The Portuguese Volleyball Federation was one of the FIVB founders in 1947.
The first international participation was in the inaugural European Championships held in Rome in 1948, where they obtained fourth place.
The arrival of the former Cuban Head Coach Juan Diaz around 2000 was the turning point for the Portuguese Men’s National Team, with the goal set of being among the world’s elite.
Portugal participated again for the second time in the FIVB World League in 2001. The National Team has also qualified, for the second time in its history, for the finals of the FIVB World Championships in 2002 in Argentina, where they claimed a brilliant eighth place.
In 2003, Portugal played for a fourth time in the World League. It was 2005 that will remain in the memories of the Portuguese people, though.
In the World League Portugal achieved their best result ever (fifth place), behind the four teams qualified for the final phase and they imposed a clear 3-0 win over the Brazilians, the only defeat for the eventual winners of the 16th edition of the World League.
In 2006, under the orientation of the Brazilian Francisco dos Santos, Portugal participated for the seventh time in the World League, where they claimed the 13th position.
The Portuguese these days are counting on the experience of another Brazilian, Jorge Schmidt, in order to achieve one of its major goals: participation in the Olympic Games.
Most recently, in July 2007, after winning the International Tournament that celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Portuguese Volleyball Federation, Portugal hosted in Portimão the Final Four of the European League. After defeating Slovakia in the semi-finals, Portugal was very close to claiming its first international trophy, but lost in the final to Spain, a team that a few months after became European Champions.