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PortugalPortugalEstádio Algarve - Faro-LouléSunday 13 November 2016
20.45CET (19.45 local time)
Group B - Matchday 4
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/10/2005QR (GS)Portugal - Latvia3-0
PortoPauleta 18, 20, Hugo Viana 85
04/09/2004QR (GS)Latvia - Portugal0-2
RigaRonaldo 58, Pauleta 59
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/06/1995PR (GS)Portugal - Latvia3-2
PortoLuís Figo 5, Secretário 20, Domingos 21; Rimkus 51, 82
09/10/1994PR (GS)Latvia - Portugal1-3
LiepajaMilevskis 87; João Pinto 31, 69, Luís Figo 70
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Portugal - Squad list
Current season
-Rui Patrício15/02/198828Sporting CP - 3000
-Anthony Lopes01/10/199026Lyon - 0000
-Marafona08/05/198729Braga - 0000
-Bruno Alves27/11/198134Cagliari - 0000
-José Fonte22/12/198332Southampton*3000
-Antunes01/04/198729Dynamo Kyiv - 2000
-João Cancelo27/05/199422Valencia - 2200
-Luís Neto26/05/198828Zenit - 0000
-Raphaël Guerreiro22/12/199322Dortmund - 2000
-Adrien Silva15/03/198927Sporting CP*1000
-William Carvalho07/04/199224Sporting CP - 2000
-João Mário19/01/199323Internazionale - 3000
-Danilo09/09/199125Porto - 0000
-André Gomes30/07/199323Barcelona - 2000
-Renato Sanches18/08/199719Bayern - 0000
-Bernardo Silva10/08/199422Monaco - 2000
-Gelson Martins11/05/199521Sporting CP - 2000
-Nélson Semedo16/11/199322Benfica - 0000
-Ricardo Quaresma26/09/198333Beşiktaş - 3000
-Cristiano Ronaldo05/02/198531Real Madrid - 2500
-Nani17/11/198629Valencia - 1000
-Éder22/12/198728LOSC - 2000
-André Silva06/11/199521Porto - 3400
-Fernando Santos10/10/195462 - 3000
Latvia - Squad list
Current season
-Andris Vaņins30/04/198036Zürich - 3000
-Pāvels Šteinbors21/09/198531Arka - 0000
-Kaspars Ikstens05/06/198828Jelgava - 0000
-Kaspars Gorkšs06/11/198135Liepāja - 3000
-Vladislavs Gabovs13/07/198729Korona - 3000
-Gints Freimanis09/05/198531Jelgava - 0000
-Vitālijs Maksimenko08/12/199025Mattersburg*3000
-Mārcis Ošs25/07/199125Jelgava - 0000
-Aleksejs Višņakovs03/02/198432Skonto - 3000
-Oļegs Laizāns28/03/198729Riga*3000
-Artis Lazdiņš03/05/198630Jelgava - 1000
-Igors Tarasovs16/10/198828Giresunspor - 1000
-Artūrs Zjuzins18/06/199125Tambov*3000
-Vitālijs Jagodinskis28/02/199224Diósgyőr*3000
-Roberts Savaļnieks04/02/199323Liepājas Metalurgs - 0000
-Jānis Ikaunieks16/02/199521Metz - 2000
-Glebs Kļuškins10/02/199224Jelgava - 2000
-Ģirts Karlsons07/06/198135Ventspils - 1000
-Ivans Lukjanovs24/01/198729Fakel - 1000
-Artjoms Rudņevs13/01/198828Köln - 0000
-Artūrs Karašausks29/01/199224Piast*2000
-Dāvis Ikaunieks 07/01/199422Jihlava*3000
-Vladislavs Gutkovskis02/04/199521Nieciecza - 1000
-Marians Pahars05/08/197640 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Fernando Santos

Date of birth: 10 October 1954
Nationality: Portuguese
Playing career: SL Benfica, CS Marítimo, Estoril Praia
Coaching career: Estoril Praia, CF Estrela da Amadora, FC Porto, AEK Athens FC (twice), Panathinaikos FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, SL Benfica, PAOK FC, Greece, Portugal

• A left-back, Santos started his playing days at home-town club Benfica before two-year stints with Marítimo and Estoril-Praia. Retired in 1975.

• After a career change as a technician – Santos holds a degree in electrical and telecommunications engineering – he returned to football in 1987, taking over at former team Estoril-Praia. Stayed seven years, guiding them to two promotions and the Portuguese top flight.

• Had four seasons with Estrela da Amadora prior to joining Porto in 1998. Led his side to the Liga title in his first term, adding two domestic cups before departing for AEK in 2001. Again made an instant impact, lifting the 2002 Greek Cup. Went to Panathinaikos that summer followed by spells at Sporting, AEK and Benfica.

