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


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2014 01:06 CET
17.08.2013Spanish LigaValenciaValencia1-0MálagaMálaga9010
24.08.2013Spanish LigaEspanyolEspanyol3-1ValenciaValencia9000
01.09.2013Spanish LigaValenciaValencia2-3BarcelonaBarcelona9000
15.09.2013Spanish LigaBetisBetis3-1ValenciaValencia9010
22.09.2013Spanish LigaValenciaValencia3-1SevillaSevilla5800
06.10.2013Spanish LigaAthleticAthletic1-1ValenciaValencia9000
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal1-1IsraelIsrael9010
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal3-0LuxembourgLuxembourg5900
27.10.2013Spanish LigaVillarrealVillarreal4-1ValenciaValencia9010
30.10.2013Spanish LigaValenciaValencia1-2AlmeríaAlmería9000
03.11.2013Spanish LigaGetafeGetafe0-1ValenciaValencia9000
10.11.2013Spanish LigaValenciaValencia2-2ValladolidValladolid9000
19.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentSwedenSweden2-3PortugalPortugal800
24.11.2013Spanish LigaElcheElche2-1ValenciaValencia9000
08.12.2013Spanish CupFourth roundTarragonaTarragona0-0ValenciaValencia9000
04.01.2014Spanish LigaValenciaValencia2-0LevanteLevante9000
07.01.2014Spanish CupFifth roundValenciaValencia1-1AtléticoAtlético9000
11.01.2014Spanish LigaCeltaCelta2-1ValenciaValencia7700
14.01.2014Spanish CupFifth roundAtléticoAtlético2-0ValenciaValencia9000
17.01.2014Spanish LigaMálagaMálaga0-0ValenciaValencia9000
25.01.2014Spanish LigaValenciaValencia2-2EspanyolEspanyol9000
01.02.2014Spanish LigaBarcelonaBarcelona2-3ValenciaValencia9000
16.02.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla0-0ValenciaValencia5000
27.04.2014Spanish LigaValenciaValencia0-1AtléticoAtlético9000
04.05.2014Spanish LigaReal MadridReal Madrid2-2ValenciaValencia9000
10.05.2014Spanish LigaLevanteLevante2-0ValenciaValencia9000
16.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageGermanyGermany4-0PortugalPortugal4400
22.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageUSAUSA2-2PortugalPortugal9000

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Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Ricardo Costa
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 16/05/1981 (32)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 20
  • Club: Valencia ( ESP)

  • Height: 183cm
  • Weight: 80kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2013/14
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • 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

Portugal U-21140
Portugal U-1870
Portugal MERI50
Portugal U-1680

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 27/06/2014 01:06 CET
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