Snap shot: Portugal beat Germany in 2004
Friday, June 26, 2015
Ahead of the nations' U21 EURO semi-final on Saturday, UEFA.com looks back at the Portugal side that eliminated Germany from the tournament in Mainz in 2004.
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Moreira arrived at Benfica as a 17-year-old in 1999, the same year that he helped Portugal win the UEFA European Under-18 Championship. He was already the Eagles’ No1 goalkeeper three years later and Portugal's third choice at UEFA EURO 2004, before two serious injuries stalled his career. Winner of one Portuguese Liga title, Moreira ended a 12-year spell with Benfica in 2011 when he signed for Swansea City. He managed only one appearance for the Welsh club before, in 2013, he joined Omonia in Cyprus where he has spent the last two seasons.
2. Mário Sérgio
Highly regarded after excelling as a youth graduate for Paços de Ferreira, Mário Sérgio seemed set for big things when he signed for Sporting CP in 2003 but he struggled to impress in Lisbon. The right-back spent four years in Ukraine with Metalurh Donetsk before eventually earning his first career silverware in Cyprus with APOEL, winning three straight titles.
3. Raul Meireles
The well-travelled Meireles has racked up more than 75 caps for Portugal while enjoying success at club level. Four times a Portuguese league champion with Porto, the versatile midfielder went on to win the UEFA Champions League while at Chelsea before moving on to Fenerbahçe, where he has earned another championship medal.
4. Bruno Alves
Still a first choice for Portugal at 33, the centre-back has maintained an admirable level of consistency since coming to prominence at Porto. Known for his commitment and toughness, Bruno Alves has won the league at every single club he represented, Fenerbahçe being the latest.
6. José Bosingwa
José Mourinho gave Bosingwa the chance to become a UEFA Champions League winner with Porto by signing him ahead of the 2003/04 season and the converted full-back went on to win the trophy a second time with Chelsea eight years later. After withdrawing from international football for a three-year period, he would eventually return following Fernando Santos's appointment as Portugal coach.
9. Hugo Almeida
Unable to establish himself at Porto, who sent him out on several loans, Almeida made his name instead in Germany with Werder Bremen, reaching the UEFA Cup final and scoring more than 50 goals in a four-year spell. After playing for Beşiktaş, he is now in Russia with Kuban Krasnodar and remains on the fringes of the Portugal squad, having scored 19 goals in 57 international appearances.
10. Carlos Martins
One of the very few players to have represented both of the Lisbon powers, Sporting and Benfica, Martins was never capable of fully meeting the expectations created by all his talent – not helped by his bad luck with injuries. Nevertheless he still managed to win the Portuguese Liga with Benfica in 2010 and score two goals for Portugal.
11. Jorge Ribeiro
Although blessed with a skilful left foot, Jorge Ribeiro never quite managed to equal his older brother Maniche's success. A second spell with Benfica in 2008 seemed promising enough but he soon found himself out of contention and gradually slipped from the limelight.
14. João Paulo
One of a good number of Leiria players that caught the eye in a team coached by a young Mourinho, João Paulo would go on to join Porto only to suffer a major knee injury soon afterwards that sidelined him for a spell, hindering his hopes of making an impact. The centre-back eventually found himself playing in Cyprus, where he has won a Super Cup with Apollon.
A raising star at Estoril, Carlitos caught the eye of Benfica, who signed him after he scored the winner against Germany which allowed Portugal to finish third at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. However, he never broke into the first team and has had an itinerant career since, playing in Switzerland for Basel and now Sion, with spells in between at Hannover and Estoril .
Venezuela-born Danny never quite had the opportunity to show all his qualities in the Portuguese top flight, with Sporting scarcely using him during the three years he spent with the club. Portugal's loss was Russia's gain as the attacking midfielder established himself as a star in the country, shining both at Dinamo Moskva and Zenit.
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