Forty-six teams have entered European qualifying for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, with 16 involved in the preliminary round draw on 19. Watch group stage highlights of the match between Paraguay and Portugal from the FIFA Beach Soccer World. The history of the Portugal national football team dates back to its first match on 18 December The Portuguese Football Federation was formed in Most caps : Cristiano Ronaldo (). For the women's team, see Portugal women's national football team. The Netherlands lost to Portugal 1—0 in the Round of 16 in Nuremberg in an acrimonious match marked by 16 yellow cards, with four players sent off. The second match ended goalless against Austria with Ronaldo missing a penalty. The silver lining for Portugal was the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo. The first edition was a knock-out tournament, the last four teams participating in final stage that only featured one leg while the older stages had two legs.