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Portugal national under-21 football team


Portugal national under-21 football team

Portugal Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Esperanças (Hopes)
Association Federação Portuguesa
de Futebol
Head coach Rui Jorge
Captain Sérgio Oliveira
Top scorer Hugo Almeida (16)
First international
Portugal 3–1 South Africa
Lisbon, 16 November 1958
Biggest win
Portugal 8–1 Armenia
Estoril, 19 August 1997
Biggest defeat

Italy 6–0 Portugal
Piacenza, 2 December 1987

Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 1994)
Best result Runners-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.

Competition records

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA GD
1978 to 1980 Did Not Qualify
1982 Did Not Enter
1984 to 1992 Did Not Qualify
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