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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: 24/05/2016 02:11 CET
07.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal0-1AlbaniaAlbania7300
16.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundLokomotiva ZagrebLokomotiva Zagreb2-1PAOKPAOK9000
23.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundPAOKPAOK6-0Lokomotiva ZagrebLokomotiva Zagreb9000
30.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundPAOKPAOK1-0Spartak TrnavaSpartak Trnava9000
06.08.2015UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundSpartak TrnavaSpartak Trnava1-1PAOKPAOK9000
20.08.2015UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsPAOKPAOK5-0BrøndbyBrøndby9000
23.08.2015Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK0-0XanthiXanthi9000
27.08.2015UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsBrøndbyBrøndby1-1PAOKPAOK9010
30.08.2015Greek Super LeagueGianninaGiannina3-1PAOKPAOK9000
12.09.2015Greek Super LeagueVeriaVeria0-3PAOKPAOK9000
17.09.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageQäbäläQäbälä0-0PAOKPAOK9000
23.09.2015Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK2-1AEKAEK9000
27.09.2015Greek Super LeagueAtromitosAtromitos1-2PAOKPAOK9000
01.10.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stagePAOKPAOK1-1DortmundDortmund9000
04.10.2015Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK0-2OlympiacosOlympiacos9000
18.10.2015Greek Super LeagueIraklisIraklis3-3PAOKPAOK6200
22.10.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stagePAOKPAOK0-0KrasnodarKrasnodar9000
25.10.2015Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK3-1PanathinaikosPanathinaikos9000
01.11.2015Greek Super LeagueAsterasAsteras2-1PAOKPAOK9000
05.11.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageKrasnodarKrasnodar2-1PAOKPAOK9000
24.01.2016Greek Super LeagueAEKAEK1-0PAOKPAOK1300
27.01.2016Greek CupQuarter-finalsPanioniosPanionios1-1PAOKPAOK9000
30.01.2016Greek Super LeaguePAOKPAOK1-1AtromitosAtromitos9000
07.02.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada1-2Real MadridReal Madrid9000
14.02.2016Spanish LigaReal SociedadReal Sociedad3-0GranadaGranada9000
21.02.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada1-2ValenciaValencia9000
28.02.2016Spanish LigaDeportivoDeportivo0-1GranadaGranada9000
03.03.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada2-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón9000
06.03.2016Spanish LigaBetisBetis2-0GranadaGranada9000
14.03.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada1-1EspanyolEspanyol9000
19.03.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada2-2Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano9000
08.04.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada0-0MálagaMálaga9000
17.04.2016Spanish LigaAtléticoAtlético3-0GranadaGranada9000
21.04.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada5-1LevanteLevante9000
30.04.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada3-2Las PalmasLas Palmas9010
08.05.2016Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla1-4GranadaGranada9000
14.05.2016Spanish LigaGranadaGranada0-3BarcelonaBarcelona8100

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Ricardo Costa
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 16/05/1981 (35)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 24
  • Club: Granada ( ESP)

  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 80kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16
    • UEFA Europa League 2015/16

  • 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

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: 18/05/2016 10:06 CET