has seen moderate success on the continental stage in recent years. They hosted
the Final Four of the European League in 2009 and took the bronze medal.
In 2010, Portugal
achieved their best ever record, winning 18 and losing two matches out of 20,
triumphing in the European League with a 3-1 win over Spain.
participated in the World League for the first time in 1999 and shocked
everyone as they beat Cuba and pushed Argentina and France. In the 2005 World
League, Portugal achieved their best ever result, finishing fifth and beating
Brazil in straight sets. In 2006, under the direction of Brazilian Francisco
dos Santos, Portugal participated in their seventh World League, and a year
later they hosted the Final Four of the European League when they came close to
claiming their first international trophy, but ended up losing 3-2 to Spain in
Last year the team returned to the World League, but after a strong start with wins
over Serbia and Finland, they failed to progress, finishing 14th.
Under coach Flavio Gulinelli, the team aims to qualify for the European
Championship and the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League.