- Portugal national under-21 football team
European national under-21 football team
Name = Portugal Under-21
Association = Federação Portuguesa
Captain = Bruno Gama
Top scorer = Bruno Gama
First game = U23: Portugal 1-1 Denmark
Lisbon, October 14 1970U21: Luxembourg 1-2 Portugal Esch-sur-Alzette, November 28 1976
Largest win = Portugal 8-1 Armenia
Estoril, August 19 1997
Largest loss = Italy 6-0 Portugal
Piacenza, December 2 1987
"Records for competitive matches only."
UEFAu21Champ apps = 4
UEFAu21Champ first = 1994
UEFAu21Champ best = Runners-up in 1994
The Portugal national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of
Portugaland is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation. They are nicknamed as "Esperanças". Esperança means hope, so, they are Portugal's hopes for the future. In sports, "Esperança" comes before "Senior".
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 U-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,
UEFAannounced that Portugalwould 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.
Since the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. For this reason, Portugal's record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown.
UEFA U-23 Championship Record
* 1972: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 2 in qualification 'group'.
* 1974: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 2 in qualification 'group'.
* 1976: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
* 1978: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
* 1980: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
* 1982: Did not enter.
* 1984: Losing semi-finalists.
* 1986: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
* 1988: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
* 1990: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
* 1992: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.
* 1994: Runners-up.
* 1996: Losing quarter-finalists.
* 1998: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
* 2000: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
* 2002: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group.
* 2004: Third place.
* 2006: Finished 4th of 4 in finals group. Hosts.
* 2007: Losing in third place match, therefore missing the
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Portugal national football team
European Under-21 Football Championship
* [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/Under21 UEFA Under-21 website] Contains full results archive
* [http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/europe-u21.html The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation] Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.
*pt icon [http://www.fpf.pt Official site]
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