It has been 14 long years since Portugal last qualified for an EHF EURO event but their qualification for this year’s event was worth the wait.
Paulo Pereira’s side got off to a flying start in their quest to qualify for EHF EURO 2020 with three successive victories, including a memorable 33:27 win over France in Guimarães. Although they would lose the return game in Strasbourg, the Portuguese were never in danger of missing out on qualification, which was sealed by winning in Romania.
It was EHF EURO 2006 that the Portuguese were last seen at the finals, when they finished 15th, but hopes are high that the team’s success is a turning point for handball in the country.
Last season brought tremendous achievements not just for the national team but for Portuguese clubs at domestic level, with a host of players plying their trade at the very top level of handball across Europe. This season’s VELUX EHF Champions League sees two of the nation’s biggest clubs, Porto Sofarma and Sporting CP, competing for Europe’s top club prize, further highlighting the recent success of the sport in Portugal.
After waiting so long to appear at an EHF EURO, you can be sure Portugal will be out to make the most of their appearance in this year’s event.
Talented left back Gilberto made his name with FC Porto, having grown up and begun playing with a small club, Lagoa AC. After a number of years with Porto, Duarte moved to Poland where he competed for Orlen Wisla Plock. His performances were impressive enough for Barcelona to sign him, where he played for one season before he was on the move again, this time to France and Montpellier.
Team captain and one of the most influential and experienced members of the squad, Tiago plays in Portugal for Sporting, competing in the VELUX EHF Champions League. He started his career professionally with FC Porto where he played for many years but after more than 10 years in Portugal, he joined Gilberto Duarte in Poland at Orlen Wisla Plock. However after three years with Plock he returned ‘home’ and joined Sporting.
Experienced coach with an academic background as a Master in Sports Science, Paulo Pereira started his career with CPN in Porto before moving to FC Porto as assistant coach, eventually being promoted to the top job. After spells with Balonmano Cangas in Spain and then in Angola and Tunisia – twice winning the African Cup – he returned to Portugal in 2016 and guided the nation to EHF EURO 2020.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events