Portugal are currently ranked at number 6 on the FIFA rankings. Portugal will be playing in their 5th FIFA World Cup tournament this year. They made their first appearance in the tournament in 1966 in England. They finished 3rd in the tournament that year. In 1986 (in Mexico) and 2002 (in South Korea / Japan) Portugal were knocked out of the FIFA World Cup tournament in the first round. They improved on this in 2006 when ended in 4th place at the FIFA World Cup tournament in Germany.
Portugal have also played in 5 European Championship tournaments over the years. They were runners up in this competition in 2004. Carlos Queiroz is the current coach of the Portugeuse national football team. He took over from Luiz Felipe Scolari (from Brazil) in 2008. Carlos Queiroz was the English club Manchester United’s assistant coach between 2004 and 2008. Before his spell at Manchester United he was the Real Madrid coach in Spain between 2003 and 2004. Cristiano Ronaldo is the current captain of the Portuguese national football team. He has been playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid since 2009. Before that he played for the Manchester United club in England between 2003 and 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo has been playing for the Portuguese national football team since 2003. So far he’s appeared in 69 matches for his country.
Luís Figo is the most capped Portuguese footballer of all time. He played in 127 matches for Portugal between 1991 and 2006. Pauleta (born as Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes) is the biggest scoring Portugeuse footballer in history. He scored 47 goals for Portugal in 88 matches between 1997 and 2006. Portugal played its first football international in 1921 against Spain. Portugal has beaten Liechenstein twice by 8 goals to 0 (in 1994 and 1999). They also beat Kuwait in 2003 by 8 goals to 0. These 3 matches are marked as their biggest wins in footballing history. In 1947 Portugal lost by 10 goals to 0 against England, their biggest loss in history.
Portugal will definately be one of the teams to watch in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They should make it into the round of 16 portion of the tournament.
Portugal will be playing in the following group matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- 15 June 2010 – Portugal vs Cote d’Ivoire @ Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kickoff at 16:00
- 21 June 2010 – Portugal vs North Korea @ Cape Town Stadium – Kickoff at 13:30
- 25 June 2010 – Portugal vs Brazil @ Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban – Kickoff at 16:00