Wales v Portugal


Portugal have qualified for seven FIFA World Cup tournaments with their best performance coming in 1966 where they finished in third place.

They have a far better record at the UEFA European Championships qualifying for eight tournaments, including in 2004 as hosts, and have won one title in 2016 as well as finishing runners-up in 2004.


The Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF) was formed in 1014 as the Union Portuguesa de Futebol (UPF) and became members of FIFA in 1923.

Portugal played its first international football match against Spain in Madrid in December 1921.

Wales record v Portugal

The first meeting between Wales and Portugal came in 1949 when the Football Association of Wales arranged a European tour, taking in games against Portugal, Belgium and Switzerland.

Except for two matches against France in 1933 and 1939, this was the first time Wales faced opposition from outside the British Isles.

The game in 1949 was notable for being the first time Wales faced opponents who also wore red and therefore played in a change strip of "daffodil yellow" for the first time.

Head to Head


Match details

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
18015/05/1949Portugal 3-2 WalesFord (2)LisbonFr
19012/05/1951Wales 2-1 PortugalGriffiths, FordNinian Park, CardiffFr
49202/06/2000Portugal 3-0 Wales Estádio Municipal, ChavesFr
63006/07/2016Portugal 2-0 Wales Parc Olympique Lyonnais, LyonEC

Portugal Honours

FIFA World Cup third place (1): 1966

UEFA European Championship winners (1): 2016

UEFA European Championship runners-up (1): 2004

Welsh players to have made their debut against Portugal

Two Welsh players made their international debut against Portugal.