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Portugal national football team

National Football Team
NicknameA Selecção, Selecção das Quinas, Os Navegadores (The Navigators)
AssociationFederação Portuguesa de Futebol
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPaulo Bento
CaptainCristiano Ronaldo
Most capsLuís Figo (127)
Top scorerPauleta (47)
Home stadiumEstádio Nacional
FIFA ranking5
Highest FIFA ranking3 (May � June 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking43 (August 1998)
Elo ranking8
Highest Elo ranking2 (June 2006)
Lowest Elo ranking45 (November 1962)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalSpain 3 � 1 Portugal Portugal
(Madrid, Spain; 18 December 1921)
Biggest winPortugal Portugal 8 � 0 Liechtenstein
(Lisbon, Portugal; 18 November 1994)
Portugal Portugal 8 � 0 Liechtenstein
(Coimbra, Portugal; 9 June 1999)
Portugal Portugal 8 � 0 Kuwait
(Leiria, Portugal; 19 November 2003)
Biggest defeatPortugal Portugal 0 � 10 England
(Lisbon, Portugal; 25 May 1947)
First World Cup1966
Best resultThird Place, 1966
Regional cup statistics
European Championship
First apps.1984
Best resultRunners-Up, 2004

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The Portugal national football team ( ) represents Portugal in association football and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal. Portugal's home ground is Estádio Nacional in Oeiras, and their head coach is Paulo Bento. Their first appearance in the 1966 FIFA World Cup saw them reach the semi-final, losing 2 � 1 at Wembley to the eventual world champions England. The next two times Portugal qualified for the World Cup were 1986 and 2002, with Portugal going out in the first round both times. In the 1986 tournament, players went on strike over prize-money and refused to train between their first and second games.

In 2003, the Portuguese Football Federation hired Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilian head coach who had led the Brazil national football team to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Scolari led Portugal to the final of UEFA Euro 2004, where they lost to Greece, and to their second World Cup semi-final in the 2006 World Cup. Scolari left after the UEFA Euro 2008 and was replaced by Carlos Queiroz. He led Portugal to the second round of the 2010 World Cup before they were defeated by the eventual champions Spain.

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