Custódio playing for Portugal in 2013
|Full name||Custódio Miguel Dias Castro|
|Date of birth||24 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Guimarães, Portugal|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 20 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Custódio Miguel Dias de Castro (born 24 May 1983), known as simply Custódio, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting de Braga in the Portuguese first division, as a defensive midfielder.
Custódio was born in Guimarães. From 2001 to 2007 he played for Sporting Clube de Portugal, making his top flight debut on 16 August 2003 in a 2–1 away win against Académica de Coimbra and finishing his first season with 22 first-team appearances.
In the 2006–07 campaign, coach Paulo Bento named Custódio team captain, in recognition of his history at Sporting and consistent displays in the previous seasons. Incidentally, in that season, he also fell out of favor in the club's rotation and, in June 2007, was sold to Russian Premier League side FC Dynamo Moscow.
Custódio returned to Portugal in January 2009, re-joining childhood club Vitória de Guimarães along with Cícero Semedo. On 31 August 2010, after two seasons, he moved to Minho neighbours Sporting de Braga.
In his first year with Braga, Custódio battled for first-choice status with Brazilians Leandro Salino and Vandinho, but managed to appear in nearly 25 official games. On 5 February 2011 he scored from close range in a 2–1 away win against C.S. Marítimo, helping his team finish fourth in the league. On 5 May, he netted arguably the most important goal of his career, heading from a corner kick for the game's only in a home win against S.L. Benfica for the UEFA Europa League's semifinals second leg, with Braga qualifying to the final on the away goals rule.
Custódio spent the first half of the 2011–12 season on the sidelines, nursing a serious knee injury. When he returned to full fitness, however, he benefitted from Djamal Mahamat's presence in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and begun appearing regularly in the starting XI, scoring against Marítimo (2–1 away win) and former team Guimarães (4–0, at home).
He was selected by full side manager Paulo Bento for his 23-men squad for UEFA Euro 2012, and made his debut on 2 June, a 1–3 friendly loss with Turkey in Lisbon; in the finals in Poland and Ukraine, he played 20 minutes in the decisive 2–1 group stage win against the Netherlands, after replacing injured Raul Meireles.
As of 19 May 2013
- "КУШТОДИУ ПЕРЕХОДИТ В "ДИНАМО"." [Custódio moves to Dynamo] (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
- Custódio signs three-and-a-half years deal; Vitória's official website, January 2009 (Portuguese)[dead link]
- "Artur heroics secures Braga win in Madeira". PortuGOAL. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Custódio heads Braga into maiden European final". UEFA.com. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Braga bateu Trofense, mas Custódio lesionou-se" [Braga defeated Trofense, but Custódio suffered injury]. Público. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Sensational Braga crush Vitoria Guimaraes". PortuGOAL. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- "Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes e Custódio na lista para o Euro-2012" [Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes and Custódio in Euro-2012 list] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Portugal's woes continue with Turkey defeat". UEFA.com. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "Rampant Ronaldo puts Portugal through". UEFA.com. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.