Portugal national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

Portugal national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

In this article, you will get to know about Portugal national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, and History. Portugal’s national football team has represented Portugal in international men’s soccer competitions since 1921. The governing body of football in Portugal is under the control of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).

Portugal’s home games are played in various stadiums throughout Portugal, with its main training ground and technical headquarters located in Oeiras. The current head coach of the team is Fernando Santos and the captain is Cristiano Ronaldo, who also has the team record for most games and most goals scored.

Team Profile summary

AssociationPortuguese Football Federation (FPF)
Nickname(s)A Selecção, A Selecção das Quinas
FIFA rank6 (25 November 2023)
Most CapsCristiano Ronaldo (186)
Top ScorerCristiano Ronaldo (115)
Home stadiumEstádio Nacional
Head coachFernando Santos

Portugal national football team History

Portugal had to wait 86 years to see their country lift a major trophy, and that’s why the two came together.

Following Portugal’s 2016 European victory over France, Portugal, the tournament’s self-proclaimed and affectionate nickname “Ugly Ducklings”, stunned the hosts for the first time in history to give their beloved nation a solid victory.

After coming so close to doing so in their backyard in 2004, the success of Euro 2016 gave the nation a lasting hopeful mood, a nation that for a long time afterward felt that it would be satisfied forever.

But once you get the slightest taste of success, the restlessness finally begins, the greedy desire to achieve this initial victory. The nation will always remember this night in Paris. They are European champions, and always will be, and no one can take it away from them. But eventually, they start looking for the next trophy to feed the drug.

And after a disappointing World Cup campaign last summer, Portuguese fans quickly returned to the ground. I am still somewhat happy to have won Euro 2016, the victory two years ago had softened the blow a bit, although, somehow, it made the defeat even more disappointing, which is football. Want to maintain this constant level of happiness.

Having become accustomed to performing at their best in tournaments, but never achieving the ultimate victory, the Portuguese fans met this desperate need, almost a disappointment, to win something, just to break the trend and finally meet the competition. Had created a sense of need to move forward. . .

It was a bit difficult to see so many spectators celebrating each passing year while Portugal never managed to cross the final line. As a football-crazy country, to say that the nation wants to see its name engraved on the edge of a trophy would be a small thing.

When this finally happened, a wave of excitement, joy, pride, and a kind of relief ran. Relieved that the pressure to win something, especially when Cristiano Ronaldo was still around, was resolved. An important day that will forever be etched in the minds of Selecao fans, just as their name is forever written on the European Championship Trophy.

But this feeling of pressure has now been replaced by an invincible stubbornness to keep experiencing success and maintaining happiness for as long as possible. As a relatively small country, the Portuguese are incredibly proud of their accomplishments on the continent and globally, and understandably do not want to end a good time.

He always hoped that one trophy would suffice. Once the first piece of silver is obtained, a generation will be satisfied forever. But that is not all. On the contrary, once you have that success, you will want to capture it more than you have ever done before. Therefore, this victory in the League of Nations means a lot to the country.

Sunday’s victory over the Netherlands added another trophy to Portugal’s cabinet, marking two trophies in three years. Fans celebrated in large numbers in the squares of Porto where the final was held. The celebration was not at the level of success of Euro 2016. But it was not a meaningless bonus trophy. It was the feeling of a fairly large international competition that has fed a starving nation that is beginning to develop the habit of inviting success.

We’ve gone bad, and we have to make the most of success when it’s around, because who knows how long it will last.

However, there is new hope in the nation, the excitement about the future. And, finally, the strong desire to go to Euro 2020 for trophy number three next summer.

Portugal national football team Home Stadium

Estádio Nacional, also known as National Stadium Sports Complex and as Jamor Sports Complex, is a national football stadium that serves the Portuguese national team.

Portugal national football team Kit

Portugal’s traditional domestic kit is red with green trim, reflecting the colors of the country’s flag. Over the years, the distinctive shade of red has changed between deep burgundy and light red. Both green and red shorts are used to complete the stripe.

On the other hand, there is a big difference between the team’s round kits. White is generally preferred as the dominant color, either blue shorts or red and green highlights. In recent times, all blacks have been used, as is the way of the tail turquoise color, the latter of which became prominent during the campaign to win the Euro 2016 title.

