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Ricardo Costa

  • Date of birth : 16/05/1981
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Portugal Portugal
 
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Ricardo Costa

Ricardo Costa

A versatile and experienced defender with a number of major titles under his belt at club level, Ricardo Costa finished his second season with Valencia CF before travelling to UEFA EURO 2012. He did not feature for Portugal during qualifying for Poland and Ukraine but received a late call-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

• Groomed at Boavista FC, Ricardo Costa joined Porto's B team in 2000 before graduating to the senior squad two years later.

• Only a fringe player in the Porto side that won the UEFA Cup and Portuguese double in 2002/03, he came on as an early substitute in the European final against Celtic FC.

• Had a similar role the following season when the Dragons retained the Liga title and lifted the UEFA Champions League (he was unused in the final).

• Gained more first-team opportunities at Porto following José Mourinho's departure in 2004, and featured for Portugal in the Athens Olympics that same year.

• Won his first senior cap in February 2005 against the Republic of Ireland and was included in the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, playing only in the third-place play-off.

• Moved to VfL Wolfsburg in 2007 and won the Bundesliga title in 2008/09, scoring three goals in 11 outings; spent the second half of 2009/10 on loan to LOSC Lille Métropole before a summer switch to Valencia and an unexpected second World Cup finals appearance, making two starts in South Africa − at right-back − but receiving a red card in the final minute of the last-16 defeat by Spain.

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League:
winner 2004
UEFA Cup: winner 2003
European/South American Cup: winner 2004

Last updated: 21/05/12 18.21CET

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General info

  • Name: Ricardo Costa
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 16/05/1981 (33)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Club: Al-Sailiya ( QAT)

  • Height: 183cm
  • Weight: 80kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    03/10/02: Polonia Warszawa 1-0 Porto
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    01/10/97: Portugal 7-0 San Marino

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Portugal20
Portugal U-21140
Portugal U-1870
Portugal MERI50
Portugal U-1680
Total360

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Porto131
Valencia131
Wolfsburg50
Total312
EUSA Cup
ClubPGS
Porto10
Total10
UEFA Super Cup
ClubPGS
Porto10
Total10
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Porto61
Wolfsburg60
Valencia142
Total263
Last updated: 08/09/2014 01:16 CET
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