FIFA Confederations Cup history
This will be Portugal’s first appearance in the competition.
The road to Russia 2017
A Equipa das Quinas secured their ticket to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 by winning UEFA EURO 2016, though they had to work hard for their crown. Draws with Iceland, Austria and Hungary meant they only qualified for the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams. Their successful run in the knockout phase began with a 1-0 defeat of Croatia, which came courtesy of Ricardo Quaresma’s late extra-time strike. The wide man was the hero again in the quarter-finals, converting the penalty that gave the Portuguese a shootout win over Poland, this after the two sides had drawn 1-1 after extra time. Enjoying an altogether more comfortable time in the semi-finals, they beat Wales 2-0 to set up a showdown with hosts France. The deciding match of the tournament began in unpromising fashion for Portugal, with captain Cristiano Ronaldo having to go off early on. His team-mates stood firm, however, and took the title thanks to Eder’s match-winning 109th-minute strike.
A qualified electrical and telecommunications engineer, Fernando Santos began his coaching career in 1987, going on to become the first Portuguese coach to take charge of the country’s big three clubs: Porto, Benfica and Sporting. It was in Greece that he made his name, however, in spells with AEK Athens, Panathinaikos and PAOK Salonika. In 2010 he took charge of the Greek national team, steering them to the quarter-finals of EURO 2012 and the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. He took on the Portugal job in September 2014, applying his philosophy of strength and teamwork and guiding his charges to EURO 2016, where they made the most of their defensive attributes in playing a direct and highly effective counter-attacking game.
Cristiano Ronaldo (forward), Pepe (defender), Rui Patricio (goalkeeper), Nani (forward), Renato Sanches (midfielder)
7 - Portugal have contested seven of the 15 European finals competitions held to date and have progressed beyond the group phase on each of those occasions. On their debut appearance in 1984 they lost in the semi-finals to tournament hosts and eventual champions France. Ever-presents since 1996, the Portuguese advanced to the last four in 2000 and 2012, lost in the final on home soil in 2004 and finally won the title 12 years later.