|Nickname(s)||Selecção das Quinas|
|Association||Federação Portuguesa de Futebol|
|Head coach||Carlos Queiroz|
|Most caps||Luís Figo (127)|
|Top scorer||Pauleta (47)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||3 (April 2010)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||43 (August 1998)|
|Highest Elo ranking||2 (June 2006)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||45 (November 1962)|
The Portuguese national team is governed by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), finishing 4th at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The first appearance in the 1966 FIFA World Cup saw them reach the semifinal, losing 2-1 at Wembley to the eventual world champions England. Portugal finished in third place and Eusébio was considered the best player of the tournament. The next two times Portugal qualified for the World Cup were 1986 and 2002, with Portugal going out in the first round both times. In the 1986 tournament, players went on strike over prize-money and refused to train between their first and second games.
In 2003, the Portuguese Football Federation decided to hire Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilian who had led the Brazil national football team to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Scolari led Portugal to the final of UEFA Euro 2004, where they lost to the Greek national team, and to their second World Cup semi-final in the 2006 World Cup. Scolari left after the Euro 2008 championships to manage Chelsea. Carlos Queiroz was appointed the new manager of Portugal in 2008.
The Portuguese Football Federation was formed in 1914 with the name União Portuguesa de Futebol (by 1926, they changed to its current name) and the aim of creating national tournaments (since it only existed regional championships) and promoting games in which a Portuguese representative team would play against other teams from various parts of the globe, but unfortunately, due to the World War I, the dream was not made possible for next seven years.
Portugal's first game was on the 18th December 1921 against Spain, the game ended in a defeat for the national team (3-1). The following year, the inaugural edition of the Campeonato de Portugal (a knock-out tournament, precursor of the "Taça de Portugal") was contested, the winner was defined as the "Portuguese Champion".
1928 Olympic TournamentEdit
After years of playing friendly games, Portugal was invited to enter the 1928 Summer Olympics Football Tournament, which was, at that time, contested by the best national "A" teams in the world and, therefore, considered to be the best international footballing tournament until the FIFA World Cup started, two years later, in 1930.
The Portuguese team was drawn in the preliminary round against Chile for a place in the first round. After falling 2-0 behind, Portugal scored four goals, winning the game 4-2 in what was their first win away from home soil. After their fantastic win against Chile, they faced off Yugoslavia and won 2-1 thanks to a late goal in the 90th minute.
Egypt was the team that followed in the quarter finals. Here the Portuguese adventure ended after a 2-1 defeat. In the following games, the Egyptians lost against Argentina (6-0) in the semi-final and Italy (11-3) for the bronze medal match, which bittered the players. Nevertheless, it was a bright start in international tournaments for the team.
FIFA World Cup historyEdit
Early World Cup attemptsEdit
Portugal has never won a World Cup. Portugal was not invited to the 1930 FIFA World Cup, which only featured a final stage and no qualification round. The team took part in their Spanish opponents, aggregating two defeats in the two-legged round, first (9-0) in Madrid, Spain and 2-1 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Because of the international conflict due to the World War II, there was no FIFA World Cup held until the 1950 competition and subsequently, the national team made very few games against other teams. A 10-0 away friendly defeat against England, two years after the War, was the proof of how the irregularity of the games had taken its effects on the squad, this result still stands as their biggest ever defeat.
1950s and early 1960sEdit
On the restart of the tournament, the Portuguese team was to play a two-legged round against Spain, just like in the 1934 qualification. After a 5-1 defeat in Madrid, they managed to draw in the second game 2-2 and so the qualification ended with a 7-3 aggregate score.
For the qualification of the 1954 World Cup, the team would play Austria. The Austrians won the first game with a humiliating 9-1 result. The best national team could do was held the Central European team to a goalless draw in Lisbon and the round ended with a 9-1 defeat.
In the 1958 qualification, Portugal finished last in the group stage that also featured Northern Ireland and Italy, only the first-placed team would qualify. They started with a draw (1-1) against the Irish team, but lost in Belfast by 3-0. After that, they won 3-0 against Italy and lost 3-0 in Milan. Finishing with three points, the were two away from group winners Northern Ireland.
