Portugal national under-20 football team

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Portugal Under-20
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Association Federação Portuguesa de Futebol
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Hélio Sousa
Most caps Tiago Ferreira (28)
Top scorer Nuno Gomes
Nélson Oliveira
(9 goals each)
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First colours
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Second colours
First international
Flag of Spain (1977-1981).svg  Spain 1–0 Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg
(Cáceres, Spain; 7 May 1979)
Biggest win
Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 0–6 Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg
(São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe; 5 October 2006)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 4–1 Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg
(Tokyo, Japan; 26 August 1994)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1979 )
Best resultChampions (1989, 1991)

The Portugal national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Portugal and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal.


The U20 team acts mainly as a feeder team for the under-21s and provides further international development for youth players. The team qualified for its only official match, FIFA U-20 World Cup, depends on U19 results.

The Portuguese team has 12 participations in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and 12 in the Toulon Tournament.


The Golden Generation (1989–1991)

The Golden Generation was the Generation of the players that won consecutive FIFA Youth Championships in 1989 and 1991.

The Silver Generation (2011)

The Courage Generation was the Generation of players that was runner up in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Competitive record

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Flag of Tunisia.svg 1977 Did not enter
Flag of Japan.svg 1979 Quarter-finals7th411224-2
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1981 Did not qualify
Flag of Mexico.svg 1983
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1985
Flag of Chile.svg 1987
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1989 Champions 1st650163+3
Flag of Portugal.svg 1991 Champions 1st651091+8
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1993 Group stage16th300315-4
Flag of Qatar.svg 1995 Third place 3rd6501126+6
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1997 Did not qualify
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1999 Round of 1613th412154+1
Flag of Argentina.svg 2001 Did not qualify
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2003
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2005
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2007 Round of 1615th410345-1
Flag of Egypt.svg 2009 Did not qualify
Flag of Colombia.svg 2011 Runners-up 2nd742173+4
Flag of Turkey.svg 2013 Round of 1611th4211127+5
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2015 Quarter-finals6th5410122+10
Flag of South Korea.svg 2017 Quarter-finals7th522197+2
Flag of Poland.svg 2019 Group stage17th311123-1
Flag of Indonesia.svg 2021 Qualified
Total2 Titles2/12573111158150+31
*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.

Toulon Tournament

1996Third place3rd4310123+9
1998Third place3rd531141+3
1999Group stage7th301215-4
2002Group stage7th403112-1
2004Group stage5th3111330
2006Third place3rd522131+2
2007 Fourth place4th5131220
2011 Group stage5th312032+1
2013 Fourth place4th521288+0
2014 Third place3rd5401114+7
2016 Third place3rd531172+5
Total2 Titles2/167236221410153+48
* Portugal also participated in the 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, and 2009 tournaments but with the u-21 squad instead of the u-20 squad.



Individual awards


Current squad

The provisional squad for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup was announced on 10 May 2019. [1]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)Club
11 GK Diogo Costa (1999-09-19) 19 September 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg FC Porto
22 DF Diogo Dalot (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 21) Flag of England.svg Manchester United
32 DF Diogo Queirós (1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg FC Porto
42 DF Diogo Leite (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg FC Porto
52 DF Rúben Vinagre (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 21) Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers
63 MF Florentino Luís (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica
74 FW Jota (1999-03-30) 30 March 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica
83 MF Gedson (1999-01-09) 9 January 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica
94 FW Rafael Leão (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 21) Flag of France.svg Lille
103 MF Miguel Luís (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP
114 FW Mésaque Djú (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 21) Flag of England.svg West Ham United
121 GK João Virgínia (1999-10-10) 10 October 1999 (age 21) Flag of England.svg Everton
133 MF Nuno Henrique (1999-03-31) 31 March 1999 (age 21) Flag of Italy.svg Chievo
142 DF Thierry Correia (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP
152 DF Moura (1999-08-16) 16 August 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting Braga
162 DF Romain Correia (1999-09-06) 6 September 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Guimarães
174 FW Trincão (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 20) Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting Braga
184 FW Pedro Neto (2000-03-09) 9 March 2000 (age 20) Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers
194 FW Pedro Martelo (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting Braga
203 MF Nuno Santos (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica
211 GK Luís Maximiano (1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP

Previous squads

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Toulon Tournament

Most appearances

#NameCapsGoalsFirst capLatest cap
1 Tiago Ferreira 282July 13, 2011July 3, 2013
2 Paulo Costa 205September 10, 1998June 3, 2000
Sérgio Oliveira 203October 7, 2010April 18, 2012
4 Ricardo Esteves 190September 10, 1998June 3, 2000
Danilo Pereira 193October 7, 2010August 21, 2011
Pelé 193October 7, 2010August 21, 2011
Nuno Reis 190October 7, 2010August 21, 2011
Nélson Oliveira 199October 7, 2010August 21, 2011

Most goals

#NameGoalsCapsFirst capLatest cap
1 Nuno Gomes 913June 2, 1995January 21, 1997
Lourenço 91722 February 2001June 21, 2003
Nélson Oliveira 919October 7, 2010August 21, 2011
4 André Silva 810October 7, 2010August 21, 2011
5 Bruma 66March 24, 2013July 3, 2013
Carlitos 611May 27, 1997May 19, 1998
Paulo Torres 612December 18, 1990June 30, 1991
Bruno Gama 614November 21, 2006July 8, 2007
Dani 615August 26, 1994June 1, 1996
6 Ricardo Vaz Tê 58February 16, 2005September 22, 2005

Notable players

Head coaches

As of 15 November 2012

Flag of Portugal.svg Peres Bandeira1979
Flag of Portugal.svg Carlos Queiroz 1989–1991
Flag of Portugal.svg Agostinho Oliveira 1993
Flag of Portugal.svg Nelo Vingada 1994-95
Flag of Portugal.svg Jesualdo Ferreira 1996–2000
Flag of Portugal.svg António Violante2001–2002, 2008
Flag of Portugal.svg Rui Caçador2003–2004, 2007–2008
Flag of Portugal.svg José Couceiro 2006–2007211344378+29
Flag of Portugal.svg Paulo Alves 2009–2010531193+6
Flag of Portugal.svg Ilídio Vale 2010–20122491232720+7
Flag of Portugal.svg Edgar Borges2012-2014, 2015-2016115331712+5
Flag of Portugal.svg Hélio Sousa 2014-2015
Flag of Portugal.svg Emílio Peixe 2016-

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Portuguese Team of the Year
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