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Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 18.33CET
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 18.33CET


Clubs: SL Benfica, FC Alverça (loan), FC Porto, FC Dinamo Moskva, Chelsea FC (loan), Club Atlético de Madrid, FC Internazionale Milano (loan), 1. FC Köln, Sporting Clube de Portugal

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship:
runner-up 2004
UEFA EURO 2004: All-Star Squad
UEFA Champions League: winner 2004
UEFA Cup: winner 2003
European/South American Cup: winner 2004 users' Team of the Year: 2004

• Lisbon-born, Maniche (full name Nuno Ricardo Oliveira Ribeiro) chose Benfica at an early age but was sent on an extended loan to feeder club Alverça, where he played mostly on the wing, before returning to the Eagles.

• Joined former Benfica coach José Mourinho at Porto in 2002 and blossomed in central midfield, winning domestic trophies and the UEFA Cup in his first season; he also made his international debut, against Brazil, in March 2003.

• Enjoyed an even more rewarding second season with Porto, in which he won the Portuguese championship and UEFA Champions League.

• Although he was still largely an unknown quantity at international level going into UEFA EURO 2004 (no starts for nine months), he spent more time on the field at the tournament than any other outfield player (567 minutes) and scored crucial goals against Russia and the Netherlands.

• Despite struggles at Dinamo and Chelsea, where he reunited with Mourinho and collected a Premier League winners' medal, he played in all of Portugal's 2006 FIFA World Cup matches (qualifiers and final tournament), scoring in successive games at the finals in Germany against Mexico and the Netherlands; was omitted from the UEFA EURO 2008 squad.

• Moved to Atlético in 2006 and had brief spells at Inter (on loan) and Köln before returning home in 2010 to play for Sporting and thus entering a select band of footballers who have played for all of Portugal's three most decorated clubs.

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