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Portugal U20 Golden Generation World Cup winners



August 5/18


After their victory in 1989 in which Portugal captured their first FIFA trophy the squad set out become the first country to win the under 20 World Cup on their home soil. We now take a look at the winning squad of 1991 and how they accomplished the feet as the age of the Portuguese golden generation was now upon us.










The 1991 under 20 World Cup was played on home soil in Portugal and had 16 nations in the finals. Portugal as host was automatically placed in group A with along with Ireland, Argentina and a unified Korea. Portugal was once again managed by Carlos Queiroz and captained this time by Boavista forward Joao Pinto. Pinto and keeper Fernando Brassard were the only returning members of  1989 squad and introduced Portugal to Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Jorge Costa. 


Portugal opened the tournament with a sound 2-0 victory over Ireland as Joao Pinto and Nuno Capucho scored for the hosts. Portugal's second game saw an explosive second half lead them to a 3-0 victory over Argentina and once again clinched a spot in the knockout round with a game to spare. Portugal this time did not lose their final group game defeating a surprising Korean side 1-0 on a goal by defender Paulo Torres his second of the round late in the first half.


Portugal finished a top Group A and advanced to a quarter final match up against Group B runners up Mexico.  The Mexicans pushed Portugal to the brink and a header from striker Toni in extra time gave the hosts a hard fought 2-1 victory.

Next up for Portugal was a semi-final game against Australia. Rui Costa's superb solo effort goal was all that the host nation needed in their 1-0 win and advanced to the final with a chance to defending their 1989 crown.


Portugal was now in the Finals where they would once again face a famaliar foe in Brazil, who looked to avenge their 1989 defeat by the Quinas.  The final would go the full 120 minutes as both teams failed to capitalize on their chances.  The dreaded penalties was upon a sold out crowd at the Estadio da Luz. Rui Costa would once again play hero, scoring the decisive winner as Portugal won 4-2 on penalties to defend their 1989 crown and become the first nation to win the under 20 World Cup on their home soil.  Peixe was awarded tournament MVP.


WORLD CUP 1991 U20 PORTUGAL SQUAD
#
POSITION
PLAYER
CLUB
GOALS
MINUTES
SENIOR CAPS
1
KEEPER
FERNANDO BRASSARD
LOULETANO
-
510
-
2
FORWARD
GIL GOMES
BENFICA
1
476
-
3
MIDFIELDER
LUIS FIGO
SPORTING
-
555
127
4
MIDFIELDER
EMILIO PEIXE
SPORTING
-
555
12
5
MIDFIELDER
RUI COSTA
BENFICA
1
439
94
6
DEFENDER
JORGE COSTA
FC PORTO
-
600
50
7
DEFENDER
ABEL XAVIER
AMADORA
-
390
20
8
DEFENDER
PAOLO TORRES
SPORTING
3
600
2
9
DEFENDER
LUIS MIGUEL
GIL VICENTE
-
30
-
10
DEFENDER
FERNANDO NELSON
SPORTING
-
129
10
11
MIDFIELDER
RUI BENTO
BENFICA
-
600
6
12
KEEPER
TO FERREIRA
FAMALICAO
-
90
-
13
FORWARD
NUNO CAPUCHO
GIL VICENTE
1
162
34
14
FORWARD
JOAO V. PINTO (Captain)
BOAVISTA
1
553
81
15
MIDFIELDER
TULIPA
FC PORTO
-
159
3
16
MIDFIELDER
CAO
FC PORTO
-
90
-
17
MIDFIELDER
JOAO O. PINTO
SPORTING
-
103
-
18
FORWARD
TONI
FC PORTO
2
567
-
MANAGER: CARLOS QUEIROZ












Under 20 World Cup 1991 Recap


GROUP STAGE

PORTUGAL 2-0 IRELAND

PORTUGAL 3-0 ARGENTINA

PORTUGAL 1-0 UNIFIED KOREA


KNOCKOUT STAGE

QUARTER-FINALS

PORTUGAL 2-1 MEXICO

SEMI-FINALS

PORTUGAL 1-0 AUSTRALIA

FINALS

PORTUGAL 0-0 (4-2 PK) BRAZIL

















WRITTEN BY ALBERTO MONIZ

Portugal 1991 under 20 World Cup squad