Chelsea legend Paulo Ferreira featured several times for both the u-20 and u-21 teams before he made his debut for the senior side in 2002. Paulo Ferreira played 27 times for both the u-20 side and the u-21 side before he played the second half of the England game on his debut for the Portugal senior team. England and Portugal played 1-1 on his debut in what was an international friendly match. Paulo Ferreira was a marauding right-back for the Portugal national team during his time with the reigning European champions. His first tournament for Portugal was at the 2004 European Championships on home soil. Paulo Ferreira started as the first choice right-sided defender for his country during the tournament but that lasted for only one game due to his poor outing. He was largely culpable as Portugal were beaten 2-1 by Greece in the opening match of the tournament. It was a shock result for the Portuguese team coached by Brazilian tactician Luiz Felipe Scolari. Paulo Ferreira was dropped by Scolari for the subsequent games at the tournament in favour of Miguel.
Paulo Ferreira featured in the final game of the tournament, in what was his first appearance since the Greece game at the start of the tournament as pointed out earlier. The ex-FC Porto and Chelsea defender came on in the first half of the final game of the tournament in place of the injured Miguel. The final game of the tournament was same as the first game of the tournament. Paulo Ferreira could not do much as Portugal ended the tournament as runners-up after they were beaten 1-0 by Greece. The Chelsea legend also played for Portugal at the 2008 European Championships in addition to the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup tournaments in Germany and South Africa respectively. Paulo Ferreira played for Portugal over an eight-year period between 2002 and 2010, making 62 appearances.