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: 03/06/2017 02:03 CET
07.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal0-1AlbaniaAlbania7300
23.07.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuganoLugano1-2LuzernLuzern9000
28.07.2016UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundLuzernLuzern1-1SassuoloSassuolo9000
31.07.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern4-3GrasshoppersGrasshoppers9000
04.08.2016UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundSassuoloSassuolo3-0LuzernLuzern3800
07.08.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern2-3BaselBasel9000
10.08.2016Swiss Super LeagueVaduzVaduz1-3LuzernLuzern9000
13.08.2016Swiss CupFirst roundFC Oberwallis NatersFC Oberwallis Naters1-4LuzernLuzern5600
21.08.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern3-0ThunThun9000
28.08.2016Swiss Super LeagueSt GallenSt Gallen3-0LuzernLuzern9000
10.09.2016Swiss Super LeagueYoung BoysYoung Boys2-1LuzernLuzern9000
21.09.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern2-2SionSion9000
24.09.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern1-3LausanneLausanne9000
02.10.2016Swiss Super LeagueGrasshoppersGrasshoppers3-2LuzernLuzern7600
15.10.2016Swiss Super LeagueBaselBasel3-0LuzernLuzern9000
23.10.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern3-0St GallenSt Gallen9000
27.10.2016Swiss CupThird roundKonizKoniz1-1
30.10.2016Swiss Super LeagueLausanneLausanne2-3LuzernLuzern7800
20.11.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern2-1LuganoLugano9010
26.11.2016Swiss Super LeagueThunThun1-2LuzernLuzern9000
03.12.2016Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern3-0VaduzVaduz9000
11.12.2016Swiss Super LeagueSionSion3-1LuzernLuzern9000
05.02.2017Swiss Super LeagueLausanneLausanne4-4LuzernLuzern9000
12.02.2017Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern4-1Young BoysYoung Boys9000
18.02.2017Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern1-1ThunThun9000
26.02.2017Swiss Super LeagueBaselBasel3-1LuzernLuzern7900
01.03.2017Swiss CupPlay-offsAarauAarau3-5LuzernLuzern9000
05.03.2017Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern1-1GrasshoppersGrasshoppers6300
11.03.2017Swiss Super LeagueSt GallenSt Gallen1-1LuzernLuzern9000
18.03.2017Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern0-0SionSion9000
02.04.2017Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern0-2LuganoLugano9000
05.04.2017Swiss CupPlay-offsSionSion0-0
09.04.2017Swiss Super LeagueVaduzVaduz0-2LuzernLuzern9000
22.04.2017Swiss Super LeagueGrasshoppersGrasshoppers4-1LuzernLuzern5400
28.04.2017Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern1-2BaselBasel9000
06.05.2017Swiss Super LeagueThunThun3-1LuzernLuzern9000
14.05.2017Swiss Super LeagueYoung BoysYoung Boys4-1LuzernLuzern9000
21.05.2017Swiss Super LeagueSionSion2-3LuzernLuzern9000
28.05.2017Swiss Super LeagueLuzernLuzern2-2VaduzVaduz4500
02.06.2017Swiss Super LeagueLuganoLugano0-1LuzernLuzern9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Ricardo Costa
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 16/05/1981 (36)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 20
  • Club: Luzern ( SUI)

  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 80kg

  • 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: 05/08/2016 01:08 CET