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POR/Portugal

Portugal was one of the FIVB 14 founding countries in 1947 and just one year later the national team participated in the first European Championship in Italy and placed fourth.

In 1956, Portugal took part in a World Championship for the first time and finished 15th among 24 teams in that tournament held in France. But for another success at the international level Portugal was forced to hold out until the turn of the century when Cuba's legendary coach Juan Diaz was appointed to take in hand and shape a next generation of players.

Diaz, highly regarded and who was named by the FIVB as one of the ten best coaches of the 20th Century, began to work hard to build a team whose performance would match the world elite. Under his command, Portugal for the World Championship held in 2002 in Argentina for only the second time. The young and talented side performed very well throughout the tournament, achieving a surprising eighth place, and stamped themselves as one of the world's emerging teams. With some players as young as 17-years-old, they could have barely achieved more, but their 24-year-old Jose Joao went on to be awarded the best blocker of the competition.

Portugal took part for the first time in the prestigious World League in 1999. As a clear underdog they delivered a shock by beating powerhouse Cuba and also playing well against Argentina and France. Their debut was an unexpected but pleasant surprise for the world of Volleyball and managed to turn heads of expert observers. They returned to the competition in the 2002 and 2003 editions, proving that their continued work on their game is paying dividends.

This year, Portugal, currently in 20th place of the FIVB world ranking, will play in Pool A, together with Brazil, Greece and Spain.

Prize Money
Portugal Total Prize money US$
2 914 820

Overall Standings for Portugal
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
4 48 10 38 20.8