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Portugal (POR)

Between 2006 and 2020, Portugal missed out on qualifying for the EHF EURO, but a great generation, led by Paulo Pereira from the bench, has returned in style, finishing in sixth place four years ago.

The surprise factor has somewhat evaporated, though, and Portugal ended up 19th in 2022, after conceding three losses in the preliminary round.

This time around, Portugal are coming in hot and aiming for the main round once again. They face Denmark, Czechia and Greece in Munich, and anything but a place between the top 12 teams in Europe would be considered a failure.

There have been changes in the team in the past years, but Portugal are still going strong, as underlined by their performance in the EHF EURO 2024 Qualifiers, where they were one of three teams with a 100 per cent record, winning all six matches against North Macedonia, Türkiye and Luxembourg. Their goal tally of 210 made them the third best attack among the 32 teams taking part in the qualifiers. With Pereira still at the helm, Portugal are aiming for silverware in the future, especially as a new era is upon them. Right back Francisco Costa, the top goal scorer at the M20 EHF EURO 2022, might be still only 18 years old, but is a transcendental talent, as proven in the EHF European League Men where he has scored nearly 200 goals in the past three seasons.

While only making his debut at the EHF EURO, the right back will have plenty of help from his teammates, some of whom are already at their third edition of the EHF EURO. Portugal could certainly be a dark horse in the competition, as they were in 2020.

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EHF competition history

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Key Players

Rui Silva)
Rui Silva
Centre Back

Rui Silva was one of three Portuguese players to score 14 times at the EHF EURO 2022. He scored the most important goal in Portugal's history, in the Tokyo 2020 qualifying tournament, which sealed Portugal's first-ever Olympic Games berth. Both Silva’s parents and his older brother played handball and he took up the sport aged 4, becoming the top goal scorer in the Portuguese league when he was only 16 years old. Considered a phenomenon since early in his career, Silva is an excellent playmaker, with a great eye for passes and plenty of creativity. 

Luís Frade)
Luís Frade
Line Player

Luis Frade is back at the EHF EURO after missing the 2022 edition through injury. The line player has 56 appearances for Portugal prior to the EHF EURO 2024, and at the age of 25 is set to be a key part of the team. Frade led Portugal to a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Junior World Championship where he was picked for the All-star Team. He began professional career in his native Portugal at AA Aquas Santas in 2015, then moved to Sporting CP in 2018. He joined Barça during the transfer window in 2020, signing a four-year contract through to the 2023/24 season, and has won the EHF Champions League twice with the club, in 2021 and 2022.

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Head Coach

Paulo Pereira)
Paulo Pereira

Paulo Pereira was named Coach of the Year in Portugal in 2020, after lifting his team to sixth place at the EHF EURO 2020. A globetrotter, Pereira assumed the role of the Portugal men's national team in 2016, after serving stints in Angola and Tunisia, as well for several teams in Spain and Romania. He is a psychology aficionado, and often uses advanced techniques to motivate his players perform better. Pereira has completely changed the course of the Portuguese national team with his ideas, especially using aggressive, all-in tactics.

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