• He then revived PAOK's fortunes, steering them to runners-up spot in the 2009/10 Super League to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Announced his departure in May 2010 and was confirmed as Otto Rehhagel's successor as Greece coach six weeks later, proving an immediate hit as he helped them to UEFA EURO 2012.

• Repeated the feat for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, guiding them to the last 16, before stepping down. He was appointed by Portugal that September after Paulo Bento's departure following a 1-0 defeat by Albania and led them to UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to seven successive victories. The crowning glory was to come in France, Portugal remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament and defeating the hosts in the St-Denis final thanks to Éder's extra-time goal.



Marians Pahars

Date of birth: 5 August 1976
Nationality: Latvian
Playing career: FK Pārdaugava, Skonto Metall FC, Skonto FC (twice), Southampton FC, Anorthosis Famagusta FC, FC Jūrmala
Coaching career: Skonto FC, Latvia Under-21s, Latvia

• Born in the village of Chornobai in central Ukraine, he moved to Latvia – his parents' homeland – while young and undertook his football education in Riga before making his senior debut at Skonto in 1995. He won the league title in each of his first four seasons, and the double in three of them.

• Transferred to English Premier League outfit Southampton in 1999, where the diminutive forward became a firm fans' favourite. Known as the 'Latvian Owen' after England striker Michael Owen, he spent seven successful years with the Saints, despite a succession of injuries.

• After a year with Anorthosis, lifting the Cypriot Cup, Pahars returned to Latvia and Skonto, ending his career at Jūrmala in 2009. He accepted a role as assistant to Aleksandrs Starkovs at Skonto the following year.

• Skonto claimed the 2010 championship and Pahars replaced Starkovs at the helm the next year. His first term in the hot seat brought the Latvian Cup and a runners-up finish in the First Division, though Pahars soon left as Skonto were suffering off-the-pitch problems.

• Pahars was out of football for just two months before taking charge of Latvia's U21 side. His tenure lasted a solitary game as Starkovs' unexpected decision to step down as senior team boss in summer 2013 prompted the younger man's immediate promotion on a contract until 2018.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeBobby Madden (SCO)
  • Assistant refereesDavid McGeachie (SCO) , Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
  • Fourth officialSteven McLean (SCO)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerOctavian Goga (ROU)
  • Referee observerEugen Strigel (GER)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Bobby Madden25/10/1978237

Bobby Madden

Referee since: 2002
First division: 2008
FIFA badge: 2010

Tournaments: N/A


FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
25/10/2012UELGSClub Atlético de MadridA. Académica de Coimbra2-1Madrid
18/09/2014UELGSPSV EindhovenEstoril Praia1-0Eindhoven
01/10/2015UELGSSC BragaFC Groningen1-0Braga

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group B - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands3111264
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
    1-0 Embolo 24, 2-0 Mehmedi 30
    Rui Patrício, Pepe, Raphaël Guerreiro, Fonte, João Moutinho (68 Quaresma), Éder (46 André Silva), Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho (46 João Mário), Nani, Cédric, Adrien Silva
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Portugal 6-0 Andorra
    1-0 Ronaldo 2, 2-0 Ronaldo 4, 3-0 João Cancelo 44, 4-0 Ronaldo 47, 5-0 Ronaldo 68, 6-0 André Silva 86
    Rui Patrício, Pepe (72 Gelson Martins), Raphaël Guerreiro (52 Antunes), Fonte, Ronaldo, João Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, André Gomes (66 João Mário), André Silva, Quaresma, João Cancelo
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Faroe Islands 0-6 Portugal
    0-1 André Silva 12, 0-2 André Silva 22, 0-3 André Silva 37, 0-4 Ronaldo 65, 0-5 João Moutinho 90+1, 0-6 João Cancelo 90+3
    Rui Patrício, Pepe, Antunes, Fonte, Ronaldo, João Mário (81 João Moutinho), William Carvalho, André Gomes, André Silva (79 Éder), Quaresma (67 Gelson Martins), João Cancelo
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Portugal-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Andorra 0-1 Latvia
    0-1 Šabala 48
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Gabovs, A. Višņakovs, Lazdiņš (46 Laizāns), Šabala, Gorkšs, Ikaunieks, D. Ikaunieks (63 Torres), Zjuzins (74 Karašausks), Jagodinskis
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Latvia 0-2 Faroe Islands
    0-1 Nattestad 19, 0-2 Edmundsson 70
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Laizāns, Gabovs, A. Višņakovs, Šabala, Gorkšs, Lukjanovs (76 D. Ikaunieks), Jagodinskis, Kļuškins (72 Zjuzins), Gutkovskis (64 Karlsons)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Latvia 0-2 Hungary
    0-1 Gyurcsó 10, 0-2 Szalai 77
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Laizāns (77 Karašausks), Gabovs, A. Višņakovs (57 Zjuzins), D. Ikaunieks, Šabala, Gorkšs, Tarasovs, Jagodinskis, Kļuškins (68 Ikaunieks)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Faroe Islands-Latvia
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on