Brief History at the Euros
Portugal's first European Championship participation was in 1984. Portugal reached the knockout stage of the competition, finishing second place in a group with Spain, West Germany and Romania.
In the semi-final they played against the home side France. Extra time was needed to decide who will advance to the final, after 90 minutes the score was 1-1. Portugal scored again in the first half of the extra time, but France had a fantastic comeback and scored two times in the second half and qualified in the final in front of their fans.
France vs Portugal Euro 1984
After missing two final tournaments, Portugal qualified to the Euro 1996, held in England. In the group stage they finished first placed ahead of Croatia, Denmark and Turkey, advancing to the knockout stage of the competition.
In the quarter-final Portugal faced Czech Republic, the game ended 1-0 for the Czechs, Poborsky scored the only goal of the game and Portugal was eliminated.
In 2000 the Euro was held in Belgium and Netherlands. Portugal had a perfect start of the competition winning all three games in the group stage, 3-2 against England, 1-0 against Romania and 3-0 against Germany.
In the quarter-final they faced Turkey and Portugal won 2-0 with two goals from Nuno Gomes. In the semi-final Portugal lost to France after extra time 2-1, Zidane scored the decisive goal.
In 2004 the European Championship was held in Portugal. In the opening game Portugal lost to Greece 2-1, but they won the next two games with Russia 2-0 and Spain 1-0 and they advanced to the knockout stage.
In the quarter-final they faced England and the game finished 2-2 after extra time, the winner was decided by the penalty shoot-out and Portugal won 6-5. In the semi-final against Netherland, Portugal won 2-1.
In the final they were facing Greece, against whom they lost in the group stage. Greece won again, this time the score was 1-0. One of the biggest surprise in the history of the Euros.
Portugal vs Greece Euro 2004(Source: realclearsports.com)
In 2008 Portugal finished first place in the group stage, ahead of Turkey, Czech Republic and Switzerland, but in the quarter-final against Germany they lost after a spectacular game that finished 3-2 for the german side.
At the last European Championship, in 2012 Portugal finished second in the group stage, behind Germany but ahead of Denmark and Netherlands. In the quarter-final Portugal eliminated Czech Republic, winning 1-0.
In the semi-final they were facing reigning champions Spain. The game finished 0-0 after extra time and penalties were needed to decide who will play in the final. Spain won 4-2 and Portugal was eliminated.
Portugal road to Euro 2016
Albania was part of group I along with Portugal, Denmark, Serbia and Armenia. They managed to finished second place behind Portugal and somewhat surprisingly in front of Denmark and their rivals Serbia.
Thanks to the first-placed finishing they achieve automatic qualification alongside Albania. They finished with 21 points with seven wins and one loss with seven points ahead of Albania.
The complete table:
- Serbia was penalised with -3 point because of incidents that happened in the game against Albania.
The results obtained by Albania:
||0 - 1||Albania
||0 - 1||Portugal
||1 - 0||Armenia
||2 - 1||Serbia
||2 - 3||Portugal
||0 - 1||Portugal
||1 - 0||Denmark
||1 - 2||Portugal
Portugal Euro 2016 squad and group
(Confirmed 23-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting CP), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dínamo Zagreb)
Defenders: Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Cédric (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), José Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient)
Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting CP), Danilo Pereira (Porto), João Moutinho (Monaco), Renato Sanches (Benfica), Adrien Silva (Sporting CP), André Gomes (Valencia), João Mário (Sporting CP)
Forwards: Rafa Silva (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş), Nani (Fenerbahçe), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lille)
Portugal will play against Iceland in the first round, the last time the two teams met was in 2011 in the Euro 2012 qualifiers and Portugal won 5-3.
The second game will be against Austria. The last time the two teams met was over 20 years ago in 1995 in an international friendly and the game finished 1-1.
Their third game will be with Hungary, the last times the two teams met was in the 2009 in the World Cup qualifiers and Portugal won both games 1-0 and 3-0.
Portugal All Time Records
The top 5 players with the most appearances:
The top 5 players with the most goals: