Portugal Football Team History In FIFA World Cups

Portugal football team is one of the oldest team connected with FIFA. As the world cup history way back to 1930, Portugal struggle failed as they did not qualify into the tournament. The team made their first appearance in the world cups in 1966 after struggling from 1934. Since 1930, 21 events have been played. Portugal qualified only in the 7 events.

Portugal Football Team History

History of Portugal Football Team In World Cups

Portuguese Football Federation governs the team in Portugal and they have affiliation with UEFA Federation. They also made their appearance in the UEFA Euro league as they qualify from Europe side.

Portugal have not played well so far in the mega event as they don’t manage a single title. However, there are many good performances from the team in the history. We will here talk about the whole history of Portugal football team. In the 7 world cups they qualified, Portugal only played extraordinarily in 1966.

TEAMPortugal Men’s National Football Team
Current FIFA Ranking8
World Cup Appearances7 (1st In 1966 & Latest in 2018)
Best World Cup Result3rd Place In 1966
NicknameOs Navegadores
Most Capped player in World CupsCristiano Ronaldo
Top Goal Scorers In World CupEusébio (9 Goals)
Most Capped Portuguese PlayerCristiano Ronaldo (184 Caps)
Most Goals By Portuguese PlayerCristiano Ronaldo (115 Goals)
Portugal Football Team History

1966 World Cup Glory

Before 1966, Portugal struggled to qualify for the mega event as they failed to produce a solid team game. But when Eusébio joined the team, they have presented a totally different game. In 1966 world cup, Portugal football team featuring Eusébio finished at 3rd spot. They failed to manage a win against England and knocked out from the tournament.

That was the best team show ever produced as they don’t have so many big names. However, they still manage some big victories and moved to the semis.

Portugal Team Performance Timeline In World Cups (1930-2018)

1930InvitedDid Not Enter
1934Did Not Qualify
1938Did Not Qualify
1950Did Not Qualify
1954Did Not Qualify
1958Did Not Qualify
1962Did Not Qualify
19663rd PlaceDefeated Against England
1970Did Not Qualify
1974Did Not Qualify
1978Did Not Qualify
1982Did Not Qualify
1986Group StageLost 2 Of 3 Group Games
1990Did Not Qualify
1994Did Not Qualify
1998Did Not Qualify
2002Group StageLost 2 Of 3 Group Games
20064th PlaceDefeated Against Germany
2010Round Of 16Lost 3 Of 4 Group Games
2014Group Stage Lost 2 Of 3 Group Games
2018Round Of 16 Lost 3 Of 4 Group Games
Portugal Football Team History

That’s all about the Portugal National football team history in the FIFA World Cups. They have showed some great performances and the best was in 1966 and 2006. Now, it will be worth seeing that how they will play in World Cup 2022 if they qualify.

How many World Cups Portugal has won ?

Portugal have not won any world cup so far. Their best performance is 3rd position in 1966.

Who is the top goal scorer from Portugal?

Christiano Ronaldo is the leading goal scorer for Portugal.

How many times Portugal qualified for FIFA world cups?

Portugal made entry in world cups 7 times so far.

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