England and Luxembourg were the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification adversaries of the national team. Portugal ended second in the group with three points, behind England (with seven points). They started well with a home win (6-0) against Luxembourg and a home draw (1-1) against the British nation, but lost the following games, first (4-2) against Luxembourg and second (2-0) against England. Like in the previous World Cup qualification, only the first in the group would qualify.
1966 World Cup and 1970'sEdit
2010 FIFA World CupEdit
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 1Edit
2010 FIFA World CupEdit
| 15 June 2010|
|Côte d'Ivoire||0 – 0||Portugal|| Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
Referee: Jorge Larrionda
| 21 June 2010|
|Portugal||7 – 0||North Korea|| Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town|
Referee: Pablo Pozo
| Raúl Meireles 29'|
Hugo Almeida 56'
Cristiano Ronaldo 87'
| 25 June 2010|
|Portugal||0 – 0||Brazil|| Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban|
Referee: Benito Archundia
Round of 16Edit
| 29 June 2010|
|Spain||1 – 0||Portugal|| Green Point Stadium, Cape Town|
Referee: Hector Baldassi
|David Villa 63'|
UEFA European Football ChampionshipEdit
1960 European ChampionshipEdit
The year 1960 was the year that UEFA created the European Football Championship, a football tournament similar to the FIFA World Cup, but for European nations. The first edition was a knock-out tournament, the last four teams participating in final stage that only featured one leg while the older stages had two legs. For the first round, the Selecção das Quinas won 2–0 against East Germany and 3–2 in Porto for the second leg, finishing with a 5–2 two-legged win. The quarter-final opponent was Yugoslavia. Despite winning the first game 2–1, they lost the second leg 5–1 in Belgrade, and lost 6–3 on aggregate.
1964 European ChampionshipEdit
The 1964 European Championship shared the same format as the 1960 edition. Portugal played against Bulgaria in the first round. The Portuguese lost 3–1 in Sofia and won 3–1 in Lisbon. With the round tied 4–4, a replay was needed in a neutral ground. In Rome, Portugal lost 1–0 with a late goal from the Bulgarians.
In 1964, the Nations' Cup was held in Brazil. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Brazilian Football Confederation. Three international teams were invited: Argentina, Portugal, and England, for the competition which was played in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo during late May and early June with an all round-robin format. Portugal ended with one point (five behind winners Argentina) and joint third place with England after two defeats (4–1 with Brazil and 2–0 with Argentina) and a 1–1 tie against the British team.
Friendly matches 2009-10Edit
| 11 February 2009||Portugal||1 – 0||Finland|| Estádio do Algarve, Faro|
Referee: Carlo Bertolini
|Cristiano Ronaldo 79' (penalty)|
| 31 March 2009||Portugal||2 – 0||South Africa|| Stade Olympique De La Pontaise, Lausanne|
Referee: Massimo Busacca
| Bruno Alves 4' |
| 10 June 2009||Estonia||0 – 0||Portugal|| Le Coq Arena, Tallinn|
Referee: Michael Svendsen
| 12 August 2009||Liechtenstein||0 – 3||Portugal|| Rheinpark, Vaduz|
Referee: Carlo Bertolini
| Hugo Almeida 14' |
Raúl Meireles 22'
Hugo Almeida 25'
| 3 March 2010||Portugal||2 – 0||China|| Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra|
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi
| Hugo Almeida 35' |
João Moutinho 94'
| 24 May 2010||Portugal||0 – 0||Cape Verde|| Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã, Covilhã|
Referee: António Rodrigues
| 1 June 2010||Portugal||3 – 1||Cameroon|| Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã, Covilhã|
Referee: Michael Weiner
| Raúl Meireles 31' |
Raúl Meireles 47'
|Pierre Webó 68'|
| 8 June 2010||Mozambique||0 – 3||Portugal|| Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
Referee: Matthew Dyer
| Danny 52' |
Hugo Almeida 75'
Hugo Almeida 83'