FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Portugal have appeared in ten of the 20 FIFA U-20 World Cups held to date, winning the competition twice. Those two victories were achieved by its so-called 'Golden Generation' and came back-to-back at Saudi Arabia 1989 and Portugal 1991, with Carlos Queiroz in charge on both occasions. Runners-up at Colombia 2011, the Portuguese fared less well on their last two appearances in the competition, going out in the last 16 at Turkey 2013 and the quarter-finals at New Zealand 2015.
The road to Korea Republic
Portugal made sure of their place at the U-20 World Cup after reaching the semi-finals of the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Germany in July. The Portuguese topped Group A after playing out 1-1 draws with Austria and Italy and beating the hosts 4-3. They then lost 3-1 to eventual champions France in the semi-finals.
Emilio Peixe has been working for the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) since 2008, having coached a number of the country’s national youth teams. A holding midfielder in his playing days, Peixe is one of the few players to have played for the country’s big three clubs: Sporting CP, Porto and Benfica. Born in Nazaré in 1973, he was also part of the team that retained the U-20 World Cup title on home soil in 1991, starring alongside the likes of Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Abel Xavier, as well as winning the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
He went on to feature in the Portugal side that finished fourth at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Atlanta 1996, and won 12 full international caps for his country.
7 - The number of goals from six different players at the European Championships, a statistic that shows the wide resources Portugal have at their disposal when it comes to finding the back of the net. Buta was the one player to score twice.