Portugal National Under-21 Football Team
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Portugal National Under-21 Football Team
Portugal Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Esperanças (Hopes)
AssociationFederação Portuguesa
de Futebol
Head coachRui Jorge
CaptainDiogo Queirós
Most capsManuel Fernandes (30)
Top scorerHugo Almeida (16)
First international
 Portugal 3-1 South Africa 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 16 November 1958)
Biggest win
 Liechtenstein 0-9 Portugal 
(Vaduz, Liechtenstein; 11 October 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 6-0 Portugal 
Piacenza, Italy; 2 December 1987
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1994)
Best resultRunners-up in 1994, 2015

The Portugal national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Portugal and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). They are nicknamed "Esperanças." Esperança means hope, thus they are Portugal's hopes for the future.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Portuguese under-21 team was formed. Until 1994, the team had a rather poor record, failing to qualify for each of the first eight UEFA under-21 Championships. Since 1994, the team has improved its record greatly, qualifying for five of the next seven tournaments, including the 2006 finals.

Having qualified for the 2006 tournament finals, UEFA announced that Portugal would host the finals in May and June. From 2007 onwards, host nations will be announced before the qualification stage and will not need to qualify.

Competitive record

UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Year Round Position Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA
1978 Did not qualify
1980
1982 Did not enter
1984 Did not qualify
1986
1988
1990
1992
France 1994 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 2
Spain 1996 Quarter-finals 7th 2 1 0 1 1 2
Romania 1998 Did not qualify
Slovakia 2000
Switzerland 2002 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Germany 2004 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 9 11
Portugal 2006 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 3
Netherlands 2007 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 2
Sweden 2009 Did not qualify
Denmark 2011
Israel 2013
Czech Republic 2015 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 3 1 7 1
Poland 2017 Group stage 3 2 0 1 7 5
ItalySan Marino 2019 Did not qualify
Total Runners-up 8/20 29 13 7 10 41 30
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Player records

Top appearances

As of 9 September 2008[1]

Note: Club(s) represents the clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Top goalscorers

As of 30 June 2015[2]
Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Hugo Almeida Porto, União Leiria, Boavista, Werder Bremen 2002-2007 16
2 Hélder Postiga Porto, Tottenham 2001-2003 12
  Toni Porto, Braga 1992-1994 12
4 Paulo Costa Alverca, Inter Milan, Reggina, Porto 2000-2002 9
5 Simão Sabrosa Sporting CP, Barcelona 1998-2001 8
  Rui Fonte Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Sporting CP, Vitória Setúbal, Espanyol 2008-2012 8
7 Orlando Sá Braga, Porto 2008-2010 7
  Miguel Bruno Feirense, Paços Ferreira, Beira-Mar 1992-1994 7
  Dani Sporting CP, West Ham United, Ajax 1995-1996 7
  Ivan Cavaleiro Benfica, Deportivo La Coruña 2013-2015 7

Note: Club(s) represents the clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Current squad

The following 23 players have been called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Cyprus and Netherlands.

Caps and goals are correct as of 18 November 2020 after the game against Netherlands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Diogo Costa (1999-09-19) 19 September 1999 (age 21) 9 0 Portugal Porto
12 1GK Luís Maximiano (1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Sporting CP
22 1GK João Virgínia (1999-10-10) 10 October 1999 (age 21) 2 0 England Everton
5 2DF Thierry Correia (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 21) 7 0 Spain Valencia
3 2DF Diogo Leite (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 21) 15 2 Portugal Porto
4 2DF Diogo Queirós (1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 (age 21) 9 3 Portugal Famalicão
13 2DF Nuno Mendes (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 18) 3 0 Portugal Sporting CP
15 2DF Diogo Dalot (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 21) 8 0 Italy Milan
16 2DF Tiago Djaló (2000-04-09) 9 April 2000 (age 20) 2 0 France Lille
14 2DF Tomás Tavares (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 19) 5 0 Spain Alavés
8 3MF Vítor Ferreira (2000-02-13) 13 February 2000 (age 20) 10 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
7 3MF Pedro Gonçalves (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 22) 4 2 Portugal Sporting CP
19 3MF Gedson Fernandes (1999-01-09) 9 January 1999 (age 21) 9 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
6 3MF Florentino Luís (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 21) 6 0 France Monaco
10 3MF Daniel Bragança (1999-05-27) 27 May 1999 (age 21) 5 0 Portugal Sporting CP
2 3MF Pedro Pereira (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Crotone
23 3MF Fábio Vieira (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 20) 5 4 Portugal Porto
18 4FW Jota (1999-03-30) 30 March 1999 (age 21) 13 4 Spain Real Valladolid
9 4FW Rafael Leão (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 21) 12 1 Italy Milan
21 4FW Joelson Fernandes (2003-02-28) 28 February 2003 (age 17) 4 0 Portugal Sporting CP
20 4FW João Mário (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 20) 2 1 Portugal Porto
11 4FW Dany Mota (1998-05-02) 2 May 1998 (age 22) 10 4 Italy Monza
17 4FW Gonçalo Ramos (2001-06-20) 20 June 2001 (age 19) 2 0 Portugal Benfica

Previous squads

Head coaches

As of 14 November 2017[3]
Manager Period Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Portugal José Alberto Costa -1993 12 8 1 3 22 10 +12 066.67
Portugal Nelo Vingada 1994-1996 22 14 5 3 33 14 +19 063.64
Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira 1996-2000 33 19 5 9 64 36 +28 057.58
Portugal Agostinho Oliveira 2000-2002 22 11 4 7 39 21 +18 050.00
Portugal Rui Caçador 2002 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 066.67
Portugal José Romão 2002-2004 18 12 2 4 44 27 +17 066.67
Portugal Rui Caçador 2004 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00
Portugal Agostinho Oliveira 2004-2006 18 14 1 3 36 9 +27 077.78
Portugal José Couceiro 2006-2007 13 7 3 3 22 9 +13 053.85
Portugal Rui Caçador 2007-2009 27 15 4 8 54 22 +32 055.56
Portugal Oceano Cruz 2009-2010 12 6 2 4 17 12 +5 050.00
Portugal Rui Jorge 2010-present 69 47 14 8 154 54 +100 068.12

Source: [4]

Honours

See also

References

  1. ^ "Portugal-Irlanda" [Portugal - Ireland]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Suécia-Portugal" [Sweden - Portugal]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Portugal-Suíca" [Portugal - Switzerland]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Portugal-Suíca" [Portugal - Switzerland]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 2017.

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