Today Portugal became part of Group D of the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, together with England, Croatia, Switzerland, dictated the draw held today at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland).
The Portuguese team, which will compete for the ninth time in the European Championship, in which it has the best result of two second places (1994 and 2015), will have to finish in one of the first two positions of the group to qualify for the quarter-finals of the race, whose final stage is in Hungary and Slovenia.
The 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship will take place in an unprecedented format, with the group stage taking place between 24 and 31 March and the elimination phase (quarter-finals, semi-finals and final) between 31 May and June 6th.
The change in the competitive model of the U21 European Championship, which was initially scheduled to take place between 09 and 26 June next year, was decided as a result of the postponement of the senior European from 2020 to 2021, due to the covid-19 pandemic. .
It was also due to the restrictive measures imposed in the context of combating the pandemic that the draw took place today without representatives from the 16 selected teams, which were distributed in four 'pots', with four teams each, with Portugal included in the second.