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Portugal Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Portugal star player, Pauleta
World Cup record:
 1966   Third place
 1986   First round
 2002   First round

Did you know?
Portugal enjoy World Cup revenge. In their first tournament in 1966 they lost to England and waited 20 years before beating them in their second. This was Portugal's third World Cup and ended a 16 year wait to avenge losing to Poland in 1986.

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Star player:

Antonio Oliveira
Pauleta
Portugal’s tearful and sensational World Cup exit was as dramatic as it was surprising.

If ever there was a Jekyll and Hyde performance by a team at the World Cup, this was it.

A disastrous start against the United States seemed to have been erased by a 4-0 demolition job on Poland in the second match, but second round qualification was still in the balance.

In the end, a draw against South Korea would have been enough for the team that Pele had tipped to win the World Cup, but Portugal shot themselves in the foot in the group decider.

They had two men sent off, Luis Figo stayed on the pitch - though no-one seemed to be able to find him – and they wasted a series of chances that even at the very end would have saved them.

Portugal can at least look forward to hosting the European Championship in 2004 as they bid to put things right.

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2002 World Cup results

Group D: v USA 2-3; v Poland 4-0; v South Korea 0-1.



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