Bosingwa in training with Chelsea
|Full name||José Bosingwa da Silva|
|Date of birth||24 August 1982|
|Place of birth||Mbandaka, Zaire|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1995–1996||Fornos de Algodres|
|2000–2001||→ Freamunde (loan)||11||(0)|
|2012–2013||Queens Park Rangers||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
An attacking fullback, his pace and ability to get up and down the flanks creates problems for the opposition. He spent most of his professional career with Porto and Chelsea, winning 15 major titles both clubs combined, including the 2012 Champions League.
He was picked as a youth to play for Boavista FC, making his professional debuts on loan to S.C. Freamunde in the second division, and appearing sparingly as the northern club finished last; he started his career as a midfielder.
After two full seasons with Boavista Bosingwa signed with neighbouring F.C. Porto, coached by José Mourinho, for the 2003–04 season. In his debut campaign he was used sparingly, playing in only 11 league games; he made his UEFA Champions League debut on 16 September 2003 in a 1–1 away draw against FK Partizan, appearing in eight matches in the club's victorious campaign.
Fully established as a right-back and Porto's first-choice since 2004–05, after the departures of Paulo Ferreira and veteran Carlos Secretário, Bosingwa was a vital element in the team's conquest of another three league titles in four years.
The campaign ended on a sour note as, in May, he was at the wheel of his jeep when excess speed and wet road conditions led to a serious accident, with the vehicle skidding off the motorway and rolling down an embankment before bursting into flames. Four other footballers travelled alongside him, including Boavista player Nélson. All escaped alive, but one of them, Sandro Luís (player of modest Grupo Desportivo os Minhocas), had to have his left foot amputated as a result of the accident, which took place in Valongo; Bosingwa was subsequently suspended by the club.
On 11 May 2008, Porto announced that Bosingwa had come to verbal agreements with Chelsea for €20.6 million (£16.3 million). He put pen to paper on a three-year deal and joined the London club after Euro 2008, along with Portugal national team boss Luiz Felipe Scolari and fellow international Deco; on 16 July he was officially presented with the number 16, but switched to No. 17 after exchanging numbers with Scott Sinclair.
Bosingwa made his Premier League debut for the Blues on 17 August, starting in a 4–0 home win against Portsmouth. His first Champions League appearance came the next month, against FC Girondins de Bordeaux (same venue, same result). He scored his first goal for Chelsea against Stoke City on 27 September 2008, adding a second with a stunning left-foot attempt against West Bromwich Albion, scoring from 25 yards in a 3–0 away win.
On 1 February 2009, Bosingwa was involved in an incident on the field where he stamped Liverpool player Yossi Benayoun directly in the back, without making any attempt to play the ball. Although referee Mike Riley did not see it, assistant Mo Matadar would later claim to have seen the incident, signalling a foul at the time but subsequently awarding Chelsea a throw-in; in the days following the match, the Football Association claimed that FIFA regulations prevented them from imposing disciplinary sanctions as no booking or sending off was issued.
Bosingwa was banned for three European matches as a result of comments he made about the refereeing of the Champions League semifinals second leg clash against FC Barcelona (6 May 2009, 1–1 draw in England) on Portuguese television. He stated "I don't know whether he's a referee or a thief", but later apologised for his choice of words. The ban was later reduced to two games on appeal.
On 19 June 2009, FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge conceded defeat in his club's attempt to sign Bosingwa, who remained at Stamford Bridge. He sustained a knee injury in October, being rendered unavailable for the rest of the season. The club announced in early March that he required further surgery, ruling him out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
On 16 October 2010, exactly one year after his injury, Bosingwa reappeared for Chelsea against the same opponent, Aston Villa playing the last 15 minutes in a 0–0 away draw at Villa Park after replacing compatriot Ferreira in the second half – both were relegated to the bench by Branislav Ivanović.
In the 2011–12 season, following the appointment of countryman André Villas-Boas as manager, Bosingwa returned to the starting lineup. On 27 August 2011 he scored his first goal in three years after a 25-yard strike against Norwich City, in a 3–1 home win.
On 23 October 2011, in a game against Queen's Park Rangers, Bosingwa was controversially sent off by referee Chris Foy after a challenge with Shaun Wright-Phillips, as Chelsea went on to lose 0–1 away, with Didier Drogba also being dismissed for foul play. In late November he started in the Champions League group stage match at Bayer 04 Leverkusen as left back, playing out of position to replace injured Ashley Cole in an eventual 1–2 defeat.
On 24 April 2012, Bosingwa played a vital role in Chelsea's match against Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals: he replaced injured Gary Cahill after only 12 minutes, and helped his side record a 2–2 draw at the Camp Nou and a 3–2 aggregate win; for most of the match he had to play as centre-back, as John Terry was also sent off before half-time.
In his natural position, Bosingwa played the full 120 minutes in the Champions League final against FC Bayern Munich, as the Blues won 4–3 on penalties and became the first club from London to win the tournament. With Chelsea's back four being commended for their ability to keep the strong opposing offense at bay, Bosingwa himself received plaudits for his efforts against French winger Franck Ribéry; Shortly after, however, along with teammates Drogba and Salomon Kalou, he was told he could leave once his contract expired the following month.
Queens Park Rangers
On 17 August 2012, Bosingwa signed a three-year deal with Queens Park Rangers. He scored his first goal for his new club on the 28th, netting against Walsall in a 3–0 home win in the season's Football League Cup.
In December 2012 Bosingwa was fined two weeks' wages, for refusing to sit on the bench for a league game against Fulham. When QPR were relegated from the Premier League in April 2013 after a 0-0 draw at Reading, Bosingwa was seen on TV cameras to be smiling as he left the pitch, which angered many fans and midfielder Joey Barton.   On 28 July of the following year, he left the club by mutual consent.
Due to his consistent performances at club level, Bosingwa received his first call-up to the Portuguese national team in May 2007, for a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier in Belgium, replacing Miguel in the second half of the 2–1 win. After overtaking the Valencia CF player as first-choice, he started all four matches in the final stages in Austria and Switzerland as Portugal exited in the quarterfinals, being included in the team of the tournament.
Bosingwa also represented his nation in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Although he played for the country at under-21 level, he was also eligible to represent the Democratic Republic of Congo if he made an application to apply in 2004; subsequently, he was invited by the African nation to appear for them in the 2006 World Cup qualification.
On 8 November 2011, Bosingwa retired from international football until the removal of manager Paulo Bento. The latter claimed that the player was left out of the Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina due to questions about his attitude and mentality; the Portuguese Football Federation criticized the player for his decision and the timing of his statement.
- UEFA Champions League: 2003–04
- Portuguese League: 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08
- Portuguese Cup: 2005–06
- Portuguese Supercup: 2003, 2004, 2006
- UEFA Champions League: 2011–12
- Premier League: 2009–10
- FA Cup: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
- FA Community Shield: 2009
- As of 14 April 2013
|Queens Park Rangers||2012–13||20||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||–||21||1||1|
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- Bayern Munich v Chelsea: champions will not care how they won the Champions League; The Daily Telegraph, 20 May 2012
- Bayern Munich left frustrated by Chelsea's crucial double barrier; The Guardian, 20 May 2012
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- "QPR 3–0 Walsall". BBC Sport. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
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- José Bosingwa – FIFA competition record
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- Bosingwa retires from internationals; ESPN Soccernet, 8 November 2011
- Bosingwa retirement criticised; ESPN Soccernet, 8 November 2011
- Official Q.P.R. profile
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- PortuGOAL profile
- José Bosingwa career stats at Soccerbase
- José Bosingwa at National-Football-Teams.com