Here is Portugal Kit World Cup 2022, Home and Away by Nike.

Who are Portugal National Football team players?

The following Portugal players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. Have a look.

NoPositionPlayer NameDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKRui Patrício (4th captain)15-02-1988 (34)1020Roma
12GKJosé Sá17-01-1993 (29)00Wolverhampton
22GKDiogo Costa19-09-1999 (22)30Porto
2DFNuno Mendes19-06-2002 (19)130Paris Saint-Germain
3DFPepe (3rd captain)26-02-1983 (39)1247Porto
5DFRaphaël Guerreiro22-12-1993 (28)543Borussia Dortmund
6DFJosé Fonte22-12-1983 (38)501Lille
20DFJoão Cancelo27-05-1994 (27)325Manchester City
21DFCédric Soares31-08-1991 (30)341Arsenal
DFDiogo Dalot18-03-1999 (23)50Manchester United
DFGonçalo Inácio25-08-2001 (20)00Sporting CP
DFTiago Djaló09-04-2000 (21)00Lille
4MFVitinha13-02-2000 (22)10Porto
8MFJoão Moutinho (vice-captain)08-09-1986 (35)1447Wolverhampton
10MFBernardo Silva10-08-1994 (27)668Manchester City
11MFBruno Fernandes08-09-1994 (27)428Manchester United
13MFDanilo Pereira09-09-1991 (30)572Paris Saint-Germain
14MFWilliam Carvalho07-04-1992 (29)714Real Betis
16MFOtávio09-02-1995 (27)42Porto
18MFMatheus Nunes27-08-1998 (23)51Sporting CP
7FWCristiano Ronaldo (captain)05-02-1985 (37)186115Manchester United
9FWAndré Silva06-11-1995 (26)4919RB Leipzig
15FWRafael Leão10-06-1999 (22)50Milan
17FWGonçalo Guedes29-11-1996 (25)296Valencia
19FWDiogo Jota04-12-1996 (25)249Liverpool
23FWJoão Félix10-11-1999 (22)223Atlético Madrid

Who are the Portugal national football team captain and coach?

Cristiano Ronaldo is captain of Portugal’s national team and Fernando Santos is the coach of Portugal’s national football team.

Portugal national football team captain

Cristiano Ronaldo is captain of Portugal’s national team. Have a look at the profile summary of Portugal’s current captain.

Profile summary

  • Name: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Date of birth/Age: Feb 5, 1985 (37)
  • Place of birth: Funchal
  • Citizenship:  Portugal
  • Height: 1,87 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward
  • Agent: Gestifute
  • Current international: Portugal
  • Caps/Goals: 186 / 115

Portugal national football team Coach

Fernando Santos is the coach of Portugal’s national football team. Have a look at the profile summary of the team’s current coach.

Profile summary

  • Name: Fernando Santos
  • Date of birth/Age: Oct 10, 1954 (67)
  • Place of birth:  Lissabon
  • Citizenship:  Portugal
  • Coaching Licence: Licence trainer
  • Avg. the term as coach: 2.93 Years
  • Preferred formation: 4-1-4-1

Portugal national football team world rankings

The Portuguese football team at number six in the FIFA rankings, led by Belgium, and sees the exchange of positions between Argentina and England as the only change in the top 10.

Portugal’s national football team trophies

FIFA World Cup results

Portugal has participated 7 times in the World Cup (FIFA World Cup qualification not included).

2018Round of 16
2014Group Stage
2010Round of 16
20064th place
2002Group Stage
1998Not qualified
1994Not qualified
1990Not qualified
1986Group Stage
1982Not qualified
1978Not qualified
1974Not qualified
1970Not qualified
19663rd place
1962Not qualified
1958Not qualified
1954Not qualified
1950Not qualified
1938Not qualified
1934Not qualified
1930Decline to participate

UEFA European Championship results

Portugal has participated eight times in the European Championship (Euro).

2020Round of 16 
2016Winners1st tournament title
1992Not qualified 
1988Not qualified 
1980Not qualified 
1976Not qualified 
1972Not qualified 
1968Not qualified 
1964Not qualified 
1960Not qualified 

* Host nation

Source: FootballArroyo.co.uk

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