The Portugal national football team represents Portugal in international men’s association football competitions. It is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body in Portugal. The team is nicknamed “A Seleção” (The Selection), the only national team representing mainland Portugal.
It made its first appearance in international competition at the 1966 FIFA World Cup and reached the fourth place after semi-final losses to England and eventual champions England. In UEFA Euro 1984, they reached the semi-finals, losing to France 3-2 after extra time. They got their best result in 1990 by finishing third, losing out to Italy on penalties in the semi-finals, and hosts Belgium, who played a draw against them before their meeting in the third-place playoff. Portugal also hosted and won UEFA Euro 2004. They qualified automatically as hosts, defeating Russia 2–0 in the final.
The Portugal national team qualified for five FIFA World Cups and seven UEFA European Championships, winning the latter in 2016. Portugal also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League in its 2018–19 edition. Portugal has a long-standing rivalry with Spain, having played each other in multiple international competitions. Portugal has many supporters in Portugal as well as in the Portuguese diaspora. Portugal has also developed rivalries with Portugal’s former colonies, such as Angola and Mozambique. Portugal has also had a solid historical rivalry with Brazil, often seen as their primary opponent in the South American football scene. Portugal has also had some success against their Iberian rivals, defeating Spain in the final of Euro 2012 and prevailing over them on penalties in the 2006 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.
Who are Portugal’s current players and coaches?
Portugal’s current head coach is Fernando Santos, and the captain is Cristiano Ronaldo, who also holds the team record for most caps and most goals.
What is Portugal’s best result in a FIFA World Cup?
Portugal’s best result in a FIFA World Cup was fourth place after semi-final losses to England and eventual champions England.
What is Portugal’s best result in a UEFA European Championship?
Portugal’s best result in a UEFA European Championship was winning the competition in 2016.
What are Portugal’s most significant achievements in football history?
Portugal’s most significant achievements in football history include winning the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2018-19. Portugal has also reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship multiple times.
How did Portugal perform in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and finals tournament?
Portugal qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals tournament and reached the Round of 16, where they lost to Uruguay.
What is the team’s home stadium, and how many fans capacity?
Portugal’s home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Portugal, but their primary stadium is the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras, which has a capacity of 50,000 spectators. Portugal’s other home stadiums include the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon and the Estádio Municipal de Braga. Portugal’s home stadiums have a total capacity of over 100,000 spectators.
Which Portuguese players have been inducted into the FIFA World Cup Hall of Fame, and why were they chosen?
Portugal has had four players inducted into the FIFA World Cup Hall of Fame: Eusébio, Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Manuel Rui Costa. These players were chosen for their outstanding contributions to Portugal’s national team and their success at the FIFA World Cup.
What are the team’s chances of winning the World Cup this year?
Portugal’s chances of winning the World Cup this year are slim, as they are not one of the tournament’s favorites. Portugal will need to have a strong showing in the group stage to advance to the knockout rounds. Portugal’s group stage opponents include Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea.