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Portugal Under-21
Nickname(s)Esperanças (Hopes)
AssociationFederação Portuguesa
de Futebol
Head coachRui Jorge
CaptainDiogo Queirós
Most capsManuel Fernandes (30)
Top scorerHugo Almeida (16)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Portugal 3–1 South Africa 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 16 November 1958)
Biggest win
 Portugal 11–0 Liechtenstein 
(Vizela, Portugal; 7 October 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 6–0 Portugal 
Piacenza, Italy; 2 December 1987
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1994)
Best resultRunners-up in 1994, 2015, 2021

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 0 7 1
Poland 2017 Group stage 3 2 0 1 7 5
Italy 2019 Did not qualify
Hungary Slovenia 2021 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 12 4
Total Runners-up 9/21 35 18 7 11 53 34
*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 14 June 2022[1]
Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Manuel Fernandes Benfica, Portsmouth, Everton, Valencia 2004–2008 30
2 Ricardo Quaresma Sporting CP, Barcelona, Porto 2002–2006 28
  João Pereira Benfica, Gil Vicente, Braga 2004–2008 28
  Silvestre Varela Sporting CP, Casa Pia, Vitória Setúbal 2004–2007 28
5 Fernando Brassard Marítimo, Gil Vicente, Vitória Guimarães 1991–1994 27
  Hugo Almeida Porto, União Leiria, Boavista, Werder Bremen 2002–2007 27
7 Ednilson Roma, Benfica 2000–2003 26
  Raul Meireles Aves, Boavista, Porto 2003–2006 26
9 Cândido Costa Porto, Vitória Setúbal, Derby County 2000–2004 25

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

Top goalscorers

As of 14 June 2022[2]
Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Hugo Almeida Porto, União Leiria, Boavista, Werder Bremen 2002–2007 16
2 Gonçalo Ramos Benfica 2020– 14
3 Fábio Vieira Porto 2019– 13
4 Hélder Postiga Porto, Tottenham 2001–2003 12
  Toni Porto, Braga 1992–1994 12
6 Diogo Gonçalves Benfica, Nottingham Forest 2017–2018 8
  Simão Sabrosa Sporting CP, Barcelona 1998–2001 8
  Diogo Jota Paços Ferreira, Atlético Madrid, Porto, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2015–2018 8
  Paulo Costa Alverca, Inter Milan, Reggina, Porto 2000–2002 8
  Rui Fonte Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Sporting CP, Vitória Setúbal, Espanyol 2008–2012 8

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

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Samuel Soares (2002-06-15) 15 June 2002 (age 20) 4 0 Portugal Benfica
12 1GK Celton Biai (2000-08-13) 13 August 2000 (age 22) 7 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
22 1GK Gonçalo Tabuaço (2001-03-11) 11 March 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal B-SAD

2 2DF João Mário (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 22) 15 1 Portugal Porto
3 2DF Gonçalo Inácio (2001-08-25) 25 August 2001 (age 21) 6 1 Portugal Sporting CP
4 2DF Bernardo Vital (2000-12-29) 29 December 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Portugal Estoril
5 2DF Nuno Tavares (2000-01-26) 26 January 2000 (age 22) 10 1 France Marseille
13 2DF Pedro Malheiro (2001-01-21) 21 January 2001 (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Boavista
14 2DF André Amaro (2002-08-13) 13 August 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
15 2DF Leonardo Lelo (2000-03-30) 30 March 2000 (age 22) 3 0 Portugal Casa Pia
16 2DF Eduardo Quaresma (2002-03-02) 2 March 2002 (age 20) 10 0 Germany Hoffenheim

6 3MF Tiago Dantas (2000-12-24) 24 December 2000 (age 21) 12 0 Greece PAOK
7 3MF André Almeida (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 22) 10 1 Spain Valencia
8 3MF Paulo Bernardo (2002-01-24) 24 January 2002 (age 20) 12 5 Portugal Benfica
10 3MF Afonso Sousa (2000-05-03) 3 May 2000 (age 22) 9 1 Poland Lech Poznań
17 3MF Zé Carlos (2001-10-30) 30 October 2001 (age 21) 6 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
18 3MF Vasco Sousa (2003-04-03) 3 April 2003 (age 19) 5 0 Portugal Porto
23 3MF Fábio Vieira (captain) (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 22) 23 14 England Arsenal

9 4FW Henrique Araújo (2002-01-19) 19 January 2002 (age 20) 11 7 Portugal Benfica
11 4FW Francisco Conceição (2002-12-14) 14 December 2002 (age 19) 14 3 Netherlands Ajax
19 4FW Vitinha (2000-03-15) 15 March 2000 (age 22) 6 3 Portugal Braga
20 4FW Fábio Silva (2002-07-19) 19 July 2002 (age 20) 11 6 Belgium Anderlecht
21 4FW Tiago Gouveia (2001-06-18) 18 June 2001 (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Estoril

Head coaches

As of 14 November 2017[4]
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: [5]

Honours

See also

References

  1. ^ "Jogadores" [Players]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Jogadores" [Players]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Convocatoria Para Jogos de Preparaco". Federação Portuguesa de Futebol. 11 November 2022. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Portugal-Suíca" [Portugal - Switzerland]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Portugal-Suíca" [Portugal - Switzerland]. FPF.pt. Retrieved 12 December 2017.