Despite its modest size and wealth, relative to its neighbours, Portugal has punched far beyond its weight in footballing terms.
Portugal have made seven finals in the last decade at youth level. In comparison, the country made only three finals in the previous one.
Helio Sousa (Pictured) won the U17 and U19 European titles, which remain the last titles Portugal have added. Sousa has since moved onto to coach Bahrain’s senior side.
Most recently, the same generation lost to Germany in the final of the U21 European Championships, a tournament Portugal is missing from their trophy case.
Overall, Portugal have won 12 times in 25 finals at youth level.
|2021||Germany||U21 Euro||Loss 0-1|
|2018||Italy||U19 Euro||Won 4-3 in extra time|
|2017||England||U19 Euro||Loss 1-2|
|2016||Spain||U17 Euro||Won 1-1, 5-4 in extra time|
|2015||Sweden||U21 Euro||Loss 0-0, 3-4 on penalties|
|2014||Germany||U19 Euro||Loss 0-1|
|2011||Brazil||U20 World Cup||Loss 2-3 in extra time|
|2003||Spain||U16 Euro||Won 2-1|
|2003||Italy||U19 Euro||Loss 0-2 in extra time|
|2000||Czech Republic||U16 Euro||Won 2-1 in extra time|
|1999||Italy||U18 Euro||Won 1-0|
|1997||France||U18 Euro||Loss 0-1 in extra time|
|1996||France||U16 Euro||Won 1-0|
|1995||Spain||U16 Euro||Won 2-0|
|1994||Germany||U18 Euro||Won 1-1, 4-1 on penalties|
|1994||Italy||U21 Euro||Loss 0-1 in extra time|
|1992||Turkey||U18 Euro||Loss 1-2 in extra time|
|1991||Brazil||U20 World Cup||Won 0-0, 4-2 on penalties|
|1990||Soviet Union||U18 Euro||Loss 0-0, 2-4 on penalties|
|1989||East Germany||U16 Euro||Won 4-1|
|1989||Nigeria||U20 World Cup||Won 2-0|
|1988||Spain||U16 Euro||Loss 0-0, 2-4 on penalties|
|1988||Soviet Union||U18 Euro||Loss 1-3 extra time|
|1971||England||U18 Euro||Loss 0-3|
|1961||Poland||U18 Euro||Won 4-0|