Overview

Team profile

Portugal

Since the start of the 2014 World League, Portugal have jumped from 38 to 27 in the world rankings. Despite leading Pool E in the early stages of the tournament, they surrendered that position to the Netherlands. They trailed by five points having won and lost six of their matches, including a win at home against the Dutch, and finished joint-fifth in Group 2. The Portuguese team did not qualify for last year's World Championship under young new coach Hugo Silva, who was previously an assistant.
 
Portugal made their first appearance in international competition at the 1948 European Championship when they came fourth. Following several subsequent fruitless decades, the Portuguese finally qualified for the World League in 1999. The team's best performance to date in the competition was the joint-fifth place they achieved in 2005. In 2007, Portugal hosted the Final Four of the European League and the team came close to claiming a first international trophy before losing 3-2 in a dramatic final against Spain. They broke their duck in 2010 when they took the gold medal in the European League in Spain, after having claimed a bronze medal in the 2009 competition. They have yet to qualify for an Olympic Games but will be intent on making their debut at Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Coach

Hugo Silva

Hugo Silva

Hugo Silva led Portugal's men's team to an equal fifth-place finish in Group 2 of the 2014 World League. That was a great improvement on their 17th-place finish in 2013, Silva's first year in charge. Previously he was an assistant coach of the team from 2005 to July 2013, helping them win the 2010 European League gold. After initially turning the position down in 2011, he accepted the promotion to head coach two years later, making him the first Portuguese native to lead the men's team in over 10 years. At club level, Silva was on the coaching staff of Portuguese club SC Espinho from 2011 to 2013. The team won two Portuguese league titles and a Cup of Portugal in that time.

Staff

  • Team Manager Antonio Sa
  • Assistant coach Carlos Prata
  • Second Assistant Coach Mario Simoes
  • Doctor Carlos Magalhaes
  • Physiotherapist Diogo Barata

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Belgium
12 10 2 3 3 4 1 0 1 27 32 17 1.882 1150 1024 1.123
2
Netherlands
12 9 3 4 2 3 2 0 1 26 31 17 1.823 1071 995 1.076
3
Finland
12 4 8 1 2 1 3 3 2 14 21 28 0.750 1044 1119 0.932
4
Portugal
12 1 11 0 0 1 3 4 4 5 13 35 0.371 1007 1134 0.888

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