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.
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