Euro 2012 teams

Team Profile: Portugal

A look back at the key points of Portugal's history in the Euros.

James Dall

Cristiano Ronaldo looks on in agony after Portugal's 1-0 loss against Greece in the Euro 2004 final


Overall record at finals: Played 24, Won 12, Drawn 4, Lost 8.


Best performance: Runners-up in 2004.


Most appearances at finals: Luis Figo (1996, 2000, 2004) - 14.


Most goals at finals: Nuno Gomes (2000, 2004, 2008) - 6.


European Championship high: At Euro 2004, when Portugal hosted the tournament, then-manager Luiz Felipe Scolari led the home nation to the final at Estadio da Luz.


European Championship low: Their high proved bitter-sweet as, having managed the feat of reaching the showpiece, Portugal were stunned by 150-1 tournament outsiders Greece, slumping to a 1-0 loss.


European Championship legend: Luis Figo. The brilliant midfielder took part in three European Championships and was named in the UEFA team of the tournament at both Euro 2000 and Euro 2004, captaining his nation to the final in the latter.


The story so far: The Portuguese featured at the first European Championships in 1960, when they reached the quarter-finals only to be knocked out 6-3 over two legs by Yugoslavia. Thereafter followed a succession of failures to qualify for the tournament before in 1984 they progressed to the semi-finals, suffering a 3-2 loss to France in extra-time. They again reached the last eight at Euro 2000, yet France were once more a thorn in their side as Zinedine Zidane dispatched a penalty in extra-time.


Qualification: Portugal finished as runners-up in Group H, level on points with third-placed Norway but benefitting from a stronger goal difference. It was a group campaign marred by poor defending, with 12 conceded. Going forward, though, Portugal were prolific, scoring 21 times - Cristiano Ronaldo netting seven of those goals - in their eight matches. After a slow start, six straight wins were enough to secure them second. The play-off draw paired them against Bosnia-Herzegovina, and they booked their place at Euro 2012 with an emphatic 6-2 second leg victory.


Qualifying record: P8, W5, D1, L2, F21, A12, Pts16.


Most appearances: Raul Meireles, Nani (10).


Top goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (7).

 

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