against Pts: points
:: NOTE: All-time statistics
Goals totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (eg. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored from the penalty mark during a penalty shoot-out.