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WORLD CUP HISTORY Portugal
WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
7
WORLD CUP RECORD
13-4-9
BEST FINISH
Third Place (1966)
GOALS SCORED (RANK)
43 (19th)
FINISH
3rd
Portugal’s first World Cup was a resounding success. The country outscored opponents 9-2 in group play to finish 3-0-0. After a Quarter-finals win over North Korea, Portugal fell to the host country, England. In the third-place game, Portugal defeated the Soviet Union 2-1.
1970
1982
Did Not Participate
The 1986 FIFA World Cup began with a taste of revenge, as Portugal defeated England 1-0 in the Group Stage. However, the win was followed by losses to Poland and Morocco, and Portugal failed to advance to the Round of 16.
1990
1998
Did Not Participate
Despite being favored to win its group, Portugal did not reach the knockout stage in 2002. A 3-2 loss to the United States was followed by a 4-0 win over Poland. Then, Portugal was effectively eliminated with a 1-0 loss to co-host South Korea.
FINISH
4th
Making consecutive World Cup appearances for the first time in the country’s history, Portugal quickly erased any disappointment over the country’s 2002 showing by going 3-0-0 in the Group Stage. The team advanced to the Semi-finals before losing 1-0 to France. Germany defeated Portugal 3-1 in the third-place game.
Portugal only surrendered one goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Its group play included a 7-0 victory over North Korea and 0-0 draws against Ivory Coast and Brazil. In the Round of 16, Portugal lost 1-0 to eventual champion Spain.
Portugal suffered its worst defeat at the 2014 World Cup, a 4-0 loss to Germany. Although the loss was followed by a 2-2 draw with the United States and a 2-1 win against Ghana, Portugal was eliminated due to the United States’ superior goal differential.
The Portuguese are officially World Cup regulars, as the 2018 tournament represents the country’s fifth-straight appearance. Portugal won the UEFA European Championship for the first time in 2016.

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