Portugal Euro 2008 Squad

Though Portugal lost just one game in qualifying Group A – the only group with eight teams – they had to endure a nervous finale before clinching their place in the finals as runners-up to Poland, who finished with 28 points to Portugal’s 27.

After clinging on for a 1-1 draw with Finland with ten men in their opening game, Portugal won 3-0 against Azerbaijan but then lost 2-1 in Poland. Progress was patchy thereafter, despite winger Cristiano Ronaldo contributing eight goals. Portugal dropped some unexpected points, drawing 1-1 home and away against Serbia, 2-2 at home against Poland and — most surprisingly — 1-1 away in Armenia.

An incident following the 1-1 home draw with Serbia led coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to be banned from the touchline for three games, but Portugal won all three matches with his assistant Flávio Teixeira in charge, meaning they needed only to avoid defeat in their final game against Finland in Porto to progress. With Roy Hodgson’s Finland knowing a win would likely see them qualify in Portugal’s place, it was a tense affair, but a 0-0 draw sufficed for the home side. However, Scolari admitted: “I know we have to improve for the finals.”

Going into the tournament in Austria and Switzerland, Portugal had played 108 matches in 13 European Championships (qualifying for only five), winning 58, drawing 26 and losing 24 with 183 goals scored and 98 conceded. They first qualified for the European Championship in 1984, when they were knocked out in the semi-finals. Portugal next qualified for Euro 1996 in England, and were eliminated at the quarter-final stage. In 2000 they again made the semis before coming closest to wining the trophy last time round. As the host nation for Euro 2004, Portugal advanced to the final, but lost to Greece, who had also defeated them in the tournament’s opening game, 2-1.

Flag of Portugal Portugal Euro 2008 Squad

Head coach:
Flag of Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Ricardo 11 February 1976 (32) 74 0 Flag of Spain Real Betis
2 DF Paulo Ferreira 18 January 1979 (29) 46 0 Flag of England Chelsea
3 DF Bruno Alves 27 November 1981 (26) 10 1 Flag of Portugal Porto
4 DF José Bosingwa 24 August 1982 (26) 6 0 Flag of Portugal Porto
5 DF Fernando Meira 5 June 1978 (30) 48 2 Flag of Germany Stuttgart
6 MF Raul Meireles 17 March 1983 (25) 8 0 Flag of Portugal Porto
7 FW Cristiano Ronaldo 5 February 1985 (23) 54 20 Flag of England Manchester United
8 MF Petit 25 September 1976 (31) 53 4 Flag of Portugal Benfica
9 FW Hugo Almeida 23 May 1984 (24) 8 2 Flag of Germany Werder Bremen
10 MF João Moutinho 9 September 1986 (21) 12 0 Flag of Portugal Sporting
11 FW Simão 31 October 1979 (29) 60 14 Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid
12 GK Quim 13 November 1975 (32) 25 0 Flag of Portugal Benfica
13 DF Miguel 4 January 1980 (28) 46 1 Flag of Spain Valencia
14 DF Jorge Ribeiro 9 November 1981 (26) 8 0 Flag of Portugal Boavista
15 DF Pepe 26 February 1983 (25) 2 0 Flag of Spain Real Madrid
16 DF Ricardo Carvalho 18 May 1978 (30) 42 4 Flag of England Chelsea
17 FW Ricardo Quaresma 26 September 1983 (24) 20 2 Flag of Portugal Porto
18 MF Miguel Veloso 11 May 1986 (22) 5 0 Flag of Portugal Sporting
19 FW Nani 17 November 1986 (21) 12 1 Flag of England Manchester United
20 MF Deco 27 August 1977 (30) 52 3 Flag of Spain Barcelona
21 FW Nuno Gomes 5 July 1976 (31) 68 28 Flag of Portugal Benfica
22 GK Rui Patrício 15 February 1988 (20) 0 0 Flag of Portugal Sporting
23 FW Hélder Postiga 2 August 1982 (25) 31 10 Flag of Portugal Porto

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  1. PeeJay 31 May, 2008
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